YOU MUST CONTACT US A WEEK BEFORE BEFORE ARRIVAL TO OBTAIN THE DOOR CODE and let us know your planned arrival time after 4pm please. You will not be able to access the cottage before 4pm. THE CODE IS FREQUENTLY CHANGED . (we try to be there to meet you on arrival but this is not always possible and without the code you will not gain entry!)
Set your SAT NAV to NP16 6SF. (If you use What3words you need BRING,CRUNCHING,MATERNAL)
Leave M4 / M48 at Chepstow ( ie over OLD Severn Bridge.) Turn off motorway. Counting roundabouts as follows
At St Arvans village follow the main road past small shop on right right and then round a series of bends, you will now start to glimpse the River Wye on your right. Continue to village of Tintern. Beware speed restrictions. They are enforced.
The cottage is clotted cream colour and its drive is the very first driveway off to the left on entering the village after the speed signs. You will most clearly see the signs for the( closed down) Abbey Hotel. Turn left up the drive between the hotel and the cottage. Note that some SATNAVs send you further on and up the tiny lane behind the closed Abbey Hotel ( entering near the Royal George and arriving behind the cottage). This is not wrong but its awkward and quite un necessary. Stick to the main road , you will see the cottage and come up the drive next to it!!
Drive up and behind the cottage and you will see our gated driveway. Access is through the BACK door down two steps near the garage. It has a coded lock .There is no key. You have asked us for the code.
NB Monmouth is at the junction of three rivers. Careful which bridges we are talking about !!
From M5/M50 (from M6 the North or M42 and the East)
NOTE THE A466 WILL BE COMPLETELY CLOSED BETWEEN BIGSWEIR AND BROCKWEIR BRIDGES 2-13 MARCH 2020 AND FROM BROCKWEIR BRIDGE TO TINTERN 16-27 MARCH 2020 in both cases 9.15 am till 3.30 pm daily . For a 4pm arrival at the cottage this should not affect you but if you arrive earlier DURING THIS PERIOD IS IS SUGGESTED THAT INSTEAD OF APPROACHING TINTERN VIA THE A466 FROM MONMOUTH YOU USE THIS ALTERNATIVE ROUTE INSTEAD
Dual carriageway to Monmouth roundabout ( theres only one.) Straight on half mile to traffic lights at bridge over River Wye. Straight over at lights, do not cross river Wye( unless you want Lidl which is across the bridge), get into left lane. 300 yards to next exit left signed Rockfield and Trellech BEFORE TUNNELS . At exit turn left up Beech Road, 300 yards. Turn left at top of Beech Road .
200 yards then sharp bend right, over small River Trothy bridge and 100 yards to first LEFT uphill signed Trellech. Continue uphill and onwards for about 5 miles
On entering the village of Trellech be very careful at STEEP bends round churchyard. Pass Lion pub (food) on left continue through village and after 250 yards or so -take next left exit at Spring Cottage.
IMMEDIATELY TURN LEFT AGAIN ( SPRING COTTAGE ON YOUR LEFT) and continue a couple of miles along this attractive winding lane until you come to Forestry Commission Whitestone car park on your left. Slightly past that car park take the right fork and follow downhill all the way into Tintern. You will have the Wye Valley hotel on your left. TURN RIGHT and continue through the village.
Abbey Cottage is the very last building on the right hand side before leaving the village for Chepstow.Turn up the drive between the cottage and the closed Abbey Hotel and bear left into our driveway.
When the A466 is open between Monmouth and Tintern
Follow M50 to A 40 Ross on Wye Dual carriageway to Monmouth roundabout ( theres only one. ..( If you want to pick up food the easiest option is to turn right and into the town at this point, at the bottom of town high st there is a Waitrose open most nights till 8. and an M and S food as well as small shops. Petrol station near Waitrose has a Budgens shop within it and the petrol is the last before the cottage ) Yes, cottage has fridge, freezer ,microwave , oven with grill After shopping retrace steps and…..) …
If not going into Monmouth straight on half mile to traffic lights at bridge over River Wye.
Turn left over Wye Bridge signed Tintern Chepstow Gloucester and at the other bank
Turn right at the mini roundabout in front of Lidl on to A466
Continue along this A466 Wye Valley scenic road for approx 10 miles. Beware of speed traps at Redbrook.
You will cross the “international frontier” (a river bridge with traffic lights at Bigsweir you are now entering Wales. Croeso! ) and then pass though Llandogo. Note Browns shop on right hand side which is a tardis and has most daily needs.
Continue into Tintern. If you are early you may like to turn left before village into Tintern Old Station where you can walk your dog – and Easter school holidays to end of October half term there are good toilets and a cafe.
The village is strung out along the River with several hotels and we are the very last building on the right hand side at the other end. As you pass the Abbey on your left you will see the ( closed down) Abbey Hotel on your right and next to it an uphill drive We are the clotted cream coloured cottage on the left of that drive. Go up the drive and left behind the cottage and you will see our driveway
If coming from Gloucester direction ( but not during the period of road closures above)
If you prefer main roads go right to Monmouth on the A40 from M5 or Gloucester and continue as above. However in good weather ( not good in snow or ice) the pretty way is instead to go into COLEFORD town and follow signs towards Chepstow and St Briavels . Pass Puzzlewood on your right and then pass the Orepool Inn on your left . Immediately after the Orepool Inn there is a turning off right which says Wye Valley. Follow to staggered crossroads and straight across ( slightly right then left) Follow this very narrow road downhill through Mork and continue right on downhill with spectacular views until you come to the River. Go left and over the Bigsweir bridge. Continue left alongside river to Tintern as above.
On arriving in Tintern
(Note that some SatNavs will try to take you over to the Abbey. This is wrong.
Also note that some SATNavs take you up the tiny lane from the Royal George behind the Abbey Hotel and to the back of the cottage. This is not wrong but unnecessary and inconvenient. Stick to the main road and come up our drive!.)
Access is through our driveway gates and to the BACK door down two steps near the garage. It has a coded lock and opens with the code we have given you. There is no key.
We look forward to welcoming you!
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