To Tintern Abbey Cottage

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

NOTE We are aware of   planned roadworks on the A466 Wye Valley Road in spring 2019 . These will affect your journey and your SATNAV will not take account of them! Please print and use these suggestions!

From London,the South or South West  of England and Southern  Wales.- see also note below about road works between Chepstow St Arvans and Tintern.

Leave M4 / M48 at Chepstow ( ie over OLD Severn Bridge.) Turn  off motorway. Counting roundabouts as follows

  1. top of slipway, turning off  signed Chepstow
  2. After short stretch of straight road about a mile. This roundabout known locally as St Lawrences. Town centre , last petrol and Tesco  ( I mile)  to your right.  To cottage straight on to Tintern
  3. Continue straight over St Lawrences ( hospital) and pass useful Nisa  shop on left  .At  Chepstow racecourse roundabouts ( Roundabout 3)  go straight on  in direction of Tintern. (About 6 miles from Bridge to Tintern.) Straight on past the racecourse   keeping track home straight  walls on your right.

At St Arvans  village follow the main road 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 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 unecessary. Stick to the main road till you 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 code box. There is no key.

From the North  Recommended route from Midlands and East Anglia also.

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)

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…..) Otherwise …

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.

Beware also of drivers enjoying the scenery and not watching the bends!.  They do cause nasty accidents on this road.

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 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 prizewinning 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

(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 unecessary and inconvenient. Stick to the main road and come up our drive!.)

Access is through the BACK door  down two steps near the garage. It has a code box and opens with the code we have given you. There is no key.

We look forward to welcoming you!

IMPORTANT NOTE A466 road closure anticipated between Chepstow St Arvans near Tintern  in spring 2019 for 7 weeks from May 8th   – Monmouthshire County Council

There is damage to the A466 between St Arvans ( the village to Chepstow side of Tintern) and Tintern itself. This could affect arrivals to Tintern Abbey Cottage from the M4 but is not likely to affect arrivals from the M5/M50

At the time of writing the damaged area has traffic lights which have next to no effect on your journey however we have heard that   in spring 2019  the road will again be completely closed and diversions will be in place. We are advised that the work will start 8 May and the road will be closed for 7 weeks

If you should arrive at St Arvans from Chepstow and find that the Wye Valley  A466 Road is closed this is what you should do ( it sounds dreadful but in fact only adds a very few minutes to your drive. )

At St Arvans village look for the Piercefield pub. After the pub is a stone fountain and a left turn signed  Devauden, Trellech. .Take this left turn and uphill.

Continue  about  1.8 miles  to a wooded area.

For Tintern Abbey Cottage

If you have a satnav reset it now and tell it to go St Arvans to Tintern Abbey VIA Pontysaison

Take a narrow right hand turn signed  Tintern and the Cot  for 1.5 miles  Its a narrow downhill lane which will  wind down and pass Ravensnest fishery on your right and bring you to fish ponds. (This  area is called Pontysaison which means Saxons Bridge and was the site of an important battle with saxons) . You need to go straight on downhill following the Angiddy river  and you can do this by driving either side of the ponds. (So either cross the first bridge on your right and then go left , this is a narrower option OR keep left  not crossing the bridge, pass houses on your left and take first right alongside pond and then bridge on right.)  Pass the ancient ironworks site on your left and keep going downhill and into Tintern rejoining the A466  and the River Wye at the Royal George Hotel. Turn right. You will see the Abbey on your left and  shortly afterwards you will see our drive on your right .Tintern Abbey Cottage is the very last building in the village on your right.

If coming from Gloucester direction 

if you prefer main roads go right to Monmouth on the A40   from M5 or Gloucester and continue as below .  However in good weather 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 bridge. Continue alongside river to Tintern


If coming into  Monmouth From M5/M50 (from M6 the North or M42 and the East )

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,  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 .( If you want to pick up food the easiest option is to turn right at this point, over road bridge and left at Garage. Right across River Monnow bridge into cattle market where there is a Waitrose open most nights till 8. and pedestrian access  to High St with other shops including M and S Food. .  Yes, cottage has fridge, freezer ,microwave , oven with grill  After shopping retrace steps and…..

From town or from North all now continue from bridge above tunnels and petrol station garage .

200 yards then sharp bend right, recycling point on 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.

IMMEDIATELY LEFT AGAIN (round Spring Villa ) onto the Llandogo Road. Continue a couple of miles along this winding road until road slopes very slightly downhill and there is a Forestry Commission Car Park ( Whitestone) on your left, Turn right signed Tintern here. Continue downhill all the way into Tintern arriving on the main A466 with the Wye Valley Hotel on your left. Turn right and go right through village passing  Tintern Abbey on your left. . Cottage is the last building on the right hand side before leaving Tintern.

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