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YOU MUST CONTACT US A WEEK BEFORE BEFORE ARRIVAL TO OBTAIN THE DOOR CODE and let us know your planned arrival time please. 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!)
Leave M4 / M48 at Chepstow ( ie over OLD Severn Bridge.) Turn off motorway. Counting roundabouts as follows
top of slipway, turning off signed Chepstow
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
Continue straight over St Lawrences ( hospital) and pass useful Budgens 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.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE A466 road closure anticipated near Tintern in autumn 2018 at as yet unknown dates.
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 or to Foxes Reach 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 the road will be completely closed at some stage in Autumn 2018 and diversions will be in place.
If you should arrive at St Arvans 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.
Lord Elis-Thomas was in Tintern Abbey for the opening of the Museum of the Moon, part of the exceptional Wye Valley River festival.
Monmouthshire Cottages has again won the top accolade of Best Self Catering in Wales
Snow blanketed the Wye Valley in early March 2018