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Pets are welcome at Foxes Reach, Tintern Abbey Cottage and at Vanilla Cottage!
"The Lady" magazine said "five star cottages which have everything- a real home from home for you and your pet."
We welcome up to two medium sized dogs ( we mean springer labrador size approx ), or one of a giant breed at each cottage. We will sometimes accept three dogs if tiny such as jack russell types but this is subject to the type and size of the pets and the number of humans in the party. Please ask.
Basically we do not recommend more than 6 bodies at Foxes Reach or Tintern Abbey Cottage and will not accept more than 7 ie 5 people one dog or 4 people one dog one baby and so on - or max 4 bodies at Vanilla Cottage.This is in order to retain the high quality experience we want to give you which would be lost if you are crammed in -and it is especially important to you at Christmas / New year time when there is also a full sized fresh tree at each cottage - beautiful but does take up space!
We will sometimes waive this but it depends on the size and style of your pets so please ask.
We welcome friendly family pet type dogs of any breed whether pure bred beauties or beloved mongrel mixes. All dogs must be housetrained and well behaved. Aggressive guarding types are not accepted. Dogs which cause nuisance or threat will be asked to leave forthwith.
Please give your dog an MOT before bringing it on holiday. Pre holiday worming, shampoo and flea prevention just before you come help us to keep everything perfect for the next pet and the garden clean and healthy .
We have pet equipment such as bowls, leads and muddy paws towels available free of charge which you are welcome to borrow- although your dog will probably prefer you to bring his own! Please bring his own bed- a spacious cage containing his bed is also a great idea and he can first get used to it at home.
Pets (this applies to cats as well as to dogs) may not be left alone in our cottages when you are not at home except if they are enclosed in their own cage on one of the hard floors .This protects our cottage which is one reason for the ban on home alone pets, but the other aspect is that many pets become badly upset by being left in a strange house with no understanding that you will come back to them. This is when they cause damage in their distress .So unless there are extreme weather conditions its much kinder to have them wait in your familiar car close to you. A closed familiar cage containing a familiar bed also gives a feeling of security. There are howver many places where your dog can go with you in this largely pet welcome area- so take him along.
Please be sure to consider your pets if you are coming to a wedding for example, and dont let them feel miserable and abandoned by being left alone for hours. Take them where you are going and return often to the car.
Sorry but incontinent dogs (or cats) cannot be accepted . All must be reliably housetrained. For this reason no young puppies please.
Yes, additional charges are payable for pets ( usually £15 for a short break and £25 for a week for a cat or dog. For Horses please ask for a quote. ) There is usually no charge for a small caged pet provided that it is booked with us and that it stays in its cage. See more below
Pets are welcomed as a proper part of your party and you are responsible for the behaviour of all party members whether animal or human - and for the cost of any damage caused to any part of the property. We do especially expect you to leave the garden clean of poos which must be bagged and binned daily. We welcome many children and we weed flowerbeds by hand so it is important the garden is always clean. There is so much great woodland walking from the door step at each cottage that there is not much need for dogs to "go" in the garden and so this should not be any issue. (Why not stop for an enjoyable walk before checking in or returning to the cottage after a day out- you will love it too and no one will arrive bursting! Ask us for routes! )
We are hesitant about accepting puppies simply because we have to have the cottages clean and undamaged for the next occupants. You know your pet and are responsible for its supervision ( and for the cost of any damage it may do) so to a large extent the decison is best made by you! . However the use of a cage , espcially at night or when the pet is unsupervised will remove worries for you and for us. For this reason we are seeing more and more owners, not only of puppies but also of adult dogs, bringing cages and these work so well . Please see the section about Home Alone pets above.
There is really excellent local walking of great variety from all three doorsteps and dogs love our woodburners after a good run in the forest or along the riverbanks! Ask us for our " where can we walk" sheet when you book.
Bring your horse and we can provide quality stabling on shavings for up to two and up to 16hh, at additional charge, within walking distance of Foxes Reach and 2 miles from Tintern Abbey Cottage. There is miles of brilliant hacking and we are in "commuter" distance of a large number of good horse shows, dog shows, hunts, events and endurance rides. If we are not able to help in our own yard we can often find a place with a neighbour. Your horse will need to be fully vaccinated and recently wormed before staying.
It may also be possible to arrange a small paddock for turnout each day ..
We will usually accept a housetrained cat with its own litter tray by arrangement . The same rules apply as to dogs -the cat must be reliable about use of the tray and guaranteed not to scratch our leather furniture or anything else. Cats (and dogs ) must be kept off beds at all times. Despite our very careful cleaning and laundering the next guests may have an allergy.
Our gardens are well fenced and gated but they are gardens and not Houdini proof compounds and you need to be responsible for your pet. Very small dogs such as determined Jack Russell "terrorists" may be able to get under our gates - but we have never lost a visitor yet! Cats should probably go out on a lead as there are neighbouring cats which may not be as welcoming as we are to yours!
We do permit small caged animals such as gerbils, hamsters, rabbits to accompany you on holiday but they are not allowed out of their cages in the cottages. Caged birds may not fly in the cottages and must also remain caged. We usually make no charge for small caged animals but this is at our discretion and they must be properly "booked" with us. Damage, especially chewing or staining, caused by caged pets let out of their cages will be charged for.
Our cottages are unfortunately not especially suitable for those with mobility issues (see our access statements) however there will naturally be no charge for a registered assistance dog such as a Hearing Dog or Guide Dog for the Blind accompanying the less able person being assisted. We may ask for the registration details. Please discuss with us at time of booking.
We're not giving you a dog, just not charging you to bring yours! This offer applies to wonderful Irish (Red) Setters, for which we have a specially soft spot. Yes, we know its not a very commercial decision but we just love seeing them at the cottages and miss having our own pack of redheads.
Sorry, this offer does not apply to any bookings though an agency. Please do help us to spread the word by telling your Irish (Red) Setter owning friends about this slightly cranky offer! ( The image we have used is of Wendover Gentleman, grandfather of our own beloved setter and the very image of him.)
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