Self-catering holiday cottages within a short drive of Tintern in the Wye Valley
The extensive ruins of 11th century Tintern Abbey lie surrounded by wooded green hills, and backed by the River Wye, in the village of Tintern on the A466 Chepstow road in the Wye Valley, Monmouthshire, southeast Wales. It's a lovely setting in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Four hundred years of monastic life came to an abrupt end in this Cistercian abbey when King Henry VIIIth ordered the 'Dissolution of Monasteries' in order to gain complete control over the church in 1536. Once Abbott Richard Wyche, his twelve monks and various servants were evicted, the roof and windows were smashed, and in only a few years, the lead was stripped from the roof and the magnificent abbey was plundered for valuable building materials. One of eight hundred such beautiful buildings, it lapsed into ruin. The remaining standing walls date back to the 13th century. Many of the fine features and architectural detail of the abbey can still be seen to this day even though the floor is now carpeted with grass. Finely carved stonework, window tracery, graceful arches and elaborate corbels hint at its original splendour.
A small fee is charged for entry to the ruins. An audio tour provides a historical commentary.
A free car park can be found for the convenience of visitors alongside the ruins. There is a gift shop, local pubs, and a tea shop with the most scrumptious cakes nearby. The public toilets are well kept and clean.
This area offers walkers some thirty seven miles of various walks of varying degrees of difficulty, including a six mile walk to Chepstow Castle which meanders along the river, through the forest, up and down hills and 365 stone steps. It's the first section of the Wye Valley walk and walkers are rewarded by superb views of the Wye at various points along the way. Two major long distance walks pass through Tintern; Offa's Dyke and the Wye Valley walk.
Self-catering holiday cottages in and around the Wye Valley
A 5 bedroom cottage on a hillside in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, this Grade II cottage is a wonderful retreat surrounded by mature gardens on various levels from which to absorb the glorious views which are far reaching and take in the River Severn.
Harmony Cottage sleeps 9 and offers much warmth, charm and character with inglenook fireplaces, beams and flagstone floors at different levels. This property has central hearing and is ideal for family get togethers because it has a dining hall plus three separate sitting rooms affording much space.
Click on the photograph of the views for details of self-catering in the Forest of Dean.
|Granary Cottage, sleeps 2-3, in Elton, near Gloucester
Granary Cottage is situated at the end of a quiet country lane at the northern extremes of the Royal Forest of Dean, in the small hamlet of Elton near Gloucester.
The cottage was built in the late 17th Century and is set in the grounds of Upper Hall, a country farmhouse of the same period. The cottage has been converted to a high standard with all modern conveniences whilst retaining the original character of the period. The cottage has a private garden with garden furniture, barbecue and ample parking for 2 cars. Perfect for touring the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Telephone 01452 760243 for availability and bookings.
|Orchard Barn and the Poppies, Newent, Gloucestershire
Ideal location to explore breathtaking Malvern Hills, the enchanting Royal Forest of Dean and the scenic Cotswolds. Or you may simply decide to take it easy and relax in the comfortable surroundings of The Poppies or Orchard Barn.
Telephone: 01531 828237 or click on image for details.
Orchard Barn close to the Lower Wye Valley - sleeps 7 in 3 bedrooms
>A Grade II listed spacious detached stone barn near Newnham-on-Severn in Gloucestershire/south Cotswolds is a superb August 2008 conversion. Approached by a country lane and standing on the edge of its own 6 acre meadow (leading to ancient woodland) it is ideal for walking, bird watching, spotting deer etc or simply relaxing to watch the trees grow.
Orchard Barn is mid-way between Newnham on Severn, Ross on Wye and Monmouth and very close to Symonds Yat and the Lower Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the heart of The Forest of Dean with its miles of cycle tracks and footpaths.
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