Characterful family smallholding, Wye Valley

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Entire cottage hosted by Rachel

8 guests, 4 bedrooms, 5 beds, 1.5 baths
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You’ll have the cottage to yourself.
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- Family friendly
- Comfortable for two families / 8 people
- Oodles of space, light, and character
- Two gardens with play equipment
- Loads of toys for all ages
- Barbeque, outdoor and indoor fires
- Fabulous local amenities
- Lots of local attractions
- Super friendly chickens and cat
- 1 acre of field, woodland, and a babbling brook included with some dates/bookings (see below)
- TV option (see below)

The space
Our characterful, spacious family smallholding sits within teaming nature, just 15 minutes walk from the centre of St Briavels village. We are atop the stunning Wye Valley, on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean. Our home and gardens are packed with fun for kids and adults, so you can sit back and relax.

—— Inside ——
is spacious and light with 4 sizeable downstairs rooms; so if it is wet out and you fancy staying at home there is room for two families to spread out.

Our kitchen is spacious enough to include a cosy space at one end with sofa, table, and toy kitchen.

Our living room stretches from our large dining table by huge windows overlooking the back garden and trees, to a relaxing space centred around the glass fronted wood burner and sofas.

The Snug is as snuggly as it sounds, with sofa-bed and cushions.

The craft room with children's table and chairs and drawers for crafty bits and bobs gets bathed in afternoon light.

We have lots to do for all ages - puzzles, blocks, trainsets, pens, paper, board games, darts, books, and more.

We have a king bedroom, double bedroom, children’s/double room, and opulent bathroom.

—— Front garden ——
There is a beautiful flower filled garden at the front with dens and tunnels through the shrubs, mud kitchen, fire pit, barbecue, table and chairs. It's our favourite evening sunshine spot, from where you can hear the children if they wake up.

—— Back garden ——
We have a fun activity-filled back garden with sandpit, climbing frame, slide, Waterworld (our kids love pouring water), as well as table and benches for meals and sitting about.

—— Field ——
Through the dense shrubs and trees at the end of the back garden is an adjoining field with beautiful babbling brook and ancient shrubbery. Depending on when you book we may be camping in the field (check the dates listed at the end of this description.) When we are camping we are fully self contained and out of sight, leaving you with the privacy of our home and gardens. Feel free to visit us in the field on occasion, and enjoy the trampoline, swings, brook and more.

—— Animals ——
We have a sociable cat; friendly chickens in a spacious enclosed run; and over winter we have two sheep. You are welcome to play with our cat, visit the chickens, feed them and collect eggs (and we may ask you to feed them if we are not camping in the field). Our neighbour is happy to check on and feed the animals if need be.

You are welcome to bring a well behaved dog, please let us know in advance.

—— Practicalities ——
the sofa in The Snug can be pulled out to create a double bed.
There is a double futon mattress that can be used in the children’s room or double room.
For babies and children there is a travel cot, high chair, potty, child's toilet seat, toddler step, and changing mat.
There is space in the cupboards in every room for your belongings.
There is a workspace table and chairs in the King bedroom.
We have a community run shop in the village, as well as other amenities.

—— TV ——
Our TV is in fact a projector with a large pull down screen in The Snug (an optional 4th bedroom). You will need to bring your own laptop or device. You can watch anything you have downloaded, or you can stream from the internet. Please note: we have thick stone walls in our house, so internet connection in The Snug is dependable most but not all of the time.

—— Sharing our home —-
This is our family home. It’s a beautiful home and it gets such a sparkle even in the smallest nooks in preparation for guests. Most guests consider it brilliantly clean and tidy.

You will find glorious flowers shrubs and weeds in the garden - havens for wildlife. You’ll see chips on the paintwork. We clean every nook before our first guests; we clean thoroughly in between guests, but we’re not up for cleaning inside every cupboard every changeover - it would take an extra day, so the odd crumb may appear. This house was built in the 1800s, we are in touch with the family that lived here then. As in many old houses you may meet visiting woodlice (they are harmless and would prefer to be outside) and cobwebs do also appear. Nature still thrives here. We consider that a blessing.

We make some effort to be conscious of our impact on this awesome planet. So we have second hand pots, pans and kitchen utensils and a few sturdy yogurt pots to play with in the sandpit. We have a fabulous drum kit by the trampoline made of old barrels, a gate, and other bits. This year we might even be brave enough to leave you cut up second hand clothes as dish cloths, we’ll see, though I’ll definitely make sure I have proper ones available in case that’s beyond your comfort zone. Some people leave here inspired, pledging that they will start growing food, keep chickens, buy refill cleaning products, or just use old plates for their plant pots instead of buying new plastic trays.

If you consider nature’s visitors to our home unclean, find chipped paintwork un-relaxing, prefer straightness and order, or are aspiring to recently refurbished hotel rooms with all the accompanying services, then this is not the place for you.

If you are up for marvelling at the quirky wonders of our home, a house built 200 years ago, soaking up the life force of gardens that are tended but not tidied to human perfection, happy enough not to worry about marks in the paintwork, are the kind of group that feel free to pop into the field and say hi on your way in sometime (or don’t), and are up for blessing this house with your joys - and your woes if you wish, then book. You’ll love it.

—— Access to the field ——
We will be camping in our adjoining field (marked green on the map posted amongst the photos) during June, July and August.

We are fully self contained and very happy there. The house, front and back gardens (marked yellow) are exclusively for guest use.

There is a dense wooded area between the garden and field (see photos), so guests can have total privacy within the area marked yellow. You are very welcome to come into the field to enjoy the trampoline, swings and brook, or visit the chickens.

When we are camping we will ask if you are happy for us to access our wood store in the back garden, and our freezer (ice for cool boxes) in the basement via the back garden and a separate private door. If you are not happy with that just let us know. Many people prefer to wait until they are here to decide how they feel about it.

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed
Bedroom 3
1 floor mattress, 2 toddler beds

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV
Washer
Bathtub
Patio or balcony
Backyard
Indoor fireplace

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Where you’ll be

St Briavels Common, England, United Kingdom

**The natural surroundings:
This is a stunning corner of the world. If you look on an OS map you will see that there are more footpaths and far smaller fields in this tiny corner of the Wye Valley, than anywhere else in the UK. This makes it an area that is brimming with natural beauty, and alive with nature. It is a stunning and fun place to explore, with woodland, fields, streams, old bendy trees, rivers, and views of rolling countryside stretching over to the Brecon Beacons.


**Local amenities:
Not only is this place beautiful, but the people are amazing. Our local community now supports all of the following amenities in St Briavels Village, 15 minutes walk from our house. They are important to our village and community, not only as functional amenities, but also as centres of contact, friendship, and life. Please make use of them.
- The Pantry, our fantastic village shop with delicious local deli and general produce, and a small cafe area;
- The George pub, overlooking the castle. (Currently closed and changing owners, I’ll try to update when it reopens. )
- Playground (next to the Pavillion, on the crossroads to Coleford)
- The Castle - a YHA youth hostel you can pop into any time for tea, cake, and beer/wine; and sometimes meals, open days, and activities for kids;
- The Assembly Rooms - our village hall and community tea room open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 1:30-4:30pm.
- GP surgery, they are brilliant.


**Walks from home:
If you make it out the garden, you may just like to gaze at the farm animals in the fields around and about. If you fancy a longer excursion take a walk through the woods, across the fields, down to the River Wye and along to the Old Station Tintern or over the hill to the Brockwier Village Shop, both with cafe and playground.


**Other places to eat, drink and shop, within walking distance:
- The George pub in St Briavels serves lunch and evening meals, and has occasional bands and entertainment. (15 minutes walk - currently closed and changing owners)
- It's also worth visiting our community run Brockweir Village Shop, which stocks just about anything you'll need, and has a cafe serving fabulous teas, coffees, cakes and lunches. It also has a great playground. Also a 1 hour walk, or an 8 minute drive.


**Local Attractions:
If you're up for checking out some local attractions for children and adults, then look up Perrygrove, Puzzlewood, The Secret Forest, Raglan Farm Park, The Forest of Dean Steam Railway, Tintern Abbey, Parva Farm Vineyard, The Old Station, Kingstone Brewery, Wye Valley Sculpture Garden, Hopewell Colliery, Clearwell Caves, Taurus Crafts, Great Western Railway Museum, Monmouth town; all 10 to 30 min drive away.

There are cinemas in Coleford and Cinderford, tickets are as little as £3.

There is a theatre in Monmouth.


** General shopping and Coleford
We love Coleford. It's ten minutes drive, it's got a fantastic green grocer, baker, two butchers, a deli, and a health food shop; all of which are independent. There's also Coop and Lidl supermarkets. Please buy local!

There are plenty more fabulous independent shops and services, including-
- The worlds smallest bar, serving local brews.
- Kaplans Cafe, hearty cafe food (sandwiches, jacket potatoes, omelettes, chilli con carne, all day breakfast, Turkish food).
- Seven Cafe - really delicious food, like fresh soups of the day, smoothies, very kid friendly, brilliantly staffed by people with learning difficulties.

Parking is 20p/hour in the council pay and display car parks.

Hosted by Rachel

Joined in September 2016
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What goes around comes around. We have stayed, lived, and worked in so many incredibly hospitable homes and communities around the world. Our home is also a special place we love to share. My husband is a teacher. I garden for a local hotel and two organic smallholdings, as well as being a mum. We spend our spare moments enjoying our surroundings, catching up with friends, and tending our beautiful acre. Our children are 1yr, and 2yrs old.
What goes around comes around. We have stayed, lived, and worked in so many incredibly hospitable homes and communities around the world. Our home is also a special place we love t…

During your stay

With the exception of a few weeks over August when we will go away, we will be camping in the adjoining field, out of sight from the house.

You are welcome to pop over to say hi, come and play on the trampoline swings and at the brook, or come and ask us for any help or support. We enjoy our role as hosts and are more than happy to meet you and help.

We will not come and find you - you have the house and gardens to yourself.

We will also be contactable by phone. When we are not camping in the field then our trusty friends and service providers will be on hand to help if needed.
With the exception of a few weeks over August when we will go away, we will be camping in the adjoining field, out of sight from the house.

You are welcome to pop over…
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House rules

Check-in: After 5:00 p.m.
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
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Climbing or play structure
Carbon monoxide alarm
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