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Bracken Hill - Spacious single storey cottage in rural location, stunning views

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3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
9 guests
3 nights minimum
Bungalow
This spacious, single-storey property is all about space, freedom, light & fresh air! It's so large you won't be on top of one another, and there's lots of space outside to run around & let off steam. Visitors are greeted with a 'welcome pack' of essentials, including tea, coffee, milk and sugar. Keen cooks will find salt, pepper & a selection of herbs & spices, & we also supply basics such as washing up liquid, washing machine powder & cleaning materials. Set on the edge of the valley above Monmouth, the property boasts breathtaking views stretching across the Wye Valley and to the Black Mountains. The cottage sleeps 6 in 'proper' beds, plus there are 2 double sofa beds, one in the main bedroom & one in the sitting room; a travel cot is available by arrangement. There is one spacious ...This spacious, single-storey property is all about space, freedom, light & fresh air! It's so large you won't be on top of one another, and there's lots of space outside to run around & let off steam. Visitors are greeted with a 'welcome pack' of essentials, including tea, coffee, milk and sugar. Keen cooks will find salt, pepper & a selection of herbs & spices, & we also supply basics such as washing up liquid, washing machine powder & cleaning materials. Set on the edge of the valley above Monmouth, the property boasts breathtaking views stretching across the Wye Valley and to the Black Mountains. The cottage sleeps 6 in 'proper' beds, plus there are 2 double sofa beds, one in the main bedroom & one in the sitting room; a travel cot is available by arrangement. There is one spacious double bedroom with TV & en-suite bathroom with large corner shower, WC & basin; one twin room made up of two adjoining single rooms with an open doorway between them; & one large twin with a standard single bed and a 4ft bed (small double). Each bedroom has French windows opening into one of the secluded courtyards that surround the cottage. There is also a family bathroom with a shower over the luxurious corner bath, basin & WC. A sunny entrance hall/breakfast room leads into the spacious sitting room with a range of family games, books & DVDs for all ages & tastes. There is wifi internet throughout the property. The kitchen is the hub of this home. It’s well-equipped with electric oven & hob, microwave, large fridge, freezer, washing machine & tumble dryer - and both a cafetiere & coffee filter machine! The outside area can be secured so that all but the most determined escape artist-dogs can run freely throughout the yard & large lawned area in front of the cottage - although we still need owners to ensure that they do not break into the fields with the livestock, of course! Guest access We are in a smallholding of 6.5 acres, which includes fields of livestock such as Pygmy goats, sheep, poultry, a horse & donkeys as well as broadleaf woodland, gardens & ponds. You are welcome to walk around the grounds but we do ask that dogs are kept under close control at all times and under NO circumstances must they be allowed loose in the paddocks or to chase any livestock, whether on our property or in neighbouring fields (although they will almost certainly enjoy rabbiting at the bottom of the garden!). You will have your own private area of garden with a picnic table, barbecue & large lawn where you can play croquet or badminton. Children will enjoy feeding Gilbert & George the Pygmy Goats, the small flock of Soay sheep, Boris & Bertha the geese and our mixed family of ducks and chickens, as well as the many large Koi carp in the pond in front of the main house. Other things to note We offer the option of booking a home cooked evening meal, using locally sourced produce wherever possible (most veg is from our own garden), and we are used to catering for specific diets such as gluten, dairy and nut free. We will send you more details of this when you book. More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
We accept up to 3 well-behaved dogs. It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that they do not chase any livestock.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Victoria and Nagi E
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:January 2018
Interaction with guests
We live in the house next door, so will be on hand if you have any problems or questions, and we'll ask if you'd like to feed the animals, collect eggs etc.
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Reviews (8)
Teresa F
Teresa F
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Stayed here a year ago which is why we went back only to find it looking a mess. Bushes growing over the entrance . Weeds all over the place the little courtyard a mess with dead plants and weeds . The view spoiled by a dumped old car plus broken benches and bushes left to grow high. Inside sofas are not the best . In our bedroom bedspread covered in small black hairs which I brushed off. The wardrobe door has grey tape stuck on as a handle The en-suite shower the bottom of which has come away . Horrid smell from toilet towel radiator made it very hot in there. In my sons room there was a pair of pants left in wardrobe from previous guest . Light in room didn’t work. In my daughters room there were lots of hairs and bits in the drawers so we didn’t use them. Marks on sheets in all rooms Towels also had marks on them. Kitchen dining table chair covers all grubby. Outside in the patio area unfortunately you can’t see the black hills as tress and bushes block it. Such a shame as it is set in the most beautiful area and as a guest who pays money to come stay here I expect better. Won’t be returning.
Visited May 2022
Written May 22, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
OnAir03321005443
OnAir03321005443
Dear Teresa and Stephen, I'm so sorry you were disappointed on your return trip to Bracken Hill after such a successful visit last time - which eventually happened after several Covid-related postponements - when I spent many hours showing the children the animals, collecting eggs, feeding the goats and discussing your daughter's particular interests and your son's recently published book, amongst many other things; it was a shame not to have had that interaction with your family this time - but I suppose that teenagers' interests change! We will certainly address all the issues you raise regarding cleanliness with our cleaners, in particular checking that there are no items left behind by other guests (sadly we are all only human, & I myself found a set of worn underwear in a chest of drawers in another highly-rated property where I stayed recently!). I would like to point out however that you arrived over an hour early and we only have a limited turnaround time between guests - as I explained to you when you were still in the property an hour after check-out time on the final day, having assumed that you would be able to stay until 12 o'clock - which we had been able to allow on your previous visit since you had requested a late check-out in advance and we did not have any other guests arriving that day. I do try to keep on top of the weeding and keep all the plants healthy and looking good, but occasionally I simply run out of time which is what happened on this occasion. Last summer we cleared out and re-planted the pretty bed all along the front of the cottage, which I seem to remember was somewhat overgrown the previous time you came, but we have intentionally allowed the bush to the left of the entrance path to grow a bit bigger as it gives much greater privacy to guests and also blocks the side of the large metal barn (which I think you'll agree is not the most attractive feature of the property!) so that when guests are sitting outside the front of the cottage they are now in a lovely, private, secluded area surrounded by flowers, birds, butterflies and the sounds of nature. I have however noted your concerns and will ensure that we give the offending bush a good haircut in the autumn once it has finished flowering. As a working smallholding we do need a utility vehicle for farm use, which is what you describe as 'a dumped old car'; sadly we have limited space in which to park it! It is old, but it's a vital part of our operation and is in regular use. I note your comment about the sofas, but we have had no other complaints and many guests say they are very comfortable and they like the style. We put the tape on the wardrobe door at the request of some elderly guests who found it tricky to open the door - which in common with many other 'streamlined' doors of this design do not have handles - and we decided that perhaps we should leave it there in case anyone else had the same problem; we will however review this decision in light of your comments. The 5cm decorative panel around the bottom of the semi-circular ensuite shower does occasionally come unclipped during use; we try to ensure that it is always back in position before new guests arrive but obviously can't control what happens during a stay. I am not aware of a horrid smell from the toilet during your stay, but of course would have called out a plumber to investigate immediately should you have alerted me to the issue. The temperature of the radiator itself can be adjusted by guests by simply turning the small control knob on the bottom left of the radiator; again, if you had asked I would happily have popped in to do this for you. I'm sorry one of the light bulbs in one of the rooms had blown; this sometimes happens, of course, and we do usually switch all the lights on and off as part of our final check between guests (given enough time); I would naturally have replaced the bulb for you immediately had you informed me of the problem. I am struggling to identify marks on any of our sheets, but I am aware that there are tiny areas of discolouration on a very few of our towels. We would love to be able to give each set of guests lovely new towels and sheets, but sadly this is not economically viable. All our bedlinen and towels are thoroughly washed and checked between guests, as you would expect, and any that are badly marked or damaged are taken out of use. Most of our towels were replaced at the beginning of the summer, so it's really most unfortunate that you managed to find unacceptable marks on them. It's a shame that you can't see the Black Mountains through the trees and bushes while sitting on the decking outside the front of the cottage, but there is a wonderful view from the picnic table on the large lawn immediately in front of the cottage and from elsewhere on the property, even though it is harder to see through the leaves in the height of summer. Thank you for taking the time to alert us to your concerns; please rest assured that we take all customer comments very seriously and always try to address any issues raised by guests as soon as they arise so long as we are aware of them.
Written August 7, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

LoveTravel425367
LoveTravel425367
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We had a friends reunion at Braken hill for a weekend and loved it. The cottage has fantastic views, it’s well kept, comfortable and has a well equipped kitchen. Victoria and Nagi were very helpful and prompt with replies. There are plenty of local walks near the cottage and Symonds Yat is only a 15 minute drive. The only slight draw back was the WIFI which was patchy but understandable as it’s a rural area and it didn’t bother us as we weren’t there for the WIFI. Highly recommend this place.
Visited November 2021
Written November 19, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Elaine J
Elaine J
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An outstanding location, pet friendly, warm welcome and comfortable amenities. Victoria provided everything to make our stay memorable. Thank you for an unforgettable stay x
Visited May 2021
Written May 19, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Alex Chapman
Alex Chapman
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We had a lovely family weekend away staying here. The host, Victoria, was very friendly and welcoming. The property itself is extremely well equipped with everything you can think of especially in the kitchen. The garden area to the front is fantastic with great views and it would have been nice to have spent more time out there but it was just too cold! We're already thinking of booking again for next year and returning to explore more of the area.
Visited October 2020
Written October 12, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Amanda I
Amanda I
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This place was perfect for a family holiday. It was booked for my dad's 60th birthday and comfortably fit 6 adults and 2 young Children (ages 2 and 3). It's the perfect setting for young children, free to run around and enjoy the countryside. They particularly loved the very friendly goats and was even able to help feed them thanks to Victoria. Not forgetting making friends with their dog flapjack, such a sweet little dog😊. We have made some amazing memories here and would highly recommend a visit.
Visited August 2019
Written October 1, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Tourist04498922609
Tourist04498922609
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Great accommodation with everything needed, clean and comfortable. Ideal location with fantastic fully fenced outside space for the dogs. Very warm, welcoming, friendly and helpful hosts. Will definitely visit again
Visited August 2019
Written September 25, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

James C
James C
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Set in a stunning location, this cottage is the pefect family get away, there's lots to do in the surrounding areas (albeit most places require driving) the cottage facilities and location are great to distance yourself from reality. The lawned area is great for games, and relaxing whist looking at the views.
Visited April 2019
Written September 23, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ian
Ian
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Beautiful location, accommodation is just as described; very clean and well presented. Victoria was very friendly and entirely unobtrusive, a perfect host :) Bonus dogs, cats and goats too...highly recommended :)
Visited April 2019
Written May 10, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
OnAir03321005443
OnAir03321005443
Thank you for your review; we're so happy that everything came up to your expectations. I hope you had a good couple of days cycling, despite the dodgy weather (we do our best to meet all our guests' requirements, but some things are just beyond us!). Thank you also for leaving everything in such good shape when you left, it's much appreciated. :) We hope to welcome you back again in future. Best wishes, Victoria & Nagi
Written May 13, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Grill
Central Heating
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Internet Access
Business Travel
Kettle
Business Travel
Microwave
Mountain Views
Parking
Patio
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
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Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Horse Riding Nearby
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About the neighbourhood
The tiny hamlet of Welsh Newton Common is situated between the beautiful Monnow and Wye Valleys amidst the borderlands of England and Wales. It is close to Offa’s Dyke and the attractive market town of Monmouth with its mixture of elegant Georgian mansions and Victorian courtyards, offering excellent shops, pubs and restaurants. For the more energetic there is great walking and cycling available from your door, including walks along Offa’s Dyke, the Wye and Monnow Valleys and the Forest of Dean, as well as horse riding and canoeing nearby. The area is rich in heritage, with many castles including Monmouth, Goodrich & Raglan Castles, and numerous beautiful churches including the remains of the stunning Tintern Abbey just half an hour away.
Getting around
A car is essential for most people, but some visitors choose to book a vehicle with a driver for the duration of their stay. If you would like to do this please let us know and we will put you in touch with an excellent local company for both normal car hire and car-with-driver hire. There are lots of nice walks around the Common, but the nearest shops for all but very basic supplies are a 10-minute drive away in Monmouth.
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