Monnow River Cottage

Longtown, Herefordshire
+44 (0)7968 562487

After trekking Offa's Dyke, return to a cosy wood-burner stocked with logs and a sumptuous bed - you'll love this country retreat for two


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

The Black Mountains are the backdrop to your Herefordshire retreat: this converted bakehouse has all a couple need to escape city life. Inside, tones are neutral, with wheat coloured carpets and soft fabrics in the living room to set off the dark beams above, and a wood-burner stacked with logs. The kitchen isn’t huge but it is well-equipped (and you’ll find some generous basics along with handmade chocolates and local Welsh cakes), so pad through to the conservatory with a coffee, or step out to the sunny garden – both are great birdwatching spots. Two meadows lie just beyond, the start of many footpaths that criss-cross the countryside; the river Monnow meanders by too. The energetic Jones’ use the old mill owner’s house at weekends but otherwise the cottage stands in peaceful seclusion. After a day spent in bookish Hay-on-Wye, a windswept trek on Offa’s Dyke or a drink in the local pub you can head upstairs and collapse into your big zip-link double, with its fresh linen and pretty view to the garden. The award-winning village shop can sell you a fishing licence and there’s plenty of space for storing bikes.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Changeovers on Saturday.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £68
Weekly price
from £475
1 Cottage for 2
From £681 bed1 bedroom


A magical place. The cottage is the old bakehouse next to the mill/mill house where the hosts live. There is a small but well-equipped kitchen (including a welcome pack of local produce), a gorgeous cosy sitting room with log burner, a huge conservatory and a bathroom. The first floor is a vaulted bedroom with an enormous comfy bed and WC/basin. There are several acres of garden/fields by a river, and an excellent village shop round the corner. The owners were hugely friendly and helpful, and the location is perfect for hikers - miles of beautiful routes on your doorstep. Can't wait to return!

Tom, London

Lovely stay at Tivy and Steve's cottage in September. Very clean and cosy with beautiful walks from the cottage in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons a short drive away. The gardens around the cottage are gorgeous and there is even a village shop a 5 minute walk down the road which is very handy for such a peaceful location.

Vicky, London

We booked Munnow River Cottage to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and were blown away with the cottage and it's surroundings as soon as we arrived. It was just so beautiful. We loved the extensive grounds that we had access to, the riiver, the fact that we could walk from the cottage and the old Mill. Steve and Tivy were and the lovely Steve and Tivy who were on hand recommending places to eat and Steve kindly showed us around the mill. It was great to have a village pub and general store within walking distance. We completely chilled and relaxed.

Heather, London

What a wonderful little cottage, tucked away to guarantee peace and quiet, but within walking distance of a local village shop and pub. Tivy and Steve were welcoming hosts, keen to share their beautiful location. Set amongst trees and fields with a tributary of the river Monnow flowing past the garden it really is a nature lovers paradise. We enjoyed walks, pub lunches and evenings curled up on the sofa, tending the log burner and listening to the owls. The cottage is spotless and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. We would love to return....

Alison, Thames Ditton

What a delightful place to holiday. We arrived to a warm welcome from Tivy and Steve as well as a very warm cottage thanks to the woodburner. The cottage was perfect, comfy bed, well appointed and in such a beautiful setting. Plenty of info of the area supplied for walking, shopping, eating and just strolling their fields and mooching by the river was lovely in itself. The local community store has everything required from locally baked bread to local gins and only 5 minutes walk away. Have already booked a week back at the cottage in 2020 which says it all really, can't wait!

Carl, Attleborough

We stayed at this charming riverside cottage for a long weekend. After a fantastic walk with incredible views over the English-Welsh border it was great to come back to a cosy wood-burner. The cottage was very clean, with lots of fresh flowers dotted about. We took Steve and Tivy's tip to go for Sunday lunch at the Carpenters arms which we'd also thoroughly recommend. All in all a very relaxing stay and we'd love to return.

Daniel, Birmingham

After our 6th visit we were as charmed as ever by the welcome and care from Tivy and Steve in what must be one of the most pleasing locations by the Welsh/English borders. The cottage amenities are as convenient and comfortable as ever but the wonderful setting by the river Monnow with beautiful skyscapes over the Black Mountains and the magnificent trees and wildflowers make this place a gem of peace and tranquility.whatever the weather does. Nature beckons every morning on rising summer or winter

Terry, London

We stayed at this Fabulous cottage for a week, it is set in beautiful grounds which the owners take great care of & they are friendly & helpful. The cottage is very well maintained, spotless & we felt at home straight away. The local Post Office/Shop is only a short walk away & is well stocked with friendly staff. There are many lovely places to visit in the area & plenty of local places to eat. We would highly recommend staying at this cottage.

Gill, Lytham St Annes

We had a delightful fortnight at Monnow River Cottage, enjoying the peace, seclusion and beautiful surrounding countryside. Tivy and Steve made us very welcome and it was lovely to be able to wander by the river and through the flower meadows

Beryl, Guildford

This is a delightful cottage - very well equipped and in a beautiful setting. The river Monnow is a stone's throw away and the wildlife is stunning. We saw dippers, kingfishers, grey wagtails and even an otter. The wildflower meadows are wonderful to0. Tivy and Steve are very friendly and welcoming and generous in sharing this delightful spot with their guests. We will definitely be going back and cannot recommend this cottage highly enough.

Paula, Chedington

Another great break at this wonderful cottage. As usual perfect peace on the estate, where this is the only holiday let, and you have the freedom to roam the gardens, riverside and fields. Tranquility can be surprisingly hard to find even in remote areas, but is guaranteed here. The weather is not, but we were lucky so were able to explore the surrounding hills, mountains and valleys in benign conditions with scenic and varied terrain and views.

Allan, Southport

We had a lovely relaxing autumn week in this cosy cottage with everything we needed ! Tivy and steve are perfect hosts and made us very welcome ! Fresh flowers , endless supply of logs for the stove and a lovely welcome pack were much appreciated! Highly recommend this sweet cottage in beautiful grounds any time of the year !

Andrew, East lothian

We had a lovely relaxing stay at Monnow river cottage: it was perfect for a cosy autumn week with everything we needed to chill out ! Tivy was helpful and thoughtful and we cannot recommend the cottage highly enough !

Helen, Edinburgh

This is a magical place. This gorgeous cottage nestles amongst gardens tumbling with flowers and is sorrounded by trees and fields. The lovely river only a few steps from the door and you are free to roam to your hearts comtent. The cottage itself is a gem and the owners Tivy and Steve feel like friends as soon as you meet them. We will certainly be back.

Sarah, Medbourne

It would be hard to find a more lovely cottage to rent in such a beautiful part of the country. The cottage ,gardens and surroundings are all well cared for and welcoming.Well equipped, felt as if everything had been thought of to create somewhere you were happy to return to after a days cycling ,walking or exploring .Lovely touches -vases of freshly picked garden flowers,hamper,towels and toiletries.A very efficient log burner and stacks of logs.Plenty of space for two and comfy bed with beautiful bed linen. Cannot imagine anybody being disappointed with a stay here.It was hard to leave.

Janet, East Sussex

What a wonderful week at Monnow River Cottage. The cottage was everything we hoped for. The beautiful gardens, steam, orchard etc.made the location quite magical. The welcome cider and welsh cakes were much appreciated as were the rooms full of beautiful cut flowers, sweet peas, verbena, etc. The hard work Tivy and Steve put in to maintain the cottage and its surroundings is amazing, including restoring the old mill and growing heritage apples. The local shop/post office is just a few minutes walk away and is very well stocked with everything you need. We certainly hope to return.

Judy, London

We had a lovely week at Monnow River Cottage. The cottage was very clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The garden was beautiful with the flowers in full bloom. There are plenty of walks in the area and places to visit. Thank you Tivy & Steve for making us feel very welcome to your fantastic country retreat.

Linda, Kent

A return visit for us and another really good break. The estate was in full bloom, from veg garden to hay meadows so we usually fitted in a daily wander around. The peaceful setting really is outstanding and we particularly enjoy being able to do a few circular walks from the door. The most obvious (and longest) is up Offa's Dyke and on a fine day the views are amazing, and there is the option to drop down into the neighbouring Llanthony valley with its Priory ruins. There are walks books and a map in the cottage. It's a wonderful place to stay.

Allan, Southport

This is a lovely secluded cottage next to the Monnow River surrounded with groomed meadows full of wild flowers.There are walks with bench seats at various viewpoints for you to see the fish jumping or, if you’re lucky, the odd Kingfisher or even otter. All the rooms are well appointed and have all the comforts and facilities you require not to mention a large Garden with table and chairs. Tivy and Steve are perfect hosts and are full of enthusiasm for the future restoration of the mill and creating an environment to encourage the local wildlife. I hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.

Ken, Rayleigh

We returned to Monnow River Cottage as we had such a lovely holiday last year. Tivy and Steve are very welcoming and the cottage is beautifully presented. It is extremely peaceful and the lovely gardens make dining outside very relaxing. The welcome pack and fresh flowers throughout are really appreciated. We will return next year.

Annette, Holmfirth

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Tivy Jones

  • Cornewall Arms. Wonderfully old-fashioned tiny, unspoilt pub of great character. Of great interest to pub historians. 15 min walk.
  • Award winning Hopes village shop and Post Office. Full of local wine and home produce, they’ll have everything you need.
  • Wonderful walking in Offa’s Dyke National Park & The Black Mountains. Fishing on the River Monnow, you coluld be lucky and see kingfishers and otters. Fishing licence obtained from the village shop. 5min.
  • The Bridge Inn. A 10 min drive to a lovely riverside pub and restaurant. Winner of Best Herefordshire Pub - National Pub & Bar Awards 2017
  • Longtown castle. This wonderfully preserved Norman fortification, with a round keep unusual for English castles. (10 minutes walk)
  • Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival - 21–31 MAY. Abergavenny Food Festival - September. Brecon Jazz Festival - August