The Chalet

Symonds Yat East, Herefordshire
+44 (0)7854 499188
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An excitingly creative family home high above Symonds Yat, and a marvellous spot from which to explore the Wye Valley (plus dogs!)


6 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Reached via a steep, woodland driveway is a huge cedarwood house, flatpack-shipped from Norway in 1912. It was built as a hunting/fishing lodge for a city gent who loved country pursuits. You can still fish, with a permit – 100 steps below is the river.

Teenagers, older children, and dogs will think they’ve died and gone to heaven. As will their parents. Sit out on the deck for breakfast in the sun, walk under thick woodland canopies. Fire up the pizza oven as dusk falls, and gather round the firepit as darkness descends. Here you have all you need, and more, from homemade cakes and Wye Valley gin to a summer house with a secret cinema.

Skip to the pub from the bottom of the garden. Spread your wings to Ross-on-Wye, or Ledbury, or Hay. Come home to art, books, Farrow & Ball colours and vintage finds, not forgetting ‘Norwegian Wood’ cocktails, three wood-burners, and balconies and decks for breathtaking views.

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We think you'll love

  • The magical Wye Valley views
  • Letting older children build dens in the rambling woods, and wild swim at the bottom of the garden
  • The house itself, full of space, life, and beautiful things
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You should know

  • The garden has a hundred steps and a rugged terrain - not for those wobbly on their feet
  • The WiFi is slow
  • Up to 2 good dogs are welcome


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement. 4 or 5 night bookings as standard, £4600.
4 January - 9 February 2022.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Private chef available, 3 courses, from £10 pp.


Nightly price
from £750
Weekly price
from £5241
Damage deposit
1 House for 10
From £7506 beds5 bedrooms


This is such a special place, not only for the wonderful position overlooking the river and wildlife-filled woods but the interiors are spacious, glamorous and supremely comfortable all at the same time. I can't think of a single person who wouldn't feel happy and inspired here - except perhaps the permanently curmudgeonly.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

High above Symonds Yat East, the views stretch for miles: a stunning setting from which to explore the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. Follow the riverside trail to Monmouth - 5 miles. At the bottom of the garden is the river, with canoes and paddle boards to rent, and The Saracens Head for great food. For top quality meat, Huntsham Court Farm is a mile. For good shops: Ross-on-Wye.

Local points of interest from Catherine & Stuart Morgan

  • The Chalet is set in acres of it's very own woodland. The woods are a great place for forest bathing if you would like time away from the rest of your group. You could cook marshmallows around the fire pit and picnic on the rustic bench.
  • The Chalet is on the edge of the Forest of Dean. You can step out of the garden gate onto cycle trails and footpaths or access the river for canoeing, wild swimming, SUP or fishing.
  • The market towns of Ross on Wye, Ledbury and Monmouth are nearby. Ross on Wye has many antique and vintage stores to explore as well as cafes, characterful pubs and restaurants. Ledbury has many gorgeous interiors shops as well as cafes and restaurants.
  • Creatives will be inspired by the glorious views from the balconies and decks at The Chalet. Either paint in the light filled conservatory or book a class with local artist and pottery duo Yat Pottery.
  • You can reach great pubs on foot or bike if you wish to ditch the car. The Saracen's Head is a very short walk away with glorious river views and great food. The Hostelrie in Goodrich is wonderful or cross the river to the Ferrie Inn by ancient hand ferry.
  • Herefordshire boasts many festivals from literature in Ledbury to Indie Food in Hereford. The beautiful town of Hay is within striking distance with it's numerous book stores diverse festival. Similarly, Abergavenny and Cheltenham hold regular festivals.


Catherine & Stuart Morgan

Catherine and Stuart fell in love with the house in 2002, and brought up their family here. They still live in the area, but property manager Sacha is your meeter and greeter. Art enthusiast Catherine, her love of nature, plants and colour evident all around you, hopes others will create wonderful family memories here too.