Bigsnap Cottage

Llandogo, Monmouthshire

Canoe the Wye, visit Tintern Abbey, bring the small ones and the hound - nature-lovers, bookworms and walkers alike will be happy here


3 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 7


You’ll begin to slow down as you wind your way along the Wye, past magnificent Tintern Abbey and then on through pretty villages, the river at full tide lapping at the road. It’s a bumpy track up through the woods – the bluebells out in force when we visited – and Bigsnap emerges along with smiling Ann who greets you warmly and leaves you with Welsh cakes. Once the family home, this cottage (part old stone, part modern extension) has tons of space yet a cosy feel; find family paintings, ceramics, furniture from their native New England and shelves stuffed with books. An unusual staircase, hewn from a tree, leads to simple, comfortable bedrooms with wooden floors, pretty linen and woodland views from every window; all share one big bathroom. Rustle up hearty breakfasts in the functional kitchen dining room before setting out on ambles to waterfalls or other watering holes – great pubs abound. Return and pop your feet up by one of the three wood-burners (the log supply is generously bottomless). Kids will be busy with stacks of toys and games or they can range free on sunny days while you fire up the BBQ. Restful.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub 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 4pm, please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
10am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 1.25 miles.


Nightly price
from £125
Weekly price
from £675
2 extra beds available. Short breaks £115-£200 per night.
1 Cottage for 7
From £1253 beds3 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Ann Lukens

  • Where do we begin? - first and best are walks from the doorstep - access to the Wye Valley Walk, the old Railway line up to the Boat Inn, and Offa's Dyke Path ... in bluebell season magical, and otherwise simply beautiful...
  • Tintern Abbey - and Tintern itself - the beautiful Abbey and all of the cafes, restaurants and shops throughout Tintern including Stella's rare book shop
  • Chepstow and Raglan Castles - each only a 15-25 minute drive away - bringing history to life - and both holding theatre events in the summer months - from Shakespeare to 'Five Children and It'
  • For the children - Clearwell Caves, Puzzlewood, Symonds Yat Rock and Maze, Perrygrove Railway, Forest of Dean Railway, Tintern Railway with cafe and play area - many with seasonal events and all with lots of fun!
  • For the whole family - Canoeing from Monmouth or Symonds Yat, Cycling up at the Forest of Dean Cycle Trail, The Scupture Garden at the Forest of Dean... if you bring your own bikes, you can store them safely in the shed at Bigsnap
  • Market towns of Monmouth and Abergavenny, and again the county shows - Monmouth and Usk amongst others... you'll need Bigsnap to relax and recover from the vast array of things to do...