Donkey Shed

Wye Valley, Monmouthshire
+44 (0)7879 644053
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View-filled, beautifully converted and toasty warm, this old donkey shed is perfect for walkers, cyclists, peace-seekers and lovers


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

You’ll feel calm here, high up on one side of the Wye Valley, with the river winding its way through an ancient tree line below you. However bad-tempered the weather, it’s uplifting to sit by the large windows in the open-plan sitting room, wood-burner warming you, views straight across the valley.

A bunk room on the ground floor has a bookcase stuffed with books; up open wooden stairs is a neat, beamed double, warmed by the wood-burner flue, and overlooking the grand view – you’re facing east so sunrises will be lovely. Outside the front door you’ll find a little private patio with table and chairs for sunny meals and big views. Seren, next door, is a sweet retreat for two which you can also take if you need more space.

 Hugh and Catherine live over the road and leave you logs, bottles of local beer, homemade biscuits and honey bee soap made in Usk. Hugh’s a keen mountain cyclist and will happily chat about routes, walks are straight from the door, you can canoe and fish, or take yourselves off to the local Michelin-starred pub.

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We think you'll love

  • A proper big bath tub for walk-weary limbs
  • Taking both spaces together and having a larger party
  • Walking all day in this unsullied landscape
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You should know

  • You need to get in the car for shops, restaurants, etc
  • It may feel a tad remote for some


  • 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

Special offer: Late availability short stay in the Donkey Shed! Mon 4th to Fri 8th July at £425. Get in touch for further details!

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm Friday
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 4 miles away.


Nightly price
from £93
Weekly price
from £650
1 Cottage for 4
From £933 beds2 bedrooms


Loved it! I can't recommend enough. If you want to get away from it all and enjoy nature and peaceful walks and environment, this is your place. We came here with our 7 year old for a half term escape. The house was spotless. Had everything we could possibly need including a lovely welcome pack of local ales, milk, eggs and cookies. The house was very comfortable and cosy especially with the woodfire stove which we lit up in the evening. But what really made our stay special is those views! We saw all kind of birds, squirrels, deer... was so beautiful. Just what we needed. We'll be back! :)

Sadie, Hatfield

We absolutely loved our time here, such a beautiful place with walks right out of the door, we are definitely coming back! Thank you Hugh and Catherine!

Luke, Poole

Stayed at the Donkey Shed before Christmas with my Husband and Toddler. The barn itself is perfectly formed with everything you could need from a holiday home. It was cozy and welcoming and the Christmas decorations really added to its charm. We loved its location and the amazing view and were lucky enough to see a number of deer. The Wye Valley has lots to entertain both adults and children alike and there are plenty of nice Pubs, attractions and walks within 15mins drive. Couldn’t recommend more.

Rebecca, London

Lovely property. Stunning views. Great walks round about. Hosts could not be more welcoming. Will definitely return.

Wendy, Harpenden

A perfect week at the Donkey Shed: warm welcome from Catherine and Hugh, a mine of cycling information; perfect setting, so peaceful and the view over the valley is stunning; the cottage is perfect, the cosiest upstairs, the best shower, properly equipped kitchen, maps, guides, and the enormous top to floor window overlooking the misted valley - and the stars on a clear night, stunning! Our week was made perfect by our electric bikes. Heaven. So many forest trails as daring or as peaceful as you wish and keeping right off main roads, great pubs and amazing local history. We will be back!

Katrina and Dave, Brighton

A delightful stay with beautiful views, a luxurious bathroom and endless walks. We cannot recommend the Donkey Shed more highly.

Beverley, Newport, Shropshire

We spent a week at The Donkey She’d and didn’t want to leave...I mean we REALLY want to leave! To wrench ourselves away from the view, the peace, the wildlife and the cosiness was not easy! We wanted peace and a connection with nature and that’s exactly what we got...and more. Catherine and Hugh are perfect hosts: available and friendly and the cottage, buried deep on the wooded hillside was just perfect.

Wendy, Bristol

We had a wonderful week at the Donkey Shed. We were made so welcome and thank you for the fabulous biscuits. The views are stunning and we whiled away many happy hours gazing at the mist or watching deer walk past. The weather was good to us and we visited local nature reserves and were very lucky to see a family of wild boar at Nagshead Reserve. The Donkey Shed is the perfect place to spend time as a couple or family. Thank you for making us so welcome and we're sure we'll be back again.

Douglas, Pontyclun

This is a wonderful place to stay. Everything has been elegantly and thoughtfully designed, from the fantastic high windows to the book selection to the kitchen full of lovely things. There's fantastic walking and the Whitebrook restaurant is perfect for a special occasion - we also spent hours staring happily out of the window.

Anna, Stroud

We had a wonderful stay at Donkey Shed. The accommodation was all to a high standard, a home away from home, with an excellently equipped kitchen. Catherine really has thought of everything! There are lots of really nice touches, such as homemade shortbread on arrival and Catherine had set up everything we needed for a comfortable stay with our 11 month old daughter. The view across the valley from the Donkey Shed is also amazing! The sitting room is a lovely place to sit and take in the view and watch the weather. Donkey Shed is a great place to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Kathryn, London

Had a great week at The Donkey Shed. The property was perfect for us ... a lovely place to unwind whilst enjoying the uninterrupted views from the full height gable end window. The cottage was well appointed and cosy and the little patio ideal for soaking up the early morning sun. Very quiet rural unspoilt location but with lots of great walks within a short distance. We were very lucky so late in the year to be blessed with perfect weather all week. Conveniently positioned for a visit to the Whitebrook Michelin Restaurant ( which more than lived up to expectations). Hope to visit again soon.

Cath, Lancaster

We had a perfect week at The Donkey Shed, and hosts Catherine and Hugh were really helpful with our numerous queries. The accommodation was beautiful, clean and they have literally thought of everything, from a well equipped kitchen to brilliant books and games. We enjoyed the stunning view and some unique wildlife experiences and the many great walks from the Shed in the surrounding area.

Jennifer, Bristol

The Donkey Shed was a wonderful place to spend our first escape after lockdown. The house is so nicely done, with all the necessary extras, and the view is wonderful. Catherine and Hugh are great hosts, and helped us out with all kinds of recommendations.

Will, London

We had a wonderful stay at the Donkey Shed. Our host, Catherine was very efficient and organised and it was a pleasure booking everything with her. The accommodation was lovely and had everything in it that we needed. We loved the bathroom, view, and fireplace! One thing to note is that there is very limited mobile signal in the house itself as mentioned in the information section.

Zelda, Manchester

We really enjoyed our stay at the donkey shed. It is a lovely building, in a great location with a superb view across the valley. The accommodation is well equipped and a relaxing, comfortable place to stay. The location is perfect for taking walks straight from the door, lots of footpaths in the vicinity, and good too for easy access to the local towns. Catherine & Hugh are perfect hosts - quick to respond and just the right level of interaction. A great place to unwind, take in the views & wildlife.

Kim, Cambridge

This tranquil retreat was just the tonic for weary city folk. Bit of a digital detox, slowing down, getting back to the simple things. We loved the high spec bathroom, crisp bed linen, supercharged log burner and oak beams. The view - WOW. Just dreamy looking over the misty Wye to the wooded valley side beyond. We were blessed with clear nights and got to see spectacular stars, milky way and all. Fallow deer running across the field in the morning was a treat. We had some great muddy pub walks without needing to drive anywhere. This place will stay with you. Ssshhh! Keep it quiet


Having been to the Wye Valley many times before this was the first time we have stayed anywhere, getting to appreciate its beauty at a slower pace. We couldn’t have had a more perfect location and cosy ‘shed’ with which to do this - with plenty to keep our 3 year old well entertained! Catherine and Hugh were extremely welcoming and friendly whilst also leaving us to get on with it (having had more overbearing on site hosts elsewhere). We also felt extremely lucky having an intense autumn display of copper, golds, yellow and reds as the perfect back drop for forest walks and runs...magical!

George, London

We had a wonderful few days in the amazing space that is the Donkey Shed. We had great weather so were out walking most of the time but it would have been fine if the weather had been bad and we'd been forced to stay in and look at that stunning view all day. Catherine and Hughes are very welcoming - loved the local beer and delicious biscuits. We are definitely coming back!

Lara, Maidstone

We had a brilliant time at the Donkey Shed. It’s the perfect size for a family of four. The view is utterly stunning and it’s been renovated to a really high standard. We found plenty to do each day within a 30 minute drive. Would definitely stay again if we’re in the area again. Highly recommend!

Beth, London

We were lucky enough to have an amazing Xmas stay at the Donkey Shed, Hugh and Catherine provided a warm welcome. Wonderful views from the shed and walks from the doorstep - we heartily recommend a visit!

Martin, Bristol

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The neighbourhood

You're down a narrow lane (which forms a section of the Wye Valley Walk) through beech woods carpeted with wild daffodils and bluebells in the spring. Seren and Donkey Shed overlook the river and there's wildlife spotting from the sofas (deer, swallows in the summer, buzzards, foxes, badgers). There are great walks from the door - head down the hill and follow the river to The Boat Inn.

Local points of interest from Catherine Marsh

  • Step out the door and onto the Wye Valley Walk. Explore ancient woodlands, carpets of bluebells, wildflower meadows, autumn leaves and frosty winter mornings. Head down to the river to join Offa's Dyke. Head up to Beacon View and take in the Brecon Beacons
  • Monmouthshire has some great pubs and Michelin starred restaurants. The Whitebrook Restaurant is 10 minutes by car (or a lovely walk), The Pig & Apple, Walnut Tree, Hardwick Arms, Bell at Skenfrith and Kingstone Brewery are all within reach
  • Well situated for Abergavenny Food Festival, Green Man and Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. Visit Tintern Abbey or explore the castles of the Welsh Marches. Also a great spot for taking in Monmouthshire's beautiful and inspiring open gardens
  • The Black Mountains are 35 minutes away, the Brecon Beacons are 1 hour. Please ask for some of our favourite routes - walking or mountain biking
  • Canoe the River Wye - there are several canoe hire outlets in Monmouth who also provide guiding. Local fishing. Road cycling - including the alpine Lydart ascent from Monmouth. Mountain Biking - home of Dirt magazine, ask Hugh about local singletrack
  • Visit the local rare breeds smallholding, Humble by Nature and take a course in rural skills. Go Ape in the Forest of Dean or get lost in Puzzlewood, climb Symonds Yat Rock and get back to nature with Forest Bushcraft


Catherine Marsh

Catherine and her husband live on a smallholding with beautiful views over the Wye Valley. They've loved welcoming guests to stay at the Donkey Shed in this special spot. Recently they decided to convert another outbuilding to form Seren so that they can share it with more people! They would love to welcome you here for some fresh air and relaxation. They live across the lane so there is an equal share of privacy and availability. They love the outdoors and are more than happy to offer recommendations of our favourite local spots.