Donkey Shed

Wye Valley, Monmouthshire

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


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. It’s a stylish and thoughtful space too: oak doors, slate floors, a neat kitchen with all the stuff you need, white walls, original art and a proper big bath tub for walk-weary limbs. 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. Behind is a small courtyard garden with a table and chairs peering west – private, but lovely Catherine and Hugh are in the cottage over the road. They 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. Nice.


  • 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/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: March availability - Monday 19th to Friday 23rd! Stay at the Donkey Shed in the beautiful Wye Valley this March and receive a 10% discount. Call or email for details and further availability.

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Minimum stay 4 nights weekdays, 3 nights weekend.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurants 4 miles away.


Nightly price
from £68
Weekly price
from £475
1 Cottage for 4
From £683 beds2 bedrooms


We had a wonderfully relaxing stay at the Donkey Shed. The accommodation was everything we'd hoped it would be - quiet, comfortable and toasty warm (despite the snow outside). The kitchen was well-equipped and there were plenty of little touches throughout that showed how much thought Catherine and Hugh put into ensuring guests have an enjoyable stay. The Donkey Shed made for a cosy winter retreat, with nearby woodland walks and pubs and restaurants only a short drive away, and we definitely hope to return to explore the local area more.

Catherine, Stockport

We have just returned from a wonderful weekend at the fabulous Donkey Shed. It was immaculately clean and perfect in every way. Even though it was freezing cold, the very efficient wood burner kept us cosy and warm and we never tired of the magnificent view across the Wye Valley. We plan to return!

William, Solihull

Lovely long weekend at The Donkey Shed - spotless accommodation with stunning views across fields, River Wye and woodlands. High quality furnishings, TV and log burner. Well equipped kitchen area. So quiet and peaceful. Perfect base for exploring the area. Met on arrival by Catherine who was very friendly and welcoming. Nice touches were fresh biscuits, a couple of bottles of local beer, fresh flowers, lavender & honey soap and bath bubbles, again sourced locally. A soak in the huge bath was perfect after a day walking through the woods and exploring the area. Highly recommended.

Sue, Cheltenham

We had a wonderfully restorative stay in the gorgeous Donkey Shed. Catherine & Hugh's place is super stylish & in a wonderful spot - loads to do nearby. They've thought of everything you need & have all the kit for young kids. We'd love to stay again.

Conor, Bristol

Everything about the shed exceeded expectations - it is even nicer than the pictures. We had all we could need: a comfy bed and seats, a lovely bathroom with a great shower and big bath, a well-equipped kitchen and beautiful views. We could have happily spent the week in the shed and never left! The location is lovely, secluded, cosy and perfect for local walks. We would definitely stay there again and we're quite sad that we had to come home. Catherine was also a great host and very flexible about everything. Highly recommended.

Megan, Cardiff

I can highly recommend the Donkey Shed. The surrounding area is stunning, with many short walks within easy distance. There are a number of fantastic pubs nearby, some within walking distance. The place itself is really beautifully put together, everything is great quality, the bed, the kitchen and bathroom and is just a really lovely place to hand around in when it is raining, or in our case foggy. Catherine was really helpful and accommodating. We didn't want to leave!

Hannah, Brighton

This place is magic - beautifully designed and spotless inside, with misty views down to the River Wye outside. I came here to work on a project, but it would be just as perfect for hiking or sightseeing, with the chance to end long days out beside the log burner or in the enormous bathtub! The lovely owners have made a really special place here.

Beth, Manchester

Delightful place with magnificent views. Perfect long weekend for a family of four during February half-term. Spotlessly clean, beautiful design, walking from the doorstep and big bath and comfy beds to return to with the added comfort of a wood-burning stove. Welcoming hosts. Excellent food nearby (Inn at Penallt). Strongly recommended.

Marie, Hampshire

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The neighbourhood

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 Inn at Penallt, 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