Donkey Shed

Wye Valley, Monmouthshire
Self-catering


View-filled, beautifully converted and toasty warm, this old donkey shed is perfect for walkers, cyclists, peace-seekers and lovers

Bed

3 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

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.

Donkey Shed - Gallery

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
Donkey Shed - Gallery

You should know

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

Essentials

  • 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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm Monday, From 4pm Friday
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available. Minimum stay 4 nights weekdays, 3 nights weekend.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Restaurants 4 miles away.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £71
Weekly price
from £500
1 Cottage for 4
From £713 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

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

We are reticent to give the Donkey Shed the 5 star review it so easily deserves for fear it will become so popular that we shall never get a chance to return! Catherine and Hugh have created beautiful, light, bright holiday accommodation that allows visitors to share their amazing and uplifting view of the Wye Valley in peaceful surroundings - perfect for a weekend just relaxing, or longer if you plan to explore the area. We would return tomorrow if only we didn't live so far away!

Angela, Norwich

We loved our stay at the Donkey Shed. It’s remote with a beautiful view of the hills with deer and buzzards making an appearance. The accommodation itself has been done to a really high standard and is a pleasure to be in while the hosts went out of their way to be welcoming and helpful. It’s highly recommended.

Lily, Bristol

One of the best sheds I've ever stayed in! Fabulous location, beautifully presented and with glorious views. I stayed here for a week with my daughter and there was so much to do right on the doorstep and then the "shed" was a joy to return to and relax with a glass of wine gazing out the huge window as the light danced across the landscape.

Helen, Pinner

A wonderful holiday made so very special by our welcoming hosts (but not in an intrusive way) and the spectacular accommodation. The views from the Donkey Shed were wonderful; to have such a picturesque scene to wake up to was an absolute joy. We felt in tune with nature but, at the same time, we felt pampered with modern amenities such as the dishwasher, rainfall shower and laundry facilities.

Helen, Hawarden

Amazing place to stay with the family, brilliant views, tucked away. Very welcoming family. Had the perfect weather which helped, can't ask more than that. Hopefully we can return one day.

Thai, Portsmouth

We had a lovely, peaceful time. The donkey shed was very clean and welcoming. The Marsh family were great and the views were the best. Would definitely return. Rhian and Mike Wilkinson

Rhian, Wokingham

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

This is a fantastic place! We spent a wonderful peaceful 4 days here to celebrate my birthday. The building is warm and beautifully finished with everything you need. Catherine and Hugh are very welcoming and make you feel instantly at home. The area is perfect for biking and in easy travelling distance of both bike park Wales and the Forest of Dean. The bird feeder outside the window was a treat to watch.

Kate, Shrewsbury

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

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

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

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

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

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Location

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 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

Introducing

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.