Dingestow, Monmouthshire
+44 (0)7778 565937

Clare and Sam introduce you to the delights of rural life on this 200-acre estate – and its warm, cosy, stylish retreats


3 places


Sleeping from 4 – 5

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Send the children off to the Forest School; buy your produce from the honesty shop: sausages, bramble chutney, apple juice from the farm. Immersed in wildlife and rolling hills, this grand gothic house is home to the Bosanquet family, whose love of sustainable farming is inspiring.

They offer a cottage in the stables, an apartment in the West Wing, and a barn conversion for two, with a little loft den (or bell tent) for children and grand-children. All ages love it here.

Raglan Castle is a ten-minute drive, the Forest of Dean half an hour, and the Brecons are just beyond. This is a foodie area so book lunch at The Bell at Skenfrith (about 10 miles), tour the vineyards of Ancre Hill (7 miles), and visit the Chapel in Abergavenny (12 miles). Then back for a stroll down the yew-tree walk, and a row on the wildlife-rich lake.

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We think you'll love

  • The wealth of outdoor activities available on the estate
  • Cooking the beautiful home-grown produce – or having a chef do it for you
  • The simple stylish interiors and the use of traditional Welsh wool
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You should know

  • You need a car to venture off the estate
  • The nearest shop off the estate is 1.5 miles


  • 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


  • 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

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
By 9am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends; 4 nights on weekdays; 7 nights in high season. Dogs welcome in The Wood Barn & Stable Court.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

Towels for drying off after lake swimming.

Dogs £20 per dog per stay.

Lovely lake for chasing balls and masses of land to roam about in - watch out for stock though. Secure garden in one cottage.


Nightly price
from £54
Weekly price
from £350
1 Cottage for 5
From £604 beds3 bedrooms
1 Barn for 4
From £543 beds2 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 5
From £614 beds2 bedrooms



Wow - what an incredible place to stay. My daughter and I loved every moment of our time at Old Lands. Our accommodation was really comfortable, the grounds and the Walled garden are stunning and we were made so welcome. The countryside around Old Lands is beautiful and there is so much to do in the area. However, it's hard to drag yourself away from this magical place to go and explore the area. There are plenty of walks from the doorstep. My daughter and I definitely want to return with the rest of our family.

Penny, Reading

Old Lands was such a beautiful, calm and considered place. Very clean, pretty and ordered and yet wholesome and hearty. The shop is glorious and picking our own vegetables in the vegetable garden was wonderful. Great trees to climb and places to explore. We loved every moment of our stay.

Marissa, London

Old Lands is simply magical. A large slice of heaven in Monmouthshire. Beautiful old buildings, stunning grounds, acres of fields, a circular walk round the lake, more walks through the countryside and only 5 miles from Monmouth itself which is great for a mooch, a shop and some great cafes and bars. Children will love it. Our dogs certainly did! So did we!

Sandy, Betchworth

We had such an amazing time here. We spent the week meandering around, rowing on the lake, playing games on the lawn, letterboxing and picking fresh salad leaves for lunch from the walled garden. We learnt lots from Sams nature walk too. Its a fab place to explore the surrounding area; From canoeing down the river Wye to a fish and chip tea in nearby Raglan. We stayed in the wood barn. It’s beautiful, with a teepee in the little private garden for a night of camping for our little boy. The sustainability of the place is inspiring. A perfect break, would definitely recommend.

Sarah, Stockport

We had a brilliant time at Old-Lands. We stayed in the wood barn and it was like a home from home. The views were amazing and it was so peaceful. The kids loved boating on the lake, letterboxing and pond dipping. The gardens are just fabulous - I wish we lived there! Will definitely be going back.

Emily, Tadley near Reading

We had the most wonderful stay at Horseshoes at Oldlands. The accommodation is so comfortable and well thought out. Sam & Clare are considerate and welcoming hosts. We loved the gardens and having a little courtyard / outside dining area at the back. The estate is wonderful with so many places to explore and discover. Perfect for a family of keen walkers. We took our baby and it really just felt like home. We’re the type of people who always try to go to new places but we’ll definitely be returning to Oldlands.

Camila, London

We have just had a third lovely visit to Old-Lands, this time in April, and again with dog. We saw carpets of primroses and wood anemones, we rambled about the grounds, we messed about in boats. We saw pairs of white doves looking over the accommodation in the dovecote, and heard the rattling sound of green woodpeckers around the grounds. Again Sam's nature walk was a highlight, and the children were thrilled with the newts they found during pond-dipping.

Katherine, Bristol

What a magical spot, an idyllic getaway from city living. The booking process was very easy, Sam and Clare and Amanda responded very quickly to any queries. This is the perfect place for a family holiday, plenty of space with lovely grounds to roam around in. The accommodation is charming, well equipped and cosy. We particularly enjoyed the produce from the farm shop, delicious apple juice and honey. We look forward to a return trip.

Alexandra, Cardiff

Old Lands is truly wonderful and the perfect place to escape to for families, couples or on your own... There is so much to see and explore and the starry skies are breathtaking. A place to relax, switch off, enjoy outdoor adventures, eat great local food, rewild children and cosy up. It has everything you need to unwind and disconnect with lots of care to detail. It is idyllic and so hard to leave ...

Jess, Cardiff

Thank you Sawday's for the introduction to Old Lands. As always Sawday's source beautiful, clean and exceptionally beautiful accommodation. Surrounded by stunning natural surroundings we had a restful weekend getaway with our young family and dogs.

Kirsty, Thames Ditton

We’ve just enjoyed our second magical weekend at Old-Lands but this time in the late summer/early autumn, and this time with a dog. The trees in the orchard were laden with red apples and there was bountiful produce from the walled garden. I’d forgotten how comfortable the beds are. We particularly enjoyed and appreciated a special nature trail which Sam and his son had set up for us. Thank you again to everyone at Old-Lands.

Katherine, Bristol

Just fabulous. Treasure hunts, boating on the lake, fields to run in. Perfect.

Caroline, Bristol

We had a great week's holiday staying in the Wood Barn. Old Lands is a very special place. Sam's enthusiasm for nature and nurturing the landscape and sharing this with us on the nature walk was a real highlight. The letterboxing, rowing on the lake, and being able to cook with home grown food from the shop made the holiday even more memorable. The local area had plenty of walks, bike rides, and canoeing to keep us busy. Would highly recommend.

Sarah, Epsom

Old Lands is a glorious place to stay! We take the whole family on holiday every year so we booked all 3 houses, they were fabulous. From Sam's nature walk, letter boxing, rowing on the lake, walking through the beautiful grounds to choosing scrumptious, home grown food in the on site shop this has truly been one of the best family holidays we've been on. Highly recommended - thank you!

Emma, Thirsk

Our family group, that included grandparents, parents and 4 children had a simply wonderful week at Old lands. It was our sort of place . The ethos of the owners is respect for nature and fostering of the environment. We enjoyed eating the organic vegetables from their garden, we could eat outside at a large table on most days, the children could play out safely in the beautiful grounds without feeling they might be spoiling things and the estate is situated close to lots of places of interest. The accommodation was homely, clean, and well equipped.Well worth a return visit.

Helen, Liverpool

We've just come back from the most wonderful holiday at Old Lands. The cottages are beautiful and cosy, set around a lovely courtyard - great for families staying together. For the whole week, all of the meals we ate were made with vegetables grown in the Old Lands kitchen garden, that we bought in their 'honesty shop'. The kids spent hours and hours building dens, boating on the lake, doing a geo caching treasure hunt set up on the site and a wonderful nature walk from Sam. It was idyllic and we're definitely going to go back!

Katy, London

Old Lands is perfect for a country retreat. We found the Estate perfect for country walks and enjoyed the extra activities of “Letterboxing” and hunting for bugs and butterflies. The garden shop is a pleasure, fresh vegetables everyday with honey, eggs and other staples. We would definitely return to this special place. Thank you to Sam for the nature walk and his attention to social distancing during this difficult time.

Margaret, Stroud

Beautifully furnished, a great library, fresh air, fresh produce, breathtaking scenery and walks and wonderful outside catering! We had a brilliant stay, thank you.

Jane, Lewes

We had a magical stay. We were two families. Kids had a blast. Loved the nature walks, letter boxing, cosy pubs, cosy evenings. Loads of adventures. Parents relaxed too. Really wonderful.

Natasha, London

Old Lands is a beautiful place. Had a really lovely stay. Kids really enjoyed all the outdoor activities and everyone instantly relaxed. Thoroughly recommend a stay.

Emma, Beckenham

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The neighbourhood

You may not have time to stomp up the Black Mountains or kayak down the river Wye as there’s so much fun to be had here, from following the fantastic Letterbox Trail to volunteering in the walled vegetable garden. Gwent Wildlife HQ is also in the grounds and on Mondays Sam hosts an ecological talk. You can roam the 200 acres, join a green gym session or nod off under a tree with a book. The on-site shop stocks pretty much everything – from eggs, meat and bread to sauerkraut, kimchi and more. For walkers, foodies and families, it’s perfect.

Local points of interest from Clare Bosanquet

  • Castles galore on the doorstep, it is border territory after all.
  • You can see the Wye valley from the wooded slopes above, or whizzing by as you tackle the white water in a canoe.
  • Our old industrial heritage is good too, if disappearing down a mine for the afternoon is your cup of tea.
  • Abergavenny as a foodie town with its annual festival is good place for find the best of our local produce.
  • Black mountains 20 minutes away, Brecons just beyond.


Clare Bosanquet

Sam and Clare took on Sam's family estate in 2014 and live here with their young children and their Jack Russells. Sam is an ecologist and bryologist (a moss expert) while Clare is a photographer and “jack of all trades": she manages the whole estate. Both are delightful and make you feel welcome the moment you arrive.