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



Words cannot describe how idyllic this place is. It’s a real break from the stress of everyday life. We stayed in Stable Court and found it to be well equipped and very comfortable. It’s furnished with treasures from the main house and is very relaxed and cosy. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone wanting a get away from life!

Sarah, Eastbourne

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

We have had the most wonderful,relaxing holiday at Old Lands. Clare and Sam have created one of those rare places where the stress of modern living vanishes and you can retune yourself.Along with excellent accomodation and lovely local, and homegrown produce from the walled garden in the little shop, the freedom to roam the estate made it the perfect getaway. We will definitely be back , especially as we have to finish the Letterboxing challenge !!!!!

Jill, Lincoln

What a lovely place. Perfect for us in so many respects. Fabulous forest school. Lovely surroundings, with so much wildlife. Our cottage (Horseshoes) very cute and very well equipped. We don't have a car, so having the heavenly farm shop right next door as well as the top notch catering service meant we ate extremely well. Really enjoyed Sam's nature walk and just exploring this wonderful estate.

Kerry, Toulouse

Wonderfully serene and romantic place. Accommodation (Wood barn) spacious, clean, eco friendly, comfortable. Tent in the front garden much appreciated by kids. Forest school sessions educational and fun! Hosts friendly and very helpful. Letter boxing activity treasured in their memories by our children. Long walks on the estate loved by our dog.

Tania and jozef, Nax, switzerland

We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Old-Lands. The estate is so peaceful and well managed that we didn't want to leave. We hired 2 cottages as we were a party of 10 visiting for a local wedding. All of us agreed that the accommodation couldn't have been more comfortable. For me, I particularly liked the beautiful gardens and vases of flowers placed throughout the cottage, this was a lovely touch. One of our party were very envious of your walled garden. The information provided by Sam and Clare was very useful. We've all agreed that we'll be returning to Old-Lands, I don't want to wait too long.

Rachel, Cardiff

We’ve just had a magical weekend at Old-Lands. We went there as three couples with young kids. Everyone loved the freedom and beauty of the estate. Gillian Traverse provided an outstanding Forest School for the children, and we all had fun with the letterboxing and messing about in row boats. Sam’s nature walk was a particular highlight; Sam obligingly answered questions about every bug or slug handed over to him (literally) by the children for identification. The holiday cottages are comfortable and beautifully refurbished. This is a wonderful place.

Katherine, Bristol

An incredibly rare find: understatedly classy (the family has been there for 200 years) - quiet, beautiful, comfortable - lovely furnishings, shelves of old books - produce from the walled garden in a little shop just over the courtyard (in addition to eggs, honey, and many other useful things to eat). Meadows, gardens and lake a stroll away. Sam, the botanist host will give you a tour - Really matchless.

Isabella, Oxford

My friend and I had the most glorious weekend staying in the beautiful Wood Barn for 3 nights over a wild and windy weekend. We spent our time exploring the grounds, messing around in boats on the lake and drinking tea by the fire. The farm shop on site is absolutely delightful and sells everything you could need to cook a delicious organic meal. The place is so beautifully designed and cared for, and Clare is a really lovely and helpful host. We would spend every weekend here if we could. Katy & Charlotte x

Katy, Bristol

We had a magical weekend away, there is so much to do on site that we didn't go anywhere else during our stay. We will definitely be back!

Colum, Totnes

Our third stay at Old Lands - first staying in the Wood Barn. It was lovely and cozy and very much a home away from home. The whole experience, as always, is amazing. Communication was great and we always love Sam’s nature walks. Highly recommend, we’ll be returning!

Tessa, Leamington spa

We had a fantastic family get together at Old Lands in the Old Barn, Horseshoes and Stable Court. It's a beautiful part of the world (even in the rain!). The family have restored the accommodation really well and we were very well looked after; love the farm shop.

Will, Cranbrook

We had a lovely stay in The Wood Barn... a quiet retreat away from everything. The grounds were wonderful to wander around - and the roaring fire ready for our arrival made it feel like home immediately. Highly recommend.

Clare, Fleet

Old Lands is absolutely amazing! We stayed in The Wood Barn, arriving on a stormy Autumnal evening and being greeted by a roaring fire, freshly squeezed apple juice, and bread. The barn is cosy and comforting and decorated beautifully! Clare and Sam are so attentive and offer you great advise on local walks. The grounds are stunning and you're really close to The Black Mountains!

Ella, Bristol

What an enchanting place to stay, stunning, peaceful and simply has a harmony about it. Love the honesty shop, letterboxing, being on the lake. Clare and Sam are so helpful and kind.

Kate, Carmarthen

Old Lands is truly a wonderful, very special place. Hope to return one day but the weekend spent at this magical place with my family will live long in my memory! Can't remember when I last felt so comfortable, happy and relaxed. Thank you Sam & Clare

Jo, Cheltenham

Beautiful place to walk and relax. Very welcoming and interesting hosts and fantastic Letterboxing trail. Great fun even in pouring rain.

Anna, Norfolk

Old-Lands is a magical place to stay. Even when it is raining. Sam showed us the moths he had trapped at night, was very helpful and recommended great places to visit nearby. Autumn had just started and the trees and gardens were just beautiful. Apples galore and the colourful honesty shop was full of wonderful produce from the walled garden and orchard. There are some lovely walks in the area. We will definitely come back for another visit. Thank you for having us.

Claudia, Northumberland

We were greeted with a generous and warm welcome and loved looking around this fantastic estate. All 3 places are stylish and cosy, and I particularly liked the Welsh blankets which complimented the blend of traditional and modern. I wish there had been time to row out on the private lake or further wander the expansive grounds!

Zoe, Sawday's inspector

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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.