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Donkey Shed - Self-catering cottage in Monmouthshire

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Hillside House, Whitebrook, Wye Valley NP25 4TU , Monmouthshire
Wales, United Kingdom

Catherine Marsh

+44 (0)1600 860846(landline)

+44 (0)7879 644053(mobile)

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

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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.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Catherine Marsh:

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
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Guest feedback
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"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 , United Kingdom

October 2017
"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, United Kingdom

August 2017
"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, United Kingdom

December 2016
"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, United Kingdom

November 2016
"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 , United Kingdom

February 2016
"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, United Kingdom

February 2016

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  • 1 Cottage for 4
Price:(i) £475 to£700 per week

Booking info:

Short breaks available. Minimum stay 4 nights weekdays, 3 nights weekend.


Restaurants 4 miles away.




Hillside House, Whitebrook, Wye Valley NP25 4TU , Monmouthshire

Self-catering Donkey Shed (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 1 double, 1 bunk; shared bathroom
Price: (i) £ 475 to £ 700 per week

Catherine Marsh

+44 (0)1600 860846(landline)

+44 (0)7879 644053(mobile)