🌱 Beautiful eco-barn | 👙 Scandinavian hot tub | 🛌 Sleeps 2 | ✨ 2 night min | 🌳 Set in private field with ancient woodland | 🏞️ Unspolit views over the Wye Valley AONB | 🥾 Within walking distance of Brockweir village | 🐑 Friendly resident rescue sheep | ⚡️ From £200pn | Perfect for romantic weekends
Why we love Owl’s Nest hideout Cottage in Brockweir
“Truly, this wonderful stay has one of the greenest hearts; and the local wildlife know it. It sits in the fertile Wye Valley, looped by ancient forest, and doesn’t take the surrounding beauty for granted. That’s why owls nest in the trees above you, deer graze outside your window and roosting swallows return here year after year. They know a planet-friendly hideaway when they see it.”
Owl’s Nest hideout gives so much more than it takes. A beautiful, carefully renovated eco-cottage, it is your forest sanctuary where nature is untouched and your stay doesn’t negatively impact the natural riches around you. And boy, what riches there are.
Outside the cottage
The cottage perches in easy walking-and-picnicking distance of the River Wye, just outside of Brockweir in the Wye Valley AONB. There are plenty of woodland walks straight from your door and views that cascade down over the river. From the elevated BBQ terrace or the picnic spot at the top of the garden, you’ll easily lose hours watching the water ebb and flow below you.
Nearby, woodpeckers, long-tail tits and tree-creepers feast from the bird feeders, whilst the resident rescue Ryland sheep graze happily (if you form a special bond with them, don’t be surprised. Many guests do). The surrounding pastures are left fallow by the owners to let native flora and fauna flourish. So, you never know what wildlife will pay you a visit during your time here. You might spot a deer, you might hear a badger, but you will definitely recall later never hearing birdsong quite like it.
The fairy-light lit garden is split-level, with a private, shaded lower area where you’ll find the low-impact hot tub (available to hire separately). Scandinavian in design, it comes with responsibly-sourced firewood to keep it heated and only fresh, chemical-free water. Guilt-free soak under the stars? Don’t mind if we do. The upper part of the garden has a sunny deck with a BBQ and fire pit – and deep sense of being miles away from the real world when you take five here sat in one of the chairs.
Inside the cottage
You enter the cottage through the gorgeous timber loggia – an Italian word meaning sheltered terrace. This dreamy rustic open space comes with a long table and chairs for dining in the fresh air. Even sitting under the wooden roof, listening to the rain with a book is joyful.
The cottage itself is a light, spacious and beautifully modern oak-framed building, full of original character. The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area is a dream design comprising of a double-height ceiling, stone floors, eggshell white walls and chunky peg beans (made from the owner’s own trees). There’s underfloor heating, powered by an air-source heat pump, as well as a wood-burner to curl up in front of. The space also has two large sofas, a dining table for four, a Smart TV, books to read, board games to play and large French doors opening onto the field where the sheep live.
The kitchen is fully equipped with energy efficient appliances, including a dishwasher, washing machine, induction hob, fridge-freezer, kettle, toaster and an Nespresso machine. Best of all, if you don’t want to self-cater, there are incredible restaurants close by (including Michelin-star dining at The Whitebrook). Or you can hire a private chef to cook for you. The bathroom is also on the ground-floor, near the kitchen and living space, with a big wide bath – perfect to share with your beau – a separate shower, loo and basin.
Upstairs, through the mezzanine gallery, your immaculate double bedroom is waiting under the eaves against a backdrop of original stone, crisp white interiors and timber beams. It’s a serene space, where a good night’s sleep comes easily. If it doesn’t there’s a door leading outside onto private decking – where you can bathe in moonlight with a cup of camomile tea, and listen to the owls who welcomed you when you arrived.
“What a perfect place in every respect. Stylish yet relaxed, it nestles into the landscape so well. We both loved the attention to detail in the design and furnishings. The way that the natural surroundings merge with the house and the way that nature is encouraged to be part of it. We have seen deer, green woodpeckers, slow worms, badgers – all from the house. We have hardly wanted to go out on day trips… but we have, and when we returned, it was always with eagerness. We have loved the diversity of flora and fauna, the warren of small paths through the woods, Devil’s Pulpit, the Hudnells, St Briavels, the woods above Whitebrook, the views from high, [and] the meandering Wye. Thank you so much, wonderful stay.” Nic and Jan
- Truly sustainable and private detached barn/cottage in Brockweir for 2 adults (and a babe in arms)
- Perfect for couples who love being close to wildlife and natural beauty
- Gorgeous interiors with modern, high-end furnishings and fittings
- Scandinavian eco-hot tub available to hire for your stay (£150 for 2 nights’ use)
- Enviable setting in the Wye Valley with unspoilt views with lovely woodland and riverside walks direct from your door
- Peaceful and secluded split-level garden with terrace, BBQ, fire pit and picnic spot
- Surrounding pastures full of diverse and abundant flora and fauna, from nesting owls and roosting swallows to grazing deer and badgers
- Friendly resident rescue sheep who like to be petted and fed
- Gorgeous timber loggia for outside dining, in all weathers
- Private chef available to hire on request
- Within walking distance of the charming village of Brockweir with its brilliant community shop, as well as famous Tintern with its Abbey
- Eco-credentials include: an air source heat pump which provides all underfloor heating and hot water. 100% green energy supplier. Sustainably source wood supply. Eco-toiletries and cleaning products. Biodiversity plans in place to help nature thrive
- Private off road parking but the lane is narrow and windy and won’t fit anything wider than a Ford transit. Bigger cars can park further down and walk up
- Less than 3 hours drive from London and only 40 mins from Bristol