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Anchor & Can

Hole-In-The-Wall near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire (Ref. 986326)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets Yes

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  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "An ancient former inn lovingly restored by the owners."

    A very well equipped kitchen and bathrooms including a wonderful downstairs shower. Situated in a very quiet position near the Wye walk. Despite its relatively isolated position food could be delivered to the door.

    Reviewed by RogerJul 2022

  • "Absolutely wonderful place to stay."

    Right by the river, close to Ross on Wye and the Forest of Dean with lots of things to do whether you have dogs or not! The walks around are delightful and the home itself is so lovely. Stairs in the middle are a little steep, but nothing that can't be avoided if they're an issue. We loved the public footpath walk that took us by the river walking upstream. Janet met us at the house and was so welcoming, we cannot recommend it enough! WhatThreeWords is useful to find the place as maps can be a bit off.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "The property and area are both lovely and I think the description fairly and accurately described the quirks of the property (which we really enjoyed)."

    Finding it could have been difficult so I was grateful for the what three words. The WiFi is very slow, which was not a problem for us but is worth being aware of.

    Reviewed by JosephMar 2022

  • "Great place to relax and let the world pass you bye."

    Had relaxing barbecue one day just listening to the birds, trees rustling. Good walks locally and Ross is only a casual 1+ hour over the fields (dog may have extended the time chasing some birds). Just what we needed, with all that is happening currently. Wish we could have stayed longer!

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2020

  • "Loved that it was a grade ii listed building and was so peaceful."

    The garden was a treat to sit in we were so lucky with the weather

    Reviewed by HelenSep 2020

  • "We had a lovely relaxing week in this quirky property."

    A secluded location with stunning scenery along the river Wye. A couple of our party did struggle a little with all the stairs but overall it was a very welcome break

    Reviewed by ChristopherSep 2020

  • "Disappointing."

    Property in middle of nowhere, accessed by 2.5 miles of very narrow twisting road. Description says 3 bathrooms, there were only 2, 1 served 2 bedrooms with a shower cubicle outside the bathroom. The description said the bedroom with the 2 sofas had own access to wet room, wrong, they had to come down the stairs, through the door into the hall, wet room opposite front door. This wet room also served the twin room at the other end of the house. the occupant had to walk through 3 rooms to get to it. we were left 1 bath towel each (5), no hand towels. I emailed the owner Saturday morning, and 5 more were left at the front door Monday evening. 1 of the bedrooms was accessed through a door and up a very steep, narrow and winding stone staircase with no hand rail, we all went up it once, but none of us would risk going down. The occupant of that bedroom had to get down stairs by going through the J&J bathroom, through the other bedroom, and down stairs to lounge. It may work if your a family but we were 5 friends, 1 couple & 3 individuals. The property is for 8 but lounge only seated 4, 6 if you wanted to squeeze 3 onto a sofa. We took food to barbecue but there wasn't one, despite one on the description, so we decided to cook it in doors & eat outside, no baking trays. Although the property has been renovated, some of the old wood beams were left and they were riddled with live woodworm. Every morning we had to sweep the debris off the window sill in the lounge, and some sort of bugs frequented the floor in the twin room. With some clever camera work, the parking area looks bigger than it actually is.

    Thank you for your feedback. Thankfully most of our guests understand before they come that they are staying in a beautiful, historical house. It has been sympathetically restored, including the old wood beams carefully preserved to save its historical integrity, though treated for woodworm. We do describe ourselves as being in a hamlet which would indicate a small rural location although in reality we are a fifteen minute drive from Ross on Wye. I have discussed the bathroom situation with Sykes and they continue to feel it is three washing areas and a full description within the text is provided to clarify the situation. It would be helpful if you could understand our attempts to keep our guests and cleaners safe from Covid -19 and understood that by bringing a few extra towels and pillows as requested keeps us all safer. We do make it clear that there are stairs. I am nearly 70 and have no difficulty in moving between the different levels of the house, it is all part of its charm. There is plenty of seating within the house, with a Snug room with two Lazy Boy chairs and Lounge with two three seater sofas, and chairs scattered throughout the remaining house. The barbecue was in the side garden and the kitchen is well stocked with baking trays and roasting dishes. Our peaceful home within a secluded and stunning area is obviously not for you. There was no clever camera work on our behalf, we make it clear the driveway is suitable and plenty big enough for three cars. May I suggest more careful research about the house and its location before is considered before making any commitments. Thanks again for your comments, the owner of Anchor&Can. Property Owner

    Reviewed by BeckySep 2020

  • "The cottage is ideally located for anyone looking to get away and relax, there ..."

    The cottage is ideally located for anyone looking to get away and relax, there is limited phone signal but good wifi coverage - Janet was very helpful and responsive

    Reviewed by RoyJul 2020

  • "Amazing quirky accommodation in lovely setting."

    Well equipped. Good communication with owners throughout and prior to our stay

    Reviewed by DawnFeb 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage, spacious and quirky."

    Booked over the Xmas period and all parties had a great time. Mr and Mrs Ockenden were great hosts and couldn't be more helpful. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by SamanthaDec 2019

  • "Must be the most quirky house we have stayed in."

    Very well restored both sympathetic to its history with enough modernity to make it comfortable. The kids loved it making it into a great place for hide and seek etc. Beautiful area and quite exciting when the river flooded. We were assured that it has not been flooded itself ! A third toilet would have been good but where to put it we asked ourselves. Thoroughly recommended if you enjoy old and new properly put together.

    Reviewed by KelvinNov 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a fantastic location"

    Reviewed by JamesApr 2019

  • "Most enjoyable stay."

    Fantastic house v v large lots of interesting nooks and crannies spotlessly clean ,Janet was v helpful I would certainly recommend this house to everyone.Thanks again Leonard

    Reviewed by LeonardMar 2019

  • "We have just returned from a week at this beautiful, historical cottage."

    It had everything one would expect in terms of facilities, WiFi, dishwasher, washing machine and a huge range cooker. Showers are excellent. Everyone reported their bed to be super comfy and they all had good quality bed linens. Janet was available to help with recommendations and genuinely cares that you have everything you need. There is a log burner in the lounge and Janet leaves wood for the first night. We bought wood nearby which cost less than £20 and kept us warm for the week. Janet can provide wood for you if required for a modest cost. The cottage also has central heating but there’s something very cosy about a real fire. There are lovely walks on the doorstep and we took our bikes too. Highly recommend Gastropubs are The Loughpool (book in advance) and The Moody Cow. Both are about a 15 minute drive. Hereford Cathedral is well worth a visit to see the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library. The Forest of Dean (lots to see and do there) and Symonds Yat are close by. Gloucester Quays for designer outlet shopping and lots of well known eateries. There’s far too much to do in a week and we will definitely return!

    Reviewed by JuliaFeb 2019

  • "We loved taking our dog with us which made it such a family holiday."

    They were even prepared for this with dog bowl and towel. The layout was excellent. We could have done with more logs though as the the ones we had did not last long and there was no other kindling to build another fire on the Saturday. However it did not detract from our total enjoyment of the cottage.

    Reviewed by AnthonyFeb 2019

  • "We loved Anchor and Can!"

    Plenty of space for us all in this wonderfully quaint and quirky cottage which has been stylishly yet sympathetically restored. Beautifully decorated for Christmas, and with superb walks literally from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by MoragDec 2018

  • "Ideal location and superb facilities for our pre-Christmas family celebration."

    Reviewed by RayDec 2018

  • "An absolutely beautiful holiday cottage."

    In a great location right on the river Wye, the accommodation is very attractive, clean, spacious and comfortable. The owners have done a wonderful job of lovingly restoring this historic building to include all mod cons, whilst retaining its cosiness, charm and a wealth of original features. The cottage is furnished and equipped to a very high standard - the beds and bed linen are luxurious. The perfect place to relax and enjoy a family gathering to celebrate our Mum's birthday - we all loved the Anchor and Can and hope to have an opportunity to return.

    Reviewed by ChristineNov 2018

  • "Had a lovely relaxing stay at the Anchor and Can, beautiful renovation with key features tastefully kept and lovingly restored, warm and bright, walks from the door, plenty of room for a large family and dog."

    Many stairs may not be appropriate for those with walking difficulties. Beautiful surrounding areas of Ross and Hay on Wye, Symonds Yat for walking and Kayaking.

    Reviewed by KarinSep 2018

  • "We were the very first guests at Anchor and Can."

    The property did not disappoint - so many quirky nooks and crannies in the beautifully renovated home. Lovely rural position with footpaths outside the gate. Comfy living room with a log burner, well equipped kitchen, baronial dining room. Three staircases led up to the large bedrooms with plenty of storage. We met Janet the owner who was lovely and was keen to ensure that we had a great stay. Plenty to do in the area with and without children. Brilliant - we would thoroughly recommend this property. Many thanks!

    Reviewed by SueAug 2018

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  • Three double bedrooms: 1 x four poster double with en-suite shower, leading onto the Jack and Jill bathroom with W.C., basin and bath, 1 x double aspect bedroom leading onto the Jack and Jill bathroom, 1 x large bedroom with exclusive two sofa seating area with own access to wet room,
  • Ground floor wet room with large walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Fully fitted Kitchen
  • Dining room comfortably seating 8 diners
  • Snug
  • Sitting room
  • Oil central heating
  • Range electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview and DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Starter pack for wood burning stove inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Hairdryer and toiletries.Cot and highchair
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • Wide selection of shops, restaurants and pubs within 3 miles
  • Two well behaved dogs are welcome, though not to be left on their own in the cottage
  • Owners live near to hand
  • Note: Due to property layout, there are a number of steps up and down in the property therefore, it may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: No stag/ hen or similar
  • This property has a £100.00 Good Housekeeping Bond.

The property

This historic Grade II listed cottage lies alongside the River Wye in the hamlet of Hole in the Wall only a few miles from Ross on Wye.

The cottage, set in its own grounds, boasts a quiet and picturesque location with striking attractions.

Formerly a public house, it has at its heart a 15th century ‘cruck frame’ cottage which benefits from many original features including stone flags, wall and ceiling timbers, large bread oven, and a victorian cast iron cooking range.

This cottage has recently been sympathetically and carefully styled throughout to provide a comfortable retreat.

For this reason, we request there is no smoking or stag/hen parties within the house.

The interior comprises a spacious, well equipped farmhouse kitchen with an adjacent dining room.

The wonderful snug and its inglenook fireplace ensures a little haven to unwind with a good book.

The welcoming lounge with comfortable sofas provides a good family space made cosy by the wood burning stove, particularly on winter evenings.

Choose from three bedrooms for a peaceful night's sleep, you will be spoilt for choice between two double bedrooms benefitting from a Jack and Jill bathroom, and a four poster room.

All bedrooms either overlook the river, fields or the garden.

Outside, discover the large garden bordered by trees and a ‘holy well’, to compliment the nature of the cottage.

With outdoor furniture and a barbecue, you can make yourselves right at home embracing the location in its entirety.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Ross-on-Wye 3.6 miles; Gloucester 20 miles.

The small hamlet of Hole in the Wall lies in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside on the banks of the River Wye and is just 3 miles from the pretty riverside town of Ross-on-Wye. There are many local walks and cycle routes and the Herefordshire Trail and Wye Valley Walk are both close by. Nearby overlooking a large loop in the beautiful River Wye is the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye. This picturesque town has timbered Tudor houses clustered around the striking 17th century Market Hall, and there are excellent shops, tea shops, pubs and restaurants to suit every taste. The magnificent Royal Forest of Dean boasts many trails which can be enjoyed on foot, bicycle or horseback or why not try your hand at fishing, golf, canoeing or caving all of which can be enjoyed in the area. Try the local wine at the Three Choirs Vineyard or visit the waterfront Cathedral City of Gloucester with its Victorian docklands and Norman Cathedral or see the Mappa Mundi in the Norman Cathedral at Hereford. The stunning Brecon Beacon National Park, the Cotswold hills around Cheltenham, the beautiful Malvern Hills, Symonds Yat and the “book town” of Hay on Wye also make a great day out from this wonderful cottage which can be enjoyed any time of the year.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas