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Viaduct House

(Ref. 947406)

Lydbrook, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 16 Guests

  • 8 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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61 Customer Reviews

  • "This was an ideal holiday property for a large family group."

    The house is beautiful, the kitchen is a wonderful space to cook and eat in and the beds are extremely comfortable. It was lovely to have one of the living rooms with an TV and the other without. The owner was friendly and helpful and the booking process through Sykes cottages went very smoothly. We enjoyed exploring the magnificent countryside.

    Reviewed by PriscillaOct 2023

  • "Lovely property with lots of charm and character."

    Parking nearby is a bit restricted but we managed 4 cars. Nice welcome basket and huge chocolate cake!

    Reviewed by CarlSep 2023

  • "A perfect house for a big family gathering - plenty of room for 7 adults, 4 children and a baby with still room to spare."

    Very comfortable and well equipped -it had everything we could possibly need! Excellent advice and tips from owner on the run up to holiday and on arrival a hamper of essentials and a huge jam sponge…delicious. Many thanks for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by PamAug 2023

  • "Brilliant family house, everything thought of for our comfort and catering purposes."

    Ideal situation beside the River Wye and the Forest of Dean with loads of outdoor activities for all age family entertainment. Lovely outdoor seating area and bbq, just suited us so well.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2023

  • "Great space for all 14 of us and the dog."

    Excellent location near the river and very comfy beds with great linen.

    Reviewed by AngelaJul 2023

  • "A great house for large family get togethers."

    It is also in a good location with plenty to do within 20 minutes drive. Some lovely walks from the house too. The house is very well equipped with a lovely large table in the kitchen for family meals. A good pub and Indian takeaway across the road.

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2023

  • "Fantastic House."

    Warm, clean,inviting and well stocked. We had friends come to stay for a long weekend. Kitchen was well stocked for all those basic ingredients, salt,pepper,sauces, cooking oils etc.. Utensils, pots and pans all present. Dishwasher tabs, washing up liquid, hand soap and toilet rolls all provided. Had an issue with smoke alarms going off, all sorted in a quick and efficient manner. Pub and indian takeaway opposite Forge Hammer and River Spice. Great food and a micro brewery what more do you need!! Fab place.

    Reviewed by GeorginaMar 2023

  • "Excellent family gathering break."

    great level of kitchen equipment for cooking, brilliant comms from the owner. Thanks

    Reviewed by GavinJan 2023

  • "Beautiful and well equiped house in a great location."

    Great setting for 16 of us coming together over new years and the lovely touches such as the Christmas decorations made it feel extra special.

    Reviewed by RichardDec 2022

  • "Location was really good."

    The Christmas tree was a nice touch. As was a delicious cake made by the housekeeper. Communication was excellent however the house was very tired and needs lots of TLC. The lounges were freezing cold, wood was damp so had to purchase fuel. One of the fireplaces was unusable, smoked and the fumes were awful. Kettles either didn't work and one that did needed descaling. Some kitchen utensils needed replacing.. icemaker and water chiller was broken although they did provide isome ice. Under ione of the beds there was wood with a nail sticking out. Usb plugs missing so no music. With a good bit of maintenance this house could be lovely but at the moment it is definitely not a 5 star rating. However the location was great and we did have a fantastic time with the family.

    Reviewed by LynnDec 2022

  • "House well equipped and comfortable."

    Beds were amazing and bed linen lovely. However, we are a group of 8 friends and we did find that whilst the 2 lounges are lovely it was difficult for us all to sit comfortably together in one room. We had a couple of maintenance issues but Charlotte was immediately responsive . Hamper was a welcome surprise- thank you.

    Reviewed by StellaDec 2022

  • "Awesome place!"

    Thanks to Gavin and partner for the hamper of comestibles, and for fixing the weather for us! Had an amazing weekend. Really great property.

    Reviewed by TimSep 2022

  • "A very comfortable and interesting house in a beautiful location."

    We had a great holiday.

    Reviewed by DennisAug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Viaduct house."

    Amazing location for accessing the Wye and the owner was really helpful in answering questions and recommending local pubs/activities. House was very well equipped for a large group and the beds were very comfortable. We had one issue, and Gavin the owner was responsive and helped get it resolved very quickly. We'd happily book again.

    Reviewed by DebbieJul 2022

  • "Excellent for a family get-together."

    Only small drawbacks would be small parking area (although there was always space on the road) and another loo would have been useful in morning and evening ‘rush hour’!! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and all ages found plenty to see and do in the area.

    Reviewed by PatMay 2022

  • "Viaduct house was perfect for our needs."

    It is a large house so is ideal for a large family, friends or works group as we were. It is in a great location with a lovely pub and Indian take away opposite and 10 mins away from hiring a kayaking and having a lovely afternoon on the River Wye. All in all would recommend and go back!

    Reviewed by PaulaMay 2022

  • "There were 15 of us , all adul, who went away for a long weekend, Fri-Mon."

    This property exceeded our expectations. Its a beautiful period property .It was exactly as the pictures show it but it looks better in real life! It was very clean, the beds and bedding were excellent and bath sheets provided. The owners had left a large home made cake, fresh eggs and bread and honey for us which was a lovely touch. Plenty of condiments in the cupboard. washing up liquid and dishwasher tabs. Everything has been well thought out. We had everything we needed to make meals for all of us in the kitchen. Large pans and trays, plenty of crockery and glasses. Utensils galore! It was great to have everyone together in the kitchen dinner so no one felt left out when cooking or clearing up. The dishwasher was a God send! There is plenty of room to get away form everyone with 2 lovely lounge areas. One with a TV and one without. The outside space is beautiful with a large table and chairs to sit around and grassed area with gorgeous flowers. . A short stroll to the river. Good local pub nearby, and Indian restaurant just across the road if you don't want to cook! We were all very impressed and are already planning another weekend away here next year. We would highly recommend Viaduct House to anyone wanting a break in the area. The owners reply to messages quickly if you need to contact them. Could not fault it.

    Reviewed by Pauline SylviaApr 2022

  • "Three generations of our family stayed here to celebrate my husband's birthday and we all had a fabulous time."

    The house is spacious and comfortable and kitted out to a very high standard throughout. The delicious welcome cake and hamper were a lovely touch. Great location - very friendly pub opposite with an excellent Indian takeaway. We would highly recommend Viaduct House - we loved everything about it.

    Reviewed by TeresaApr 2022

  • "Lovely house!"

    Great space & lots of room (travelled as 4 families). Would definitely recommend it

    Reviewed by KateyMar 2022

  • "We stayed as a party of 16, consisting of 12 adults and 4 children."

    The house is lovely and there is plenty of room. Kitchen was kitted out and also had a lush baked cake waiting on arrival. The house is close to the forest of dean which has a number of walks and activities for the children. Fish and chip shop was great also. Overall, we had a lovely time at Viaduct House.

    Reviewed by SimonFeb 2022

  • "A beautiful house which is very well equipped."

    Excellent Fish and chip shop also a pub 50m away. First time as a family we had been together for 2 years so exploring the surrounding area gave us many opportunities. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by ChrisFeb 2022

  • "Absolutely perfect house for a family reunion weekend."

    Lots of space for 14 adults and 2 dogs. The house is beautifully presented, clean, very comfortable and well equipped. Great location with walks along the river and a pub/ Indian restaurant just over the road. Extremely helpful owner and the welcome hamper and amazing cake was a really lovely touch.

    Reviewed by SarahJan 2022

  • "Viaduct house is a great place to stay for people who like entertaining at home and for people who like country activities: there is so much available without driving."

    I cannot imagine a more perfect setting for outdoor entertainment in the summer but we did not use in January. The kitchen is perfect for up to 14 people and there is enough crockery, cutlery and glasses for 20. We were greeted with a delicious and giant home-make cake as well as a selection of local produce in a wicker basket. The bedrooms are all of ample size and the combination of double and twin rooms makes the accommodation very flexible. This is all excellent and unusual but it makes being there easy. The sitting rooms only have seats for 7 in the room with the bay window and 4 in the other room, so getting together as a group is a bit of a squeeze. For day to day washing we found the glass programme in the dishwasher the best for crockery, cutlery and glasses straight from the table, the other programmes took hours. There was a broken champagne flute in the sink when we arrived and all of the wine glasses in the cupboard needed washing being clouded with a milky film and two were cracked. Not perfect but hardly a trauma. The shower on the first floor did not drain leaving people standing up to their ankles in water. We bought sink un-blocker and solved that. Perhaps the most important way of working out if we would recommend Viaduct House for a holiday is to let you know that we are looking into booking another week in the summer of 2022, so we can use the outside spaces and the local walks more. Large houses to rent are not easy to find and very few are really capable of accommodating the number they claim in comfort. Viaduct House is good

    Reviewed by SpencerJan 2022

  • "Had a fabulous time lots of room and generally really pleased with everything."

    Coupe of minor issues 1.The garden sadly proved not to be dog secure our resourceful Delilah managed to escape through the back exit protected by a pallet. 2. Although we didn’t really need it all the literature implied more than one tv and there was only one in the smaller lounge. Not a massive problem this trip as we kept ourselves Amused throughout and genuinely had a fantastic Christmas.

    Reviewed by DavidDec 2021

  • "Lovely place for a large family gathering."

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by ChristineNov 2021

  • "We had a super stay in Viaduct House!"

    The bedrooms and beds were so comfortable. The kitchen and dining room area perfect too. Even in November we enjoyed sitting on the terrace with a coffee. It’s a fantastic area to explore. I would really recommend staying in this beautiful house.

    Reviewed by FionaOct 2021

  • "Thank you so much for all that you provide in this beautiful house."

    Had a lovely stay. You have thought of everything and it was such a different and quirky place, but also perfectly cosy and comfortable.

    Reviewed by SarahOct 2021

  • "The setting was beautiful - Lower Lydbrook is wonderfully located, within easy reach of attractive destinations, while the property itself allows for a comfortable stay."

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2021

  • "Beautiful, superbly well equipped house for large groups."

    Great location for accessing the river Wye and all of its activities. We swam in the river yards from the house! Only down side is the parking - the house is set back from the road and the front of the house was full with local residents cars. We had to leave the cars parked on the verge of a fairly busy road further up the road which actually was fine in the end once we realised. Also the house and gardens both have lots of steps - you need to be reasonably agile!

    Reviewed by JenniferAug 2021

  • "Absolutely gorgeous house and gardens."

    Excellently equipped with the Wye river just around the corner and. Friendly pub opposite (with a really good Indian takeaway). A lovely central location for exploring - what more could you possibly wish for? Plus a gorgeous cake, bread , milk, eggs, butter and honey to greet you with. A big thank you to the owners for letting us share this fabulous place

    Reviewed by MariaJun 2021

  • "A brilliant property to stay in."

    Fantastic to have the social area outside and a great table in the kitchen. Close to lots of day activities. The pub across the road do a top takeaway curry and brew their own beer.

    Reviewed by DanJul 2020

  • "Such beautiful accommodation for a large group."

    Fantastic communication with the owner in the lead-up to our visit. We had the happiest time in the lap of luxury.

    Reviewed by AndreaFeb 2020

  • "Lovely stay at Viaduct house."

    Great place to get the whole family together to celebrate special birthdays. A lovely touch was the hamper with provisions to start us off for the weekend - thank you. Only little criticism was the parking as we had lots of cars although a small car park not far away was available to use.

    Reviewed by AlisonJan 2020

  • "We had a brilliant stay at Viaduct House this Christmas everything was as described and the house was perfect."

    From the lovely welcome hamper to the beautiful Christmas decorations, very comfy and spacious bedrooms. Pizza oven was a big hit and Christmas Eve pizza party a huge success.

    Reviewed by MarionDec 2019

  • "The house has plenty of character with some lovely features such as the tiled front hall, box hedges and terraced garden, it was well heated and well equipped."

    The configuration of the 8 bedrooms suited our party well, beds were comfortable and linen was to a high standard. More side tables in the two sitting rooms would be an improvement, and having parking for just 1 car necessitating the parking of 4 others on the busy road caused us concern.

    Reviewed by MichaelDec 2019

  • "Viaduct House was the venue for our annual pre-Christmas multi-generational family weekend."

    It suited us all so well that we booked it again for December 2020. Extremely comfortable and warm with a great kitchen diner and ample cooking facilities for our feasts. Plus a great location: very close to the beautiful Wye Valley path, and to Ross-on-Wye for independent shopping.

    Reviewed by PatNov 2019

  • "The house was bigger than expected."

    Everyone, without exception, commented on the comfortable beds and quality bedding. The kitchen was very well equipped so we were missing nothing. Lovely, lovely setting - walk along the river to Symonds Yat without even getting I the car. Gavin was on hand for any questions. Would highly recommend Viaduct House.

    Reviewed by DeborahNov 2019

  • "What an amazing house!"

    We loved everything about it.

    Reviewed by EmilyNov 2019

  • "Best equipped house we have ever had for a holiday"

    Reviewed by RitaOct 2019

  • "Viaduct House is in an ideal location in the Wye Valley."

    Great open air facilities nearby, bike rental, canoeing, Go Ape, walks etc. Viaduct House provides very comfortable accommodation. The owners have gone out of their way to make sure that renters have everything they could need. Note that there are 13 worn stone steps from the gate to the front door mostly without a hand hold. Not a problem to the able but could be to anyone with mobility issues.

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2019

  • "Beautiful house, every detail has been carefully thought out."

    Very high standard throughout, extremely comfortable beds and beautiful hamper on arrival. Thank you Gavin

    Reviewed by EmmaMay 2019

  • "Amazing house, so good for larger groups to get together."

    The only draw back was no toilet on the ground floor.The Forest of Dean was stunning and we found plenty to do. We would consider this property again.

    Reviewed by StephanieMay 2019

  • "WiFi was not reliable even on the same floor."

    We had to keep rebooting. The house was lovely, garden well kept, facilities all worked. Cleanliness not at top marks as oven smoked when using. Not clean, cutlery tray should be cleaned out and cobwebs on ceilings, damp mold in back rooms 3rd floor. These are all minor and generally better than other places I have stayed. Improvement on these few minor items would make this house win top marks. Everything else was excellent. Beds were best I have stayed on by far which made a big impact. Carpets and under furniture was clean, usually missed by other places I have stayed. Ample facilities, plates cups, fire wood, white goods all very good. Everyone enjoyed their stay.

    Reviewed by DarrenApr 2019

  • "Viaduct house was perfect for our large family (16)."

    We loved the layout, the character and it had everything we needed in terms of facilities. We were lucky enough to enjoy some spring sun and as a result made full use of the terraced garden which was beautiful and a perfect space for children to play and adults to relax. We were blown away by the welcome hamper - those eggs and that cake! Yum! Communication with the owners was excellent and everything went according to plan. Thank you Viaduct House for a wonderful week.

    Reviewed by EstherApr 2019

  • "Very comfortable home for the weekend with everything we needed and more."

    Loved the fresh bread, scones and eggs as part of our welcome pack. The owners were great proactive contacting us to finalise arrangements and their welcome pack about the house very thorough, thanks for making it an easy stay!

    Reviewed by EmilyMar 2019

  • "A lovely location for a family get together."

    We really enjoyed our stay. Lovely spacious bedrooms with crisp clean sheets and duvets. A generous welcome basket of bread, butter, honey, fresh eggs, a three tiered gorgeous lemon cake and cookies! Plenty of milk and thoughtful essentials. The reception rooms and kitchen were of good size and had lovely wood burners with all you need to hand, to get a roaring fire going. Showers and bath had excellent water pressure and were enough for our party of 16. We made good use of the very convenient pub across the road, who had friendly staff and local recommendations. It is useful to know there are a number of steps up to the house, if travelling with people with mobility issues.There are beautiful and convenient walks by the river or up to where the old viaduct was. Conveniently placed for symonds yat, a short drive away. Great for dog owners. All that you need was supplied. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by CatherineMar 2019

  • "Fantastic house which matched the photographs."

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2019

  • "Lovely house,within easy reach of lots of places."

    It was good after a long journey to have milk tea and some lovely homemade scones waiting for us when we arrived.Would highly recommend especially for lots of people.

    Reviewed by PhilMar 2019

  • "This house is beautiful, comfortable & so well equipped."

    We were a (fairly dignified) group of hens aged 40-80 on a hen weekend & had a fabulous time. The beds are comfy with beautiful linen which was so appreciated (too many self catering places skip bed & bedlinen quality & it’s false economy). The huge kitchen with a table for 12 had everything we needed (& more) not to mention a gorgeous basket of fresh bread, scones, butter & jam which were devoured with gusto by us all. Thank you for providing a wonderful place for guests which I’d recommend in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by LeighFeb 2019

  • "Very comfortable stay."

    Really well equipped and clean. Garden is beautiful and secure for dogs. No problems with the heating, toasty warm all the time, and the hot water just kept coming (very rare for these big houses in my experience) Only 2 slight negatives for us - there is only parking for 1 car. We had 7! However we did manage to find space on the road outside ok. And there are two lounges, neither one large enough to accommodate our group of 16 altogether, so we had to improvise a bit and be happy to sit on the floor. we had a wonderful week and would definitely recommend to others.

    Reviewed by JoFeb 2019

  • "Lovely house and location, much better than expected welcome pack, all eagerly consumed by hungry mouths."

    Would definitely come back

    Reviewed by JulianNov 2018

  • "We had a very enjoyable time with our family celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, lovely house and location."

    Reviewed by LesleyOct 2018

  • "Viaduct House is a lovely property, it has charm, character and all you could want for an enjoyable stay."

    The house is as described and there is a wealth of natural beauty and interesting attractions and activities to satisfy all interests in close proximity. Despite this the surroundings are quiet and peaceful. 'Little touches' provided by the owners, such as a welcoming cake (for at least 16!), eggs and milk provide a 'warm welcome'. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2018

  • "We had a great time in this beautiful cottage for a 40th birthday with 4 families."

    The facilities were great. We enjoyed the barbecue and the garden. Lovely dining kitchen with huge table that we could all fit around. Lots to do nearby. Delicious pastries and milk were left for us which was a lovely touch. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a slightly later check out time as Sunday morning felt quite rushed to get 16 people breakfast, packed and cleaning up by 10am.

    Reviewed by BeverleySep 2018

  • "Lovely house with nice outdoor facilities."

    Kitchen had everything we needed. There was a problem, however, with the fire alarm on the first floor going off three times in the night on Saturday without any obvious reason, which was very tiresome.

    Reviewed by StephanieJun 2018

  • "The perfect place to celebrate a special family birthday!"

    Gorgeous house in a beautiful setting. Around a 15 minute drive to Symonds Yat which is stunning! House easily fit 16 adults, great bedrooms and bathrooms. BBQ was used with the good weather!

    Reviewed by HarrietJun 2018

  • "Excellent house with very comfortable beds and nice towels."

    Lovely area.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2018

  • "This is a lovely old house with a lot of character and has been refurbished to a very high standard."

    Lots of room for 10 adults, 4 children and 2 dogs. A welcome hamper was greatly appreciated, including a sumptuous lemon drizzle cake. We would recommend this property though for anyone with mobility issues, there are a few steps up to the front door.

    Reviewed by JennyApr 2018

  • "Fantastic place, really comfortable beds and great welcome basket!"

    Reviewed by RosieMar 2018

  • "We arrived to find a nice welcome hamper!"

    ! Also there was a very tasty Coconut cake waiting for us on arrival!! The owners had done a good job on decorating the house for Christmas!! The house overall had a nice welcoming feeling!! Also as we had snow while we were away and had a power cut the owners responded quickly to our concers that the boiler had gone out!! Overall very helpful!!!

    Reviewed by DianeDec 2017

  • "It was a great property, not often you can find a large house all with decent bedrooms and big, really comfortable beds and is good for kids too."

    It was a really easy process to book and the owners were lovely and very helpful.

    Reviewed by RachelNov 2017

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  • Over three floors
  • Eight bedrooms: 2 x second floor king-size double (zip/link, can be 2 x twin on request), 2 x king-size double, 2 x double, 2 x second floor twin (zip/link, can be 2 x king-size double)
  • Second floor bathroom with freestanding bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • 2 x sitting rooms both with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with 2 x woodburning stoves
  • Rangemaster with 2 x oven, grill, warming drawer and gas hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TVs with SkyHD, DVD, CD, radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stoves inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample roadside parking close to the property
  • Lockable bike, kayak and fishing tackle storage
  • Garden with furniture, BBQ and pizza oven
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 10 mins walk
  • Pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: There are steps to the front door of the house and around the garden
  • Highchair and cot available.

The property

A large detached Georgian property ideally located in the picturesque village of Lydbrook on the banks of the River Wye in the Forest of Dean.

Set in a stunning location with fantastic views from the upper floors, with lovely character features throughout making this great for a family get-together or celebration with friends.

Enter the property up the stone steps into a lovely central hall with Minton floor tiles.

Immediately off the hall are two gorgeous sitting rooms both boasting sumptuous sofas and warming woodburning stoves ideal for those chilly evenings.

To the rear of the property is a large stunning dining kitchen, providing everything the chef of the party could wish for and making a perfect place to enjoy a celebratory meal or lazy Sunday lunch.

There are eight bedrooms to choose from, all beautifully presented, with four having zip/link facility, giving plenty of flexibility.

Three stunning bathrooms ensure guests can enjoy a soak in the bath without others having to queue.

The property has the added bonus of a lower ground floor storage area - perfect for mountain bikes, kayaks and fishing gear - this room can be accessed from both inside and outside the house.

Outside the large garden makes a great place to enjoy family games, let the kids let off steam or just relax and enjoy a BBQ or alfresco dining on a summers evening.

There are many lovely walks and cycle routes from the doorstep of the cottage or take a stroll into the village and enjoy a meal at one of the many pubs.

Take a short drive to Monmouth or Ross-on-Wye offering numerous amenities including restaurants, tea rooms and individual shops not to mention the many lovely walks.

The area has something to suit all tastes making Viaduct House a great base for a memorable holiday at any time of year.

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About the location


Ross-on-Wye 7 miles; Symonds Yat 7 miles; Monmouth 9 miles.

The lovely village of Lydbrook is situated between the Wye Valley and The Royal Forest of Dean, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nestling amidst the village’s picturesque houses are the delightful tea rooms, fish and chip shop, village store, Post Office and a number of pubs with restaurants. Close by is the famous Goodrich Castle, a perfect example of a 12th century "Marcher Castle", while just 7 miles away, overlooking a large loop in the River Wye, is the historic market town of Ross-on-Wye, in the heart of rural Herefordshire. This attractive town has timbered Tudor houses clustered around the striking 17th century Market Hall, and there are excellent shops, pubs and restaurants to suit every taste. Stroll along the lovely river bank, take a river cruise or view the surrounding countryside from a hot-air balloon. Enjoy trips to Symonds Yat, Hay-on-Wye, the Black Mountains and the Forest of Dean.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas