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The Granary

(Ref. 985313)

St Briavels, Gloucestershire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely warm comfortable cottage in an ideal location."

    Local pub was very welcoming and served excellent food. No worries with roadside parking. Conservatory furniture has been updated since photos and was comfortable to sit in even in a chilly December. Christmas tree was a lovely touch too. Many thanks.

    Thanks so much Karen for your lovely feedback- I’m glad you had a good week. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2023

  • "Absolutely fantastic place to stay."

    Very clean, everything you need for a short stay and main bedroom was wonderful. Wonderful views from kitchen windows. Property was nice & warm with the heating on and hot water was lovely & hot. The conservatory and garden area would be lovely in the summer. Stayed here to visit family and would definitely check if available when visiting in the future

    Reviewed by Roberta5.0Dec 2023

  • "Great stay in very comfortable and clean accommodation."

    perfect for exploring the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. We will be back.

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2023

  • "A lovely property, spotlessly clean and everything in good condition."

    The location is great, the local pub is friendly and welcoming and has pleasant food. The village is a great base for exploring this beautiful area. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, great having two bathrooms, lovely views and very peaceful location."

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Sep 2023

  • "Apart from a slight hiccup on the first day with the key not turning in the lock, we can’t fault anything."

    There were some Welsh cakes waiting for us plus some milk in the fridge and a bottle of Prosecco which was a wonderful surprise for our silver wedding anniversary. Very comfortable cottage in a lovely village. We really enjoyed exploring the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley and would definitely go back again to explore it more.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. I’m glad you had a great Silver Wedding Anniversary. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay in a very beautiful area, the cottage had all we needed and was lovely and clean."

    Reviewed by Kath4.4Aug 2023

  • "The Granary was a lovely place for a quiet getaway."

    The owner warmly welcomed us and kindly left milk and some delicious Welsh cakes. We had everything we needed and it was great that recycling including compost was available, so much nicer than having to put everything in the bin for landfill as with many holiday cottages. The accommodation was beautifully decorated and cosy and the conservatory was a joy to sit in and watch the weather coming in and listen to the birds. A lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Jaime4.7Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely comfortable week at the Granary."

    Beds were comfy and house had everything we needed. Owner was great to put on some loads of washing for us too as we had a long holiday.

    Reviewed by Yoshe5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely location with amazing views"

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Jun 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable property, suitable for young and older visitors."

    Reviewed by Frank4.7May 2023

  • "St Briavels."

    Peaceful stay in nice surroundings. Plenty to see and do nearby with a car, Weather could have been less wet and windy but who can you blame for that except Mother Nature? Overall a lovely stay in a lovely cottage in a lovely village in a great area. There were sheep in the opposite field one day when I looked out the window and that along with he numerous birds tweeting was a joyous sightand sound. The owners who live next door have numerous bird feeders set up so are obviously lovely caring people. No issues at all. Thanks Guys, lovely stay. Don't forget to check out the village community shop a few doors away when you arrive and have some cheese.

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Mar 2023

  • "The owners put in that little extra effort for Xmas by putting up a tree and other decorations (and mince pies!"

    ) The cottage was warm, despite it being December. The kitchen was well provided with what we needed, plus supplied with tea, coffee, milk etc. Added to all this, it's a beautiful part of the world.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Dec 2022

  • "A perfect cottage for a leisurely break."

    The cottage is spotless in a lovely position in the village, and is close for walking in the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean.

    Reviewed by John4.4Sep 2022

  • "Fab accommodation and base to explore the local area."

    The owners were on hand to answer anything, and responded really quickly. We (2 adults + 2 teens) were only here for the weekend but covered Hay (for bookworm daughter) and a lovely walk by the river there; Go Ape; Sculpture trail; Canoeing and Puzzlewood. Fab weekend, would recommend and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Jo5.0Aug 2022

  • "St. Briavels is a lovely village in which to spend a break."

    Didn’t give the full five stars as the bathroom door off the dining/kitchen area didn’t shut fully so a little embarrassing using the facilities.

    Reviewed by Ita3.1Jul 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay at The Granary, had everything we needed."

    Lovely view from the kitchen and the little private garden.

    Reviewed by Jeannette5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a super stay at the Granary and found it had everything we needed."

    There was so much to do in the local area for our family. Our hosts were really helpful when we had a problem with one of our bikes and lent us the tools to fix it.

    Reviewed by Zoe4.7Apr 2022

  • "I had an amazing time in this cottage - you can tell the owners look after this property well and they also look after their guests."

    Clean, spacious, gorgeous rooms and the village location is peaceful and quiet. I spent many days walking and driving to explore the local area, dipping in and out of Wales. Would definitely recommend staying here and I would love to come back when I can.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with amazing views!"

    VERY helpful and friendly owners. We had a great week despite the three big storms. Double bed mattress needs upgrading. Would book again.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4Feb 2022

  • "Lovely location."

    Good information.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great location for walking and cycling, in a very nice village."

    Local pub serves good food although a little expensive and specialising in seafood (slightly odd, in this location). There is a local shop which has a good choice of essentials. Cottage is tidy and has all you need, my wife found the mattress uncomfortable though I was OK with it. Overall we had a great time!

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in excellent location."

    Reviewed by Jane4.4Aug 2021

  • "Comfortable little cottage in a great location for visiting the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean with great walks to suit all types."

    Lots of lovely pubs nearby for evening meals. We even had great weather so all-in-all a fantastic holiday!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2021

  • "Excellent property in a great location."

    The owners live next door and were on hand to answer any questions. Sykes cottages on the other hand continued to bombard me with emails 2 or 3 times a week about other properties.If i want to look at other properties i am capable of looking them up!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was in an ideal location for our purposes."

    We found it clean and well appointed. Although there was a car parking space allocated to us, we found it occupied on the 3rd day!

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2020

  • "Very comfortable, and the hosts were helpful and on hand when needed, but not intrusive."

    Fantastic location; very well stocked village shop and so many walks and places to visit within easy reach. We hope to go back.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Oct 2020

  • "As a beauty spot the views from the garden and the walks leading down from the ancient church and Norman castle are outstanding and wonderful to stroll down from particularly in the evening."

    The location generally offers a wide variety of places to visit but the use of a car is a must with not a lot of traffic but the country lanes our sat nav chose are often quite long and very narrow so passing from opposite directions can be tricky. My 2 sons and I liked the unusual layout of the cottage with the kitchen and dining room upstairs for wit the views on 3 elevations it was so bright and cheerful and with my sitting area in the adjacent bedroom and the conservatory sitting room downstairs we could have our own space if we wanted. Everything worked well including the CH and the modern Kitchen equipment and the beds were comfortable. So it was all a very enjoyable experience and certainly good value.

    Reviewed by Douglass4.4Sep 2020

  • "This property was a lovely place to stay."

    Such attention to detail. Home from home. A beautiful location for visiting interesting places on a day trip. Our hosts were lovely and very helpful during our week with them. The pub is next door with friendly staff and super food. Couldn’t have asked for more!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Feb 2020

  • "The cottage was superbly appointed, with good quality kitchen facilities and utensils - we easily managed to produce a full Christmas dinner, so that proves a point!"

    The owner had provided a tree and decorations to make it feel Christmassy, and it was a real home from home. It's a beautiful situation, and we enjoyed some of the short walks from the front door - these described in the excellent welcome pack. The village is really friendly, and all encountered made us welcome - despite us winning the pub quiz one evening! We'd love to return in the spring/summer. Very good quality accomodation.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Dec 2019

  • "A very nicely presented cottage in an attractive village,the local pub,a few paces away was also very welcoming and served excellent food at reasonable prices."

    Many places of interest to visit within the area,will surely return in the not to distant future.

    Reviewed by Aubrey4.7Nov 2019

  • "Perfect atmosphere with lovely views of the valley."

    Accommodation is immaculately clean and very warm and comfortable. Lovely conservatory to unwind. Highly recommend this place.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2019

  • "This was the best equipped cottage we have ever had,with a beautiful view from the kitchen window."

    TV in the conservatory was a real plus! The warmth was wonderful, and having all the instruction books for the implements was really good St Briavels is a lovely place to stay,and we had a great time at a play in the assembly rooms,a concert in the church,and a beautiful morning service.We also appreciated the pantry(local store).

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lucy was very welcoming and friendly."

    The cottage was immaculate and comfortable. A real home from home. Beautiful surroundings too. What more could you ask for?

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2019

  • "This was our second holiday at The Granary and once again we found it the ideal location for our requirements."

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was in a really lovely setting with delightful views from its own garden which was a little suntrap."

    The second (twin) bedroom was comfortable, but with no proper wardrobe space, and the bedside reading lights were too low (on little stools rather than bedside tables). However, these are small issues and the overall cleanliness and decorating of the cottage is delightful. We were particularly impressed with the trouble taken to provide everyday small items in the kitchen, and essential food items. The cake on arrival was very welcome!

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Jun 2019

  • "Delightful well appointed cottage with lovely views."

    Attention to detail was great with welcoming items of cake and apple juice from the local shop. A lovely posy of flowers on the table - a lot of thought into making you feel welcome.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was really nice very well kept and I loved the little touches like milk, tea ,coffee and sugar."

    Also I loved the cake and apple juice left for us.

    Reviewed by Sally4.7Jun 2019

  • "One of the best holiday cottages we have rented in 40 years of holiday rents."

    Very well presented with its extra helpful little touches. Really appreciated the owner's pre-holiday email listing all the useful extra things that were available in the kitchen, bathrooms etc.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2019

  • "The Grange was absolutely beautiful."

    Enjoyed every minute. Would recommend it to everyone.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2019

  • "Very nice, clean accommodation."

    Some nice personal touches from the owners. Great place to explore the area and within easy reach of many castles (which my 4 year old grandson wanted to see) Unfortunately, we didn’t find the double bed very comfortable and would have preferred a dishwasher to a washing machine. Nice pub with good food across the road, very friendly village with a lovely local shop. Overall we had a very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Tina4.4Apr 2019

  • "A lovery cottage, immaculately clean."

    Loads to do locally.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Feb 2019

  • "Lovely, well-equipped and comfy cottage in a stunning spot - St Briavels and the Wye Valley are absolutely beautiful."

    Big thanks to Lucy for going the extra mile for our family and making our Christmas break extra special!

    Reviewed by Alexandra5.0Dec 2018

  • "Complete and concise info enabled us to choose our short break, when we arrived it exceeded our expectations and was beautiful, functional and home from home with stunning outlooks and what seemed a world away from the hustle of life."

    The cottage was warm welcoming and indeed the little homely touch’s were superb. Deifinately recommend for the dwelling, for the location and for the surrounding scenery.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Nov 2018

  • "We had a good week at the cottage, and had a warm welcome from the owners with a bottle of apple juice and a lemon cake!"

    We enjoyed the fact that milk,tea, coffee, herbs, salt and pepper etc were provided and the owner kindly gave us a list of all that the cottage would provide for us which was so helpful. It was lovely and quiet, with great view of the countryside. The location was great, and the local shop is well stocked with a friendly shopkeeper! Our only little comment would be the lack of a comfy chair to sit in at the end of the day! There is a sofa in the bedroom, but during the day it is not well situated for natural light and the chairs in the conservatory one would not curl up in for very long to read a book! As we were out most of the time, this was not an issue! You may choose whether you wish to publish this, though we will tick "yes".

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Oct 2018

  • "The Granary is furnished to a very high standard and equipped very well."

    The owners live next door and are very welcoming and supplied 2pints of milk and a cake, plus tea, coffee and sugar and all necessary condiments. After our holiday we received an email asking if we had a safe journey home and thanking us for leaving the property so clean and tidy. This was a very nice touch.

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Sep 2018

  • "A first class property; attentive hosts next door but not intrusive; nice village."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay in the Granary."

    It is lovely inside with wonderful views. Everything was extremely clean and well equipt. The village is pretty and it's in a very good position for visiting the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. I'd recommend The Granary to family and friends and would love to return sometime. Thank you, Sue, Margaret and Moira

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor twin, 1 x double
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen with dining area
  • Ground floor conservatory/ sitting room.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, Dishwasher, fridge/freezer, TV, WIFI
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Small lawned garden with patio area with table and chairs and a picnic bench
  • Bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Owner has a dog.

The property

Set in the heart of the delightful little village of St. Briavels, adjacent to the castle and next to the church is this charming stone property nestled with its own private entrance.

On a beautiful summers' day you can walk straight around to the walled garden at the rear of the cottage and with the sun washing the lawn with a golden glow, sit on the patio as the fancy takes you and absorb the peaceful atmosphere.

Step straight into the conservatory which creates a lovely harmony with the outdoor space, presenting comfortable seating to relax and enjoy a film on TV or simply the views of the garden.The property has stunning views across the Old Vicarage garden and the countryside beyond.

The ground floor also comprises a twin room and a shower room for your convenience along with ample storage and a rack to place your muddy boots.

Meander up to the first floor to find a fully-equipped kitchen with a splendid dining area.

The interior exudes a light and airy feel within homely surroundings and fantastic vistas can been seen of the pretty gardens and countryside beyond.

The nearby thriving town of Lydney is situated on the edge of the Forest of Dean and the River Severn boasting a good range of shops, a leisure centre and sports facilities as well as pubs and eateries.

There a community owned shop and a monthly farmers market attracting many visitors.

Plenty of walking opportunities and nature trails are available on foot, by bike or on horseback should you wish to take an adventure to the Forest of Dean and discover its outstanding natural beauty.

The ancient caves of Clearwell are nearby, along with the Gloucestershire Way and Offa's Dyke Path.

A little further afield are the cities of Cheltenham, Bristol, Bath and Cardiff.

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About the location

St Briavels

Monmouth 8 miles; Chepstow 9 miles

St Briavels stands almost 800 feet above sea level overlooking the Wye Valley and is only a 10 minute drive from The Forest of Dean. The village has an ancient moated Royal castle, a communal green, a playground, an art gallery and monthly farmers' market. It's history dates back to the 11th Century and beyond - the Hudnall woods, one of King John's favourite hunting grounds, are one of the few remaining unmanaged woods in the Country. Other nearby attractions include Puzzlewood, Clearwell's ancient caves, Symonds Yat with its outstanding views across the Wye Valley and riverside walks and many castles to explore. St Briavels is situated on the English side of the English/Welsh border providing easy access to the historic castles in Monmouthshire, and the foody delights of Abergavenny and the unspoiled and untamed natural beauty of the Breacon Beacons. On the English side of the border the beautiful market towns of Ross-on-Wye, and the cities of Hereford and Gloucester are within an hours drive or less. St Briavels offers easy access to a wealth of beautiful and historic walking trails, including Offa's Dyke. The area provides opportunities for many outdoor activities including cycling, caving, canoeing and abseiling. The magnificent Royal Forest of Dean, England's largest oak forest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasts numerous trails that can be explored on foot, by bike or on horseback. Caving, abseiling and a high wire rope course are for the more adventurous, whilst fishing, golf, kayaking and canoeing are other popular activities in this unspoilt area. The ancient caves of Clearwell are nearby, as are the Gloucestershire Way and Offa's Dyke Path. Symonds Yat boasts natural scenery and straddles the beautiful River Wye with its magnificent limestone outcrop, popular with climbers, and well-known for its viewpoint. Visit the nearby historic walled town of Chepstow with its impressive Norman Castle and the celebrated racecourse, whilst the pretty market town of Monmouth, with its mixture of elegant Georgian mansions and Victorian courtyards, or the lovely town of Ross-on-Wye with its timbered Tudor houses and delightful riverside walks, both offer excellent shops, pubs and restaurants. The unspoilt Brecon Beacons National Park and Black Mountains, as well as lovely Cotswold towns and villages are just a little further afield as are the cities of Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cardiff, Newport, and just across the Severn Bridge, Bristol and Bath. St Briavels is ideally placed for enjoying the delights of Gloucestershire at any time of the year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas