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The Generals Cottage

(Ref. 13460)

Penallt, Wye Valley, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Stunning woodland location."

    Owner allows you to wander the woods and this time we saw and heard a stag with his retinue. Stress levels immediately reduced on arrival. Also very good for bird watching and dark skies.

    Reviewed by GrahamOct 2023

  • "A lovely, cosy cottage in the beautiful Wye Valley."

    Facilities were good but there was nowhere to dry the towels, there was a washing line but no pegs, we were using damp towels, so a heated rail would be good and a small supply of pegs. We found it a bit chilly in the evenings. The bed was very comfortable and it was very quiet except for the sounds of wildlife which was great. I did struggle on the last morning to get the car up the steep hill as it kept skidding on the leaves. I would certainly recommend this for couples. There are plenty of places to visit without having to use your car if you are keen walkers

    Reviewed by LesleySep 2023

  • "More information about the approach road to the cottage as the road is extremely rough."

    The bathroom could do with a bit of tlc getting in and out of the bath is very awkward, when having a shower if you have short legs!!! Owners very friendly and helpful. A couple of nice areas to sit and relax. Thank you

    Reviewed by DaveSep 2023

  • "The Generals Cottage is at a wonderful location with a great view of the valley."

    There are plenty of interesting walks, starting at your doorstep. The owners are friendly and helpful and respect your privacy. The cottage itself however is a bit small and can’t really accommodate four people. Since there were just two of us this didn’t pose a problem.

    Reviewed by JeroenJul 2023

  • "The location was beautiful, the cottage being set in a lovely garden with views over the Wye Valley."

    Sitting in the garden enjoying the peace and quietness was a major feature of the holiday. There are many very interesting places to visit nearby, including Chepstow, Raglan and Goodrich castles and Tintern Abbey, all very picturesquely situated. There are also very nice places to eat and drink within easy driving range. The house is rather small for four adults and is better suited for 3 people. The second bedroom was very cramped for two adults. However, these were minor problems as far as we were concerned and we had a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by GeraldJun 2023

  • "Bird watchers paradise."

    41 species identified during the week in the vicinity of the cottage.

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2023

  • "Despite the rather damp weather we enjoyed a relaxing week in and around this cosy property which is in a delightful, peaceful spot looking across the Wye Valley and surrounded by nature."

    Could be a little too cosy for four people, but perfect for a couple. Wonderfully comfortable beds! Owners Paula & Tom very helpful but not intrusive.

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2023

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful setting, surrounded by nature (we were greeted with deer darting through the woods one morning)."

    Really tasteful decor, two very comfortable double beds (haven’t slept so well in ages!) and all you could need in the kitchen. There’s also a Firestick meaning you have access to Netflix and Amazon Prime etc. We had a fantastic week visiting nearby castles and NT properties… lots of history in the surrounding area. Our hosts couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. Highly recommend this lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by RuthFeb 2023

  • "Perfect place."

    Definitely would like to come back and stay longer. So peaceful. Thank you so much Tom and Paula :)

    Reviewed by ClaudiaFeb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped and very comfortable."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by DonDec 2022

  • "Beautiful location and cottage."

    It was wonderful to wake in the morning and see a family of deer wandering around whilst having breakfast. Great place to stay and relax or explore.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2022

  • "A very comfortable cottage with a well equipped kitchen in a wonderful, peaceful setting in the woods."

    Lovely walks straight from the cottage, beautiful surroundings, and lots of wildlife. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return again.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2022

  • "We found the cottage clean, comfortable and well equipped."

    Did not need anything else for a relaxing and enjoyable break.

    Reviewed by IreneJul 2022

  • "The cottage is situated deep in beautiful countryside, surrounded by nature and with great walks from the doorstep."

    We ate in most of the time and found the kitchen well equipped.

    Reviewed by PaulMay 2022

  • "Wonderful holiday we needed rest and peace and we had it brilliant"

    Reviewed by WendyNov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in an idyllic location - the perfect getaway - out of the way but not too far to get back to civilisation."

    How many places can you see deer from your kitchen window.

    Reviewed by GeorgeOct 2021

  • "This cottage is ideal if you are looking for a near secluded break in a most beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2021

  • "The cottage is in a lovely location the lane steep but fine."

    It does have a small patio area where you are able to sit out. The owners were also kind in allowing us to share a section of their garden. Whilst the cottage does not accept pets it was lovely to see the owners dogs and the puppies running around and chasing each other. The owners house is a couple of 100 m away should you need help. We had a lovely weather even for a British summer which was great as heating is only available in the winter months, though there was a note to say if we needed heating we could ask. A bottle of milk and biscuits were left for us which was very welcome as we had had a long day we arrived 30 minutes early and did apologise however the owner was at the cottage informed us they entry was not until four o’clock and we would need to wait as the cottage was not ready, as her cleaner had let her down. The area is a lovely area for walking and exploring quiet footpaths.

    Reviewed by TerenceJun 2021

  • "The cottage is very remote that suited us but may not suit everyone especially those looking for a base who to explore a wide area."

    Great to just walk from the door and enjoy peace and quiet

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "We were looking for a very quite and peaceful week, the The Generals Cottage gave us that."

    It was easy to get out and about too. Loved all the single track roads with great views and the private road down to the cottage. Great walks. Just what we needed.

    Reviewed by IainSep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage, in remote idyllic spot."

    Everything that we needed was provided. Very clean on arrival. A perfect much needed break.

    Reviewed by SiobhanAug 2020

  • "Really liked this out of the way cabin."

    Everything we could need for our stay was provided including eggs and milk, and there were instructions for how to work the appliances as well as wood for the stove. It's picturesque, gorgeously remote and so beautiful we were overwhelmed. Thoroughly enjoyed the stay. The only tip we had was to share a Google maps pin to the location to help people navigate their way there - although the directions were helpful we still got hopelessly lost at least twice on the way there, but once we located the place and used the dropped pin on Google maps, it was easy to find.

    Reviewed by ShumailaMar 2020

  • "Lovely place and owners, would definitely be going back."

    Reviewed by SharonOct 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very peaceful."

    Wonderful surroundings. It has everything you need for a relaxing get away from it all break.

    Reviewed by LynneNov 2018

  • "Location: it is really very secluded and remote, lovely for those who like this!"

    (we did :-)) Just a note to those who tend to rely on satnav: the postal code does not lead you to the cottage, you need to carry on a bit further down the road/track. Owners: we were made to feel very welcome by Paula. It is clear that they tend to keep to themselves, but we certainly don't have a problem with that. Facilities: very comfy beds! Sitting/dining room is on the small side but no problem for two occupants. Wifi was a bit on-and-off to start with, but then the owners installed a new connection/router and that was a lot better most of the time.

    Reviewed by MartineJul 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, great location if you are looking for something fairly remote in the countryside."

    The cottage is compact and cozy with a well-equipped kitchen, a small wood burning stove in the living area for nights in, and comfy bedrooms. Lovely walled garden with a brook in front of the cottage which guests are welcome to use. It is also 30 min walk to the two nearest pubs along lovely country lanes. Lots of other places and walks to visit in the area. Highly recommend for a short stay.

    Reviewed by MirandaMar 2018

  • "Part of the track leading to the cottage is very steep & narrow, with a rather severe speed bump, so we would not recommend the cottage to people of a nervous disposition or who have a low slung car!"

    Otherwise it is a lovely cottage which we can fully recommend.

    Reviewed by PeterFeb 2018

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  • All first floor
  • Two double bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Fitted kitchen
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove and dining area.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, iPod dock, High speed fibre WiFi across the property, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Mature garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles via footbridge over River Wye, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Due to the nature of the garden, this property does not accept guests under 12 years of age
  • Note: The property is accessed via stone steps through the garden to the upper level entrance door
  • There is also an alternative access route via a grassed slope, which runs from the rear of the cottage
  • Note: The ground floor of the cottage is a home office, which is generally unused when guests are present
  • It has it's own totally private entrance.

The property

Penallt 1.5 miles.

This beautifully presented, first floor, detached stone cottage is located down a rural track, next to a woodland, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and just a short walk from the River Wye.

This charming Monmouthshire holiday cottage provides contemporary accommodation ideal for relaxing with family and friends.

Set entirely over the first floor, and with stunning views of the Wye Valley, this Monmouthshire cottage offers comfortable, homely accommodation.

The sitting room boasts a warming woodburning stove and a dining area, where you can make the most of the stunning views, while outside, this Monmouthshire cottage has a mature garden with patio area and furniture.

The rural village of Penallt boasts two traditional village pubs serving locally-sourced food and real ales, while the Forest of Dean is easily accessible, making this an ideal place to unwind after a long day exploring the area.

A wonderful Monmouthshire cottage to be enjoyed at any time of year.

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About the location


Monmouth 6 miles; Chepstow 14 miles; Lydney 15 miles.

The charming village of Penallt sits on the west bank of the beautiful River Wye in the Wye Valley. On the border of England and Wales, the village boasts stunning views, Nature Reserves, an SSSI and two excellent local pubs serving locally sourced food and real ales. The Offa's Dyke footpath, Wye Valley Walk and the Three Castles Walk all run through or close to this unspoilt area of Monmouthshire. The magnificent Royal Forest of Dean, England's largest oak forest and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is just a short drive away, and offers numerous trails that can be explored either on foot, by bicycle 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 area. Visit the historic town of Monmouth with its mixture of elegant Georgian mansions and Victorian courtyards, or the lovely market town of Ross on Wye is close by, with timbered Tudor houses, excellent shops, pubs and restaurants. Just a little further afield are the unspoilt Malvern Hills, Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park. A great area to unwind with family and friends.

Note: Due to the nature of the garden, this property accepts guests over 18yrs and over only (inc. infants).