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- Beautifully restored by Cadw, guardian of neighbouring Tintern Abbey
- 10% discount for Cadw members
- Luxuriously decorated cottage for a couple (plus an infant and up to 2 dogs)
- Steps away from the river Wye and a good pub
- Romantic view over Tintern Abbey
- Superb cottage for a mini-moon, cosy short break, or a base for exploring the Wye Valley
Beaufort Cottage is on a particularly special site, with an amazing close-up view from its bedroom window over the iconic ruins of arguably the most famous abbey in Britain, Tintern Abbey, on the banks of the river Wye. This lovely cottage in the grounds of the abbey was one of a few built in the 18th century in the environs, and one of only three to survive. Bought by Cadw (the historic environment service of the Welsh Government) from the Crown Estates in 1969, it has recently been restored to the highest specification into a luxuriously comfortable place to stay. Beautiful antiques and pictures, well-chosen furnishings, a super-swanky bathroom and an enormous bed, all in a warm and cosy cottage environment, make this the perfect escape for couples (plus an infant and up to 2 very good dogs).
The ground floor has a lovely kitchen, with a utility room and downstairs loo leading off it. Next-door to the kitchen, the spacious living/dining-room is beautifully furnished with comfortable furniture, antiques, a wood burner, and a dining table.
Upstairs, the beautiful bedroom reaches into the apex of the building, giving a feeling of height and airiness. The gorgeous super-king bed is backed by a velvet headboard in rich ecclesiastical purple. And from the bed, a view to impress any romantic poet, let alone ordinary mortals – the dramatic outline of the ruined abbey. The ensuite bathroom is the last word in luxury, with its big roll top bath, enormous shower, his-and-her hand basins, and separate loo.
Things to do around Beaufort Cottage by Tintern Abbey
Being in the heart of the lower Wye Valley and so close to the iconic Tintern Abbey means that you are near an enormous amount of things of interest. You are in a very special position for visiting the works of man through the centuries - whether it is the important Roman remains at Caerleon, the ancient ruins of the abbey, or the beautiful Norman castles that are strung long the Welsh border like pearls on a necklace. The fascinating remnants of industrial activity in the Forest of Dean can be seen at the Hopewell Colliery Museum, where coal was once extracted, or the ancient iron ore mine at Clearwell Caves. Otherwise, this is a nature-enthusiasts paradise and a playground for activity-lovers: not only can you stretch your legs along some of the most picturesque walking trails - along the river and up high into the wooded hillsides - but you can try all sorts of other types of activity. GoApe, for example, is enormous fun if you have a head for heights, and Pedalabikeaway is superb for traffic-free off-road biking for people of all ages and abilities. Good eating can be had at the newly refurbished Anchor, Tintern (a few steps away), The Country Inn at Brockweir, the Inn at Penallt, or – for posh dining – The Crown at Whitebrook. A prize-winning tea can be enjoyed at The Old Station between Tintern and Brockweir. Freshly baked cakes, strawberry cream teas, or the famous ‘Tintern Platter’ will soon put you right after a good long walk.
Tintern Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII’s commissioners in 1536. It was stripped of its contents and re-saleable building materials to leave the ruins we see today. For about 200 years, the site was a metal-working complex, before these industries moved up the nearby Angidy Valley to make better use of the water power. Beaufort Cottage lay on the road up from the slipway and ferry point on the River Wye, which passed up through the medieval Watergate attached to the Anchor Inn. From the middle of the 18th century, thousands of well-to-do tourists took the fashionable and picturesque Wye Valley Tour by boat. They landed to visit its most famous attraction, Tintern Abbey church. There were mixed reactions to the cluster of cottages and orchards which surrounded the imposing ruins. Some visitors wanted them swept away, ‘then the abbey would stand nobly back’d by woods, and open to the water’, whilst another wrote that ‘so far from diminishing the grandeur of the general effect … [they] give magnitude to the principal object’. The residents of the cottages offered their services to the tourists. Members of a party of visitors who visited in 1758 were so overwhelmed by the magnificence and melancholy of the ruins, that some had to go into one of the cottages to be revived by draughts of cider before they could continue their journey.
The nitty gritty
Live online booking
Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.
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From the visitors book at Beaufort Cottage
'Just loved the Cottage and the location. Got a welcome call from Tony to confirm the Cottage was ready for us . We will return to Tintern and already looking at venues for a summer and fall break. Thanks for all your help (we have recommended you to family and friends).' Frank
'We enjoyed the stay in the cottage it was magical. Thank you.' Will, Teresa, and Bertie (Labrador)