Monnow River Cottage

Longtown, Herefordshire

After trekking Offa's Dyke, return to a cosy wood-burner stocked with logs and a sumptuous bed - you'll love this country retreat for two


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


The Black Mountains are the backdrop to your Herefordshire retreat: this converted bakehouse has all a couple need to escape city life. Inside, tones are neutral, with wheat coloured carpets and soft fabrics in the living room to set off the dark beams above, and a wood-burner stacked with logs. The kitchen isn’t huge but it is well-equipped (and you’ll find some generous basics along with handmade chocolates and local Welsh cakes), so pad through to the conservatory with a coffee, or step out to the sunny garden – both are great birdwatching spots. Two meadows lie just beyond, the start of many footpaths that criss-cross the countryside; the river Monnow meanders by too. The energetic Jones’ use the old mill owner’s house at weekends but otherwise the cottage stands in peaceful seclusion. After a day spent in bookish Hay-on-Wye, a windswept trek on Offa’s Dyke or a drink in the local pub you can head upstairs and collapse into your big zip-link double, with its fresh linen and pretty view to the garden. The award-winning village shop can sell you a fishing licence and there’s plenty of space for storing bikes.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Changeovers on Saturday.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £68
Weekly price
from £475
1 Cottage for 2
From £681 bed1 bedroom


Monnow River Cottage was probably the best holiday home we have enjoyed. Tivy and Steve have created such a beautiful home within a truly magical setting. The garden, the river, the orchard and a stunning watermil- with the Black Mountains in view too. The cottage has everything and more - with a generous welcome basket of food provided fresh flowers in every room, fluffy soft towels and home grown vegetables. It was exceptionally difficult to leave so we will have to return!

Alison, Sutton coldfield

Very comfortable with tasteful design (excellent conservatory) in a beautifully located property around which the river Monnow runs with tree-lined banks and meadows with well cared-for natural vegetation and wildlife. The ridge of the Black Mountains about 2 miles to the west forms a beautiful backdrop and the wooded hills of Herefordshire lie in view to the east. An excellent provisions shop is 5 minutes walk along the country lane. Good eating places in the locality. The charming hosts, Steve and Tivy, are warm and generous. Rural beauty and peace in abundance for those who appreciate it.

Terence, London

This is an outstanding place to stay for tranquillity, and a beautiful setting if you want restorative peace and quiet and the great outdoors. No traffic jams and no gatherings at peaks or trig points, although the local footpaths are well signed and described in guides. The cottage itself is small and charming. We felt it was not just a base but a great place to be. It has its own large adjacent garden out the back and you are free to go anywhere- the large orchard, the fenced veg and flower garden, meadows, along the riverside- no 'Private' signs. All this, and a sincerely warm welcome.

Allan, Southport

Beautiful cottage in grounds of a Mill House but feels very secluded ,with own garden spaces. Extremely peaceful. Excellent village shop and pub - both walkable. Remarkable churches nearby,fine walks, top shopping in Hay on Wye,Crickhowell and Abergavenny, & many very good ( pub) restaurants locally .

Katherine, Graft green kent ,(near maidstone)

We spent a great week at Monnow River Cottage. It is a lovely well equipped and comfortable cottage in a nice setting next to the old mill with plenty of walks and cycles on the doorstep. Haye and Abergavenny close by for other attractions. Hosts Tivy and Steve were very friendly and helpful and nothing seemed too much bother. Strongly recommended.

Duncan, Edinburgh

This cottage is set in peaceful and beautiful gardens which we were able to take full advantage of. Many of our meals were taken outside and the beautiful surroundings were enhanced with alot of birdlife. We also spent time in the conservatory and enjoyed watching birds on the feeder just outside. The facilities are very good, and the bed is extreemly comfortable and large. A really good bed is top of our list when looking for holiday cottages. The welcome pack and fresh flowers that were provided were a thoughtful extra. We hope to revisit.

Annette, Huddersfield

Wonderful spot for quiet and exploring. Thoroughly recommend it.

Sally, Gillingham

We had a wonderful stay at Monnow River Cottage. The decor is stylish and cosy with a lovely wood burning stove. Fantastic walks nearby and a very peaceful location. Warm welcome and fantastic local hamper of goodies!!

Laura, Cambridge

Living in London, it's hard to imagine that places like this really exist. the cottage, owners house and ancient mill lie in a perfect position, surrounded by gentle hills, wild flower meadows and a beautiful curving river. It's a bird watcher's paradise - within a few hours we'd seen woodpeckers, a nuthatch, bullfinch and even a kingfisher! The meadows when we were there were probably at their very best, full of buttercups, clover and early orchids. close by the shop sells local produce and the pub serves a range of very naughty homemade pies. The cottage's bed is sublime. Heaven.


We love everything about this cottage and location; it's set in an idyllic rural location in private grounds and surrounded by beautiful countryside and abundant wildlife. The hosts were very helpful, provided us with a hamper on arrival and ensured to make our stay as enjoyable as possible.


Hidden gem in a beautiful peaceful setting. We really appreciated the personal touches and hospitality. The best cottage we have rented. Good walks, local wildlife to enjoy from the garden room. Abergevenny Market good, Hay on Wye, Hereford and Symonds Yat worth visiting. Hopes in Longtown great for local produce.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Tivy Jones

  • Cornewall Arms. Wonderfully old-fashioned tiny, unspoilt pub of great character. Of great interest to pub historians. 15 min walk.
  • Award winning Hopes village shop and Post Office. Full of local wine and home produce, they’ll have everything you need.
  • Wonderful walking in Offa’s Dyke National Park & The Black Mountains. Fishing on the River Monnow, you coluld be lucky and see kingfishers and otters. Fishing licence obtained from the village shop. 5min.
  • The Bridge Inn. A 10 min drive to a lovely riverside pub and restaurant. Winner of Best Herefordshire Pub - National Pub & Bar Awards 2017
  • Longtown castle. This wonderfully preserved Norman fortification, with a round keep unusual for English castles. (10 minutes walk)
  • Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival - 21–31 MAY. Abergavenny Food Festival - September. Brecon Jazz Festival - August