Old-Lands

Dingestow, Monmouthshire
Self-catering


Lovely spaces to stay on country estate with produce shop, garden, lake and acres to explore. Cottage and apartment each for 5, barn for 4

Place

3 places

Sleeps

Sleeping from 4 – 5

The
Experience

This is a kindly place, in the family for 200 years; Clare and Sam introduce you, brilliantly, to the delights of rural life – or leave you to do your own thing. Two of the holiday cottages are in the old stable-yard, simple and attractive, divided by a flower-filled courtyard and next to the produce shop. Interiors are warm: curtains are made of Welsh blankets – family antiques, fresh flowers and pictures will make you feel at home. The third space is more contemporary, private and will suit romantic couples – although there’s an outside bell tent or indoor loft den for smaller adventurers. You can roam the gardens and the 80-acre estate (perfect for dogs), send your children to Forest School (check the website for dates), row on the lake (little life jackets provided) and order home cooked food to be waiting for you. There is a ‘gentle’ emphasis on sustainability, with sausages from their own pigs, honey from their bees, apple juice from their apples and seasonal produce from the bountiful kitchen garden. If gardening is your thing you can volunteer here too. Utterly special.

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm
Check out
10am, but 6pm on Sundays
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends; 4 nights on weekdays; 7 nights in high season. Dogs welcome in The Wood Barn & Stable Court.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Property
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Dogs

Towels for drying off after lake swimming.

Dogs £20 per dog per stay.

Lovely lake for chasing balls and masses of land to roam about in - watch out for stock though. Secure garden in one cottage.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £54
Weekly price
from £350
1 Cottage for 5
From £604 beds3 bedrooms
1 Barn for 4
From £543 beds2 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 5
From £614 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

We had a lovely stay in The Wood Barn... a quiet retreat away from everything. The grounds were wonderful to wander around - and the roaring fire ready for our arrival made it feel like home immediately. Highly recommend.

Clare, Fleet

Old Lands is absolutely amazing! We stayed in The Wood Barn, arriving on a stormy Autumnal evening and being greeted by a roaring fire, freshly squeezed apple juice, and bread. The barn is cosy and comforting and decorated beautifully! Clare and Sam are so attentive and offer you great advise on local walks. The grounds are stunning and you're really close to The Black Mountains!

Ella, Bristol

What an enchanting place to stay, stunning, peaceful and simply has a harmony about it. Love the honesty shop, letterboxing, being on the lake. Clare and Sam are so helpful and kind.

Kate, Carmarthen

Old Lands is truly a wonderful, very special place. Hope to return one day but the weekend spent at this magical place with my family will live long in my memory! Can't remember when I last felt so comfortable, happy and relaxed. Thank you Sam & Clare

Jo, Cheltenham

Beautiful place to walk and relax. Very welcoming and interesting hosts and fantastic Letterboxing trail. Great fun even in pouring rain.

Anna, Norfolk

Old-Lands is a magical place to stay. Even when it is raining. Sam showed us the moths he had trapped at night, was very helpful and recommended great places to visit nearby. Autumn had just started and the trees and gardens were just beautiful. Apples galore and the colourful honesty shop was full of wonderful produce from the walled garden and orchard. There are some lovely walks in the area. We will definitely come back for another visit. Thank you for having us.

Claudia, Northumberland

We were greeted with a generous and warm welcome and loved looking around this fantastic estate. All 3 places are stylish and cosy, and I particularly liked the Welsh blankets which complimented the blend of traditional and modern. I wish there had been time to row out on the private lake or further wander the expansive grounds!

Zoe, Sawday's inspector

Old Lands is a very special place. This is our second stay, and we will continue to visit in the years to come. The cottages are lovely, comfortable, very clean and well maintained. The owners are extremely approachable and friendly, and happy to help in any way they can. The setting is idyllic with so much on your doorstep. A wonderful place to stay!

Tessa, Leamington spa

We have just returned from a magical week at Old Lands. We were lucky with the weather, so took full advantage of all the estate has to offer, the nature walk, forest school......Our two boys made friends with the neighbouring children too, so were literally free range at times & we felt happy that they were safe. There were tears when we left. For me, it was all about the little shop. I loved having such fresh vegetables on hand & with the glut of late summer managed to cook delicious meals every evening using almost exclusively Old Lands produce. Very special.

Samantha, West sussex

We had an amazing time at Old Lands. The estate is truly wonderful with the walled garden, the meadows, the lake, ... and the cottages (we stayed at Horseshoes) are very charming and attractively furnished. With the friendliness of the owners and the little shop next door, our family of five couldn't spend a more enjoying time.

Alexander, Antwerp

Old Lands is a rare treasure. It is not often that one's expectations of a destination are exceeded. It is a place to have adventures, get inspired and relax. We made friends, learned about nature, fell in love with Wales and soaked up some of Sam's passion for the wildlife in this area. The Forest School run by Gill was a highlight of our daughter's week (aged 7) while the cottage was beautifully and thoughtfully decorated, catering for all our needs. Sheer luxury! Thank you Sam and Clare.

Gill, Tillington

Lovely stay in Horseshoes, Dingestow. Very clean, tidy and comfortable accommodation. Beautiful surroundings and excellent tasty produce for sale in the little shop. Will definitely be visiting again soon.

Jenny, Salisbury

I can only echo the previous glowing reviews for this lovely, friendly place. Despite the typical wet spring weather, we and our 6 year old had a fabulous week in Stable Court. Highlights of the stay included an Easter egg hunt in the beautiful grounds organised by Clare and Sam, Forest School adventures with Catherine, a nature walk with Sam, whose knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject is infectious, visiting the chickens and making friends with the friendly cat. It was a much appreciated taste of rural life for us and we were sorry to leave - we hope to come back again soon.

Georgina, London

We loved Old Lands and received a very warm welcome from Sam and Clare. The place is beautiful and we loved the decor and attention to details. Highly recommended!

Christine, London

Another perfect stay at the Wood Barn. It's our happy place! The interior is so welcoming and relaxing ( especially with the new wood burner) and the kids just love exploring the grounds! We can't wait to return!

Tamsin, Swansea

We loved our stay at Old Lands. Horseshoes is a fantastic cottage for all the family, but all three cottages here have intriguing characters of their own and we really want to come back and try out the other two soon. Everyone was really friendly and we loved exploring the old estate and buying treats from the produce shop.

Paul, Bristol

Wow, what can I say other than we actually want to come and live here! Utterly wonderful stay in beautiful surroundings. Stable Court was just the right mix of old and new - incredibly comfortable beds that you don’t want to get out of, beautiful linen and towels and a kitchen and bathroom perfectly fitted out for a short or long stay. What a wonderfully vintage feel the place has reflecting the go slow nature of the whole estate. The honesty shop had delicious seasonal homegrown vegetables, eggs and meat and a smattering of fabulous vintage dresses and pretty china... just fabulous!

Annie, Malmesbury

Stable Court is beautifully maintained to give the best of vintage old with a few modern luxuries. Beds were soft, the achingly vast space we had was warm, the kitchen was thoughtfully stocked. Eco friendly cleaning products meant staying away with a particular allergy was, for the first time ever, not an issue. The hosts were reassuringly available if wanted but we had so much space and privacy even with other families staying on site we felt that the whole estate could nearly have been just ours. Beautiful surroundings and great for kids to explore. Honestly can barely wait to stay again.

Susan, Notts

A beautiful place to stay, relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. We loved exploring the walled garden, rowing on the sunny lake and watching kingfishers on the water. The wood barn accommodation is extremely comfortable and thoughtfully equipped with cosy Welsh blankets and flowers picked from the garden. Clare was very welcoming and we enjoyed the whole atmosphere of the estate including the farm shop and friendly cat. Perfect for a relaxing break or exploring the countryside further afield. We look forward to returning and buying more Dingstow honey!

Helena, Cheltenham

Absolutely beautiful place to stay. Wonderful garden, grounds with a lake and tennis court. A real feeling of being surrounded by beauty and tranquility. We will definitely return.

Naomi, London

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Clare Bosanquet

  • Castles galore on the doorstep, it is border territory after all.
  • You can see the Wye valley from the wooded slopes above, or whizzing by as you tackle the white water in a canoe.
  • Our old industrial heritage is good too, if disappearing down a mine for the afternoon is your cup of tea.
  • Abergavenny as a foodie town with its annual festival is good place for find the best of our local produce.
  • Black mountains 20 minutes away, Brecons just beyond.