3 (all year)
The Anchor has space for up to 20 people to sleep comfortably in seven ensuite bedrooms (plus an additional 2 guests if the sofa bed is used in the snug), making it a fantastic big group self-catering property in the Wye Valley and the Forest of Dean. The village location in Lydbrook is not only peaceful but convenient, as it's within walking distance of the friendly Forge Hammer pub and close to village amenities. The house is perfect for Christmas with your extended families, hen weekends, celebrating milestone birthdays, or simply catching up with friends you haven't seen for ages.
The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is beautiful in every season from the arrival of carpets of delicate bluebells in spring to summer's full hedgerows, the flaming colours of autumn and cold winter days where frost glitters on the fields next to the river. The Forest of Dean is also beautiful, with lots of walking and cycling trails and beauty spots such as Symonds Yat. With all of this on the doorstep, being outdoors in the fresh air has never been so appealing. If you need further options, then the Cotswolds AONB and the Brecon Beacons National Park are both close by.
Local attractions include Go Ape, the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, the Dean Heritage Centre, Puzzlewood, and the Dean Forest Railway. Nearby are fisheries, golf courses, bike and canoe hire, and activity companies who can take groups mountain biking, gorge walking, canoeing, quad biking or clay pigeon shooting.
Monmouth, Abergavenny and Ross-on-Wye are only a short drive from the house. Each town has a regular market and an excellent variety of places to shop, eat and drink. The landscape around The Anchor is dotted with castles and country pubs. Those who enjoy shopping can spend the day browsing in the historic cathedral cities of Hereford and Gloucester or browsing the upmarket boutiques in Cheltenham.
The owners have worked hard to create a welcoming environment where extended families and friends can relax and spend time together while still enjoying their own space. More information about prices and availability is on their website.
Lewis Scott joined Independent Cottages in August 2018
The Anchor is a former village pub that has been transformed into a big house with a warm sense of welcome and hospitality. It has a traditional layout with the living space downstairs and bedrooms upstairs.
Games Room: An outbuilding houses the games room where guests can make the most of the snooker table, table tennis and table football. The owners have provided a choice of other family-friendly games for guests to enjoy during their stay.
Outside: The Anchor has a secure fenced garden with a lawn, patio and seating area, as well as a barbecue and a covered hot tub. There is plenty of off-street parking.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, fuel for the barbecue and wood burner, bed linen and towels are provided. Up to three well-behaved dogs are welcome through prior arrangement. Short breaks are possible all year round, depending on availability. Smoking is not permitted indoors.
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