Set your watches back in time as you enter the Wye Valley, a magical place that recalls a time when gentlemen held doors for ladies, and ladies wore hats out. Nestled within this land that time forgot is River Wye House, perched above the river bank, along a quaint country lane, beyond the pub, the tea rooms and the village shop.
Inside tells a far more contemporary tale. Sumptuous décor and squishy sofas invite relaxation. Woodburning stoves suggest a nightcap and a good book from the groaning library shelves. And the radiogram has been replaced by TV, WiFi and the iPod dock.
When the sun puts his hat on, the all-weather tennis court awaits your topspin forehand. The ever changing river bank invites you to pull on your wellies. Family celebration or picnic? Call up our chef for something special, then potter over to the pub afterwards. Perfect.
River Wye House is set amongst woodland above the River Wye, a perfect place for children and adults to explore. Little stone buildings, secret pathways and grassy areas provide a chance to escape and relax. And for the more active try a game of tennis on the all weather tennis court.
The formal lawn, which adjoins the field where sheep graze, also has a long patio area with tables, chairs and sun-loungers for relaxing. At the bottom of the lawn there is a little orchard that is usually abundant in apples in season. There’s also a five acre field which is home to some local rescue ponies.
Hop over a wall, amble through a field of sheep and you are at the river bank. Stroll down the river to Tintern Abbey, or just stop and have a picnic, watching the river roll by.
Wye River House has three big, smart spaces for relaxing and entertaining.
Just off the kitchen is a big open plan lounge area with wood-burner, so you can all get-together while the cooking is going on.
The Drawing and Dining room provides a relaxing space to read or just chill out in front of the wood burning fire. It’s a light room, with two bay windows at either end and a large oak dining table overlooking the side garden.
The light and spacious Living Room has large bay windows looking over the Wye Valley, period fireplace with woodburner and a large flatscreen TV and DVD player.
To help you slow down there’s a large library, packed with classic and contemporary novels, local literature and a selection of DVD’s and games to enjoy. And when you get going there’s a Boot Room for all the clobber that entails.
For romantic picnics by the river bank, or a family feast in the wooded glades or on the lawn at the house, Wye Valley Picnics provide a speciality service that delivers delicious fare, prepared and set up in a perfect location.
For special occasions, we can arrange all kinds of catering – from a simple buffet, to a summer BBQ or a fully catered holiday. Just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll sort it out. Pre-prepared meals can also be waiting for you on arrival – great home-cooked food prepared locally. Or just head out and stock up with local organic produce at the village shop.
River Wye House has a spacious, bright kitchen. It is well equipped with a double electric oven and hob, large American style fridge/freezer, microwave, slow cooker and a filter coffee maker. There is a large kitchen table, with extra breakfast bar, which means there is plenty of space for informal meals. The large oak dining table in the Drawing/Dining Room has plenty of space for everyone to dine together.
Outside the kitchen there is a raised terrace with BBQ and chiminea, with a large patio table and chairs for alfresco dining on warm summer days and evenings.
There are six bedrooms at Wye Valley Lodge sleeping up to fourteen guests.
The master bedroom has beautiful views of the gardens, valley and forests. A king size bed with flat screen TV, period fireplace and plenty of room to hang clothes, and an ensuite bathroom.
There are two more double rooms, one with two single beds and another small double.
There is also a generous sized single room with bunk beds and a period fireplace with lovely views. The family bathroom has a roll top bath and views over our bluebell woods.
The bedrooms on the second floor have wonderful views. There is a large double with plenty of extra space for a fold away bed or travel cot to provide a family area. The larger of the bedrooms has a king size bed and one single.
The gardens and grounds at River Wye House make a natural play area for children. There are acres of woodland, lawns and fields, with windy paths and secret glades to explore. The tennis court is great for letting off steam, or taking on mum and dad.
Inside the house is warm and friendly, with big TVs and lots of books, games and DVDs. A cot and highchair are also available. Across the fields the river offers lots to see and do.