Tyler and Nicky
20 to 25 April 2021
What can we say other than how perfect our stay at Anne's Retreat has been. Euan, Laura Bronte and Badger have been the perfect hosts. These past few days have been exactly what we needed after a long winter in Lockdown. The surrounding walking paths the beautiful scenery and the enchanting sound of nature make this place something special.
Thank you Euan, Laura for being so kind and welcoming, also thank you to Bronte for accompanying us around the fire pit every morning and evening. This has been our first stay here but definitely wont' be our last. You have made this Kiwi and this Cardiffian very very happy
Emma and Paul
12 to 15 April 2021
Thank you for the most wonderful stay, we have enjoyed our break so much!
The warmest welcome, amazing location, peace and quiet, birdsong will remain in our memories for ever.As you know, we were supposed to be married on the 11th of April and owing to lockdown we had to postpone til September, so this has been like a "pretend" honeymoon! We walked 16 miles to Monmouth today so the bubble bath was very welcome on return.
We love nature and the great outdoors so the owls hooting and the woodpeckers pecking has been epic
Enjoyed sharing sausages with Bronte.
Thank you, good luck, Anne would be so proud her hut brings so many joy
Rachel and Jerry
25 to 28 September 2020
This has simply been a slice of heaven. We have never stayed anywhere quite like it.
Every detail in this hut is perfect and the location is breathtaking. We enjoyed local walks, Tintern Abbey and would highly recommend the Ostrich at Newland
Thank you Euan and Laura for making us so welcome
We will be back
Nigel and Michele
11 to 15 September 2020
What an amazing place!
Just what the doctor ordered. The weather caught us out- we forgot to pack shorts.
We loved cooking over the fire pit and enjoyed Bronte's presence while eating.
Thank you Euan and Laura we'll tell our friends and will return.
Debs and Nick
29 Nov to 2 December 2019
Both my partner and I have had the most wonderful relaxing time here. Faultless in every sense, ticked all of our boxes. Keen Ultra Off Road runners that we are, this place and location made our stay and time here a very memorable one and we will be back for sure, exploring the wonderful places and fantastic views right from Anne's Retreat to find more running routes and to discover such beautiful surrounds with nature.
Euan, Laura and Bronte made us feel very welcome, nothing was too much trouble, so helpful and friendly. We celebrated my birthday (21 again!!) here in the lovely cosy "hut" and were overwhelmed with such a pleasant wonderful feel to the place. Flowers, hamper and goodies waiting for us. We did plan to go our for a meal on my Birthday but staying in such a comfortable, clean, cosy "hut" decided to stay around, light the fire and watch the stars, it was the best birthday night for me. We have cooked some delicious meals over the fire pit and must remember to bring marshmallows next time!
Can't wait to tell our family and friends about this place, show them our photos....or keep them to ourselves because this is a treasure find.
Max and Kat
21st to 24th November 2019
What a stay! What a place!
We were told the pictures didn't do it justice and we can now confirm they don't. We've rarely felt so comfortable and well set up. We had the cosiest 3 days with absolutely everything we needed and far more. We can't wait to come back in the summer to do some BBQ's
Euan and Laura were wonderful hosts who welcomed us so warmly and got us settled in, gave us all the local tips and were always there if needed.
Looking forward to recommending it to all our friends whilst hoping we can still get a spot!
Thank you so much for the best stay.
Sandra and Nigel
25 to 30 October 2019
Second visit to this amazing place! As on our first trip nothing can be faulted about Anne's Retreat.
Truly fabulous 5 nights - we could live here! The only disappointing thing is having to leave.
Having a relaxing bath with the windows open is truly magical.
Thank you Euan and Laura and we will be counting the days to return to Orchard Cottage in December.
Many many thanks
Louise and John
09 to 13 October 2019
We have lost all track of time. Another wonderful stay at Anne's Retreat. we have loved every minute, thank you so much Euan, Laura, Bronte and Badger!
We first came here in late June and wanted to see what it was like in the Autumn and we weren't disappointed- there was a lot of rain, but is has made no difference to our holiday in the slightest because we always had somewhere glorious to "retreat" to. This time we very much enjoyed a special meal at The Parva Farmhouse, we enjoyed Chepstow Racesas well as reading by the Fire in the hut. We shall certainly return.
22 to 27 September 2019
I'm not sure where to begin! I came here for a much needed break from working in the City, and both the location and the accommodation far exceeded expectations.
Euan and Laura you have not only created an amazing Shepherds Hut to stay in, you have created a sense of peace. Yes the Shepherds Hut is a masterpiece of engineering, giving a true clamping experience , the quality of finish is superb, from the luxurious bathroom the most inviting bed I have ever slept in. Thank you very much.
However, the biggest achievement is successfully delivering something that is near impossible to create and you have both achieved it wondrously! The ability to be present with one's self. The environment . To see, hear, smell, feel and submerse oneself in the beauty of Anne's retreat allowing the body to heal again. Well done and thank you SOOO much. I am fully recharged to face the world again. And Absolutely, I will be back.
P.S Bronte nearly came home with me- I love her!
Catherine and Joe
18 to 21 September 2019
I don't know where to start- just how does one describe being "home?"
From the very warm welcome to the generous hamper; the cosy bed and hot baths with a view of the woods, we have managed to relax more in these few days than in a weaken other places.
The weather was glorious we had our dinners cooked over the fire pit every evening with the most amazing sunsets for entertainment.
We shall miss the birdsong, the tippy taps of Bronte's paws every morning, the bleating of sheep and twit twooing of owls at dusk. We shall be back when we need a dose of bliss (and we'll bring some treats for Bronte too)
Sarah and Jarrod
09 13 September 2019
Dear Euan and Laura
Thank you so much for your kind hospitality in a wonderful magical environment. Anne's Retreat is simply amazing with luxurious touches that make it all the more special.
As tired worn out nurses, this is just the perfect place to be; to relax, unwinding return to our busy lives re-charged.
I have especially liked:
The bath in the woods
Relaxing listening to the birds singing
Sitting by the fire pit
Lovely visits from Bronte.
We will be back
Hannah and Ryan
06 to 08 September 2019
We are back for our first anniversary!
We had a wonderful time again. We have explored even more of South Wales and then ended up trundling back to Anne's Retreat for the evening.
Euan was a wonderful host again and we were thrilled Anne's Retreat has been as successful as it deserves to be.
There is something very magical about this place.
We have been hugely lucky with the weather and with batteries re-charged we are very sad to be leaving!
Richard and Vanessa
23 to 30 August 2019
Thank you for letting us share in your piece of heaven. For the first time we had no need to explore. All we wanted to do was to sit around the fire listening to the wildlife and the rustling of the leaves- we appreciated every moment.
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, the gorgeous food hamper. Hopefully we will see you again soon
Mandy and Chrissie
19 - 23 August 2019
A wonderful find at very short notice.
The most comfortable hut and the separate bathroom is a stroke of genius.
The plans we had to explore further afield went awry and we spent most of the time by the firepit with Bronte and the deer for company.
Thank you Euan for your warm hospitality.
Leon and Rebecca
11- 15 August 2019
The perfect place for a digital detox and glamping at its best. Luxury facilities whilst still having the benefit of a beautiful and remote location.
Euan was an excellent host who had created the perfect get away. We were impressed not only with the facilities but the the thoughtful touches that went with them.
We had a great time sat around the fire pit with Bronte the dog for company.
We took advantage of the wonderful shower and bath. Sat reading in the front of the stove and had no inclination to go anywhere else!
31July- 04 August 2019
Really wonderful. I have been sitting by the firepit under the shade of the oak, wandering off into the woods and getting lost, cooking sausages, having baths and just looking and listening.
Perfect living spaces, everything you need and really high quality, luxurious and basic at the same time. I loved playing with the wood stove.
Amy and Adam
19 -22 July 2019
We had a fantastic time staying in Anne's Retreat. It has been a great escape from our busy lives. Every details has been thought of to make Anne's retreat as comfortable as possible and with beautiful interior decor.
Euan and Laura are very friendly and helpful and did all they could to make us feel welcome! We went to the National Diving Centre had a go on the Zip Wire which was incredible. We also visited Chepstow Castle and ate out in Tintern.
The location is beautiful and we really have had a great time.
Meg and Dan
07 - 07 July 2019
A perfect get away.
Annes Retreat is the perfect place to get back to nature without sacrificing creature comforts.
We had lots of ideas of eating out etc. but spent lots of time aorund the fire pit cooking and wouldn't change a thing!
Thank you Euan for being so king and accomodating. And thanks to Bronte for keeping us company (even if it was because she thought she was going to be fed!)
Louise and Jon
29June to 3 July
Anne's Retreat is paradise
The perfect combination of nature, relaxation, and luxury as other guests have also commented, we had lots of plans to get out and about to discover this wonderful location, but the Shepherds Hut was where we really wanted to be, we did however very much enjoy a day out paddle boarding on the Wye and walking into Tintern during our stay.
Each of our evening meals was cooked on the excellent fire pit and we really enjoyed the company of Bronte the dog. Thank you Euan for being such a lovely welcoming host and for creating this very special place.
Louise and Jon
Beth and Ross
20 - 24 June 2019
My husband and I had all kinds of plans laid out for our short stay at Anne's Retreat and am pleased to say that we didn't stick to any of them. From arriving we instantly relaxed and let the magic take over.
The welcome pack provided some great information and we bought some beautiful produce from the fishmonger and butcher which we cooked on the fire pit every night
The hut has everything you need, The bed is amazing , as is the shower and bath. Even grilling your toast in the morning gave us a sense of the simple life, and eating it with the butter and marmalade from the hamper was also lovely.
We visited Chepstow, Monmouth and stopped for lunch in a little town somewhere on a road trip- watch out for the narrow roads!!
Thanks Laura and Euan for having us it has been absolutely smashing!
Beth and Ross
David and Lauren
13 to 16 June 2019
What can we say. Absolutley amazing. So peaceful and relaxing, loved sitting out by the fire pit listening to the bird song. A great escape from the rat race
Richard and Lauren
Dan and Gemma
01 to 06 June 2019
We have had a lovely time here at Anne's Retreat. The location was superb, the fire pit was great when the weather permitted and the hut had everything we needed to make us feel at home
The dog especially enjoyed having all the space to run around and explore.
Thank you Euan for all your useful tips and info about the area and for helping us with the flat tyre!
Dan and Gemma
Thom and Grace
27 to 30 May 2019
Thank you for the perfect little escape. Anne's Retreat exceeded expectations and is the ideal combination of an outdoorsy experience with luxury touches. Euan has done an amazing job of building a beautiful place and thinking of everything necessary to make the stay special and hassle free. Cosy bed, fluffy robes, well equipped kitchen, flowers and fairy lights. We appreciated the warm welcome and the local tips, from good walks to the nearby farm shop. We loved cooking delicious dinners on the fire pit and a cosy evening by the indoor wood burner with the cookies Euan provided for us. A circular walk taking in the Devil's Pulpit and Tintern Abbey was especially good.
Hope lots of others enjoy this beautiful place as have done! The best stay we have had in a long time.
Lucas and Hannah
25 to 27 May 2019
Thank you Euan and Laura for a wonderful stay, a perfect way to finish of our wedding weekend.
We hope many more happy couples enjoy this beautiful spot as we have done
See you again
Tina and Baden
17 to 20 May 2019
Just WOW !
An idyllic tranquil retreat, couldn't have been more perfect for our complete escape from everyday life!
We arrived to the warmest of welcomes from Euan who was so warm and informative, gave us some wonderful tips on places to visit, local walks with breath taking views and of course we had to sample the local sausages. They were delicious!
The accommodation is so unique and finished to high standard, with many luxury touches! IT really made it the perfect weekend get away.
Woodland view bath- just fabulous
Fire pit - great for relaxing and cooking
Bed - Super Comfy
We would love to return, you are doing a wonderful job, thank you for such a special weekend
Nat and Kat
6 to 10 May 2019
Beautiful retreat in a beautiful setting - the woods full of birdsong and bluebells. Fire to cook on and the friendliest of resident dogs! What more could you want for a holiday
Thank you Euan and Laura for creating this place and looking after us so well.
All the best
Nat and Kat
Sandra & Nigel
Words cannot describe how much we have loved our 7 days here. Wonderful setting. Anne's Retreat is the best "hut" we have ever stayed in (and we have stayed in quite a few!)
Euan, you have created the most amazing indoor and outdoor space. The kitchen is superb and very well equipped as we do like to cook!. The bed is so comfortable and we are mezmerized by the beautiful headboard. The shower is perfect and being called out of the bath after 2 hours says it all!!
Thank you so much for your genuine care around our stay and the lovely treats waiting for us, the non alcoholic drinks were brilliant. We will see you again soon
Sandra and Nigel
Tom & Lucy
12-15 April 2019
A perfect stay in a perfect place, not a single drop of rain, no wind and beautiful sunshine. I am almost certain we had more fun than anyone else who stayed here, outdoor fires every night until the early hours. We'll be back for sure.
Tom and Lucy
Sarah & Jonathan
08 -11 April 2019
Thank you so much for your genuine thought and interest in our comfort and pleasure. The Shepherds Hut exceeded all our expectations, allowing us a much needed break from it all, in impeccable luxuriant comfort. Euan, Laura and Hamish you were all unfailingly kind and helped us to feel most welcome your magical place. We just wish we could stay longer.
Wishing you all the best
Sarah and Jonathan
Tracy and Charles
5 to 7 April 2019
Well, where do I begin? Pulling into the drive way and being greeted by the friendliest of dogs was just the start of our amazing weekend. Euan and Laura were fabulous hosts, very friendly and accommodating.
Euan, your mum would "love" that you called this little gem after her. It's 5 star accomodation in the middle of nowhere, so peaceful and tranquil. A weekend just wasn't enough. The hamper was amazing with fresh eggs from the local farm. The luxury bathroom was heavenly.
We spent hours sitting by the fire which Euan kindly lit for us toasting marshmallows and giggling like schoolchildren. We will be sad to be leaving Anne's Retreat so soon, but our batteries are fully charged and can't wait to come back for longer next time.
Thank you both for letting us stay in your lovely place.
Tracy and Charles
Sanchia and Steve
1 - 5 April 2019
It's rather difficult to do justice to this little spot with words or pictures. Suffice it to say that head home somewhat richer in spirit, rested, refreshed and full of gratitude.
Sanchia and Steve
27 - 31 March 2019
We really enjoyed our stay at Anne's Retreat. We were really lucky with the weather so saw the area at its best. The walk from Tintern Abbey to The Devil's Pulpit rewarded us with a wonderful view of the valley.
We had an excellent dinner at The Royal George but it was not as much fun as cooking our sausages over the fire pit!
Thank you Euan and Laura for being such good hosts
Catherine and Stuart
25 -27 March 2019
We have had a fabulous couple of days in the beautifully made Shepherds Hut. The perfect combination of life under the stars and five star luxury.
Thanks so much for the warm welcome and hospitality. We will definitely be back and hopefully for longer next time.
Catherine and Stuart
James and Caroline
20 to 22 March 2019
Thank you Euan for the lovely welcome to Anne's Retreat. Just what is says on the tin!
What a wonderful time we have had, amazing walks and views, yummy food (The George in Tintern) and the Fire Pit and great fishing at Ravens Nest- 3 x delicious trout.
Thank you again
Janie and Nick
15 -17 March 2019
What a wonderful birthday weekend I have had. Euan was so welcoming and helpful.
We loved the "Shepherds Hut" warm and cozy, our enjoyment of it all was not "dampened" by the rain and the wind.
Excellent meals - wonderful restaurants - good golf - we will be back - perhaps when the weather will be a little warmer!
Janie and Nick
Steve and Julie
1 - 4 March 2019
Wow! We have had a wonderful long weekend in this magical setting, the hut exceeded our expectations, "Euan, you have done a great job here"
Despite differing weather we have been all over the place from the Forest of Dean to the mighty Brecon Beacons (which still look beautiful in the wind and the rain of Storm Freya!)
Thank you for making us so welcome
We WILL be back !
Steve and Julie
Tom and Natalie
18 -22 February 2019
We have really enjoyed our stay here at Anne's Retreat. The hosts have been fantastic (friendly dogs included!) and we have been provided with everything we need to make our stay super comfortable. There is so much to do nearby, we have visited Chepstow Castle, walked up Shugarloaf Mountain, taken a pottery class at Hot Pot pottery and visited some local pubs and cafe's.
We have also enjoyed plenty of relaxing time the hut, playing games by the fire, taking baths with a view of the woods and having a BBQ on the open fire.
Definitely just what we needed for a relaxing countryside break.
Tom and Natalie
Colette & Andy
7 - 10 December 2018
A magical little place for a winter getaway. A beautiful setting and the hut is cosy with lots of luxuries included. The log burning fire, the bath with the view over the woodland and the fluffy bathrobes really made it for us.
Euan provided a warm welcome and all the info we could need for making the most of our stay.We were lucky with the weather and got to enjoy sitting out by the fire pit twice, cooking lunch and roasting marshmallows too.
In the area Tintern Abbey is stunning, as is the road up the river Wye to cycle (beware of speedy drivers overtaking though). The Forest of Dean has a great mountain biking area too.
Loved our stay here, a really unique place
Kevin and Natalie.
23- 26 November 2018
Thank you so much for Creating such a wonderful retreat! Kevin and I had the most lovely time. it was a truly unique birthday surprise for me. Euan is a star, so helpful, freindly and welcoming, providing a fantastic start to our amazing stay that we wish could have lasted longer! Next time for sure!! Every little touch adds to the magic of this place. We will definitley be returning. When we saw this hut on line we thought it looked fantastic. Even with high expectations it exceeded it beyond our imgaination. The fire pit was an amazing treat to end our stay and allow us to BBQ our feast.
Thank you Euan and Laura for letting us stay in this magical little place and being so accommodating.
Kevin and Natalie
Sally & Andy
11-14 November 2011
What a find!
Lovely hut, quiet and away from the Rat Race . All you could ask for . Euan, what a smashing guy. Would love to come back
Sally & Andy
David and Camilla
08-11 November 2018
Staying here and exploring this pocket of Monmouthshire has made us both very happy. The autumnal colours blaze across the valleys surrounding the meandering rivers, Wye, Monnow and Severn. The silence is audible and the air fresh. A day's hike to Tintern proved restorative and energising.
Euan, thank you for being so welcoming and ensuring that the hut is perfectly equipped and stocked. We enjoyed the circular walk you recommended from the hut which took us to the top of the hill to see severn counties. We also enjoyed the Royal George in Tintern, that ale is delishious! We also enjoyed our afternoon in Monmouth. Isn't Britain beautiful. We will be back.
David and Camilla
Jill and Jonas
01-04 November 2018
Our 3 night stay at Anne's Retreat was the magical. Starting with Euan's friendly and wholeheartedly kind welcome (even when we arrived much later than planned!) to the gorgeous interior and generous welcome hamper. Euan even brought us some lovely local sausages back as he was popping out to the shop.
Bring marshmallows and sit by the fire pit and listen to the leaves falling off the trees, bring bubble bath and sit looking out into the woods.... my first bath with birdsong for company.
A little gem hidden in the Welsh Countryside.
Many thanks for a relaxing break
Jill & Jonas
19 -24 October 2018
What a perfect antidote to busy city life! The huts provided everything I needed for a relaxing stay. Warm cosy indoor and outdoor fires, fluffy robes, towels and hot water and the lovely hamper of treats. I cannot wait to return and share this with my husband next time!
Euan and Laura, thank you for sharing your beautiful slice of paradise with me. I look forward to next time.
27 to 30 September 2018
This wonderful stay began with Euan's warm, friendly welcome. Anne's Retreat is simply beautiful and has everything I needed to make myself comfy and cozy. I've enjoyed many a doze in the hammock, taken advantage of the walks on the doorstep affording stunning views of the Severn, take in the stars by the roasty fire pit and of course enjoyed several long lie in's
This was just the perfect peaceful, solitary spot I needed to rest and recharge
Ryan & Hannah
11 to 15 September 2018
Ryan and myself have had the most wonderful and relaxing honeymoon. Euan was a pleasure: telling us about "must see" places, the best pubs, butchers and shops etc.
Anne's Retreat was exactly what we needed, we don't want to leave!
Advice for fellow guests: Marshmallows, lots of casserole ingredients, good books, walking shoes and never leave the hut!! Because it is SO perfect.
Thank you for having us Ryan and Hannah
Jonathan & Hafsa
25-28 August 2018
"Dear Laura & Euan
What a complete dream to find Anne’s Retreat and you both. The perfect spot to escape the rabble.
Complete perfection in every way.
Thank you and hope to return very soon
All the very best, Olivia"
Anne and Mike
17- 20 August 2018
Having seen a Shepherds Hut on TV, we wondered what it would be like to stay in one. We were not disappointed! Quirky but with all the mod cons! Very comfy bed and great shower!
The location is idillic, such wonderful peace and quiet. The dogs who greeted us every time we came back were a bonus
Laura and Jim
6 - 8 July 2018
Anne's Retreat was the most perfect antidote to busy London, tucked away in the beautifully rural Wye Valley, but with every possible luxury one might find in a 5* hotel including an extremely comfortable superking bed, soft dressing gowns, toiletries and a bath that looked out into the dappled woodland sunlight outside.
Laura and Euan could not have been more warm and welcoming hosts, thinking of everything from bundles of kindling for the little woodburner inside, to treats for our breakfast which we enjoyed sitting outside on our private decking. They were a fountain of knowledge for the local area, resulting in some of the best walking we've ever done around historic Penterry. I only wished we could have stayed longer- a truly romantic getaway that trumps any 'glamping' experience. Our return couldn't come any sooner!
Laura and Jim, London
Stefan and Gabbie
"We had a wonderful time at your Orchard Cottage and also in the brand new 6 (out of 5) stars Anne's Retreat. Marvellous place , marvellous hosts, marvellous landscape, marvellous everything. I am sure we will be back. Thanks for all, Stefan and Gabbie"
Flicia, Helen and Pumpkin (the dog)
16th – 23rd June 2018
The cottage is beautiful, the location is wonderful and we couldn’t ask for better hosts. We will definitely be returning! Many thanks Felicia, Helen and Pumpkin
7th – 11th June 2018
A wonderful cottage and location. I wanted a few days of peace and quiet and Orchard Cottage is the perfect place.
Thank you to Laura and Euan for making me feel like a house guest, to Badger and Bronte for regularly dropping in and to the delinquent lambs for making me laugh!
I will be back …. Carol, Pyrford, Surrey
Barbara and Trevor
24th – 29th May
Our second visit to Orchard Cottage was just as lovely as our first last year – and the woods and the fields were at their best with the last of the bluebells and full of wild flowers.
We had some super walks – to Tintern through the woods, and in the Forest of Dean visiting some of the pretty villages there. We were lucky enough to enjoy the flower festival at Penterry Church, complete with musicians and cream tea.
We re-visited The Whitebrook which is a real treat. But mostly we enjoyed the peace, the surrounding walks and the wonderful views. Orchard Cottage is extremely comfortable, has everything needed, and is in the most perfect setting. WE feel very refreshed after a lovely relaxing break. Barbara and Trevor
Tony, Julie and Toby (the dog)
12th -22nd May 2018
We have been coming to this delightful cottage since early 2007. Every time the visit has been faultless, mostly due to the care and attention of Laura and Euan.
Many thanks. Julie, Tony and Toby
PS We LOVE the 5* shepherds hut!
Penny and Martin
22nd March 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and are already making plans for when we might return. The cottage is lovely, very spacious, warm and comfortable. We wished we could have stayed longer. Thanks also for your warm welcome and very generous welcome pack.
Penny and Martin
Jill and Shaun
16-21 March 2018
Thank you both for another warm, comfortable and enjoyable break (I think our fourteenth with you!). We love to be here.
Jill and Shaun
Jenny and Chris
22nd – 25th February 2018
What a charming cottage this is – a pleasure to stay here in this idyllic spot. Very impressed by the thoughtful way it’s fitted out. A lovely spot from which to explore the beautiful Wye Valley.
Many thanks Jenny and Chris