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Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

A beautiful two bedroom stone cottage with private patio garden

A beautifully restored stone cottage with private patio garden overlooking the stunning Wye Valley. This charming two-bedroom self-catering cottage has a master bedroom with kingsize bed, cosy living room with wood-burner, a light and spacious kitchen-dining area and a downstairs double bedroom. The cottage is 35 minutes walk from Tintern abbey and right on the famous Offa's Dyke footpath. It's the perfect place to find sanctuary from the modern world and to explore the surrounding beauty.

The space:

A 200 year old cottage which has been lovingly restored and modernised with an ecological approach - using natural, locally sourced and recycled materials.

The floors are underfloor heated and made from cob, using traditional and modern earthen flooring techniques to create a hard-wearing and beautiful floor that feels amazing to walk on. The stonework has been lovingly restored with traditional lime pointing and the roof with welsh slate. The kitchen is made from locally sourced ash slabs and recycled pallet wood, and combines rustic charm with all the modern appliances you would expect: fridges, freezer, dishwasher and washer-dryer.

The heating system runs off renewable sources and is powered by two large solar thermal panels on the roof and a wood-burning stove with back boiler. Please note that in cold weather the wood-burning stove needs lighting everyday and needs frequent feeding with firewood (supplied free of charge) to keep the cottage from getting cold.

The cottage is furnished with traditional Balinese fabrics and pieces of furniture from Joe's travels, creating an exotic, soulful and earthy feel to the cottage.

I live on the land adjacent to the house in a yurt and I am available when needed for help or advice.

Other things to note:

Due to the unusual nature and construction of the cottage, it requires some care to ensure it stays in it's best condition and as such it is not suited for party groups or stag or hen parties.

The cottage is heated almost entirely by renewable sources. This means that the heating comes from the wood-burner boiler (which requires frequent feeding in cold weather). There is a woodstore in the patio garden and firewood is included in the price of your stay. Solar Panels on the roof provide hot water all year round and there is also a portable electric heater and back-up electric heating system for the water (so theres always hot-water coming out of the tap, even on cloudy days and when the wood-burner isn't on.)

The master bedroom sits just above the living room, and the staircase leading to it is situated in the living room (which can be seen in the second picture of the living room) and has a curtain that pulls across. Due to the nature of the thin wooden floor that separates the two rooms and the curtain across the staircase, sound-proofing between the rooms is quite poor. Please keep this in mind when planning sleeping arrangements (especially if one of your guests snores!).

More Details

Joe Pawson
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2018

About Joe Pawson

I moved to Brockweir from London, looking for a lifestyle closer to nature and the elements. I've spent the last two years renovating the cottage and discovering a love of natural building in the process. Now that the cottage is finished I can begin planting a forest garden here.

Joe Pawson purchased this cottage in 2014

Guestbook comments from the owner

Joes' place is a perfect place to go to wind down, relax and get back to basics. And it's easily walk-able to a local shop and pub. I would definitely recommend it.
Apr 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in United Kingdom in Europe

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Please read the house guide when you arrive at Birch cottage as it is a very unique cottage and needs some special care
  • No shoes to be worn in the house - Slippers are supplied
  • Please keep the noise down in the late evening on the patio garden as there are neighbours close by
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Upstairs Toilet - Toilet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Double Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • caving


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Birch Cottage - Eco Retreat
average rating of 4.923077 based on 14 reviews
College Park, Maryland

Charming cottage in a beautiful part of the world

  • 4 of 5

All was exactly as described. Well supplied, lovingly restored cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cosy and charming retreat

  • 5 of 5

Joe has truly created a peaceful haven with all mod cons. The parking was spacious, just opposite the garden gate which was a relief for unloading. The garden was mostly enclosed making it safe for our dog. (a larger dog could jump the front wall) The cottage was as described with a warm, homely feel to it. Very comfy beds and good shower. Everything worked well as Joe was attentive in an unobtrusive way. The location was perfect for us to walk with the dog and relax on the terrace when the sun shone. We highly recommend this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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We wish we could have stayed for 2 or 3 more weeks

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has been renovated with real care and attention resulting in understated luxury. The kitchen has every utensil, pot and pan you need to make proper meals including a gas oven. The bathroom has a decent powerful shower and a proper bath. The living room hosts the hub of the house; the log burner. Staying in the winter meant we needed to keep this topped up to keep the heating on. Don't be shy with the wood, pack it full to the top and the heating system will turn on much quicker. There's also numerous electric heaters around the house for a quick blast of heat for when you've just got in or first thing in the morning. The bed is almost too comfortable as you will not want to get out in the morning.

If you like walking and quirky interesting towns then there's lots to do in the area. The house sits right on the Offa Dyke's footpath and you can follow this over to Tintern Abbey. Make sure you stop at the local community shop. We also spent a day in Hay-on-Wye which included a reasonable drive but it meant we got to see more of the area.

Joe lives on site but we never actually met him. He made it clear that if there was anything we needed, we just needed to contact him and he would happily have shown us. He's available to show you anything in person or to advise over phone/messages/emails. Very responsive and completely unobtrusive.

Highly recommended. Double thumbs up. Thanks, Joe.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage very clean and cozy

Fire and lights were on which made it very welcoming loved the interior very comfortable bed and brilliant shower recommend and will be back

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautifully crafted cottage in rural setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time exploring the Wye valley and forest of Dean with our friends, baby and dog. We were extremely happy to find such a beautiful and quirky property to accommodate all of us. Joe, the owner, was incredibly helpful, generous and very prompt at replying to messages. We would definitely consider coming back!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning Rural Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was a stunning cottage discreetly tucked away just a few minutes drive from Tintern Abbey. Well maintained and clean it was amazing to feel so at home straight away. We stayed for a week and really found it hard to tear ourselves away. The owner Joe lives on a separate part of the land but was readily available to help with any enquiries we had. Sitting at the head of the dining table looking through the large open kitchen area surrounded by stone I felt like a mediaeval Lord ! Step outside at night and sit and be surrounded by such beautiful stars. It was a wonderful place to stay and I cannot recommend Birch Cottage highly enough. Will definitely be staying there again.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Located in the stunning Wye Valley, just outside the small country village of Brockweir. The local eco village shop is 15 minutes walk away, a traditional countryside pub 15 minutes walk away and Tintern abbey is 35 minutes walk. The Forest of Dean is 20 minutes drive to the North-East, and there are countless places to explore in the Wye valley, forests, rivers, caves, historic buildings and old pubs!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in United Kingdom, World

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2 Aug 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
5 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
November 2018
5 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
December 2018
1 Dec 2018 - 16 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Xmas 2018
17 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15
Cleaning fee £45

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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