Stay at Old-Lands

The Wood Barn sits just to the north of the flowery yard at the westerly end of the big house. It is simple and cosy and is furnished with welsh blankets and antique furniture from the big house. It’s perfect for two, or a family of four, with the small people squirrelled away in the crog loft. Friendly dogs are very welcome too. Should you like a break from cooking you can order hearty, homemade meals in advance. Parents can award themselves a lie-in by booking a session for their children to build dens and muddy their wellies at the Forest School. There are 200 acres for you to roam and the resident naturalist Sam, who grew up here, does nature walks by request. You might also like to pick up a pair of oars for a row around the island on the lake, or wander along the yew-tree walk and toss a ball on the old, well-loved tennis court. There’s a letterboxing trail, which is a good way to discover corners of the estate you might not otherwise venture to, and also numerous geocaches. With the Wye, Usk and mountain lakes close by, we are well-placed for wild swimming. Angela Jones is a wild swimming specialist and kayaking guide with a deep passion for the natural world who can take you on an expedition, maybe it’ll be taking a dip in the lake when it’s iced over, or kayaking by the light of the harvest moon, she finds adventure wherever she goes. The estate is 15 minutes from the Wye Valley and The Forest of Dean; the Black Mountains are 20 minutes in the other direction and as it is border territory there are castles galore on the doorstep. We do mid-week and weekly stays, also short and long weekend breaks starting at £390. We also have two onsite electric car charging points.

We normally stick to Monday & Friday as our arrival days but do ask if alternative days might be possible, as often we can accommodate it.

If booking for just one couple (without small co-sleepers), or solo guests, use JUSTONEBED code for a 15% discount.

The Wood Barn

2 bedrooms, sleeps 4