Stay at Old-Lands
There are 3 holiday cottages at Old Lands, all of which sit in or alongside the flowery yard to the west of the big house. Simple & cosy cottages, each with its own character, cotton bed linen, furnished with welsh blankets and antique furniture from the big house. You can pick seasonal organic produce from our walled garden and we also sell wholesome store-cupboard food in our small shop. 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 about in and the resident naturalist Sam, who grew up here, does a nature walk on Saturdays from early May to the end of September, Easter holidays and half terms. 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 is a letterboxing trail, which is a good way to discover corners of the estate you might not otherwise venture to, and also numerous geocaches. For those of you with green fingers, you can volunteer to work in the walled garden. With the Wye, Usk and mountain lakes close by, we are well placed for wild swimming; Angela Jones is an outdoor adventurer, wild swim specialist and kayaking guide with a deep passion for the natural world who can take you on an adventure, maybe it’ll be taking a dip when the water is 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 its border territory there are castles galore on the doorstep. For every holiday taken here in 2022 and onwards we will plant a tree as part of our parkland landscape restoration project. We do short & long breaks with weekly rates starting at £390. We have 2 onsite electric car charging points at Old Lands.