About the property
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Double room & sleeping loft for 2 kids. Bell tent in garden in summer months
Sleeps 2 adults and 2 kids. It's a simple, cosy barn conversion with open plan living area. The double room leads off the main space. A small open sleeping loft above the central space is accessed by a staircase, there are 2 singles beds for children. There is a shower room and loo and a simple kitchen. To the front there is a enclosed gravelled courtyard with a table and a benches. From May to September there is a bell tent in the garden, so the children can camp out while the grown ups have a good nights sleep in a real bed. The tent is sited only a few yards from the double bedroom window. Two well behaved dogs are welcome .
The barn is at Old Lands a country estate that has been in the same family for 200 years .Theres a boating lake, tennis court , acres to roam about in, a small farm produce shop with veg straight from the walled garden and a forest school for children. Its the borders territory so we have mountains and castles galore on our doorstep.
Clare & Sam Bosanquet
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About Clare & Sam Bosanquet
Old-Lands (Dingestow Court), is an old family estate in Monmouthshire run on traditionally green principles – slow to change and careful of consequences – that has been in the Bosanquet family for 200 years. Three generations, including children, now live and work in and around the estate. While we have no intention of winding back the clock,our family comes from a long line of ecologists and naturalists whose experience taught them that, in the natural world, slow is beautiful.Responsibility for the estate and its future is now passing to a new generation, at a time of hard choices and decisions as to how an estate should exist in this century. We are neither able nor willing to manage the estate as a profit-maximising enterprise. The lands have to produce enough to pay the costs of management and provide a living for those engaged in what we see as partnership rather than as a landlord and tenant. Some of the land has been taken on by the Gwent Wildlife Trust and is being managed so that it reverts to flower-rich meadow. The walled garden has been taken on so that the once flowery garden has now been returned to vegetables. It is also used as a place of education for children to learn about the natural world and food production. The aim is to ensure that future generations benefit from our own good husbandry – just as we at Old-Lands have benefited from the careful stewardship of previous generations – by slowing down the way we farm, restoring and nurturing the land and its inhabitants, and looking for ways to put back more than we take out.
Clare & Sam Bosanquet purchased this Barn in 200
Why Clare & Sam Bosanquet chose Raglan
Old Lands cottages are simple & cosy with cotton bed linen, furnished with welsh blankets and antique furniture from the big house. You can pre-order seasonal fruit and veg to be waiting for you in your cottage on your arrival. Parents can award themselves a lie-in by sending the children off to build dens and muddy their wellies at the Forest School. During your stay, should you want a holiday from cooking, you can order wholesome, hearty, ready made food in advance. We also have a small produce shop in the stable yard, with some of the products from across the estate, and store cupboard basics. There are 80 acres for you to roam about in and the resident naturalist Sam, who grew up here, does a nature walk on Tuesdays. You might also like to pick up a pair of oars for a row round the island on the lake, or wander along the yew-tree walk and toss a ball on the old, well loved tennis court. The estate is within easy reach of the Wye Valley, Forest of Dean and the Black Mountains, and the Brecon Beacons are just beyond. As it’s border territory there are castles galore on the doorstep.
What makes this Barn unique
With 80 acres for you to roam about in, a useful estate map shows you where you can walk, and as it resembles a pirate map, children love to colour it in. Check for natural history sightings on the board in the archway, and add to it anything you stumble across. While out on your adventures, if you discover a plant or insect that you need help identifying you can email a photo of it to Sam Bosanquet, the resident naturalist who will identify it for you, and we can also add it to our natural history database. Sam tends to do an hour long nature walk or mini beast safari on a Tuesday (children need to be accompanied for this). You might also like to pick up a pair of oars for a row round the island on the lake, or wander along the yew-tree walk and toss a ball on the old, well loved tennis court.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Beautiful building, lovely surroundings
We had a relaxing break however I hadn’t noted that the property had no tv. We coped fine but a radio in the property would have been nice instead. Excellent WiFi connection. Friendly and welcoming owners greeted us. Just needs a few extra touches to get it to five star, ie. radio, a few board games , hairdryer and maybe sample soaps in the loo. Overall a nice property and if you don’t mind lack of tv.
Wonderful relaxing break for us and our young children
We (family of 4) stayed in the wood barn for 3 nights.. We had a great time, the barn having a wood burner was very cosy in February .. There is lots to do and see in the surrounding area or just stay and relax at old lands.. Sam (owner) was on hand if you ever needed him and we joined him on a nature walk around the beautiful property.. he is incredibly informative on all aspects of plants/animals.. with all the space and no cars it was a great place for the children to roam.. we will return as still lots more in the area to visit.. thank you Sam
Great property with secure garden for children or dogs. Nicely private and so relaxing.