Chink, fizz... we'll soon be celebrating New Year folks, and if you're still looking for a luxury large group getaway, then read on; The Benches is the perfect self catering accommodation for such special occasions!
Looking to get away for the New Year with a group of your nearest and dearest? Celebrate it in style at this gorgeous Italianette Arts & Crafts style villa, sleeping 12 guests with room for two cots and a toddler bed as well. In a gorgeous setting on the banks of the River Wye, just a short stroll from Monmouth, and with spectacular views stretching far across the countryside, New Years Eve at The Benches will be a real treat. A 3 night break from Fri 29th Dec – Mon 1st Jan is priced at £3,900; between 12 of you that works out at little more than £100 per night – that’s great value for such a remarkable property! A shorter break of 2 nights is £3,650.
And what a wonderful time you’ll have! Soak your troubles away in the bubbly hot tub, revitalise in the roomy sauna, relax in the summerhouse for a quiet chat or to read your favourite book. Drum up some in-house competition with a table football tournament in the summerhouse, or play pool in the games room. Go for a leisurely amble along the river on a crisp winter’s afternoon and come back to steaming hot chocolate round the warmth of the wood-burner. On New Year’s Eve put on your glad rags and celebrate – out with the old, in with the new – put some music on the BOSE sound system, raise your glasses and enjoy canapes and a special occasion feast cooked by one of our tried and tested professional caterers – talk about stress free!
If there are little people in your party they’ll love the play equipment and they’ll have heaps of fun running around the 1 acre of grounds and the apple orchard. If you have a family pooch, he can join in too (small extra charge applies)!
We love The Benches! It’s bright and airy and ultra-stylish; the commodious kitchen/diner is very sleek, with a stunning bright red central island, and a big comfy sofa, so it’s a very sociable space. Cook breakfast on the 4 oven Aga or on the big gas hob, and sit down to eat together at the huge dining table where you can look out onto the gardens. The living room is lovely and homely, with a feature red brick fireplace evocative of the 1930’s Arts & Crafts movement, some interesting artwork and plenty of inviting chairs and sofas.
The six ensuite bedrooms each have their own character, being individually furnished; there’s one bedroom on the ground floor, four on the first floor, and one in the fabulous Riverview Annex. Bedrooms 1 and 2 have gorgeous free standing baths where you can lie back and look out over the gardens to the countryside beyond. Now that’s decadent and just the thing to make time for over the New Year period! If you’re sleeping in Bedroom 4, get up in the morning and step out onto the balcony for some fresh air and fantastic views – what a great start to the day!
The Riverview Annex is ideal for grandparents or for anyone who just likes to have their own space when away from home; it’s got a double bed, a good sized wet room, comfy seating, and a small kitchen area – and it overlooks the lower garden and the river, so there’s a terrific sense of calm. Above the Annex is a decked terrace so if the weather is mild you can sit out and enjoy a drink and a chat whilst you gaze at those gorgeous views.
The Benches has it all – wireless broadband, plenty of parking, and you can order ahead and have shopping delivered straight to the door; there’s a pub within a mile and a local shop just a short stroll away. You might fancy exploring the area whilst you’re here and if the great outdoors appeals you’re spoilt for choice with the Black Mountains, the Forest of Dean and the Brecon Beacons all within easy reach. If you get time go and see the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail; huge sculptures that stand or hang in the forest landscape, and some are interactive. Or have a family trip to Clearwell Caves, Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, or the aMazing Hedge Puzzle; all are fascinating! The charming town of Monmouth is within walking distance; go and browse around the independent shops, find a cosy café or pub for lunch - try the Gate House, the nearby Stonemill restaurant, or the Inn at Penallt.
Book The Benches now for a New Year’s Eve to remember and memories to treasure.
NB: Swimming pool for use Mar-Oct only.