The Benches Reviews

10/10 - Fabulous house with amazing views. Loads of space and great that each room has an en-suite. Panes Family - February 2018

9/10 - We particularly enjoyed the Hot tubsaunapool table and walks down the river. - Clowes Party - Feburary 2018

9/10 - The views from the property are outstanding and lovely to watch the wide variety of birds including ducks, swans, herons, owls, blue tits etc! There are numerous places to visit without having to drive miles away from Monmouth itself. Our wives loved being able to just walk into town. - Lawrence Group - February 2018

8/10 - We were given a comprehensive briefing on arrival - almost too much information to absorb. It would have been useful to have the same information in a property manual for day to day reference. - Redrop Family - February 2018

8/10 - All of our group really enjoyed our stay at The Benches. We particularly appreciated:

* the location, right on the River Wye;  * the hot tub;  * the spacious, modern kitchen; and  * the speedy repair of the central heating boiler.

We highly recommend: Walk up to Kymin for a panoramic view over the area. Walk back from Whitchurch (near Symond's Yat) to Monmouth by the river, about 5 miles (you can get a No 43 bus out there from the bus station in Monmouth). Chepstow. Walks around Tintern Abbey. The riverside walks in Monmouth. We ate twice at La Piccola on Monnow Street and enjoyed it. Good coffee at Coffee No 1, also on Monnow Street. Madeleine's (behind the Town Hall) is an excellent backery. The Queen's Head for decent beer and a friendly landlord, The Punch House for somewhere smarter, and The Three Horseshoes (NB: currently closed) for the only pub in Monmouth that shows live satellite football. Good selection of local, independent shops, including the butchers on Monnow and the greengrocers on Church Street. - Seals Family - January 2018

10/10 - Myself and a group of friends stayed at The Benches for a weekend for my 30th Birthday. The house was amazing, so spacious and clean and fully equipped. Mandy and Elizabeth greeted me on arrival and showed me around the place. A birthday cake was a lovely touch, as was stocking the fridges with milk. I would most definitely come here again!  - Knox Party - January 2018

9/10 - Loved the well equipped kitchen plus 3 fridges was great! Enjoyed a trip to the Forest of Dean sculpture park; walked back to the house from Symonds Yat - a very pleasant 6 miles along the river Wye; trip over to Abergavenny worth it for the market plus a steep walk up Sugar Loaf if got the right boots etc! - Wiffen Family - January 2018

9/10 - Enjoyed our stay somewhere to hang all our coats would have been useful other than that we had a wonderful time. We also enjoyed the Puzzlewood and the Butterfly Farm.  - Foster Family - January 2018

10/10 - Our whole family really enjoyed their stay at The Benches - it has everything you could want for a large group/family get away. The Benches is a beautiful house in a stunning location. A warm welcome was awaiting us on arrival and it was easy to book through Sleeps12. Whilst we were there 6 of our family went to the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth which is the oldest theatre in Wales! - Ward Family - New Year 2017

10/10 - Fabulous property very well equipped and maintained, very friendly and helpful support staff . We were worried with the cold and snow it may not be aired and warm, totally needlessly as the log burners and central heating were superb. Fantastic experience for the whole weekend. We enjoyed days out to The Forest of Dean and walks around Staunton. - Marriott Family - December 2017

10/10 - The house was amazing.....the only suggestion I would make would be to provide more serving dishes in the kitchen. We cooked a big Christmas dinner while we were there and could have done with a few more serving dishes. The Usk Christmas Market was fab! - Harrison Family - December 2017

10/10 - The Benches is a wonderfully warm, social, and homely place, in spite of its size. The pictures don't do it justice! The hot tub on an icy morning and the views from the property were great. Recommend: Monmouth town centre and castle. Walk to Redbrook along the riverbank to The Boat Inn and/or The Bell Inn. Both are perfect for walkers and do good food. Tintern and the Abbey. Hard to think of anything that would have improved it. - Turvill Party - November 2017

10/10 - The kitchen was amazing, the hub of the house and used the most. The lounge although lovely let it down a bit as needs a transformation. Maybe knock through to kitchen. Most wonderful stay and will be visiting again. We would recommend a walk into Monmouth on the footpath. - Cowle Party - November 2017

10/10 - Everything was great, it was a lovely house beautifully done inside and out with lovely views and so much to see and do. We had fantastic weather and we all had a great time and a fantastic experience bringing the whole family together. We loved it so much we didn't go out! Thank you so much and thank you for the lovely chocolate cake. We would definitely come back again! - Stoner Family - October 2017 

10/10 - We absolutely loved it. The property was beautiful, so relaxing. Even though it was October we enjoyed the pool as well as the hot tub. We walked along the river to The Boat Inn, which was about 2 miles - Lovely! - Morgan Party - October 2017

10/10 - Amazing property - everything was perfect! - Maidment Party - October 2017

8/10 - This place has everything to offer for families to spend time together, Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Pool Table and large dining table to eat together. Unfortunately the heated pool wasn't working properly but this was been fixed the day we left, and the only other thing would be the living room was very different to the rest of the property. Although it had its own quirks, it was very dated in comparison to the other rooms. All in all a beautiful place which offered a great holiday. We visited the Hedge Puzzle just up the road which has a butterfly farm and crazy golf which was a decent couple of hours out. We also visited The Royal Pub in Ross on Wye which was lovely and recommended. The men played some very good golf courses near by too. - Heeley Family - September 2017

10/10 - Wow, Wow, Wow!! I was very fortunate to win your Facebook competition to stay at The Benches in Monmouth. We had a fantastic long weekend. The views and accommodation are absolutely stunning. The house is beautifully laid out for a big party. There is space for you all to be together, but also space to have quiet time away if needed. Thank you again.  - Laura - August 2017

10/10 - Mandy and Lis were real gems looking after us so well. Thanks for a lovely stay, we had a really lovely holiday and the location cound not have been better. The Wye Valley is absolutely beautiful. Thank you. Hopefully we can come back one day. The walk from Tintern Station to Tintern Abbey, Inspire Gorge Scrambling Experience and Canoeing from Monmouth past the house to Whitebrook are great activities to do during your stay. - Blunden Group - August 2017

9/10 - The swimming pool and he views were enjoyed. An additional toilet and changing facility on the ground floor would be useful. Visited Raglan Farm while we stayed.  - Johnston-Smethurst Family - August 2017

10/10 - Enjoyed the whole experience and as it was a celebration for my 60th birthday it was very special. We ventured out to Cardiff, Ross on Wye, Abergavenny and of course Monmouth town and we enjoyed each one. We also took a course of Archery which everyone enjoyed and our party was aged between 29-82! - Horridge Family - July 2017

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