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Milo, a recent guest to Monnington House and The Cider Mill


Such a lovely stay at Monnington 5/5
Monnington is the perfect getaway for a group of friends. The house is beautiful with all you could need – so much space. We were 3 different families and there was still space left over!
The decor is beautiful, grounds immaculate and such a well stocked kitchen.
The football pitch was ideal for our boys and the games room had a pool table and football table which was ideal.
The surroundings are amazing, so many nice walks, runs and cycle rides. The river is a short walk and we went wild swimming which was a real treat. Lots of the party also went fishing.
We also asked Debbie the caterer to provide supper for us 4 nights of our stay which I would really recommend, her and Woody are as knowledgeable on the area and also amazing cooks. But if you fancy doing the cooking yourself and farm shop at the end of the road is seriously good.
All in all a 5 star holiday and we will definitely be going back next year.
The only thing missing is a swimming pool!! (but it;s a big ask) next time we will take our paddling pool if allowed!!
Camilla from Southa stayed at Monnington House for 7 nights in July 2020

Fantastic family holiday 5/5
Just returned from a very relaxing and enjoyable week staying at Monnington house the house and annex were great and very spacious the gardens are amazing the kids and adults had hours of fun playing cricket, rounders and lots of football. The area is beautiful and very quiet just what we wanted.
Anna was very helpful right from the start and during our stay.
Clar from Manchester stayed at Monnington House for 7 nights in July 2020

Gorgeous blissfully comfortable country house 4.8/5
We’re repeat customers here – we come every January for a family get-together because we love it! It’s got everything – lots of space yet it feels really cosy and homely, wonderful comfortable lounge, beautifully equipped kitchen, fabulous wood stove, loads of space to relax, cosy bedrooms… it’s just perfect really. We always do a big walk in the beautiful countryside and otherwise we eat, drink, play silly games and do jigsaws and generally just hang out. There’s usually 18 of us but it never feels crowded, and there’s lots of space for the littlies to run around without being underfoot but whilst being supervised. Anna, the owner, is great and really helpful. We’ll be back next January and are also thinking of a summer break as we haven’t yet properly enjoyed the glorious garden and the games room……
Barbara from London stayed at Monnington House for 3 nights in January 2020

New Years at Monnington 5/5
We loved visiting Monnington House to celebrate New Years Eve 2019. The accommodation was a perfect fit, we went on several fantastic walks nearby, and the local area had loads to keep us occupied. Would definitely recommend and we all hope to go back again in future.
Chris from Edinburgh stayed at Monnington House for 4 nights in December 2019

Christmas Cheer 4.7/5
This was our second visit to Monnington. Our family of eleven (plus dog) was particularly appreciative of the care taken to decorate the property for Christmas. The house is beautifully situated so that it is possible to walk from the door into lovely countryside (great for dogs). The downstairs rooms are particularly well organised to allow for different members of the family doing different things. The spacious, comfortable kitchen is well equipped and has an Aga which keeps it cosy in winter! Upstairs the bedrooms are light and airy with great bathrooms and the beds are really comfortable. The adjacent cottage provides a comfortable space for those who want a bit of peace and quiet away from the family noise. It was really lovely to return and spend Christmas in such beautiful surroundings (outside and in).
Maggie from Southampton stayed at Monnington House for 6 nights in December 2020

Significant birthday celebrations 5/5
We rented Monnington House and cottage to celebrate our Mum’s 80th birthday. Our party numbered 18 with 1 child. We had the most terrific weekend and MH provided the perfect backdrop; it’s spacious, with many different options for hanging out so that folk could spend quiet time in smaller groups as they wished. Three living rooms, as well as the kitchen, dining room and games room all contributed to making the house feel spacious and accommodating.
The kitchen had everything we needed to self cater, including a small welcome back. The AGA wasn’t working during our stay, which was a mild disappointment although it didn’t prevent us putting together some lovely meals.
We also used Debbie Blagg to provide a celebratory dinner for us on the Saturday evening and she and her husband excelled – highly recommended. The quality of the fixtures and fittings, including furniture, beds & bedding, bathrooms etc was all first class which helped make for an extremely comfortable and relaxed weekend.
Tim from London stayed at Monnington House for 3 nights in October 2019

Excellent! 5/5
Property was super, as expected. Plenty of room for all the family and enough areas to escape to if needed. Very well equipped and the play barn provided another outlet for the kids. Great location, quiet but not too isolated, Hay and Hereford easily reached. The weather meant that we stayed in for a couple of days but that was absolutely no problem. Anna was super as a property owner, checking we were ok and giving us tips for activities. Check in was seamless and overall the whole experience was great.

Highly recommended.

Anthony G. Oct 2019

50th Birthday Party
A wonderful weekend for 16 at Monnington House for a 50th birthday party. The house is extremely well set up with 9 very comfortable and well appointed en-suite rooms, with seemingly endless hot water. The kitchen has all the equipment you could need to cater for a large group and there is space to sit all together both inside and also out on the terrace (including large BBQ). 3 sitting rooms each with their own log burners meant that there was always somewhere to find a bit of space – not forgetting pool table, table football and table tennis. Anna could not have been more helpful with all arrival/departure arrangements and I can wholeheartedly recommend Debbie and Woody for any catering requirements. All in all top class and hope to be back.​

Large comfortable house for a family gathering
Clean, comfortable and spacious accommodation with unusually excellent ensuite facilities for all rooms. Very comfortable beds, and well equipped kitchens. Amazing gardens, outside space and games rooms. Lounges large enough to fit 18 of us all in and roomy dining areas inside and out. Splendid walks from the house and plenty of places to visit. Welcoming and responsive hosts.
John, 28 August 2019

This was a most beautiful setting for a family gathering, our Golden Wedding. We spent a week at Monnington House, enjoying its garden, games rooms, football playing field, and especially the house interior which was set to such a high standard so that everyone relaxed. There were 17 of us aged 1 to 74 years, and we all enjoyed Monnington to the full. Close by was a wonderful farm shop, superb family canoeing on the Wye, and the children found the rare breeds farm totally absorbing. This has been our most successful family holiday to date, and without needing to go abroad. Finally we had the most superb caterers, who offered us wonderful meals of breakfast and evening meals. They had been recommended by the owners of Monnington House, and we were so grateful that they could give of their time.
Monnington House is really the best. Long may it be available in the future.
Roger Gee, August 2019

Our week at Monnington house was a resounding success. Everyone thought that the rooms were amazing and there was so much space, the little ones loved the garden and the older ones enjoyed the table tennis and went cycling We visited the book festival which was a new experience for us. Thank you again.
B and J G, May 2019

This is the second time we have stayed and we are coming back next year! We are a group of 18 friends who like walking and each year we get together and explore an area in a self catering house. Normally we only visit and stay in a place for two years, and it is always a challenge to find somewhere reasonable and new. This year, after our second year, we decided to come back for a third year. The accommodation and facilities are excellent and one of the best we have used over the last 12 years of our travels.​
Mike H, May 18, 2019

We get together every year so need a house with enough bedrooms, bathrooms and space and this house certainly had it all. Everything about it was great. The beds/linen were super comfy, lots of comments. Kitchen was well equipped and large for a big gathering. It was great to have different reception rooms so men and women can divide and chat about different things. The area was also great, lovely walks from doorstep. We walked to the pub The Portway Inn 20 minutes and had a lovely meal, also would definitely recommend caters Debbie and woody Blagg another excellent meal. All in all would definitely recommend for a large gathering. FANTASTIC STAY.​
SJ May 2019

This is our 3rd visit to Monnington House, 17 of us ages 13-80 plus our labrador!
All of the rooms are beautiful, high quality furnishings, a well stocked kitchen and great outdoor space.  The weather was so beautiful we did not venture very far, however we did enjoy a great Saturday night dinner at the Portway Inn pub down the road (a lovely stroll before and after eating) and we managed a walk to the church and back.  Cant really fault anything, hope to return next year.  Thank you.
CT June 2018

Wow is all I can say.  Great party place.  Plenty of space.  Beautiful venue.  Everything you need is in this amazing venue.
JT April 2018

“We had a most enjoyable weekend at beautiful Monnington House, including a lovely sunny day on Saturday, with lunch in the sun trap outside.  The beds received special mention from all, comparing favourably with some of our past experience.  The kitchen/dining area works brilliantly.  Thank you for setting everything up so well.
JC Christmas 2017

“We all thought the house was both beautiful and comfortable and it fitted our needs very well.  We had a wonderful week there: one of the best Christmases I can remember, so thank you very much for providing the ideal venue for it and my Dad was delighted that we could all celebrate his 80th birthday with him”.

AF November 2017 “It was fantastic – thank you”

It is a wonderful house, so well equipped and incredibly comfortable.

NB October 2017 “Monnington House is truly exceptional with a home from home feel”

Beautifully equipped and comfortable.  Owners have thought of everything that a large group might need.  Bedrooms stunning with comfortable beds and gorgeous bed linen.  Hot water and showers which work really well and attention to detail really makes the stay special.

BS September 2017

This is an exceptional house, even better than the pictures lead you to expect.  We were a group of 15 adults who used it for a joint 60th birthday party and everyone was complimentary about the decor, furnishings and little touches that made it a very welcoming  house that it was a pleasure to spend time in, even when it was raining outside.  The owners are a pleasure to deal with and would recommend booking directly rather than through any third party as that was the only downside for us.  We will cherish our wonderful memories for a long time.  Thank you

CMB February 2017 “Friends and family reunion”

We had a fantastic stay at Monnington House!  Anna was great to deal with and gave us lots of helpful tips and advice – from where to go for local walks through to day trips for the children.  We had several children in the party all under 8 years and they were easily occupied with football, the games room and hide and seek!  We would absolutely recommend a stay in this beautiful area and are hopeful we’ll organise a return trip!

BJ January 2017 “Perfect House for families”

We loved our stay at Monnington House!  Its a gorgeous house in lovely surroundings, beautifully furnished and very comfortable.  We stayed in the middle of a cold snap and it was very warm!  There are 3 wood stoves and lots of room for lounging and chilling out with plenty of space for people to get away from each other but also a big sitting room for everyone to be together.  The kitchen is great, very big and well equipped and lots of room for everyone to sit down together.  And all of the bedrooms are lovely, most of them en suite,  so nobody misses out.  Its also really nice as there are lots of books and ornaments around and you have everything you need plus a lovely welcome, you feel so much very much at home.

The area is beautiful too – its only a quick drive from Hay on Wye, which is lovely and there are fabulous walks nearby plus the Wye on the doorstep.  We didn’t use the garden as it was January, but it looks lovely.   We really enjoyed our weekend and are going back next year

MM December 2016 “A fantastic pre Christmas family celebration for 16 in  superb surroundings”

Quite remote and so very quiet.  Great local pub and farm shop up the  road.  Accommodation was very comfortable, all the bedrooms were ensuite and the sitting rooms were very cosy.  The kitchen was a popular spot and very well equipped.  We loved it and will return.

Bugs November 2016 “Simply the Best”

Monnington House is a wonderful setting.  We all felt instantly relaxed in this superb house.  Great space, well equipped.  All the bedrooms a good size with own charm.  We have been going away yearly with the same group of friends for 25 years an have stayed in lots of lovely properties however Monnington House is Simply the Best.

Mr Grumpy July 2016  “Loved the Place”

Found Monnington House on line and would say the photos and info on the site are a very fair representation of the property.  We were met and shown the house by the owner.  Its at the end of a mile long lane and although close to some farm buildings theres no noise activity.  The house is beautifully and tastefully furnished and feels like its all been done pretty recently.  Beds were comfortable with high end towels and linens.

We used Cwm Clwd Caterers (details on website) for two dinners and would recommend them.

Our crew enjoyed the table tennis and pool/table football rooms.  Love the way the latter room was cunningly hidden behind original stable door.

Cant thinks of anything we did not like.   Rooms were all spacious, light, clean and recently decorated.  All had bathrooms, albeit a couple at the top of the house with baths not showers.

One room is on the ground floor with access direct to the driveway.  That was helpful for us with one elderly guests unable to tackle stairs.


We had a fantastic stay at your beautiful house.  Such a special time for our family.  The area is lovely. Canoeing was a great success, especially with the good weather that we had, and the meal at the Tram was excellent.  We also enjoyed the Monnington Walk, and up to the ridge looking down at the river.  Excellent trees for climbing!  We would certainly like to return another time.

LK April 2016

We are all treasuring memories of a fantastic family holiday in the most perfect house.  I know we would all happily come again – if we cannot find anywhere to compare we may well be back.  I have already passed your details onto another family who look for accommodation like yours.

MW March 2016

We so enjoyed our stay at Monnington House, it really is a stunning house and suited our needs perfectly.  We have hired many houses over the years and this was certainly up there with the best of them.  The house is so well equipped and the quality of the beds and linen really does make a difference.  Thank you for providing the base for some happy holiday memories.

KS February 2016

This house is beautiful, spacious and well equipped and allowed for both family time and privacy.  All of our 18 guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we had lots of comments about the  lovely bed   linen, the beds and pillows.  It was like staying in Claridges.  Thank you again its probably the most memorable birthday I have ever had.

SH August 2014

A fabulous house to spend our joint 50th birthday gathering for family and friends.  Perfect venue, great facilities and extremely well stocked.  Couldn’t have wishes for better.  Even the weather played its part in giving us some wonderful memories. Thank you

OF June 2014

Beautiful house and grounds for my party.  It couldn’t have been more perfect! Our dinner outside on the terrace cooked by our private chef was idyllic! Thank you.

H June 2014

Perfect weekend in a beautiful house.  We all enjoyed great food, drink and conversation.  House worked perfectly – family ages 83 – 6 months. Dining table perfect for a large group.  Garden delightful and safe.  Enjoyed walk to Church and Monnington Mile.

WF June 2014

We had such a wonderful stay at Monnington House.  A very special and magical place.  Our walk through the Monnington woods was spectacular. A special family time.  The festival was a treat and hope to return.  Many thanks for a wonderful time.

BF May 2014

Beautiful setting to celebrate a great birthday.  House is spacious with very comfy beds.  We had a ball. Lovely walks straight from the house in beautiful countryside. Couldn’t have had a lovelier time.

AT May 2014

A wonderful house for a family get-together.  The house is beautifully decorated and furnished and the grounds immaculate.  We have all thoroughly enjoyed our stay  and hope to return one day.

RF May 2014

What a wonderfully restored farmhouse and thought out interior, we’ve loved it (and lots of books).

All expectations exceeded!  We’ve had a wonderful time – the house is perfect!

A very happy occasion, thanks for asking us to join your lovely family celebrations.
W & J April 2014

Our family from Knutsford, Sheffield, Hale and Bath, spent our 20th family holiday here with four generations.  Beautiful house, perfect weather, croquet, badminton, bowles, table tennis tournament, canoeing from Glasbury, endless conversation…  All added up to a wonderful holiday.  We also appreciated the well equipped kitchen and cooked some sensational meals here. Thank you.
The D Family April 2014

A beautiful house and location to catch up with my family for the first time since moving to the USA –
R and J J Louisiana USA

A perfect house in a beautiful location – couldn’t have been bettered as a place to celebrate with extended farmily and friends – Thank you –
T and C D-S

On behalf of our residency musicians MS, JS, NK,EA, RN, BH and JM I’d like to say a big Thank you for providing the ultimate house for them – peaceful, well equipped, beautifully decorated and just perfect for us. We shall be back.
CS March 2014

Lovely House, lovely location!
CT March 2014

‘A tranquil spot in a lovely part of the world. Excellent accommodation, lovely church in the village. Hay is always a gem and enjoyed a lovely lunch at The Pandy in Dorstone and evening meal at the Portway. A very relaxing stay – thank you’
The R A G February 2014

‘Beautiful house. Perfect for our celebratory weekend. Thank you!’
KG Feb 2014

‘We had a fantastic ‘house party’ wedding for 18 people here. It was a great setting for the wedding from pre-wedding meal to wedding feast (by caterers!) to post wedding party. The photographs around the roaring fires and outside in the peaceful gardens are great!’
PD January 2014

‘A lovely place to take a break from city life!’
TOWW January 2014

‘This is a beautiful house. We have really enjoyed staying here this week. The farm shop is fantastic – recommend the rib of beef! Happy New Year!’
JB New Year Week 2013/2014

‘I have just spent the week of my 90th birthday with my children, grand-children and great grand-children in a most beautiful, relaxing, happy home.  I have been quite at home.  Thank you.’
SC December 2013

‘Our family from Singapore, Newcastle, Durham, Hereford and Winchester has just spent one of our best Christmases ever. Your lovely house felt really like a home with all your personal touches. Thank you from all 12 of us: -seven adults and five children!’
The P family December 2013

‘Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in this home from home. The ambience of warmth within the house created a haven of relaxation. Thank you to all (plus Jackie and family) for arranging everything so quickly. Hats off. We will definitely return Anna!’
FH November 2013

‘We loved the house and countryside. Enjoyed Hay-on-Wye – great weekend’
I November 2013

‘We had a great stay: lovely house, good walks and an excellent Sunday lunch at the Portway!’
LF November 2013

‘Nice house, great location!’
SH October 2013

‘A wonderful weekend getaway, great peaceful location and beautiful well appointed house. Booths in Hay worth a visit and the Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch Escley a top spot for delicious Sunday lunch. Thank you’
AT October 2013

‘Lovely house in beautiful setting.’
JH, September 2013

‘An absolutely wonderful week – beautiful setting, fabulous house – we’ll be back for sure! Many thanks.’
W and B, August 2013

‘We had a wonderful time in your beautiful house – even had some sunshine!’
P-G and E families, August 2013

‘Smashing weekend – thank you. Idyllic surroundings, beautiful walks, real sense of history. Great and friendly pub at the end of the road.’
B and R and I families, August bank holiday 2013

‘We found Monnington House to be extremely well-presented and comfortable accommodation in delightful surroundings and the perfect venue for our gatherings of family and friends. We will not hesitate to recommend it.’
JPG, July 2013

‘An experience not to be missed.  Thanks for our host and choice of this excellent venue.’
M and J, July 2013

‘A lovely stay in your huge and lovely house.  The walk around the church and manor house is beautiful.’
AR and SC, May 2013

‘Our Winning house for Hay so far.  I am sure it can’t be beaten?’
HC and GL, May 2013

‘Many thanks for a lovely setting for the Festival.’
S and WRRT, May 2013

Having spent four glorious days at Monnington House in Monnington-on-Wye, a traditional little hamlet hidden away in the cider orchards of Herefordshire, we all felt totally rested and rejuvenated.

During our stay we walked around local gardens which are open to the public, admired the many black and white houses in the towns and villages nearby and made cultural visits to Hereford Cathedral (home of the Mappa Mundi) and Hay-on-Wye.  We explored the wild countryside surrounding Hay Bluff in the Black Mountains as well as the rolling agricultural land with its hillsides scattered with sheep, and stumbled across remote and rural pubs, in addition to places serving fabulous cream teas!

Monnington House with its extremely light and spacious rooms is big enough to get lost in and has sofas and beds to die for! It has been totally renovated and furnished to a luxuriously elegant standard and kitted out for every occasion and need.  We all enjoyed each other’s cooking which was conjured up in the thoughtfully equipped kitchen, seated around the enormous oak dining table where the wine and conversations easily flowed freely until late at night.  Books are provided for every taste and televisions in all bedrooms, but we were so exaulted at the end of each action packed day, we just fell asleep in the gloriously comfortable beds, bedecked with fine, top quality linens.

Our thanks to Anna and Hugh for the use of their beautiful and exceptionally comfortable house, in a location where there is undoubtedly something for everyone to enjoy – we shall be returning!
J. Hutchins, April 2013

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