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A converted barn in the Wye Valley

Before we bought the puppy, Tom and I had planned to go on a cruise in the Autumn as we fancied going to the Dalmatian coast and have a friend who works for a cruise company who could have got us a good deal. However, in the end, we decided to blow the budget on buying Bodhi (and we're so glad we did!) so we only had a small amount of money left for an October/November getaway.  We decided to book a cottage in sunny Wales through Wye Holiday Cottages, and we were over the moon when we arrived at this amazing place last night.  It is really too big for the two of us, and has three bedrooms, the most beautiful kitchen (which you can see below), underfloor heating, a wood burning stove and incredible views and walks all around the cottage.  (Incidentally, despite me telling everyone we were going to stay in a cottage in Wales I noticed on the map earlier we are about a mile from the border - hence the title).

On the way to the cottage last night we stocked up on some yummy foods and drinks (I have many varieties of cold cider chilling in the fridge!) and we're planning four days of walks and exploring along with lots of reading, lazing on the comfy sofas by the fire and a few trips to the local pub! I'm also really hoping to meet up with the lovely Kim as she lives nearby.

This morning we went for a really, really long walk which culminated in us arriving at the pub near the end of the walk to find it was closed! After considering phoning a taxi I mustered all of my remaining energy and tramped back to the cottage (going via the village shop to pick up local cheeses, tea and sausages for lunch), and this evening will be spent watching films and drinking spiced apple and rhubarb cider. Bliss!

I would normally make the photos a little nicer in Photoshop but I only have my little netbook so they'll have to go up as they are - sorry they are so massive!

The kitchen
View over the valley

View from the back door

Bodhi and Tom on a walk this morning

View from the back of the cottage

Wood burning stove

37 comments

  1. That looks absolutely gorgeous!!! Hope you're having a great time!
    x x x

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  2. Have a lovely time! The cottage looks lovely, that kitchen is amazing! x

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  3. I want to live in a house like that with views like that!! *day dreams* Have a lovely time away! xx

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  4. That view is beautiful and your doggy is adorable :) xx

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  5. Super jealous - the cottage looks gorgeous. X

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  6. Wow the kitchen looks beautiful! And the views. Enjoy your stay. Sounds like the perfect little break xx

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  7. That place looks ace! The Wye valley is sooo beautiful. And your puppy is actually melting my heart :) x

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  9. absolutely gorgeous photos! looks beautiful, and spiced apple and rhubarb cider sounds amaaaazing

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  10. It looks amazing! Hope you have a lovely break :) xx

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  11. that cottage is absolutely gorgeous. I love the wood-burning stove! (and nothing can beat underfloor heating) :)

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  12. It looks lovely. So jealous. Such a nice part of the country :) xx

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  13. oh my goodness - that place is ACTUALLY AMAZING!! so jealous! looks so so cosey! x

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  14. Sounds like bliss, and looks absolutely gorgeous! Have a lovely time! xx

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  15. The view from the kitchen sink is breathtaking! you're so lucky to be there. xx

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  16. Looks absolutely lovely, been browsing the other holiday homes, totally considering a little break for me and the other half next year now plus my doggy, she's loves the countryside! The old school house has particularly caught my eye!

    Have a good time, well jealous! x

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  17. I soooo hope I get to see you! I may have my car back tomorrow afternoon so will let you know, if not tomorrow evening/thursday day/friday evening I am free as a bird!
    Don't want to make you drive out of your way though so don't worry if we can't time it! xxx

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  18. What an amazing place. That it literally my dream kitchen! I'm sure you will have a lovely time xx

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  19. I would lOVE to live there! It's my dream cottage! Heated floors are so lovely, especially during the cold weather! Enjoy your time! xx

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  20. What a beautiful place you found, and a great view from the kitch window. Have fun.

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  21. Wow, that kitchen is amazing! I want it!

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  22. Oh my word - everything looks so perfect! I wish we could do something like this but our poochie was badly treated by his previous owner and so we have to be very cautious about taking him outside his comfort zone. Definitely going to favourite the link though. :) xoxo

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  23. Mmmm...cruise or puppy....Bahhaaa! x

    Awwww, Rosie the cottage/mansion looks perfect, what a view from the kitchen window. I really hope you're having the best time, what a beautiful place.

    Noticed Bodhi has a dirty belly from his walk! When Flossie gets dirty she becomes husbands dog... "your dog needs a bath... along with "who's idea was it to get a WHITE dog...??!! :D xx

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  24. The little cottage you got to stay in looks gorgeous, I'd love a little weekend getaway somewhere like that!

    Louisejoyb xo | Bits&Bobs

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  25. These are so lovely! And sometimes it's the smaller holidays like that, that are the better ones! Plus buying a dog over a holiday is WAY better. And look how cute Bodhi is anyway :-)
    This place looks ever so lovely. Enjoy the rest of your time there.. I am MEGA jealous xx

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  26. oh wow - it looks absolutely stunning! :)

    maddie xx
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  28. This looks gorgeous - have a great time xx

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  29. Oh wow that looks amazing! xxx

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  30. I'm jealous that you always have money to spend. Also, I genuinely hope you save some of it.

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  31. Your are so lucky. The cottage and that view...perfect!

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  32. My good god!!bookmarking this place!!love the decor!Only thing that would make this any better is horse riding nearbyxx

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  33. looks amazing, and the perfect time to go somewhere like that! xx

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  34. Oooo I hope you both had a lovely time, the pictures are so lovely and I even had a sneaky look at the website, such reasonable prices too! Makes me want a sneaky week away!! Wishful thinking though!

    L x

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  35. Looks and sounds wonderful! I hope you had a great weather!

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  36. Aaaah, this looks like a lovely weekend away. And Bohdi looks even cuter sat next to Tom like that.

    Hope you have/had a lovely time guys and Hay is just the lovkiest place. My grandparents live in a house on the grounds of a house/garden thing nearby and one of the nicest weekends away TG and I have had is staying there and mooching our way through the bookshops in Hay.

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