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- What Our Customers Say

What a wonderful welcome we received from a genuinely warm and friendly family.

We had their very best room (Room 2) with double aspect windows to allow in lots of glorious views of the River. Their location is suberb with private parking; we couldn't hope for any better.

The cottage was exceptionally clean and had a warm homely feel to it.

Breakfast was superb. Really set us up for the day ahead.

We have already booked to stay again. Highly recommended."
Trip Advisor Comment: June 2016

"First time visit
What a wonderful place to stay. I have just spent two night at Garth Cottage and was astounded by the standard of service offered. Nothing was too much trouble for Mark & Val. They made me welcome immediately with a cup of tea and cake - and a pleasant chat. My room was really…"
Trip Advisor Comment: September 2016

My husband and visited Symonds Yat for the first time this summer and decided to stay at Garth Cottage for two nights. We were welcomed by Mark with tea and biscuits and shown to our lovely room which had spectacular views up and down the river Wye, which runs right in front of the Cottage.

Our evening meal, which we booked in advance, was delicious and all home cooked by Mark!

Locality is ideal and the friendly family, who share their home with you, made our stay really enjoyable and relaxing.

Would highly recommend and go there again."
Trip Advisor Comment: August 2012

"you must stay here
went with a friend not been to this area before, as time precious we wanted 3 full days, i mentioned this briefly on booking no prob, as we were first guests of the year they said arrive whenever we wanted and they would give us a drink, i rang to confirm booking 2 days before mark asked what time we be arriving , i said 8 ish in the morning, this was no problem , welcomed us with a lovely friendly smile and a drink next to a lovely log fire, room amaxing views, giving so much usefull information so helpfull to us, i can not say enough positives about garth cottage and the owners, breakfast awesome, stay here for a break to remember…"
Trip Advisor Comment: March 2011

"Wonderful overnight stay at Garth Cottage!
I booked Garth Cottage for a overnight stay for Saturday for me and my mum as we had a spa day booked on the Sunday. We wanted to stay on this strip but the Royal Lodge and Saracans Head were both fully booked but luckilly I came across this B&B who had availability. On arrival we were greeted by Mark and shown to our twin room (room 5) and offered tea and yummy Medeira cake! As it was such a beautiful hot day we sat out the front of the B&B overlooking the river for hours, we got very comfy and so couldn't move and became very lazy!! We chatted to Mark and his lovely parents until dinner time. Mark took our orders for breakfast and we chose exactly what we wanted. We took a stroll to the Royal Lodge for a drink and then drove into Monmouth for dinner. We arrived back at 11.30pm and again greeted by Mark who directed me into my car park space. Our room was lovely, clean and airy with a modern ensuite shower and toilet but the best part was the view! We could see up and down the river, was an excellent view. Breakfast was perfect, we had hashbrowns, toast, beans, scambled eggs, mushrooms, bacon and sausage, juice and tea. A very big thank you to Mark and his parents for our very relaxing stay, we were made to feel at home throughout and will definitely be recommending!"
Trip Advisor Comment: June 2013

"Biker friendly
B&B just doesn't get any better than this, friendly owners, beautiful location, plenty of parking comfortable rooms, with a pub next door and the best full English breakfast, thanks for a great B&B experience."
Trip Advisor Comment: October 2015

"Fantastic location on the banks of the Wye.
If you're visiting the Wye Valley this is the place to stay. Five minutes from the spectacular views at Symonds Yat Rock. Room 2 offers wonderful dual aspect views of the river. Friendly and welcoming hosts. The tea and cake on arrival were much appreciated. Chef Mark will cook you whatever you want for breakfast including eggs Benedict! Residents parking available.

The Saracens Head pub next door offers great food and a wide variety of wines, beers and cider."
Trip Advisor Comment: October 2015

"Great B&B in a stunning location
Firstly, the location is awesome. Garth Cottage has a prime situation on the waterfront, in the unbelievably scenic Wye valley. Symonds Yat does get a bit over-run in the daytime, but once the crowds have gone, the tranquillity is breathtaking. It is very relaxing, just to sit and take in the river view, either from the bedroom window, or from the terrace below (preferably with glass in hand…). There are great walks (on the level, or uphill, as you prefer…) from the doorstep - or boat trips - or (with a little more effort) canoeing trips.

Secondly, the hospitality is immense. Mark takes justifiable pride in looking after his guests, with the maximum of attention, and minimum of fuss. Breakfasts were amazing (sorry I am repeating other reviewers here), huge choice, expertly prepared, and more than sustaining. The well-stocked bar was a delightful discovery. The welcome here is generous and genuine, and creates a real sense of relaxation and wellbeing. We had a truly relaxing (bank holiday) weekend here, and are more than happy to recommend."
Trip Advisor Comment: May 2016

"Lovely weekend break
We stayed at Garth Cottage at the end of September for 3 nights for my birthday weekend away. We were greeted by Mark, Val and Bertie with a welcoming cup of tea and our bags were carried to our clean, homely room with perfect views of the River.

Mark is a chef and we must say that the two evening meals that we ate at Garth Cottage were probably the best meals we have ever had the pleasure to eat. Beautiful homemade pate, steak in a gorgeous red wine and mushroon sauce to name one meal…wonderful! If you stay at Garth Cottage you really should try at least one meal in. Breakfasts fab too!

In an ideal position for walking, we walked to Monmouth and back one day, around 12 miles, went up to Yat Rock for breathtaking views and shopped in Hereford, where there are lots of shops.

Would we go back?……don't be silly, of course we will. Thank you for making our stay perfect. Sue & Kevin."
Trip Advisor Comment: September 2012

"A great find!
If you're looking for all mod cons, this is not the place for you. However, if you like good old fashioned homely hospitality with nothing too much trouble, this most definitely is the place for you. Mark and Val look after their guests like no other B&B I have stayed in.

As you walk in you are taking a step back in time into a large old country cottage with stunning views of Symonds Yat. You'll be offered a lovely cup of tea or coffee and cake. So, offer me cake and you've made a good impression, but I'm not THAT easily bought.

So, on to Room 2 which is the largest room with ensuite shower room. The room is clean, comfortable and has double aspect windows and although it was very hot while we were there, it was never too uncomfortable because you can ventilate the room as the windows can be opened very wide.

There is a large selection for breakfast and although we only partook of the cooked breakfast and toast (only, she said!) there are ample 'starters' to choose from too. As we wanted to be able to move for the rest of the day, we limited it to just toast and a cooked breakfast which was clearly made using quality ingredients. You order your breakfast the night before and Mark will cook it and have it ready for you when you get to the dining room. If I'd ordered all of the options for the cooked breakfast, I'd have needed two plates!!

Before booking at Garth Cottage, I read the reviews of the other few B&Bs and hotels in Symonds Yat and decided that if there was not a single bad review there must be something quite special about this place, and there is."
Trip Advisor Comment: July 2017

"The perfect escape
Garth Cottage is situated on the banks of the River Wye at Symonds Yat and is the perfect place for either a quiet holiday enjoying the beautiful surroundings or for those wanting a more active holiday there are plenty of choices in the area. Our room was very clean and we had a great view up and down the river. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful and provided a wonderful breakfast."
Trip Advisor Comment: September 2015

"What a Cottage!!
From the moment we arrived, greeted by Mark with a tray of tea and cakes to the morning we left, nothing was too much trouble. One of the best B&B's we have stayed in. The room (No 4) was not overlarge but was more than adequate for our needs; very comfortable with a lovely bed and the shower / toilet was fine. Mark is an excellent chef, so be aware to pre book dinner; the variety of his dishes is great. This is definitely one to go onto the 'must visit again ' list. We stayed just two nights but it will be more next time."
Trip Advisor Comment: July 2013

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