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- What Our Customers Say

"An real unspoilt treasure
I am a little reluctant to say exactly what I think about Garth Cottage for fear of it becoming too popular and me not being able to get a room there again!! As you can probably guess from the preamble, it is amazing. Such a quaint, homely and traditional B&B. Offering extremely clean & comfortable rooms (yes, we had Room 2, but I would have settled for any) with all the usual touches and some unexpected ones too (a handmade sewing kit was a lovely surprise).

We were immediately made to feel very welcome, with a pot of tea and slice of Bara Brith, and once we were recharged, set off to Symonds Yat rock a short, but very steep walk away… but well worth it (also accessible by car if you don't want to walk).

Symonds Yat East is a beautiful little place, very well positioned for the Forest of Dean and many other tourist attractions, but also the ideal place to kick back and relax.

Mark Eden, is a professional chef, and although we didn't have an evening meal they are available by arrangement. However the choice of breakfast was amazing, we had full English on the first morning and eggs benedict and smoked salmon & scrambled egg the next morning, all perfectly cooked and piping hot.

Mark, along with his mother & father Val & Bertie, run an extremely wonderful, friendly establishment… I cannot wait to return."
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

"You will receive a lovely welcome to this B & B
We stayed for two nights & had excellent dinners on both.Mark has first class culinary skills & we would recommend the results to anyone.The rooms were spotless & the rivers views spectacular. We had welcome tea & cake on the patio when we arrived.Mark & Val are the perfect hosts & you will want for nothing .Strangers are friends within minutes of arriving.This is a very comfortable place to be & our hosts deserve great credit for our lovely relaxing break in a beautiful part of the country. Nancy & Peter"
Trip Advisor Comment: June 2012

"fantastic in every way
This was our first visit to Garth Cottage. What a super place, home from home. Rooms were spotless, breakfasts always excellent and tea and cakes served every afternoon…nothing was too much trouble. A special thank you to Mark, Val and his lovely father for making our stay so memorable. We will be returning to this beautiful Cottage overlooking the river Wye very soon."
Trip Advisor Comment: September 2014

"Great Bed and Breakfast.
We have been visiting Garth Cottage once or twice a year for the past twenty years and will continue to do so in the future. Val and Mark are very hospitable and nothing is too much for them. Mark offers a good selection of options for breakfast and I would recommend during your stay to ask for an evening meal. You will not be disappointed. Also an added bonus is the availability of private secure parking, which is at a premium in this beautiful location."
Trip Advisor Comment: September 2018

"Great Place
A lovely guest house in a lovely setting. Our room was large with a great view of the river (our host said all their rooms had river views). It had a good sized bathroom - no bath but a large shower. Everywhere was spotlessly clean. Unusually for now-a-days there was no TV in the room, though the downstairs lounge had a large flat screen which would suffice if you were desperate not to miss anything! Breakfast was cooked perfectly. Despite a time window of just 8:30 to 9:00, our host offered to make breakfast earlier if we wanted so it wasn't an issue. As to our hosts, they were most friendly, very chatty, very accommodating and helpful. Lovely people. All in all I can highly recommend staying here and fully expect to return someday myself"
Trip Advisor Comment: June 2013

"We didn't want to leave!
Garth cottage is so much more than your typical B&B. For me, a good B&B has to do two things well. The first being Bed and the second, of course Breakfast. The bed was deliciously comfortable with high quality mattress, duvet and sheets. The breakfasts were outstanding - some 5* London hotels would struggle to match the cooked breakfasts that Mark magically conjures up! So that's two big ticks right there, but what makes this place stand out by quite some margin is the hosts. We could not have possibly asked for anything more given a million years! The Eden family are unbelievably accommodating, generous, kind, incredibly interesting and a real pleasure to stay with. We felt as though we had known them for years! I can't even explain just how fabulous our 2 night stay was! We felt right at home which is why people choose a B&B over a hotel in the first place,but these guys are different beasts altogether! A huge thank you again to Mark, Val and Bertie. I can say with confidence that we will be back! We only got home yesterday and are already trying to make space in the diary for our next visit!!!!"
Trip Advisor Comment: August 2013

"Cosy B&B - Excellent Location
Just returned from a couple of days stay at Garth Cottage. Hubby and I stayed here about 2 years ago and always knew we would return. This time we took another couple. They had room 2, it's a corner room with great view both from the side and front, we had room 5 which again had a great view up and down the river.

We all really enjoyed our stay. Rooms are comfortably old fashioned. Clean and bright. Like others, and as before, we booked meals with Mark, the Chef. We had two lovely evening meals and our breakfasts were fantastic. Mark gives you choices and all you need to do is choose and say yes - I feel sure you'll be very pleased you did. Thanks once again to Mark and Val."
Trip Advisor Comment: October 2018

"Thank u so much Mark and family for making us so welcome once again and making our stay so enjoyable Russ Heidi and Pauline x"
Russ, Heidi and Pauline, visitors to the Wye Valley & Forest of Dean

"Lovely, homely B and B
We enjoyed an excellent stay in Symond's Yat with Mark and his family. The B and B is very clean and in a very pretty location. Mark is an excellent cook and served us breakfasts of our choice daily as well as a really good evening meal on our last night. Highly recommended for guests who want a homely, welcoming place to stay."
Trip Advisor Comment: May 2013

"Great B&B, comfortable room
My husband and I stayed here in September for a couple of nights. We were given a warm reception and a fantastic room overlooking the river. Mark and his mum were very accommodating and helpful during our stay as well as offering suggestions for the second part of our trip. We would definitely stay here again, and give it a good recommendation."
Trip Advisor Comment: September 2012

"Fabulous Stay
We stayed here for 2 nights August 2012. Although the weather rained on arrival and for the rest of the day, we were greeted by Mark who after taking our bags to our room, served us afternoon tea. We had the best room, being room 2 which has a double view over the river wye. Mark is a great chef and we had a very nice evening meal and 2 fabulous cooked breakfasts on both mornings. The sun came out for our second day and after a lazy morning and on a very full stomach we headed off for a 9km canoe trip. 3 hours later we returned to afternoon tea on the patio. I would thoroughly recommend staying at Garth Cottage if you want to get away from it all and switch off."
Trip Advisor Comment: August 2012

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