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Garth Cottage
Ranked #4 of 6 Symonds Yat B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 16, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Ask for room 2, great views.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

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.

Room Tip: All rooms have a terrific view over the River.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Sue F
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Fantastic few day at the end of August. Only booked the 3 nights the Friday before. Traveled down on the August bank holiday Monday. Got a warm welcome from Mark and Val and a parking bay right out side. Given a cup of tea and a seat before being shown to the room. OK for all you that like to find DUST!! YES there was dust but I had to wet one finger and run it along the top of all the pictures in the room before I found one with a little dust on it. I looked out of the window it the river WYE and the view up the valley and stopped looking for faults just relaxed and totaly enjoyed the few day we stayed there. Mark and Val could not do enough to make us fIll welcome. giving us the low down on were to eat and the best walks. WE WILL BE BACK.

Room Tip: All rooms face the river WYE.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Russell111
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We were originally booked into the Royal Lodge Hotel, so we thought, but our reservation was lost somewhere in Cyber Space!! This beautifully located small Guest House came to our rescue, and what a rescue!! Put us up at very short notice as if they had been doing it all their lives, and made our stay most memorable. The location is probably one of the best on the River Wye at Symonds Yat East, with superb views both up and down the river, with the added bonus of the evening sun. Can only but reiterate previous comments, five star service, and most excellent G&T's on the terrace.
Thank you Mark and Val, we WILL return.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

The only way we can add to previous comments is to write another 5 star review! We came to Symond's Yat for a special anniversary break and found Garth Cottage to be the perfect hideaway. The views of the river from the comfortable bedroom were great and the village's cul-de-sac location added a special charm. Mark, Val and Bertie were all friendly, welcoming, and helpful but not intrusive - really perfect hosts.

Our locally-sourced breakfasts were superb, being plentiful and delicious, and the evening meal Mark prepared for our anniversary was just great. My wife thought that Mark's profiteroles were the best she'd ever had! Mark's mini-valet of my car was also much appreciated (and much needed!)

Symond's Yat (East) is an ideal location for visiting various places of interest in the area - Gloucester, Goodrich Castle, the Forest of Dean, Monmouth, etc, but is a welcoming retreat after a day's wandering. We made use of Mark's mini-bar & sun lounge but admittedly didn't try the neighbouring Saracen's Head. (Heard mixed reviews of this locally and didn't want to be disappointed.) We did, however, have an evening meal at the Cross Keys in nearby Goodrich and can thoroughly recommend this pub for its broad menu and huge portions of excellent food.

We will return! Thanks once again to the Eden family.

Room Tip: All rooms overlook the river with equally good views. Note that the stairway to the first floor is f...
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4  Thank Pennysow
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

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.

Room Tip: All of them look over the river I think!
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4  Thank Lucia E
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Can't really add anything to previous reviews- it's all absolutely true! Mark and his mum Val made us really welcome, with a pot of tea on the outdoor terrace when we arrived. The room was really clean and well stocked with tea/coffee making making facilities and toiletries, and I had to tear myself away from the view to go downstairs and start exploring. The dining room has the same great view, but it's easy to forget it once you experience Mark's cooking. Poached haddock, kippers, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon on toasted English muffin...or a beautiful FRESHLY COOKED full English? Life can be so difficult! Mark also does evening meals with enough notice, and although we didn't have one they looked just as good. He also has a really well-stocked little bar-the cold lager was a real winner after a long walk on a hot day and it was great to be able to sit outside with it under the sun umbrella on the terrace watching the river go by. Would go back there like a shot. We found them by Googling 'Garth Cottage' & booked by e-mail, but you can phone too.

Room Tip: All 4 double rooms face look out over amazing views of the river. Apparently room 2 is the largest...
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank kayteey
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Additional Information about Garth Cottage

Address: Symonds Yat East, Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6JL, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Ross-on-Wye > Symonds Yat
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Symonds Yat
Price Range: $34 - $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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Garth Cottage Symonds Yat, England

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