I usually travel by myself or with my husband on holiday. So, looking for accommodation for two is not rocket science at all. It needs to be comfy and functional anyway. But since we decided to extend our trips to family weekend outs, the right place to stay needed to be adaptable to the needs of our relatives. Inside and outside. Then, it starts to be a bit trickier.
However, we have managed to find a perfect spot in the middle of the Wye Valley, when we were heading to Wales with my husband’s auntie. She is 80 but not that couch potato kind of 80 years old if you know what I mean.
At the same time, I needed to consider accommodation without too many stairs or a bathtub in this case. Tiny features that make difference when travelling with elderly people. However, there is no access for wheelchairs, I am afraid. It’s not pet-friendly either.
For our luck, there is a cosy and spacious flat in the village of Tintern that was a perfect match for our weekend out plans. The idea was to stop at the Forest of Dean surrounds in the morning and spend the night at Tintern itself.
The location is famous for its gorgeous Abbey. It’s also a perfect spot for cyclists and footpath freaks like me that love exploring the surroundings next to the border of England.
At first sight, it was one of the cleanest accommodations I have been found at Airbnb. Just spotless. I loved the lounge straight away. There is a cosy sofa that can accommodate a family of four. TV set, fireplace and some also comfy armchairs.
Besides a foldable table that was used during the night for our “Family Scrabble” battle as well as used to accommodate three of us during the breakfast. This lounge is the closest you can get to define a cosy space in a country flat.
This is a two-bedroom apartment, with a room overlooking the peaceful river Wye, which was auntie’s kate room for the night. It has two single beds, a TV and space for hanging coats and other clothes.
We have picked the spare one that is placed in the back of the apartment. Both bedrooms were filled with plenty of amenities like an extra duvet and pillows. A very useful touch for a cold night in October.
The bathroom has a warm and powerful shower and it was a small but functional room. The kitchen in this property is a good surprise. It is well-equipped with a fridge, freezer, and even a washing machine.
The apartment is situated in the centre of Tintern on the main road between the historic town of Chepstow and Monmouth.
There is a pub at its doorstep (where we had a lovely dinner) and quick access to shops, supermarket, museum castle and river walks. Plus, it’s only 10 minutes far from the Tintern Abbey.
There is a parking space available across from the street and the check out time is the best you can get from an Airbnb accommodation: 6 pm. Yes, you heard right. 6 pm!
I wish I could stay one more night in this apartment. It was a proper cosy family gathering place that will keep good memories of our visit to Tintern.