Christie & Peter have welcomed visitors to Tan House for an unbelievable thirty-five years.
Our visitors stay here as guests to our home, they come and go as they need, they breakfast with us as do our friends, they can take their own space in their rooms , the gardens, the sitting room as they will.
The three guest rooms are bright and spacious. This old seventeenth century house was built for modest comfort and is a pleasure to share it. It is surrounded by gardens and meadows, alongside the Valley Brook, and beneath the small wooded hill where is the village of Newland. The fine pinnacles of the handsome church tower are viewed from the Garden and Gallery rooms.
The village and valley are surrounded by woods and fields with several walks setting out in all directions.
The variety of surrounding landscapes in this area is rich, you find several vistas from the high hilly plateau of the Forest of Dean, both north and south, as well as the wooded vales with fast running streams and still pools in the deep Forest itself, a sharp contrast with the quiet flat almost now forgotten reaches of the River Severn, again contrasting with the renowned extensive views along the Wye Valley and the Welsh hills beyond.
For those who look for activities, within these Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty you can try canoeing, cycling, walking, climbing, and the zip wires of Go Ape are nearby. The Severn Bore is an attraction in the right season. It is a good area for birdwatching, even a glimpse of a wild boar, wild flowers delight in the superb blue bell woods in the spring, and the later very precious and spectacular orchid meadows, wild daffodils, wood anemones, mushroom foraging and the autumnal colours of Wye Valley are a joy.
For those who have an interest in antiquities & ancient buildings this borderland presents an extraordinary number of mediaeval castles, monastic and parochial churches, impressively large or small hidden and almost unknown, discovered in rural explorations.
At Tan House you are in Gloucestershire, but Wales is but a mile long meander through a still green valley unchanged since the C18. Herefordshire a short ten minute drive. To make your excursions as enjoyable as possible, we offer the three guest rooms on the first floor. The twin room does have a television, a large sitting room on the ground floor, and when the weather encourages there are gardens that extend into 14 acres of meadow and copse about the house. Newland is an historic village, its pub famous for its food. The renowned Ostrich serves quality meals both in the restaurant room and in the bar, all delicious.