Brambling Cross joins two lotus bell tents, a cosy shepherd’s hut and countless barrels of beer, to make up Kingstone – a real hive of activity that comes with all the hustle and bustle you’d expect of a working micro-brewery. If Ed & Tori aren’t giving tours and talking malts with guests, they’re usually knee-deep in children or prepping pizza dough for the wood-fired oven. In the summer, there is a great community vibe and a communal al fresco dining area – perfect for small groups!
This little log cabin is the newest, and possibly cutest, addition. Wander up the hill to a secluded spot and into your enclosed garden, where you can sit and ponder the treetops and hills popping up over the fence. Beyond the beautiful split stable door is an antique pine kitchen and a cabin bed which you can snuggle up in with the fire lit. On rainy days you'll be thankful that your hot shower is ensuite.
You could just lounge around the woodburner all day and only venture out to stock up on bottles of treacle-coloured ale at the brewery shop; but you might be tempted to hop out again for a tour of the brewery itself, or for an evening of a pasta or bread making – perfect fuel for a canoe trip down the River Wye! Dessert is a bellyful of foraged raspberries and loganberries.
The important stuff
Extra space available
Space for 1 baby no charge. please bring own travel cot
Heating, lighting & bedding
Books and games
At Kingstone Brewery
There are plenty of options at the brewery itself: there's a bar on site where they do a great range of beer which you can pair with a Ploughman's lunch served in summer.
Please note this isn't always open so please liaise with Ed after booking.
There are pizza evenings on the first Saturday of every month and there's also the farm shop with cheeses, chutneys and other local bits and pieces.
If you give her some advance notice, Tori can also arrange some supplies ready for when you arrive.
Going out - a few pubs & restaurants worth a try
The Brockweir Inn in Brockweir - (3 miles) a lovely friendly local pub that serves quality home cooked pub food! The Anchor, Tintern - just beside the grand old Abbey, it is a great setting for a relaxing meal.
The Whitebrook at Whitebrook - perfect for if you are looking for something a bit special for a treat - it's Michelin starred too!
Wye Valley Hotel, Tintern
Moon and Sixpence, Tintern
Lion Inn Trelleck
Lamb Inn, Clearwell
Wyndham Arms, Clearwell
Boat Inn, Redbrook
At the brewery
If Ed and Tori are around, it's usually possible to tour the brewery and talk/taste malts with Ed (closed Thursday and Sunday). If you did want to spend more time getting involved in the brewing process then we also offer 1 hour, half and full day courses which cost £25.00, £50.00 - £100.00. You will learn all about the brewing process as well as home cooked food. Finally, you will return home with some beers to enjoy!
A little further afield...
A visit to Tintern Abbey is really amazing and once you are on the inside you will be surprised by its size. It is a wonderfully majestic site.
Tintern is also a lovely village to walk around with unusual and fascinating little shops! Tori's favourite is Stella Books as they have over 30,000 rare or out of print books - you will be bound to find a memorable story there!
For the adventure seeker: there is mountain biking, tree top zip wires, kayaking and wild river swimming! If any of these interest you then Ed & Tori will be happy to let you know all about them.
Clearwell Caves - 4500 Years of mining history in an amazing cave system.
Puzzlewood - magical woodland in the Forest of Dean.
Dean Steam Railway - Dean Forest railway.
A day out at Go Ape! Forest of Dean, 11 miles away, is always recommended for Tarzan swings and epic zip wires.
Ask Ed & Tori for more information on the local area.
~Booked as I had been in the locality earlier in the year. We stayed for two nights and unfortunately it rained every day, but we came prepared with walking boots and waterproof coats (essential) The hosts Ed and Tori were very friendly and we felt relaxed and happy immediately. Mark gave us a tour of the brewery, Tori gave us pasta making lessons and Ed plied us with of his beer and cider. I would definitely recommend this place if you want a basic no frills break without to, wifi or constant phone calls.