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- Romantic cottage for honeymoons, anniversaries and short breaks
- Sleeps 2 (plus an infant and up to 2 good dogs)
- Baby and dog-friendly
- 5-star comfort in beautiful SSSI countryside, close to great pubs and restaurants
- Close to the Black Mountains and Offa’s Dyke for superb walking and cycling
- Walking distance to a friendly local pub
Blaentrothy Cottage, now retired, provided Five Star-graded luxury for two (plus an infant and up to 2 good dogs) in a peaceful rural setting, making it an ideal self-catering holiday cottage in Wales - great for honeymoons or romantic escapes. A perfect base for exploring the area, Blaentrothy Cottage was ideally situated for visiting the Abergavenny Food Festival, the Hay Literary Festival, sightseeing, walking and other outdoor pursuits, or simply to relax and enjoy the comforts of the cottage.
This cottage was the first thing we restored on our secluded Monmouthshire Farm when we moved here in 2000 (we had been just down the lane before that, never even knowing that this place existed), as we urgently needed a source of income. We hired a stone mason, the talented Keith Price, to restore the walls, patching them up with lime mortar. He then helped to refurbish the whole cottage, showing us some superb examples of 'upcycling', a word unknown in those days. Although a necessity at the time, this approach also chimed with our views on living in tune with the environment. It was apt, too, that Blaentrothy Farm was an SSSI - nearly 100 acres of streams, copse and 'unimproved' meadowland, which had never been ploughed or chemically fertilised. The fields were rich in wild flora and fauna, and are even more so now that cattle have replaced sheep.
The cottage was a success from the start, and after friends asked to put their cottages on our web site, we realised that an agency of hand-picked cottages in and around the Welsh Borders was a business idea worth trying. The Cottage Company (comprising 6 web sites) is local to the bulk of the cottages, and the web sites are small-scale, comprising only properties that we have visited and hand-picked ourselves. We know that it is important for owners that their cottages are represented by people who know their properties and their environs, so that we can market them properly; and this knowledge is in turn crucial for the visitor. We aim to make the web pages as detailed as we are able, and the photography as extensive as possible, so that we can match the visitor to their perfect property. But beyond that, we are always available to customers who need further advice of any kind.
The upstairs former granary has been sympathetically converted to create a huge bedroom, with a king-size bed, ancient oak beams, oak mullion windows, a luxury power shower and a stylish roll-top bath. Quantities of towels, bath robes, good soap, bath foam, tissues and other helpful touches, provide a feeling of being properly looked after. Babies are very welcome in this baby-friendly self-catering cottage, with a travel cot and high chair both provided. Blaentrothy Cottage is one of the farm buildings, which have been listed because the farm steading is beautifully unspoilt. Old photographs and drawings of the farm have revealed it as virtually unchanged. Between May and October, the surrounding 100 acres graze sheep and cows, as they have done for hundreds of years.
The former cart shed or 'Wain House', now the ground floor, comprises the sitting and dining areas and the kitchen. The kitchen is very well-appointed, with a pink granite work surface, oak units, a fridge, a separate freezer, gas hob with electric oven, all the necessary mod cons and plenty of kitchen equipment for the enthusiastic cook. Store cupboard essentials, such as tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper, dried herbs, olive oil and vinegar are supplied, as are cleaning materials, so that you don’t have to overload your car with the basics. The sitting area has a large three-seater sofa, a leather armchair and plenty of cushions, and is very well equipped. Plenty of books, guide books, magazines, games, local maps and tourist information, as well as a TV with DVD-player and an iPod dock, mean that the visitor can sit and spend time in front of the cosy wood-burning stove in winter or outside in summer on a sunlounger on the Blaentrothy Cottage lawn or at the wooden table on the slate-flagged terrace.
Things to do IN AND around The BLACK MOUNTAINS
Listen to night sounds (including owls) - recorded by a guest right outside the cottage door:
Once batteries have been recharged, there are plenty of excellent walks around the Blaentrothy Meadows on public footpaths as well as further afield: you can walk across the fields in under half an hour to the local pub, the Hunters Moon at Llangattock Lingoed. its a ten minute drive to the Michelin starred The Walnut Tree Inn - see a review from the Daily Telegraph here. There are plenty of things to see and do in the area – castles, churches, country towns, markets, excellent restaurants (this area has been dubbed the Dordogne of Britain for good reason), outdoor pursuits (such as mountain walking, golf, riding, cycling, paragliding, climbing, caving, wild swimming), and wildlife reserves are plentiful.
Five Good Things
1. Take a walk around the farm, enjoying the SSSI meadows and the mass of wild orchids in early summer
2. Walk or cycle to the local pub for a friendly atmosphere, good pub fare and a real ale (bikes available to borrow)
3. Enjoy the view from nearby White Castle, a wonderful Norman garrison fortress, still with its moat intact
4. Visit the food markets in the area for good fresh, locally-produced food and drink
5. Stay put: relax on the sun-loungers and catch up with your holiday reading
Blaentrothy Cottage is a popular place for 'mini-moons' and honeymoons, as we put in some extra effort for those who come to relax after the hectic experience of getting married. We put in a bottle of fizz and some fresh flowers, as well as all the little touches which make a stay relaxing - lots of towels, bath robes, bath foam, and some store cupboard essentials, such as tea, coffee, sugar, olive oil, herbs, salt & pepper. If you haven't yet planned your wedding, you may like to take a look at Emma Butler's lovely web site (she actually had her wedding party at Blaentrothy Farm), www.sylvieandjoan.co.uk She has a reputation for planning quirky, highly personalised, really beautiful weddings. A testimonial from one happy customer reads: "Working alongside Emma is a pleasure. Emma instantly makes you feel a part of something special, as she delivers each step with such heart. Through lots of hard work and laughter the final outcome is always one of great excitement and pride." - Katie
The nitty gritty
Live online booking
Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.
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From the visitors book at Blaentrothy Cottage
By email to the office:
'Fantastic cottage: we feel like a prince and princess. Beautiful walks in the Black Mountains. Thank you for making the cottage so beautiful and luxurious - very classy.' Peter and Beth, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
'A fantastic and luxurious cottage in a beautiful location. We had a truly relaxing away-from-it-all few days - just what we needed to recharge our batteries. It was lovely to wake up to the sound of doves, birds and the total peace and tranquillity. Thank you for all the provisions and the touches of luxury. LOVED THE BATH! We will be back soon...' Jane and Paul, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan
'We've loved every moment of our stay here - our honeymoon! Such a wonderful welcome from the black cat who was in the cottage before we even noticed! Lovely cottage, especially the great bath and shower. Amazing attention to detail.' Ben & Tanya, Winchcombe, Cheltenham
'I just wanted to send you an email to say thank you for a fantastic week away last week! Both Robin and I were blown away by the cottage and all the touches that you've put in were just perfect. We both came back so relaxed and completely in love with Abergavenny and everything in the cottage! We're still both sad to be home and are already planning our return. Thanks again and we're very much looking forward to staying at Blaentrothy again soon.' Katy & Robin, Bournemouth