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- Luxurious comfort for a couple (plus a baby or a child, and up to 2 well-behaved dogs)
- Perfect destination for a honeymoon or minimoon
- Close to the Black Mountains for heavenly views and superb walking
- Play barn
- Lots of space to roam on this country estate
- Walkable to great local pub
- Lots of excellent pubs and restaurants in the area for eating out
The approach to Calves’ Cot is scented in summer by the heady aromas of lavender and rosemary and the beautiful pale pink St. Swithun’s rose planted either side of the front door. A glance to your left before you step inside reveals the stunning views towards Hatterrall Ridge in the west. Calves' Cot itself offers spacious luxury for a couple; but more than this, it is beautifully designed. The owners have used natural materials, reflecting its unspoilt rural environment, as well as some delightful upcycled items, such as the original carpenter’s bench in the kitchen.
Luxurious comfort for a couple (plus a baby or a child, and up to 2 well-behaved dogs)
The neatly-designed hallway has antique limed pine doors facing you as you walk in, hiding a bijoux heated laundry room, perfectly ship-shape for washing, drying, and storing your clothes, walking kit and various bits and bobs.
To the right, a bright, open-plan kitchen/sitting/dining room, with big glazed doors opening out onto the terrace, is the ultimate in rustic country chic. An original carpenter's bench is the centrepiece of the kitchen and offers plenty of space to prepare food or to sit at with a glass of wine. Vintage Avery weighing-scales, pots, oils, herbs and traditional utensils enhance this rustic feel. An original science lab sink from a local Welsh school also adds character and charm to the space. A generously sized retro fridge/freezer, dishwasher, and stove with gas hob ensure all mod cons are provided.
The large bedroom has a king-size four poster bed, a dressing-table, a double-ended chaise longue, oak flooring and Egyptian cotton bedding - a perfect retreat. Two large wooden windows make the room bright and airy and a second set of French doors lead out onto a small stone terrace - ideal for a morning cup of coffee in the sun. There is plenty of space to accommodate a travel cot (provided in the cottage) or a bed for a child (please request when booking).
The luxurious en-suite bathroom has underfloor heating throughout – even in the shower itself under the tactile smooth-pebbled floor. Wooden-clad walls and window give a rustic, warm feel and, with cotton towelling dressing gowns and slippers provided, you may find it hard to leave the cottage at all.
The garden is a sunny south-facing space, with both lawn and terrace, flower beds, shrubs and climbing plants. There are two stone-flagged sitting areas: one on the terrace, giving out from the living-room; and on a smaller terrace outside the bedroom. Sweet-scented plants – lavender, rosemary and roses proliferate in the spring and summer.
THINGS TO DO AROUND CALVES' COT NEAR ABERGAVENNY
Throw on some outdoor shoes, fling open the door, take lungs full of sweet fresh country air, and explore the beautiful 16 acres of country estate at your disposal. There are wooded riverside walks, an island to cross over to via a rustic bridge, or meadows with lovely serene views. And a play barn down near the river is fun to stop by at for a game of table tennis or snooker. Otherwise, turn towards the hills for some stunning Black Mountains scenery: you can walk up Hatterall Hill to the top, where Offa’s Dyke traces its way along the ridge, and down the other side to Llanthony Priory. Here, you can reward yourself with a pint or a meal in the pub there, which is tucked next to the ruins of the priory itself. Further afield, there are sights aplenty to entertain you: market towns like Abergavenny and Monmouth; the wonderfully characterful ‘book town’ of Hay-on-Wye; churches, abbeys and Norman castles; and outward bound adventures in the Brecon Beacons or the Wye Valley. Come back to a cosy, luxurious and peaceful time by the wood burning stove, or foray out to one of the many excellent places to eat in the area.
The nitty gritty
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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 Calves' Cot
'Wow, what can we say, this place and its surroundings are just perfect. You really have thought of everything, and more. We are already planning our next trip here as we do not want to leave. Calves' Cot is so beautifully presented and clean. We really felt like we were in a luxury hotel. The log fire makes the place charming and cosy - the perfect finishing touch. Thank you again, we hope to be back.' The Haffenden-Angears
'This area of Wales is a very special place. This cottage provides an equally special space to match the surroundings. You'll be so glad you booked.' Brian Roderick, Maesteg
'Absolutely stunning to walk into. The beautiful decor and thoughtful touches had us laughing out loud when we arrived, in sheer delight. Breathtaking. The eggs were delicious and the marmalade even more so. Thank you for our beautiful Christmas tree and wee manger. It has been a real joy to be here; we shall be back. We didn't want to leave. We really had a fabulous time here. You have made a beautiful, relaxed, happy and welcoming place to stay. It's the best holiday I've had in ages.' Michael Wilson
'Jo and Jason, what can we say apart from a huge Thank You, it was so wonderful to stay in Calves' Cot. We have actually decided we could easily live here all year round! We may even move to Wales. You have thought of everything. It is so wonderful that we have just spent a few hours out every day. We will be back.' Sue Custance, Surrey
'Wow, OMG Wow!!! Picture this: together 11 years today, married 1 year today, 2 children 17 months apart - we have finally got a weekend together away. We wanted time on our own; peace, quiet, romance - and that's exactly what we found here! Apart from a couple of trips to Monmouth, a trip up to The Carpenters Arms (cash/cheque only), some walks and lunch at The Bell in Skenfrith, we stayed in and totally enjoyed the perfect surroundings. Jo and Jason provided us with a Christmas wreath, tree, mince pies, bottle of wine and eggs. Just perfect! Thank you.' Lucy and Pete Galliano, Hermitage
'Dear Jo and Jason, Happy New Year! What a wonderful way to kick off 2017. Don, Brendon and I had such a great time here - the cottage is beautiful. You seemed to have thought of everything. We can't thank you enough for the experience and memories. We hope to be back again soon.' The Woods Family, Germany