The Head Gardener's Cottage

Private cottage on country estate
IN BRIEF
  • Single-storey cosy stone cottage
  • Beautifully refurbished
  • Wonderful private location on a country estate
  • Scenic walks
  • Fishing and clay-pigeon-shooting available
  • Close to the Brecon Beacons
  • Baby-friendly
  • Sleeps 2 to 4
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome

This lovely cosy stone cottage was once the dwelling of the estate’s head gardener and is very privately situated inside one of the walled gardens. This is a sheltered spot, with a large expanse of lawn, and you can sit at the garden table and enjoy the sight of Crug Howell mountain on the horizon. A doorway in the wall leads you out to lovely parkland, and through hundreds of specimen trees towards the Usk river. Inside, the cottage has two pretty bedrooms, a sitting-room with a woodburner, and a bright kitchen, with units beautifully made by cabinet-makers on the estate. Sleeps 2 to 4 (plus an infant).

Garden seating with hill views

The cottage is spread over one floor (with a couple of steps up to the sitting-room from the kitchen), which is great for people who don’t want to be bothered with a flight of stairs. You enter the cottage via a covered exterior lobby and into the bright kitchen. A round pine table seats four comfortably, and the hand made kitchen has a slate work top and plenty of storage.

Kitchen Kitchen dining table - self-catering near Crickhowell

Next door, the cosy sitting-room has a woodburner, which will keep you snug on the coldest of days, or cheer things up on a cool summer’s evening.

Cosy fireplace
Living room in Crickhowell cottage Living room and dining room

The bedrooms are comfortable and beautifully furnished with antiques and lovely fabrics – a twin bedroom and a master bedroom with a king-size double bed. The bathroom has a bath with shower over, a loo and a hand basin.

Main bedroom - cosy comfort holiday cottage
Towels Cosy, comfy bed Bedside radio

Things to do in and around The Head Gardener's Cottage

Being surrounded by glorious parkland, the cottage is spoiled for rural beauty. The estate offers visitors the chance to enjoy clay-pigeon-shooting, as well as fishing in season on the beautiful River Usk. But The Brecon Beacons National Park, with its wild beauty and varied outdoor activities, is just on the doorstep, too, where pony-trekking, mountain-biking, hiking, wildlife-watching, climbing, paragliding, caving and canoeing can all be enjoyed. Local towns – Crickhowell, Brecon and Abergavenny – provide good food shopping and eating out, and Crickhowell is a short drive away by car for pub and cafe food at The Bear, The Dragon Inn and Latte-da. This is the ‘Dordogne of Britain’ with the annual Abergavenny Food Festival in September and Christmas Fair in December, busy farmers’ markets, and superb restaurants (The Walnut Tree Inn, The Hardwick and the Felin Fach Griffin to name just a few). The estate pub is The Nantyffin Cider mill, and offers traditional pub food, and is two minutes by car out of the estate gates, or a 20-minute walk from the cottage. A permissive path runs through the estate, making a lovely walk along the Brecon-Monmouth Canal, which runs beside it, into Crickhowell (about an hour at a gentle pace), then back through fields.

Twin bedroom Twin beds
Cosy furnishings Herb garden! Bathroom

The nitty gritty

  • Woodburner (with logs supplied)
  • No wifi, but if there's anything urgent guests need, the estate office can help
  • TV with DVD
  • Mobile reception
  • Radio with iPod dock
  • Electric stove
  • Washing-machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Exterior lobby/porch has lots of hooks for coats and space for boot storage
  • Bedlinen, towels, soap and loo paper included
  • Heating, hot water and elec included
  • Cleaning materials and store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper)
  • High chair on request
  • Walled garden has table and chairs and a large expanse of lawn
  • Ample parking
  • Glass house at end of garden is available for party/small wedding hire
  • Guests are welcome to bring up to 2 well-behaved dogs which must be restricted to the kitchen/utility areas. Glanusk is a busy working estate and sheep are often in the fields surrounding the properties – dogs must be kept on a lead at all times to avoid worrying livestock. Please note a permissive path runs through the estate and walkers are often accompanied by their dogs. Poop bags and a special bin are provided.
  • Lots of walking on the estate
  • Fishing and clay-pigeon-shooting available in season (prices available from the house manager once a booking has been made)
  • Crickhowell a short drive away for good shopping, a pub, and cafes
  • Estate pub is a 20-minute walk away
  • Easy access to the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • 35-minute drive to Hay-on-Wye

Exterior of lovely stone cottage near Crickhowell
Crickhowell accommodation Outside seating
Large garden

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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Entrance way to walled garden of cottage
Views from estate grounds Gateway

Location map



Gateway and river River
Beautiful river - great walks for stays near Crickhowell and the Brecon Beacons National Park

From the visitors book at The Head Gardener's Cottage

'Very cosy little cottage on an outstanding country estate. Breath-taking views wherever you stroll or walk. We felt like landed gentry for a few days. Brilliant base for the Brecon Beacons, and plenty of excellent places to eat and drink within short distance from estate. Everyone we met were welcoming and helpful. Highly recommend.'

'It was a real joy to stay in. The welcome could not have been better.'

'You are in a league of your own - don't change!'

'Lovely comfortable cottage in a beautiful location. A warm welcome and introduction on arrival, and from the owner. An excellent short stay.'

'A very enjoyable stay in a well equipped, comfortable property. We will be hopefully be going again next year.'