Glentrothy Old Stables
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- Sleeps 2 in a large luxury bedroom, plus an infant
- Wood burner
- Stylish, luxurious super-king bed
- Beautiful rural location
- Ancient bluebell wood
- Beautifully furnished
- Close to the Walnut Tree Inn and The Hardwick restaurants
- Up to 2 good dogs welcome
Glentrothy Old Stables is situated in a very peaceful position on the lovely Glentrothy Estate near Abergavenny. Backing onto an ancient bluebell wood, this stylish single storey cottage lies in a little wooded valley. The country estate has streams, copses, specimen trees, thousands of bulbs and quiet fields with peacefully grazing horses and sheep. This is the perfect cottage for a reviving escape, with lovely local walks and plenty of good restaurants nearby. Both Offa's Dyke path and the famous Walnut Tree Inn are close, and the lovely old market towns of Abergavenny and Monmouth are both about eight miles away. Sleeps a couple (plus a baby and up to 2 well-behaved dogs).
Glentrothy Old Stables was, as its name suggests, a former stable building for the estate, so that the stable doors opening out from the kitchen and the bedroom give a nod to its origins. Generous French doors lead outside from the sitting-room, lending a real feel of indoor/outdoor living in the summer, with a table and chairs right outside to take advantage of the all-day sunshine. In the winter, snuggle up in front of the wood burner and enjoy the stylish and comfortably furnished cottage (the log supply can be replenished from the huge pile in the old Dutch Barn opposite the cottage). Lovely antiques and fabrics, generous sofas, colourful posters, all give an extra dimension to this simple building. It comes as no surprise that one of the owners is a well-travelled interior decorator.
Glentrothy Old Stables comprises a beautifully designed kitchen, with a little table for eating at, a shower room with loo, wash hand basin and heated towel rail, a comfortable sitting-room with two sofas, and a generously proportioned bedroom with a fabulous bed and big antique wardrobe.
What to do around Glentrothy Old Stables
Offa’s Dyke passes very close to this cottage, so you are within easy reach of some spectacular walking – both straight from the door, or in the lovely Black Mountains, an easy drive away. This is rural Monmouthshire at its best, and the cottage is lucky enough to be situated on a beautiful country estate, with all the peace and privacy that that entails. Great things to see start nearby, with White Castle dramatically situated atop a neighbouring hill. This was a garrison castle for Norman troops, and is very well-preserved, with splendid views in all directions. Head south-east, and the majestic river Wye isn’t far either, with all the sights and adventures that a big river can offer: lovely riverside villages, ancient sites, canoeing, wild swimming, more castles, and extensive family pursuits. With cycling on tracks through woodland, a steam train through the forest, a butterfly zoo and maze, limestone caves, and an ancient, mysterious woodland park, families can be kept amused for days and days. This part of the countryside is rightly proud of its pubs and restaurants, where all kinds of eating is available – from delicious authentic Italian pizzas in Abergavenny, to Michelin-starred dining at the wonderful Walnut Tree Inn just a few minutes’ drive away. The local pub does an excellent hamburger (amongst other things), and has a lively, friendly community atmosphere.
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 Glentrothy Old Stables'We had a lovely time at Glentrothy Old Stables. The cottage is in a wonderful setting and is very well equipped. An excellent place for a short, relaxing break. The original reason for booking it was a celebratory meal at The Walnut Tree but staying at Glentrothy turned the occasion into a very special weekend.' Susan, London
'The cottage was in an idyllic location, very peaceful, and we had a lovely relaxing weekend. The cottage was laid out well and has been thoughtfully furnished - it felt very homely and welcoming. A big plus point for us was that there was plenty of space for myself, my husband and our 14 month old son and no stairs to worry about! The owners had provided a travel cot and high chair which meant we did not have to worry about bringing ours.' Emma
'We are looking back at a wonderful two weeks in Glentrothy Old Stables. The cottage was very comfortable, the location of the cottage on the well-kept Glentrothy Estate is exceptional, and there is lots to see and do within a maximum one-hour car drive. Thanks to the owners, the atmosphere was very hospitable and friendly. We would be happy to visit Glentrothy again!' Kees Jan Meijer, The Netherlands
'We had a fantastic break, the cottage was beautiful and it was just a pity we could not stay longer.' Helen