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- Holiday studio in beautifully restored stone barn
- Cool, stylish, cosy haven for a couple or solo traveller
- Great base for exploring the area
- On a working farm with lovely animals: help Farmer Tim with his jobs
- Excellent food and real ale pubs a short drive away
- 5 minutes’ drive from Monmouth
The Hayloft is situated at the heart of the Humble by Nature farm, owned by broadcaster Kate Humble and her husband Ludo Graham. The Hayloft is on the upper floor of the beautifully restored C18th stone barn where, until recently, the hay was kept for the farm animals. This bright, airy and cosy apartment has a view across the fields and farmland. It is close to the village of Penallt, which has two great pubs – one known for its food, the other for real ales and cider, and the lovely medieval Old Church. Sleeps 2, plus an infant (one blow-up bed and a travel cot are available on request).
A wonderful antidote to city life is to spend a morning with Farmer Tim. Throw on your wellies and find out what goes on behind the scenes of this working farm: bottle-feed the orphan lambs in spring, muck out the pigs, and check on the friendly goats. If you have ever dreamed of running a smallholding or wanted to know more about wild food foraging, now is your chance. There are courses for everyone: from keeping pigs and sheep to sustainable bee-keeping; hedge-laying, cider-making, weaving beautiful willow baskets, or building a wood-fired oven. Food courses of all kinds include such delights as charcuterie-making, chocolate-making, bread-baking and much more.
THINGS TO DO AROUND THE HAYLOFT
Situated close to the market town of Monmouth, the Hayloft is but a short drive to Tintern, inspiration for Wordsworth’s beautiful poetry and home to the historic ruins of Tintern Abbey. This is the ideal place to walk along the river or pick up Offa’s Dyke path. You climb up the ancient stone steps, through the woodland, to Devil’s Pulpit, where legend has it the Devil preached to the monks below, tempting them to desert their order.
Monmouthshire is border country and there are plenty of castles to explore, testament to the area’s troubled history. Raglan, a showy Tudor castle built for grandeur rather than battle, managed to hold off Oliver Cromwell’s forces for 13 weeks in one of the last sieges of the Civil War. It is famous more recently for being a location for the BBC’s Merlin. The Hayloft is also within easy reach of ‘The Three Castles’ of White Castle, Skenfrith and Grosmont – fascinating examples of the hegemony of the Norman Marcher lords.
Explore beautiful ancient woodland, the fantastic sculpture trail and playground at Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean. Or bring your mountain bike and head over to Pedalabikeaway, which has family friendly trails and more challenging downhill routes. (You can hire bikes, trikes, tandems and tagalongs there, too.) You can also discover the Wye Valley by river by hiring a canoe from Monmouth Canoes. Start at Symonds Yat and work your way down the river to Monmouth or The Boat Inn at Penallt.
Head to Monmouth for great food shopping, cafes, and superior Indian and Thai fare. Pubs in the local area are really good, especially the nearby Inn at Penallt for excellent food and The Boat for a fine selection of real ales.
The nitty gritty
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Changeovers are normally Mondays, Wednesdays 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 The Hayloft
'A great place to stay. Accommodation very comfortable, well-equipped and clean. A great day on the 'smallholding' course! Good food at Penallt Inn. Thanks to everyone - Kate, Ludo, Liz - would love to come back.' Liz and Andy
'Fabulous location, very relaxing break. We spent Saturday on the smallholding course which was fantastic - great fun and very informative. The Hayloft is very comfortable and has everything you need. Thank you to Kate and everyone.' Kathleen and Asa
'Lovely place to stay - Hayloft has everything you need and more. Flowers and welcome pack brilliant. Nice to see such happy, well cared-for animals and birds. Area has lovely scenery and good food. Hope to return before long.' Tom and Chris
'The days shot by! A mid-week break was just what we needed. A fantastic setting, a relaxing atmosphere, an ambitious project (love the aquaponics) and great hospitality - what's not to like! The decor in the Hayloft is beautifully done and the welcome was amazing (gluten-free bread!) and the best eggs I've had in many a year. Great to get that 'feel at home' sensation. We will certainly be back.' Simon and Jeanette
'What a magnificent birthday present! We came up on Friday evening (via Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail - well worth a visit) for the foraging course on Saturday. Would thoroughly recommend it - Liz was knowledeable, enthusiastic and a great course leader/cook. We came away with a plethora of goodies from the day. The Hayloft is perfect to stay in: well-equipped kitchen, comfortable large bed, comfy settee and welcome pack delish. Surroundings couldn't be better. The Inn at Penallt also a must.' Sarah and Bob