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- Pretty, cosy holiday barn for couples or small families
- Set in lyrical, unspoilt countryside
- Close to the county town of Monmouth
- Well-located between the Black Mountains and the Wye Valley
- Near lots of great activities and good places to eat out
- Superb walking from the front door
- Sleeps 2 to 4 (plus an extra child and an infant)
- 15% discount for a couple outside the school holidays (based on the use of one bed)
A beautiful barn conversion in the grounds of a fine Grade II-listed 18th-century Monmouthshire house, Little Llanvolda is situated in seductively picturesque rolling countryside close to the handsome county town of Monmouth. 'Llanvolda' is said to mean 'on the banks of the red water', reflecting the rich pinky-red colour of the local earth. This gorgeous little barn has been restored to a very high level of comfort: it has a lovely big kitchen/sitting area with a wood burner, a deep, cosy L-shaped sofa and pretty cane chairs. French doors open into the garden, and a path leads up to a private, sunny, stone-flagged terrace and walled sitting-out area. There are two spacious bedrooms on the first floor, and a superb bath/shower room with both roll-top bath and separate top-notch shower (there is also a separate downstairs loo). Sleeps 2 - 4 adults, plus an extra child and an infant, in a king-size double bedroom and a twin room with zip-and-link beds (which has a third single bed for a child), and up to 2 well-behaved dogs.
This lovely cottage has a 15% discount for a couple outside the school holidays, based on the use of one bed only (the price adjusts when you book for 2 adults).
The entrance is into the kitchen end of the spacious living area. This is a really well laid-out kitchen with all you will need for easy catering or relaxing cooking, plus plenty of storage. The practically-inclined will be happy to know that there is a useful utility-room-cum-downstairs-loo adjoining the kitchen, housing a washing-machine, extra sink, and loo.
The sitting-area, the other end of the open-plan living-space, is a lovely snug place to sit in the winter, toasting your toes in front of the woodburner; in summer, fling the doors open to let the breeze catch the linen curtains and the sound of birdsong really lift your spirits. Take your breakfast out into the morning sun, or enjoy a peaceful evening drink as the sun sinks below the horizon. Sheep graze in the next-door field, designated a local wildlife site, and the occasional sound of their peaceful baa-ing is very relaxing. The hedgerows are rich in insects, wild flowers and birds, and visitors are very welcome to explore and walk down to the stream at the bottom. A little bridge across the stream takes you on towards further lovely walks.
Upstairs, the bedrooms are light and airy, with plenty of space. The pretty master bedroom has soft blue accents of colour in the roman blinds, cushions and throw, and a view across the fields from the gable-end window. The twin room is the other end of the first floor, separated from the master bedroom by the superb bathroom. These single beds zip together to create a super-king bed, if required, and there is a third bed in this room, if you would like to bring an extra child.
Things to do around Little Llanvolda
Little Llanvolda is perfectly located between the dramatic Black Mountains and the beautiful Lower Wye Valley, with all that both landscapes have to offer. The nearby Hendre village was once the home of Charles Stewart Rolls of Rolls-Royce and aviation fame. His family owned and built many of the local charming and characterful buildings in the immediate area. Within walking distance is the renowned Rolls of Monmouth golf course. There are also beautiful local walks into the Hendre Woods, up to the hidden church where Charles Rolls is buried or simply to enjoy the fantastic views from the lane towards the Severn Estuary and the Black Mountains. Offa's Dyke passes just over a mile away through some of the ancient woodland of the Hendre Woods. Additionally, you are spoilt for beautiful churches, abbeys, Norman castles, and interesting market towns. Excitement junkies and adventurous children can have fun at GoApe! in the Forest of Dean. And safe family cycling is great at Pedalabikeaway, where there are trails for all ability levels. Of course, the river Wye itself is a magnificent resource for adventure - from canoeing or fishing to riperian walks, wild swimming or just watching the water birds glide by. Monmouth offers both the Blake Theatre and the Savoy theatre and cinema (the oldest theatre in Wales) as well as the Nelson Museum (established by Charles Rolls' mother). Cpl Allen VC from Rorke's Drift is also to be found in Monmouth Cemetery. Feel like investigating a city? Well, Cardiff, with its wonderful Victorian shopping arcades, sweeping bay and fantastic bay-side architecture (including the oustanding Millenium Centre) is only just over an hour away. Hereford is also a reasonable 40-minute drive away, with its famous Mappa Mundi and Chained Library, both housed in the magnificent cathedral. Enjoy good Thai food in Broad Street, a pizza in Pizza Express, or a variety of really good cafes (especially the one in All Saints Church).
The nearest pub, on the road towards Abergavenny, is Warwicks in Llantilio Crossenny, open Wednesdays to Sundays. Nearby Monmouth has a Waitrose, an M&S Food, a couple of butchers, an excellent greengrocer, a good deli and lots of places to have a good meal, including two Indian restaurants (one at each end of the town), an Italian brasserie (Prego), and a pop-up evening Thai cafe. For special occasions, book into The Walnut Tree Inn near Abergavenny, The Hardwick, also just outside Abergavenny, The Foxhunter near Usk, The Bell at Skenfrith or The Crown at Whitebrook.
The nitty gritty
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From the visitors book at Little Llanvolda
'Very well designed and equipped cottage, pleasing decor. Owners were helpful and friendly without being at all intrusive. We felt at home here from the beginning. Thanks.' Jean & Les, Berkhamsted
'Have had such a fabulous weekend here for my birthday - couldn't have picked anywhere more perfect!...We have had two lovely long walks in the Black Mountains and scaled 'Lord Hereford's Knob'. Amazing, beautiful views and we were blessed with great weather. Highly recommend the Prego Bistro in Monmouth. Wonderful food and great service. We will be back!' Tracey and Roger, Aylesbury
'Thank you for an amazing holiday, we have enjoyed every minute. You have been so welcoming, friendly and helpful to make sure our stay was perfect. The recommendations were perfect for days out. Need to return to cram more in and we certainly will.' Katherine, Widnes
'Clare & Tony - thank you so much, you have been so welcoming and friendly, and made our stay truly amazing. The cottage is beautiful and much better equipped than we were expecting. The quality you have put into the cottage is great and really makes the difference. The attention to detail is superb, and in lovely surroundings. We have really enjoyed our honeymoon and would definitely return. Thank you. (And the cake was lovely too!)
Also the quality of food in the area is superb. We ate at the Hardwick, The Walnut Tree and The Foxhunter and all were excellent. We would also add the Stonemill just down the road in Rockfield as highly recommended, it is lovely and very close.' Andrew, London
'A lovely relaxing weekend which went too quickly! We really enjoyed visiting some of the local towns and pubs. Raglan Castle was excellent. Thank you for everything and the hire of your beautiful cottage.' Sue and Paul, Shrivenham
'Blessed with glorious sunshine we didn't have to go far afield to enjoy a relaxing and peaceful break. Visits to Tintern and White Castle. Walks down to the stream with our dogs. The circuit holds some surprises! Thank you Clare for your extra touches, which made us feel very welcome. Fantastic cottage with high quality finishing interior - beyond expectations. Will certainly return.' Clive and Lynne, Northampton
'From the cloudless blue skies, the comfy beds, the wonderful shower, to the cake and the tulips - all made for a wonderful stay. A lovely cottage in a superb and brilliantly quiet area! A huge thank you to Clare and her family....we shall definitely be back!' Gary and family, Sittingbourne
'We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, such a comfortable place. Thank you for all your help and extra touches.' Dan and Lyndsey, Castleford
'The cottage was lovely. Really warm and comfortable.....We had a really relaxing stay and love the area for walking and picnics' Katie and family, Brighton
'What a fantastic place....Having stayed in many cottages, we can honestly say this is one of the best, a country cottage feel with a modern twist, we particularly loved the fab bath and also the fire, we are only sorry to have a few days here as we could happily stay longer.' Sian and Steve, Swansea
'Very well appointed holiday cottage in beautiful surroundings. Our dogs absolutely loved the field and stream. The cottage has been very tastefully decorated and there were lots of thoughtful touches. We very much enjoyed our week here and would come again.' John and Janice, Cambridge
'Beautifully converted barn and gardens. Regularly use Blaentrothy and Little Llanvolda is a great new addition. Lovely surroundings and a nice meal at Warwick's, we'll most certainly be returning.' David and Liz, Llanelli
By email to the agency office:
We would like to thank the owners very much for a wonderful time. My brother and his enablers enjoyed themselves enormously in a delightful cottage.