Monnow Cottage

Brecon and Hay holiday cottage
IN BRIEF
  • Pretty riverside position
  • Sunny double-glazed conservatory for cooler days
  • Wood-burner
  • Dog-friendly
  • Close to the Black Mountains
  • Very short walk to a pub
  • Sleeps 2 - 4 (plus an extra child and a baby)
  • A shower room and a bathroom - so each bedroom is effectively 'ensuite'

You could be in a different century here: this is the lyrical countryside of the Monnow Valley, with the Black Mountains as a stirring backdrop. The sound of the nearby river is just right – soothing, not intrusive; and a peaceful feeling envelops you as you settle in to stay in this sweet cottage. Simple, unassuming furnishings, a great wood burner, two good bathrooms, and the plash, plash of the river to sing you to sleep... Accommodates 2-4 (plus an extra child and a baby) in a double room and a spacious twin room. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Riverside holiday cottage

Downstairs, the high-spec oak-and-glass conservatory, decorated with cheerful pot plants, is a lovely place to sit when it’s sunny but cool outside. Next-door is the cosy sitting-room with two generous comfortable sofas and an armchair, a good wood burner, and a big TV. The spacious twin bedroom is also on this floor, with an extra fold-out bed for an additional child, a big sofa, bookshelves brimming with books, and its own shower-room (with loo and hand basin) next-door.

Great cottage facilities for holidays near the Black Mountains Kitchen

An open-tread staircase creates a feeling of spaciousness and takes you up to the master bedroom on the first floor with its own bathroom (with loo, hand basin, and bath with shower over).

Traditional cottage kitchen Stable door with river views Dining table
River views from cottage dining table

The little garden outside has a private, sheltered sitting-area with garden furniture, but the bonus is the river bank – an ancient right of way (mostly hardly used), but yours to use as you wish, from paddling or fishing to Pooh Sticks, or just watching out for the kingfisher. The church is just a stone stile away, and it is a really pretty old red sandstone building, typical of this area. It dates back to AD600 in its previous incarnation as a wooden church, but was stone-built between 1100 and 1200. Services are still held here, too.

Comfy sofas in lliving room Superb warm log burner
Living room with wood burner in holiday cottage near Brecon Beacons and Hay

Things to do around Monnow Cottage

Locally, apart from the nearby Cornewall Arms – an old country pub, where pints are passed through a hatch into the spacious garden, and where only drinks and crisps are served – there are some great places to eat and drink in the area. Toi et Moi is a little gem of a place run by a Frenchman and his British wife (follow signs from Abbeydore, but make sure you book first on 01981 240244); the Bridge at Michaelchurch (where you will find generous gastropub portions with a Latin twist), is picturesquely situated in the weeping willows by the Escley Brook in the shadow of the Black Mountain; or The Crown in the middle of Longtown village is great for a pint and good, honest, well-priced pub food.

Beautiful wooden conservatory Loafing cat!
Stone cottage bedroom Bathroom

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (wood supplied, first basket included in price)
  • Wifi
  • Big flat-screen TV with FreeSat and DVD-player
  • Radio (via TV)
  • Mobile reception is very patchy, but there is a landline for use if required (honesty box system)
  • Electric hob and oven
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p,  vinegar, olive oil)
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • The double-glazed conservatory was recently built to a high specification so that it has an even temperature throughout the year, is UV-resistant, and has retractable blinds
  • Elec, heating, hot water included
  • Baby-friendly (travel cot and high chair in cottage)

  • There is shower room next to the twin bedroom downstairs, and a bathroom next to the master bedroom upstairs (each with loo and hand basin, too) - so each bedroom is effectively 'ensuite'
  • There is an additional fold-out bed in the twin room for an extra child. Please bring bedding with you for this if you would like to use it
  • Dog-friendly (two well-behaved dogs welcome downstairs only)
  • Garden furniture
  • Local tourist information, guide books, reference books, lots of novels and games
  • The riverbank is a public right of way, so very occasionally walker go past the cottage, but it nevertheless feels very much like part of the garden and can be used for access to the river
  • Pub a very short walk away
  • Great village shop in nearby Longtown
  • Parking for two cars: the parking-area is a short walk along the riverside footpath to the cottage

Twin room Twin bedroom for family holidays
Shower room Vase Desk in conservatory

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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Outside of cottage with church in the background Paddling in the river

Location map



Old bridge by cottage
Views across to Brecon Beacons Local pub, a short walk away

From the visitors book at Monnow Cottage

'I loved the cottage - and what a fantastic setting by the river. The rural location was great, such beautiful scenery and with good local pubs and an incredible local shop close by. Despite choosing such a wet week we all enjoyed our time here and would love to come back.'

From the first visitor to Monnow Cottage (via email): 'The cottage was ABSOLUTELY wonderful - we had a fantastic time, everything about it was utterly CHARMING! Emily (the housekeeper) was lovely and helpful, as were the rest of the villagers we met. We generally like to try different places, but with this place we would love to return! It was so relaxing, and the kitchen door being open to the sounds of the river was simply heaven! Very relaxing for us city folk. Many thanks for finding us such a great place at last minute. Thanks again.' Emma and family, London

And another email from a happy customer: 'Hi Caroline,
Our short break in Monnow River Cottage was absolutely wonderful! The cottage itself was breathtakingly beautiful and the location was out of this world! We honestly did not want to leave. We were given a warm welcome by the locals in the pub and enjoyed fantastic walks around the cottage and in Longtown - the castle is a must see. The standard of the cottage was the best we have received in our many years of UK holiday cottages. We have already booked another cottage for next March and no doubt will book many more with you.
Kind regards
Julie, Alun & Dobby'  from Bridgend