The Musician's House
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- A light, airy and luxurious family house
- Beautiful garden with terrace, stunning countryside with incredible views, and great walks
- Lots of indoor and outdoor games to keep children of all ages happy
- A short drive to the county town of Monmouth
- Family-friendly pub a mile away
- Dog friendly: 2 good dogs welcome
- Sleeps up to eight: four adults, four children
The former home of one of Charles Rolls’ descendants (of Rolls Royce fame), The Musician’s House is a truly special place to stay. Set in an idyllic garden and surrounded by spectacularly beautiful unspoilt countryside, it is a light and spacious, classic-contemporary, luxurious home from home. Its wonderful location between the dramatic Black Mountains to the north-west, and the Wye Valley to the south-east, is of rolling countryside with far-reaching views, birch copses, ancient woodland and peaceful meadows. The house is positioned so that there are lovely views from every window, both across the big garden and into this lyrical landscape. Sleeps 2 to 8 (plus an infant and up to 2 well-behaved dogs) in great comfort.
The ground floor of The Musician’s House is spacious and light-filled, with big windows overlooking the garden. There is a stylish sitting-room with sofas and armchair, a big fireplace with a wood burner, a huge TV, a bookcase filled with books of all kinds, and a piano. The colours of honeyed wood, soft blue and neutrals create a feeling of peaceful comfort. The elegant dining-room is adjacent, and leads into the huge farmhouse kitchen. This is obviously the heart of the home, generously equipped with great things for easy self-catering, including a big kitchen table for long lazy lunches, a Smeg fridge/freezer, an Aga, and a utility room with loo next-door.
A downstairs bedroom with super-king-size bed (to be turned into twin beds if liked) is nicely separate and self-contained, having its own ensuite shower-room with loo and hand basin. A children’s playroom-cum-media-room completes the floor-plan, with boxes of toys, Wii, Xbox 360, a computer/DVD (plus lots of DVDs), and a projector for watching movies.
Upstairs, the luxurious master bedroom looks out over the 3-acre garden, and has an ensuite bathroom with whirlpool bath, separate shower, loo and hand basin. With two children’s rooms each capable of accommodating two (with a raised bed and a futon bed below), this makes the perfect place for fun holidaying with one or two families, or a family with grandparents. Alternatively, it can be the most wonderful special place for a peaceful minimoon to recover from the wedding, or an extended romantic honeymoon.
The huge garden has a sitting-out area with garden table, chairs and a parasol overlooking the enormous lawn. Here, there is a tree-house, a climbing frame, a swing, a zip-wire, and a trampoline. Children and adults can enjoy a game of croquet, football, or an informal game of tennis. Hide-and seek is sublime, as the garden is adjacent to the magical wildlife-rich Pen y Fedw wood. ‘Fedw’ is the Welsh for birch tree, and they are here in profusion, looking utterly picturesque, with their silver trunks and little ovate leaves shivering in the lightest of breezes.
Things to do around The Musician's House
The Musician’s House is located between the dramatic Black Mountains and the beautiful Lower Wye Valley, with all that both very differing 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 like The Musician's House, which formed part of the estate. Within walking distance, is the renowned Rolls of Monmouth golf course. There are also beautiful local walks into the Hendre Woods, and up to the hidden church where Charles Rolls is buried. Fantastic views extend towards the Severn Estuary and the Black Mountains. Offa's Dyke passes just over a mile away through some of the ancient trees 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 riverside 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 superb one in All Saints Church).
The family-friendly nearest pub, Warwicks in Llantilio Crossenny, just down the road in the direction of Abergavenny, is open Wednesdays to Sundays, and is just one mile away. Nearby Monmouth has a Waitrose, an M&S Food, a couple of amazing butchers, an excellent greengrocer owned by the charismatic Phil Munday, a superb deli and lots of places to have great meals, including two excellent 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 famous The Walnut Tree Inn just outside Abergavenny, the outstanding The Hardwick, also very close to Abergavenny, The Bell at Skenfrith or the Michelin starred The Crown at Whitebrook.
The nitty gritty
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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 The Musician's House
'What a beautiful home and spot. We have all had a truly wonderful time. The children had so much fun in the garden, playing and exploring, and the projector room was something else. Adults enjoyed restful evenings by the fire sipping wine. We loved it so much we booked up for next Easter straight away.' Kym and Dan from Wadhurst
'What a beautiful and comfy home. We settled in straight away. Games room, trampoline and zip wire were used endlessly. Great location for exploring. We are all feeling very relaxed! Our two young girls are now very keen to learn piano, too. Thanks again!' David and Wendy, Plymouth
'We had a lovely stay. Beautiful countryside, and the weather was wonderful. The house was comfortable and very homely and the girls loved the trampoline and the zip wire. There is so much to see and do we wish we had another week!'
'I’m 10 and I love the zipwire and the trampoline - lovely big house with lots of activities and games to play here!'
'I’m eight and I like the trampoline and the zip wire. My little sister is three and she really loves the trampoline!' Emma and Patrick and family, France
'What a restful place! 12 days just wasn’t enough. We will never forget breakfasts in the garden with the rabbits and the chickens and evenings in the same place with the BBQ and setting sun on surrounding fields. Our boys were bowled over by the projector in the evenings, whilst we read a good book or two! Thank you for letting us share your piece of heaven.' George and Jacqui and Matthew (17) Harry (14) and Thomas (13), from Bath