Pen y Fedw
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- A light, airy and stylish contemporary cottage
- Luxurious: every comfort has been considered
- A romantic hideaway for couples (plus a baby)
- Dog-friendly: 2 good dogs very welcome
- Perfectly situated between the Wye Valley and the Black Mountains
- Lovely walks and cycle rides from the door through unspoilt countryside
- Less than a mile from the renowned Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club
Pen y Fedw, a really beautiful and luxurious cottage in the depths of lovely Monmouthshire countryside, has recently been designed to accommodate a couple, plus a baby, and up to 2 dogs. It is bright, light, spacious, clean-lined - a refreshingly contemporary and stylish place to stay, with a good measure of European chic (one of the owners hails from Barcelona). It is also an eco-friendly cottage, designed with the environment in mind, and using only ethically-sourced, green products (the other owner is a leading campaigner on environmental issues).
Downstairs is one open-plan oak-floored space: a snug sitting-area with a wood burner, a dining area, and a very snappy kitchen. There is also a downstairs shower room with loo and hand basin, with a small lobby for hanging coats. In the winter, the wood burner and radiators keep this room lovely and warm; in the summer, a concertina door opens out onto a little sheltered sun-trap of a garden with a patio, a flower bed, pots of plants, and garden furniture.
Upstairs is the big bedroom with a roll-top bath, a contemporary 4-poster king-size bed and wonderful views from every window – trees to one side and rolling farmland to the other. You can lie in bed or bath and soak up this beautiful panorama.
Things to do around Pen y Fedw
Pen y Fedw is perfectly situated between the Wye Valley and the Black Mountains, for some very contrasting outdoor activities: canoeing, riverside walks, wild swimming on the one hand; hill-walking, pony trekking, and mountain-biking on the other. Both are extraordinarily precious, protected landscapes, while the peaceful Monmouthshire countryside in between is quite lyrically beautiful. There is a huge network of footpaths in the area, so you can set off from Pen y Fedw, for some superb walks, including along nearby Offa's Dyke. Or jump on a bike (there are a couple for guests' use) and meander along ancient country lanes, perhaps stopping off for a picnic or drink at a local pub.
For sightsee-ers, there is so much: dramatic Norman castles (such as the wonderful White Castle nearby) which held guard over this once contentious area; beautiful parish churches and abbeys; lively market towns, and the very contrasting cities of Hereford and Cardiff. Lots of excellent restaurants, gastro pubs, brasseries, and local pubs make this a truly foodie area. Abergavenny, 15 minutes from Pen y Fedw, is, fittingly, the home of the famous Abergavenny Food Festival, an annual event in September. Hay-on-Wye is within striking distance for book lovers, and for those who enjoy a town without the infection of homogenous chain shops. There are lovely boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and of course the famous second-hand book stores, to browse around.
Less than a mile from Pen y Fedw is the Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club, a beautiful tranquil course with a distant view of the Black Mountains, and reputedly a favourite of Greg Norman. Its championship lay-out is situated in the grounds of an imposing Victorian Gothic manor house (with its origins as an 18th-century 'shooting box'), once the home of Charles Stewart Rolls, a co-founder of Rolls-Royce.
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 Pen y Fedw'Thanks to Cath and Carles for their hospitality, we’ve had a wonderfully relaxing and energetic week. Great cycling country, if a little hilly, good walks in the Black Mountains, Abergavenny Food Festival which was fun, our anniversary dinner at Warwicks (lovely food). This week has had it all. Great sunrises from the bedroom and not a drop of rain all week!' Paul and Sophie, London
'We’ve had a wonderful weekend. Such a quiet relaxing place, where we were able to completely switch off. C & C are lovely people, with all the little touches and warm smiles making our stay even more enjoyable. A brilliant place to bring our two dogs, with wonderful walks around. Once you have tried the bath you will never want to get out. Hope everyone who stays here enjoys it as much as we did! ' Aimee and Jeremy, Stroud
'In the 12 years we have been using holiday cottages this is the nicest we have stayed in. Lovely personal touches such as flowers from the garden and home baked bread. Also enjoyed watching the telly in the bath! Really enjoyable walks and castles to view. Good meal in Warwicks.' John and Sue, Bath
'Thank you for a wonderful stay. The cottage is beautiful as is the scenery. The bath is amazing too. Thanks to our hosts for the fresh eggs and flowers - made us feel very welcome indeed!' Rhiannon and David, Cardiff
'We have had a fantastic week and are sad to leave. Beautiful countryside, and we loved seeing the sunrise every morning. So quiet and relaxing, we will definitely recommend staying at Pen y Fedw to our friends. Thank you Catherine and Carles for your hospitality. Great meal at the Walnut Tree after climbing the Skirrid. The Stone Mill was nice too. Loved the bath - great way to unwind after a long walk.' Helen and Andrew, London
'We've had a wonderful time here and have relaxed over the weekend. We loved the woodburner and the bath - fantastic. The facilities are lovely and the cottage is homely and welcoming. Thank you for the delicious bread and beautiful flowers. This was baby Gwen's first holiday and she loved it. Beautiful views from the top of Skirrid Fawr, and we enjoyed looking at the canal boats at Goytre Wharf.' Rhian, Steve and Gwenllian, Llanelli
'Gorgeous little cottage, really enjoyed our stay. Travelled all over the Wye Valley and even got to Barry Island!! Chepstow worth a visit and Tintern Abbey worth a trip. Thank you for the bread.' Shane and Sue, Sheffield
'A great place to stay - very comfortable and well equipped. The local pub, Warwicks, is a great place to eat.' Nigel and Julia, Plymouth
'Beautiful cottage, loved the wood burner and roll top both. Scenery is just breath taking - we've had a fantastic time and will definitely be returning. Thankyou.' Sharlene and Darren, London
'A beautiful place in beautiful surroundings, So peaceful. Every detail in the house made the place feel like a home-from-home. The roll top bath and log burner were great. Would recommend the walk at Symonds Yat - the views are breathtaking. It was great to get away and forget everything - even the time on numerous occasions. Great hospitality, the chocolate tiffins went down a treat!' Alicia & Dave, Oxfordshire
'Beautiful cottage, stunning bath. Fantastic meal at Walnut Tree. Lovely walk to Symonds Yat along the Peregrine Trail which was not as muddy as the fields! All in all a fabulous week and we don't want to go home!' Nick and Carro, Cheshire
'Pure magic! Thank you. The best holiday cottage we've ever stayed in - and hope to stay in again. Lovely walks and cycle in the forest and magnificent views. The Christmas decorations were just perfect too. And Tintern Abbey definitely a highlight. Very, very difficult to leave!' Fumi and Helen, Brighton
Via email: 'Hello Caroline, we have just returned from a very relaxing weekend at Pen y Fedw. What a beautiful cottage, so much thought and care has gone into this delightful retreat. Despite the freezing weather, we had a amazing time. Frank our bulldog loved the log burner. We will certainly recommend to our friends & family. Please pass on our thanks.' Alison and Ryan, Rochester