Pentwyn Farm Cottage
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- Traditional Welsh stone cottage in a secluded position
- Cosy and warm: underfloor heating and wood burner
- Surrounded by wildflower meadows on Gwent Wildlife Trust nature reserve
- Large enclosed garden
- Access to meadows and footpaths straight from the garden
- Beautiful views across the Wye Valley
- Close to excellent food pub
- Sleeps 2, plus a child and/or an infant
An old bridleway from the edge of the village of Penallt, bordered by moss-covered dry-stone walls, leads to Pentwyn Farm Cottage – a traditional Welsh stone dwelling, owned and run by the Gwent Wildlife Trust. Here, surrounded by its own large enclosed garden, and in turn by beautiful protected wildflower meadows, the cottage enjoys perfect peace and quiet. This is a lovely country get-away with rare old-fashioned charm, a simple place of respite and privacy from the outside world.
Inside the cottage, a living-room comprises a sitting-area with an efficient wood burner, and a dining-area with a scrubbed pine table and dresser. The kitchen is at one end, and the old stone staircase the other. This is a typical winding stone ‘fire stair’, so called because it wraps around the chimney breast. Steep and narrow-treaded, it does have a sturdy rope-pull to hoick yourselves upwards, and there is a door at the bottom to confine mobile infants once downstairs. And there is a stairgate available at the top of the staircase, too, on request.
Upstairs there is a little nursery room for an infant (travel cot supplied) or a child (Z-bed supplied). If you are bringing both a child and a baby, the baby’s cot will need to go into the main bedroom – a lovely room with a pitched ceiling, some old beams, and a comfortable king-size bed.
The garden is big, grassy, enclosed, filled with bulbs in spring, and surrounded by the wildflower meadows of this invaluable nature reserve. Rich in rare plants, butterflies, insects, birds, field mice, dormice and voles, as well as larger creatures like foxes, badgers and deer, this ecosystem is a precious resource in the face of the UK’s ever-decreasing bio-diversity. Owls swoop at night, as they hunt for voles; bats flit at dusk once they’ve emerged from hibernation, and the stars are bright when they emerge from behind the clouds. Profits from bookings at this cottage go back to the Gwent Wildlife Trust. So not only can you enjoy the wildlife around you, but you can be doubly happy knowing that your stay is helping to protect it for the future.
THINGS TO DO AROUND PENTWYN FARM COTTAGE
Walking is brilliant round here, as you can set off from the door. You can walk to a really good food pub, too, only 3 minutes down the bridleway. A short drive away is Kate Humble’s farm, Humble by Nature, where you can take part in a course on many aspects of animal husbandry or rural crafts. A little further afield, there are activities to keep a family happily occupied for many weeks, plus interesting buildings and dramatic views for sightseers. Inspire2Adventure is an outdoor adventure activity provider operating in the Forest of Dean and The Wye Valley. Gorge scrambling, high level ropes courses, guided open canoe trips, rock climbing, and guided mountain biking are just some of the things on offer. There are also the limestone caves at Clearwell, the unique and ‘enchanted’ woodland world at Puzzlewood, Go Ape! for high-wire adventure, Pedalabikeaway for great family cycle paths through the woods, and the steam train through the forest to enjoy. Castles, churches and abbeys abound, including the famous Tintern Abbey 8 miles down river. Pubs, cafes and restaurants are multifarious, and food shopping is good in the county town of Monmouth 10 minutes’ drive away. A really nice community shop-cum-café can be found at Brockweir, and a prize-winning teashop at The Old Station on the outskirts of Tintern.
For those who would like to visit other wildlife reserves in the area, do see: www.gwentwildlife.org There are some very special places for wildlife near the cottage, including Margaret's Wood in Whitebrook for Welsh daffs and Prisk Woods (and others) for the bluebells.
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 Pentwyn Farm Cottage
'A very tranquil and special place in the middle of beautiful meadows with two great pubs in walking distance. Perfect for us and our small daughter, she loved walking the reserve fields straight from the doorstep. We are definitely coming back.' Dr. Richard Helyer and family, north Somerset