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- Beautifully restored cosy cottage for a couple or a small family
- On a working farm with lovely animals: you can help Farmer Tim with his jobs
- Great wood burner
- Dog-friendly (fully enclosed garden)
- Wonderful adventure playground for children
- Excellent food and real ale pubs a short drive away
- 5 minutes from Monmouth
This is a really lovely cosy cottage for a small family or a couple. Situated on Kate Humble and Ludo Grahamís wonderful farm in Monmouthshire, it is well-placed for enjoying activities on the farm and for investigating the beautiful area surrounding it. With so much to do and so much to see, families with children will adore this cottage. Sleeps 2 to 4 (plus an infant and up to 2 very well-behaved dogs).
You can spend a morning with Farmer Tim. Don your wellies and find out what goes on behind the scenes of this working farm: feed the goats, or the lambs in the spring, and help muck out the pigs - a favourite with visitors young and old! Hens live, safely fenced off, next-door to the cottage, so you can collect your own freshly-laid eggs for breakfast. If you have ever dreamed of running a smallholding or wanted to know more about wild food foraging, now’s your chance. There are courses for everyone: from keeping pigs and sheep to sustainable bee-keeping; weaving beautiful willow baskets; or building a wood-fired oven.
Downstairs, via a useful porch, is the lovely spacious farmhouse kitchen. The aspect is across the garden to the fields beyond, where sheep and horses graze. The kitchen is well-equipped, with a pantry, and a pine table for convivial meals.
Next-door, the cosy sitting-room is beautifully decorated, with soft greeny-blues and neutral colours, warm tongue-and-groove panelling, and a super wood burner.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a king-size bed, which is also extra-long. Next-door the twin bedroom has full-size single beds. The bathroom, with wooden panelling painted a beautiful green, is on the same floor and has a bath with a shower over it, a loo and a hand-basin.
Outside, the garden is great: you can take a meal or a drink outside to enjoy at the table and admire the rural scene in front of you, with sheep and horses grazing peacefully. The garden is properly enclosed, so it is great for both dogs and small children. Next-door, there is an enclosure for hens – very amusing to watch, but you can also collect freshly-laid eggs for your breakfast.
THINGS TO DO AROUND THE PIGGERY
Apart from the farm itself, there is so much to enjoy in the area. Discover the impressive historic ruins of Tintern Abbey or Raglan Castle, both within easy reach. Explore beautiful ancient woodland in the Forest of Dean, the other side of the valley from the farm; the fantastic sculpture trail and playground at Beechenhurst; the steam train, which runs through the forest; the dedicated cycling track at Pedalabikeaway, the caves at Clearwell, and (for older ones) canoeing down the River Wye. And wild swimming is a superb way of getting intimate with the local wildlife...
Eating out is excellent, from fine dining at the The Whitebrook (formerly the Crown at Whitebrook) to really good gastro-pub food at The Inn at Penallt, a fine pint at The Boat Inn at Redbrook, right on the river, or excellent Indian food at the award-winning Misbah Tandoori in Monmouth. For self-catering, food shopping is really good in Monmouth, with supermarkets, and a variety of independent shops, including good butchers and a superb green-grocer, plus a local market every Saturday outside the Shire Hall.
The nitty gritty
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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From the visitors book at The Piggery
'We have experienced the most enjoyable and relaxing Christmas at The Piggery! We really had 'chestnuts roasting on an open fire!' The Inn at Penallt was great - lovely food and wonderful welcome. Looking forward to coming back next year as one of my Christmas presents was a day foraging at Humble by Nature. Thank you.' Bev and Kev, Bridgend
'We've spent a wonderful weekend here - snow and all! We love The Piggery - so comfortable and warm - everything thought of, just wish it could have been longer. My oink oink course was fantastic - to be surrounded by so may animals for a whole day was bliss! We can highly recommend The Inn at Penallt - great food and lovely atmosphere. I plan to be back for a lambing course! Thanks so much to Tim and Sarah for their hospitality, and to Kate for my lovely rainy walk across the fields!' Gill and Tom, The Lake District
'Thank you for the great stay at this comfy, cosy cottage. The setting is beautiful and seeing the animals - including a sheep giving birth on Easter Sunday - made our holiday. Tim and Sarah were really welcoming, as were Kate and Ludo. The appearance of Ben Fogle in the lambing barn added to the Springwatch feel! Thanks again.' Amy, Digby, Rudy and Lucy, London
'Thank you for a truly fantastic stay on the farm. The children have had a fantastic few days collecting eggs, cuddling lambs, and watching the tractors. Tim and Sarah have been extremely helpful and welcoming and gave us a lovely morning as farmers! The only downside is leaving! Will look forward to returning in the summer. Many thanks.' The Patersons
'Perfect! We have enjoyed the happiest family holiday on our week at The Piggery. Tim and Sarah - thank you so much for your time. We've learnt so much. The girls are now determined to return home and begin a smallholding - pigs first! Thank you for putting together such a special break, the cottage with all its home comforts and beautiful location, the freedom to roam the farm, and the warm welcoming atmosphere the farm brims with.' Sarah, John, Isabella and Amelia
'What a heavenly setting! We have had a lovely weekend at The Piggery. The smallholding course on Saturday was fascinating. It was a delight getting to know some of the animals - the chickens in our garden are very entertaining and seemed to be very pleased that we had our lunch outside - who knew they could move so quickly! Each evening brought the goats to the end of our garden and they too were friendly. It has also been nice to explore the surrounding countryside and the Inn at Penallt is well worth a visit. We spent the majority of our final evening talking about what we will do on our next visit! Hope to see you again soon.' Carl and Sarah
'We love Monmouthshire! What a beautiful part of the world, and staying at the Piggery made it the perfect holiday. We have crammed loads into our week here including canoeing, castles, abbeys, markets and St Fagans, but the highlight has been being on the farm, and especially looking after the chickens which the boys have loved. Thank you - we hope to return!' Mel, Jonathan, Jake and Charlie, Brighton
'Thank you for a lovely week at The Piggery, cosy and comfortable - loved the woodburner to sit by in the evenings, loved the welcome pack when we arrived, flowers on the table and small cakes waiting for us. Visited Tintern Abbey, Butterfly Zoo, and friends in Cardiff. Enjoyed the flower arranging course on the Friday morning too, with lovely flowers to take home. Loved seeing the animals every day with my granddaughter, bottle feeding the lambs. The freshly laid eggs everyone enjoyed. Thank you to everyone who made our visit a very happy time. Hope to return again in the near future, something to look forward to.' Marion, Sylvio, Clare, Tim and little Eve