Rowlestone Mill Barn

Stunning converted holiday barn

IN BRIEF

  • Secluded barn in beautiful hillside situation
  • Wonderful view down valley to the Monmouthshire hills
  • Spacious-but-cosy barn conversion
  • Lots of woodland to explore and superb walking from the door
  • Interesting 18th-century working watermill at the bottom of the valley
  • Dog-friendly: one good dog welcome
  • Discount for a couple outside the holiday periods

A long private track creates a sense of mystery, as it gently curves through woodland, gradually revealing a secluded barn in a beautiful position with heavenly views. Rowlestone Mill Barn is historically associated with the mill house at the bottom of the valley, where the old watermill is still in fascinating working order. Situated further up the hillside, the barn is a skilled conversion, with an open-plan, light-filled living-area on the first-floor, and sleeping accommodation below. Sleeps up to 4 people, plus an extra child and an infant. One well-behaved dog welcome.

A couple's discount of 20% is available outside the holiday periods for the use of one bedroom only

Beautiful beamed open plan living room Beautiful beamed open plan living room
Bookcase and dining table Bookcase
Dining table Mouse in a wheel

Big glazed windows and doors in the open-plan living-cum-dining-room, once the openings for the hay carts, create a wonderful feeling of inside-outside living in the summer, and provide much-needed light in the winter. Old cartwheels, one hanging picturesquely from a beam, allude to its past incarnation; and a big wood burner is the focal point on cooler evenings.

A mezzanine, with a hammock, a chair and a mattress, is a place to retreat to with a book from the library below it, as is the little snug sitting-room adjacent to the dining-area – but this time for TV or DVD-watching. An extra child can sleep here comfortably on the mattress (please bring your own sleeping-bag and pillow), but please be aware that it is on a different floor from the bedrooms.

Kitchen
Kitchen space Kitchen with breakfast table
Kitchen/dining area in beamed holiday cottage

The final room on this level, adjacent to the dining area, is the kitchen - neat, spacious and well-equipped. Keen cooks will be happy that there's a fridge with a good-sized freezer section, plenty of work surface, and a larder. Outside the front door, the owner has planted culinary herbs for summer picking.

Downstairs are the two comfortable bedrooms, either side of the well-appointed family bathroom (with big bath, shower, loo, hand-basin and towel-rail). One has a king-size bed; the other has twin beds. A wide hallway on this floor has coat-hooks and a place to leave wellies and walking-boots.

Hammock Snug with TV
Bedroom

The garden has a south-facing sheltered terrace, with garden furniture, for enjoying the sunshine and the view across the beautiful Monmouthshire hills. A garden wraps around the barn, with lawn, terraced borders and some grassy space below. There is a private parking area, with space for two cars, and on the hillside above the barn there are eight acres of woodland to explore and enjoy.

Beamed bedroom Bathroom
Lovely twin room with comfy metal beds

The barn's secluded location is a field away from Rowlestone Mill, an 18th-century, overshot watermill in an ancient sylvanian setting. Woodland walks from the barn pass a 5-metre waterfall, where the Cwm Brook drops into a deep gorge. The mill's leat meanders from above the waterfall to the mill, where, by prior arrangement with the owner and with a suggested donation of £20 towards the mill's upkeep and restoration, the waterwheel can be brought to life and made to turn – a fascinating experience and well worth doing. A guided tour of the Mill and its dramatic surroundings will show the waterwheel working the sack hoist and a rare Victorian cider apple scratter. Click here for our video of the mill in action.

Garden
Light filled space Patio Sheep
Private drive to secluded holiday cottage

THINGS TO DO AROUND ROWLESTONE MILL BARN

Walks from within the grounds of the Barn and Mill link to a network of local footpaths including the Marches Way, The Three Castles Walk, the Herefordshire Trail and Offa's Dyke Path. Rowlestone Mill Barn is ideally located to explore the countryside, castles and historic churches of The Black Mountains to the west, the Golden Valley to the north and the Monmouthshire Hills to the south.

Rowlestone Court Farm, less than half a mile away, is a great place to visit in the summer months (mid-April to end September), when their café is open for lunches and snacks, and their delicious farmhouse ice-cream is for sale, both to eat in - do try their affogato - or to take away in tubs for enjoying later. Even when the café is closed in the winter months, you can still buy ice-cream (but call 01981 240322 first to make sure they are in). When the cafe is open, there is a play area, a woodland adventure trail, and a lovely circular woodland walk past a 19th-century lime kiln. Also within Rowlestone is Ty Gwyn Cider Shop and Bar, a multi-award-winning craft cider company, open on selected days thoughout the week.

Beamed bedroom Bathroom
Cycle trail

Family butchers, village shops (both with post offices), an excellent fish-and-chip shop, and two pubs, can all be found in Ewyas Harold and Pontrilas, less than 10 minutes' drive away. The area is well-known for its good places to eat out - see list below. Good shopping can be had at Abergavenny, with its farmer's market, independent shops, and supermarkets. Giuseppe Lenza has a farm stall and pick-your-own fruit in season, located just off the A465 at Llanvihangel Crucorney. Locks Garage on the way to Hereford is good for emergency supplies, as it sells everything (including some surprisingly exotic fruit and veg), and is open every day.

The city of Hereford has a beautiful and important cathedral with a 'Chained Library' housing the famous Mappa Mundi (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and medieval interpretation of the world). Rather oddly located inside All Saints Church, not far from the cathedral, there is a wonderful café, with lots of good vegetarian options. There is also a Pizza Express with windows overlooking the cathedral green, a good Thai restaurant in Broad Street and an excellent burger restaurant tucked into Aubrey Street behind.

Patio table Cycle trail

The pretty town of Hay-on-Wye is a must, particularly for book lovers, as it is considered to be the centre in Europe for second hand books. It also has some good antique shops, a deli, boutiques, a cinema, and coffee shops. And every May/June, Hay-on-Wye hosts the now world-famous literary festival, attracting some big names in the literary world. 

Good places to eat in the area:

The Temple Bar Inn at Ewyas Harold (8 mins)
The Dog Inn at Ewyas Harold (8 mins)
The Carpenter's Arms at Walterstone (8 mins)
The Bridge Inn at Kentchurch (9 mins)
The Old Pandy Inn (12 mins)
The Crown at Longtown (14 mins)
Toi et Moi in Bacton (15 mins)
The Crown at Pantygelli (20 mins)
The Walnut Tree Inn at Llanddewi Skirrid (22 mins)
The Bridge at Michaelchurch (22 mins)

Holiday cottage near Rowlestone

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied, first basket included in the price)
  • TV with FreeSat, radio and DVD-player, plus lots of DVDs
  • Wifi
  • Portable blutooth speaker for music or radio from your mobile device
  • Occasional spots of mobile reception in the garden, but this isn't reliable
  • Well-equipped kitchen
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Electric stove
  • Microwave
  • Larder
  • Small washing-machine
  • Store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, sugar, s & p, olive oil)
  • Electricity, hot water and heating included
  • Bedding, bedlinen, towels, soap, loo paper and cleaning materials included
  • Master bedroom has king-size bed
  • Twin room has standard single beds
  • Mattress available in the small sitting-room on the floor above, but please bring a sleeping-bag and pillow for this
  • Family bathroom has loo, hand basin, big bath, separate shower, heated towel rail
  • Coat hooks, shoe and boot storage
  • Books, games, local information
  • Garden furniture
  • Bike storage
  • Private track
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Dog-friendly: one well-behaved dog welcome, but please be aware that there are sheep, pigs and chickens in the adjacent field, and the garden area is not enclosed. Please also make sure that muddy paws are wiped before entering the barn, as there is carpet in the living-area
  • Lots of space to explore, including woods and woodland trails
  • Waterfall, mill leat, and brook fairly close by (but not in the garden) so parents of small children please be aware.
  • The mill owner offers tours of the old working mill, to be arranged directly with him (£20 fee goes towards upkeep and renovation)
  • A couple's discount of 20% is available outside the holiday periods for the use of one bedroom only
  • Bookings are a bit different from the norm, as they run Saturday to Saturday; Saturday to Tuesday; Tuesday to Saturday or Tuesday to Tuesday – see booking calendar
Holiday cottage near Rowlestone

Live online booking

Changeovers are Tuesdays and Saturdays (Thursday and Sunday start dates can also be arranged by contacting Caroline directly). Weekends are set-priced from Saturday 4pm to Tuesday 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.

There is a couple's discount in place for this property (the price will adjust automatically when you book for 2 adults).

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Waterfall Mill wheel
Mill a short distance away

Click here for our video of the mill in action.

Location map



Woodland bridge A walk over a bridge

From the visitors book at Rowlestone Mill Barn

'A perfect place to stay! Beautiful home and setting - ideal for any holiday. Thank you. P.S. The tour of the mill was brilliant - such a magical setting.' Farinaz and Jason from London

'Excellent - wonderful place to recharge the batteries! Very relaxing - brilliant paths - so pretty down by the waterfall. The cider and eggs - lovely welcome. Only trouble being having to go and get more cider to take home!! So nice. All being well, we will be back in the Autumn, after the harvest. Thank you.' Duncan and Cora, Banbury


'A beautiful space. Our lives have been enriched by staying here. Thank you, Paul (and family), for the tour around the mill. The cider and eggs were much appreciated, too. Great books. Do you need two lodgers?' Mark and Stacey, Bridgend