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- A cosy but spacious studio with beautiful beams
- Detached and private: no one else in the building
- Plenty of interesting wildlife
- Situated by a little brook
- Super-king bed (or 2 singles)
- Lovely walks, with good pubs and restaurants nearby
- Suits a couple (plus an infant and a good dog)
Three nature reserves lie within walking distance of this lovely comfortable studio, and the Black Mountains are nearby. Buzzards, hobbies, red kites, and even peregrine falcons fly over the conservation farm where The Sett is situated. Foxes and badgers prowl through the ancient woodland, with tawny oils hunting at night. In summer, kingfishers fly past your window, and you may spot dippers searching for food in the stream. In short, this is a wonderful place for a private mini-break or mini-moon, or a longer holiday to really explore this completely unspoilt and varied landscape. Sleeps 2, plus an infant and a well-behaved dog.
The Sett is a studio apartment on the first floor of a little detached barn. There is only storage below, so the building is all yours. It is a short distance, but completely private from, a medieval farmhouse on this beautiful conservation farm. A staircase takes you up from your own front door to a lobby where you can leave coats. Here you will find a bookshelf with novels, DVDs, guide books and maps, together with plenty of tourist information to enrich your stay.
The studio living-room is wonderful – spacious, light-filled and comfortable, with beautiful beams. The bed is a super-king, with a big TV positioned for indulgent in-bed TV-watching. The kitchen is ship-shape in one corner, a comfy sofa in the other, and a round dining-table in the middle.
The shower room is a big ‘wet room’, with shower, loo and hand basin; the floor luxuriously warmed by underfloor heating.
Outside, there is a private sitting-area overlooking the stream and little waterfall, where you may occasionally be rewarded by the sight of a kingfisher arrowing past, or some dippers searching for food. Otters have also been spotted here.
Things to do around The Sett holiday studio
The Sett is serenely located, with two official nature reserves nearby (The Parks and Ewyas Harold Meadows), as well as 125 wild acres at Ewyas Harold Common. The farm itself is run as a nature reserve, and The Sett is positioned right by a brook with a little waterfall, overlooking a steady stream of birds and other wildlife. Guests are free to wander around the farm and its ancient woodlands, so nature-lovers will be fully entertained by staying right on the spot - as will anyone who loves peace and quiet. Locally, cycling and walking is wonderful and varied, and the Black Mountains are nearby for some more strenuous activity, rewarded by stunning views.
When you want to go further afield, there are several delightful old-fashioned market towns within easy reach. Abergavenny is only 20 minutes away. It is famous for its Food Festival in September when the glitterati of the food world descend on the town, but it is a nice town to visit at any time of the year. The historic Market Hall in the middle of the town holds regular farmer’s markets, craft fairs and antique markets. Next door there is the Borough Theatre and there are cafes, pubs, live music, and proper small shops all around. Visit nearby vineyards to taste their produce or descend underground to explore a coalmine at Blaenavon Heritage Site just up the mountain. Hire a boat and explore the Brecon Canal which (amazingly) snakes around the mountainside, or cycle along the towpath. If it’s wet, the Baker Street Cinema always has a good selection of films. Little traffic and easy parking make Abergavenny a good town to explore.
Hay-on-Wye is within easy reach, and this ‘book town’ is a great place to potter. Second-hand bookshops, boutiques, antique shops, galleries, cafes and a little cinema could keep you happy there for many hours. From just above Hay, you can hire canoes, or you can swim from the town's river beach before visiting Shepherds ice cream parlour. The city of Hereford is worth a visit for its cathedral and ‘chained library’, home of the famous and fascinating Mappa Mundi (a Unesco World Heritage Site). You can find good Thai food in Hereford, plus a Pizza Express, and a really good lunchtime café in All Saints Church (this does useful takeaway, too).
Ewyas Harold, the local village, is excellent for supplies: there is a good butcher and a village shop with post office, which sells basic foodstuffs, as well as lovely bread and delicious pastries. They also have a small but perfectly good selection of wine. There are a couple of pubs, and a famously good fish and chip shop. Longtown, in the other direction, has an award-winning village shop, Hopes of Longtown, which is open virtually every day of the year and stocks really good local produce and an imaginative selection of grocery products. So you need never clap eyes on a supermarket (unless you want to).
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 Sett
'A lovely studio in a beautiful place. We've seen castles, museums, cathedrals, waterfalls, caves. We stood in the little field at midnight, watching a meteor shower. Best of all was when we watched the flycatchers outside the window - wonderful.' Carole and Adrian
'A genuinely charming rural retreat - simply lovely!' Anthea and Richard
'Relaxing stay: lovely walk through the wood to Dulas church; lots of birds, including the kingfisher, grey wagtail, dipper, nuthatch, and buzzard. Spent hours just looking out of the windows.' Bryan and Sue, Nottingham
'A wonderful place for a mini-break. Loved the sound of the stream. Great food at the Carpenters Arms.' Ian and Anji, Monkton Combe
'Such a peaceful place to start our married life - we go home very relaxed!' Juliette and Neil, London
'Peaceful week with great weather, welcoming in a lovely area with plenty to see and do. Very well-appointed. Would definitely re-visit!' Chris, Gemma and Sophie from Oxfordshire
'Beautiful surroundings. The Sett is a lovely peaceful place to chillax. Paul saw the kingfisher - just once. Hay-on-Wye is well worth a visit.' Paul and Sue, Loughborough
'We didn't see any kingfishers, but The Sett, with all its beautiful surroundings, will have a special place in our hearts, as we got engaged down by the stream.' Chris and Alie, London
'We had an absolutely lovely stay at the Sett. The owners were lovely and when we had to call somebody for help with the electricity we got a quick response. We had a lovely time and would definitely stay there again!'
'We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was peaceful and relaxing. The accommodation is lovely! The surrounding area is amazing. We went for many lovely walks near the area. Definitely coming back again.'
'The Sett is an excellent conversion of a barn into a well equipped studio apartment. Everything is of very good quality, from the comfortable bed and bed linen, towels and crockery, cookery and cooking utensils. The wet room is also fitted with excellent fittings and pristine clean. The location is stunning, peaceful and unique. All the instructions in the property were clear and placed where we needed them without being intrusive to our stay. The owners were friendly, yet unobtrusive. Overall an excellent stay in a tranquil and peaceful place, within easy reach from the M5 and also well placed for visiting Hay on Wye, Ross on Wye and Hereford.'
'Lovely cosy get away that let us get some much needed R&R. Incredibly comfy bed, and wonderfully placed next to the stream.'
'Beautiful place, stunning grounds, lovely people. Could not ask for more for more. Thanks.'
'We have enjoyed a great time this weekend in this suberb studio which has been so comfortable, and in such a delightful position. We will definitely be back!' Richard & Joanna