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- One-storey luxury accommodation
- Beautifully styled and furnished
- Sleeps 2-4
- Big garden with patio
- Surrounded by superb walking countryside
- Walking distance to a pub, and a short drive to great restaurants and food suppliers
- Discount available for a couple outide the school holidays
Stable Cottage is a beautifully converted stable block on the edge of a pretty village in the heart of the Golden Valley. Views are of its big walled and hedged garden with trees and hills beyond, and yet the village and pub are just a short walk away. Stable Cottage adjoins what was once the former rectory, but has its own entrance, terrace, garden and parking area. Here, you will find all the comforts you need for a relaxing time away, plus a wonderful landscape, lovely walks, wild swimming, starry skies to amaze you, and a traditional country pub - all on the doorstep. Sleeps 2-4, plus an infant and a dog.
This lovely cottage is available for a couple at a 10% discount outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed only (when you book for 2 adults, you can select this option).
The spacious interior is light, airy and contemporary, but at the same time super-cosy, with a wonderful woodburner, elevated to produce more warmth. Cooking, eating and relaxing are all open-plan in this one lovely room. A big glazed door opens out onto the patio and garden for enjoying sunny, warm days.
At the end of the cottage, there is a bathroom with bath, shower over, hand basin and loo; a twin bedroom (whose beds can be zipped together to create a king-size bed); and a double bedroom with a double-bed and its own ensuite shower room, hand basin and loo. At the other, there is a useful utility and drying room with washing-machine, coat hooks, and room for removing and stowing wellies and boots. This is a good place for a dog to sleep, and the owners helpfully supply a dog bed.
Immediately outside the cottage is a patio with raised beds planted with herbs, alpine strawberries and other fruits for guests to pick and enjoy. Beyond this is a lovely orchard garden with grasses and wild flowers, a central mowed lawn area, a brick-paved BBQ area, and a fire pit to light and cosy around in the evenings.
Things to do around Stable Cottage
The Golden Valley is said to have been the inspiration behind CS Lewis’ Narnia and it is a magical landscape. Here, there is the space to breathe, relax and enjoy a different pace of life - but also plenty to do nearby. There are walks straight from Stable Cottage, including a walk to Arthur’s Stone, a Neolithic burial chamber with wide-sweeping views, or Merbach Hill. Jump in a car, and the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons and walks along the River Wye are all within easy reach. Very close by is Hay-on-Wye, with its winding streets and a great independent cinema, an ice-cream parlour, the local deli, and of course a wealth of second-hand book and vintage shops. Within a short drive there is fantastic food on offer in a variety of restaurants: modern British, traditional French, amazingly good pub food by a river, and outstanding Thai and Nepalese food.
An idyllic river beach and wild swimming spot is less than ten minutes drive away in Bredwardine. Within twenty minutes you can be at two other fantastic river beaches – the Warren in Hay and Glasbury. All are accessible (although if you are going beyond a paddle, they are not recommended for beginners). Swimming in fresh water feels lovely, and is highly recommended. The Wye is one of Britain’s most renowned canoeing and angling rivers, with conditions to suit people of all ages and abilities. A variety of shops in and around the area sell and hire specialist equipment.
The area is also home to some of the UK's most significant cultural events, including The Hay Literary Festival, Hay’s Philosophy and Music Festival, the Hay-on-Wye Dark Skies Festival, The Brecon Jazz Festival and the Abergavenny Food Festival.
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 Stable Cottage
'This is the best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in – so individual with all the attention to detail, very cosy by the fire, we loved the quality beds and bedrooms! We enjoyed walking to Arthur's stone, breath-taking views , refreshing clean air and just far enough to feel like a 'proper' walk in the valleys.' Matt & Holly, Dorset
'It's the kind of place that feels like home as soon as you walk through the door. Pretty much the perfect holiday home.' Rachel, Stuart & Harriet Bone
'***** awarded for The Stables! - not given lightly by experienced holiday renters like us.' Gilly & Mike Stephenson, Derbyshire
'Heavenly! Such a gorgeous place to stay and look and laugh. I hope that everyone who stays here has as lovely a time as we did.' Paul, London
'We couldn’t have asked for a nicer place to chill out. Everything was catered for (even chilly feet!) and Selina and Ed couldn’t have been more helpful. All in all a lovely place – we will return!' Ange, Ozzy and Martin, Stockport.
'Our first visit to Herefordshire ... spectacular views around every corner and up every hill. We had a great time canoeing down the Wye .. highly recommended, even for novices like us! The cottage is beautifully furnished and equipped and we had a lovely stay. Thank you!' Karen, Neil and Graham, Grange-over-Sands
'Thank you so much for letting us share your lovely holiday house. Laura did all the hard work to find such a nice place, and Ian and I (Laura's parents) have really enjoyed being here, and by the way, thanks for the yummy cake and coffee! We have made the most of the house, played games, played boules. We walked up the footpath to Arthur's Stone. We had a drink at the Pandy pub twice, and Toby (son-in-law) had brought his BBQ, so we had delicious lamb. Sunday lunch was at The Stagg, absolutely brilliant. It has a Michelin star and really lived up to it, but felt really comfortable, too. We also went to Hay-on-Wye and loved all the antique shops. Wonderful ice-cream parlour as well. All I can say is Laura and Toby loved it all, and so did Ian and I. From the very appreciative Nicole and Ian', Cranham, Gloucestershire
'Dear Selina and Ed, what a lovely place! We took all of your tips on board - kayaked down the Wye (note - we got soaked, so take waterproofs!), spent two evenings at the friendly Pandy Inn, then ventured out for a lovely meal at The Hollybush on the third night; both good-value destinations. We had two gorgeous long walks. Got up bright and early for Thursday's market, where we stocked up on the organic fruit and veg from Primrose, as well as lots of lovely cakes, cheese, bread etc. Managed not to find Arthur's Stone yesterday, but had a good walk nonetheless, even spying a young fox, which was an excitement for us city folk. We have taken your tip about the pop-up at St. John's Place and are going there this evening. Had a good-value lunch at Richard Booth's cafe, and ended up buying from the amazing well-ordered selection. Thanks so much and we hope to see you next time.' Sharon, Simon, Felix and Rosa, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
'We’ve had a wonderful few days staying in your beautiful cottage which has exceeded expectations in lots of ways. The children loved being here. We visited the rare breeds farm at Kington – great for young children. Recommend brunch/lunch at Richard Booth’s bookshop cafe, very tasty food and lovely for kids.' Ali, Patrick, Noah and Maisie, Hampshire
'What a lovely place to chill! Especially when the weather was so stormy. Very comfortable beds, great showers and lovely open space to read in front of the fire.' Lizzie and Pete Walker
'We came here for a girls weekend to escape city life for a few days. The cottage is absolutely beautiful and had everything we need. We particularly enjoyed sitting around the log burner, playing board games, and drinking Champagne! We head off back home feeling rejuvenated and chilled.' Kathryn, Rachel, Alex and Simone