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- Spacious farmhouse for 4 adults, plus 2 to 3 children, an infant and 2 well-behaved dogs
- Stunning mountain views
- Secluded south facing hidden valley location, but not far from civilisation
- Trout fishing in river below cottage
- Walk straight up onto the mountains from the front door
- Lovely garden, plus river, fields and woods
- Dog-friendly (2 good dogs welcome)
- Discount for a couple outside the holiday periods
It is hard to describe the beauty of this lovely farmhouse’s location, but listing its assets should give you the gist of it: a breath-taking view of the mountains from all aspects; beautiful countryside; a secluded situation in a hidden valley (but not far from shops and pubs); a lovely south-facing garden with a terrace, level lawn, orchard, and mature planting; meadows sloping down to and bordering a mountain river; and a back-drop of ancient woodland. Ty-Coch Farm is a classic Black Mountains farmhouse, beautifully preserved and furnished, snug and warm in winter, but cool in the heat of summer. The terrace with massive stone table is great for al fresco dining, and the Kadai fire bowl will keep off the chill on cooler evenings. Star-gazing is particularly special here, as it is right in the middle of the International Dark Sky Reserve.
Sleeps up to 4 adults, plus 2-3 children, an infant, and up to 2 good dogs. A discount for a couple of 15% (based on the use of one bedroom) is available outside the school holiday periods.
The approach to the farm is up an intriguingly long private drive, starting riverside, but climbing gradually to over 700 ft. At the entrance stands a topiaried yew tree, giving an immediate sense of drama, which is underlined as soon as you catch sight of the amazing view.
Inside, through the beautiful heavy oak door, the farmhouse has a spacious hallway and big adjacent boot room. The lovely cosy double-aspect sitting-room has the magnificent view in its sights with lots of light streaming in. A huge fireplacewith a massive stone lintel contains a wood burner which opens up to reveal the flames – perfect for reading and day-dreaming after a day tramping the hills (or shopping in Hay-on-Wye, perhaps).
The flag-stoned farmhouse kitchen has an Esse Ironheart wood-fired range cooker (plus a separate gas cooker) and an antique chestnut refectory table - perfect for enjoying hearty roasts, baking scones, and long lazy breakfasts. There is also a cool pantry, and a utility room. The back door opens onto the terrace, allowing the best of indoor-outdoor living in the summer. A huge stone-capped table is positioned outside on the stone terrace for family meals, and a step down takes you to a lower level where you can sit in front of the huge Kadai firebowl and watch the sun slip down behind the mountain. What a romantic place for minimooners (or honeymooners), too! Background music is provided by the river below and the owls hooting in the woods behind.
Two lovely ensuite bedrooms enjoy the same view. The master bedroom has a beautiful carved oak king-size bed, plus a dressing-room, which can be used as an infant’s room if required; and the second bedroom has a king size, bed plus a single bed for a child. There is also a cosy twin room with a 3ft single bed, a 3ft trundle bed (one tucks under the other) for two children. There is room for a cot if only one of these beds is used; otherwise, the cot can go in either of the double rooms.
The immediate garden has a large terrace, a flat lawn, and an orchard. The farmland around belongs to the farm and guests are welcome to explore (with care and respect for livestock). Meadows slope down to the river, for cooling off on a hot summer’s day, or for fishing in season (brown trout populate this stretch). The woods behind are great for hide and seek or for finding wood for the fire pit. Footpaths takes you up to the hill behind for spectacular views, and link with a network of paths, including the Beacons Way, and some of the best circular walks in Wales. Choose anything from a gentle stroll-with-picnic to a 35-mile trek along Offa’s Dyke.
THINGS TO DO AROUND TY-COCH FARMHOUSE
10 good things to do in the area around Ty-Coch Farm self-catering cottage in the Black Mountains, as recommended by the owners:
- Go for a ride! This is superb riding country, and you can do pony-trekking from www.grangetrekking.co.uk for heavenly mountain views and fresh air in abundance
- Take a picnic up the hill for splendid views, or down by the river for the lovely sight and sound of water rushing by. You can watch as your children paddle about happily in pools (with wild swimming towards the reservoir)
- Take a day-trip to Hay-on-Wye for a great time pottering in bookshops, boutiques, galleries (there’s also an excellent deli)
- Drive down the Llanthony Valley, visit the medieval priory and enjoy a pint in the underground cellars
- Nip over to Crickhowell for a visit to Cashel’s, the butcher/deli, and enjoy a coffee in this pretty town
- Visit the farmers’ market in Abergavenny (every third Thursday) or try out the excellent pubs and deli
- Take in a trio of castles: White Castle, Grosmont and Skenfrith are all Norman. Or go slightly further afield to majestic Raglan Castle, a Renaissance beauty, sometimes dubbed the 'King of Castles'
- Wonderful eateries abound (booking advisable) - take a short drive to The Crown at Pantygelli for a great Sunday lunch; Pizzorante in Abergavenny is great for families with kids; a special romantic meal is to be had at the Michelin-starred Walnut Tree Inn, about 20 minutes’ drive away; or drive over to the Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch Escley for a great gastro pub experience
- For energetic types, try some high jinks at Mountain Mayhem in the Black Mountains, great family-friendly biking trails at Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean, or canoeing from Hay-on-Wye
- Test your down hill mountain biking skills at the world class Black Mountain Biking Centre with downhill runs from beginners to extreme (http://blackmountainscyclecentre.com)
- An artist's heaven: bring your paints and easel and capture the views
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 Ty-Coch Farmhouse
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