Ty-Coch Farmhouse

Al fresco dining with fabulous view

IN BRIEF

  • 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.

Spectacular setting for holiday let in rural Wales

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.

Beamed kitchen/dining room
Cottage kitchen Cottage kitchen with stive
Cooking stove

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).

Cosy living room
Living room sofas Elegant dog (not included)

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.

Steps up to main bedroom Ornate lamp
Bedroom

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.

Bedroom Fesh cuttings
Beautifully detailed wooden bed
En-suite bathroom Bed

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.

Wooden stairs Bedroom
Bedroom with extra bed Bathroom

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:

Twin room Utility with Miele dishwasher

The nitty gritty

  • Powerful Esse Ironheart wood burning range cooker with two hobs and oven (a week’s worth of logs supplied, with more available to buy)
  • Separate oven and gas hob
  • iPod dock in kitchen
  • Large flat-screen TV with premium sound system and DVD-player
  • Excellent broadband (up to 15mps) and wifi
  • Landline for use with honesty box, plus good mobile reception for most networks in and around house via satellite broad band
  • Well equipped farmhouse kitchen
  • Big fridge/freezer, plus separate larder fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Pantry
  • Utility room has: sink, washing machine and clothes airer/dryer
  • Master bedroom has king-size bed and ensuite with basin, loo and bath with shower over bath.
  • The dressing-room for the master bedroom has built-in wardrobe and shelves and can be used as a baby’s or infant’s room with either the folding-bed available or a cot
  • Second en-suite bedroom has kingsize bed and 3ft single bed, the en-suite has a bath with shower over bath, loo, and hand basin. There is built in hanging space and shelving just outside the bedroom
  • The third bedroom is a smaller room for 2 children with a 3ft single bed, a 3ft trundle bed (one tucks under the other). 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
  • Loo and hand basin on ground floor
  • Baby-friendly: travel cot, high chair, and stairgates
  • Bedlinen, towels, soap, loo roll and cleaning materials included
  • Store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, sugar, s&p, oil)
  • Central heating, hot water, electricity and a week’s supply of logs included
  • Garden with level lawn, orchard, terrace and garden furniture
  • Kadai Fire bowl on terrace (first supply of fire wood included with more to buy, or plenty to scavenge for in woodland for free). This has a rack if you would like to use it for barbecuing
  • Secluded farmhouse, but not too far from civilisation
  • There is a small barn for a couple to rent about 180 metres away, but this is tucked away and has no impact at all on the farmhouse
  • Parents of small children please be aware that there is a river at the bottom of the hill, even though it doesn’t go past the well fenced garden itself. It is a fairly shallow river, as rivers go, but can swell in heavy rain
  • This is an old building built on a hillside with different levels. The stairs up to the master bedroom are quirky and steep but with a good solid iron handrail
  • Adjacent fields, woods, river and mountains to explore
  • Gorgeous mountain view
  • Fishing in river for brown trout in season (do bring your own rods and please get a license from a post office). The length of the part of the river accessible for fishing is 2/3 mile long.
  • Walks straight up onto the mountain from the front door
  • Dog-friendly: two very well-behaved dogs welcome. Please be aware that there are sheep in neighbouring fields which must on no account be worried by dogs
  • Crickhowell and Abergavenny are both about 15 minutes' drive away for excellent shopping and places to eat out
  • 10 minutes from a really good gastro pub with many more well known restaurants and pubs within 20 minutes' drive
  • Food boxes can be ordered in advance from local (organic fruit and veg) market garden who will also deliver meat, cheese and other produce from a range of excellent local butchers
  • Waitrose and Tesco are just 15 minutes away in Abergavenny

A window onto the countryside Bench seating
Solid slab table

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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Firepit Firepit view across fields
Patio steps an seating
Ornate door Trees and hills

Location map



Lush garden
Private cottage Large lawned garden
Secluded country cottage for romantic escapes
Track Nearby stream

From the visitors book at Ty-Coch Farmhouse

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