Walnut Tree Cottage

Walnut Tree Cottage exterior
IN BRIEF
  • Fairy-tale cottage in the Black Mountains
  • Lovely sunny cottage garden
  • Sleeps 2-4, plus an infant and a dog
  • Close to great pub with good food
  • Hill walks and cycling from the door. One of the owners is a  travel and cycling journalist/writer, who can advise on great cycle routes (of all levels) in the area

Walnut Tree Cottage sits in a peaceful wooded valley on a mountainside in the eastern reaches of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and yet only ten minutes from the bustling market town of Abergavenny. Perfectly positioned for great local pubs, or for fine dining at the nearby Walnut Tree Inn, you could also easily fill a week with amazing walks from the front door. Great mountain biking and pony trekking can be enjoyed nearby. With its sunny private garden and cosy interior with wood-burner, this sweet fairy-tale cottage makes the perfect romantic escape or holiday base for 2 to 4 (plus an infant and up to 2 dogs).

360 view from above Walnut Tree Cottage
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Living room Log burner

On the edge of a quiet hamlet, just a few miles from Abergavenny, Walnut Tree Cottage is ideally situated for enjoying all that the Black Mountains and the National Park have to offer. Great walks - whether riverside or hilltop, lovely pubs and restaurants, Norman castles, pretty churches, important abbeys, and quantities of outdoor activities, are all nearby. The fascinating town of Hay-on-Wye with its second-hand bookshops and antique emporia is 18 miles, Hereford with its cathedral and the famous Mappa Mundi is 20 miles, and Abergavenny with its farmers' markets (both livestock and produce), and now-famous annual food festival, is the place to stock up on necessities. The local pub is a walkable mile away (15 minutes cross country) and serves good food and well-chosen wine and real ales. One of the owners, Rob Penn, a keen cyclist himself, can advise on good local bike rides of all levels, so do bring bikes with you. Journalist, TV presenter and author Rob will recommend on- and off-road routes to ride in the area, and great walking: glorious crisp winter excursions or sunny summer adventures, then back home to restore aching muscles with hot baths and evenings in front of the wood burner, or outside in the pretty cottage garden. His latest book, It’s All About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels was a Sunday Times bestseller: it’s been translated into ten languages. The Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons have some of the best walking and riding in the country, so it's no surprise that Rob chooses to use it as his base. His wife, Vicky Penn, owns an online gallery ( www.five-ways.net ) featuring superb local artists, and she and her business partner sometimes take their pictures and sculptures offline and into a picturesque barn deep in the Black Mountains for an occasional inspiring show.

Wood burner and logs at Walnut Tree Cottage Kitchen area

Downstairs, the kitchen and living areas are open-plan and very cosy. A wood burning stove provides a focal point and plenty of warmth in the winter. A bathroom with bath/shower and wash hand-basin are off the main living-room, as is the separate loo.

Main Bedroom Twin room

Upstairs are the master bedroom with double bed and the twin bedroom. The south-facing garden is grassy, with cottage-garden flowers, and a stone-flagged area for the outside table and chairs - a perfect little sun trap to enjoy the birdsong and the relaxing sound of the brook just a short distance below.

Bath and shower Flowers in window Stable doors

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied free of charge)
  • owners have wifi and phone if required
  • TV with DVD
  • CD-player/radio
  • Electric hob and electric oven
  • Fridge
  • Electric, heating included
  • No Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Access to washing-machine and dryer in owner's property
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil etc)
  • All basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Bedlinen and towels included
  • Baby-friendly (ask owner for travel cot, high chair etc)
  • Dog friendly (up to 2 well behaved dogs welcome)
  • Garden furniture and barbecue (fuel included)
  • Bath with good shower above
  • Separate downstairs loo
  • Great walks from the front door (both gentle and local, or up a mountain for more exercise and beautiful views)
  • Pub is a 15-minute walk across fields
  • Cycling: one of the owners, Rob Penn, a keen cyclist himself, can advise on good local bike rides of all levels, so do bring bikes with you. Bike storage available. 
  • Owners can put anything in the cottage for a special occasion - Champagne, flowers or foodie hamper etc
  • Mobile reception patchy
  • Detached building with sunny private garden

Outdoor seating next to woodland

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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Roses around door to cottage Beautiful, wild woodland path right outside the cottage Private access

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Outdoor seating next to woodland

From the visitors book at Walnut Tree Cottage

"We have loved our stay in Walnut Tree Cottage, for the local attractions, but also for the immediate surroundings: the children have had a magical time, playing Swallows & Amazons and Hide and Seek in the woods." Ben and Jane

"A fantastic, cosy cottage in a beautiful location. We have enjoyed some of the best walking ever - and straight from the front door." The Grey family, Cheltenham

"We always love coming back to this area - great restaurants, stunning scenery and lots to do. But this time, we found Walnut Tree Cottage - a sweet, peaceful hideaway - and what a find! Thank you - we"ll be back next year for another romantic break." Suzi and Giles, Harrogate

"What a lovely place to come for frazzled city-dwellers like us: to get lost in the countryside, to find our way back and light the woodburner after wet walks in the woods or superb treks up the hill with unforgettable views." The Bensons, Highgate, London