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A five star cottage for couples on a Grade II-listed farm, set in beautiful countryside near the Black Mountains. The location is perfect for a peaceful break, secluded but not far from excellent facilities either.

Quote greentraveller when you book and you will receive a bottle of wine or bara brith depending on the season.

Rooms: 1 big bedroom with bath & separate shower open plan in room
Price:

Weeks: £420 to £550. Short breaks: £250 to £320 (discounts possible)

Meals: Breakfast food can be provided, as can home-made meals with notice
Open: Year round
Address: c/o Blaentrothy Cottages, Blaentrothy Farm, Grosmont, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 8HN
 
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Blaentrothy Cottage, Monmouthshire, Wales

This former wain house with granary above has been sympathetically converted to a luxurious 5-star holiday cottage for couples (plus an infant and a well-behaved dog). Lovely old beams combine with contemporary furnishings and artworks to provide a peaceful, relaxing escape from busy lifestyles.

Surrounded by Blaentrothy Meadows, designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, this lovely old 17th century farm steading is perfect for walkers to wander through organic fields, rich in native fauna and flora, and breathe in the fresh air.

In winter, the wood burner is fun to light and sit in front of; and the terrace is great for sitting in the sun and watching the cows graze peacefully in the fields. Curlews come here to nest, red kites and buzzards wheel above, owls hoot in the trees, pipistrelle bats flit about, and wild orchids grow in the meadows.

The cottage itself has a very comfortable bed, a chaise longue covered in purple silk velvet, a roll-top bath in the bedroom, a separate power shower, a cosy sitting area, and a well-equipped kitchen with dining area. No need to venture out, but if you feel like it, there is plenty to do in the area, as well as quantities of good pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Blaentrothy Cottage is very accessible from many centres of population – 2 ½ hours from London, 1 ½ hours from Birmingham, an hour each from Bristol and Cardiff, for example.

Why is this a greener holiday?

To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: the nearest train station is Abergavenny. From there, it’s an easy taxi ride to the accommodation. When available, the owners are happy to collect guests from the station with prior arrangement. Onsite the owners have taken a number of green measures to reduce the environmental impact of their tourism business. Some of these initiatives include the use of traditional materials and local wood in the restoration. Additionally the water source is a borehole.

Review by Lucy Symons

"Accessible and yet isolated, this is a perfect spot for a honeymoon or a mini-moon or just a romantic break.  It is seriously heaven on a plate and you couldn’t ask for nicer hosts."

>> Read Lucy's full review of Blaentrothy Cottage

See the photos from Lucy's visit on our Pinterest board for Blaentrothy Cottages

Top Eco Features at Blaentrothy

 
  • Water from own borehole

  • Traditional materials, such as lime, used in the building’s restoration

  • Local wood used for windows, doors & shutters

  • Re-use of farm building

  • Cycles provided for visitors & Visit Wales’ Cyclists Award

  • Eco-friendly cleaning products used

 

Location

Blaentrothy Cottage, Monmouthshire, Wales
Nearest train station: Abergavenny
via Newport

Directions from station:
Easy taxi ride from Abergavenny station (directions always given to visitor), or owners can sometimes collect guests.

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