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Review of Blaentrothy Cottage, Monmouthshire, Wales

Posted by Lucy Symons at 07:28 on Wednesday 05 December 2012

Blaentrothy Cottage is a tastefully converted barn in the valleys of the Black Mountains, perfect for a romantic break for two.

>> For availability and booking see our full listing for Blaentrothy Cottages 

Blaentrothy Cottage, Monmouthshire, Wales.  Photo:  Lucy SymonsBlaentrothy Cottage, Monmouthshire, Wales. Photo: Lucy Symons

The Setting
Not far from Abergavenny, through winding roads that wend their way between hedgerows neatly cut by a farmer who must have a set square, you will find a bumpy track which leads to the working farm, Blaentrothy.  

Although originally a sheep farm, it currently hosts dairy cows and bullocks from May to October which means it is stock-free in the winter months and in the months where the animals roam, there is no chance of anything agriculturally nosier than the occasional "moo", I was reassured by Caroline, the lovely owner.  "Good for people bringing a dog who don’t want to yank it round on a lead..." she added.  Good to know.  

Roll top bathtub, Bleantrothy Cottage. Photo: Michael WhitesideRoll top bathtub, Bleantrothy Cottage. Photo: Michael WhitesideThe Rooms
A former wain house with a granary above, Bleantrothy Cottage is a five star (according to Visit Wales) holiday cottage offering the sort of quirky features you dream of – a claw foot bath in the middle of the vaulted bedroom with views out onto the foothills of the Black Mountains and peaceful farmland, so you can gaze out longingly as you sip your glass of champagne, a spiral staircase, a wood burning stove – but wouldn’t necessarily want to live with every day.  But for a holiday?  Perfect!  If you need to bring baby, just let Caroline know, she has all the things you need, so you don’t need to cart them with you – but this may not be the perfect spot for anyone crawling or toddling.

Kitchen, Bleantrothy Cottage. Photo: Michael WhitesideKitchen, Bleantrothy Cottage. Photo: Michael WhitesideThe Food
Abergavenny is a gourmand’s paradise – it is stuffed full of fabulous gastro pubs and Michelin starred restaurants, there is even an Abergavenny food festival!  This area is not known as the “Dordogne of Britain” for nothing.  There are local markets providing you with lashings of local produce, not to mention the occasional Welsh steak or lamb chop. The kitchen comes ready stocked with lots of basics and, if you let Caroline know to expect it, you can arrange a delivery from Waitrose in advance of your stay.

The Activities
The whole area here has been designated an SSSI, so just a quick stroll through the surrounding meadows may be enough to entertain you - if you want to leave your cosy little nest at all – but if you require more, there are bikes to borrow and castles to conquer; loads of outdoor pursuits (mountain walking, golf, riding, cycling, paragliding, climbing, caving, wild swimming…).  There is even stabling and turn out for two horses, so bring Dobbin!  Hay is free of charge.View of Bleantrothy Cottage. Photo: Lucy SymonsView of Bleantrothy Cottage. Photo: Lucy Symons

The Green
The conversion (which rescued the historical building from decay) has been completed using local, traditional materials and craftsmen where possible.  All the water for the cottage comes from a borehole, there’s a wood burner for heating and full recycling and eco friendly cleaning products are used.

How to get there via Public Transport
Leap on board a train to Abergavenny.  Once there, Caroline and Ruardhi will collect you and your luggage if they can.  Otherwise, it’s a swift taxi ride.

Top Tip
See what it’s like to have a bathtub in your bedroom for a holiday before you commit to it.  Test drive a spiral staircase for ease of access when a little pie-eyed before you commission one of your own.  Marvel at how well Caroline and her team dust the high beams of the vaulted ceiling.  Really enjoy the peace and tranquility of a rural idyll before realising that you have to live within a mile or two of a major train line to keep your job in order to afford to go on lovely holidays like this one.  Sigh. 

Accessible and yet isolated, this is a perfect spot for a honeymoon or a mini-moon or just a romantic break.  You couldn’t ask for nicer hosts.

>> For availability and booking see our full listing for Blaentrothy Cottages

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

Posted by Lucy Symons

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