Shepherds Cottage, Maes-y-deri
Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Our self-catering cottage sleeps 2 in a simple but cosy environment. There is a large living room with dining area and a wood burning stove (wood nearby). There is a double bed on the mezzanine floor which can be used as two singles if required. Free WiFi, there is a TV with DVD in the comfortable sitting area, and the new kitchen is fully equipped with a gas cooker, dish washer, washing machine, fridge and microwave. The bathroom has a shower, toilet and washbasin. All bedding and towels are provided and there is oil central heating and double glazing throughout. Outside there is a patio with a chimnea, dining furniture, sun loungers and a gas barbecue . The boiler house provides a drying room should we lapse on the weather. Dogs are welcome and love it here - they bring their owners back regularly to walk up onto the Sugar Loaf directly from the cottage.
The farm backs onto the oak woodland and open moorland of the Sugar Loaf, allowing you to walk and explore the magnificent views and countryside, leaving your car safely parked on the yard.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol, Nearest railway: Abergavenny 3.5 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Powys/Brecon Beacons region
Our self-catering holiday cottage is situated on the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Not only is the scenery in this part of Wales outstanding, but there is so much to see and do. The area is full of historic nooks and crannies; castles and ancient churches abound as well as evidence of Wales's industrial heritage.
Monmouthshire is particularly rich in castles - more per square mile than anywhere else in Wales - so you can get a feel for our history by visiting Raglan, Skenfrith, White Castle and Grosmont Castle. The churches of St Mary's in Abergavenny with its carved Jesse Tree, the crooked St Martin's at Cwmyoy clinging to the mountain, the remote St Iussi's at Partrishow with its powerful wall paintings, and the mysterious ruins of Llanthony Priory, are all wonderfully atmospheric places to visit.
The industrial sites of the Big Pit and the 18th Century ironworks at Blaenavon give a real insight into the driving forces of Britain's Industrial Revolution. Both have recently been awarded 'World Heritage' status.
The canals and tramways around the magnificent Clydach Gorge were built to link rural Abergavenny to the industrial South Wales Valleys. Many are now excellent walkways worth following.
Experience the countryside by walking the hills and valleys. There are memorable walks along the Wye Valley and also the high ridge of Offa's Dyke path with outstanding views out over England or westwards into the Black Mountains. A huge number of lesser footpaths also criss-cross the area. A more challenging day would be to walk the length of the ridges of the Black Mountains or to climb our own Sugar Loaf Mountain. Cyclists can use the Sustrans cycle route 42.
The Brecon Beacons National Park and the surrounding area is also one of the foremost locations for outdoor pursuits and activities in the British Isles. These range from mountain biking, horse riding, pony trekking, hang gliding, paragliding and climbing, to canoeing, caving, raft building... Narrow-boat trips along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal are also available, and guided walks and bike rides from Hay-on-Wye.
Browse or shop in the art galleries, craft and antique shops or the bookshops of Hay-on-Wye.
Remember there are many gardens and nurseries around Abergavenny to visit during the summer, and several private gardens which are open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme.
Tyn-y-bryn is only a mile from the market town of Abergavenny. Known as the Gateway to Wales, this historic market town features, amongst other attractions, fat stock and produce markets on Tuesdays and Fridays, a medieval castle, St Mary's priory church which houses the famous Jesse tree and an outstanding collection of tombs - it is known as the Westminster Abbey of Wales - and several attractive parks and gardens.
The surrounding countryside offers a wide range of activities - walking, canoeing, canal boating and sailing, caving, pony trekking, hang-gliding, gliding and several golf courses (including a public course and driving range just over a mile from Tyn-y-bryn), as well as the famous Celtic Manor resort where the 2010 Ryder Cup was played.
Places of interest in the area include Llanthony and Tintern Abbeys, the World Heritage Site in Blaenavon which includes the Big Pit Mining Museum (offering underground tours by ex-miners) and the Ironworks, Offa's Dyke and numerous castles and museums.
Nearby Hay-0n-Wye lays claim to the largest second hand bookshop in the world and has a world famous Festival of Literature each year in May. Our farm is actually situated within the Brecon Beacons National Park, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty with waterfalls, lakes and rivers plus many wonderful hills to climb.
There are many excellent pubs and restaurants within easy reach, ranging from nationally renowned eateries such as The Hardwick, The Walnut Tree, The Fox Hunter, The Bell at Skenfrith and The Bear at Crickhowell to good value traditional pubs, including our local pub The Crown Inn which is just one mile away and serves excellent food.
Easy access to the M4, M50 and M5 motorways, together with convenient rail links and the outstanding beauty of the Black Mountains make this an ideal holiday location.
We offer excellent access to DARK SKIES for all those of you interested in star watching - we suffer little from light pollution and enjoy many evenings reclining outside watching the stars.
Long breaks, short breaks or just an overnight stop - you can be sure of a warm welcome and traditional hospitality at Tyn-y-bryn. Join us at "The house on the hill" above Abergavenny, the Gateway to Wales.
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20 Sep 2014
"wow wow wow !!!!!!!!"
This was a fantastic holiday. The cottage was lovely and quaint. The hosts very accommodating and knowledgeable about the local areas of interest and the views were out of this world. We have 2 you… More
14 Oct 2013
"Just like in a picture book"
We had a wonderful stay in this tiny little house on the foodhill of the Sugar Loaf. When you enjoy the stunning view in the morning at breakfast for the first time, you already know that this was the… More
Thank you for a great review - we hope we will see you next time you come to Wales - Sandra and Chris
21 Jul 2013
Just got back from Shepherds Cottage, it was everything it was claimed to be, superb location, lovely cottage, and great owners very friendly and helpful. Weather was superb and cottage lent itself to… More
We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and it was a pleasure to meet you both. We really hope to see you again soon.
9 Jul 2013
"Stunning location with excellent hosts"
We stayed in the attached cottage and it was wonderfully well equipped for a very comfortable stay. Our hosts were very welcoming with great tips about local sights and pubs. A great location and high… More
Thank you Rick - it was good to meet you both and we hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday in London and Paris before returning to Oz.
8 Jun 2013
Wow! is all we keep saying...we had a great holiday, a week at the beginning of June 2013 staying in Shepherds cottage. which was cosy and homely with everything you need. The owners are very laid back and make you feel very welcome; nothing is too much trouble. The views and location of Shepherds Cottage are fantastic; it's close to Abergavenny town, and a good place to travel from for your sightseeing trips out, but is situated up on the hill in the peace and quiet. It was great to find somewhere that we could just open the door and let the dogs run without out them coming to harm and just let them enjoy themselves in the fields surrounding the property before we took them out for walks to LLagorse lake and up the Sugar loaf at the back of the cottage, (which took us about 2 hours ish to get to the top. The Waterfall Walks a well worth as visit too.
We would strongly recommend this a cottage and location... we have booked to go back again next year.
26 May 2013
I went down to Shepard's Cottage for a week to get away from it all, with the dog. The accommodation is fantastic for a couple of people, great facilities, everything you need and more. Very love… More
2 Nov 2012
"Fantastic relaxing place, with great hosts and fun for the dogs"
This is a lovely place to stay if you want somewhere nice and quiet and away from the crowds but not too far from civilisation. The cottage is great, it has wonderful views over the valley towards Ski… More
Thanks Mike, it was good to meet you and Daisy (the beautiful dog) - hope to see you again soon
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