The Old Forge at Llangattock is the last remaining Welsh long house in Monmouthshire and was once a blacksmith's cottage with a forge (which is now part of the kitchen). Dating from the 13th Century, it has old flagstones on the floors, stone walls, ancient oak beams and panelling, mullion windows, stone stair case and a great inglenook stone fireplace, making this a unique place to stay.
The cottage sits in its own private gardens, which are safe for both children and pets. There is a formal historic garden beside the cottage with beds of herbs and boxes. Then there is a cottage garden area with flower borders and old roses and a large lawn. And right at the bottom of the garden is a wild meadow.
The cottage is only 600 yards from the 13th century Church of St Cadocs with its medieval wall hangings, and the village pub The Hunters Moon is a short stroll away. Offa's Dyke passes close by. Abergavenny 7 miles, Monmouth 15 miles and Hereford 20 miles.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff 80 km, Nearest railway: Abergavenny 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Monnow valley forms a break in the natural defences of the southern part of the Welsh border, which is the reason why the Normans built a trio of castles to guard this particular route of communication. There are plenty more in the county - and in the surrounding counties, but Grosmont Castle the substantial remains of thirteenth-century castle of Hubert de Burgh, raised on an earlier motte. Also Skenfrith Castle the remains of early 13th-century castle, built beside the River Monnow to command one of the main routes from England and White Castle which is just a few miles from the Old Forge Cottage, is very impressive, as it is the most complete of the three, and has a full moat and a wonderful view. There is also Llanthony Abbey to visit, a Cistercian monastery in the Black Mountains just below Offa's Dyke path, is definitely worth a visit, and conveniently has a pub right within its walls.
Eating and Drinking: In Llangattock village try The Hunter's Moon, which offers visitors a warm welcoming traditional pub. Good food and ale are guaranteed with a superb menu. Relax in an informal bar or in their award winning restaurant. The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny which is only a short drive away and has a excellent reputation, and is one of the rare places open on a Monday evening. Afternoon tea - forget the Savoy. The Angel is one of only six hotels outside London to have received the Tea Guild's Award of Excellence in the 2008 Top Tea Awards. For something special try The Walnut Tree Inn. Opened by the renowned Franco Taruschio in the 1960s, is now run jointly by local hotelier William Griffiths and by the famous chef Shaun Hill (formerly of the Michelin-starred Merchant House in Ludlow), and, after a rocky interregnum, has blossomed again. It has recently been awarded one Michelin star.
Nearest town: Abergavenny, only 7 miles away, is a charming market town on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park and close to the picturesque Welsh Marches. The area is very sought after part of north Monmouthshire and it has so much to offer: interesting historical sites, breathtaking mountains and remarkable ancient castles. Abergavenny hosts a very popular food festival in September (www.abergavennyfoodfestival.co.uk)
Sporting Activities: Great walking around the Forge and in the Black Mountains (Offa's Dyke path is nearby). There is also horse-riding and mountain-biking. You find an excellent hire centre in Abergavenny (Bike base). Plenty of excellent cycling around the lanes from the Old Forge. Alternatively, there are dedicated cycle paths nearby, such as the Peregrine cycle path along the Wye from Monmouth to Symonds Yat. The nearest fishing is a couple of miles away at Garway Flyfishers club and Kentchurch Estate which has seven miles of the Monnow River which flows into the Wye with Chub, Perch, Dace, Pike, Brown trout. For some Horse Riding visit Triley Fields Equestrian Centre in Abergavenny. There is an all year showjumping and riding centre with a full range of lessons for all ages. For Golf visit The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club, a prestigious club, which many claim to be the Rolls Royce of golf courses with its testing course surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of the Monmouthshire countryside.