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Excellent 5/5 3 reviews

Beautiful 15th Century Boutique Cottage Retreat in the Black Mountains..

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden



Our latest two reviews:

22nd- 29th August 2014

We have had a wonderful family holiday at 'The Apple Garden' - a quaint home full of history and charm. The little extras provided were much appreciated and OH.. such comfortable beds!! The gardens provided a place to relax as well as play family ball games. The tree house and swing delighted the children. The winding lanes provided thrills and great food for thought...Last but not least, we shall remember for a very long time our evenings spent before a lovely log burner, discussing and laughing about our days outing.

With many thanks, Joan and Keith, Vanessa, Paul, Aaron and Lewis

8th-22nd August 2014

Where do we start?! The garden? The stars at night? The lovely flowers, veg and provisions? We really have had an amazing time, completing walks every day with the children - they even managed the Sugar Loaf! Their best bits were the gardens, swing, tree house, football and musical instruments - they formed a band one rainy afternoon! The Longtown show was a fab day out, our son won a few races and a share of the prize money from the skittles. The dog enjoyed all the attention, the fresh air and wonderful walks from the door. Waking up to the gentle moo-ing has been making me smile, especially when I hear my husband talking to the cows through the hedge! Can't thank you enough for your hospitality and sharing this wonderful place with us.

Hope to see you again,

Love from Alan, Laura, Joseph, Eloise and Vida xx

PS The Crown at Pantegelli was superb as was the ice cream at Rowelstone - Worth the walk!


The Apple Garden is a delightful 15th century boutique cottage retreat in the Black Mountains. Set in an acre of secluded apple orchard, it is a lovely country hideaway for those seeking a special setting for romance or celebration, The Apple Garden is also ideal for families with children, with its fantastic tree-house, children's sand pit, swing and generous collection of hand made, traditional toys and games. What's more, the cottage owner is a qualified early years teacher and is happy to babysit for you if you fancy a romantic night out at the very gorgeous and exclusive French restaurant just over the hill!

The cottage is located on a small lane just a mile from the friendly village of Longtown in the beautiful Black Mountains between Hereford and Abergavenny. Set amidst stunning walking country, Longtown is famous for its award winning shop, 12th Century Norman Castle, country pub and laid back, friendly atmosphere.

Our private acre of enclosed orchard garden offers a wonderful, safe space for children and dogs to enjoy. Pets are really welcome here with fantastic walks for dog owners straight from the cottage door. We can even accommodate horses for you at our farm ten minutes drive away. Fishing is available by day pass a short walk down the hill from the cottage, pony trekking in the stunning neighbouring valley of Llanthony or for those seeking more of a thrill - quad biking and hover-crafting at nearby Craswall or Paintballing at Ewyas Harold are both just a five - ten minute drive away...The delightful town of Hay-on Wye, famous for its old bookshops, funky organic cafes and cool, quirky music and arts venue 'The Globe', is a just a short, but breathtaking 20 minute drive across the mountains...absolute bliss to enjoy the early morning sunshine up on Hay Bluff and then roll down into town for breakfast....


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Guest Book

We've stayed in a few cottages over the years but this is the real deal. Fantastic cottage in a beautiful location. The finishing touches around the cottage are lovely as was our special Easter welcome basket. You were very welcoming and so was your lovely doggie Noodle. Thank you for allowing us to bring Jenson (our kitten) he settled in quickly and when not sleeping had a great time.

The garden and history of the cottage make it extra special. The night sky with the stars and clear sky was amazing!

Perfect way to escape crazy city life.

Thank you.

Amanda and Dave (Manchester)

Easter 2014

We've stayed in a few cottages over the years but this is the real deal. Fantastic cottage in a beautiful location. The finishing touches around the cottage are lovely as was our special Easter welcome basket. You were very welcoming and so was Noodle. Thank you for allowing us to bring Jenson(our kitten) he settled in quickly and when not sleeping had a great time.

The garden and history of the cottage make it extra special. The night sky with the stars and clear sky was amazing!

Perfect way to escape crazy city life.

Thank you.

Amanda and Dave (Manchester)

Good Friday

Dear Sarah,

I had a wonderful time at The Apple Garden. Me and my brother really enjoyed playing in the tree house. Thank you for putting up the swing for us.

Laura (Aged 10)

Dear Sarah,

I had a the best time on the swing. The football was really good and thank you for the Pogo stick. The tree house was amazing, fun and high!

From Sam (Aged 7)

We've had a fantastic week, great walks, great cycling and lovely pub food at The Bridge at Michaelchurch. One of our favourite trips was walking to the top of the hill from Llanthony Priory - lots of horses for the children to pat and an incredible view from the top. We'd also recommend walking to the top of Black Hill, Hay Bluff and Sugar Loaf Mountain - all are easy with children ( provided you bring enough chocolate!)

Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful cottage. We've had the best holiday in years and hope to be back again one day.

Love from Deb, Theo, Laura and Sam

PS The Fish and Chips at Ewyas Harold are excellent!!

29th dec - 3rd jan 2013

We have had a fantastic stay in your gorgeous, characterful cottage over the New Year.

We really appreciated all the effort that has been put into making the cottage so comfortable and guest friendly!

Due to the wet weather we've spent lots of time hanging out by the fire although we have managed a couple of walks - we really enjoyed Llanthony Abbey today.

Thanks also for the lovely hamper of goodies! We'd love to come back soon and thanks again. Happy New Year!

Susie, Jon, Bella, Fia and Rosa.

9th Jan 2014

Thank you so much, been a lovely evening and the cottage was perfect! Thank you for the hamper! I hope it is all clean and pretty again. Thank you so much,

Lily xx

Thanks so much, I have had such a nice time here. The hamper was so nice..I hope to come back soon. Thanks again, Charlie xx

THANK YOU! Had a really lovely stay, such an amazing house and a stunning location. Views made the morning a whole lot easier! (And a very comfy sofa too ) Many thanks and hope to be back soon. Jack xxx

24th - 29th Jan 2014

The Apple Garden is a delight - a little slice of heaven in Herefordshire. All the little touches make it feel so homely - Thank you so much Sarah. Lots of love Melanie and Leon xx

18th - 21st Feb 2014

What a special place! Thank you so much for having me stay. So many wonderful memories. The cottage is very special indeed. Susan x (Australia)

A wonderful cottage to stay in ...David (South Africa)

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. It was really nice seeing you guys. Thanks, Willo (South Africa)

Feb 21st - 23rd 2014

Wonderful cottage..children enjoyed the toy box and the rocking horse and the tree house was fabulous. Fire was very cosy, beds very comfortable! We had a wonderful time and hope to come back soon. Thank you for the super welcome goodies! Thank you. Annette and family..

"Thank you for a truly wonderful stay at the Apple Garden. Felt at home from the moment we walked in the door, loved all your wonderful touches.Fantastic area for walking Ralph with stunning views, would recommend a visit to Brecon."

Les, Sandra & Ralph (the dog)

We have had a lovely time staying at the Apple Garden this weekend. The cottage is so beautifully furnished, we really felt at home staying here. Thank you for the Welcome Basket, the fresh bread was delicious and we loved the brownies and bakewell tart! We also thought the flowers in every room were lovely and the hand-made soaps/chocolates - you really have thought of everything!

Catrin, Amanda, Louise, Michelle, Sarah and Ruth xx

As soon as we arrived at the cottage it felt homely and welcoming. The garden and the views are beautiful and we felt so relaxed spending time here. We enjoyed the local walks and pubs and everywhere had a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. "Hay on Wye is worth a visit, a beautiful little town with independent shops and a market on Thursday. We went to a French restaurant, which serves delicious food and has a lovely atmosphere. Thank you for the welcome basket and delicious lemon cake, we enjoyed it all very much! And thank you for providing everything (crockery, towels, even logs!) - it meant we could just relax and enjoy every minute of this beautiful cottage!!"

Tom & Katy

"Beautiful cottage and garden. Finished to an excellent standard.

Loved all the little touches that make it so much more welcoming - the chocolates, cake, welcome basket, snuggly blankets.

Your garden is fab for pets and children. The dog loved chasing the cars down the length of of it as they drove by!

Our idea of heaven for a weekend break - will definitely be recommending this one!

Thank you.

And Alfie the dog... 'Thanks for my treats and bed!' "

Rob, Jo and Elin

Thanks for a great week. The cottage and garden are excellent (helped by the wonderful weather!) We have had a very relaxing week walking in the hills (Offa's Dyke, Sugar Loaf Mountain), canoeing in the river Wye nad swimming in the waterfalls. Would definitely recommend the Inn at Pantygelli for food - excellent food and the staff were superb. Also enjoyed our last meal at The Crown in Longtown - worth the walk back!

Many thanks,

Fiona, Sara, Vicki, Claire and Billy the Dog (who also loved his time here)

"Thank you for sharing Apple Garden Cottage with us, and or all your thoughtful touches which have helped to make our weekend very special. The house and garden are beautiful. Our 2 year old boy Sam has loved the tree house, sand pit and the lovely toys that you provide, especially the Ark and musical instruments!

The flowers you left in the house were beautiful, as was the cake and home-made bread - yummy! We have had a wonderful time, thank you and hope to return next year!" Jo, Paul, Sam (2), Grandma & Grandad

"Thank you for the treats and doggie (Christmas) stockings!! We have loved racing up and down the garden, especially the ditch - (now a stream!) Loved the windy weather and mud!!"

xxx Mopsy, Charlie and Henry (3 Shi Tzus) Mopsy, Charlie and Henry (3 Shi Tzus)

Thank you for a great stay in a lovely cottage. The Welcome basket was very welcome - yummy! Jack just asked if we can take the rest home

Was great not having to bring towels with you - and the ones here are so lovely - super soft!

The gardens are superb and we enjoyed sitting in the sun while Jack played in the sand pit - the next group of holiday makers may find Olly the Octopus in there!

Lots of beautiful scenery all around- and very peaceful - apart from the occasional mooing cow

All in all, a lovely week. Tracy, Andy, Jack and Sue

"A real getaway from it all break - exactly what we needed. A lovely cottage in a beautiful location. The small things made all the difference - from the milk to the jelly beans - thank you!!

Much appreciated." Wendy, Cliff, Tom and Harry

"Thank you for an amazing weekend - a perfect spot for a 30th birthday get away! Loved the hamper baskets and little touches..and staying in the Shepherd's Hut was really lovely! Great place for Baby Dylan's first holiday.

Thank you."

Lizzy, Chris, Nadia, Len and Dylan, Laura, Nick and Poppy Lizzy, Chris, Nadia, Len and Dylan, Laura, Nick and Poppy

We have very much enjoyed living in your house, the children really liked climbing up to the tree house. They also liked building houses in the sand pit. We all really enjoyed the fire and watching some of your great selection of DVD's. It was nice seeing the cows and being out in the countryside. We had great fun running around the garden. Even the wet days were fun!" The Ball Family

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Abergavenny or Hereford
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Secure parking

The Heart of England/Peak District

Top of the 'To Do' List...

* Visit the gorgeous market town of Hay on Wye - explore the wonderful old bookshops, chic art galleries and friendly cafes, take in a film at Booth's cinema or check out Hay's funky music and arts venue: 'The Globe'. STILL AVAILABILITY FOR THE HAY FESTIVAL!!

* Go Walking or Mountain Biking in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park

* Go Canoeing at Hay or Ross on Wye

* Take a day's pony trekking up the mountain from the neighbouring valley of Llanthony

* Treat yourselves to a smart meal out at one our award-winning local Restaurants: The Walnut Tree or The Hardwicke, Abergavenny,

* Discover one of our beautiful local castles - Longtown, Grosmont, Skenfrith or White Castle...

Ewyas Harold

Within A Few Minutes Drive…

* Try out some of our excellent nearby pubs and restaurants, The Temple Bar Inn and The Stables Fish and Chip shop at Ewyas Harold, The Bridge Inn at Michaelchurch Escley, White Haywood Farm Restaurant at Craswall and a small and exclusive French restaurant just over the hill...

* Take the children for an ice cream tea at Rowlestone Ice Cream Cafe just over the hill from us..

* Treat the family to lunch or afternoon tea (in summer season) in the beautiful courtyard setting of Abbeydore Court Gardens...

* Try your hand at Paintballing at Battlelands Paintball, Ewyas Harold....

* Experience the thrill of Quad Biking at Mountain Mayhem, Craswall....

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Review 1-3 of 3

9 Jun 2014


"Excellent place for a Wedding Anniversary"

Celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary here - lovely break - peaceful surroundings. Cottage is beautiful, and the garden ideal - our greyhound exhausted himself chasing around! Could not fault anyt… More

18 Mar 2014


"Fanatastic period cottage in beautiful quiet setting but close to amenities"

I was looking for peace and comfort and this cottage had it all. And yet it was only 5 mins drive from a well stocked local store and pub. I stayed here for one week with my dog and neither of us wanted to return to London. Izzi my Shepherd particularly enjoyed the doggie bed and treats left by the owner. It is also perfect for children. It has a very large secure back and front garden and what every child would love -- a treehouse -- and an amazing array of toys in the toy box. If that is not enough there are also dvd's music, Sky and books.
The wood stove is easy to light with a wood shed filled with logs.
As I had to work a bit while there I appreciated the high speed internet.

Clearly the owner loves this property as her attention to detail is appreciated. Hand made soap, candles, beautiful throws in the lounge and nice linen.
Just one point - not great for those over 6 foot

17 Feb 2014


"A little piece of heaven in the Herefordshire countryside!"

What a lovely, homely cottage, full of character: a quiet and peaceful place to unwind. The cottage felt welcoming from the minute we walked in and we had great fun exploring all the interesting noo… More

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