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The Welsh Gatehouse

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 36 reviews

Tower | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

A luxury award winning period property, built in the time of Edward I, (we think it was built approx 1270). This Grade II* medieval hideaway boasts seven hundred years of history - and with its towers it feels like you are living in a fairy tale castle.

Stay from 1 night to 2 weeks. It is cheaper the longer you stay. Please contact us for further information on availability and prices.

Extensively refurbished in 2008, the Gatehouse offers a charming loft-style living area within its ancient structure, retaining the beams, thick walls, and stone mullion windows. A deep leather sofa, wood burning stove and delightful sleeping space, all add to a uniquely romantic experience. You can even climb up to the top of the tower, to the viewing platform!

Heating is provided by night storage heaters and the wood burning stove.

The property boasts a modern 'wet room' with shower, a fully fitted kitchen with oven and hob, fridge and small freezer. Downstairs there is a washing machine and tumble dryer if you need it.

TV with freeview, DVD player, CD player with ipod docking facility.

Please note, this ancient building's charm includes a steep spiral staircase. Access to the gallery bedroom is via a companionway ladder, and requires you to duck underneath a beam. If you have any challenges around mobility please look at the accessibility statement. Note we advise you to bring a couple of smaller bags rather than one very heavy and large case...as the steep spiral staircase has some 30 steps to get to the main living area, and space on the staircase is restricted.

Outside

The property is self contained, and has its own entrance. There is parking for two cars (one behind the other). The owners live at the other end of the garden in a sixteenth century Monmouthshire gentry house.

AWARD WINNING PROPERTY

On 26 June 2009 William Ayot was presented with an award for building conservation for the works done at Moynes Court at the Gatehouse and Courtyard House. The Award was presented by the Village Alive Trust in association with CADW and the Welsh Civic Trust

RUNNERS UP IN THE FAVOURITE BRITISH SELF CATERING PLACE SAWDAY AWARDS 2010 : from their Special Places to Stay Website

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bristol International Airport 37 km, Nearest railway: Chepstow 4 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Please note, this ancient building's charm includes a steep spiral staircase. Access to the gallery bedroom is via a companionway ladder, and requires you to duck underneath a beam. If you have any challenges around mobility please look at the accessibility statement.

Note we advise you to bring a couple of smaller bags rather than one very heavy and large case...as the steep spiral staircase has some 30 steps to get to the main living area, and space on the staircase is restricted.

Further details outdoors

The property is self contained, and has its own entrance. There is parking for two cars (one behind the other). The owners live at the other end of the garden in a sixteenth century Monmouthshire gentry house.

The Monmouthshire region

Local pub (which serves food some nights) within easy walking distance

Chepstow is 2 miles away with its many restaurants

Farmshop within 2 minutes drive, Supermarket within 6 minutes drive

Tintern Abbey is about 12 miles away: one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales (13th Century)

The beautiful Wye Valley with all its walks, and many excellent restaurants. Also the Brecon Beacons and Forest of Dean

Cardiff - the City, The Bay, the Millenium Stadium (about 40 minutes), or Hereford (under 1 hr)- the Cathedral, the Mappa Mundi, or Gloucester (under 1 hr) - the Cathedral, and Caeleon- with its Roman remains

Chepstow Racecourse: only 2 miles away: Home of the Welsh Grand National.

Golf right next door at St Pierre Golf club, Celtic Manor, Ryder Cup venue 2010 (15 minutes drive), or at beautiful Rolls of Monmouth (under 30 minutes). Other courses nearby.

Mathern

CHEPSTOW RACE COURSE only 6 minutes drive

Chepstow Racecourse hosts a mixture of 29 Jump and Flat race meetings. The variety of weekend, evening, Bank Holiday and midweek meetings mean that you can enjoy exciting racing action at a time that best suits you and with our popular themed meetings, there really is something for everyone.

http://www.chepstow-racecourse.co.uk/

SPECIAL RESTAURANT with MICHELIN STAR only 30 mins drive

The Crown at Whitebrook - The restaurant on the ground floor is at the heart of the establishment and is one of only two restaurants in the whole of Wales to boast a coveted Michelin Star thus making it a perfect haven for food lovers. http://www.crownatwhitebrook.co.uk/restaurant.html

GENERAL MARKET

Every Sunday Chepstow Racecourse General Market Open every Sunday 9 - 3pm, free parking.

NEWHALL FARM SHOP ONLY 3 MINUTES DRIVE

Open daily Newhall Farm Shop at Chepstow Garden Centre brings together local, national, and international foods of the highest quality. http://www.chepstowgardencentre.co.uk/newhall_farm_shop.htm

MATHERN MILL FISHERY is within a few hundred yards: open every day 8am - dusk

Costs: Adults £7: Under 16's £4 : OAP's £5

Guests have to bring their own equipment ie rods etc. Contact: 07801 513943, Permit: From Fishery

FABULOUS LOCAL WALKS

Great Barnets Wood, Mounton, Shirenewton A lovely walk - bluebells there sometime between Late april to mid May. http://www.walkingworld.com/results/walksummary.asp?method=thirdpartyid&wlkno=2952

Details of all local walks http://www.walkingworld.com/counties/Monmouthshire.asp

CAERLEON ROMAN FORTRESS

Caerleon was the site of one of Britain's three permanent Roman Legionary Fortresses and many believe it to be the location of King Arthur's Camelot. In 830 AD Nennius listed Cair Lion as one of Britain's 33 cities. Nowadays it's a thriving town where past and present combine to delight both visitors and residents.

http://www.caerleon.net/

SEVERN BORE

A curious phenomenon associated with the lower reaches of the Severn is the tidal phenomenon known as the Severn Bore . The river's estuary , part of the Bristol Channel , has the second largest tidal range in the world which is approximately 15 metres , exceeded only (couple of feet) by the Bay of Fundy in Canada - and at certain combinations of the tides, the rising water is funneled up the estuary into a wave that travels rapidly upstream against the river current.

The bore travels a distance of approximately 25 miles between Awre and Gloucester. Severn Bore enthusiasts even attempt to surf along on the bore wave, which can be 2 m high. Being the onset of the flood tide it is accompanied by a rapid rise in water level which continues for about one and a half hours after the Severn Bore has passed.

http://www.severn-bore.co.uk/2009.htm

U tube video of the Severn Bore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtUmLLlm7S0

MONMOUTHSHIRE

What's on in Monmouthshire Information about special events in Monmouthshire

http://www.festivalsinmonmouthshire.co.uk/events/index.html

BRISTOL

What's on in Bristol Information about special events in Bristol

http://www.whatsonbristol.co.uk/Default.aspx

What's on in Newport Information about special events in Newport

http://www.newport.gov.uk/_dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=whatson.month

CARDIFF

What's on in Cardiff Information about special events in Cardiff

http://www.visitcardiff.com/Whats-on-events-in-Cardiff.html

CHEPSTOW

Chepstow Riverside Walk A walk around Chepstow town and riverbank

http://www.aboutmyarea.co.uk/Gwent/Chepstow/NP16/CHEPSTOW/Chepstow-Riverside-Trail/121305-Chepstow-Riverside-Trail

Chepstow Town Website Information about Chepstow

http://www.visionwebsites.co.uk/Contents/Text/Index.asp?SiteId=137&SiteExtra=14722766&TopNavId=283&NavSideId=2706

Mathern Village Website Information about Mathern

http://www.welshicons.org.uk/html/mathern.php

WYE VALLEY

Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Website Information on things to do

http://www.wyevalleytourism.co.uk/thingstodo

Golf At St Pierre Golf Course, which is our next door neighbour

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2 Oct 2014

5/5

"A Wonderful Place To Stay"

This place has the wow factor in spades. Your own little private castle - warm and with everything you would need. Homely atmosphere and very well located for walks - we went to Tintern and separately… More

24 Aug 2014

5/5

"Relaxing Holday"

This was a wonderful building and very confortable accommodation.My wife and I have a very relaxing time and I would recommend this for anyone who has impared flexibiliy. This is due to the beam you h… More

14 Aug 2014

5/5

"Magical - uniquely historic and romantic hideaway"

The Welsh Gatehouse is an extraordinarily special place to stay - more than living up to the promise of its web-site. We stayed for a week and it was like stepping back in time into our own magical w… More

10 Aug 2014

5/5

"The most amazing place I've ever stayed in!"

I can not recommend the Welsh Gatehouse highly enough... The best part for us was the use of the beautiful garden; we vetoed going out for dinner and instead spent the evening having a BBQ drinking … More

6 Aug 2014

5/5

"Fabulous"

If you check my other reviews, you will see I am blessed with a partner who finds unforgettable and comfortable places to stay when we travel. Even by those high standards, the Gatehouse was a stand o… More

23 Jul 2014

5/5

"A unique experience in a romantic and historic setting."

Good self catering accommodation. Hosts had provided a welcome pack which was a nice touch. Well stocked kitchen equipment including a BBQ. Able to use a very pretty and private garden which was very … More

22 Jul 2014

5/5

"PERFECT HOLIDAY, QUIET and DELICIOUSLY COMFORTABLE"

The history in this place was everywhere...from the huge thick walls, and the castellated towers. Wonderful. And do find William Ayot's history that he has put into a white folder...some 20+ pa… More

5 Jul 2014

5/5

"Beautiful"

Fabulous and unusual holiday rental. Well fitted out, really appreciated the lovely welcome pack, bed comfy, nice walks straight from the door, views from the tower amazing - would love to go back… More

26 Jun 2014

5/5

"Lovely romantic Welsh getaway"

We had an *amazing* time at the Gatehouse. The photos just don't do it justice. Everything is so beautiful done, from the generous welcome basket to the view from the top of the tower. We loved e… More

16 May 2014

5/5

"Idyllic refuge"

If you want a refuge from the hustle and bustle of daily living then this is the place to stay. A place to while away the hours/days? We just returned from a 4 night stay and to say it was wonderfully… More

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