Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Sleeps 4, 2 bedrooms. Cwm Cayo Mill Cottage is a traditionally restored and totally unique Tudor mill cottage, part of the Usk Castle estate. The cottage is situated at the end of a secret valley only a mile from the town of Usk; it is reached along a private lane and sits on the banks of a small tributary of The River Usk. The cottage and adjoining farmhouse is set in over a hundred acres of mixed woodland with miles of uninterrupted walking and its own woodland garden, over a wooden bridge on the other side of the brook. The cottage manages to combine the ancient and the modern very successfully with a new kitchen and excellent central heating yet retaining all the character of a 17th century riverside mill cottage.
The kitchen has an electric hob and oven, a fridge and a freezer, dishwasher and microwave. There is a downstairs utility room/tack room (for visitors who may wish to bring horses to take advantage of the excellent riding).
The sitting room is open to the sloping ceiling and has a glass balustraded open galley has double sofa bed if needed. In the sittingroom there is a lovely large very efficient woodburning stove, cream leather sofa and chairs and a TV with Freesat and DVD.
The front door to the cottage is through the conservatory which overlooks the Cayo Brook - with views right down the brook and up into the woods. This is where the dining table is - lovely to sit there in the evening watching the wild life on the river and the water tumbling down the little waterfalls.
Bedroom 1: Twin Beds that can also be converted to a double zip and link bed.
The downstairs bathroom is "the piece de resistance" with an ORIGINAL RED TELEPHONE BOX CONVERTED PROFESSIONALLY TO A WALK-IN SHOWER UNIT. There is also a loo with a matching red seat! A handbasin and a lovely claw foot bath.
This bathroom is so original it makes you want to laugh and then have a shower!!!
Up an ancient curved staircase well with handmade steps to the balcony that overlooks the sitting room, with a large cartwheel featured lamp.
Bedroom 2: The Master bedroom with a double bed, that can be converted to a twin and a handbasin and toilet.
Bedlinen and towels provided. Electricity and oil underfloor heating is inclusive. Cot & Highchair availableWell behaved pets welcome on leads. No mobile phone reception. Ample parking.Supermarkets that deliver here are Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Waitrose.
This is a great place to come on holiday and bring your horse. The woods are lovely to ride through at any time of the year with 100 acres of tracks and paths on varied terrain, with all kinds of natural obstacles. There is a meadow by the farmhouse and use of a farm building. Drying room and storage for tack. Local livery yards have arenas to hire, there is also an indoor riding school and tuition locally. There is the British Horse Society (The Three Rivers Ride) in the Black Mountains.
Visit the farm animals
Cwm Cayo Farm is traditionally a mixed farm with almost 500 acres of mixed pasture and woodland, with cattle and sheep where visitors are able to see seasonal activities like lambing, haymaking and shearing.
Many places and activities to visit
Many places and activities of interest to visitors are easily accessible from Usk - in 45 minutes you can, going east: visit the Forest of Dean (cycling, walking, Go Ape), going west: reach the Brecon Beacons, going north: drive to Hereford (Mappa Mundi), and going south get to Bristol (theatre, etc). Trains to Newport or Abergavenny, buses less frequently from Newport and Monmouth.
The cottage is delightful with all the timber used in the restoration being home grown and harvested from the Usk Castle Estate grounds, there is a long window seat in the conservatory of Pacific Redwood, gallery using Yew, beams of Douglas, doors of Chestnut and windows of Oak.
The scenic and ancient small town of Usk has ten pubs and several excellent places to eat; This is a great cottage for a weekend as it is only 20 minutes from The Severn Bridge.
Learn more about Crickhowell, Abergavenny and Brecon here.
Make your booking for Cwm Cayo Mill by clicking here or, alternatively you can book by calling our office on 01874 676446.
If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth & Lucy
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
The South Wales region
Brecon is centrally positioned in the National Park and is a very popular base for walkers, mountain bikers and those who just enjoy being within the beautiful surrounding countryside with breathtaking views. The cathedral town boasts two museums - The Welsh Borderer's Museum and the Brecon Cathedral along with a shop and cafe. The bustling town centre is quaint with many individual shops and cafes. There is an annual world renowned Jazz Festival held in the town during August.
Crickhowell is a small, pretty and sheltered Georgian market town set between the lower slopes of Table Mountain and the backdrop of Llangattock Mountain with its great limestone crags. The River Usk, renowned for the good trout and salmon fishing, flows past spanned by an interesting buttressed bridge with twelve arches facing downstream and thirteen arches facing upstream. There are many excellent walks in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons and horse riding, fishing, and canoeing can all be arranged locally.
Abergavenny is a bustling market town with a large covered outdoor market and a busy cattle market; there are ample local producers, craft and antique markets and every September the famous Abergavenny Food Festival brings together a wealth of local food producers, celebrity chefs and an enthusiastic food loving audience. This area remains a favourite base for walkers, cyclists, para-gliders, fishermen and canal enthusiasts, and there are many outdoor activity providers.
Hay-on-Wye is a popular market town on the River Wye, sitting on the border between England and Wales, at the foot of The Black Mountains. Overlooked by the fascinating 11thc. Castle, the town has a wealth of interesting old buildings and the "largest second-hand bookshop in the world" in the old cinema- one of the 30 major antiquarian bookshops, each with their own speciality. Hay-on-Wye hosts the world famous Literary Festival.
Builth Wells in the Mid Wales countryside is varied with magnificent great reservoirs using the natural shape of the landscape - now established over many years and a natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife and flora. There are great expanses of open countryside where the Red Kite (which can be viewed at close proximity in several Red Kite Centres), buzzard, kestrel and sparrow hawks wheel and hover overhead.
The Upper Swansea Valley is an ideal location for those wishing to explore this area known as 'Waterfall Country',
Monmouth takes its name from the mouth of the Monnow River, which flows into the River Wye just South of the town. Monmouth is a bustling market town with many shops and supermarkets. The pubs and restaurants provide good food. All types of outdoor activities are available, there is excellent fishing on the River Monnow and the River Wye; golf is nearby at the Rolls of Monmouth; Hot Air Ballooning at nearby Raglan and pony trekking in the area; excellent walking in the Wye Valley and the Royal Forest of Dean, exploring the Welsh Borders and Offa's Dyke Path
On the western side of the Brecon Beacons lie the old market towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery. Both are charming market towns with excellent local shops and information centres, guiding people to the numerous local places of interest such as Carreg Cennen Castle.
It takes its name from the mouth of the Monnow River, which flows into the River Wye just South of the town. Recent excavations of Roman remains bear witness to the fact that Monmouth was an important settlement long before the Norman's fortified it with the Castle, town walls and five gate houses.