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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

A warmly romantic 19th century cottage above the banks of the River Usk and which offers Visit Wales officially graded five star comfort year round. Easy for both the Brecon Beacons and Forest of Dean as well as the glorious Wye Valley and the Vale of Usk. . Perfect for honeymoons, significant birthdays , there is amazing walking and golf locally too. We actually adjoin 2 golf courses and there are 18 more in a driving radius of approx one hour including the Ryder Cup Wales 2010 course which is 10 minutes away. The cottage is also great for sleeping, eating ( great local pub with brilliant food and many delicious restaurants including 1 with Michelin star within a few minutes drive ) ,walking and of course our famous border area Castles, Tintern Abbey and Hay on Wye.

Egyptian cotton bedlinens, towels and robes are included . We have comprehensive kitchen equipment 2 Satellite TVs, WiFi . Ipod dock, Woodburner and full central heating provided by a clean green air source heat pump.Loads of hot water! All rooms double glazed and have their own thermostatic heating valves for temerature control.

Mobile telephones are patchy in this rural area. Most work at the cottage but a few dont. Some people consider this an advantage! If you really need to be contactable all the time a landline telephone can be provided on on request.

We are on a riverbank walk, right on the Usk Valley Walk and fishing is easily arranged. We are rural but not remote , tranquil, yet easy to reach by motorway till the last few rural miles after the M4/M50/M5.

We have a fully fenced delightful cottage garden with old fashioned planting and scents, a suntrap terrace with table chairs and sun umbrella and a well behaved pet is welcome.

Because of our location and our facilities we are honoured that we are often chosen for honeymoons, anniversaries, birthday treats and other special events and we can offer numerous extras from Champagne to ballons. Please ask if we can make your day!

Visiting pamper therapies can call at the cottage by appointment.No need to lift a finger unless you want it painted! . Vanilla is proud to have been Runner up Best in Wales 2003 and 2007 and to hold a Green award. It is sister cottage to the larger 2010 Winner of the best Self Catering Place to Stay in the same ownership.( awards given every three years)

We offer Indulgent Short breaks or whole weeks and credit cards are accepted. Vanilla is one of three family owned and run holiday cottages in this our home area. Immaculate. Convenient. Vanilla. Come see!

Please note This cottage has steep quaint stairs which are impossible to gate. For this reason we accept tiny non mobile babies and then children who are safe with stairs and in a normal bed ( usually aged 3-4 upwards). We do not consider ourselves suitable for toddlers or for infirm adults. Please ask us about our other cottages which are more suited to infants.

Size Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Cardiff or Birmingham are nearest but we are very , Nearest railway: Abergavenny 9 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
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, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Downstairs small hallway into sitting room with leather seating, rug on hard floor, woodburner, Flatscreen satellite TV, garden views.

Fitted very well equipped kitchen with dining area.

Steep original twisting stairs ( ungated so unsuitable for wobbly adults or toddlers) to first floor.

Double bedroom with 5ft king bed, TV,DVD iPod dock radio safe,

Single bedroom clock radio

Bathroom. Fully tiled smart bathroom with shower over spa bath, contemporary washbasin, shaver socket, centrally heated towel rail, WC

Further details outdoors

Garden is both sides of house. Fenced for well behaved pets but not a compound . Has suntrap terrace with patio furniture which guests enjoy year round.Carefully planted country garden with lawns, many roses and lavender hedge. Frame for disposable BBQ and Giant chess kept in cottage. Rotary washing line. Outside tap with hose for washing off bikes and pets.

Further details

Maximum number of bodies ( adding peple and pets together )is 4 ie 3 humans and I pet or 2 humans 2 pets etc.

One tiny baby in arms not yet mobile accepted free of charge bring your own carry cot. Toddlers are not accepted until safe with steep stairs and a normal bed( usually aged around 3 to 4) . Older children are welcome. Our rental rates vary according to date but always include heating electricity, linen, and so on. Please feel free to askk. The only optional extras you are likely to buy are logs for the woodburner .

We provide welcome treats for your arrival. These vary and are typically hotel style cosmetics, a tea tray, fresh seasonal flowers and a bottle of wine- all with our compliments.

The Monmouthshire region

We are located in the Vale of Usk - between attractive Usk and the bustling market town of Abergavenny .The stunningly lovely Vale of Usk is a wondeful, gentle area of river valley and rolling rich farmland. It contains the historic small town of Usk with its interesting little shops and its many excellent pubs and eateries. Usk is beautifully kept and has a reputation for flowers . It is rightly described as a "floral" town. year after year it deservedly wins Wales in Bloom, Britain in Bloom. Even the fish and chip shop has dispays!

Summer and winter alike see events and festivals not to be missed.

Holiday makers based in the area are always amazed by how much there is to do within a short driving time.

Dont miss Abergavenny ( 10 minutes from Vanilla Cottage) with its international food festival , cinema,theatre and weekly markets. The town is gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park offering all the outdoor enthusisat could ever wish for. Walking, muntain biking, pony trekking, kayaking or just soaking up the beauty if mountains in all weathers and all seasons.

As a complete contrast you can go underground down a real Coal Mine at the Big Pit. Part of the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre its a fantastic museum with excellent interpretation or the tough, proud life of a Welsh Coal miner.

More of an inclination towards books? Hay on Wye the town of books will offer you dozens of amazing second hand book shops to tempt you. And come at the end of may for a workd class Literature Festival.

In the opposite direction ( 20 minutes from Vanilla Cottage) lies the sylvan Wye Valley and at its heart dreaming Tintern Abbey. Sacked by Henry VIIIs men its remains were immortalised by both Wordsworth and Turner.Not one to miss.

The Wye Valley and Offas Dyke is the border between England and Wales and into the Royal Forest of Dean you will find a plethora of family friendly attractions . Film lovers will want to see Puzzlewood so often the backdrop to movies from Dr Who to Merlin and Harry Potter! Walk a nature reserve or smell bluebells in spring. The forest is glorious.


The immediate area round Vanilla cottage makes it tempting not to go very far!

From our doorsstep you can walk into a nature reserve, stroll along the riverbank ( watch out for otters) and as you are on the Usk Valley Walk you can keep going for many miles!

Our local pub with very good food is about 2/3 mile along the same quiet lane. we are also walking distance of a Craft centre( Craft Renaissance) with a nice cafe, and a golf club ( Alice Springs )with a bar/restaurant open to visitors..

10-15 mins in your car will see you in Abergavenny, 5-10 mins in Usk and 15-20 in Tintern.

If you feel ike the delights of a major city try Cardiff ( train from Abergavenny or well under an hour by car depending on the time of day)

International sporting events from speedway to Rugby ( Fantastic Arms Park and Millennium grounds) , Cricket at the Glamorgan Ground. Cardiff City Premier league football, Ice hockey, or do you prefer the arts> Theatre, Opera, concerts, or watching the filming of Dr Who or Sherlock! - whats your selection?

Golf- 20 courses within an hours drive and under 20 mins to Celtic Manor and the Ryder Cup course.

Spoiled for choice

What are we not so good at? Public transport is not great near the cottage. You really are best to have a car even if you walk a lot once yu have gone somewhere. And we are a bit limited on nightclubs. Sorry.

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