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.
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|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 shower room|
|Check in time:||02:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|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|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, 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|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
U tube video of the Severn Bore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtUmLLlm7S0
What's on in Monmouthshire Information about special events in Monmouthshire
What's on in Bristol Information about special events in Bristol
What's on in Newport Information about special events in Newport
What's on in Cardiff Information about special events in Cardiff
Chepstow Riverside Walk A walk around Chepstow town and riverbank
Chepstow Town Website Information about Chepstow
Mathern Village Website Information about Mathern
Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Website Information on things to do
Golf At St Pierre Golf Course, which is our next door neighbour