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 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.

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


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
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 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

The South Wales 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.


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.

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.

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

Open daily Newhall Farm Shop at Chepstow Garden Centre brings together local, national, and international foods of the highest quality.

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

Great Barnets Wood, Mounton, Shirenewton A lovely walk - bluebells there sometime between Late april to mid May.
Details of all local walks

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

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