Usk, Monmouthshire
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)7892 403103

A Renaissance farmhouse in a secret Welsh valley with a stunning garden. sleep under soaring beams, enjoy peace and warm hospitality


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

The Experience

It’s a rare treat to stay in this beautiful medieval farmhouse hidden down a narrow lane. Built between 1420 and 1599, Allt-y-bela is now perfectly presented for the 21st century. You’ll find conviviality and warmth, ancient beams, period furniture and an enormous log fire.

Wander through the magical garden created by the owner, Chelsea Gold Medal winner Arne Maynard. Find formal topiary, dramatic earth sculpture and gentle native planting, which allows the garden to melt into the landscape with no boundaries at all. Summer brings wild orchids to the fields around the house and innumerable other rare and beautiful wildflowers.

Breakfast on homemade apple juice, bread and jams and bacon from down the road. You can stay here all day or walk and explore this beautiful and secret valley with its streams, coppiced woods, pastures and drove-ways.

Allt-y-bela - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • All the beauty inside the house and out in the garden
  • Walking in the lush countryside around you
  • Reading a book quietly by the big log fire
Allt-y-bela - Gallery

You should know

  • No showers, just rolltop baths
  • The interesting owners aren't always there - but housekeeper Pat is lovely


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Farmhouse supper £30. Pubs/restaurants 3 miles.


Nightly price
from £200
Stays of 2 nights or more: 1st night £200, subsequent nights £150.
2 Doubles
From £200



This place is simply stunning – incredible interiors (William and Arne have impeccable taste), friendly hosts and a gorgeous setting. I wanted to move in immediately – this is truly a special place to stay.

Zoe, Sawday's inspector

Spectacular house in a truly magical setting beautifully complemented by the wonderful gardens and grounds. What dreams are made of. Had a fabulous time and Pat was the perfect host.

Graham, Braughing

We have spent three magical days at Allt-y-Bela, while exploring Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. Arne and William have impeccable taste and the house is very stylish yet super comfortable. Our room was spacious and we loved having a fire on every night. Pat made us feel really welcome and was very knowledgeable about the area, she has great tips on what to visit and where to eat. Her breakfast is the best way to start the day. Thank you, we had a fabulous stay.

Tony and Alex, Lyme Regis and London

A magical place to stay. Beautiful accommodation and garden, delicious breakfast and a warm welcome from the hosts and their pets. Perfect location to stay for visiting some amazing gardens, castles and historic towns.

Rachel, Norwich

Allt y Bela is a charming medieval farmhouse surrounded by beautiful gardens and babbling brooks set in a peaceful, secluded valley. This exquisite residence is one of a kind with original, time-worn flagstones throughout, chunky ceiling beams, period furnishings, tasteful artwork and a warm welcome. The two bedrooms are vast, with ancient beams and soaring vaulted ceilings; one with a huge fireplace. Both enjoy dual aspect, deep set windows looking onto gentle undulating hills. They are tastefully appointed and have lovely en suite bathrooms. Fabulous farmhouse breakfasts and a warm welcome.

Kristina, London

A stunning property set in it's own valley, surrounded by beautifully laid out gardens. There is a true sense of place at Alt y bela. We were welcomed by the hosts to a warm and cherished home. Love to return.

Lizanne, Selby

This place is superb - a wonderful, inspiring garden structured with box, beech & hazel - with crab apple blossom & white tulips flowering when we visited - & a vegetable garden beautifully planted & cared for with fennel, broad beans, peas growing up hazel branches, fruit bushes & trees, lettuces,parsley... The house complements the garden - purple wisteria on orange walls made me think of the Mediterranean; inside there are old beams, old rugs, mostly white walls, flowers, tasty breakfasts, tea hamper, sherry. A great place for lovers of gardens, old buildings & good design!


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The neighbourhood

It's all about being in the countryside here and the feel is remote. Superb walking starts from the garden along footpaths that criss-cross the gentle Monmouthshire countryside - there's a good one which is a three-hour round trip with lovely views. Usk is three miles and there is fishing on the river. Good restaurants and pubs are a short drive as are Hay-on-Wye and the Brecon Beacons.

Local points of interest from William Collinson

  • Fantastic fishing nearby on the river Usk. Contact Sweets on 14 Porthycarne Street Usk 01291 672552
  • Wonderful walking from the front door in completely unspoiled countryside with year round wildlife interest and amazing wild flowers in season, especially the orchids in May and June.
  • Usk Farmers Market every second Saturday - one of the best in Wales - Monmouth on the other Saturdays
  • Great restaurants nearby, especially the Walnut Tree, the Foxhunter and the Hardwick
  • Pubs with great food and within 10 minutes drive include the Greyhound, the Nags Head, the Black Bear and the White Hart
  • Total privacy in an almost secret valley, invisible to the outside world and completely sheltered, where you are nearly certain never to see another soul and the only sounds are running water, birdsong and the breeze high up in the trees


William Collinson

If William and Arne aren't off on their travels, you'll enjoy their ease and company and generosity (and probably a dog or two wandering about). At other times you're beautifully looked after by Pat the housekeeper. With a bit of notice she'll give you pretty much anything you want for breakfast.