You’ll feel calm here, high up on one side of the Wye Valley, with the river winding its way through an ancient tree line below you. However bad-tempered the weather, it’s uplifting to sit by the large windows in the open-plan sitting room, wood-burner warming you, views straight across the valley.
A bunk room on the ground floor has a bookcase stuffed with books; up open wooden stairs is a neat, beamed double, warmed by the wood-burner flue, and overlooking the grand view – you’re facing east so sunrises will be lovely. Outside the front door you’ll find a little private patio with table and chairs for sunny meals and big views. Seren, next door, is a sweet retreat for two which you can also take if you need more space.
Hugh and Catherine live over the road and leave you logs, bottles of local beer, homemade biscuits and honey bee soap made in Usk. Hugh’s a keen mountain cyclist and will happily chat about routes, walks are straight from the door, you can canoe and fish, or take yourselves off to the local Michelin-starred pub.