Graig Ddu - The Cottage in the Forest

Llanthony, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
+44 (0)1600 780122

A lost world as delightfully simple and untroubled as its surroundings, great for walkers and those in search of peaceful solitude


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

If you go down to the woods today you’ll probably be the only person there – and that’s what’s so great about this little cottage: the feeling that the rest of the world has evaporated. Once friendly owner Wilma has met you and shown you around, you may well not see another human being during your stay.

This two up, two down suits couples who want a break from the hurly burly. There are soothing forest views from the bath and the south-facing garden laps up the summer sun – if you sat out here in the buff no-one would ever see you.

Enjoy the birdsong by day and silence by night, indulge your inner recluse – read, write, retreat. Stock up on food, light the wood-burner, turn off your phones, hide the car keys and relax.

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We think you'll love

  • The total and utter privacy
  • The ease of access to the outside world if you want it
  • The welcome basket of breakfast essentials to start you off
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You should know

  • If it snows, you may well get stuck here
  • This is simple and restrained living, not uber-luxury
  • The stairs are steep if you’re infirm or wobbly


  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs/restaurants 8 miles.


Nightly price
from £125
Weekly price
from £700
Damage deposit
There is no damage deposit taken but there is an additional cost of £20 per well-behaved pooch - max 2.
Double day bed available. Dogs £20.
1 Cottage for 2
From £1251 bed1 bedroom


Being here is like being in your very own enchanted forest. Wildness horses, starry night skies, red marbled sunsets, climbing hillocks and dazzling views from the summit... once in the cottage the stillness and peace is hypnotic... I played the piano, drank tea, cooked scrumptious meals and sat by the log fire reading and reflecting. Laughed and giggled with my partner (who is there for two night which makes me incredibly jealous as would love to have stayed longer). I am definitely returning to Wilma’s delightful photographs, comforting furnishings and charming cottage escape. The best!

Ishani, London

Greeted by a wild pony stood on the top ledge as we parked up.. the cottage was a perfect warm, snug heavenly place to stay & feel human again, we really appreciated the guitar & piano- what a great sound!. Beautiful garden and open sky for stargazing... with a telescope in the lounge for when it rains. Perfect, all round. ThankyouWilma! x

Peta, Bristol

Graig Ddu is a very cosy and well equipped traditional style cottage in the perfect location for a quiet secluded break away from everyday life. Positioned within the forest on the side of the valley, you can enjoy forest walks straight from the door, with Abergavenny the nearest town and the Brecon Beacons only a short drive away.

Nick, Fordingbridge

We had such an awesome stay at Graig Ddu. It is just as Wilma says - it is such a quiet, calm, mindful and beautiful setting. you can walk from the cottage or drive to some really local sites. We walked up Sugar Loaf, Table mountain, Big Pit, Pen y Fan and Skirrid all over 5 days. The cottage has everything and the special bath oils were just perfect for helping to relax at the ned of the day! Glorious holiday and we will be back. Our labrador loved the holiday too. Thank you!

Julia, London

Exactly as described - the lovely little cottage is in the middle of nowhere off the beaten track. There’s a foot path running at bottom of the garden which we saw a couple of walkers on. No mobile signal or internet so a true escape from work and the world. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking. The bathroom has a lovely touch of Epsom salts and aromatherapy oils including instructions on how to maximise the benefit of using them. We were able to walk to the Priory ( pub) cross country. Good base for walking.

Samantha, Berkhamsted

We enjoyed a lovely stay at the cottage - it is so peaceful, surrounded by trees and beautifully clear night skies. We even had a sheep and two lamb outside the cottage each morning! It is a great base for the Beacons Way and Offa's Dyke trails. The cottage is a great size and well equipped, and we enjoyed some amazingly deep sleeps in the comfy bed!

Aleyna, Woking

A lovely comfortable cottage away from it all surrounded by the quiet of the forest. Great walks from the doorstep and easy access to Offa’s Dyke and the Brecon Beacons. Beautiful dark skies. Bring bird food for the feeders in the garden. The cottage is warm with a Rayburn and wood burning stove. The kitchen is well equipped with some coffee, wine, milk and pastries provided as a welcome by the owner. Main shopping opportunities are in Abergavenny 10 miles away with some pub meals available a mile away in Llanthony including at the remains of the 12C priory. Pure escapism

Pamela, Oxford

This is a beautiful place with a very nice owner who made sure that our stay was as good as it could be. This wasn't our first visit, and won't be our last. Reluctant to recommend it because it feels too special..!

Charlie, London

We have been coming to Graig Ddu with our two dogs regularly since 2012 and absolutely love it here. The tranquility and beauty of the setting are a perfect retreat from the busy-ness of our everyday lives and the cottage itself is extremely cosy and comfy. We are looking forward to our next stay already!

Stewart, Wells

What a magical place! Deep in the woods and halfway up a mountain, this little cottage really takes you away from city life. I turned my phone off (there was no signal anyway!) and read next to the wood burner, my two dogs snuggled up on their dog beds next to me. It really was a wonderful escape and I felt refreshed and relaxed. I will certainly be back in the Springtime!

Damaris, Bristol

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The neighbourhood

You’re hidden in the wide Llanthony Valley, and the nearest signs of life are the ruins of Llanthony Priory a short stroll away and the local pub just beyond. Offa’s Dyke beckons from the top of the valley, but there are enough walks from your front door to keep serious walkers busy. 30 minutes’ drive gets you to the Brecon Beacons where gliding, horse riding, canoeing and caving await – if you just want supplies, Hay and Abergavenny are 15 minutes away.

Local points of interest from Wilma Allan

  • Graig Ddu is perfect for walking holidays in Wales. Explore the forests around the cottage or try the plethora of fantastic walks and world class bicycle trails from your door.
  • There is no television or wifi at the cottage. There is a landline for essential calls. There is a pretty cottage garden to relax in, colouring books, puzzles, a piano and guitar if you feel like jam session and an eclectic mix of books to read.
  • The Llanthony valley has lots to offer, start with the Cistercian Abbey in the heart of the village and the pub in crypt. Check out the crooked church at Cwmyoy or wend your way to Hay on Wye over the stunning Gospel Pass.
  • You are spoilt for choice with some of Wales’ best restaurants within easy reach. With the Michelin starred Walnut Tree and The Hardwick Restaurant just outside Abergavenny, and the Foxhunter at Nantyderry for a hearty Sunday lunch
  • Abergavenny with its growing number of great restaurants is only 20 mins by car and is the nearest town. It has an independent cinema, large Waitrose for supplies and the excellent Abergavenny Food Festival each September.
  • The Welsh Borders have Norman Castles almost littered around! From the local Longtown Castle, to the grander, large and relatively complete Raglan Castle, well managed White Castle, beautiful Skenfrith (make sure you pop into The Bell at Skenfrith too).


Wilma Allan

Wilma loves her cosy little cottage – she lived here for four years without electricity and got all her water from a spring! Now she’s updated things a bit so that guests can enjoy this special place too, but she’s only 25 minutes away should you need her. She’s happy to advise on the best walking routes from the cottage and anything else you need to know about the local area.