Pen-y-Fedw Farmhouse

Monmouth, Monmouthshire
Self-catering


Urban shenanigans mean little here, so leave them behind for a down to earth, rustic experience in a magical cottage and garden

Bed

5 beds

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 6

The
Experience

Slope back to a less stressful way of life in this beautiful old cottage. Getting here is half the fun – off a minor road five miles from Monmouth, then a track, then a lane with grass in the middle (great for cleaning your car’s bottom) and a gate to open. Then… a house that’s straight out of a fairy tale: ferns on stone roofs, flagstone floors, ancient oak, art, interesting books, furniture that’s been in the family for decades, wood-burners to curl up by. The kitchen has an oven and two hobs (one run on bottled gas), big table and a dresser of pretty china. Up steep stairs find characterful bedrooms and bathrooms; children will love the attic rooms. The garden was created over 30 years and plants were chosen for colour, scent and wildlife: honeysuckle, roses and jasmine clamber up old walls, there’s a pond edged with gunnera, fig and fruit trees, cottagey borders with irises, peonies, knautia, masses of geraniums;  pick berries for your breakfast, eat at a slate table by espaliered pears with glorious views over hills, ponder on the bench in a tiny walled garden, spot swooping bats and swallows, buzzards… and the amazing stars. The barn has indoor games; bring wellies, let children run wild – and don’t forget to stroke the resident cats.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Flexible
Check out
Flexible
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights, 7 nights in high season.
Closed
November - March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Meals
Pub 3 miles. Restaurants 7 miles.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £92
Weekly price
from £650
Damage deposit
££250
Surcharges
Short breaks available: £400 to £450.
1 Cottage for 6
From £925 beds3 bedrooms

Reviews

Coming to stay here is like stepping out of modern life and into another beautiful place and time. Filled with historic detail and lovely country antiques the house is a very relaxed place to spend time. There are great views from the pretty, sunny garden, and our children loved picking fruit and playing with the cats. We enjoyed trips to several local castles - also great for kids. Monmouth is a lively local town with good shops for nice food, and a market on Saturdays. If it rains (this is possible in Wales!) there was plenty of space for everyone to spread out and relax inside.

Anna, Berkhamsted hertfordshire

A little paradise: silence, flowers, fruit trees, views of the Welsh hills. The 16th Century farmhouse has been lovingly restored by two generations of architect-owners. Every day we had breakfast at the long table in the garden, overlooking the hills, in the distance a farmer mowing the grass, in the pasture next to the walled garden cows mooing. We enjoyed the peaceful rest and had time to really be together. Our children enjoyed themselves on the trampoline, played hide and seek in garden and barn. Every detail of Pen-y-fedw breathes respect for its place and history. It is very special.

Lidewij, Amsterdam

We had a wonderful time in this beautiful old house filled with memories. We loved the house, the garden and the environment and Jo is just lovely!! The children loved running around, staying outside all day and hicking in the area. I can really recommand this place and i hope to come back here one day. !

Sabine, Amsterdam

With friends and kids we had a wonderful week at Pen-y-Fedw farmhouse. It's location is not far from the main road to Monmouth, but the feeling is one of being in a privileged oasis. The centuries-old farmhouse has a cosy atmosphere and the retrofitted barn is a great playing space for kids. The most wonderful asset however is the pretty gardens around the house. In the warm week we were in Pen-y-Fedw we ate outside, the kids were playing around endlessly and I wrote inspired chapters for my novel. We had lovely hiking walks. When we left, it felt like leaving paradise. Absolutely recommended!

Andy, Delft

Twice we had the privilege of spending some summer time in Pen-y-Fedw, and thinking about our time there brings back some very good memories. Once in and around the house, one is far away from the daily hustle and bustle. Having lunch in the garden, enjoying the beautiful surroundings, spending evenings reading around the fireplace, the cats on our laps. Bathrooms and kitchen are well equipped. And leaving the house every now and then: beautiful landscapes and places of interest plenty. Ok, one small thing: since we're two tall Dutchies, we have to mind our heads in this lovely old farmhouse..

Wilco, Amsterdam

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jo Edwards

  • Walks: Pretty walks from the front door. Offa's Dyke path passes just a few hundred meters away.
  • More Walks: Lovely hill climbs over Skirrid, Sugar Loaf, The Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. We also love to walk from Monmouth beside the River Wye to Symonds Yat (great cream teas) and back.
  • Architecture & History: Pretty market towns of Monmouth, Abergavenny and Usk. Raglan Castle, Whitecastle, Skenfrith, Goodrich and Chepstow Castles. Big Pit Mining Museum. Clearwell Caves in the Forest of Dean.
  • Culture: The Savoy cinema and theatre in Monmouth. Baker Street cinema in Abergavenny. Beechenhurst sculpture trail in the Forest of Dean.
  • Eating out: The famous Walnut Tree is nearby, as is the v good Bell at Skenfrith. Sports: You can hire canoes at Simonds Yat. You can hire bikes in the Forest of Dean.
  • Lazing: We often just laze in the garden – dozing in the hammock while the kids play on the trampoline. Depending on the season, you can help yourselves to strawberries, cherries, plums, pears, apples, raspberries, red currents and mulberries.