The Coach House Retreat

Penyclawdd, Monmouthshire
+44 (0)1600 740785
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An entirely peaceful place for a restorative escape, run by thoughtful and generous owners with a passion for your well-being


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 2

Children welcome

The Experience

Wind through quiet lanes with bucolic views to arrive in the tiny village and this beautifully converted coach house. The open-plan living space is light, bright and warm with pretty vases of flowers from the kitchen garden and plenty of interesting books to read – it’s a lovely space from which to plan your next outing or snuggle down in when the weather isn’t playing.

Cooks will be happy in the kitchen with all the basics for cooking plus a hugely bountiful hamper of fresh organic produce for breakfasts, artisan bread, butter and milk (with vegan alternatives) and even a juicing machine. If you give Olivia a bit of notice she’ll even stock the fridge up for you.

Walks or cycles from the door are along quiet, leafy lanes with high hedges and wild woods with plenty of bird life to spot. Tougher hikes can be had in the Black Mountains just 20 minutes away. Ask Olivia about tailor-made individual or group yoga or mindfulness lessons – your open-plan space doubles as a studio.

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We think you'll love

  • Resting in such a calm environment
  • Booking a yoga lesson, a meditation or a massage with Olivia
  • Discovering the wonderful welcome hamper
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You should know

  • Bedrooms are not huge


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs 10-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £220
Weekly price
from £1540
Damage deposit
Singles £140 per night. £230 per night for groups of three, £250 per night for four.
1 House for 2
From £2202 beds2 bedrooms


We just loved every aspect of our stay: the historic building, stylish interior, incredibly comfy bed and bed linen, powerful shower, and lovely toiletries. The breakfast hamper was delicious especially the 2 breads-and that amazing tranquil view from our garden was fabulous, watching the sun go down each night and the house martins swirling around. A real antidote to all those months of lockdown! We enjoyed our days out in the beautiful countryside very much and especially the amazing Grendon Court garden that you so kindly arranged for us to see.

Helen & Peter

We had the most wonderful stay here. The cottage is so charming and beautifully done - and it was completely spotless which was particularly good given that this was our first time away from home since the coronavirus pandemic began. We felt totally at ease as soon as we arrived. We had a wonderful time going on scenic walks in the local area, as well as visiting Monmouth, Abergavenny and Raglan. We loved eating in the garden or at the big dining table - and had a wonderful meal out too, at the Walnut Tree which is nearby and was wonderful. Olivia is an excellent host. It was perfect.

Alice-Azania, London

Thank you for a lovely stay. The Coach House is very stylish and thoughtfully and spoilingly stocked! It's an idyllic spot and I loved the walk from the house I had on my first day. My day started in sunshine and finished with a rainbow.

George, Surrey

When we decided to go on retreat, we wanted somewhere that would relax our bodies and let our minds recuperate from the demands of daily life. The Coach House fits this description even better than we could have anticipated. We cannot thank you enough for the amazing Yoga and Mindfulness lessons and for providing such a lovely space and delicious food, to allow us to slow down and be restored. Lucy Thurner's healing hands were a wonderful bonus!

Jon, Wiltshire

The perfect getaway for two best friends, looking to totally relax and look after themselves. A beautiful space, homely and stylish. Olivia's yoga session was amazing - highly recommend, adapted to my pregnancy so carefully. Jo Song gave a fabulous massage. Thank you! Will be back!

Natalie, Sandhurst

Thank you so much! Such peace and quiet in a beautiful cottage. You make everything so welcoming and warm. Very quickly it felt like home, especially with those brilliant, comfy, supportive beds. This is unusual in places we have previously stayed in.

Andrew, London

Thank you so much for a gorgeous solo retreat at The Coach House. From the point of booking, you went out of your way to accommodate me at short notice. I knew it was going to be a personal experience. Learning about Yin Yoga and walking in the woodlands was a gorgeous way to take time out from my busy life and appreciate the present. The Coach House itself is so cosy and tastefully decorated. I hope to visit again very soon.

Sian, London

Thank you for a wonderful getaway from our busy lives. Yoga every morning set us up for the day. Forest Bathing was enjoyed by all of us, including a teenager! Superb accommodation, yoga tuition and overall experience. A perfect escape.Thank you Olivia

Claire, Cardiff

Perfect place to rest, relax and treat your soul - I'd love to arrange a yoga class or try forest bathing. The breakfast hamper sounds delicious - the perfect way to start a spoiling day. Olivia and John are thoughtful hosts; they can help organise your trip so you can unwind as much as possible.

Zoe, Sawday's inspector

I went away for a few days, on my own for some peace and quiet, and for some yoga and meditation.I found this and more in this beautiful place. The Yoga and meditation lessons with Olivia were lovely and she taught me a lot. I also loved the walks, the Coach House itself and my trip to Abergavenny

Carina, Amsterdam

I arrived at The Coach House for a solo writing retreat, very much in need of some time out and creative inspiration. I couldn't have chosen a more perfect spot! The attention to detail in the design and finishings of The Coach House was much appreciated. A wonderful bed and the breakfast hamper was magnificent!

Kate, Cheltenham

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The neighbourhood

On the beautiful Welsh border, the little village lies midway between Monmouth and Raglan. Abergavenny (15-minutes) has a famous food festival in September and the Hay literary festival is in late spring. Monmouthshire bristles with historic castles and lush gardens - there is also ample opportunity for swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding on the Wye.

Local points of interest from Olivia Clarke

  • In a world of busyness, The Coach House Retreat offers an opportunity to slow down and have some valuable, restorative, wellbeing time.
  • The Coach House Retreat is situated between The Black Mountains National Park and The Wye Valley - an outdoor paradise for those who love walking, cycling, wild swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and horse riding.
  • Monmouthshire is an incredibly friendly border county, with a great mix of people. It has more castles than any county in the whole of the UK. Raglan Castle is a five minute drive from The Coach House Retreat.
  • The annual Abergavenny Food Festival attracts food lovers from all around the country. The dates for this coming Festival are 21st-22nd September.
  • Olivia is a garden lover and passionate walker. She can point you in the direction of some of her favourite gardens and local walks. She can also book a professional mountain guide if you would like one.
  • Trail Riding is available in the Wye Valley and Olivia can recommend a great local riding teacher if you want to include riding lessons as part of your holiday.


Olivia Clarke

Olivia, who has lived in Wales her whole life, is a natural people-lover who also teaches yoga and mindfulness. She knows this area like the back of her hand and can advise on great places to eat too. She and her husband John – ex-photographer and director – live in the vicarage opposite and are always on hand if you need them. They love helping visitors make the most of their stay in this special county.