Welsh Gatehouse

Chepstow, Monmouthshire
+44 (0)1291 638806
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Stunning. A listed gatehouse with stone spiral staircase leading to romantic space, oak floors and far-reaching views across the Wye valley


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

Your chance to stay in a Grade II*-listed gatehouse built by Sir Bogo de Knovil, hunting buddy of Edward I. Enter to find a steep spiral stone stair with a grab rail and rope, and a lofty, galleried living space on the first floor… then up to a dressing room above, and up again to the roof of the tower, from which views stretch to the Wye Valley and unroll to the Severn. Below: the lovely Tudor manor house, which stands at the far end of a walled lawned garden that’s yours to share. The Gate House, an exceptional 700-year-old structure, is a hugely attractive space of white walls, oak floors and stone encased windows, a romantic escape with a sense of history in the air. Bliss to imagine yourself on a dark night snuggled on the sofa by the wood-burning fire, warm and cosy behind thick curtains and thick walls. The bed lies ethereally up in the eaves; the living area (fresh modern kitchen, sparkling wet room, and sitting space) is below. You are ten minutes from the M48, yet you can set off on field-walks from the door. Fancy a night out? There’s a pub in the village.


  • 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

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Short breaks available.


Nightly price
from £130
Weekly price
from £910
Short breaks available from £199 (low season) & from £240 (high season) for one-night stays. Reduced rates for longer stays.
1 House for 2
From £1301 bedroom


This is truly a unique building. It's close to Chepstow, but not too close (less than 10 minutes to supermarket and restaurants). The pub is less than 10 minutes walk, and we had fab pub grub there (Millers Arms in Mathern). We loved making the fire. It's quiet, and comfortable. You walk through the little door and feel like you are a million miles away from home. We will be back. It took less than 2 hours from Chiswick (junction 1 of M4 motorway). You feel like a million miles away from everywhere. We had a great time, and even got to sit in the gorgeous walled garden. Loved it.

Lucy, London

We were close to Bristol and yet it felt like another world. The perfect place to hole up, enjoy the fire,whilst taking in the stunning views ( both from the main room and up the stairs from your own tower! We had G and T up there and watched the sun settting. Amazing.) We loved every minute. This was our second trip as we were so impressed the first time last summer. Really cosy and the owners have thought of everything - the welcome pack was really appreciated too! Didn’t want to leave and will be back as soon as possible.

Lottie, Bristol

Indulge yourself in this unique piece of history. Access was through an ancient wooden door and up a spiral staircase. It was magical. The true wonder was the accommodation itself. We wish we'd started for more than one night. Sitting in front of the roaring log burner in a 13th century tower is really special, as is the view from the roof top. Highly recommended! Totally fantastic. We'll be back.

Susan and George, Edinburgh

The Gatehouse is exquisite. Loved it. Amazing property. It was runner up in the Sawdays Favourite British Self Catering Place - I can see why. Comfortable and modern whilst steeped in history. I didn't know that a place like this existed for just 2 people - it's like staying in a castle - the walls are sooooo thick. Astonishing. Just amazing to think of the other people who have stayed here since 1270!! The bed was very comfortable, it was really warm and cosy in December, in front of the log burning stove, and it was quiet and peaceful - yet less than 2 hours drive from West London.

peter, London

The Welsh gatehouse is worth every step of its spiral staircase! In addition to the age and history of the building, it's a charming accommodation. I loved this place!

Mary, Minnesota

The gatehouse is a magical place to stay. The medieval tower is enchanting and has been converted beautifully so that it as lovely inside as outside. Juliet's thoughtful touches were a lovely surprise and made us feel very welcome! We enjoyed reading William's history of the house and environs which really made the area come alive - there are plenty of great walks around and the gatehouse is stocked with maps and information to help you find your way around. Can't wait to stay here again!

Stuart, Westbury

The whole experience was breathtaking. It really is like staying in an ancient castle, yet with all the mod cons. The walls are 3 foot thick, I have never stayed anywhere like it. It is extraordinarily peaceful and quiet. We were as warm as toast and enjoyed the wood burning stove. Juliet had thought of everything, so there was tea, coffee, milk for us, a lovely welcome basket with welsh cakes, bread, butter, jam and a bottle of wine to start us off. There were even dressing gowns for us to snuggle up in during the evenings. Brilliant. Highly recommended.

Jennifer and Peter, Chiswick

What a wonderful stay we had at The Gatehouse. It thoroughly deserved to be in your list of special places to stay...it truly was special. The walls were 3 foot thick in places, it oozed history...and everything we could have wanted was there. Superbly comfortable, genuinely historic and yet modern inside. Perfect. We cannot recommend this place highly enough. The owners have really given their attention to every little detail, and we were delighted. A wonderful welcome basket greeted us. It was very quiet and peaceful. The log fire roared away...and ...well, it was just magical. Thank you.


The best place we have ever stayed. Fantastic. Beautiful. Quiet, even though it is near the motorway, it was incredibly quiet. The bed was really comfortable. The place was amazingly historic. Lovely welcome basket. FABULOUS. Thoroughly recommend it.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Juliet Grayson & William Ayot

  • Book Directly: Check availability and book, click through to our OWN websiteFood: Local pub serving pub grub is within easy walking distance (The Millers Arms). The Crown at Whitebrook (30 mins drive) or The Walnut Tree at Abergavenny
  • Walk: from our door across fields; or in Wentwood -the largest ancient woodland in Wales 5 mins away http://bit.ly/1w3jLtB ; 5 minutes to Offa's Dyke http://bit.ly/1ENjLzJ ; 10 mins to Devils Pulpit http://bit.ly/1ENjFIu Wye Valley, Forest of Dean
  • Chepstow Racecourse is 10 minutes drive http://bit.ly/1swcFey with the Welsh Grand National
  • Visit: Tintern Abbey 12 miles away: one of the greatest monastic ruins of Wales (13th Century). St Fagans National History Museum – FOC an excellent day out, Cardiff - the City, The Bay, the Millenium Stadium (40 mins), or Gloucester Cathedral (1 hr away)
  • Fishing: 4 minutes to Mathern Mill Fishery http://bit.ly/1M8fyqN Fishing in the USK valley http://bit.ly/1wJfuw8
  • Golf right next door at St Pierre Golf club http://bit.ly/1BKrFZY, Celtic Manor 15 mins . National Diving and Activity Centre http://bit.ly/1Kq7nKI, Canoe down River Wye: 30 mins from Monmouth Canoe Centre, 25 mins Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre Forest Dean