Blaentrothy Romany Caravan
Abergavenny , South Wales
- Unique Retreats|
- Dogs Welcome|
- Child Friendly|
- Farm Experience |
- Eco Escape|
- Organic Options|
- Bring your Horse|
Indulge your childhood fantasies about running away with the gypsies by staying in an original Romany wagon or ‘Vardo’, with a charming accompanying cabin, in the middle of lovely Monmouthshire countryside and experience a holiday you will never forget in this Unique Self Catering Accommodation.
The Gypsy Caravan is situated in the nook of a field with a view of the foothills of the romantic Black Mountains. The fields round about, which make up the peaceful sheep farm, are designated as an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Beautifully carved and painted, the Romany caravan has been lovingly restored by Romanies from Ireland, and it has allusions to its Irishness in various places. The inside of the Romany caravan - surprisingly roomy - is very cosy, with a pull-out double bed and a cupboard bed for a smallish child underneath. There is an electric heater, as well as a high-quality goose-down duvet and, for chilly nights, two hot water bottles.
Next to the Romany Gypsy Caravan is a little dark gren cabin, with all the comforts inside - bathroom, complete with large shower, loo, wash hand basin and little roll-top bath; and a living-room with a neat little kitchen, a sofa, a table (with 2 folding chairs), a radio/CD-player, a radiator and an antique French shepherd’s stove. The verandah is perfect for sitting out on warm summer mornings, and behind the cabin is an area of decking with a barbecue, table and chairs - perfect for watching the sun slip down behind the hills.
The cabin is extremely well insulated, so warms up quickly in winter, and is nicely cool in summer. The low impact cabin is designed with greenness in mind, so that it stands on old telegraph poles, not on a hideous concrete ‘pad’. If it was lifted by a crane, there would be no trace of it left behind.
Dogs Welcome Accommodation: Dogs are welcome (but not in the caravan) if very well-behaved (as there are sheep and other animals on the farm)
What you can see from the Window: View of pretty, rolling completely unspoilt farmland, as well as the Skirrid Mountain which marks the beginning of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Tourist Attractions: The Monnow valley forms a break in the natural defences of the southern part of the Welsh border, which is the reason why the Normans built a trio of castles to guard this particular route of communication. There are plenty more in the county - and in the surrounding counties, but Grosmont Castel the substantial remains of thirteenth-century castle of Hubert de Burgh, raised on an earlier motte. Also Skenfrith Castle the remains of early 13th-century castle, built beside the River Monnow to command one of the main routes from England and White Castle which is just a few miles from Blaentrothy Cottage, is very impressive, as it is the most complete of the three, and has a full moat and a wonderful view. There is also Llanthony Abbey to visit, a Cistercian monastery in the Black Mountains just below Offa’s Dyke path, is definitely worth a visit, and conveniently has a pub right within its walls.
Eating and Drinking: The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny which is only 3 miles away, is getting better and better, and is one of the rare places open on a Monday evening. Afternoon tea - forget the Savoy. The Angel is one of only six hotels outside London to have received the Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence in the 2008 Top Tea Awards. Two miles away you will find The Hunter’s Moon at Llangattock offers visitors a warm welcoming traditional pub. Good food and ale are guaranteed with a suburb menue. Relax in an informal bar or in their award winning restaurant. For something special try The Walnut Tree Inn. Opened by the renowned Franco Taruschio in the 1960s, is now run jointly by local hotelier William Griffiths and by the famous chef Shaun Hill (formerly of the Michelin-starred Merchant House in Ludlow), and, after a rocky interregnum, has blossomed again. It has recently been awarded one Michelin star
Foodstore: The best supermarkets in the area for most things are Waitrose in Monmouth and the larger Waitrose in Abergavenny. There is a Tesco in Hereford (this side of the city), so why not pre order your grocery delivery for arrival.
Sporting Activities: Great walking around the farm and in the Black Mountains (Offa’s Dyke path is nearby. There is also horse-riding and mountain-biking. The owners have bikes they can lend (bring your own helmets if you use them) There is an excellent hire centre in Abergavenny (Bike base). There is plenty of excellent cycling around the lanes from Blaentrothy Farm and from the other cottages. Alternatively, there are dedicated cycle paths nearby, such as the Peregrine cycle path along the Wye from Monmouth to Symonds Yat. The nearest fishing is a couple of miles away at Garway Flyfishers club and Kentchurch Estate which has seven miles of the Monnow River which flows into the Wye with Chub, Perch, Dace, Pike, Brown trout. For some Horse Riding visit Triley Fields Equestrian Centre in Abergavenny. There is an all year showjumping and riding centre with a full range of lessons for all ages. For Golf visit The Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club, a prestigious club, which many claim to be the Rolls Royce of golf courses with its testing course surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of the Monmouthshire countryside.
Things the owners will let you borrow: Bikes, washing machine (we can do a service wash), toys, internet in the farmhouse (bring a laptop).
Things you should know about Blaentrothy Romany Caravan: Access is via a rough track, so don’t bring the sports car! Take advice before arriving in snowy conditions. Owners can help with their Landrover, but need to be on hand with it.
- Clothes Dryer
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Music System/CD/Radio
- Log/Multi Fuel Burner
- Selection of Books and Games
- Open Garden
- Open Patio
- Off Road Parking
- Use of adjacent land/parkland
Included In The Price
- Bed Linen
Booking periods are flexible and prices vary so please contact the owner.
Blaentrothy Romany Caravan
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