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Rectory Cottage

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The Bryn near Abergavenny, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "A charming holiday cottage with the parish church behind, and a field having public footpath access to the side, has riverside walks along the Usk Valley in all directions."

    This is a perfect location for a couple, or with children, as I would not recommend the bunk beds in the second bedroom for an adult. Having said that, my 24 year old grandson still managed to sleep well enough! We enjoyed our stay in this quiet and peaceful locality, which offered great value too, during what was the first week of the Easter school holiday time in Wales.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Mar 2024

  • "The property was delightful and had everything myself, my friend and our dogs needed."

    It was comfortable, had an enclosed yard and garden and walks on the doorstep as well as amazing walks a little further afield. Liz was very friendly and provided eggs and milk on arrival as well as a vase of her flowers on the table. The property was furbished with lovely touches such as the spoon hooks and supplies of toiletries. A very enjoyable week was had by all!

    Reviewed by Lesley4.1Sep 2023

  • "Liz was lovely, and our two children were in absolute paradise, chickens and trampolines before breakfast."

    A beautiful little cottage in beautiful surroundings, easy to get to lots of different places, lovely walks, very dog friendly, comfy and cosy.

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Aug 2023

  • "A friend and I were travelling together and we loved our stay at Liz."

    Liz was the most amazing host. Good base for exploring South Wales. Lovely to be in the countryside with a river walk close by. Liz had left us chicken eggs and a fresh bottle of farm milk with the silver top in the fridge. It was delicious and we were super excited to receive it. Fresh garden flowers were on the table when we arrived. Would definitely go back if we every found ourselves in the area again.

    Reviewed by Bronwen5.0Aug 2023

  • "Cleaning"

    Reviewed by Andrew2.8May 2023

  • "Very warm welcome from Liz with clear advice to functions within cottage."

    Area around cottage very piecful and accessible on foot. cottage itself was warm and clean. Past comment ref noise from fridge was found to be no more than the normal level, perhaps being in such a quite location without traffic noise gave to hearing above every day noise. We would holiday there again. Tony and Valerie.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.4May 2023

  • "Rectory Cottage is situated in a beautiful location with lovely walks by the river close by."

    The host is very welcoming and helpful. Some areas we feel could be improved: the sofa is not comfortable, the fridge (which is located within the sitting area) is noisy - we did report this to the owner. The kitchen is well stocked with anything needed on holiday. Otherwise we had a very enjoyable stay at Rectory Cottage and explored many places.

    Reviewed by Louise4.4Apr 2023

  • "Nice cosy cottage, although not large enough for 4 adults due to small living area, size of second bedroom and food prep area (luckily due to a change of plan, their was just the two of us)."

    Probably ok for 2 adults with small children. Some of the contents looking a little tired (sofa, towels, and some of the pans). Very comfy double bed and excellent shower. Owner very friendly and helpful and lovely part of Wales to explore.

    Reviewed by Denise3.4Apr 2023

  • "Property is lovely and perfect been all on ground level."

    Didn’t like been fenced in with no views, and was upset with the amount of wood lice that was in the property every day.

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Mar 2023

  • "If you are looking for peace and quiet , this is a lovely place to stay ."

    Very clean & comfy , the owner Liz.goes above and beyond to help you .

    Reviewed by Kathy5.0Dec 2022

  • "Had a wonderful time."

    Being November, we were lovely and cosy in the cottage. Everything you needed and private. Dogs happy too. Lots to do in the surrounding areas. The host was wonderful, there if you needed and very helpful. Felt like we left as friends. Have no hesitation in fully recommending.

    Reviewed by Alexander5.0Nov 2022

  • "Extremely helpful and hospitable owner."

    It felt like staying with a geed friend. Perfect for our dog. Excellent lighting in the property which was very helpful for my husband who needs to lipread. Very comfortable double bed and well-equipped kitchen. Lovely walks in the area.

    Reviewed by Kathleen4.7Sep 2022

  • "The property was well equipped and comfortable."

    The owner lived in the adjacent B&B and was very welcoming and even offered to do any washing we had. There are chickens that occasionally wander around and the owners friendly dogs come and say hi but then leave you be. The directions to find the property were helpful and it’s location is out of the way and peaceful.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was a fantastic place to stay for two of us and our dog - the cottage has everything you might need and is extremely dog friendly."

    The double bed is incredibly comfy, the little kitchen is very well equipped, and the courtyard garden (more roomy than it looks) is totally enclosed so we were able to leave the door open all night for the dog without worrying that he'd escape. The owners are truly delightful - they're always nearby and ready to either help or to share a friendly chat, but they didn't intrude on our privacy at all. One of our favourite things to do was to drive up to the Foxhunters Car Park at the top of the Blorenge at sunset - it's only a 15 minute drive and the views are spectacular. Beyond that, the Beacons and Black Mountains are all within a 45 minute drive. A brilliant holiday that we wish didn't have to come to an end. Thank you Liz and Kate! X

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Jul 2022

  • "This is a lovely property in a beautiful setting."

    Lovely countryside walks directly from the property alongside the river. We enjoyed the property which suited us very well. The owner has provided a generous supply of good quality crockery and cutlery. Good supply of pyrex for microwave use. Delightful friendly chickens in the garden and they provided lovely eggs. Lovely enclosed courtyard with rose bushes etc. and furniture. Liz and Kate were very welcoming and perfect hosts. We will definitely return. Thank you Liz and Kate.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful & peaceful location."

    Short drive to Abergavenny and Crickhowell for food and drink. Plenty of activities from walking, climbing mountains and canoeing on the River Wye. A visit to Big Pit is a must.

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Jun 2022

  • "My friend and I had a lovely restful stay in a simple cottage in a small country village."

    The fenced yard was great for giving our small dog some freedom and there were lots of lovely walks nearby as well as characterful towns. Our hosts were nearby and helpful with any request. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, spacious enough for our needs."

    Good location to get to Pen Y Fan. Owner was helpful with recommending best place to eat and showing us places to walk our dog.

    Reviewed by Becca4.4Apr 2022

  • "We have just returned home from a mini break at Rectory Cottage."

    The accommodation we would highly recommend, extremely comfortable, warm and a real cosy atmosphere in lovely county surroundings. The owner made us so welcome and was on hand if we needed any advice or information. We will certainly be back, soon hopefully.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Jan 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend break at Rectory Cottage."

    The cottage is clean and cosy and has everything you need for a comfortable stay. The setting is beautiful. We had lovely long dog walks along the river which is just a field away from the cottage. Our host Liz was very friendly and helpful and gave us warm welcome of fresh milk, eggs, flowers and very tasty homemade flapjacks! Our daughter loved helping to look after the chickens in the garden. Abergavenny town is a short drive away and we enjoyed the indoor market and browsing the shops. We would recommend a visit and we would happily return for another stay.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jan 2022

  • "Very pleasant and helpful owner, who was extremely apologetic when tree surgeons arrived unexpectedly (Covid knock-on) one morning and we needed to do some car manoeuvre."

    Delightful surroundings, with lovely walks along the river. Good centre for a variety of places and types of countryside to enjoy. We enjoyed our stay and were sorry to leave!

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Aug 2021

  • "A perfect and wonderful stay thank you"

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2021

  • "We arrived to find everything as we had hoped."

    The owner was so welcoming and generous, encouraging us to use all the facilities, recommending local dog walks and advising us of the attractions of the towns and surrounding areas. It was lovely to be able to bring our dogs and we all enjoyed exploring the stunning and varied scenery of this area. We also felt very safe with the adherence to all Covid-19 requirements.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Sep 2020

  • "This cottage had everything we needed, close to lots of places to visit and Liz made us feel extremely welcome and at home."

    we will def be going back again...

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2020

  • "Liz was helpful and made us very welcome."

    We enjoyed the surroundings. The cottage is very comfortable, the fresh flowers , bread and eggs on arrival were a lovely surprise. It is very peaceful and in a beautiful part of the world. It is excellently situated for exploring the area.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.7Aug 2019

  • "Excellent cottage the places most cottages fall down in this excelled ..."

    Excellent cottage the places most cottages fall down in this excelled comfortable bed great settee perfect tv and tv position private garden perfect for the dog and the owner was great

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2019

  • "Liz was an excellent host, couldn't do enough for us."

    Fresh bread and eggs, when arrived. Had an excellent week, would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Jun 2019

  • "The owner lives next door, and when we turned up with 11 friends, who were walking the Usk Valley with us, intending to squeeze into the cottage for tea and cake, she insisted that we use her garden and kitchen to accommodate everyone."

    A very welcoming owner, who left home made bread and eggs from her chickens as a welcome gift.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2019

  • "When I arrived at the cottage the owners had put out fresh eggs and made fresh bread that was still warm."

    They left little luxury things like Bubble bath and shower gel along with items in the kitchen. The owners were extremely useful when we asked where to go for food or warning us about livestock in a close field on a walk. Very pleasant holiday. Didn't want to Leave

    Reviewed by Naomi5.0Apr 2019

  • "Excellent location for visiting nearby attractions."

    Very quiet and peaceful. Welcoming and helpful owner. Nicely decorated with lovely pictures. Grandson enjoyed feeding chickens and searching for eggs as well as having use of trampoline. Plenty of space for running around.

    Reviewed by Douglas4.7Oct 2018

  • "Great cottage with plenty of walks nearby and close to Abergavenny."

    This was our second time there and we will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.7Oct 2018

  • "Central position for our day tours around Wales."

    A lovely cottage in a historical rural setting with the town of Abergavenny a short drive away. Our host was most welcoming and the farm fresh eggs and bread a treat.

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Sep 2018

  • "We enjoyed a restful break at The Bryn - lovely, well designed and equipped cottage with access to a big garden."

    Our 7 year old loved the trampoline and free roaming chickens. It's location makes it a good base for country walks along the river and easy access to nearby castles, villages and the Brecon Beacons. The only thing which would have improved our stay was a pub within walking distance. Unfortunately, the nearest pub has been shut down. We had a great holiday - thank you.

    Reviewed by Sean4.7Aug 2018

  • "The landlady was lovely and bought us freshly baked bread and eggs."

    Extremely friendly and made us very welcome

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2018

  • "Rectory cottage and the surrounding area was excellent but the listing states there is a pub nearby."

    Unfortunately the pub closed down some time ago.

    Reviewed by Janet4.4Jul 2018

  • "Had a fabulous week with stunning weather."

    Cottage was set in a lovely location with a warm welcome from a very friendly owner.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Jun 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay here with our dog who also had a great time."

    We were warmly greeted, made to feel at home and found the cottage to be well equipped, clean and comfortable. The surrounding area is stunning and we're already planning our next stay.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Apr 2018

  • "Very warm welcome by Kate and Liz."

    Extremely helpful with any small query. Lovely riverside place from which to explore a large area of Wales/English borders. Cosy and quick to heat when coming in from a chilly walk. Abergavenney close by and useful for all provisions. Crown pub good refuge when we had a flat tyre. Clytha Arms good stop on a walk. Hay-on-Wye lovely drive. Excellent views from above Talgarth, ditto Sugar Loaf. Vineyard good to visit too.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Apr 2018

  • "Would definitely use Sykes again."

    The cottage was lovely and the landlady was very welcoming.

    Reviewed by Allen5.0Mar 2018

  • "Very welcoming host, well thought out layout of cottage, very practical and comfortable."

    Lovely setting.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2018

  • "Liz the owner was lovely,very helpful and on hand if we had any questions."

    Very dog friendly. Lovely local walks along the river Usk. Cottage was spotlessly clean, well equipped. Would highly recommend if you want a peaceful break.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2017

  • "Location brilliant."

    Owners very pleasant, put themselves out for us. Offered us use of washing machine.

    Reviewed by Mary4.8May 2017

  • "Could get no phone signal or the Internet was rubbish"

    Reviewed by Barry4.4Jan 2017

  • "The owner was fantastic so friendly was a beautiful place for us and so dog friendly."

    Everything you could wish for in a holiday place. Very peaceful location. Clean comfortable cottage everything you need was there including fresh eggs and bread on arrival. Walks were easy to get to and towns if you wanted them. Highly recomend this place didnt want to leave.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Nov 2016

  • "When we arrived a home baked loaf awaited us along with 6 fresh eggs lovely ."

    The owner was lovely and helpful

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2016

  • "Very welcoming and friendly hosts."

    Beautiful location just a stones throw from Abergavenny. If you are looking for a quiet getaway but close to many activities this is the perfect venue.

    Reviewed by Steve4.6Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x adult bunks
  • Basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, use of washing machine can be arranged directly with owner, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 6 cars
  • Bike storage available
  • Courtyard garden with patio and furniture, leading to communal garden area
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Village shop (open Mon-Fri, 8:30am-11am) and nearest pub is 2 miles (10min drive)
  • Note: Main bathroom accessed through double room only
  • Note: Due to the property's rural location, WiFi signal is intermittent.

The property

A cosy cottage, attached to the owner’s B&B and surrounded by working farmland and walks along the River Usk on the Usk Valley Walk, on the edge of the hamlet of The Bryn, just four miles from the popular town of Abergavenny.

The cottage is just a short walk from the village of Penpergwm in the undulating Welsh border countryside and just a short drive away lies a hub of fantastic restaurants and one reason why many people visit the area.

A real gastronomic haven, as well as being situated close to amazing mountains and walks, the cottage is a perfect base for couples and small families looking to sample the surrounding area and its foodie delights.

Set over the ground floor there are two bedrooms, one large with an en-suite family bathroom, and a smaller bedroom with full-size single bunk beds.

There is an open plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area and a comfy seating area with a TV, where you can relax and possibly enjoy some of the delightful local produce you have picked up on your day of exploring.

Outside, you can sit in the small courtyard garden and enjoy a glass of something cold, whilst discussing the day’s events; the children can explore the adjacent garden with its resident chickens and collect eggs.

The whole area offers stunning views and walks across a variety of terrain, but is also rich in Industrial Heritage.

The Big Pit National Coal Museum and surrounding Ironworks is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a wonderful area to spend the day.

You are also ideally placed to explore the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons), walk up the Sugar Loaf, Skirrid or Blorange Mountains or take a short drive and explore the stunning Wye Valley, with the striking ruins of Tintern Abbey.

The whole area offers numerous outdoor activities such as pony trekking, canoeing or fishing on the Wye or Usk rivers, as well as many footpaths and cycle routes that can be explored.

Although the whole area is full of activities, this cottage is within an hour’s drive of Cardiff, the cultural capital city of Wales, The Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells, The Royal Forest of Dean and Bristol.

Easy to reach is also the world-famous Hay-on-Wye, with its myriad of boutique-style shops, renowned book shops, and of course, the literary festival providing a massive choice if you are looking for a packed holiday experience.

Explore the Royal Forest of Dean or a day of shopping in Bristol which is just an hour away.

A perfect base for couple or families to explore the area, with a variety of countryside, from mountains, forest or river valleys and striking historic towns of Abergavenny or Monmouth.

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About the location


Monmouth 18 miles.

The picturesque market town of Abergavenny, the Gateway to Wales, nestles between the seven mountains which surround it, with the River Usk flowing through it, so there are beautiful views in every direction. The town boasts a castle with its own museum, churches, an indoor market hall, good shops and a multitude of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes. Beautiful walks through the Wye Valley and Vale of Usk, or along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal are close by or explore the breathtaking Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons) and Black Mountains. With abbeys, castles, mining museums and a Roman amphitheatre and baths at nearby Caerleon, there is something different to discover every day of your holiday.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas