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The Old Stable

(Ref. 925359)

Gilwern near Crickhowell and Abergavenny, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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60 Customer Reviews

  • "Thank you for the box of goodies, had a lovely stay and most people i spoke to ..."

    Thank you for the box of goodies, had a lovely stay and most people i spoke to were very friendly, fish and chips were excellent so was the pizza and chicken curry by the locals

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2023

  • "Gorgeous little cottage for two, exceptionally clean and lovely and warm."

    Situated in a pretty village with a lovely canal walk on the doorstep.Can highly recommend The Beaufort Arms,the food was delicious and the portions were amazing.Will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great little cottage better than expected."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a great time."

    The cottage was well equipped, clean and comfortable. The walks by the canal were lovely. Any visitors should pay a visit to the local butcher on the main road and the pubs are great if they don't want to cook.

    Reviewed by Glynis5.0Sep 2023

  • "A very cozy cottage, well maintained and equipped."

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2023

  • "Small, compact, & cozy and yet still has everything you would need for your stay."

    Being tall I had to watch my head in a few places but overall a very pleasant little stable/cottage. Nearby parking was missed especially in the rain! Ideal spot for walkers, with the canal going in each direction virtually from the front door and many other good trails are nearby. We enjoyed the stay, Thank you :)

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Aug 2023

  • "Gorgeous cosy cottage that has absolutely everything that is needed for two."

    We spent a week exploring area and hiking most of the days. In an event that you are too tired to prepare own food, there are pubs, restaurant and fish and chips takeaway in the village (not all are open everyday).

    Reviewed by Tomasz5.0Jul 2023

  • "We have just spent our second holiday at the old stable, lovely accommodation, everything you could need plus a welcome pack."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jul 2023

  • "Small but perfectly formed - with everything that you need for your holiday."

    The welcome pack was a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Perfectly sited for a Welsh exploration both on foot and by car."

    Everything near to hand but the 5"8" high (or low) beams did rather get to my 6" husband! Lovely stay smashing village. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at the old stables and would recommend."

    No problems at all with the cottage and would go back anytime.

    Reviewed by Carla4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The cottage was perfect for us and very clean when we arrived. The village of gilwern was lovely and we were made to feel very welcome.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Feb 2023

  • "Difficulty finding property as no road name and directions said just before Bridgend pub which is now called the Towpath!"

    Lovely welcome hamper. No outside black bin to leave rubbish in as directed on instructions. Enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Nov 2022

  • "Absolutely beautiful, charming cottage in a very friendly village."

    Perfect for 2 people with everything you could need for a comfortable break. Everything worked perfectly, super clean, really well thought out use of space, kitchen had everything we needed and bed was comfortable. Owner very responsive and the welcome pack was a lovely touch. We had no problems, enjoyed every minute and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely little village nice surroundings area lots to do, lovely pub for food down the road x"

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely brilliant cottage."

    Perfect for two and we took our dog. Loads of utensils etc fully equipped. I would love to back there anytime. We had the stable door and all the locals were so friendly. The canal is 20yards up the road and all local shops available, butchers is great. Chip shop is great. Beaufort arms brilliant food.

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a very relaxing week in the old stable cottage very well presented and clean although smaller than we unexpected was still nice would have been better with a bit of outside space to sit outside is in a lovely area to explore pity tow path inn was closed 3 days for building works but was nice to sit beside the canal when it was open overall Good stay."

    Reviewed by Robert3.1Jul 2022

  • "Perfect cottage in a gorgeous village."

    Everything was provided including a lovely welcome basket. Great base for exploring the surrounding areas. Our dogs loved being so close to the canal and the woods. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2022

  • "This property was found to be everything we hoped it would be."

    Perfect for two people. The high street had everything you would want for your break in Gilwern. Everyone was friendly to us and Taxis were reasonably priced. Weather was perfect and so was the Old Stable at Gilwern. Thank you Sykescottages for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Jul 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage in a friendly village."

    A convenient place for exploring the Brecon Beacons

    Reviewed by Marilyn4.7Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was amazingly clean on arrival, it was a beautiful cosy cottage for 2, we also received a welcome pack which was a lovley & unexpected."

    Would recommend this cottage

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Jun 2022

  • "Cosy well equipped cottage in a good location."

    Enjoyed walking by the canal

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "Clean, compact little cottage."

    Excellent location for walking and exploring.

    Reviewed by William5.0May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the cottage; it is cosy but very comfortable had everything we needed for a relaxing break."

    The local area is beautiful and we took several walks along the towpath (in both directions!). We also enjoyed the local pubs, particularly the Towpath Inn. Communication was great with the cottage owners and everything went very smoothly for arrival/checking out.

    Reviewed by Francesca5.0Feb 2022

  • "Cosy and efficient in a great location for exploring and walking, would return and recommend"

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Dec 2021

  • "Second stay for us at ‘The Old Stable’ For a little place it packs all you need."

    The location is great for easy access to the Beacons and lovely walks along the canal. Being 6ft tall I had to keep minding my head, the bed is a standard double and the sofa is only a double. I can easily live with the lack of headroom, but there is room for a larger sofa and bigger bed. All in all a great stay.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Nov 2021

  • "A lovely little cottage, fantastic use of space, but a tad too small for me being a larger lady, so not their fault I got it wrong ."

    The only down side to the cottage for me was the oven tins could of been cleaner, everything else was fine .

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Aug 2021

  • "We had a really fun trip and the cottage was ideal for our stay"

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7Jul 2021

  • "This has been our third visit to this cottage, it will not be the last."

    Reviewed by M5.0Apr 2021

  • "Perfect little retreat in a stunning location."

    Cottage was ideally situated for a walking week in the Brecon Beacons. Couldn't fault the cottage. Many walks on the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Paula4.7Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    Close to 2 very nice dog-friendly pubs and canal - so ideal for walking the dog. A small cottage but very intelligently laid out so there was space for everything you need for a week away. I'd definitely recommend for a couple with a dog for a break.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, warm and cosy."

    Perfect for me and my dog when staying for the Crickhowell walking festival. The canal is right behind the cottage and enjoyed some lovely walks meeting lots of people and dogs. The pub was friendly next door, pizza on a Friday delicious. Fish n chip shop great also. I even went Welsh dancing in the village hall. A great location.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely and really cosy."

    A really relaxing holiday and will definitely come back again.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Feb 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage lovely canals nearby friendly locals ideal base for exploring the beacons."

    Reviewed by Sally4.4Dec 2019

  • "This was our third stay at the Old Stable - and we can't wait to go back!"

    It's in a perfect spot, surrounded by beautiful scenery and just a few steps from the canal.. The village has two general stores, a butcher's, a chemist's,, everything we needed. We used the local bus service for our travels - Abergavenny is a must and easy to get to, we also visited Cardiff and Brecon. The cottage is perfect for two people - we wish we owned it so we could stay there permanently!

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Oct 2019

  • "We stayed for a week in this lovely cottage at the end of September and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there."

    We found it very comfortable, fiited with quality equipment and with the added bonus of great wifi, bluetooth sound system, freeview plus a good selection of DVD's/ books. Also appreciated the nice touch of the welcome basket on arrival. Gilwern is a friendly small town, perfect for exploring Brecon Beacons national park. Also close to Abergavenny, Brecon and Crickhowell which are all well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2019

  • "We have once again had a fantastic Sykes holiday."

    ..another lovely little holiday cottage, home from home..and dog friendly too...this is our 4th Sykes cottage...and very satisfied too again... Again staying in beautiful abergavenny.... Already booked two Sykes cottages again for next year..snowdonia in june and back to abergavenny in August.... Very satisfied customers, thanks again, Vic and bill morse

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Aug 2019

  • "Would of been nice to have a garden for the dog but loved it"

    Reviewed by Micheal5.0Jul 2019

  • "The Old Stable is in a great location for exploring the Brecon Beacons and border area."

    Would like to have had parking closer to the accommodation, but we were well aware that this would not be the case. People should be aware that this would definitely not be a good choice for anyone with any amount of mobility issues, due to the stairway in the unit. But we really enjoyed our short stay and would be happy to return next time we are in that area of Wales. :)

    Reviewed by Kate4.7May 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay at The Old Stable, which had everything we needed and was a lovely location allowing us to explore all over the South of wales and the Brecon Beacons."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0May 2019

  • "Other reviews say parking is a problem but we just parked on the main road and we were there over Easter, one of the locals said the council couldn't,t afford a traffic warden."

    Some nice walks on the canal good food at the Beaufort arms very friendly landlord called keith. Lovely garden centre only 3mile away the only down side was the road works massive construction not many signs we seemed to go several miles to achieve one or two. Abergaveny is a great shopping town trago mills is worth a visit (if you can find it) due to road works.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Apr 2019

  • "The info regarding parking needs updating, yes there is parking opposite the property, but between 8."

    00am and 6.00pm it is restricted to 1 hour only, and you cannot return for 2 hours, there is a Free Car Park in the village, which is a few minutes (depending on ability) from the cottage. In fairness the Owner Mr Jones emailed us with this information, but the info you sent out needs refreshing

    Reviewed by Les4.7Mar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a really beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Bit smaller than I was expecting but it's lovely. Storage is well thought out. I felt very comfy and at home. Just a pity I had to go to work every day. Lovely location. I would suggest a curtain over the front door to make it more cosy. But both me and my dog were happy. So thank you. Would go back.

    Reviewed by Timi4.7Dec 2018

  • "Good location regarding access to main roads."

    Good local walks. Cottage small but cosy and well set out. Parking a short walk a few minutes away but did not cause us a problem in October half term. Only negatives sofa rather uncomfortable and quilt too small for bed.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Oct 2018

  • "Enjoyed the area locals extremely friendly."

    Car parking in the summer could be a bit of problem if the traffic wardens decide to do some work. We took by cycles with us but had no where to put them except on the rack of the car. Overall a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Sep 2018

  • "Cottage very nice and cosy."

    Warm welcome with presents. Thanks. No parking space like in the description told. Not nice long walks to car in the rain. No food in the pubs available. Sad.

    Reviewed by Dirk3.4Sep 2018

  • "Cosy cottage, well situated within the village, great base to explore further afield."

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2018

  • "We thorougly enjoyed our stay at The Old Sable in Gilwern and were pleasantly surprised by the lovely welcome basket,ann unexpected and very kind gift which was much appreciated."

    The facilities in the cottage were first class,and of a high standard.All in all a very pleasant and relaxing holiday. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Sep 2018

  • "This is a great cottage in a quiet village with a friendly pub and a couple of convenience stores with several large supermarkets a few miles away in Abergavenny."

    There is a canal very close to the cottage providing good walks along the tow path. Car parking is available free of charge in the village car park and the fish and chip shop near to the cottage is well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Austin5.0Aug 2018

  • "Only thing is I was worried about where to park as the road was not free."

    Reviewed by Tiffany5.0Aug 2018

  • "No seating area outside"

    Reviewed by Tracey3.8Jul 2018

  • "A wonderful cottage in a lovely location."

    The only negative being that the no off road parking didn't cause any real problems, just slightly inconvenient.

    Reviewed by Vera4.1May 2018

  • "Updates on local facilities."

    Closest 2 pubs had closed down. It was listed as small but we didn't realise it would be this small so felt a bit claustrophobic. The bed was very uncomfortable. It's a dog friendly place but our dog struggled with the slippy wooden spiral stairs. On a positive a welcome basket of goodies was great. The way they had maximised the use of space and have all you need was good. Parking was not a problem.

    Reviewed by Sarah3.1Apr 2018

  • "A rather small but cleverly designed unit with more than adequate facilities."

    Lack of handy parking is unfortunate, the nearby free car park is a bit of a trek when it's wet.

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Apr 2018

  • "A very comfortable, clean, cosy and quirky little cottage surrounded by beautiful countryside and only two or three minutes walk from pubs and shops yet in a peaceful location."

    Ideally placed for touring the region and glorious walks only a stone's throw from the door. We will certainly be going back again later in the year. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0May 2017

  • "This was the perfect holiday cottage for my partner and I and our dog."

    The cottage is easy to locate and beautifully renovated with every comfort thoughtfully provided. We arrived to a lovely hamper of goodies including Welsh cakes and also treats for the dog. The bathroom and shower are beautiful and the bed was the comfiest I've ever slept in. Gilwern itself is a great spot to meet the friendly locals and also to explore the beautiful hills around. We have already decided we want to stay again in the summer! 5 stars from us!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Jan 2017

  • "A lovely retreat in the heart of the Brecons."

    The cottage is clean and well presented and ideally situated for walks in the mountains.

    Reviewed by Lawrence5.0Dec 2016

  • "The cottage was extremely nice and welcoming."

    Although it was used it felt like we were the first guests. Very pleased we choice. It and stayed. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Gareth4.4Nov 2016

  • "We stayed for three weeks and it was all we could have wished for."

    ... A wonderful cottage, perfect area and super pleasant people. Who could ask for anything more?

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Oct 2016

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  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview and NOW TV (inc. Sky Movies and entertainment channels), DVD, CD, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking opposite property on first come, first served basis
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk.

The property

A delightful, cosy, semi-detached cottage in the heart of the popular village of Gilwern just a short walk from local shops and pubs.

The cottage is a perfect base for couples looking to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside, a short drive from the thriving market town of Abergavenny.

Set over two floors, there is one comfortable bedroom with adjacent shower room.

There is also a compact, open plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen, dining area and comfy seating, perfect to curl up and watch TV after a day exploring the stunning mountain scenery.

You are ideally placed to enjoy walks from the door, being a stone’s throw from the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal which runs through the village.

This opens up a peaceful paced walk as it winds itself through the striking countryside of Mid Wales, and introduces the industrial heritage of the area with the World Heritage Site of Big Pit Museum and local iron works.

You are ideally placed to explore the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons) with its abundance of walking, cycling and pony trekking, or you can explore the thriving market town of Abergavenny, renowned for its local produce or perhaps take the opportunity to visit some renowned restaurants for a romantic meal, with restaurants, including ones with Michelin Stars being a short drive away.

The area offers numerous outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, fishing and local golf courses.

A short drive will take you to either to the stunning mountain landscapes of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons) or the meandering river of the Wye Valley.

Slightly further afield, to the south, you have the cosmopolitan city of Cardiff with its vibrant waterfront, castle and Millennium Stadium; it is a truly diverse city which acts as a gateway to the sweeping sandy beaches of South Wales.

A perfect, cosy retreat for couples in the heart of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons) and in a popular village which is surrounded by stunning mountain countryside with lovely walks along the canal, close to your front door.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Crickhowell 3 miles; Abergavenny 4 miles; Monmouth 20 miles.

Situated amidst the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons), the picturesque village of Gilwern offers visitors many amenities, including traditional pubs, shops and a great fish and chip shop. The National Park covers approximately 520 sq miles, and the whole area around Gilwern is surrounded by stunning countryside, and offers excellent walking, cycling and bird watching, as well as great salmon and trout fishing on the river Usk. The medieval market town of Abergavenny, the "Gateway to Wales", is nestled between the 'seven hills' and has something for everyone, with its many indoor and outdoor markets, magnificent castle and museums. The splendid mountain known as Sugarloaf offers fantastic walks for all abilities, as well as its own vineyard, while just a few miles away, the beautiful town of Crickhowell is a must for all visitors. With its fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery this really is a great place at any time of year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas