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Penrose Cottage

Govilon near Abergavenny, South Wales & Pembrokeshire (Ref. 5119)


(55 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Cot available
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "Keith and Dianne (owners) were great, made us welcome and couldn't have been more helpful."

    Cottage has amazing views of Sugar Loaf Mountain from the Conservatory and rear garden. Facilities in the cottage were good, all bedrooms fitted with a television. Ground floor bedroom and wet room and toilet for those with disabilities. Full range of white goods. If you like wildlife, birds, rabbits, squirrel abound and a couple of the owners sheep who love lettuce!!! All in all we had a great time and enjoyable holiday in the spectacular Brecon Beacons.

    Reviewed by WilliamJun 2022

  • "This was a very clean and comtable cottage with great views across the valley to the mountains."

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2022

  • "A well appointed cottage with stunning views in a very friendly area."

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2022

  • "It could be argued that Penrose Cottage is beginning to show its age and furnishings are quite basic but this doesn't detract from the fact it's a totaly charming holiday home."

    The elevated position and garden with spectacular views of the southern Brecon Beacons is a delight. The ground-floor including one bedroom with en-suite for disabled visitors is totally wheelchair friendly. The two first floor bedrooms are comfortable both with excellent en suite showers. The position of Penrose is ideal for exploring Abergavenny and the whole of the Brecon National park. The very affable and highly informative owner Mr Keith Embrey lives in the adjacent house on the other side of a wide shared drive. He was always ready to recommend places to visit and answer any queries we had. We would not hesitate to return to Penrose cottage and recommend it wholeheartedly.

    Reviewed by DennisMay 2022

  • "Very comfortable cottage with great views."

    The host was extremely helpful and we would not hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by ChristopherApr 2022

  • "Great place for walking."

    Oven is a bit slow but other wise the views in the garden Wow. I would recommend this place to anyone, good value as well.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2022

  • "Penrose cottage is beautifully located and comfortable."

    View from the lawns is amazing. I enjoyed my every morning with a cup of tea on the bench in the garden. No traffic noise just birds chirping. What else you want when you are running away from the city life.

    Reviewed by GauriApr 2022

  • "This was a comfortable cottage with lovely views."

    Had everything we needed for our stay. The location was excellent for touring the Brecon Beacons, the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley. Keith, the host was helpful and gave us plenty of information. We didn't want to leave and hope to return.

    Reviewed by OliviaMar 2022

  • "Superb location,wonderful views."

    The facilities for a disabled person made our hioliday so much easier. Having so many things provided made life very comfortable Have already recommended it to a couple with MS

    Reviewed by ChristneMar 2022

  • "An excellent property and venue."

    Keith went beyond what could be expected of a host. A truly lovely man. A wealth of information about the local area, history and culture. Thank you. We will be returning. Dave, Trish and family.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2022

  • "2 time staying wonderful cottage cosy and warm Keith is a great host couldn't ask for more ideal to explore the area and beyond."

    Will be back again!

    Reviewed by AndyJan 2022

  • "We have thoroughly enjoyed our week at Penrose Cottage."

    It’s was comfortable , cosy, clean, warm & the bathrooms were sparkling. The location was perfect for us visiting family & friends locally. The views & garden are breathtaking, and the sound of silence apart from the birds is very therapeutic. I can’t think of a negative word to say about it! We have already booked to return next August , and plan for another winter visit next year. Thank to you Keith, a wonderful host.

    Reviewed by MargaretDec 2021

  • "Really nice property, really good location everything you would need for your holiday, the only thing I would say about the stay is that the freezer was quite small, but saying that it wouldn’t stop me from going back, as I said a really nice place and very quiet, nice for a peaceful holiday."

    Reviewed by NicholasNov 2021

  • "Location first class, owner made us welcome and gave good instructions to make our holiday enjoyable."

    Cottage very clean, comfortable and warm. It was like home from home

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2021

  • "The location was perfect, it is ideally placed for many places to visit."

    Found Abergavenny a really good place to visit with its excellent shopping and market. The cottage was clean and well furnished with excellent views over surrounding countryside. The host was very warm and welcoming. It was quiet beyond my wildest dreams, with the birdsong in the evening a most welcome change from traffic where I live. would highly reccomend this cottage to any one who enjoys a walking or cycling break also

    Reviewed by GeoffSep 2021

  • "Whilst the holiday cottage and the owner were absolutely delightful, and the cottage an excellent example of a truly accessible cottage for a wheelchair, the response from Sykes was disappointing."

    I would LOVE to book this cottage again, but will not book with Sykes.

    Reviewed by SiobhanAug 2021

  • "We arrived to a very warm welcome from Keith the owner."

    He was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area. He lives close by and said if we had any issues or something wasn’t right to let him know. The cottage was lovely, with a big garden and fabulous views, well equipped with plenty of hot water and equipment. The downstairs bedroom was fab as I am in a wheelchair and the wider doors made all the difference as did the shower. It’s a great base, 3 miles from Abergavenny and so close to many popular landmarks. My daughter and partner enjoyed some really good walks, finishing with Sugar Loaf. There are several parks to visit, great if you have children. We will definitely book again. Thank you Keith for you care and kindness.

    Reviewed by HazelAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Keith, the owner, was more than helpful. Great for someone with limited mobility.

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2021

  • "The house is in a wonderful location and the owner was very friendly and couldn't fault him, however, the photos are not updated and it is actually modernised quite a lot."

    Even has Netflix on the TV. We did book last minute so may be the reason it wasn't perfectly clean and no supply of soap in the bathrooms when we arrived. There was however a good supply of toilet paper and dishwasher tablets which is not always the case. The garden has a wonderful view and was great for our BBQ. One fault that we thought was quite bad is the stairs going to the bedrooms. The top 3 stairs are different heights and whilst holding my baby I slipped down one of them, thankfully I was holding on to the banister! Also all of us tripped up the last but one step a few times. On the whole though the property is very nice.

    Reviewed by JeffreyMay 2021

  • "A lovely property with a great garden and views."

    Great cycle/walking paths on the canal and old railway track a few mins away, safe for children. Lots of walks right on the door step, Blorenge, Skirrid and the must do Sugar Loaf. Pub and shop in village, Abergavenny has supermarkets and more. Fantastic holiday and hosts.

    Reviewed by RichardMay 2021

  • "Keith the owner of the cottage was very very welcoming and most helpful with anything we needed."

    The cottage was homely and well equipped and the bathrooms were very good. Water pressure was very good as was the wifi and mobile signal. We had a great break and would definitely like to return again The pictures and details on Sykes site are very out of date and the owners has been trying without success to get someone to update them. It's not fair on them as the cottage has been upgraded in a lot of ways, these are the things we would like to point out 1) there is a very nice conservatory off the living room that allows access to the garden and the amazing views ( not mentioned at all on the details) 2) The seating in the garden has a shelter around it allowing all weather viewing 3) The furniture is now a modern comfy corner sofa 4) the tv is a full size on in the living room 5) the beds now have duvets on them not bed spreads and the curtains have been renewed 6) the owners mobile number is an old one and has not been updated as requested by the owner COME ON SYKES DO THE BASICS RIGHT SO THE OWNER AND CUSTOMERS CAN GET A REAL FEEL FOR THIS LOVELY COTTAGE

    Reviewed by DonnaMay 2021

  • "A great experience after a last minute booking."

    Cottage was lovely, in a great location and owner Kieth is very friendly and helpful. Great scenery to enjoy even without leaving the cottage. The working farm feature is something we’ve never experienced before and it was an amazing addition for us because we have school aged children. Would really like to return to Penrose cottage soon to re live the great experience.

    Reviewed by MemonaApr 2021

  • "We had a great short break at Penrose cottage."

    The cottage is spacious, well equiped with easy parking. There is a lovely garden with fantastic views and the country setting is very quiet and peaceful but with Abergavenny only a 15 minute drive away.

    Reviewed by AntonyOct 2020

  • "Just What We Wanted, accommodation was wonderful and hosts very helpful ."

    thank you

    Reviewed by JennieAug 2020

  • "Very comfortable 3 bedrooms , all en-suite, well heated cottage with a beautiful view from the conservatory."

    The cottage is near / opposite to the owner’s dwelling , could be convenient , blinds and curtains down to keep privacy on this side of the house. Very warm and clean with a good kitchen. Thank you ..

    Reviewed by ChingDec 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a wonderful position with sensational views of the Brecon Beacons."

    The owner Keith could not have been more helpful and friendly. We had a long weekend here in mid-November and it was ideal for a family and friends get together. I would highly recommend staying at Penrose Cottage, particularly, if like us, one of the part is in a wheelchair

    Reviewed by AndrewNov 2019

  • "Great location and helpful host."

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2019

  • "Wonderful accommodation and a fantastic welcome from the landlord and his family ."

    We could not have asked for better. We enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing holiday with plenty of local things to see and do. I have enjoyed all the holidays we have booked with you. We have never felt we had to complain. And we also have always recommended you to friends and family.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2019

  • "Lovely and relaxing despite uk weather."

    Going again at Christmas . can"t get too much of a good thing

    Reviewed by JennieSep 2019

  • "This is a delightful, comfortable and homely cottage with amazing panoramic views of the Sugar Loaf and other Brecon Beacons."

    Well appointed for anyone in a wheelchair, along with others. There is a wonderful conservatory where you can sit and enjoy the views whatever the weather, also a lovely bench in a sort of shelter in the garden, and a picnic table too. The beds are very comfortable and the property is well-equipped. A few minor things - many of the drawer handles on bedside drawers seemed to have come off; the latch to the bedroom door could also do with repairing (or a door wedge / door stop be provided) because if you have the window open at night the door gusts open and shut despite the small piece of cord to hold it in place. But overall it is lovely, and owned and run by a delightful couple! Thank you...

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2019

  • "Penrose Cottage is a wonderful place."

    We were met with a warm and friendly welcome by the owners. The setting and cottage is idyllic. Great turning and parking for our very long people carrier. The views are absolutely spectacular. The cottage is very well equipped and everything is easy to use, the bedrooms are spacious, very comfortable and all en suite upstairs and having the downstairs bedroom and wet room made it work brilliantly for our daughter who has very complex needs. The owners were always on hand to offer any help and advise on places to visit and eating out. Nothing was too much trouble. The surrounding area has lots to offer to see and do. We had a fabulous week and intend to book again.

    Reviewed by ColinAug 2019

  • "Penrose Cottage is in an idyllic setting in the hills in Brecon Beacons Park."

    The all-round views from the large and pleasant garden are to die for. We were warmly welcomed on arrival and soon settled in. Breakfast in the new conservatory became an enjoyable routine and Keith was always ready to chat and relate stories of local history and recommend places to visit. We did not do much sightseeing because the peaceful garden was so tempting but we did enjoy a “last night” meal at The Lamb and Flag – again, recommended by Keith. Altogether a really good week. Thank you Keith and Diane.

    Reviewed by JanetJul 2019

  • "Proper disabled facilities, beautiful countryside, lovely friendly owners."

    felt like a comfy home to holiday in, will be going back.

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2019

  • "We hugely appreciated the well adapted bathroom-many cottages just call themselves'wheelchair friendly' and leave it at that ,but the thoughtful and sensible adaptations made the holiday easy for us instead of a struggle."

    Thanks especially to Keith and Diane who made us welcome and were a helpful presence if needed.We enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and would have been quite happy to spend the whole time in the garden enjoying the view!

    Reviewed by EileenJun 2019

  • "Mr and Mrs Embrey are a lovely couple- genuinely caring people who made us feel totally at home."

    The house is spotless and very comfortable. It is in a very peaceful location, with only the sound of birdsong and lambs baaing, and wonderful views. It is very convenient for walking on Gilwern and Blorenge mountains, and there are sustrans cycle routes all around. The wifi works perfectly, and there is easy access to supermarkets in Abergavenny, so the house combined rural tranquillity with modern conveniences. We`re just looking to when it is available again!

    Reviewed by VivienApr 2019

  • "Clean and comfortable house with friendly and very helpful owner."

    Reviewed by PhilMar 2019

  • "We stayed for a weekend and really enjoyed our stay."

    The cottage is well equipped, comfortable and spacious. There's great views and the owner lives next door, who was very friendly.

    Reviewed by JohnJan 2019

  • "We had 2 nights ,3 family and we realy joined."

    Keith and Diane are great hosts and do everything possible to ensure that their guests have the best holiday possible.Very friendly owners ,great cottage&place. We got late check out offered by owners. We will back 100%..!!!

    Reviewed by LucasDec 2018

  • "Well a great welcome from both owners ..."

    Well a great welcome from both owners Was a great help when needed ie where do we eat tonight and when need a takeaway Will be back next year same time I hope hope dian like her flowers too Thanks andy

    Reviewed by AndyOct 2018

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage, fully equipped with everything needed - very much a home from home."

    The owner is very friendly and helpful and has a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding area. The views of the Brecon Beacons from the cottage's garden are stunning! We will happily return to this cottage for future holidays.

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2018

  • "Very warm welcome on arrival."

    The views are outstanding especially when there is fog in the valley below with sunshine on the rest of it. Very good position to explore the Brecon's and good road links to other towns and villages.

    Reviewed by GarethSep 2018

  • "This is our third visit to Penrose Cottage - the first in summer time as we normally visit in the Autumn."

    The cottage lends itself to all seasons, cosy dark evenings inside and eating outside in the garden with it's beautiful views in the warmer weather. Keith and Diane are great hosts and do everything possible to ensure that their guests have the best holiday possible. We will return.

    Reviewed by GeorgeAug 2018

  • "The cottage was in a perfect setting with the most amazing views."

    It was ideal for the six of us, particularly as we all had en suite bathrooms. The owners were lovely, very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. Our holiday at Penrose Cottage was just perfect. Thank you.

    Reviewed by CherriAug 2018

  • "We enjoyed our holiday at penrose cottage, it had everything we needed and the views were amazing, Keith and his wife were lovely and there if we needed anything, i would recommend to any one going to wales to book penrose cottage as its a lovely little house and central to things we wanted to go and visit, i would definitely stay there again and recommend to family and friends."

    Reviewed by GillianAug 2018

  • "The cottage was by far the best we have stayed in, perfect in every way."

    Finding a cottage and booking with sykes was really easy the web site again is the best I have used to book accommodation.

    Reviewed by RichardMay 2018

  • "Just very enjoyable and relaxing."

    (and Quiet)

    Reviewed by JennieMar 2018

  • "Great location lovely views ; late checkout was very welcome friendly host"

    Reviewed by LouiseOct 2017

  • "Excellent weeks stay."

    Lovely locations and excellent wheelchair accessible and great wet-room. Lovely welcoming hosts.

    Reviewed by KathleenSep 2017

  • "Cottage was 5 star."

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2017

  • "Just fabulous cottage."

    Looked after by owners Keith and Diane. Stunning views and plenty of wildlife.

    Reviewed by AlisonJun 2017

  • "Terrific location."

    Very quiet and warm. Ideal for total relaxation. Hosts are extremely friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by GeoffreyMar 2017

  • "Keith and Diane are extremely welcoming hosts."

    The cottage is ideally located for visiting the many attractions and beauty spots nearby; the cottage is a very relaxing base to return to after a busy day out. The cottage was spotless and extremely well equipped and the children enjoyed the company of the sheep next door! Keith was a fount of knowledge regarding the local area and even led us on a walk with trainee sheep dog Glen! We certainly plan to return!

    Reviewed by GeorgeOct 2016

  • "I've booked with Sykes before, so I knew what to expect!"

    The cottage is lovely, and ideally placed to explore the local area.

    Reviewed by David JulianSep 2016

  • "Firstly the hosts Keith and Diane were absolutely brilliant, they helped us with everything we needed and went the extra mile to ensure we had everything we needed for our stay."

    The property itself was fairly well equipped, bathrooms were to a high standard and the kitchen was nice and clean on arrival. The private garden was safe for children as it is guarded by shrubbery and fencing on all sides. Keith even took us to feed his horses and his sheep, dogs and ducks were extremely excited to see us! The views of sugar loaf mountain and other local mountains and the valley containing Abergavenny were fantastic and very serene watching the sun rise. The farm is located on a small narrow lane but this is just off an easy to reach dual carriageway with good access by car to local towns and shops, so although you get the peace and quiet, you are only 10-15mins away from everything you need (not in the middle of nowhere like some cottages). Will definitely book again one day! What would be a bonus: a working DVD player, TV in main lounge with more connections to add hard drive to watch movies etc, and possibly wifi but these are small gripes.

    Reviewed by RashidSep 2016

  • "Couldn't fault it!"

    Very kind hosts who went out of their way to make sure that we had a good holiday. Would recommend this cottage to anybody, especially wheelchair users.

    Reviewed by HefinaAug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor single with pull-out stacker bed
  • Ground floor wet room with grab rails, low level basin and WC (Jack-and-Jill doors between bedroom and wet room and with wheelchair access)
  • Kitchen
  • Utility room
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 4 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Large, enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile down steep road
  • Note: Netted fish pond next to drive, children to be supervised at all times
  • Note, this property does not have a vehicle charging facility and electric vehicles cannot be charged at this property.

The property

This delightful Govilon cottage has been thoughtfully designed by the owners to offer a superb holiday base.

With wheelchair access, a large wet room attached to the ground floor bedroom and emergency lighting throughout, this cottage is suitable for guests with limited mobility.

The well-equipped kitchen, cosy sitting room with...

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About the location


Abergavenny 3 miles; Newport 20 miles.

Govilon is a small, pretty, scattered village with a shop, a pub and a pub/restaurant just 3 miles from Abergavenny. The area offers a wealth of natural beauty, with lovely walks through the Wye Valley, along the Brecon Canal or through the breathtaking Brecon Beacons. The picturesque market town of Abergavenny nestles between seven mountains, and the River Usk flows through it, resulting in 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. 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.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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