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The Coach House

(Ref. 2553)

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


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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73 Customer Reviews

  • "Thank you Harry and Nicola for being such wonderful hosts."

    We have loved every minute of our stay at The Coach House. We have had such a peaceful and restful week. We would love to return for a 2nd visit.

    Reviewed by Bethan5.0May 2024

  • "The Coach House was very comfortable and warm and was in an excellent position to explore Crickhowell and the surrounding towns like Brecon & Abergavenny."

    It has wonderful views across the countryside as well.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Mar 2024

  • "This was our 2nd trip to the Coach House, we loved it the first time around and we were delighted to come back."

    It's so quiet, with amazing views. It has the perfect blend of being out in the countryside, but close enough to the village. It's a lovely, homely space and the perfect place to unwind after a long day of walking the hills and waterfalls. What a beautiful spot, so much to see and do within a short drive. Thank you Nicola for your kind hospitality, it was great to see you again and enjoy the cottage!

    Reviewed by Allison5.0Feb 2024

  • "We stayed at The Coach House over New Year and from the moment we walked through the front door we felt the welcome comfort of the property."

    It was warm and cosy and very clean and a basketful of logs and kindling had been thoughtfully left out so that we could relax in front of a real fire without the necessity of visiting the shops. Milk, tea, coffee and sugar were left for us and we made a much needed cup of coffee on arrival, and dipped into the bowl of chocolates left out for us. Yum! We were sorry not to meet Nicola and Harry, who were on their own holiday, but Nicola was just a phone call away should we need anything and she kept in touch with us during our stay to make sure we had no problems. The weather was against us, but we still managed to get out for a few walks with our dog, Pip, and loved the scenery. Sadly long walks were not possible on this occasion as we would all have got soaked. But everyone we did meet was very friendly and we felt as though we belonged there. We so enjoyed our 3 night break and will definitely be returning, hopefully meeting Nicola and Harry on our return. Thank you for an amazing break!

    Reviewed by Becky5.0Dec 2023

  • "Very much enjoyed our first stay and hope to return."

    Lovely, friendly hosts keen to make visitors welcome. A secluded property high in the hills with glorious mountain views. Within easy reach of both Abergavenny and Crickhowell. Superb base for those who enjoy walking - or shopping with lots of independent shops.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Nov 2023

  • "A very friendly welcome by Nicola and Granny."

    We'll equipped and exceptionally clean cottage. Unfortunately the field that was usually available for dog run was occupied by sheep. A fenced area for dog would be helpful and appreciated when sheep are in occupation.. That said we enjoyed a very pleasant stay at the Coach House and wouldn't hesitate to recommend staying there.

    Reviewed by Laurence4.4Oct 2023

  • "Nicola very friendly, jolly and helpful."

    Second stay at this property. Perfect location and wonderful accommodation with plenty of external space for our small dog.

    Reviewed by Norman5.0Sep 2023

  • "The coach House was clean comfortable and warm."

    The kitchen was very well equipped and the owners very welcoming. Would be very happy to stay here again

    Reviewed by Jane4.4Sep 2023

  • "Stunning views and friendly owners with a superb separate field for the dog to leap around in!"

    It was clean and well equipped with a washer dryer and dishwasher as well as a lovely open fire. A peaceful location and highly recommended. We had a relaxing time visiting Gilwern (Corn exchange highly recommended for a drink and local chat) and Crickhowell and climbed Sugarloaf and Pen Y Fan too. Thank you for a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Andrea3.8Aug 2023

  • "Had a great week."

    Comfy cottage, well located for local walks. Very friendly and helpful family in the main house.

    Reviewed by Toby5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely relaxing holiday in wonderful surroundings, the owners could not have been more welcoming and helpful."

    The cottage had been tastefully converted without losing it's history and was a most pleasant place to stay. Our dog was made most welcome and there was even a huge secure field just opposite the cottage where he could run free.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2023

  • "Thanks once again for letting us share your lovely property."

    This was our second visit and I wouldn't be surprised if we come back again very soon. The cottage itself, set in your private and extensive gardens, is ideally placed to explore this area of the Brecon Beacons; or just sit and relax with just the sound of birdsong or the bleating of the lambs to disturb the peace and quiet. Three generations of our family thoroughly enjoyed ourselves from start to finish

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage, great host."

    Idyllic spot, lovely and quiet sitting out at night. Very cosy inside with the big fire. Great location for lots of walks nearby.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Apr 2023

  • "Plenty of space, warmth and comfort."

    Great location. We hope to return

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Apr 2023

  • "The perfect home away from home."

    Nicola was welcoming and made us feel well looked after. Lovely views and great location to enjoy both nature and the amenities of Abergavenny and surrounding towns. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a beautiful location and the hosts could not have been nicer or more helpful."

    We enjoyed a brilliant week cycling, hiking and relaxing in wonderful comfort after busy days in the great outdoors. I would strongly recommend this holiday cottage, an excellent find and I’m sure we’ll be back - thank you Nicola

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Mar 2023

  • "The cottage was really lovely and we loved the roaring real fire, the tranquility and the very large safe field that we could walk our doggie in each morning."

    Nicola and Harry are a really lovely and friendly couple and did everything possible to make our stay as nice as possible. Highly recommend and we will definitely return again soon

    Reviewed by Jeff5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, lots of walks and views from the cottage are wonderful."

    Nicola was so helpful and very kind and would like to say a big thank to her for everything. Lola our dog loved the open field nearby to chase her ball. A walk down by the canal is a must. Helen

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely!"

    We were fortunate enough to have good weather and perfectly located to visit the local area. Would certainly be going again

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    very comfortable and cosy. Very well maintained. Couldn't fault it. Owner was lovely and very helpful. Hope to return.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Dec 2022

  • "Nicola a fabulous host."

    Property EXACTLY as described - perfect property in perfect location! Sykes Holiday Cottages extremely efficient too, only losing points for the number of emails being received!

    Reviewed by Norman5.0Nov 2022

  • "Fabulous property in a part of the world we love visiting."

    Excellent facilities, very comfortable beds, dog loved the walks right from the doorstep, quiet - all you can hear is the gentle bleating of the sheep. We have already booked to return next year!

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Absolutely fabulous!"

    !! House and garden was amazing we had everything we needed and our dog Chilli loved the garden. Nichola was very welcoming and was only a phone call away if we needed anything. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent idyllic location in a rural setting."

    We enjoyed coming back from a day out to the peace and quiet and the lovely view from the patio out the back

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely place to stay in beautiful grounds."

    Well situated for walking in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons and for visiting Hay on Wye.Very welcoming hosts . We'll be back. Thank you

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0May 2022

  • "What an absolute gem of a property."

    Everything you could possibly want. Beautiful grounds and views. Cottage was very clean Warm and cosy, beds were so warm and comfy, complete with electric blankets.. We were lucky to be there when the baby lambs were in the fields surrounding us. Joy watching them. If you are looking for a relaxed holiday, we highly recommend The Coach house. Our host Nicola, was so welcoming and helpful, while not intrusive. We loved it as did our dog. Definitely another visit on the cards.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Mar 2022

  • "Nicola was extremely welcoming, kind, thoughtful, generous and clearly just wanted us to enjoy our stay, which we did."

    What a fabulous place! We will be back.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Feb 2022

  • "We were made very welcome and enjoyed a very relaxing stay."

    I would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Kelvin4.7Feb 2022

  • "We gave it a well-deserved 5* rating: the perfect quiet retreat in beautiful surroundings with all mod cons."

    Henk and Dieuwke van Es

    Reviewed by Dieuwke5.0Dec 2021

  • "The Coach House is flawless, a true gem."

    Nestled in a lovely Welsh valley with stunning peaks all around, the cottage is on a secluded, stunning estate. When needed, Nicola is a 2 minute walk away, but the cottage itself is extremely private. The interior is lovely, the fireplace extremely cozy, and it's stocked with all the amenities you could want during a holiday. There's ample parking for several cars, and the gardens are amazing for a dog. The views from the area are spectacular, and the stars at night are incredible. The WiFi is fast, too. It was perfect.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Dec 2021

  • "I thought that the Coach House was one of the best cottages that we have rented, noting that for many years, we have rented four or more cottages each year (in different locations)."

    The Coach House was spacious, easily accommodating my wife and I, and would have provided roomy accommodation for four. I note that an ample supply of crockery and cutlery was provided, which meant that it was not necessary to run the dishwasher after every meal. Some of the properties we have rented provided so little crockery and/or cutlery that, even with just two of us, it was necessary to run the dishwasher after almost every meal. The wi-fi was good. The property is well situated for walking in the Brecon Beacons.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Nov 2021

  • "If you are seeking quietude and tradition away from the bustle and noise of modernity then The Coach House Gilwern is for you."

    beautiful setting, lovely outlook and close to the fabulous canal for miles of gentle walking on the flat. Nice towns nearby and convenience shops within 5 minutes. Comfy and homely where you can relax and enjoy the holiday home without being inhibited. Wonderful hosting- so friendly- could not wish for kinder, more attentive people.

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Oct 2021

  • "A comfortable and spacious cottage in a quiet location."

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had an excellent time."

    Owners very friendly and helpful. Intend to come back and would certainly recommend this property. Only thing I would suggest is to change the old energy light bulbs with LED ones which give much brighter light. The low light did make evening reading difficult.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Sep 2021

  • "Lovely quiet location, but within walking distance of the village, and easy driving distance of the local tow."

    Easy access to major roads, very friendly owner.

    Reviewed by Clive4.4Aug 2021

  • "Comfortable, clean and spacious accommodation surrounded by beautiful grounds."

    The outside space allotted to the Coachhouse is not fenced at all so if you're taking a dog you should be aware of that. Unless your dog will stay close when let out it could be a problem. Nicola is a wonderful host, available if needed and very helpful.

    Reviewed by Lynda4.7Jul 2021

  • "Good location with great walks nearby."

    Hosts were very welcoming and the accommodation was spacious with great garden.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2021

  • "Wonderful setting, very peaceful and hosts most welcoming."

    Felt privileged to share the wonderful garden. Perfect for walking in the Brecon Beacons and along the canal

    Reviewed by Lesley4.4Jun 2021

  • "Great stay."

    Lovely house and location. Nicola extremely good host.

    Reviewed by Doug5.0May 2021

  • "Once again we had a lovely stay at the Coach House."

    The owner was helpful and within reach if we needed anything, but quietly in the background so as not to disturb us. The property is set in beautiful grounds in a peaceful area and allows easy access to the surrounding areas. It is warm and well equipped and very spacious and all of that makes for a comfortable stay. Once again thanks go to Nicola for a lovely base for our holiday in the Brecon Beacons national park.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation, great fire and beautiful location to enjoy a weekend away."

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2021

  • "The Coach House was a very comfortable and well equipped home from home."

    Set in the beautiful grounds of the very pleasant owners home, it was a warm, peaceful and comfortable place to stay. The Black Mountains are a beautiful area of the National Park and Gilwern is ideally placed to explore them. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this property and the area. Thank you Nicola for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great location for exploring the Brecon Beacons."

    The Coach House is set in magnificent grounds with easy access to a large field where you can exercise your dog. The property was cleaned to a high standard with plenty of hand sanitizer available. We really enjoyed our 4 day stay.

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2020

  • "Thank you Nicola for a lovely stay, the Coach House is well equipped, comfortable, very peaceful and in an ideal location for exploring the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountain."

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2020

  • "Warm welcome from owner Nicola and comprehensive explanation of running of cottage and what was required of us."

    Comfortable, cosy, warm cottage. Comfy beds. Kitchen equipment more than adequate for our personal needs. Great central place for exploring the area, and numerous small shops around (also big Waitrose) to top up supplies, including coal, logs for fire. Would definitely consider returning for another stay, and to further explore the Beacons.

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Jan 2020

  • "The Coach House was an absolutely splendid place for a relaxing holiday."

    We were greeted warmly and everything was ready for our arrival. We had a wonderful traditional Christmas in the Coach House and because of the gardens and lovely rural setting I would happily go back any time of year.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Dec 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage set in stunning grounds."

    Great for my socially awkward rescue dog who got to run around in a field without a care in the world.

    Reviewed by Danny5.0Nov 2019

  • "We loved everything about The Coach House!"

    Very spacious, clean house, with a simplistic, rustic feel, the interior was true to its exterior. We didn't want to leave! The location was ideal, had a feel of being in the middle of nowhere, (with wonderful views), but within a short drive, you were close to shops and the roads needed for further adventures! The owners were helpful and welcoming! Couldn't recommend this place enough!! We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Terri5.0Aug 2019

  • "Just back from a lovely week at The Coach House."

    Wonderful place to stay and marvellous hosts who went above and beyond. Everything you could need is there. Very peaceful location. We will definitely be back one day.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and the owner Nicola could not have been more helpful or friendly."

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jun 2019

  • "Fabulous location, cottage and host, we had a great time exploring South Wales"

    Reviewed by Derrick4.4May 2019

  • "Lovely hideaway, lovely owners always there if need anything, would love the patio area to be fenced off so dog could lay outside with us in glorious sunshine and beautiful views."

    Reviewed by Jean5.0May 2019

  • "A wonderful welcome from Mrs."

    N Lewis. Such a joy to stay self-catering with provision people's possible way of life at home - e.g. tablecloth and toast rack provided, also sensibly-sized cooking dishes for 2 or 3. Grounds of property greatly enjoyed.

    Reviewed by Myra5.0Mar 2019

  • "We found the property very comfortable."

    The owner was helpful and indicated that we could use the field next to the property to walk the dog. The village of Gilwern was a lovely small village with several shops to provide extras for the holiday. It also was only a few miles from Abergavenny for more major shopping at supermarkets.

    Reviewed by Ioan5.0Mar 2019

  • "Nicola was a lovely host, helpful but not intrusive."

    Our visit coincided with the grimmest weather of the Winter so far, yet the house was warm and comfortable. Set in a very pleasant location, with local shops within a reasonable distance, and local towns not far away. Good, varied walks within easy reach.

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2019

  • "Nicola was really welcoming and accommodated all needs."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Jan 2019

  • "Very friendly and helpful owners Cottage is in a great location and very comfortable."

    Reviewed by Fiona4.7Dec 2018

  • "Really nice cottage, spacious and clean with a very good kitchen."

    We only stayed 2 nights but it would be a very good place for a holiday. Very friendly and attentive hosts who live close by. The dog was also made most welcome.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Nov 2018

  • "Possibly write the name of the accommodation near the roadside-maybe on the stone slab?"

    Good to have the cupboard contents listed inside the doors. You know what is available and where best to put it after washing up. Maybe a new frying pan (one that has a flatter base). Lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Jerzy5.0Oct 2018

  • "It was a beautiful coach house , set in amazing grounds ."

    We were greeted so well , and the Coach house was just perfect .

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2018

  • "The Coach House is a homely cottage in a beautiful garden setting."

    Very secure with all facillities at hand. We would recommend to anyone. Sarah and Arnie

    Reviewed by Arnold5.0Aug 2018

  • "All as described."

    Would definitely recommend The Coach House. Have no negatives to say about it at all.

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Apr 2018

  • "Absolutely brilliant."

    The owner Nicola met us upon arrival, there was plenty of wood for the fire and a welcome pack. The weather was very snowy but the Coach house was lovely and warm. Will be staying again on our next visit to Wales.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Feb 2018

  • "Absolut fabulous place, brilliant host, very well equipped."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would certainly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Bill4.8Feb 2018

  • "Superb"

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Jan 2018

  • "A delightful cottage in stunning hideaway setting."

    Very comfortable and cosy-well eqipped

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2017

  • "This is a gem of a property that ticked all the boxes for us."

    It was private, quiet, in a perfect location, clean and very comfortable. This property is situated to the rear of the owner's lovely Georgian Manor House, but tucked away with sufficient parking for a couple of cars and has direct access to a patio and large garden which is screened from the main house by mature hedges and trees. Inside it is equipped with everything you could wish to have. The large open fireplace gives out plenty of heat and we were provided with a generous basket of logs which kept us going for a few days. The property is also very well centrally heated and you can control the temperature and timing of the heating to suit your needs. The large skylight windows in the bedrooms afford a great vewing of the night sky and stars on clear nights. Wi Fi signal was good, if you can't bear to be without your 'tablet' or 'smart phone'. The beds were very comfortable and we loved the absolute peace and quiet of the Coach House. Direct access to the Brecon Canal is only a 5 mins walk from the Coach House and we happily followed the tow path to llangattock on route to Crickhowell. The local shop and pub is just 10 mins walk away but is a steep walk back-up the hill, but nothing too strenuous . There is lots to do in this area. We will definitely be planning to come back to the Coach House next year.

    Reviewed by Crawford5.0Nov 2017

  • "Very comfortabele holliday house with stunning views!"

    Reviewed by Gaby4.8Aug 2017

  • "Splendid property, fully equipped."

    Proprietress a delightful person.

    Reviewed by Peter4.6Jun 2017

  • "Second visit to the coach house."

    Excellent location, facilities and hosts. Fantastic space fr dog

    Reviewed by Colin4.8Sep 2016

  • "The owner Nicola met us on arrival and was extremely helpful."

    The coach House was real treat and a lovely property to stay. The welcome pack and chocolate goodies was a nice touch. Would recommend this holiday to anyone wanting a relaxing break

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Sep 2016

  • "Warm welcome from the owner."

    Very spacious, well-stocked and comfortable property. No problem with parking. Lovely location. Ideal for walkers and those wishing to explore the area and visit the market towns.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Sep 2016

  • "Farmhouse was very spacious, well equipped in beautiful setting."

    We were not able to just let the dog out in the garden alone on the mornings, all 3 sofas in the lounge were most uncomfortable we would recommend. They are all changed . No one had a comfortable evening whilst sitting shutting or watching to. The beds however were very comfortable and the master bedroom was very spacious with the lovely veranda offering beautiful scenery / sunsets along with the powerful shower in a reasonably sized cubicle was wonderful.

    Reviewed by June4.0Aug 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with small balcony and en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher Large sitting room with dining area and open fire.
  • Gas central heating with open fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD player, stereo/CD player, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Small mature garden with garden furniture (shared use of owner's large garden available by prior arrangement)
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (£50 refundable Good Housekeeping bond payable on arrival on bookings with a dog)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: Dogs must be kept under strict control at all times
  • Please note that bookings that are 7 days or longer need to start on a Friday

The property

Gilwern 1 mile. A magnificent stone-built coach house, situated in a rural position in the beautiful grounds of the owner's home, just one mile from the pretty village of Gilwern.

The Coach House is extremely comfortable and spacious, and offers a huge sitting room with dining area and a large open fire, as well as doors on both sides, leading to the lovely gardens and patio.

Both bedrooms have exposed beams, with the master bedroom benefiting from the added bonus of a balcony with magnificent views towards Sugarloaf and Talgarth, and an en-suite shower room.

Superb accommodation in a splendid setting, this is a great place for exploring the beautiful Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons), the medieval town of Abergavenny and the many picturesque villages of the surrounding area.

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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About the location


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

The picturesque village of Gilwern, situated amidst the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons), offers visitors many amenities including traditional pubs, shops and a great fish and chip shop. Covering approximately 520 square miles, the National Park surrounds the village providing excellent walking, cycling and bird watching as well as great salmon and trout fishing on the river Usk. Abergavenny, the aptly named "Gateway to Wales" is nestled in the nearby hills and has something for everyone. With its many indoor and outdoor markets, magnificent castle and museums this medieval market town is sure to delight any visitor. Offering fantastic walks for all abilities as well as its own vineyard, the nearby mountain of Sugarloaf is well worth visiting. No matter what time of year, this wonderful little village has something in the area to suit all tastes and budgets.

Please note that bookings that are 7 days or longer need to start on a Friday.
Please note: this property accepts children aged 12 and over only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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