Jessica is one of three gorgeous contemporary spacious cottages recently reviewed and stayed in by the Saturday Telegraph journalist Lorna Bradbury. The kingsize bedroom is stunning with a lovely king sized bed, a Juliet Balcony and one of the large featured circular windows making this a wonderful and relaxing bedroom. Escape to the quiet cobbled courtyard, rolling lawns and chic interiors of Jessica. Originally the farm to Maesllwch Castle, this collection of stunningly beautiful, elegant, spacious and unique properties form an L-shape around a picturesque cobbled courtyard. Each property showcases features that hark back to its old life. Jessica was once the Bothy with two original fire ranges, now restored as features. Margaux Rose was formerly the Coach House. Yellow Drama is the other cottage and used to be the hayloft. There are some excellent gastro-pubs and restaurants within easy driving distance, The River Cafe on the River Wye at Glasbury, 5 minutes up the lane is always good fun and excellent food. Jessica is only a few minutes drive down to Hay-on-Wye, The Llantony Valley and Gospel Pass, Herefordshire countryside and of course Brecon and the Beacons within 20 minute drive. The River Wye is just below the house and Trout and Salmon fishing is available on discussion with the owner or Usk and Wye Foundation. As shown on a Home Sweet Holiday Home ITV1 Holiday programme
Come through the front door at Jessica and into a flagstoned entrance hall. The double height ceilings and grand proportions are immediately evident. The hall leads into the open plan sitting/dining room with comfortable sofas, woodburning stove, TV, DVD, video and music system. The dinning area features an original range and the whole space benefits from the large, triple aspect sash windows with shutters and beautiful wood floors. Two steps lead down into the kitchen which has been well-equipped with an electric cooker, hob, fridge, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer, as well as ample work and storage space. A window looks on to the courtyard and this room also has doors out to the rear terrace and the courtyard. Again, an original fireplace and range provide a lovely feature.
Upstairs the double-height ceilings continue and a bright and spacious landing leads to
Bedroom 1: has a king-size bed with a beautiful circular window, high on the wall behind it. The en-suite is light and bright with a glazed door and 'Juliette' balcony overlooking the rear gardens. There is a bath with shower over, toilet, handbasin and towel rail.
Bedroom 2: is another large double with courtyard views
Bedroom 3: is a spacious twin with incredible heavy beams and a lovely feature fireplace.
The family bathroom has a bath, toilet, handbasin and large shower.
The sunny decked area makes a lovely spot for an evening drink.
With the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Gospel Pass, River Wye and Llangorse Lake all within 20 minutes drive, visitors looking for an active day out will be spoilt for choice. Those who would prefer a more leisurely break will enjoy the nearby River Cafe with its terrace on the banks of the Wye and the charming market town of Hay will provide hours of browsing. Children will love the vast spaces and adults will appreciate the stylish and luxurious interiors. Glanhenwye really does have it all....With the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, Gospel Pass, River Wye and Llangorse Lake all within 20 minutes drive, visitors looking for an active day out will be spoilt for choice. Those who would prefer a more leisurely break will enjoy the nearby River Cafe with its terrace on the banks of the Wye and the charming market town of Hay will provide hours of browsing. Children will love the vast spaces and adults will appreciate the stylish and luxurious interiors. Glanhenwye really does have it all....
With floors of flagstone and wood, double-height ceilings, giant sash windows, an open fire and several original ranges, Jessica is many people's dream home. Every room is light, spacious and well-proportioned and every need is catered for. The owner's have made clever alterations to change what was originally the Bothy Cottage to a comfortable family home. Modern conveniences such as the underfloor heating, TV, Video, DVD, and music system combine with original features including shuttered windows and fabulous beams to offer a unique and very comfortable home away from home. Sleeping up to 6 people in 3 generous bedrooms, Jessica has a family bathroom and a further en-suite and is also suitable for a well-behaved pet.
Ideal for large groups, great for entertaining
With its three luxury cottages providing accommodation for up to 20 people, Glanhenwye would be a wonderful choice for a holiday with the extended family, a break with other families or a large group of friends. All three properties offer unique features but equal luxury, and Margaux Rose and Yellow Drama particularly, offer wonderful open plan kitchen/sitting and dining areas, ideal for a large gathering. With all three cottages so beautifully furnished and well-appointed the only difficult choice is which to reserve for yourself!.
A beautiful and historical setting
Nestled within the lush Wye Valley and originally a farm built to serve Maesllwch Castle, Glanhenwye lies between the picturesque 15th century castle and the River Wye at Glasbury. The cobbled courtyard retains many of its 18th century features including beautiful stone arches and the original stalls for the horses. With the owners house in one corner, the cottages Jessica, Margaux Rose and Yellow Drama form two sides of the original farm yard. There is separate driveway access behind the buildings for visitors staying at Margaux Rose and Yellow Drama. The rather flamboyant names for each property are derived from yachts and race boats, reflecting the owner's successful career in the yachting world. Beautiful, mature gardens lie to the rear of the properties and a private terrace area is provided for each. Children will love the vast lawns behind the cottages and are welcome to explore and play in the large field nearby.
Days out to remember
Gather the group in the morning and make the short walk to the River Cafe on the banks of the Wye at Glasbury. Enjoy an almond croissant or a bacon sandwich on the terrace overlooking the river before grabbing a delicious packed lunch and heading down the steps to Wye Valley Canoes. They can provide one or two-man kayaks, or a larger canoe if you need to accommodate a small child, as well as all the equipment and advice you'll need. Push off from the bank and paddle the 5 miles (or approx. 2 hours) to the lovely town of Hay-on-Wye, or take on the 10 mile paddle to The Boat Inn at Whitney. After working up an appetite you could sit on the river beach at Hay with your packed lunch or eat in one of the great cafe's and pubs in the town. Wye Valley Canoes will arrange to pick you and the boats up whenever you're ready. What a lovely way to travel, and to admire the Wye Valley from a totally different prospective.
Just 4 miles up the road, or 2 hours by canoe is Hay-on-Wye. The 'Town of Books' is fascinating, the shops there will not only provide for all your practical needs but also offer hours of browsing. There are boutique clothes shops, antique dealers, retailer's catering for crafts and interiors amongst many other things. There are some excellent pubs and restaurants and the most wonderful, old-fashioned sweetie shop. The little shops sit along quaint, narrow streets with the stunning and picturesque backdrop of Hay's 12th century, partially ruined castle.
Numerous outdoor activities and places to visit
For those looking for an active holiday this location offers a huge choice of outdoor activities and sports. With some of the best cycle routes in the region you'll be spoilt for choice. The incredible Gospel Pass is 5 miles away allowing direct routes into the Llanthony Valley, Offa's Dyke Path, and the National Cycle Route 42. Glanhenwye is also ideally located near The Begwyns, an upland moorland area. Largely unexplored, there are no set walks just a vast, wild and beautiful area to enjoy.
With the River Usk a few minutes walk away, water enthusiasts can enjoy canoeing and fishing. Further activities such as hang gliding, shooting, rock climbing, abseiling, gorge-walking, rafting, pot-holing, golf, off-road driving, paint-balling, orienteering and quad-biking can all be arranged locally, with nearby Llangorse Lake being a popular destination ? this is a real hotspot for outdoor activities.
A warm welcome
The owners of Glanhenwye offer a warm welcome. From their home on the opposite side of the cobbled courtyard they are more than happy to accommodate any reasonable requests, whether that be for transport or for a fluent Dutch speaker! A welcome tray is provided at each cottage and please note that a £250 bond is required per property upon arrival.
Glasbury less than 1 mile, Hay-on-Wye 4 miles, Brecon 13 miles
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