The Old Stonemasons | Crickhowell

A delightful and pretty traditional stone cottage in Llangynidr Village with open fires and great oak beams. An easy stroll down to the two local pubs or walk along the canal and watch the canal craft passing the locks. Near Crickhowell and Abergavenny and Heads of Valley Road for access to Welsh Valleys.

The Old Stonemasons

The Old Stonemasons is a chic and peaceful retreat in the heart of Upper Llangynidr with a pretty cottage garden and wonderful views of the Black Mountains.  A beautifully decorated cottage, mixing modern and vintage styles which will create a memorable holiday.  Perfect for walkers with good space for drying gear and the edge of the Brecon Beacons at the end of the lane.  Close to Crickhowell, Abergavenny and Brecon and walking distance to the Red Lion and The Coach and Horses - both with play areas for children.

This gorgeous Grade 2-listed 500 year old cottage has a large hall with a fine oak staircase leading to three bedrooms upstairs.  The floors throughout are original stone flagstones which have been worn to a shine by many years of use so you really can walk through history.   You can choose between comfortable sitting rooms either side of the impressive staircase, one with a dramatic inglenook fireplace and a study/playroom leading off or sip your morning tea as light floods in through the east-facing windows over Beaufort Square.  In this sitting and dining area there is a long table to accommodate 6 people with a character church pew covered with colourful cushions, and guests can jazz it up on the tuned piano or relax on the vintage leather sofa.   



Sleeps 5 - 1 King Size Room, 1 Single Room, 1 Double Room

There is an attractive character kitchen with an electric cooker and fridge and a vintage larder cupboard.  From the kitchen window there is a wonderful view of the mature walled garden surrounded by the hills and mountains of the Brecon Beacons National Park.  This is the perfect setting for a picnic on the lawn .  The kitchen is well equipped with pans and crockery and has a door leading to the garden and seating area outside. 

There is a separate utility room with washing machine, tumble drier and chest freezer and is an ideal space for drying wet coats and boots after a country walk.  There is a downstairs toilet acessed through the utility room.

The cottage has two sitting rooms on the other side of the cottage is a comfortable sitting room with a TV with Freeview, DVD, Video, CD.

Up the old, wide wooden stairs, which do have a bannister, to a spacious landing with wonderful original beams and a low window looking into the kitchen which was set into the original outside wall.

Bedroom 1:  A large Master bedroom with King size bed and double aspect windows which allow light to flood in.  There is plenty storage space in the built in wardrobes.

Bathroom: With an enormous shower-room with powershower, hand basin and toilet with a picture window overlooking the lane.

Bedroom 2:  A Single with truckle bed and a wonderful picture window with a seat overlooking the lane and village beyond.

Bathroom:  There is a wonderful deep roll-top bath with  handbasin and toilet and an airing cupboard

Across the hall to

Bedroom 3:  A stylish bedroom with a romantic double bed is flooded with morning light and has views down the Usk Valley .

Useful information:
* Linen and towels provided.
* Electricity and first load of wood provided
* Freeview TV and DVD and i-pod dock and radio
* WIFI available
* Garden table and chairs provided 
* Not suitable for pets - by owners choice
* Parking for 2 cars
* Variable mobile reception 

A quiet, retreat in the village of Llangynidr The Old Stonemasons provides the perfect place to unwind, on a wet day curl up and read a book in front of the huge inglenook fireplace or snuggle up in the colourful cushions and play Scrabble on the long table.  In evenings enjoy the private terrace overlooking the walled garden or have a BBQ enjoying the wonderful views.  Peace and quiet without complete isolation.  A short walk for lunch at the Red Lion  or a little further to the Coach and Horses and then home for another game of scrabble and a glass of wine.

Fantastic walks from your door in all directions from The Old Stonemasons visitors will be spoilt for choice.  There is also good cycling from the cottage with a cycle shop (serious cyclists only) in the village. There are a choice of circular walks including  ascending the nearby Tor y Foel mountain and down into Talybont village before returning along the canal. 

There are more gentle strolls to be had by heading down through the village of  Llangynidr and onto the canal towpath.  For even more walks, head into Crickhowell and visit the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre. As well as offering a coffee bar and internet access, . Tell the helpful staff on the desk how energetic you're feeling and how much time you have and they'll help you choose from an enormous number of varied walks. For a challenging but relatively short walk, Table Mountain at nearly 1500ft provides a spectacular backdrop to the North of the town.  At the top you will be rewarded with the remains of a 2500-year-old hill-fort (crug) of Hywel from which Crickhowell takes its name. There are also several pony trekking and riding centres in the area. Mountain bikers will love this spot too with rides straight onto the hillside behind the house and the Taff Trail only a couple of miles away.

Discover the bustling town of Crickhowell, a thriving market town nestled between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons in one of the most beautiful valleys in the National Park. Visitors are just 4 miles from the heart of the town.  Explore Nicholls, the lovely department store with its range of clothes, footwear, stationary, jewellery, gifts, and home products and make sure you visit Webbs - a family run department store established in 1930.  Drop into one of a number of great local coffee shops and then browse the art gallery and small boutique shops before lunching at the famous Bear Hotel, which dates back to 1432 and has won the 'Best Pub in Britain' award twice.

Foodies will appreciate the selection of other superb eateries within 20 miles of The Old Stonemasons. These include two Michelin starred restaurants, The Walnut Tree just over 12 miles away and The Crown at Whitebrook. The Old Stonemasons is also within easy reach of the celebrated Bell at Skenfrith, Michelin pub of the year in 2007 and recipient of 2 AA rosettes. Finally, The Hardwick is just under 11 miles away and is another multi-award winning gastropub.

Make your booking and look forward to a stay in this romantic retreat by clicking here or, alternatively you can book by calling our office on 01874 676446.

If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Lucy, Jessica, Carolyn or Ann

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