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Amazing view from the hot tub
Spacious lounge with wood burner effect electric fire, leading out to the decked hot tub area
Separate kitchen with plenty of space to rustle up a nice meal
Super-king-size bed that can be a twin on request
Enter through the stable door into your rural retreat which is all on ground floor level
Owners' grounds which are free to roam and lead to the beautiful canal
Follow the garden path and see where it leads you
Or relax in the hot tub with the amazing view
Fantastic unobstructed view of the Sugar Loaf
A beautiful spot to relax in with your own hot tub whilst looking out to Sugar Loaf mountain
Covered seating on the way to the paddock
Lit pathway in the grounds
Discover more seating in the paddock
Rover won't get thirsty as there's a thoughtfully provided tap in the paddock
See the canal at the bottom of the grounds
And the old iron kilns
Meet the friendly residents
This lovely canal is right on your doorstep
1 / 24  Amazing view from the hot tub
2 / 24  Spacious lounge with wood burner effect electric fire, leading out to the decked hot tub area
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4 / 24  Separate kitchen with plenty of space to rustle up a nice meal
5 / 24  Super-king-size bed that can be a twin on request
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9 / 24  Enter through the stable door into your rural retreat which is all on ground floor level
10 / 24  Owners' grounds which are free to roam and lead to the beautiful canal
11 / 24  Follow the garden path and see where it leads you
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13 / 24  Or relax in the hot tub with the amazing view
14 / 24  Fantastic unobstructed view of the Sugar Loaf
15 / 24  A beautiful spot to relax in with your own hot tub whilst looking out to Sugar Loaf mountain
16 / 24  Covered seating on the way to the paddock
17 / 24  Lit pathway in the grounds
18 / 24  Discover more seating in the paddock
19 / 24  Rover won't get thirsty as there's a thoughtfully provided tap in the paddock
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21 / 24  See the canal at the bottom of the grounds
22 / 24  And the old iron kilns
23 / 24  Meet the friendly residents
24 / 24  This lovely canal is right on your doorstep

Little Orchard Retreat

Gilwern, Brecon Beacons
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Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 3
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Increased accessibility
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing on site / nearby
Romantic
Parking on site / nearby
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A spacious cottage set in a fabulous location, ideal for a romantic break away
  • Good for cycling and stunning walks available on the doorstep
  • Stroll along the canal or tackle the Sugar Loaf Mountain which you can see from your property
  • Enjoy the magnificent view in your own exclusive hot tub
Property code: 52882

Spend date nights in the hot tub admiring spectacular views of the Sugar Loaf mountain and gazing up at the stars. Sitting in a Dark Skies Area in the pretty village of Gilwern on the edge of the Blaenavon World Heritage site, this welcoming bolthole is perfectly positioned for a romantic retreat. Bring two dogs along and enjoy days exploring the Brecon Beacons National Park before relaxing in style. Step through the stable door and into the kitchen which has all the space you need to prepare feasts. It has a handy dishwasher so you can clear up with ease after dining alfresco or eating inside. After dinner, relax in the light, inviting lounge which is filled with natural light from the French doors and warmed by the wood burner-effect electric fire. The TV/DVD will keep you entertained, as will the hot tub which sits on the enclosed, covered veranda. Beyond the veranda, there are gorgeous gardens that wind down to the canal. Drift off in the super king-size bed which can be made up as 3ft twin beds on request, before freshening up in the shower room. There is off-road parking and secure bike storage available, and an exercise paddock of over an acre for dogs and visitors alike. Explore the grounds and look out for the many hidden seating areas. A 5-mile trip takes you into the heart of Abergavenny – a great foodie town known as ‘The Gateway to Wales’. Pick up goodies, dine in style or ascend one of the seven hills of Abergavenny: Blorenge, Sugar Loaf, Great Skirrid, Little Skirrid, Deri, Rholben or Mynydd Llanwenarth. Blaenavon Iron Works and The Big Pit are within 7.5 miles of your door and are great destinations for a day out learning about the local heritage. For water sports visit Llangorse or Llandegvedd Lake. For an adventure, the tallest mountain in the Black Mountains sits 16.5 miles away; summit Waun Fach for panoramic views to remember.

  • 1 bedroom – super-king-size zip-and-link bed (which can be made up as two 3ft singles on request)
  • 1 shower room
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher
  • Hot tub
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Good Wi-Fi
  • Pub and shops within walking distance
  • Freeview TV and DVD
  • Large paddock to exercise your dog
  • Various seating areas within the grounds
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 15:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 3 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week
  • There is an Accidental Damage Deposit of £150 when booking at this property, however this may be waived for £20. We’ll provide more details about this when booking your holiday.

Avril Hitchman

This property is personally managed by Avril.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 45 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Sheryl 26th April 2024

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We had a completely restful week which is what we both needed. The cottage worked well with Lottie our collie. The cottage was very comfortable & had everything you could need. The views from the hot tub are to die for & there's plenty of outside space to sit & relax & enjoy. The paddock was a bonus & Lottie loved going down there every teatime. LoRead morets of walking from the door along the canal & castle meadows in Abergavenny is beautiful for a walk & a sit by the river. Thanks Pippa & Boswell xx Hide

Reviewed by Douglas 22nd March 2024

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Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances, we had to cut our stay very short, in fact less than a day. On a positive note, the apartment would have been good for the week. Completely fitted and kitted out with everything that you would need. The view from the veranda would have been a treat to see every day. Pippa is a lovely lady who cannot do Read moreenough to make sure your stay is spot on. Thank you Pippa. Hide

Reviewed by John 6th March 2024

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The cottage is beautiful and boasts an incredible view. Very cosy and comfortable and the hot tub is wonderful. Brilliant location for views, walks or hikes. Nearby towns are friendly and charming. Pippa is lovely and extremely welcoming.

Reviewed by Kate 1st March 2024

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Excellent location close to amenities such as pub, restaurant and shop. Excellent location for walking routes in the Brecon Beacons, the sugarloaf, Skirrid and blorenge and also along the canal. Cottage is all on ground floor so accessible for all. Fully equipped kitchen that has everything you need. Have stayed a number of times and would recommenRead mored to others. Hide

Reviewed by Caroline 23rd February 2024

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Lovely location, lovely host, nice cottage

Reviewed by Peter 9th February 2024

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Reviewed by Sarah 26th January 2024

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Reviewed by Richard 4th December 2023

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A wonderful place to relax with a hot tub and off road parking. Owners were very pleasant and helpful. Dog friendly with an enclosed garden and access to a large paddock where the dog can run safely free. Canal walks available less than 200m from property. Several pubs and restaurants within walking distance.

Reviewed by Nick 15th October 2023

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Sitting in the hot tub looking at the view was fantastic

Reviewed by Aimee 7th October 2023

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Reviewed by Sarah 30th September 2023

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Reviewed by Michelle 22nd September 2023

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Our third visit to this stunning cottage. The location is just beautiful. Best views from the hut tub. Pippa , John and Boswell are so friendly and kind. You could not wish for anywhere more peaceful and beautiful. The cottage has everything you need. We look forward to staying here again in the future.

Reviewed by Raluca 25th August 2023

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We had an amazing time spend over, everything was great the views from the hot tube we enjoyed the must after a long day walking around in the nature . The owners are very friendly and they make sure you are informed about everything they are lovely persons, for sure we will get back one day!

Reviewed by Thomas 18th August 2023

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Pippa was very helpful and cottage was lovely would definitely stay there again and highly recommend. Hot tub was amazing

Reviewed by Sheila 4th August 2023

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We found the Orchard retreat a wonderful place to stay, peaceful, spacious and a wonderful outlook and gardens . Hosts Pippa and John very welcoming, helpful and friendly . A very special place to stay. Great base to visit the surrounding area and further afield. Lots of place to eat and drink locally , Abergavenny centre and Crickhowell .

Reviewed by Malcolm 21st July 2023

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This cottage is a gem. I'm so glad we found it and would definitely return. Pippa and John are a lovely couple and made us feel so welcome. The views are stunning, especially from the hot tub. If you're looking for a relaxing break away from everything, we thoroughly recommend Little Orchard Retreat.

Reviewed by Patricia 14th July 2023

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Reviewed by Lee 23rd June 2023

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Had a great time at Little Orchard Retreat. Good directions provided to find the place. Very welcoming hosts who do not just leave instructions, but give you a guided tour of the property. Very clean and well equipped cottage with a nice private decking with hot tub. Located in a lovely village with very nice pub restaurants. There are many nice plRead moreaces to visit within a short distance by car. Definitely recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Janet 16th June 2023

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This was our fourth visit and we've already booked again for next year - that's how much we love this cottage. The owners are lovely and welcoming and the accommodation is perfect. It's well equipped and spacious, the bed is huge and really comfortable and the balcony and hot tub have one of the best views you could wish for. The paddock is fantastRead moreic for dogs to run around in and the gardens are a delight. Lovely canal walks nearby and convenient shops and nice pubs in the village. Hide

Reviewed by Shirley 2nd June 2023

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Amazing friendly hosts who were very kind and to whom nothing was too much trouble. Magic gardens to spend a couple of hours in reading and taking in the bird song and peace and quiet. The accommodation was very comfortable and clean and the view looking at sugar loaf mountain was incredible. Lovely hot tub which was a treat at the end of the day! Read moreHighly recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Karl 26th May 2023

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Fantastic stay at this lovely location, the hosts were so friendly and welcoming, we are looking forward to returning next year :)

Reviewed by Andrea 12th May 2023

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We are returning guests and are going to book again. We just love it. The kitchen is well equipped, the lounge is very comfortable and relaxing, and the bedroom is spacious. It is accessible for my husband as it is all on one level within the accommodation. We are so warmly welcomed and nothing is too much trouble . We love sitting in the hideaway Read moredrinking tea and chatting and the birdsong is amazing. Pippa and John are incredible people and Boswell is a joy as are the ponies Pye and Holly . Hide

Reviewed by Catherine 14th April 2023

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This is our third visit which must speak volumes. Pippa, John and Boswell are just fantastic. We love staying here, the perfect place to recharge ones batteries and Maggie, our Cockapoo just loves the paddock. Looking forward to next year for another visit.

Reviewed by Kirsty 7th April 2023

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Reviewed by Phillip 31st March 2023

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Pippa and John very welcoming. For those with dogs the paddock is great for ball throwing (as well as having beautiful mini gardens with seats all over the place), and the canal walk is wonderful. Cottage very comfortable and warm. We'll be back!

Reviewed by Stephen 17th March 2023

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We and our dog Lola had a wonderful time at this comfortable and well equipped cottage, and many thanks to Pippa and John for being such great hosts. There are many local walks and we especially enjoyed the flat walks along the canal and the more strenuous walks up Sugar Loaf mountain, the Lonely Shepherd rock and the 4 Waterfalls. The hot tub was Read morea welcome way to relax after our days outs, enjoying the beautiful scenery with a glass of wine. Lola loved playing ball in the secure paddock area. Hide

Reviewed by Vivien 3rd March 2023

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Excellent location, with lovely views, warm and comfortable. Garden and dog paddock excellent. Hot tub was very nice especially in the snow. Very warm welcome from owners who were on hand if needed.

Reviewed by Jennifer 3rd February 2023

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Beautiful place to stay. The view from the balcony is stunning.lots of grounds to walk around.so dog friendly.hot tub great as views of sugar loaf mountain and surrounding area so relaxing.can really recommend.

Reviewed by Marion 24th January 2023

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We had a lovely stay at Little Orchard Retreat with our dog, Colin. Its perfect for dogs, with a safe paddock to exercise and a canal path to walk along (and to run along, for humans!). Hot tub was great to relax in after days out. Pippa and John were friendly and welcoming.

Reviewed by Tracey 29th December 2022

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John & Pippa were really welcoming hosts. Their property is lovely and we had a perfect stay over New Year walking along the canal and relaxing in the hot tub with a glass of wine. Would love to visit again in the Summer to appreciate their wonderful gardens

Reviewed by Traci 22nd December 2022

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Pippa and John were great hosts. The cottage was lovely and the view from the hot tub amazing. Would definitely recommend and cant wait to visit again.

Reviewed by Pamela 20th November 2022

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Extremely welcoming and a really fantastic location.

Reviewed by Stacey 7th November 2022

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Fantastic location - the view from the hot tub is stunning! We were absolutely left to our own devices and it was so peaceful and private. Its an easy drive into Abergavenny which is well worth a visit or three, a surprising number of high quality restaurants and plenty of things to do. We walked the canal tow path into Abergavenny too which is a bRead moreeautiful flat walk. A couple of friendly pubs nearby, one which serves food but nothing to write home about. Would return 100% Hide

Reviewed by Abi 28th October 2022

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Lovely cosy cottage and owners couldnt do enough for you . Hot tub was amazing

Reviewed by Gabrielle 14th October 2022

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The cottage is lovely, welcoming and the hot tub was very relaxing. Pippa and John are amazing hosts. Our dogs loved the paddock. The views were incredible. If you take your dogs with you, you need to be aware that Boswell (owners dog) can come right up to the fence, so if your dogs are bothered you need to plan for this. Having said that, Pippa anRead mored John were amazingly understanding with our anxious dog so do not discount the amazing holiday you can have Hide

Reviewed by Rae 23rd September 2022

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Beautiful property, surrounded by amazing landscape. Hot tub was lovely and the view was breathtaking. Pippa and John are very welcoming. I would highly recommend.

Reviewed by David 16th September 2022

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Reviewed by Chris 19th August 2022

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An absolutely lovely holiday. The location is stunning and our two dogs loved running in the paddock. Pippa and John are such welcoming, friendly and helpful hosts and we loved sitting out on the deck in the evenings watching the sunset over Sugar Loaf mountain. Well definitely book again for next year!

Reviewed by David 12th August 2022

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Reviewed by Peter 29th July 2022

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Reviewed by Clive 22nd July 2022

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Reviewed by Patricia 15th July 2022

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What a find. We could not fault the accommodation, the gardens were a delight to explore and the owners were so friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. The hot tub was so appreciated as were the lovely Welsh cakes and milk which awaited our arrival. We had a fantastic time and Fleur thoroughly enjoyed herself. It was great to have BosRead morewell visit each morning and afternoon for his daily treats! Thank you Pippa and John for making our holiday so perfect. Hide

Reviewed by Tony 24th June 2022

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This cottage is the perfect place for a relaxing time with your four legged friends, very nice gardens, perfect hosts who couldn't do enough to make you feel at home,the paddocks were the perfect area to walk the dogs in the morning and the hottub perfect after a long days walking, facilities just great as you could just arrive with your supplies aRead morend not have to go out, fully recommend you stay here, Hide

Reviewed by Janet 17th June 2022

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We've stayed at a lot of cottages and log cabins in many areas of the U.K. and this is the only one !SELECTED!we'!ENDOFSELECTED!ve ever returned to. We've been 3 times and will definitely return again. The cottage is lovely, the grounds are just beautiful and there's a fantastic secure dog exercise field. The owners are lovely, friendly, and very hRead moreelpful. The view from the hot tub is amazing. The surrounding area is beautiful and the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal is a couple of minutes down the road. Hide

Reviewed by Julie 21st May 2022

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Amazing view from the hot tub
Spacious lounge with wood burner effect electric fire, leading out to the decked hot tub area
Separate kitchen with plenty of space to rustle up a nice meal
Super-king-size bed that can be a twin on request
Enter through the stable door into your rural retreat which is all on ground floor level
Owners' grounds which are free to roam and lead to the beautiful canal
Follow the garden path and see where it leads you
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