Counting House

Property rating: 3 stars
  • Weeks from £315
  • Short Breaks from £236
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 3
  • 1 Bathroom(s)
  • 1 Toilet(s)
  • 2 Pet(s) welcome (£20/pet)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Woodburner
  • Close to Pub
  • Fishing
  • BBQ

The Counting House is now back on the books after renovation - now with a new bathroom and kitchen; this much loved and quaint little eighteenth century Toll House is perched on the bank of The Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal on the edge of the popular small village of Talybont on Usk.


Slate and limestone used to be transported along the historic Brynoyre Tram Road from the mountain top to the canal - the Counting House was where all the transactions were carried out. Just across the lane are the lime kilns where the limestone was processed and from where it was transported away along the canal. 

The cottage has  superb views of the boats on the canal and right across the Usk Valley to the Black Mountains beyond.  Enjoy a 3 minute evening stroll to the gastro-pub The Travellers Rest, or the local The Usk Inn, or an easy walk along the canal towpath to The White Hart or to The Star Inn with it's wide choice of real ales.  The well stock village shop is further down the towpath with a popular cafe and post office. On Friday and Saturday nights during the summer they also open as a Pizza Parlour.

Cottage Accommodation

As it is built into the side of the hill it is more convenient to have the bedrooms on the lower floor and the living area on the "road level" ground floor.

Sleeps 3- 2 bedrooms

The new kitchen has an electric cooker, fridge with a small freezer, microwave and a dishwasher. A door that leads out onto a raised wooden sun terrace - this is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning taking in the lovely views across The Usk Valley.

The sitting room/dining room is comfortably furnished with sofa and chairs TV with Freeview & a  DVD and a wood burning stove. There  are some lovely features in this Grade II listed cottage with arched windows, the original oak beams and very thick stone walls. The views are magnificent.

The newly fitted and modern bathroom has corner shower, toilet and hand basin.

The bedrooms are DOWN some exceptionally STEEP NARROW STEPS - these are "listed" so cannot be changed and for anyone with mobility problems would, I think, be very awkward - going down backwards is recommended!!


Bedroom 1:  A bedroom with a single bed - there are french doors from this room leading out to the terrace.

Bedroom 2: The double bedroom is reached through the single bedroom, these two rooms are linked by a pine arched door.

There is a footpath to the private area of canal bank below the Counting House and there is a small boat house - but again the footpath is steep and can be slippery in wet weather and visitors use it at their own risk.

Useful Information

  • Bedlinen provided.
  • Towels provided
  • Electricity and very efficient new electric heaters inclusive. 
  • Woodburning stove with logs supplied. 
  • TV & DVD with Freeview
  • Wifi
  • Radio with wireless bluetooth
  • Terrace reached through the bedroom patio doors or down exterior steps.
  • Off road parking outside the cottage for just one car.
  • 2 pets welcome but there is no garden as such just a gravelled terrace.
  • Small welcome pack on arrival 
  • Not suitable for children due to the exceptionally steep drop down to  the canal.
  • Brecon 6  miles.

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    • BBQ
    • Dishwasher
    • Enclosed Garden
    • Fishing
    • Freesat/Freeview
    • Microwave
    • No Children
    • Parking
    • Patio
    • Pets Welcome
    • Pub Nearby
    • Shop Nearby
    • Shower
    • TV
    • Village
    • Walks from the door
    • Waterside
    • Wi-Fi
    • Woodburner/ open fire


    2017 - 2018 Prices (weeks/3 days)

    The prices below exclude the £25 booking fee and any other extras such as pets, special offers and discounts
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    • 20 Oct - 26 Oct 2017:
    • 27 Oct - 21 Dec 2017:
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    • 25 May - 31 May 2018:
    • 1 Jun - 19 Jul 2018:
    • 20 Jul - 30 Aug 2018:
    • 31 Aug - 18 Oct 2018:
    • 19 Oct - 25 Oct 2018:

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