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Counting House

Talybont-on-Usk, Mid Wales
Visit Wales - 3 star rating
Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Quirky and historic property packed with rustic features
  • Enjoy your morning coffee with panoramic views over the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • A short 0.5-mile walk along the canal will bring you to Talybont-on-Usk with its choice of pubs and popular cafe
Property code: BN102

Quaint and charming, this 18th-century toll house is built into the side of a hill on the banks of a picturesque canal, set just 0.5 miles from Talybont-on-Usk.

Sleeping three guests across two bedrooms, this Grade II listed cottage once played a key part in local trade history having acted as the toll point for the limestone and slate being transported down from the mountains. Choose from an array of exciting trails leading directly from your doorstep, or stroll along the towpath of the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal to reach the pretty village, which boasts a selection of welcoming pubs to tempt the hungry traveller.

Beneath the stone and timber exterior is a cosy and inviting haven, carefully finished with comfortable furniture and bright, fresh decor. Laid out in a reverse-level fashion, the first floor is home to the kitchen and sitting/dining room, and a set of very steep cottage-style stairs lead down to the bedrooms. Rustic details such as oak beams, arched windows, and white-washed stone walls feature throughout, especially in the snug living area, which is kept pleasingly warm with a crackling wood burner. Prepare delicious meals in the cheerful kitchen, gathering around the dining table or stepping outside to the raised wooden terrace to dine overlooking the boats on the canal. Refresh yourself with an invigorating shower in the bathroom before descending to the elegant bedrooms. The single has French doors leading to a gravelled terrace, and the double is accessed via a pine-arched door interlinking the two rooms.

The two terraces are perfect for relaxing with a hearty breakfast as you take in the views, and there is also a steep footpath below the property that leads to a private stretch of sloping canal bank and a small boathouse. This can be slippery in adverse conditions, so take care in wet weather.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double and 1 single
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven, fridge with small freezer, dishwasher, microwave
  • Small welcome pack included
  • Wood burner – fuel provided
  • TV/DVD and radio
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Two outside terraced areas and access to a private area of canal bank and a small boathouse
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Regret no children under 16 years old
  • Regret no garden, however there is a gravelled terrace
  • BBQ
  • Shop and pub within 0.5 miles
  • The bedrooms are accessed down exceptionally steep narrow steps - these are ""listed"" so cannot be changed and anyone using these steps must take particular care
  • Please note that the the double bedroom is accessed via the single bedroom
  • There is a footpath to the private area of canal bank below the property and there is a small boat house, however the footpath is steep and can be slippery in wet weather and visitors use it at their own risk
  • The lower terrace has a steep wall and a steep bank to the canal below

Sarah Greenwood

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mr Tickner September 2020

We love this little characterful cottage, So much so that for the first time ever, we returned for a second visit to a holiday cottage. It may not be "high spec" but it is charming, comfortable, well appointed, in a great position and with wonderful views. It is also nice to know that the owner pays attention to customer comments:- last year I mentRead moreioned that the non-stick pans were past their best, this year they had been replaced with nice new shiny steel pans. Hide

Reviewed by Mrs Hocking September 2020

Noise from fridge at night, garden overgrown, and painting not finished in lounge

Reviewed by Mrs Seton August 2020

Excellent in so many ways. The location could not be bettered and the views are magnificent. The cottage is compact but has a well-planned layout. The kitchen, lounge, bathroom and bedrooms all worked well. The beds, however, were not that comfortable - new, good quality mattresses needed and the outdoor furniture and fittings need attention. No kiRead moretchen scissors! Hide

Reviewed by Mr Mandrysz July 2020

Super comfy. Super cozy. Great views. And fully equipped.

Reviewed by Mrs Donohoe November 2019

Beautiful comfy cottage in a spectacular location

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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