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A beautiful spot to relax in with your own hot tub whilst looking out to Sugar Loaf mountain
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
Wet room with shower and WC
Enter through the stable door into your rural retreat which is all on ground floor level
Further shared grounds which are free to roam and lead to the beautiful canal
This lovely canal is right on your doorstep
Meet the friendly residents
Follow the garden path and see where it leads you
Explore the shared grounds and find the perfect spot to relax
1 / 11  A beautiful spot to relax in with your own hot tub whilst looking out to Sugar Loaf mountain
2 / 11  Spacious lounge with wood burner effect electric fire, leading out to the decked hot tub area
3 / 11  Separate kitchen with plenty of space to rustle up a nice meal
4 / 11  Super-king-size bed that can be a twin on request
5 / 11  Wet room with shower and WC
6 / 11  Enter through the stable door into your rural retreat which is all on ground floor level
7 / 11  Further shared grounds which are free to roam and lead to the beautiful canal
8 / 11  This lovely canal is right on your doorstep
9 / 11  Meet the friendly residents
10 / 11  Follow the garden path and see where it leads you
11 / 11  Explore the shared grounds and find the perfect spot to relax

Little Orchard Retreat

Gilwern, Brecon Beacons
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Romantic
Sky TV
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  your own exclusive hot tub
Property code: 52882

A delightful ground floor wing of a detached cottage, looking out to the Sugar Loaf Mountain in the magnificent Brecon Beacons and situated close to Abergavenny, renowned as Wales’ culinary centre.

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 is reached via steps and sits on the enclosed, covered veranda. Beyond the veranda, there are gorgeous gardens that wind down to the canal (shared with other properties on-site). Drift off in the king-size bed which can be made up as twin beds on request, before freshening up in the shower room. There is off-road parking and bike storage available, and an exercise paddock for dogs. 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 its three surrounding mountains: the Skirrid, Blorenge or Sugar Loaf. 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 an adventure, the tallest mountain in the Black Mountains sits 16.5 miles away; summit Waun Fach for panoramic views to remember.

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

  • 1 bedroom – super-king-size zip-and-link bed (which can be made up as a twin on request)
  • 1 wet room
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, microwave and dishwasher
  • Hot tub
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome, 3 by arrangement
  • Pub and shops within walking distance
  • SkyTV and DVD
  • Gas BBQ available
  • HOLIDAY PREPARATION: We would advise to contact local amenities directly, such as shops, restaurants, pubs and attractions, to confirm the latest opening times and availability.

Sara Hughes

This property is personally managed by Sara.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 28 guest ratings

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Reviewed by christine 22nd December 2021

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We had a wonderful few days over Christmas despite the weather doing its best to spoil it. The welcome was warm as was the cottage and the hot tub. Extremely well equipped and comfortable. The grounds were great and the dogs enjoyed the off lead opportunity in the paddock. We loved the easy access to walks along the tow path. Safe off road parking Read moreis a bonus. Hide

Reviewed by Margaret 28th November 2021

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Wonderful cottage..very friendly and helpful hosts..fabulous view from the hot tub perfect place to relax ..would definitely return

Reviewed by Ryan 22nd October 2021

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Overall we would rate our stay as 10/10, the views from the cottage, the location was quiet in the village of Gilwern. There was a shop nearby if you need anything. Short walk to local pubs for a pub lunch (ham egg and chips!). The cottage was clean and tidy and settings were so relaxing with the fire! We took food to cook and had more equipment thRead morean my own kitchen (me being a bloke). Lastly, the owner is so nice and was very welcoming, with the Welsh cakes on arrival a nice touch for a cuppa! Hide

Reviewed by Tracey 15th October 2021

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As as I arrived I immediately felt at home here in this really comfortable and spacious cottage. Pippa and John were so welcoming and I was shown the paddock and the "secret gardens" where I could take my dog if needed. The cottage is ideally situated for many beautiful walks in the most stunning scenery. The hot tub was a bonus after a long day ouRead moret walking. My week away went by so quickly and I really didn't want to leave. The view is also stunning and very calming and good for the soul. Hide

Reviewed by Lorna 1st October 2021

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We loved this cottage so much. Very cosy and comfortable, huge bed and sofa big enough for us and the dog! Very well equipped and clean as a whistle. Excellent hosts, Pippa and John. Loved the hot tub and the views from the patio are amazing. We can't wait to rebook.

Reviewed by Kathryn 24th September 2021

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We had a lovely relaxing time at the cottage ,very well situated ,and friendly and helpful owners ,our dogs loved it ,hot tub great to, a fantastic holiday had by all.

Reviewed by Michael 10th September 2021

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Nearly everyone has mentioned it before but the bed is extremely comfortable at this property. Almost everything you would need is supplied, the hot tub is superb as are the views and surrounding area. Most of all the owners live on site and are immensely friendly and helpful so in the very unlikely event of a problem they will solve it if they posRead moresibly can. Hide

Reviewed by Steven 3rd September 2021

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Thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. The location was superb, the owners are such lovely people. The cottage is comfortable and well equipped with extensive and well kept land. We are looking forward to another relaxing holiday there again in the future.

Reviewed by Lynne 27th August 2021

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Cottage was very comfortable. Owners make you welcome. Everything you needed and a great Location very relaxing and beautifuls views . Beautiful walks along the canal . And of course the Jacuzzi .

Reviewed by Katharine 23rd July 2021

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The property was perfect, just what was needed after 16 months of lockdown! The grounds were absolutely beautiful - its a shame we were so busy that we couldnt make the most of them. Pippa and John were the perfect hosts - they were so friendly and couldnt do enough for us. We adored the luxury of the hot-tub every night! The dark sky area meant thRead moreat, on a clear night, we could clearly see the stars from it! The local area had so much to offer - the canal towpath was beautiful. Thank you! Hide

Reviewed by Nicola 2nd July 2021

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We had a great holiday, the cottage was well equipped and the gardens were amazing. The dogs had so much space to run around in the paddock. The owners Pippa & John are such lovely people and are on hand if you need them. The village Gilwern is really nice and and the towpath gave us some great walks in both directions. Abergavenny is a nice town aRead morend Crickhowel is certainly worth a visit. The cottage is in a good position to go off and explore by car or on foot. We will definitely be back. Hide

Reviewed by Dave 25th June 2021

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What a gem great location lovely views from hot tub. Great garden for dogs to run around they loved it. John and Pippa who own it was fantastic always there to help and in garden little hidden caravan were you could make a cuppa every thing in cottage you need was there and something in fridge when you got there and welsh cakes yum yum. Thank you PRead moreippa and john. Hide

Reviewed by Janet 18th June 2021

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The cottage was just perfect. Its the second time weve been and I really cant fault it at all. Its really cosy and has all the amenities you need. The bed is huge and very comfortable, and theres a fantastic view from the balcony and hot tub.

Reviewed by Peter 4th June 2021

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Thanks Pippa and John!! Our stay exceeded expectations in many respects, with the highlight being location, views and easy access to local resources and amenities. Sugerloaf Mountain is now imprinted on our minds forever. Will certainly recommend the property to friends and family, and should the Brecon Beacons ever beckon again we will be back. PeRead moreter and Alison Eaves Hide

Reviewed by Chris 28th May 2021

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Reviewed by Rebecca 21st May 2021

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Beautiful views from hot tub, comfortable cozy cottage in the perfect location

Reviewed by Laurence 16th April 2021

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The owners, John and Pippa, were excellent hosts and were very knowledgeable about the area. The dog friendly paddock was absolutely brilliant allowing our two dogs to run free, something we do not allow anywhere else to the point that by the Thursday they didn't want to go for a walk - first time ever. The jacuzzi was lovely, spotless and invitingRead more - lovely under a starry night. The bed was extremely comfortable and the flow of the cottage worked really well. Hide

Reviewed by Gemma 9th April 2021

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This is the perfect little place for a relaxing get away. The cottage is equipped with everything you need for a self-catering break and ideally located to explore the beacons, the famous local canal and surrounding attractions such as the iron works and clydach gorge. Pippa and John are both very welcoming and helpful. The hot tub with the spectacRead moreular view is the icing on the cake! Will definitely be returning! Hide

Reviewed by Connor 13th November 2020

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Clean, tidy, friendly staff would recommend

Reviewed by Tanya 28th September 2020

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Lovely cosy cottage very warm and cosy and well equipped with a private large balcony with a good size hot tub .. the bed was super comfortable all towels provided for washing and hot tub and kitchen ... and a dishwasher .. this is the best cottage we have stayed in .. Pippa and John were lovely too the grounds are beautiful and so therapeutic to wRead moreander round even in the chilly weather of September.. stargazing from the balcony and hot tub was brilliant too as was the view of the mountains Hide

Reviewed by Michelle 21st September 2020

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What can i say about this cottage but 'Wow' . Lovely cottage in a stunning location, the owners are so friendly and welcoming. The view from hot tub is just amazing, specially at night watching the stars. The village and walk along canal is very pretty. Hope to visit again in a couple of years

Reviewed by Veena 11th September 2020

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Excellent owners couldn't do enough to make us welcome didn't want for anything

Reviewed by George 4th September 2020

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Reviewed by Stephen 14th August 2020

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Great location, fantastic view's from the grounds of the cottage & dog friendly. Many thing's to do like walks along the canal & sugar loaf mountain etc. Local shops are close by. Hot tub we used every evening was very clean. Pippa & John (hosts) are very friendly & approachable overall fantastic break away. Will definitely return .

Reviewed by Penny 7th August 2020

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Absolutely fantastic holiday. Pippa + John are wonderful friendly people and the cottage is like a home from home. Social distancing measures were observed and we felt totally safe. Ideal doggie holiday cottage. The grounds and garden are beautiful . We loved the hot tub and sitting out on the veranda . The views from the veranda are spectacular anRead mored the stars at night were magical. We will definitely return as my dogs loved it there. All grounds are fully enclosed and the dogs were totally safe. Hide

Reviewed by Lana 18th February 2020

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100/10 Stunning village, beautiful cottage, lovely owners. So many lovley walks near by, things to see. Canel walks, moutine hikes, old castles and village pub grub. We came away feeling so relaxed & connected to nature, with all the fresh air & rolling Welsh hills! Thank you so much!

Reviewed by Lynn 7th February 2020

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Reviewed by Simon 31st January 2020

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Lovely cottage, well specified, fabulous hot tub with views, close to canal for access to local walks, and theres cake and milk on arrival. What more could you want.

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Location

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The Brecon Beacons is a vast, mountainous and rural region of Wales. Stretching 42 miles from east to west and covering an area of 520 square miles, the Brecon Beacons is dominated by the National Park of the same name. Split into three main areas, the Black Mountain in the west, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Fforest Fawr in the middle, and the Black Mountains in the east; each is a wild, bold and inspiring place to visit on holiday. With 1232 miles of public trails which includes the 95-mile-long Beacons Way, it’s a wayfarer’s delight. One of four Dark Skies Reserves in the UK (and one of 11 in the world), stargazers can delight in the open night sky, to enjoy the darkness in full splendour. The Fforest Fawr is a UNESCO Global Geopark because of its important geology and a need to conserve and protect the area from negative over development.

Stay at a self-catering cottage in the mountains and cascading woodlands or out on the moors; you can also stay in one of the Brecon Beacon’s lovely towns like Hay-on-Wye, Crickhowell, Llangorse or Brecon. Outdoor lovers will enjoy a choice of easy to challenging treks up and around Sugar Loaf Mountain, Carn Pica, Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad, Pen y Fan, or Hatterall Ridge (and many more besides). Take in uniquely Welsh attractions like Dan-yr-Ogof (the National Showcaves Centre for Wales), The Big Pit Mining Museum, Llanthony Priory, Carreg Cennen Castle, Fourteen Locks, and the Brecon Beacons Mountain Railway. Wildlife abounds in the Brecon Beacons, and it’s a great place to spot red kites and discover the successful story of their reintroduction to the UK’s skies at the Red Kite Centre. There’s so much to do for outdoor lovers and extreme sports fans here, so why not book your self-catering holiday in the Brecon Beacons today?

Our holiday cottages across the Brecon Beacons have been carefully selected. From dog-friendly cottages in the countryside to large farmhouses on the mountainsides and everything in between, we have a holiday in the Brecon Beacons to suit you.

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