Monmouth 8.3 miles. A former railway goods van built around 1920 and repaired in 1955, after its life on the railway came to live on the owners’ farm after many years as a farm workshop it has been converted to give it the unique identity it enjoys today.
The Old LMS Goods Van makes a fantastic base from which to explore Wales on your romantic retreat to the heart of rural Monmouthshire, a truly authentic experience, perfect for those that want their privacy but want to be as close to the elements as possible whilst still having the cozy and intimate setting of being at home. Resting on a working Organic Farm near the hamlet of Penrhos within easy reach of the amenities of Monmouth, it makes a truly relaxing escape, with far-reaching views across the farm to the Black Mountains, Hills of Abergavenny and the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons). Enter onto your own private decking into the open-plan layout to find every essential you might need on a self-catered stay; pack away your belongings before pouring yourself a refreshing cup of tea and preparing a delicious lunch with the assistance of the convenient two-ring hob and combi microwave/oven, you can even purchase organic farm-reared beef and lamb if available for an extra special romantic meal. Sit outside and dine alfresco, as you watch the sunset over the hills, with views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Skirrid Fawr and the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) – there's no better spot to gently unwind. When you’re ready to rest, pull down the handy fold-away double bed, before having a refreshing shower and snuggling up beneath the fresh, crisp linens. Curl up with a book, or stream movies on your laptop using the high-speed WiFi the van has to offer, or plan to take a gentle walk around the farm with its rare breed cattle and its ewes and lambs, where stabling is also available for your own horses with an outdoor ménage and jumps.
Offa’s Dyke Road runs through the farm for more ambitious walkers, where you can roam the English-Welsh border and observe wildlife and beautiful scenery for miles, before exploring other nearby wonders, it covers 82 miles of the total distance of 149 miles between Prestatyn in the north to Sedbury in the south, the intervening gaps being filled by natural features such as slopes and rivers, fantastic for any walkers who want to make the most of their stay with us.
Make your way to Monmouth to be met by an array of wonders, from the simplicities of shops and eateries for all your self-catering needs, to golf courses, The Nelson Museum & Local History Centre, with its very own castle. Heading out there are great places to eat, such as The Walnut Tree Inn and The Hardwick (both 4 miles away), with the historic towns of Monmouth and Abergavenny with Museums Castles and full amenities also close by. Be sure to explore the Wye Valley, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty affords canoeing, climbing, walking or just a place for a romantic picnic. In complete contrast, the World Heritage site of Blaenavon affords a view of Industrialised Wales with its own deep mine to go down to explore the Big Pit National Coal Museum by descending in the pit cage and visit the places where generations of coal miners worked.
Tower Colliery is also a great destination to visit, and was the oldest continuously working deep-coal mine, rich in it's history.
You can also spend your day at the award-winning A Welsh Coal Mining Experience at Rhondda Heritage Park, the Underground Experience Tour is led by men who once worked as coal miners who share their personal stories and memories with you as they take you on a guided tour.
We are surrounded by beautiful castles and churches, come see Tintern Abbey, an exceptional Cistercian abbey in an area of outstanding beauty complemented by this stone masterpiece of architecture.
Chepstow Castle, Raglan Castle, Caldicot Castle are also close by, the whole area is rich in places to explore, you'll never run out of places to visit in Monmouthsire.
Take a trip by hiring a canal boat at Llangattock along the Newport-Brecon canal with stunning views of the mountains. The van also benefits from being within reach of Cardiff, Cheltenham and the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons), so you can choose best how to spend your time. The Railway Van is a perfect property for a romantic countryside escape, so do please come and enjoy the small haven thoughtfully created by the owners. Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1052396 and 1052395, together sleeping eight guests.
Monmouth is a market town resting on the border between Wales and England, giving its visitors easy access to a wide range of attractions. In close reach you can find the wonder of Offa's Dyke, perfect for avid explorers, as well as offering river boating, scenic walks and plenty of shops and eateries to explore within the town itself. Surrounded by the excitement of Abergavenny, Ross-on-Wye, the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) and so much more, Monmouth is a truly remarkable base for exploring Wales.
Studio layout with double fold-away bed, kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
Electric central heating.
Combi microwave/oven, electric two-ring induction hob and fridge.
Fuel and power included in rent.
Bed linen and towels included in rent.
Decking with furniture.
Well-behaved pets welcome.
Sorry, no smoking.
Shop 4.3 miles, pub 2.9 miles.
Note: This property is located on an organic working farm.
Note: Dogs to be kept on leads at all times when on the farm land.
Note: The property is accessed via stairs, please take care.
Please Note: This property only accepts a minimum 3 nights stay.
A little difficult to find but, whilst a bit basic (as befits a converted freight van) we had a wonderful week. The owners are very friendly and helpful.
Good wifi. Nice to have shower and toilet in the van. Minimally but adequately equipped. Geoff, the owner, provided very clear directions so I found my way along the narrow country lanes easily. Would be a good idea to have those directions on the booking confirmation. Only slight niggle was that the induction hob didnât want to work. However as I wasnât wanting to cook much, it didnât affect my stay.
Very small, only place to sit was the bed or a hard high stool, no room to store what you need for a weeks stay. It wasn't a sealed unit and we had high winds that blew straight through. The worst thing was the large cobwebs in the corners of the bathroom housing huge spiders (one in shower top right and one above the toilet top left) and cobwebs round the gaps in the sliding doors.The parts you could see were clean, but cleaners had not looked up or down! When you washed up and let the water down the sink a terrible smell came up out of the shower plughole. (We did mention this to the owner). Sorry to be so negative but thought I should be honest. On the plus side, the view was wonderful.
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