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What time can we arrive?
The cottages will be available from 4pm on the day of arrival. Departure time is 10am
Where do we collect the key?
You will need to contact us with an estimated arrival time 48 hours prior to your holiday. We will give instruction at that time for key collection.
Should we bring anything?
For using the Hot Tub (WHC only) or the shared swimming pool you should bring swimming towels and flip flops or sandals to wear to and from.
When is the shared swimming pool available?
The pool will be open and heated from the end of May to the beginning of September. It may possibly be open earlier or later depending on the season. It is available from 8am to 8pm.
Will Satnav get us to you?
It will get you within the general area but you will need to check our website directions for the final section. The postcode is shared with 12 other properties.
Is there mobile phone reception?
Generally no. However with improved technology you may be able to gain reception though WiFi.
Is there free WiFi
Yes there is. However, it is rural broadband so not good. You will be able to pick up emails, Facebook, attractions directions etc. but you will not be able to stream as it will buffer. The more people using it the less the signal is.
Can we bring our dog?
Yes but only in WHC. We accept a maximum of 2 well behaved dogs. They are not allowed upstairs, on beds or soft furnishings. They must not be left unattended unless they are in a cage. They must be kept on a lead when taken out of the cottage within the grounds of Church Farm.
Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?
The nearest is The Llangeview Lodge, which is on the road to Usk approximately a mile from Church Farm. It is dog friendly and serves lunch and dinner.
Can we walk to a pub?
You can walk to the Llangeview Lodge but it is on quite a busy main road. There is a walk to another pub over the fields on a registered foot path approximately a three mile walk called The Raglan Arms in Llandenny.
Where is the nearest town?
Usk in the local town which is approximately 3 miles away.
Where is the nearest supermarket?
The nearest superstore, ie Tesco, Sainsbury etc is 12 miles away. Usk has a well stocked Co-op as well as a baker and butcher.
Where can we go to eat?
Usk has an abundance of pubs, restaurants and cafes, The Nags Head, The Three Salmons, The Kings Head, Number 49 to name a few, Usk has an Indian restaurant that also does take away, a Chinese take away and a Fish & Chip shop
Can you recommend anywhere particular?
It is difficult to recommend any place in particular but we like The Beaufort in Raglan, Cripple Creek also in Raglan, Greyhound in Llantrisant, Raglan Arms in Llandenny. There are also Michelin Star restaurants within 15 miles, The Walnut Tree, The Whitebrook and the Hardwick.
Are there any taxis available?
Yes, there is Roman Taxis and Prestige Taxis which will service our area.
Are there places to walk, with or without a dog?
There are several registered footpaths available from Church Farm. The property is on a no through road with a 1* grade listed Church at the end of the road. This is a gentle stroll. There are walks of varying length - a marked O/S map is available. For the more adventurous or serious walker there is the Brecon Beacons, Pen y Fan, Sugar Loaf.×
Brief history of Church Farm, Wagon House Cottage & Wagoner’s Rest
Church Farm House is described by Sir Cyril Fox and Lord Raglan in a publication called Monmouthshire House Part 3 which was published in the early 1950’s as a 1620’s modernisation of a medieval dwelling.
Church Farm house has been in the Paget family for 100 years. Jim & Mary Paget (Lyn’s grand parents) first came to live here with their first born daughter May in 1908, at that time they rented the farm house and land from a local man called Davies. Jim was a Wagoner by trade and had a love of working horses, Mary had been a milkmaid employed at The Priory of St Mary’s, Usk where her main task was to supply fresh milk, cream and butter for the table every morning.
Three further children were born in the farm including their third born Allan, in 1914. Jim & Mary bought the property in 1920 and continued to farm the land with horse drawn equipment, taking produce to Newport Market in a horse and cart every week. Allan started working with his father in 1929.
In the mid 30’s Allan was given a milk round which became his main source of income and enabled him to purchase Church Farm in 1945. Church Farm became the home of Allan and his new bride Ruby, a town girl who thought that Church Farm was a typical dog & stick farm. As soon as Allan was in control of the farm he modernised the farming methods introducing a Fordson Major tractor and general up-to-date mechanisation.
Monday, February 27th 1956 was a momentous day in the life of Church Farm and it’s occupants as, instead of relying on the jenny (generator) in the engine house in the orchard, mains electricity was connected, oh, and their youngest daughter was born too, me (Lyn).
In 1961 Allan decided to modernise Church Farm House and demolished the stables (he had little sentiment for the old days and burnt all the horse harness and brasses), half cellar, (where Jim’s home made cider was kept) dairy, pantry and granary loft. He built in their place a 1960’s block with central heating and decided to move the family from the ancient side into the modern part. He also put in the swimming pool in the early 60’s.
This modernised Section of Church Farm has been changed to a self catering, 3 ensuite bedroomed Cottage, Wagoner’s Rest, so called because when Jim had finished work, stabled and fed the horses he would go straight to the cellar and pour himself a flagon of cider from the barrel. Jim drank two flagons each day after work, hence the name.
Allan continued to live at Church Farm until his death in 1994 when he willed the farm and ground between his surviving children, three daughters, his son Derek had died of cancer two years previously aged 39.
Lyn moved back into Church Farm with her husband Bill Savage in December 2001 and then purchased the farm house from the two sisters shortly afterwards. Lyn & Bill then spent 6 years renovating / improving both the ancient side of Church Farm, & the modern Section, now Wagoner’s Rest and lastly the Wagon House and Cowshed outbuildings, now Wagon House Cottage.
The cowshed is now the open plan kitchen, with patio doors onto a private paved area with Hot Tub; a dining area and a wheelchair accessible Wet room. The old Wagon House is now an ensuite double bedroom, a large lounge with wood burner and another set of patio doors to a private garden. The ground floor has underfloor heating throughout. On the first floor is a twin room which was originally a low ceilinged area where the orchard fruits were stored during the winter. The cider pears where also stored here ready for making Jim’s cider. A double bedroom and family bathroom complete the first floor accommodation.×