“Perfect hot tub with the stars”
Lovely cottage, peaceful surroundings. Perfect hot tub with the stars. Thank you for a great time. Recommend - Usk Castle, Raglan Castle, Caldicot Castle - all have great walks and views. The Castle Inn is a great pub for lunch and the Greyhound, Llantrisant, proper pub grub with nice sized portions. Great location to explore with our 2 dogs. Thank you.
“An amazing week”
Lovely cottage and even better surroundings. We have had an amazing week, super child friendly. Llangeview Lodge does lovely food and would recommend. Thank you.
“Great for our Autumn half-term break”
It could have not been a better week for our Autumn half term break. Lots of walking and we joined CADW to do some castles, Raglan nearby and Caerphilly a highlight. Many thanks.
“A chilled Christmas”
Lovely peaceful break spent enjoying a chilled Christmas. Beautiful cottage and surroundings. We all loved the hut tub. Would love to come back again. Thanks
Delighted to discover this tranquil idyll and find the peace and quiet to recharge the batteries before returning to city life. Great time catching up with the family. Pool and hot tub a great success.
“Thanks for the best holiday ever! We’ll be back!”
What a wonderful place! What a lovely family! Bill & Lyn we’re so welcoming and friendly and really made us feel welcome - the perfect hosts! Thank you. The furry (& feathered) members of the family were a highlight for the kids (& me!). The cottage was spotless and a joy to stay in , very high spec and luxurious. Excellently done!
If you have children (or not!) we recommend:-
Puzzlewood, GL16 8QB (31 minutes from cottage) family 4 £25.00 (2017)
Techniquest, CF10 5BW ( 41 minutes) family £25.00
Clearwell Caves GL16 8JR (31 minutes) £22.00
Big Pit NP4 9XP (31 minutes) free (£3.00 to park)
4 Waterfall Walk CF44 9JE (1hr 4 minutes - but worth it) free may need to pay for parking) hint - don’t stop at the first car park, keep going to village, left at pub. Down road passing diesel garage on right then park just over cattle grid. This takes you to the general area.
St Fagan’s Rural Life Museum CF5 6XB (36 minutes) lovely day out lots of houses free £5.00 parking
Usk Castle - beautiful a hidden gem!
Brecon Boats (51 minutes) LD3 7FD boat hire £45.00 half day, £70.00 full day
Dewstow Gardens - NP26 5AH looks good going there today on our way home
Thanks for the best holiday ever! We’ll be back!
“A stunning place”
This cottage is a stunning place for a relaxing holiday, the owners were so nice and helpful and nothing was any trouble for them to help us
“In an idyllic, serene location”
The cottage is in an idyllic, serene location, is fitted out to the highest standard, for the foodies some excellent restaurants in the location, lots to do and see in the area, and not forgetting our very warm and welcoming hosts.
“Great cottage restoration”
Great cottage restoration. Fine bespoke oak interior and windows with a well thought out overall plan. Very idyllic location and the hot tub was a major deal clincher! 10 mins from the M4, try it out you won't regret it!
“Delightful and tranquil”
Wagon House Cottage was a delightful and tranquil place ,and our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The cottage is very well maintained and we made good use of the facilities including the hot tub and pool. Bill and Lyn, our wonderful hosts, were extremely helpful, making all the difference with the local knowledge and advice on places to visit, of which there are plenty and readily accessible, although the cottage is located in a secluded rural location.
“Tranquil location and comfortable rooms”
From the friendly hosts to the tranquil location and comfortable rooms, Wagoner’s Rest is
great for a relaxing break or as a base to explore the Usk and Wye valleys. Thoroughly
“Lyn and Bill were very genial and relaxed hosts”
Lyn and Bill were very genial and relaxed hosts. They are a fund of knowledge about this part
of Wales. The lovely market town of Usk is completely rural and unspoilt.
“Three nights were nowhere near enough”
We came looking for some peace and quiet and found it immediately. Bill and Lyn's warm
welcome was matched by their enthusiasm for their property and care for equipping it to such
a high and comfortable standard.
Yes, Cardiff is only forty minutes drive and yes the walks nearby are stunning, but somehow
the cosy comfort of Waggoner's Rest was the stronger draw. Three nights were nowhere near
enough. Every convenience and comfort had been thought of. The property was spotless and we
felt privileged to have been guests. This was truly home from home. Even the dogs, cats and
chickens made us feel special.
“Another enjoyable stay”
Consulted trip advisor for accommodation in the Wye valley area and Church Farm looked the
Having returned, a note to confirm agreement with the previous reviews. Bill and Lynn are
very friendly and helpful with local advice. The accommodation is excellent is all aspects
within a peaceful location. The Usk area is delightful and ideal for a break .
Therefore, thanks to trip advisor and it's reviewers and more importantly to Bill and Lynn
for an enjoyable holiday.
Lyn and Bill welcome you as friends coming to stay, and by the time you leave that is exactly
how you feel too. The accommodation is excellent - they seem to have thought of everything,
so is better than many 4 and 5 star hotels we have stayed in. Guests have their own wing of
the house with bedrooms, bathrooms, lounge and dining room. Lyn's breakfast was superb. The
house is tucked away on a side lane in Llangwm - just look out for the phone box on the
corner of the lane and you'll find it. A lovely spot. We are sure we wil be back!
“Enchanting and tranquil experience”
We stayed for 3 nights and had a lovely time. From the excellent breakfast to friendly hosts,
tranquil location and comfortable rooms, Church Farm is great for a relaxing break or as a
base to explore the Usk and Wye valleys. Thoroughly recommended.
“A Welsh gem”
Church Farm is a delightful 16th century property which was apparently a working Welsh farm
until recently. It is tucked away in a peaceful valley close to the charming town of Usk and
the only sounds are from farm livestock. A few hundred yards away is the Church of St Jerome
which is famous for it's alleged association with the Knights Templars and for it's unique
medieval carved oak rood screen. There are also local whispers of " The Green Man " ! The
farm is conveniently located for exploring several castles situated in the vicinity and for
visiting the annual flower festival in Usk. It is an ideal base for a walking or cycling
holiday and the attractions of historic Cardiff lie within easy driving distance.
Lyn, who was born in the farm, and Bill Savage have recently completed a total renovation of
the property and now offer very comfortable B&B accommodation at competitive rates. They are
very friendly and amiable hosts who can offer advice on all things local, including
restaurants and gastro pubs. The letting bedrooms have TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
An exceptionally comfortable private sitting room is provided for guests and a heated
swimming pool is available during the Summer months. Breakfasts are of the traditional Welsh
farm variety and include eggs from the owner's own chickens.
My wife and I have stayed at the farm on several occasions and can recommend it without
hesitation. We only wish we knew somewhere of a similar standard in the York area, where we
visit frequently. Any suggestions gratefully received.
“Church Farm for instant relaxation”
Arrived Friday night for 2 nights and immediately felt the peace of the farm bringing a sense
of calm to the end of a working week.
Bill and Lynn very welcoming and the room was very comfortable with everything you need.
Although not a working farm, the bedroom view is of fields with cows and sheep but with only
the sound of birdsong in the morning.
Plenty of walks locally and some good pubs, what more do you want?
“For a lovely stay”
I had the pleasure of spending three months during the Summer with Bill and Lyn, due to work.
This could have been an extremelly long and dull period of my life, if it wasn't for Bill
and Lyn and the comfort zone of Church Farm! Neither of them could have been any more
welcoming then they were and straight away I was made to feel very much at home. If you're
lucky Bill may share a little history of the site with you (if you're really lucky and haved
stayed a while he may even get the tour guide hat on!), but no matter what Lyn will always
cook you a fine fry up, unless it's Friday and you may get to experience Bill's culinary
skill..... stay in bed!
To sum it up, I've been back as a guest on holiday recently to properly enjoy the surrounding
mountains, and if not before, I'll be back to say hi and enjoy the pool once the sun's back
We only spent one night with Bill and Lynn in their lovely guesthouse and wished we could
have stayed longer. The room was lovely and big, with everything you need. The breakfast we
were served the next morning was fantastic. Proper English breakfast with big portions. They
made us feel so welcome and part of the family but still managed to keep their distane and
gave us privacy as well.. Bill and Lynn struck the perfect balance between being welcomming
and friendly hosts, and professional. We will highly reommend Church Farm Guesthouse.
“A special location”
Enjoyed a very special stay at Church Farm near Usk. Such a special location with an
ancient old church, St Jerome's, about 30 metres away up the lane. No longer a working farm,
but still got that country flavour about the place
Our room was very spacious, beautifully decorated, and private shower room. Beds were comfy,
and the whole place had a cosy feel about it, oldy-worldy, but with all the important bits
new and modern.
Welsh breakfast was something to behold - owners Bill and Lyn were fun and very gracious.
Felt as welcome as a house guest fair to say! Would recommend anyone to choose Church Farm
in this area.
Church Farm is lovely, in a very pretty, secluded spot in the Welsh valleys. We stayed for a
nearby wedding and the other two rooms were also booked for guests of the same wedding.
Our room was a generous size, very comfortable, the en suite was petite, but fine with a
great shower considering it was so small!
Breakfast was delicious especially the home made jams and local honey!
“A fantastic place”
We came looking for some peace and quiet and found it immediately. Bill and Lyn's warm
welcome was matched by their enthusiasm for the property and the care for equipping it to
such a high and comfortable standard. Yes, Cardiff is only forty minutes drive and, yes, the
walks nearby are stunning. But somehow the cosy comfort of Wagoner's Rest was the stronger
draw. Three nights were nowhere near enough. Every convenience and comfort had been thought
of. The property was spotless and we felt privileged to have been guests. This was truly
home from home. Even the dogs, cats and chickens made us feel special.
The owners have thought out everything so well. I have stayed in a few self-catering
arrangements with my parents and they have always been cheaply equipped. Here, Bill and Lyn
have put so much thought into it, from the thick fluffy towels, that smelt lovely, to the
great quality of the kitchen equipment and the pure comfort of the beds and sofas. We both
genuinely felt privileged to be allowed into Wagoner's Rest; it is five star!
“Great B and B, lovely people, cute dogs”
We booked out all three rooms for a nearby wedding earlier this month. The owners couldn't
have been nicer. The breakfast was great. And the pool was warmer than you'd think for
September. Highly recommended.
“Home from home”
My family stayed at Church Farm in April and we were extremely well looked after. As there
were seven of us we had booked all three bedrooms, which together with a sitting room and
dining room, constituted a complete wing of the farm house. All of the rooms were
comfortable, clean and attractively furnished.
Lyn and Bill were very genial and relaxed hosts, and they cooked us excellent breakfasts,
with eggs from their chickens. They are a fund of knowledge about this part of Wales, which
although not very far from the M50, and the lovely market town of Usk, is completely rural
Church Farm is a smashing place to stay - it's quite different from any other B and B I've
stayed in, because it was like having your own holiday house but with the owners coming in
to cook your breakfast. We had a very relaxing break and I would highly recommend it.
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.