Local Area
Golf
Walking
History

In the local area

Lying on the border with England, Monmouthshire has many ruined castles, a testament to its strategic importance in medieval times. Our holiday cottages in Monmouthshire are perfectly placed to explore this historic and beautiful part of the country.

The deep and wooded Wye Valley is stunning with wonderful views at every turn. The romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey, with its enchanting setting by the Wye, have inspired artists and poets through the centuries. Outdoor lovers on one of our Monmouthshire cottage holidays should also head for the Black Mountains, which are popular with hillwalkers and pony trekkers.

The picturesque town of Chepstow is famous for its castle, the oldest surviving stone fortification in Britain, and also for its racecourse where the Welsh Grand National is held. The county town of Monmouth was the birthplace of Henry V and features a fine 13th Century bridge across the river Monnow. And don’t miss the Big Pit in Blaenaefon, now the Mining Museum of Wales. Here you can get a feel for the tough life of the Welsh miners and take the cage down into the mineshaft for a tour the underground workings.

The picturesque town of Usk is 3 miles away and an abundance of characterful pubs and restaurants are dotted about in the small towns and villages around.

The bright lights of Cardiff, home of Dr Who and Torchwood, the Millennium Stadium and the Wales Millennium Centre, are only a 40 minute drive away and in less than an hour you can visit Blaenavon World Heritage site, Big Pit coalmine, Castel Coch to name but a few famous attractions.

For those looking for a day at the seaside, the beaches of South Wales are only an hour away. You can visit Barry Island and see the location of the popular comedy series, Gavin & Stacey.

A little further West along the coast is the tranquil Ogmore by sea and the busier resort of Porthcawl.

Further West and you can visit the award winning coastal area of The Gower, there you could spoil yourselves and have lunch in Mumbles Bay at Patrick with rooms with views over the magnificent Langland Bay.

Previous guests have found Church farm an ideal alternative to staying in a noisy urban environment whilst still being within easy reach of the many nearby attractions.

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Golf

The Celtic Manor, Newport (8.1 miles away) As host venue of the 2010 Ryder Cup and home of the ISPS Hanada Wales Open, a leading European Tour Event, The Celtic Manor Resort offers some of the finest golf courses and facilities in the UK. These include The Twenty Ten Course, The Roman Road and The Montgomerie.

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The Monmouthshire Golf Club (15.5 miles away) The Monmouthshire is a course that suits all levels of golfer and indeed all ages. The course is set against the beautiful scenery of the Usk valley. It is surrounded by the Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Mountains. A superb example of a mature parkland course which, from the back tees can be as tough as it is beautiful, and it is said to be the oldest 18 hole golf course in the County of Monmouthshire.

St Pierre Golf Country Club, Chepstow (9.1 miles away) The Old Course The Old Course has played host to many golf tournaments, including the 1996 Solheim Cup and 14 European Tour Events, of which famous winners include Steve Ballesteros, Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam. The stunning 18th hole par 3, which drives over the 11 acre lake to an elevated green, has proved great climax and indeed challenge to many a round. The Mathern Course The Mathern Course is our second Championship golf course on the estate, which played host to the PGA Welsh Masters, it offers a shorter but equally enjoyable challenge. The tree lined fairways and numerous water hazards throughout the course make it a good test for any golfer.

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Walking and Cycling in the Area

Wye Valley Walking, Monmouth (9.3 miles away) The Wye valley is an excellent place to walk - an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers a range of different views; the River Wye and woodland trails. It's great for an experienced hiker as you can veer off the footpath and see lots of wildlife along the way.

Wye Valley Cycling, Monmouth (9.3 miles away) The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley provides such varied terrain and scenery - with an extensive network of stoned roads and paths, it is perfect for cyclists of all abilities. Road riders can look forward to winding country lanes and short hill climbs. Families can use the popular cycle paths in the Cannop Valley safely away from traffic, and for keen mountain bikers the downhill Forest tracks provide wild opportunities with an excellent dedicated off-road area. Visit this Wye Valley information site for more details.

History

Chepstow Castle, Chepstow (8.2 miles away) The remains of Chepstow Castle are set high up on the cliffs overlooking the River Wye. Building began on this Norman castle in 1067 and the castle has been a focal point of Chepstow ever since. Outdoor events are held here during the summer months.

Raglan Castle, Raglan (3.9 miles away) Built in the 15th century Raglan Castle is a spectacular example of a medieval fortress. With its moat and majestic towers, Raglan oozes history. Exhibits tell the fascinating story of the castle, including the 13 week siege during the civil war. Open all year.

Tintern Old Station , Monmouth (7.2 miles away) The site features a riverside walk and meadows, children's play area, picnic site with barbeques, tearoom, souvenir shop, tourist information and a secluded basic camp site. The signal box houses changing exhibitions from local artists and crafts people.

Tintern Abbey, Tintern (6.7 miles away) This magnificent Cistercian abbey is now in ruins but it remains one of Wales' must see attractions. Its riverside location and valley setting mean that on a misty morning it is nothing short of magical.

Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Torfaen (12.4 miles away) Big Pit is one of Britain's best mining museums with educational exhibits. Experience the famous underground tour, meet a genuine miner and wear the real clothes. Big Pit will amuse and inform visitors of all ages, a great day out for all the family!

In the local area

Lying on the border with England, Monmouthshire has many ruined castles, a testament to its strategic importance in medieval times. Our holiday cottages in Monmouthshire are perfectly placed to explore this historic and beautiful part of the country.

The deep and wooded Wye Valley is stunning with wonderful views at every turn. The romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey, with its enchanting setting by the Wye, have inspired artists and poets through the centuries. Outdoor lovers on one of our Monmouthshire cottage holidays should also head for the Black Mountains, which are popular with hillwalkers and pony trekkers.

The picturesque town of Chepstow is famous for its castle, the oldest surviving stone fortification in Britain, and also for its racecourse where the Welsh Grand National is held. The county town of Monmouth was the birthplace of Henry V and features a fine 13th Century bridge across the river Monnow. And don’t miss the Big Pit in Blaenaefon, now the Mining Museum of Wales. Here you can get a feel for the tough life of the Welsh miners and take the cage down into the mineshaft for a tour the underground workings.

Golf

The Celtic Manor, Newport (8.1 miles away) As host venue of the 2010 Ryder Cup and home of the ISPS Hanada Wales Open, a leading European Tour Event, The Celtic Manor Resort offers some of the finest golf courses and facilities in the UK. These include The Twenty Ten Course, The Roman Road and The Montgomerie.

Monmouthshire Golf Club (15.5 miles away) The Monmouthshire is a course that suits all levels of golfer and indeed all ages. The course is set against the beautiful scenery of the Usk valley. It is surrounded by the Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Skirrid Mountains. A superb example of a mature parkland course which, from the back tees can be as tough as it is beautiful, and it is said to be the oldest 18 hole golf course in the County of Monmouthshire.

St Pierre Golf Country Club, Chepstow (9.1 miles away) The Old Course The Old Course has played host to many golf tournaments, including the 1996 Solheim Cup and 14 European Tour Events, of which famous winners include Steve Ballesteros, Greg Norman and Ian Woosnam. The stunning 18th hole par 3, which drives over the 11 acre lake to an elevated green, has proved great climax and indeed challenge to many a round. The Mathern Course is the second Championship golf course on the estate, which played host to the PGA Welsh Masters, it offers a shorter but equally enjoyable challenge. The tree lined fairways and numerous water hazards throughout the course make it a good test for any golfer.

Walking/Cycling

Wye Valley Walking, Monmouth (9.3 miles away) The Wye valley is an excellent place to walk - an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers a range of different views; the River Wye and woodland trails. It's great for an experienced hiker as you can veer off the footpath and see lots of wildlife along the way.

Wye Valley Cycling, Monmouth (9.3 miles away) The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley provides such varied terrain and scenery - with an extensive network of stoned roads and paths, it is perfect for cyclists of all abilities. Road riders can look forward to winding country lanes and short hill climbs. Families can use the popular cycle paths in the Cannop Valley safely away from traffic, and for keen mountain bikers the downhill Forest tracks provide wild opportunities with an excellent dedicated off-road area. Visit this Wye Valley information site for more details.

History

Chepstow Castle, Chepstow (8.2 miles away) The remains of Chepstow Castle are set high up on the cliffs overlooking the River Wye. Building began on this Norman castle in 1067 and the castle has been a focal point of Chepstow ever since. Outdoor events are held here during the summer months.

Raglan Castle, Raglan (3.9 miles away) Built in the 15th century Raglan Castle is a spectacular example of a medieval fortress. With its moat and majestic towers, Raglan oozes history. Exhibits tell the fascinating story of the castle, including the 13 week siege during the civil war. Open all year.

Tintern Old Station , Monmouth (7.2 miles away) The site features a riverside walk and meadows, children's play area, picnic site with barbeques, tearoom, souvenir shop, tourist information and a secluded basic camp site. The signal box houses changing exhibitions from local artists and crafts people.

Tintern Abbey, Tintern (6.7 miles away) This magnificent Cistercian abbey is now in ruins but it remains one of Wales' must see attractions. Its riverside location and valley setting mean that on a misty morning it is nothing short of magical.

Big Pit: National Coal Museum, Torfaen (12.4 miles away) Big Pit is one of Britain's best mining museums with educational exhibits. Experience the famous underground tour, meet a genuine miner and wear the real clothes. Big Pit will amuse and inform visitors of all ages, a great day out for all the family!

FAQ's

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.

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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.

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