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Black Cat Bach

Gilwern, South Wales & Pembrokeshire (Ref. 1002911)


Coast & Country Holidays rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Sauna
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Review(s)

  • Owen

    “A very comfortable cottage which suited my needs perfectly.”

    I can recommend this property highly.

    I can recommend this property highly.

    - Owen, April 2024


  • All ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms; 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with sitting area, dining area and kitchen
  • Infra-red sauna.
  • Washing machine, tumble dryer, oven and microwave, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Garden area with patio and chiminea
  • Sorry, no smoking or pets allowed
  • Pub and shop within 1.5 miles

The property

You will find Black Cat Bach hidden in the hills of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons).

The floor to ceiling glass front of the cottage allows stunning views across to the famous Sugar Loaf mountain to the front of the property and Blorenge mountain to the side.

The property has been thoughtfully designed to “bring the outside in” so you feel immersed in the natural landscape whilst enjoying the comforts of a modern well appointed home, with the added luxury of an infra-red sauna.

Whether you are cosey-ing up in the comfortable sitting room or enjoying the view from the spacious patio you will have a sense of space and calm.

You can listen to the birds, the sheep, the buzzards and occasional red kite overhead, and as the sun goes down, the view of the stars can be amazing.

On colder evenings you may like to use the infra-red sauna or turn to the range of entertainment on the 4K Smart TV (Netfilx, Free View etc) and sound system with blue tooth and CD capability.

The kitchen is fully equipped, allowing you to self-cater in style.

If you prefer to eat out there is an abundance of award winning restaurants and pubs in the vicinity.

Whilst it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere, you are in fact only 5 miles from the lovely village of Crickhowell (voted best place to live in Wales) with wonderful cafes and pubs and also only 4 miles from the delightful market town of Abergavenny with a good range of shops and restaurants.

Nearer to hand the smaller villages of Gilwern and Govilon, with a number of cosy village pubs, are only 1.5 miles away, walking distance for an evening stroll.

From the doorstep you can explore for miles, without needing to get in the car.

There are footpaths which lead from the property that can take you to on the hill tops or down into the delightful Clydach Gorge with its waterfall and wildflowers.

The quiet country lanes are excellent for cycling and there is an off-road cycle path (Sustrans route 46) that passes within a few yards of the property.

You can leave the car behind and cycle or walk to Crickhowell on the canal tow path, or to Abergavenny on a disused railway line.

For more adventures there is Canoe hire on the River Wye, as well as Horse Riding, Climbing, Caving and Canal Boat Hire all nearby.

The area is also steeped in history and legend, from Bronze Age Standing Stones to Iron Age Hill Forts, to Castles, to the more recent industrial archaeology of the canals and disused railways that once transported and processed the coal and lime of the area.

The nearby “Big Pit” of Blaenavon allows you to have a first-hand experience of the coal mines of the area and is a world heritage site.

This is a walkers, cyclists, nature lovers, foodies and historians paradise!

Come explore and restore!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Crickhowell 3 miles; Abergavenny 4 miles; Monmouth 20 miles.

Situated amidst the Brecon Beacons National Park, the picturesque village of Gilwern offers visitors many amenities, including traditional pubs, shops and a great fish and chip shop. The National Park covers approximately 520 sq miles, and the whole area around Gilwern is surrounded by stunning countryside, and offers excellent walking, cycling and bird watching, as well as great salmon and trout fishing on the river Usk. The medieval market town of Abergavenny, the "Gateway to Wales", is nestled between the 'seven hills' and has something for everyone, with its many indoor and outdoor markets, magnificent castle and museums. The splendid mountain known as Sugarloaf offers fantastic walks for all abilities, as well as its own vineyard, while just a few miles away, the beautiful town of Crickhowell is a must for all visitors. With its fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery this really is a great place at any time of year.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas