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Sound of Silence on the edge of the Black Mountains Abergavenny 5 miles.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

A newly refurbished one bedroomed, cottage. In a peaceful, tranquil setting.

Close to Offa's Dyke path, a small, but spacious and cosy, very light,one bedroomed cottage for a couple/two people with Bathroom containing bath and large shower, a livingroom kitchen with wood stove,TV,RADIO,DVD,WIFI central heating, lovely views and own walled lawn area with terrace and bar.b.q. in a good walking area, close to Offa's dyke path, Brecon, Hay and Hereford are all within 45 minutes and Abergavenny is 10 minutes away. Ideal for a quiet getaway. When the sky is clear we enjoy lovely starlit nights and the sound of Owls in the woods. A good base for walking, for Brecon Jazz Festival, Abergavenny Food Festival, Hay Festival and the many attractions of the area.

J Fonseca
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Some Spanish and some Welsh
Calendar last updated:
1 December, 2017

About J Fonseca

I was born and grew up in this area. I have worked here all my life as a Solicitor until retirement 5 years ago. Clock cottage forms part of but is seperate from our small 75 acre farm and has its own lawned and walled area with lovely views over the Graig Hill to the northwest. We brought up our four children here and it has been a wonderful family home to which they are all drawn in spite of having grown up and married and they bring their children back here as often as they are able. I think that this part of the World is one of the most beautiful and everytime that I return here from other parts of the World I consider myself very blest and lucky to live here. We are all keen walkers and cyclists and spend a lot of our leisure time walking and cycling throughout the area. We are very close to Offas Dyke path and to White Castle and one can walk 'The Three Castles 'walk from here, about twenty miles taking in White, Grosmont and Skenfrith Castles in a large circular walk or do it over a couple of days in sections.

J Fonseca purchased this cottage in 1986

Why J Fonseca chose Abergavenny

It is very pretty,cosy,light and airy and convenient to so many local attractions. It has been beautifully refurbished and is in a very beautiful rural location. Abergavenny hosts the National Eistedfodd in 2016 and Hay Festival, Brecon Jazz, Abergavenny Food Festival are all within easy distance. We are only 40 miles or an easy train Journey of 40 minutes from Cardiff which has a very good shopping centre and a wonderful museum and Art gallery. There are numerous good restaurants nearby including, The Walnut tree, The Crown at Whitebrook, The Bell at Skenfrith, The 1860, The Hardwick as well as good hotel and Pub restaurants such as The Angel in Abergavenny,The Bear in Crickhowell, The Skirrid Mountain Inn, supposedly the oldest Pub in Wales, and our very own local, The Hunters Moon. Crickhowell hosts a Literary and Walking Festival and is within 30 minutes drive.

What makes this cottage unique

The Cottage is spacious and light and has a very nice feel to it. It is an easy living space.


Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Bristol and Cardiff are within a 90 minute drive
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
The Hunters moon is 5 minutes away
Nearest Ferry
100 Miles
Swansea, Fishguard are within 3 hours
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Rolls of Monmouth, Celtic Manor The Monmouthshire
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Abergavenny is 15 minutes drive, Newport 40 minute
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
M50 and M4 are within 40 minutes
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Walnut Tree is 5 minutes away
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Swansea and the Gower are within 90 minutes
Car: necessary

Welsh Borders, Brecon Jazz, Hay Literary Festival, Abergavenny Food Festival Three Choirs in Hereford are all within easy driving distance. Ludlow is within train or driving distance. Big Pitt Blaenavon is a 30 minute drive. The Brecon Beacons are within 30 minutes and we are in the Black mountains close to Llanthony Abbey and wonderful walking country and are just off the Offas Dyke Path.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Abergavenny in Monmouthshire

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large shower, seperate roll top bath, handbasin and loo.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Spacious bedroom with King size bed.
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Great set up. Peaceful & remote with bird song in the morning & cattle settling in the distance of the evening. The sound of rural Wales.

A little disappointed in local restaurant choice (the Hardwick).

  • Review Submitted: 03-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry not to have met you but thank you for leaving the cottage in a clean and tidy condition. A very happy Christmas to you and yours Kind regards Julian ps Thankyou for your kind note which I have seen on arriving home. Sorry that the meal out was not as good as hoped. If you come again try the nearer venue. Julian.
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Wonderful 5*

  • 5 of 5

Clock cottage was beautiful we went for a relaxing weekend- it didn't disappoint - it was home from home and the views were stunning. Julian was extremely helpful and accommodating - thank you

  • Review Submitted: 07-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. It is very nice to know that Guests enjoy the Cottage and it makes the whole venture of a Holiday Cottage worthwhile.
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Lovely, warm and relaxing stay in peaceful countryside

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay. I commented whilst there that it's one of the best cottages we have stayed in. The kitchen was so well equipped to cook anything we liked and even had a cake tin to make a birthday cake.

The log burner made it so cosy.

The bed was comfy making it hard to get up in the morning but then it was nice to be up and see the beautiful countryside.

A lovely huge bath and shower which were working well and nice and warm.

The owner Julian was so welcoming and helpful. He didn't intrude but was there if we needed anything.

I would love to stay again and do more exploring of the area.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou both. You are welcome back at any time. Good luck for 2017 and all that it is going to bring you. Good wishes
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The cottage we were dreaming of.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this cottage. The house was perfectly clean and completely equipped, also with useful suggestions about the lovely countryside. Most of all, it is really beautiful and set in an amazing position. The owners have been extremely kind and hospitable as well. We definitely felt like home. We would recommend it to anyone who would enjoy a relaxing and high quality time.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for your generous review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and that you have arrived home safely, Kind regards, Julian & Clarissa
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  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do this place justice, it is lovely. Really nice location and very well equipped - we really appreciated the kitchen supplies that were provided. Excellent hospitality too. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed it and thank you for leaving it so clean and tidy. You are welcome back at any time, enjoy the rest of the Summer.
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'Shhhhhhhhh, keep it a secret !!!

  • 4 of 5

Superb and tastefully converted property. We loved the amount of light let in by the excellent patio windows across the whole side of the house. It was incredibly relaxing sitting looking out across open fields with a 'glass of lemonade'!

The property is located adjacent to the owners own property, but designed to give lots of privacy. Beautiful gardens and you could 'hear the silence'. Only broken by the occasional braying of the resident and very friendly donkey, or the meowing of the equally friendly cat.

The owners were very helpful, whilst not being intrusive. (Offering to drive us to and from the local restaurant was definitely above and beyond expectations).

This is indeed a home from home, with the welcome pack of goodies being much appreciated after a long journey. The detailed advance information provided by Julian was faultless too.

Unfortunately we were only there for four days, but again the owners were very flexible in letting us have Thursday to Sunday, whereby most weekend breaks are Friday to Monday. We had a superb time and the only disappointment was that the time went so very quickly. We would highly recommend it to anyone.

There is a very detailed and helpful information pack advising on places to eat and things to do. We ate at the Walnut Tree which is a Michelin starred pub. If you want to eat there, make sure to book early, (another helpful snippet offered by the owners).

Overall a superb and relaxing break - even if we did need some time off afterwards, to recover from the amount of walking we did !!

Annette and Steve Thorpe, Colchester, Essex

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your kind review. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit. Kind regards, Julian.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Abergavenny, Wales

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Three nights are £230 .00. except at Christmas, Easter and High Summer season.
A basket of wood is provided on arrival and each additional basket required is charged at £5 payable when delivered.A welcome package is also provided upon arrival consisting of a bottle of wine,cakes, milk, bread and some flowers.Guests shall replace any broken, missing or damaged items and are expected to replace tea, coffee condiments etc which are provided for their use and convenience upon arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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