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A Large Country House, perfect for friends & family gatherings.

Bedrooms 7
Separate WC's2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

A beautiful 7 bed country house situated in the Wye Valley, Pet Friendly.


Situated in the picturesque Wye Valley, Abernant House has elegant yet cosy accommodation for 12 people.

This impressive house has 3 spacious reception rooms including a comfortable drawing room and a wood-panelled snug/TV room.

The large kitchen and dining room at the centre of the house is warm and inviting and great for entertaining making it the perfect setting for a special celebration.

There are 7 bedrooms.

The master bedroom has its own private balcony looking over the treetops towards the River Wye, and 3 other bedrooms also have balconies overlooking the garden.

Standing in glorious mature gardens intersected by a stream, the House looks east over the Wye Valley to Aberedw Rocks.

The garden is flat alongside the house and slopes down to the banks of the Nant stream and the River Wye, where there is a private stone beach (also a listed fishing area for guests). The garden has a swing on a giant copper beech tree and a stone barbecue under the tree which is perfect for summer garden parties.

Across the road there is a wood with some lovely walks and several adjacent fields belong to the property.

The property is also close to the market town of Builth Wells, the location of the Royal Welsh Showground.

Hay-on-Wye, which is famous for its array of book shops and the renowned Hay Literary Festival, is within a 20-minute drive.

The Black Mountains are just beyond Hay-on-Wye and well worth exploring.

The Cathedral town of Brecon is just 20 minutes away and we are within easy reach of the magnificent Brecon Beacons.

The surrounding countryside is some of the most beautiful in the Welsh Borders.

There are so many things to do in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling or spotting local wildlife. There is a wide range of outdoor activities on offer including walking, cycling, mountain biking, canoeing, horse riding and pony trekking. The area is famous for its salmon and trout fishing.

The House has an intriguing history. The owner’s grandfather was Sir Harold Caccia, who was in the diplomatic service and was Ambassador in China, Vienna and then the USA during the 1960's. He was then Provost of Eton. Harold's father was Antonio Caccia, who was translator at the Treaty of Versailles. A rare copy of the Treaty was found in the house about 10 years ago!

The House provides luxurious yet welcoming accommodation..

Jo delivers an enhanced guess experience - providing a really personal service right from initial contact through to departure.

To find out more, visit the website: http://www.abernanthouse.com

More Details

Property Manager
Joanna Quincey
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
5 February, 2017

About Joanna Quincey

As manager of Abernant House I feel privileged to have the opportunity to welcome guests to this beautiful property.

I have lived and worked in the immediate area for over 20 years and work closely with the owner to provide a personal and friendly environment in which guests can relax with family and friends.

Why Joanna Quincey chose Powys and Brecon Beacons

The property has been owned by the family for over 50 years and was the former family home of the diplomat and former UK Ambassador to USA, Lord Harold Caccia and his family still take breaks here.

Abernant retains a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere and everyone who comes here comments upon how lovely it makes you feel. Plenty of space and comfort in a beautiful location.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The House has an intriguing history. The owner’s grandfather was Lord Harold Caccia, who was in the diplomatic service and was Ambassador in China, Vienna and then the USA during the 1960's. He was then Provost of Eton. Harold's father was Antonio Caccia, who was translator at the Treaty of Versailles. A rare copy of the Treaty was found in the house about 10 years ago!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Stayed at Abernant House for a week at half term with my family, daughters, son-in-laws and grandchildren. The house and grounds are lovely and everyone hade a wonderful time.
Dec 2016
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(2 traveller reviews)


Absolutely stunning

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of the same family, aged 87 - 11, spent five glorious days at Abernant, relaxing in the house and the garden and finding one's inner child in the Nant and the Wye!! The house has immense character and is charming, very comfortable and relaxing, bliss. All the rooms, both up and downstairs are very well appointed, with attention to detail, with plenty of space. The kitchen, with the superb table, is a wonderful room to gather in, ample space for all 12 of us. Jo looked after us all so well, made everything so easy for us - from first contact onward - and has been marvellous. Really hope to return before too long! We all thoroughly recommend Abernant.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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absolutely gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this place is excellent. We had a party of 12 aged 6 - 85 and we all absolutely loved it. There is a British feel to the house which is beautifully kitted out and seemed to have everything we needed as well as being immaculate and very good quality. The bedrooms are spacious and plentiful with huge beds and lovely linens, the house is roomy enough to get lost in and the garden is a joy. Having access to the river is an added bonus. All 12 of us were very sad to leave and I cannot wait to book our next trip. Jo was super helpful and lovely and everything was actually much nicer than we expected which does not happen often. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
February - April 17
24 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
7 Apr 2017 - 24 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
May BH
28 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
May BH 2
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
June - July 17
30 May 2017 - 22 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
28 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
4 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Autumn Half Term 17
20 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas & New Year
22 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We ask for a 30% deposit on booking to secure the booking. Payment must be made no later than 4 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is usually Friday but we are flexible so please contact us to discuss.

Notes on prices:
2 day break - £1,257.
3 day break - £1, 496.
One week (low season) - £1,950.
One week (high season) - £2,800

Please contact us to discuss alternative changeover days.
Late availability discount offered.....please contact for details.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Builth Wells in Wales

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , With private Juliet balcony
    Single - 1 Single Bed , With private balcony overlooking the garden
    Blue Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Ensuite room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed , There is the option of an additional pull out single bed
    Green Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Super king size bed, option of 2 additional pull out singles
    Twin Room - 2 Single Bed , This room can be made up as a double
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (7 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 - Super King Size & balcony. Bed 2 - Single, wash basin closet & balcony. Bed 3 - Super King Size. Bed 4 - Super King size, en-suite bathroom & balcony. Bed 5 - Single & balcony. Bed 6 - Super King Size. Bed 7 - Twin. ** Option of 3 x additional single beds in shared rooms **
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Abernant is a large house which provides ample space for a perfect holiday with family and friends. It is primarily a family home and has a relaxed, comfortable and welcoming feel. The property was formerly owned by Lord Harold Caccia who was British Ambassador in China and Washington, USA from the 1930's to 1960's. The large kitchen with its large oak dining table is at the centre of the house. Warm and inviting, it is the perfect place to have that celebration dinner or family gathering. French windows lead directly to the garden. The drawing room has comfortable sofas next to an open wood burning fire. A light and airy room with beautiful views out over the River Wye towards the beautiful Aberedw Rocks. There is a grand piano for use by guests. The dining room is decorated with beautiful handpainted Chinese wallpaper. The wood panelled TV room has several sofas and a wood burning stove. All bedding is high quality Egyptian cotton. Full central heating. Outside: The property sits in approximately 7 acres including a large front garden with a large lawned area dominated by a stunning copper beech tree and includes many established shrubs. It has beautiful views across the Wye valley towards the Aberedw Rocks. There is a stone built barbecue overlooking fields which are separated from the grounds by a ha-ha (Ha-has are used in landscape design to prevent access to a garden, for example by grazing livestock, without obstructing views.) A sheltered porch area with outdoor tables is adjacent to the drawing room. The garden slopes down to the Nant stream which flows into the River Wye. There is a footpath allowing access to the river which is just a two minute amble away. There is a stone beach alongside the river. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble drier. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and Linen are included. The property is cleaned weekly, as well as before and after each booking. Other: Entrance hall. Downstairs wc with washbasin.

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