With a front-row seat to the spectacular views of Monmouthshire’s rolling hills, Town Farm is a gorgeous Jacobean farmhouse filled with personality and quirky charm. The stylish interior sits over four floors and is a carefully curated blend of antiques, curios, oil paintings and sumptuous fabrics. Ancient beams, flagstone floors and roaring fires are historical echoes of Town Farm’s intriguing past, whilst Smart TVs, a games room with a snooker and pool table, a Sonos sound system, and a PlayStation, ensure all the necessary modernity of the 21st century are equally well catered for. There are four sumptuous bedrooms, plus a single room leading from the Nell Gwyn room, and the flexible configuration of beds (which means nine guests can stay with their own bed to sleep in) makes this an excellent choice for family gatherings and groups of friends. Swoon-worthy bathrooms aplenty, and a fabulous kitchen diner. Pretty gardens and a glorious terrace sit under the peaceful gaze of St. Nicholas Church, whilst the excellent village pub, renowned for great food and equally good live music, is just a short stroll away. This is a place for lovers of the outdoors, where the wild landscapes will stir your soul. For photographers and active adventurers, it’s the perfect base to explore the rugged beauty of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains.
The peaceful country lanes that weave along the Herefordshire and Monmouthshire border lead you to the medieval village of Grosmont, tucked between the spectacular beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye Valley. Grosmont Castle, one of the Three Castles of Gwent built by the Normans, lies just behind the main street, and in the heart of the village, you will find Town Farm.
Grade II listed and beautifully restored, Town Farm is a spacious and elegant house. Period features herald your arrival and welcome you into somewhere rather special. Warm wooden floors flow throughout the ground floor, leading to a delightful sitting room with a vast inglenook fireplace, gorgeous kitchen/dining space, a games room with a snooker table, and a delightful children’s playroom complete with a dressing up box, toys, games and a wall-mounted TV for rainy afternoon films and sessions on the PlayStation. Two original, curved staircases take you to the upper floors where the fabulous bedrooms (all with their own bathrooms) lie in wait. The King Charles room boasts a rolltop slipper bath in the bedroom, whilst the Nell Gwyn room has a seductive four-poster with its namesake adorning the headboard. The Spire room overlooks the peaceful churchyard, and last but not least the superb Loft Suite encompasses the whole top floor and includes a sitting area and divine Jacuzzi copper Bateau bath.
Outside you’ll find lovely gardens, a BBQ and a firepit. Enjoy outside dining on the tiered terrace, which is beautifully lit by night, and soak in the views of the church. There is on-street parking for 4 cars.
Kitchen | Diner: Timeless flagstone floors are the perfect foil for the white walls and original beams that feature throughout. Behind the pale cream cupboards lies everything practical needed for a self-catering stay including two dishwashers, a large fridge-freezer, a fabulous AGA (an additional charge applies to use it) for budding chefs, along with a double oven and a gas hob. The central island is a wonderful place to perch with a glass of something chilled and bubbly whilst the culinary creators in your party whip up something delicious. The dining table can seat 11 and is an elegant space that lends itself perfectly to lazy brunches and social evening meals that linger long into the evening.
Sitting Room: Filled with character, this cosy room boasts original beams, polished wooden floors underfoot and is a place to retreat to when the weather is wild. The impressive inglenook fireplace dominates the proceedings, put a match to the grate and curl up in front of the flames on one of the plump sofas with that book you’ve been meaning to read. This is a room for conversation and relaxing, but should you want it you’ll also find a Smart TV placed unobtrusively in the corner.
Games Room: Bound to be a hit with your guests, the games room features a full-size table which can be used for both pool and snooker. There’s a wall-mounted Smart TV with Sky Sports and a wood-burning stove for cooler evenings. James Bond will be keeping a watchful eye on proceedings from the quirky blinds.
Playroom: There are stairs to the basement area where you'll find the playroom. Designed with your younger visitors in mind, this thoughtful room comes equipped with a dressing-up box, toys and games, a wall-mounted TV and a PlayStation for hours of entertainment.
Boot Room: This useful space is perfect for drying off wet dogs after countryside walks and storing wet weather gear.
Study Area: If you really can’t leave work behind there is a small study area with a desk and chair. There is also a ground-floor WC adjacent to this.
King Charles Room: Accessed via its own staircase this stunning room features a super-king size zip and link bed, which can be a twin on request. The King Charles room has warm wooden floors, antique furniture, original oil paintings and a gorgeous pale pink slipper bath. This sits beneath the window, offering the most wonderful views as you bathe.
En-Suite: The adjacent en-suite is beautifully finished with a large walk-in shower, WC, and hand basin.
Nell Gwyn Room: The midnight blue, sumptuously draped four-poster king-size bed takes centre stage, whilst the canvas portrait of Nell Gwyn herself makes a striking feature headboard. Antique furniture, polished wooden floors and wood-panelled walls all add to the character. There is a single bedroom with a pretty brass bed leading from the Nell Gwyn room.
En-Suite: This spacious en-suite features beautiful turquoise tiles, a bath with an overhead shower, WC, and a bespoke marble vanity.
Spire Room: This gorgeous room features a super-king size zip and link bed, which can be a twin on request, whitewashed stone walls and a feature panel wall behind the bed. It’s filled with character and charm and the antique furniture and original artwork add to the sense of style. From the window, there is a timeless view over St. Nicholas Church.
En-Suite: Tucked behind the panelling lies a well-appointed en-suite boasting a bath with a monsoon shower over, a marble hand basin within a vanity unit, and a WC.
Loft Suite: Covering the whole of the top floor, this spacious suite encompasses a fabulous king-size sleigh bed and a relaxing seating area, where you can enjoy a peaceful morning coffee before the day begins. The exposed roof beams soar overhead, and there is plenty of light from the Velux roof windows. The loft suite also features a Loaf single bed.
En-Suite: The glorious copper bateau Jacuzzi bath takes centre stage and is set beneath the window overlooking the church and hills beyond… so fill it with bubbles, turn on the jets lie back and gaze to your heart’s content. There is also a separate step-in shower cubicle with a monsoon shower head, WC, and hand basin.
Bi-fold doors lead from the dining area outside to the terrace, which sits under the tranquil gaze of St. Nicholas Church. The multi-level terrace is filled with planting and garden sculptures, and as dusk falls pretty lighting illuminates the space. Enjoy alfresco dining at the large dining table, and evening drinks around the firepit. There is also a BBQ and garden games. On-street parking for 4 cars is available.
Full List of Facilities
Bedroom One - Super-king (can be a twin on request)
Bedroom Two - King-size four poster
Bedroom Three - Super-king (can be a twin in request)
Bedroom Four - King-size
4 Bathrooms - 4 en-suites with bath, shower, WC and hand basin
Fire - Wood-burner and an open fire. Logs are supplied for an initial fire (01 Oct -31 Mar)
AGA - An additional charge applies to use the AGA
Coffee machine - Nespresso
Dishwasher - 2
Dining table - Seats 11
WiFi *Please note that speeds are for guidance only and are not guaranteed
TV - Smart x 2
Travel cot (cot linen not provided) - 2
Highchair - 1
Game console - Playstation
Sound system - Sonos
Dog friendly - 3 well-behaved dogs welcome for an additional fee
Outdoor dining area
BBQ - Charcoal - please supply your own coal
Parking - 4 on-street parking spaces
On your Doorstep
Farm shops, delis, and shopping: Head to Abergavenny (12.5 miles) for an excellent choice of artisan bakeries, whilst Hay-on-Wye (21 miles) has an excellent Thursday market known for its local produce, arts, crafts, and vintage goods. It’s also famous for its book shops and is well worth a visit. Although an hour or so’s drive, Ludlow is a beautiful town to visit.
Cafes, pubs, and restaurants:
The Angel Inn, Grosmont – a traditional, family-run pub with real ales and good food. Bookings are recommended if you want to dine (100m)
The Bridge Inn, Kentchurch – local, estate-owned pub on the river (1 mile)
Under the Nut Tree, Kentchurch – a unique dining experience with local produce prepared over the barbecue. Weekend dinners and occasional Sunday lunches from March to Christmas. Booking only (3 miles)
Temple Bar, Ewyas Harold – popular at weekends and there is an excellent fish and chip shop opposite (4 miles)
1861 Restaurant, Cross Ash – excellent restaurant with a menu created daily. Set lunch and dinner menus as well as a la carte and a tasting menu (4 miles)
The Bell at Skenfrith – award-winning restaurant focusing on local, and seasonal produce. They do not take walk-ins so you must prebook. (5 miles)
The Garway Moon Inn, Garway – lovely local with a relaxed atmosphere. Great if walking Garway Hill (6 miles)
Walks: There are myriad walks on the doorstep, including Skirrid Fawr, Garway Hill, Sugar Loaf in Abergavenny and Offa’s Dyke Path. You are also on the Three Castles Walk, a 19-mile circular trail which links the medieval castles of Grosmont, White and Skenfrith. The Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains are within easy reach.
Places to Visit:
Grosmont Castle – substantial ruins of one of the Three Castles of Gwent (200 m)
Kentchurch Court – a magnificent estate which has been in the Lucas-Scudamore family for almost 1,000 years. The beautiful gardens are open to visitors (1 mile)
White Castle Vineyard – a gently sloping 10-acre vineyard producing quality Welsh wines. Vineyard tours and tastings are available (6 miles)
Monmouth – thriving town in the beautiful Wye Valley, the UK’s first Bee town, with a 13th-century gatehouse and wealth of independent shops (12 miles)
Abergavenny – market town with a museum set in the castle (12.5 miles
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Points of Note
3 well-behaved dogs are permitted at the cottage for an additional fee.
Town Farm welcomes a maximum of 8 adults.
It is the policy of this property not to take bookings for groups where the majority of guests are under the age of 25, or single-sex group celebrations, including stag/hen parties. This property is ideal for family groups.
Please note that additional guests above the maximum capacity are not permitted
Town Farm is a Jacobean building with numerous original features including exposed beams, original staircases, and wooden floors.
There is an additional charge to use the AGA, please contact the owner directly to organise this (please note there is also a gas hob, double oven and microwave for guests to use).
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The little village of Grosmont lies tucked into the rolling hills of Monmouthshire and is where you’ll find the ruins of Grosmont Castle, one of the Three Castles of Gwent. There is also an excellent local pub in the village with good food and live entertainment. The walking is superb with Skirrid Fawr and Garway Hill on the doorstep. Sugar Loaf in Abergavenny and the Offa’s Dyke path as it passes through the Brecon Beacons. Symonds Yat and Ross-on-Wye are within easy reach offering a wealth of outdoor activities and watersports, whilst history buffs can visit Hereford Cathedral to see the Mappa Mundi and any number of castles. Head to Hay-on-Wye for wonderful book shops or venture further afield to Ludlow, one of the loveliest towns on the Welsh Borders.