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Cosy warm cottage, all bed linen and towels etc provided. A cake and free range eggs from our friendly chickens to welcome you. Enjoy the wonderful peaceful starry nights, listen to the birdsong and walk from your door up onto the Black Mountains.



From the Visitors Book:



Spring 2016

Spring has arrived at last! Skirrid is finally finished and both cottages have new linen and new sitting room furniture. We have carpets of bluebells, the birds are singing, the sun is shining and the geese are laying. Wishing you happy holidays! Best wishes from Belinda and Roy x



2016

4th - 11th May Skirrid Cottage: Delightful cosy and comfortable cottage in a beautiful location, great for the dogs. Thank you for the lovely cake and fresh eggs. We have enjoyed a wonderful week and plan to return. G & M

29th April - 2nd May Skirrid Cottage: Thank you so much for such a wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage. We have never slept so well - much needed. We will definitely be back! S & R

24th - 27th April Skirrid Cottage: Had a wonderful stay. Cottage and views were amazing. Loved the dogs, chickens and geese too. Will definitely come back again soon. Thank you K,B,S & M

13th - 18th April Skirrid Cottage: A lovely stay. Thank you so much for your lovely welcome. The chocolate cake and flowers were a lovely touch. We will be back again soon Thank you J & Jx

Another lovely stay and as usual you managed the weather beautifully. We had a good climb up the Sugar Loaf. How wonderful to be able to walk directly from the cottage. The geese tried to be friendly and the dogs certainly were! See you again soon T & L

25th - 31st March Skirrid Cottage: Thank you for another lovely stay. Thanks for the chocolate cake and eggs (chicken and goose) - both delicious. We will definitely be back again soon. M,P,E & A

25th - 28th March Gaer Cottage: Thank you so much for a lovely comfortable stay in a magical place. Cake and eggs much appreciated. Hope to return. L,L & M

11th - 13th March 2016 Gaer Cottage: Thanks for another lovely stay. Beautiful weather and walks. Gorgeous chocolate cake too! S,D,A,C,M & Px

7th - 11th March 2016 Gaer Cottage: We had a wonderful few days away. Cottage lovely, good cake and thanks for the eggs. We had lovely walks from the cottage. This has been the 8th time we have returned here and what a difference 1 year makes! The geese on the pond look great. Even Fudge left them alone (he will chase everything that moves!). Skirrid cottage looks amazing. You both have done so much in 1 year. Looking forward to returning next year. R,N & F xxx

12th Feb 2016 Gaer Cottage: It was lovely and the mountains were fun to climb - the dogs enjoyed it too! We had such an amazing time and would love to come again. It's nice and cosy and is nice and marm! L,K & S

We had a lovely stay again thank you S, D & all

8th Feb 2016 Gaer Cottage: - Thank you Belinda for the lovely welcome, home made cakes and fresh flowers! Regardless of the persistent rain, we did some lovely walks and dined at the Skirrid Inn. This is a favourite place of ours and of course Sunday Roast at the Carpenters Arms - just like home made and Vera is always very pleased to see us.

Thank you again and Skirrid Cottage looks amazing - well done for all your hard work. Hope to see you again very soon lots of love K,W,K & K xxxx

Don't ever change this little cottage it is perfect! thank you :)xx




2015
29th Sept - 4 Oct 2015 Gaer Cottage: Thank you Belinda for the lovely cake and eggs - very scrummy cake! made us most welcome!. Enjoyed our walks - cottage very comfortable. Will come again and stay here next time we are visiting this lovely area! B & P Brighton :)

11th - 18th Sept 2015 Skirrid Cottage: Fantastic location, lovely cottage. Thank you for the lemon cake and eggs. We had some lovely walks. The Skirrid Inn does great food and is good value for money. The woodland is a fantastic maze - take emergency supplies. The Big Pit at Blaenavon is fantastic and only costs £3 to park and no entrance fee. There is a lot to see and do. Really interesting. Thank you Roy and Belinda for a relaxing week.

11th - 18th Sept 2015 Gaer Cottage: We've had a wonderful time here on our 2nd visit to Gaer Cottage. Raglan Castle, Tretower Castle, Llanfoist Wharf & Hay on Wye all excellent. Had a very good meal at the Three Salmons hotel in Usk, Superb food and very dog friendly. Thank you for the tasty cake, eggs and milk - much appreciated K,D,R & I

4th - 11th Sept 2015 Gaer Cottage: A lovely relaxing holiday in wonderful peaceful surroundings. We have been made most welcome. Thank you P & B Isle of Wight.

28th August - 1st Sept 2015 Skirrid Cottage: Wow what a gorgeous location you have here! Great walks from the doorstep - Baz thoroughly enjoyed running through the woods! Thank you for the cake and eggs - delicious! Feeling very relaxed :) L,C & Basil x

24th - 28th August 2015 Skirrid Cottage: Fabulous cottage, wonderful location. Thank you for the chocolate cake & eggs - very welcome. Dogs loved their walks!! We will be back A,M, kids and dogs x

14th - 21st August 2015 Skirrid Cottage: Our second visit to Skirrid and another fantastic visit. Lovely cottage with all the home comforts. Gorgeous lemon cake to welcome us. We have had a great week and will be coming back to visit soon. Many thanks N,W,L,C & Reg the Springer x

13th - 16th August 2015 Gaer Cottage: It's so pretty here. I had a lovely time riding, walking exploring and staying in this lovely comfy cottage. Can't wait to come back! love Cx

This holiday was probably one of the all time greats! Riding was really fun and I can't wait to come back and do it again. I love the chookies and I hope that Mrs Broody become Mrs Not-So-Broody again! Had an amazing time on our walks and hope to do some again love Fx

7th - 13th August 2015 Gaer Cottage: We last came here on 12 August 2011 and enjoyed it so much we had to come back. Great walks up the mountains, in and around Abergavenny, in the beautiful woods that surround the property and throughout the Black Mountains in general. We really love Wales and can't wait to come back again :). The two dogs can't wait either. Thank you so much for providing a beautiful and comfortable place to stay and providing us with eggs, milk and a delicious cake Yummy! Hope to be back real soon. Best wishes N,M,P,R Oliver (the cocker spaniel) & Jacob (the red setter)

2nd - 7th August 2015 Gaer Cottage: Lovely cottage, very relaxing setting, would love to come back. Really enjoyed visiting the Big Pit - well worth seeing. Thank you for making our short break so relaxing R,P & Josh

19th - 24th July 2015 Gaer Cottage: Had a lovely holiday. Very nice cottage. The dogs loved it. Thanks for the nice welcome G,J,M & M

20th - 27th June 2015 Gaer Cottage: Thank you for the warm welcome in this special place. It is so beautiful, surrounded by nature. The birds were singing from very early in the morning 'til almost 22.20 h.. And after that the silence... So good to listen to. We had nice weather and walked a lot in the surroundings. We loved the fresh flowers and the very special lemon drizzle cake. Also visited Hay on Wye & came back via the Gospel Pass. A beautiful landscape. We would love to stay for a another week.. This land differs so much from our very flat Holland - hope to be back sometime. Belinda and Roy thank you! H & C Netherlands

19th - 26th June 2015 Skirrid Cottage: We had another wonderful stay, lots of walks, good weather, lovely cottages to stay in. Thanks for the lemon cake it was lush. Fudge the dog loved romping around the grounds. Lovely fresh eggs too. We are so glad we came back for our holiday. More happy guests staying in Skirrid Cottage. Great hosts too. Thanks for everything R,N & Fudgex

25th - 29th May 2015 Skirrid Cottage: Another wonderful stay. All the best to you both on your adventure M,P,E & Archie

22nd - 26th May 2015 Gaer Cottage: Lovely cottage in an idyllic setting. We loved it here and I include our dog. Thank you for the warm welcome, especially the cake. It was all just right. Hope to come back before too long. Best wishes L

15th - 22nd May 2015 Skirrid Cottage: Wonderful walking country, lots of interesting places to visit, the weather was very kind to us. We've been warm and comfortable, the cottage has everything we needed. The welcome of cake, flowers and eggs was wonderful! Thank you L & C

11th - 14th May 2015 Gaer Cottage: Would like to start by saying thank you so much for a lovely time we had here at one of your cottages! On arrival we received a Victoria Sponge & fresh eggs which were a lovely touch followed by the fresh flowers in the vases! All those little touches were amazing. Cottage was perfect inside and out - plenty of space for us and Benji to run about. Bed was very comfy - slept peacefully every night. In the mornings, listening to the birds, the cuckoo and the sheep was fab! Overall a fantastic place, we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We would definitely return and recommend to others. We look forward to seeing you both again in the near future! thanks again! lots of love A,C & Benji x

3rd - 6th April 2015 Gaer Cottage: Thank you so much for continuing to manage these lovely cottages. You have made us feel very welcome, especially the chocolate cake (amazing). Weather - beautiful, managed to record the morning chorus so I can take this memory with me. Lots of lovely walks & good food as always in the Skirrid Inn and an amazing roast on Sunday at the Carpenters Arms (Vera), Thank you again. Will be coming back lots of love K,W,G & Dx

2nd - 6th April 2015 Skirrid Cottage: We've had the privilege of being Belinda and Roy's first guests here as they only moved in 2 weeks ago. They've picked up right where Jane and Russell left off, with a wonderful welcome, immaculate cottage, all set with flowers and a fab cake so Cwm Coed-y-Cerrig is clearly in safe hands! We've had a perfect mini break and will definitely recommend this place to others. Now you're here reading this we recommend you stomp up both hillsides at the front and back of the cottage - which is well worth the effort! Thank you Bel & Roy - you've made a blistering good start! P,L,D,M & T (& Rocca the waggy dog)

13th - 15th Feb 2015 Skirrid Cottage: A beautiful and tranquil setting for a romantic break. Gorgeous and homely cottage. Would love to re-visit. J & N x

11th - 13th Feb 2015 Skirrid Cottage: It's always a special treat to be here again. We have so many happy memories in the peace of the woods and rocks! The visit to Partrishow was awe inspiring.

23rd - 25th Jan 2015 Gaer Cottage: Here again! Can't keep away as we love it so much. Thank you again D,S,A,O Molly & Poppy x

16th - 19th Jan 2015 Gaer Cottage: Love the cosy cottage! Thank you for the Welsh cakes, the eggs and the warm welcome! This is lovely, an idyllic spot with peace and quiet, miles of stunning walking (and running!) country and hidden spots. Would love to come back, thanks L

2nd -4th Jan 2015 Gaer Cottage: Thank you for another lovely stay. Enjoyed walking around the land with my gun dogs and we are looking forward to future visits. Best wishes D,S,A,B, Molly & Poppy x

3rd - 16th Jan '15 - Skirrid Cottage, Wow! Thank you for making our stay in the beautiful location so special. Bruce & Meg always had waggy tails and the "Happy Hens" gave us breakfast. This has been a 10 star holiday. We hope to see you again very soon. R & J - Arrived from Lancashire, never returned but stayed in this beautiful area.

27th Dec - 3rd Jan, '15 - Skirrid Cottage, Beautiful, relaxing, peaceful. We have loved it here. Fabulous frosty starlit nights. Brilliant blue skies and sunny days. The landscape is breathtaking. Not wanting to leave is the best way of ending a holiday. Warmest wishes, L,S,M, & N. Basildon, Yorks

21st, Dec - 27th Dec '15 - Arrived on my birthday to spend Christmas in Skirrid Cottage. We spent six wonderful days in beautiful surrounds and six peaceful nights in the most warm and comfortable cottage and loved the whole experience, so thank you, we can't wait to come back! M & J, Bracknell, Berks.



2014

21st-23rd Nov- 2014 - A second fantastic weekend here - we love the cottage, it's location and the thoughtful touches - eggs & welsh cakes. We did a fantastic walk up the Sugar Loaf on the first day and a lovely one up the hill behind the cottage the second . Our dog loved them both too. Thank you! C,D,J. & T.

11th - 14th October 2014 - Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting - (reminds us of the 3 Bears cottage). Really enjoyed our stay - children loved exploring and collecting the eggs from the very friendly chickens. Thank you for all the little touches e.g. eggs - cakes -towels etc.S,S,M,B&G. Canterbury, Kent

1st - 8th August, 2014 - The family took both cottages, and again an amazing week for the clan, that concluded with a gathering of cousins, nephew & grandparents, and once again the sun was shining. This is a special place that has created amazing memories. Will be back again, O & Family

18th - 25th July, 2014, A very peaceful place to enjoy a fantastic weeks weather. Thanks for welsh cakes & sweet peas - both enjoyed! P, M & K

4th - 11th July 2014, Had a very relaxing time. Home comforts were a real bonus. Enjoyed watching chickens, woodpeckers and buzzards. Good pubs too! Regards, C & R

19th June - .... Our walk up behind the cottage (myself & 77 year old mother!) was steep but fantastic. The views at the top were breathtaking. Did a couple of nice walks along the canal from Gilwern to Talybont-on-Usk. P,R & J

31st May - 8th June '14 - Lovely piece of heaven, we had a wonderful stay. Welsh cakes and eggs made our stay welcoming. Great to be able to let the dogs run free. Will definitely recommend it to friends and family. C,M,M & Holly.

27th- 31st May, '14 - Thank You. Another lovely few days. The Priory nearby is worth a visit. Loved the chickens and dog loved running about. R, C, H & M

31st May - 8th June '14 - Lovely piece of heaven, we had a wonderful stay. Welsh cakes and eggs made our stay welcoming. Great to be able to let the dogs run free. Will definitely recommend it to friends and family. C,M,M & Holly

12th May, 2014, - The cottage is delightful, and it's been a lovely three day break. Thanks for the little extras, much appreciated! The bird feeder is a pleasure to see, especially to watch the resident woodpecker. To be able to take the dog on long walks without leaving the property was a big bonus for us too. Thanks. B, T & Tess, Bridgend.

26th April 2014 - We all settled quickly into your inviting country cottage (Skirrid). We enjoyed our hike up Sugar Loaf which was beautifully sunny and peaceful, and after the climb we still had time to visit Llanthony Priory which was stunning - a hidden gem! R,J,C & R. Penarth

18-21st April 2014  - Lovely cottage, everything provided, a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable stay. Walks up Gaer and Sugar Loaf were brilliant, definitely want to come again. The C's - Petworth, Sx

17th April 2014 - We arrived at the cottage on a glorious day, the cottage welcomed us with open arms. K,J,J,P & A. Glos.

12th April 2014 - Lovely stay. Really enjoyed cottage and hills. Thanks, we will be back. E & D

23rd April 2014 - We all settled quickly into your inviting country cottage (Skirrid). We enjoyed our hike up Sugar Loaf which was beautifully sunny and peaceful, and after the climb we still had time to visit Llanthony Priory which was stunning - a hidden gem! R,J,C & R. Penarth

18-21st April 2014  - Lovely cottage, everything provided, a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable stay. Walks up Gaer and Sugar Loaf were brilliant, definitely want to come again. The C's - Petworth, Sx

17th April 2014 - We arrived at the cottage on a glorious day, the cottage welcomed us with open arms. K,J,J,P & A. Glos.

12th April 2014 - Lovely stay. Really enjoyed cottage and hills. Thanks, we will be back. E & D

4-6th April 2014 - We arrived on a glorious Friday and the atmosphere and cottage added to the excitement of leaving the busy city life. The warm welcome we received instantly allowed us to feel at ease. You'll be seeing us again. Many thanks, T,R,J & J

14 - 16th Mar 2014  Thank you I really love Gaer Cottage xxx The children loved collecting eggs before breakfast! We have only stayed for a weekend, but will definitely back for longer! J & J & Family

28TH Dec -4TH Jan 2014
We escaped the city at New Year and enjoyed a wonderful, peaceful time in this cosy cottage. The warm welcome, mince pies to die for, generous hens and a peanut-feasting woodpecker all added to the magic. Memorable days were spent exploring the limestone cliffs at Craig y Cilau, and Llanthony Priory and Hay-on-Wye. We wish we were snowed in and didn't have to leave! Like so many who have been here, we look forward to coming again. C, N, & J, Manchester

24 - 26 Jan 2014
Lovely peace, character cottage. Clear starry nights. Very relaxed now. Thank you. D&A

3-6 Jan 2014
Another memorable stay. Just what we needed after a busy Xmas and New Year. S,D,A,B & Molly



2013
DEC 19TH 2013 -
Another wonderful time at Cwm Coed-y-Cerrig. Many thanks. We look forward to our next visit. M&M

16TH - 18TH NOV 2013
Our first time at Gaer Cottage and had a very relaxing time but with some long walks - circular from the book in the cottage. Lucky with the weather maybe, but overall very welcoming environment and cottage. Hope to come again! S & J

29TH OCT - 1ST NOV 2013
Delightful! Truly lovely! Big brekkies, long walks, comfy beds - perfect! Thanks for the goodies too. P.S. Grwynne Fawr Reservoir is worth the hike. D & L, Cardiff

26th-29th OCT 2013-
Second visit but although it was only a few days, another great break and experience. We also know the cottage stays warm in winter! Will be back again soon. O,N, S & E

17th Oct '13...... A little piece of heaven! Glorious sunrise, sunset & moonscapes, listening to the owls - we've had them all! (& posted some of this onto Facebook by day 2 - though part of me didn't want to share!) B & B, Sussex

30th Sept 2013....Lovely,lovely cottage & location. We needed longer !! so we will be back! Warmest regards L C Dorset

19th Sept 2013....Don't want to leave the kitchen window as loved watching the birds feeding. Will definitely come back again and bring all the family and rent both cottages. M & M

15th Sept 2013........Another lovely stay here. Don't want to leave. Be back soon. S,D,A,B & Mollie

2nd Sept 2013.....Lovely to be able to arrive with everything ready to have a cup of tea - + moreish Welsh cakes. We also enjoyed our morning eggs. Thank you hens!The location is amazing - a true 'get away from it all' place. Breakfast on the sun-trap terrace is a joy. Highly recommend the Waterfalls walk. M,P,C. Birmingham

23rd August 2013........ "C Family - over 4 generations!" When I planned a family holiday with 4 generations I had thoughts of stress and not managing to please everyone. Instead this has been one of the best holidays ever - cottages, garden, chickens & friendliness have made it perfect! Will be back next summer.

2nd August 2013...... Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful corner of Wales with us.I wish we did not have to leave. C. Family

23rd August 2013.....A lovely cottage /stay in a beautiful part of Wales - Brilliant! 4 generations (in 2 cottages!)said it was special. Thanks. R,J,L,& Family

2nd August 2013...... Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful corner of Wales with us.I wish we did not have to leave. C. Family

24th May 2013.... Thank you for the cottage. Excellent all round. Lovely place for walking. Managed Offa's Dyke from Chepstow to Hay-on-Wye. I didn't know Welsh cakes were so good!

7th May 2013.... Our dear old dog has had a ball plodding around at her leisure, and at 16 years there may be few opportunites left for her. We will take with us some very special memories indeed. Bank Holiday weather must have been the best for forty years!

19th April 2013.... We have explored and walked for miles , but most of all relaxed..

2nd April 2013.... Thank you for a magnificent stay. The place, the wildlife, the sightseeing all incredible. Loved staying here. Poppy very reluctant to leave! Eggs were great! Will certainly be back and would highly recommend to others. M,M & P

29th March 2013.... We love the birds on the feeders and the chickens. Our son has made the most of the piano and really enjoyed it. This was our second visit and we hope to return again. M,A & C

8th March 2013..... Thank you for sharing this lovely place with us. After coming from a big city (Manchester) this is a real treat. We went for long walks and really relaxed in the evenings with a nice bottle of red.The little touches make this little cottage stand out from the other places we have stayed. We would love to return. Love S.M.E & L - Manchester

3rd Feb 2013..... As always a great stay in Wales and especially your welcoming cottage. The weather was really good to us, so we managed a long walk yesterday up on the hills. Just the relaXing week-end needed. Will be back again. R,N,F &T - Oxford

21st Jan 2013...... We have had a great week at Gaer Cottage. When we arrived we didn't realise the week ahead would be the red weather warning for snow! We woke up to 6" snow everywhere so we've done most of our walking from the cottage, due to a stuck car! The cottage has been a great base, LOVELY and warm!! Monty our dog has loved your land being most of the time off the lead.......so thank you. The fresh eggs a great start to the day. S, J and Monty

4th Jan 2013 ...... Told you we would be back! We have had a lovely break again. Thank you. See you in six weeks time. D,S & Molly5th Nov 2012....Our stay at your tranquil cottage for the last 3 days has been a delight. Memories we shall take back to the city smog. A & A, London



2012
26th Oct 2012.....Our first visit to Wales. The area is beautiful. Can highly recommend Abergavenny for the Castle and Museum. Loved the woodland walks behind the cottage, picturesque Hay-on-Wye and its bookshops........D,C,A,M & K

21st - 24th Sept 2012...This place rocks. Loved to have stayed longer. M & J

18th -20th Sept 2012... Another wonderful short stay at this home from home - the second this year. Will back for a longer stay next time to take advantage of what this area has to offer. Thank you Jane and Russell. I, R & Stella the whippet

7th-14th Sept 2012....Thank you for a lovely and relaxing stay!.....the Welsh cakes and eggs were lovely. G and I both commented that we felt at home straight away. Ideal for walking and our two little dogs loved it. J, L & Connie and Clyde

24th - 31st August 2012 .......All 9 of us in the two cottages, have had a wonderful family holiday. We have done so much this week, but there is so much more to do. The cottages are very cosy and the surroundings are out of this world. We will be back. J,& Family B, Reading

17th-24th August 2012 .......a beautiful dream of a place, pure air, soft water, clean comfy beds - thanks. C,J & Mum

10th-17th August 2012 ....This was mine and Marco's first walking holiday and we blooming loved it. Skirrid Mountains was my favourite, but the 90ft waterfall is a must to see. We will definitely be back again. L,M,P&J

3rd-10th August 2012 ......Lovely week, not so lovely weather until yesterday and today. Recommend - canoe/kayak on the Wye.

20th-27th July 2012 ......Thank you for a wonderful stay. The cottage is lovely with everything you need. ....The kids especially liked collecting the eggs in the morning. L,L,A & C.

8th June, 2012.....Had a lovely stay visiting Hay on Wye Book Festival; great drive through Hay Bluff. Loved the chickens and woodpecker. C,N & G.

26th May - 1st June, 2012....We enjoyed a very comfortable week and fabulous warm sunny weather. Marvelous dawn chorus - never heard better! Great walks all around. AL & EM New Milton



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