So you're planning a romantic break for two...somewhere you can really get away from it all, perhaps surrounded by the finest country scenery without compromising on a moment of luxury?
Look no further than The Dovecote, where you'll experience your very own private hideaway in the form of a relaxing round tower for two!
Perfectly positioned in the picturesque village of Penallt, Monmouthshire, The Dovecote has featured in the Guardian Travel's ‘Cool Holiday Cottages in the Wye Valley' for its stunning décor, architecture and unusual circular design. Situated in the Wye Valley's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, breathtaking views are assured outside as well as inside your tremendous tower...you may even catch an occasional glimpse of the wild deer who wander regularly into the garden from the nearby ancient woodland!
The Dovecote comprises four glorious levels of accommodation, with the entrance leading you into the charming cottage kitchen. Well-equipped and fit for preparing a sumptuous selection of romantic culinary treats, you'll discover bespoke worktops and furnishings, all surrounded by a high vaulted, beamed ceiling with opulent chandeliers and a flagstone floor.
A Rayburn range, complete with logs, will keep you toasty no matter what the weather is like, and you can enjoy your meals at the antique pine table as you catch up on life over a bottle (or two!) of wine.
Follow the curved stairs to the first floor, with its decadently spacious circular bathroom. Featuring an angelic white suite, you'll find a freestanding roll top bath that's made for endless hours of relaxing in a haven of bubbles and a good book! A curved shower cubicle provides the perfect place to freshen up after a long day exploring the local area.
The stairs continue up to your sensuous sleeping space, with its beautifully dressed brass-framed double bed, authentic furniture and windows that overlook the garden and surrounding woodland. Here, a door opens out onto the drawbridge and gorgeous garden, itself leading into refreshing woodlands and an orchard that's bursting with the apples and pears used in The Dovecote's cider and perry house. Stop for a while, and luxuriate in the natural views as you fire up the barbecue and watch the golden sunset.
Continue on up to the sitting room, a relaxing retreat with oak flooring and a cosy sofa that's perfect for snuggling as you admire the room's unusual features, including a cartwheel light fitting...oh, and not to mention the stunning vista of the Wye Valley from your windows!
If you feel like venturing out of your tower cottage, you'll soon find you're in the heart of a walker's paradise. Why not begin with a trip to Offa's Dyke, following the tranquil River Wye on your way? You'll also discover an old railway line that leads to a bridge and a local pub, the perfect pit-stop!
Perhaps bring your bike along for further exploration...and maybe your binoculars too, so you can indulge in a spot of birdwatching. Canoeing and fishing on the river can also be arranged.
Penallt perry and cider has been produced locally for generations, from the ‘Capsy Wennet' cider house also found at The Dovecote, so don't forget to request a sample during your stay.
With such a warmly romantic welcome awaiting you at The Dovecote, why not gather up the one you love to sample this unique tower cottage's fresh, luxurious delights all to yourselves, for a memorable stay you'll want to repeat again and again?
Things to note
Usual stay period is one week with Saturday changeover with prices ranges from £325 a winter week to £625 for New Year. Short breaks of up to 4 nights are available from November to Easter from £275. A small, well-behaved dog is welcome in the kitchen only.
Tried and tested
"Another lovely week at the Dovecote! Done some great walks. Visited Hay-on-Wye and Hereford and drank Al's lovely Perry. Thanks."
Sally and John, Suffolk
"8th time! Great week of walking locally, the autumn colours have arrived, the favourite walks are so quiet and everywhere you go the scenery is fabulous. As ever, thanks to Wendy and Al."
Barbara and Peter, Lancashire
Region: Penallt, Monmouthshire
Cost (from): £275 (4 nights off peak)
Minimum stay: 4 nights
Property ref: 422
FacilitiesSleeps 2, double bed, private bathroom, roll top bath, shower, fully-equipped kitchen, solid fuel range (logs provided), gas stove, electric oven, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, dining table, lounge, sofa, TV, DVD player, garden, outdoor furniture, BBQ.
Walking, hiking, wildlife spotting, castles, castles, kayaking, caving, steam railway, gardens, Go Ape, hot air ballooning, paddle boarding, vineyards, rock climbing, abseiling, cycling.
At a glance
- Circular tower cottage accommodation for two, situated in the Wye Valley's Area of Natural Beauty in Penallt, Monmouthshire. The owner lives in an adjoining cottage.
- Easily accessed by road, with parking available.
- No smoking is permitted in the tower. Linen, towels and logs are included, and a small, well-behaved dog is welcome in the kitchen only.
- Close to plenty of woodland and riverside walks and activities, with a renowned local pub just ten minutes' walk away.