Indulge your creative side in a handcrafted wooden cabin for two, nestled in an enchanting wooded valley at the foot of Monmouthshire's Sugar Loaf Mountain.
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedroom: 1
  • Bathroom: 1
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights

Writer’s Retreat is the ideal Welsh hideaway for two people looking to detox from a digital life for a while and reconnect, indulging in nature and plenty of natural creativity along the way!

So inspirational a place is the welcoming cabin, handcrafted from local timber and featuring soothing natureful views all around, that it was the setting chosen by Robert Penn when he wrote his well-known book, ‘The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees’.

You’ll find this stunning retreat beautifully off the beaten track, with a babbling stream nearby that you’ll be able to hear, along with plenty of charming birdsong, right from the comfort of your new holiday home… what a way to begin your blissful break!  Perhaps get started on planning that novel with a daydreaming session in the hammock by the stream?

The cabin blends in perfectly with its fresh, wooded valley surroundings, and inside you’ll discover plenty of imaginative, hand-made furnishings and finishings made by its owner from native ash wood, including quirky coat rails.

Featuring large windows that let in plenty of light, you’ll find a cosily sociable living space that also features a well-equipped kitchen and dining area, ideal for enjoying romantic feasts surrounded by the most stunning views imaginable.

A woodburner provides the perfect place to warm your toes by evening (accompanied by a glass of something lovely, of course!) as you while away your holiday hours catching up on life with your loved one. Why not take advantage of the traditional board games and books thoughtfully provided?

Al-fresco dining and conversation is taken to a whole new level with the spacious oak decking, complete with comfy furniture, the aforementioned hammock and a traditional woodburning chiminea. Enjoy soothing rustic valley views, and later on gaze up at the stars as they appear in the clear night sky – who needs a television, anyway!

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At a glance

  • Lovingly handcrafted wooden cabin for two, situated at the foot of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Abergavenny.
  • Easily accessed by road, with parking available at the property for one car.
  • Linen, towels and logs are all provided. No pets or smoking are permitted.
  • Surrounded by woodland walking trails that lead into the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley, with a local town nearby for dining and shopping opportunities. Close to Hay on Wye and Hereford.


Sleeps 2, double bedroom, bedding & towels provided, shower room, toilet, kitchen, oven, hob, microwave, fridge, wood burner, TV, iPod dock, parking, veranda, chairs, bench, dining table, BBQ.

Local activities

Adventure farm, pony trekking, zip lines, assault courses, cycling, walking/hiking, swimming, bowling, tennis, squash, badminton, canoeing, cinema, climbing, castles.

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When it’s finally time to turn in, discover a deluxe double bedroom equipped with a cosy bed dressed in fresh linen, while a contemporary shower room with compost toilet is the perfect place to freshen up before a hearty breakfast.

If you’re the curious type, you’ll find plenty to explore in the surrounding area. There is an array of stunning walking and cycling trails right from the doorstep and through the hills and valleys, all leading in different directions to the Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye Valley.

The nearby Black Mountains are home to pony-trekking centres, while the town of Crickhowell is the ideal place to stock up with fresh local produce.

Slightly further afield is the historic city of Hereford, with its breathtaking cathedral and plenty of independent shops and coffee houses to while away your time browsing through. Hay on Wye is a literary lover’s paradise, as the setting for the renowned Hay Festival and featuring an array of second-hand bookshops for you to discover your next favourite read!

So why not begin your own sumptuous story with a stay in the Writer’s Retreat? Who knows, with no digital distractions and all that fresh inspiration waiting for you all around, you could end up planning a brand-new bestseller.

Things to note

No dogs permitted, no smoking, 2 nights minimum stay, security deposit required, check-in time 4pm.

Where you'll be staying

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

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