Orchard House

Llangovan Valley, near Monmouth

Deep in the hidden Llangovan Valley outside Monmouth, Orchard House lies adjacent to the legendary Jareta stables where classical Spanish horses are bred and trained by it’s owners. The grounds encompass fields, walking trails, Llangovan Brook, 40 acres of cider apple trees and the beautiful Gaer Wood with it’s Roman Fort, unimpeded views of the Brecon Beacons, and in springtime an unbeatable display of the increasingly rare British Bluebell – it’s worth visiting for the scent alone.

The house is a luxurious, light-filled, 10 bedroom, 8 bathroom retreat with games room, home cinema lounge, disabled facilities and panoramic views without traffic or noise. For lovers of “Dark Skies” and unspoiled countryside it’s a rare gem. For this reason it is not suitable for amplified music or raucous parties.

The accommodation sleeps up to 24 people and is ideal for family occasions, birthday celebrations, reunions, and holiday breaks. You can walk through the fields into your own private woodland, bike on traffic free lanes, canoe or cruise the nearby River Wye, enjoy unlimited local activities and award winning pubs and restaurants. If you want something a little less energetic you can just wind down and take a drink on the terrace watching the buzzards drift lazily over the acres of cider orchards below you with nothing but the sounds of the horses calling to each other in the neighbouring fields.

Designated a remarkable natural landscape in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Orchard House lies 10 minutes from Monmouth and 20 minutes from Chepstow and the Severn Bridge.

  • 10 Bedrooms
  • 2 kitchens
  • 2 Sitting Rooms
  • Home cinema Lounge
  • 8 bath and shower rooms/loos
  • Dine 24 in the dining room
  •  Privacy, sun terraces
  • Large Games Room
  • Sky TV
  • Walks from door
  • Supervised Pets Welcome
  • Mobile reception
  • Eco-friendly heating
  • Linen provided
  • Disabled facilities
  • Excellent wifi

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Orchard House Details

Ground Floor House

Bedroom 1a /Study

Double sofa bed. The room has it’s own loo and shower off the kitchen

First Floor House

Bedroom 1
Double and single bed, ensuite with shower

Bedroom 2
Double and single bed, ensuite with bath

Bedroom 3 and 4
Both twins, share a family bathroom with bath and shower

Bedroom 5
Double with inbuilt cot, ensuite with shower

Second Floor House

Bedroom 6
Double, single

Bedroom 7
3 singles

NB: bedroom 7 is accessed through Bedroom 6 and they share a family Bathroom with shower

Ground Floor Annexe

Bedroom 8
Easy access twin with ensuite wheel in shower

First Floor Annexe

Bedroom 9
Double and twin with own shower room/loo on ground floor

Lounge:

  • TV
  • Woodburner
  • 3 Seater sofa
  • 2 seater sofa
  • Single armchair
  • 2 tub chairs
  • Music system

Snug

  • 2 seater sofa
  • Single Armchair
  • 2 Tub Chairs

Main Kitchen

  • Aga with 2 boiling plates and one hot plate
  • 4 Ovens
  • Separate Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stand alone hob with 4 burners
  • Larder Fridge
  • Belfast Sink

Butlers Kitchen

  • Belfast Sink
  • 2 Dishwashers
  • Washing machine
  • Under counter fridge
  • Double under counter freezer

Annexe
Annexe Snug

  • 4 Tub chairs
  • 2 Tables

Home Cinema Lounge

  • 60” TV with surround sound
  • 8 seater sofa
  • 2 Tub chairs
  • 2 Bean bags

Games Room

  • Pool table
  • Table Football
  • Table Tennis

 

  • Utility room
  • Eco-friendly heating
  • Mobile reception
  • Linen provided
  • Secluded 30 acre estate

Walks
Gaer wood and the Roman Fort
St Govan’s Well
Ponds
Visit Stables by arrangement
Stream
40 acres of Cider Orchards

Wernddu farm  – Winery and tasting room. Alpaca farm

Lower Pen-Y-Clawdd Farm Fishery – Fishing pools for pleasure or competition

Raglan Castle – Not far away is the historic Raglan Castle, still standing despite its last stand in the Civil War.

Kingfisher Cruises – ride on the River Wye from Symonds Yat East

Summit Mountaineering – Hill walking and rock climbing in the Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons

Silures – Early Inhabitants.

The origin of the name “Silures” would seem to come from the Common Celtic root *sīlo-, ‘seed’. Words derived from this root in Celtic languages are used to mean ‘blood-stock, descendants, lineage, offspring’, as well as ‘seed’ in the vegetable sense. ‘Silures’ might therefore mean ‘Kindred, Stock’, perhaps referring to a tribal belief in a descent from an originating ancestor. Tacitus described them as having a dark complexion and curly hair.

The Silures lived in the high ground and valleys of the area that now covers the Brecon Beacons and the Valleys of South Wales. The Silures were a loose network of groups with shared cultural values, rather than a centralised society.

There are the remains of Silurian hillforts at Llanmelin and Sudbrook, roundhouses at Gwehelog and Thornwell (Chepstow) and evidence of lowland occupation at Goldcliff.

The rug on the wall in the hall is an ancient Silurian design.

Llangovan is believed to be named for Govan, later St. Govan, who was the wife of King Tewdrig. The Llan part of the name means church or parish.

In the valley here at Orchard House Farm there is an ancient spring. It is believed to have been a place where St. Govan baptised.

Near the spring, now overgrown with trees, there is evidence of the original village of Llangovan. There are some very old drover’s tracks and they link up to the church at Llangovan. The church has a round churchyard (round so the evil spirits have nowhere to hide). It is thought that the original village was wiped out during the Black Death and the remaining inhabitants moved to the top of the hill and rebuilt their houses using stone from the new quarry at the top of the lane. The original house on the site of Orchard House Farm was called New House Farm, and it was anything but new!

There is no actual village of Llangovan. It consists of a scattered collection of farms and houses, a church, and a manor house called Court St. Lawrence.

Llangovan Church is now a bat sanctuary for the Great Horseshoe Bat, although residents do get to share it with them a couple of times a year. In the churchyard is a very ancient monument. The medieval cross base comprises six ashlar-built steps 3.87m square at ground level surmounted by an square/octagonal socket-stone 0.81m wide by 0.61m high with large, keeled, broached (or bull-nosed”) stops at the corners. The stone is chamfered at the top edge. The socket-stone supports a fine Edwardian cross-shaft and lantern-head erected in 1912.

King Tewdrig of Gwent

Tewdrig was made King when his father, the Chieftain Llwywarch died. He was a very Christian King and would probably joined the church in different circumstances. He married Govan , a princess from a neighbouring tribe. They had a son called Meurig. There were no more recorded children. When Govan died Tewdrig abdicated the kingdom to his grown son Meurig and retired to the life of a hermit at Tintern. Govan was Sainted.

Tewdrig came out of retirement to help his son when the Saxon started to ravage the churches and villages of the area.

He was mortally wounded in the head by a lance at a bridge just inland from Tintern, called Pont y Saeson (Bridge of the Saxons). Knowing he was dying he asked to be moved to the island of Flat Holm in the River Severn, but died on the banks of the Wye three days after he was wounded. Meurig built a church there called St. Tewdrigs. The place became known first as Merthyr Tewdrig (“Tewdrig the martyr”), and later as Mateyrn (“place of a king”), now Mathern.

Meurig father of King Arthur

Meurig was successful in the battle to repel the Saxons and united his kingdom with Ergyng (Archenfield) by marrying Onbrawst, the daughter of Gwrgan Fawr (the Great), the ruler of that kingdom. He was later claimed to have been a great patron of the ecclesiastical centre at Llandaff, where he is said to be buried.

He was the father of Athrwys ap Meurig, one of a number of figures that researchers have claimed as the “real King Arthur”. Athrwys is believed to have pre-deceased Meurig, who was succeeded by his grandsons, Ithel and Morgan Mwynfawr.

Gaer Wood

Gaer is Welsh for fort. There is certainly evidence of a fort in the wood.

Gaer Wood is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), noted for its biological characteristics. The 13.6-hectare (34-acre) SSSI, notified in 1981 is privately owned. It is also just inside the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Wildlife and ecology. As with other woodland in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Gaer Wood contains many local and rare tree species. The main species found in the wood are common ash (Fraxinus excelsior), field maple (Acer campestre) and wych elm (Ulmus glabra), along with localised occurrences of beech (Fagus sylvatica). It has been managed by coppicing for many years. In April/May the floor is carpeted with first Celandines, then Wood Anemones and Violets, then completely covered with native Bluebells. It is rich in bird life, also badgers, rabbits, foxes and roe deer.

Orchard House: Your questions answered

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Prices for Orchard House

2017/18 Week Midweek Weekend
January £2750 £1500 £1975
February £2950 £1500 £2250
March £3150 £1750 £2250
April £3150 £1750 £2450
May £3150 £1750 £2450
June £3150 £1850 £2450
July £3750* £1900* £2750*
August £3950 Full Week Only Full Week Only
September £3150 £1750* £2650*
October £3000 £1850 £2450
November £2950 £1750 £2250
December £2950 £1750 £2250

*Please note that from July 19th – Sept 2nd we only accept 7 night bookings.

Included in our costs are:

Heating
Electricity
Water
Bed Linen
Bath and Hand towels (not hot tub towels)

Change-over days are Friday and Monday.

Check-in time: 4pm
Check-out time: 10am
This may be adjustable by prior arrangement except on days where guests are leaving and arriving.

Public Holidays

Spring Bank Holiday
Full Week Only
Check-in 24/05/2019
£3450

Easter Holidays
Full week only
Check-in 19/04/2019
£3650

Christmas Holidays:
5 Nights
Check-out on Fri 27/12/2019
£4150

Christmas Holidays:
7 Nights
Check-out on Fri 27/12/2019
£4350

New Year:
5 Nights
Check-in Sat 28/12/2019
£4150

New Year:
7 Nights
Check-in Sat 28/12/2019
£4350

Bank Holiday Weekends:
(excl. above) 4 Nights
Check-in Fri, Check-out Tue
£2950

October Half-term
Full Week Only
Check-in 25/10/2019
£3150