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Lounge
Lounge with woodburning stove
kitchen
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Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
3 nights minimum
Cottage
Swallow Cottage consists of open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area with doors to patio and small garden, one groundfloor bedroom with ensuite shower room and two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. There is a woodburning stove in the lounge and electric heaters in all rooms.There is undercover parking for 2 or 3 cars adjacent to the cottage. It is situated on a farm in a quiet rural area with mountain views . This is an ideal area for walking, cycling or sightseeing. Guests are welcome to walk around the farm. Flexible changeover days, short breaks on application. Short break nightly prices quoted are based on a 3 night stay. Please enquire for price for breaks of 4, 5 and 6 nights or for long term stays. Logs for woodburning stove are supplied free of charge but there is a charge for elect...Swallow Cottage consists of open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area with doors to patio and small garden, one groundfloor bedroom with ensuite shower room and two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. There is a woodburning stove in the lounge and electric heaters in all rooms.There is undercover parking for 2 or 3 cars adjacent to the cottage. It is situated on a farm in a quiet rural area with mountain views . This is an ideal area for walking, cycling or sightseeing. Guests are welcome to walk around the farm. Flexible changeover days, short breaks on application. Short break nightly prices quoted are based on a 3 night stay. Please enquire for price for breaks of 4, 5 and 6 nights or for long term stays. Logs for woodburning stove are supplied free of charge but there is a charge for electricity. You may bring your own towels or I can provide them at a small charge.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath, 1 Attached (ensuite)
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About the Owner
Sheila P
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:July 2006
Interaction with guests
Owners live opposite so are on hand to help or give information.
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Reviews (12)
Joanne B
Joanne B
1 contribution
Excellent hosts, lovely comfy accommodation, dated some say but still very reasonable rates and can’t fault anything. if you love the countryside and want comfortable accommodation with all facilities and fantastic walking , highly recommend. If your not into countryside and walking try a hotel! Will definitely be back.
Visited June 2022
Written June 17, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Scenic46776892963
Scenic46776892963
3 contributions
We stayed at Swallows Cottage week before Easter. Sheila the owner was helpful and provided all the info required before and during our stay. Having read some of the reviews before we were a little nervous but had no need to be. The cottage is as per the photos and very reasonably priced for a week and we would go back. Good sized bedrooms and kitchen / diner is ample. We had everything we needed in the cottage and the local area is beautiful. We were allowed to walk around the farm and felt welcomed during our stay. Yes it’s a little tired in places internally but this is reflected in the price and when you are out all day walking and seeing the stunning countryside it really doesn’t matter. In conclusion had a lovely time and will return! Thanks to Sheila for a great week.
Visited April 2022
Written April 18, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
NorthStar726481
NorthStar726481
I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and will be pleased to welcome you again.
Written April 30, 2022. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jerry G
Jerry G
1 contribution
Quite location, cottage needs updating, furniture is old, as is decore, bed was lumpy, but was a pleasant stay, owner is freindly
Visited September 2021
Written September 11, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Robert H
Robert H
Wellingborough, United Kingdom5 contributions
We booked this accommodation last minute as a family member had been admitted to hospital and we did not check the reviews as thoroughly as one would have hoped. It cost £415 for 4 nights accommodation. Sheila greeted us at the cottage with the log fire lit. Sadly no other electric heaters were turned on so the property took some time to warm up but that's ok. No basic necessities catered for i.e. bread, milk, tea. But again that's ok. In my experience that is a bonus but never an entitlement that should be expected. I would have to describe the cottage as dated yet practical however, upon inspection of the upstairs twin room where my 2 yr old and 4yr old were sleeping there were approximately 10 flies inside the ceiling lamp shade. We found more dead and alive uninvited guests on the window ledge. I appreciate we are in the countryside however in January I would not expect that volume of flies within a property, in the summer yes because windows are open for ventilation but again not in January. Then there was the pet hair smell, wow, it was over powering when entering the property, the listing states no pets allowed which is something we opt for when searching as my wife and children suffer badly with pet hair allergies. Needless to say it was not nice. I did what any reasonable person would do and asked Sheila the next day if she would consider refunding us barring our nights stay (calculated at approximately £104) In essence asking for £300 in refund. She informed us that this was not possible as AirBnB charge comission on top which I understand. I asked if anything else was possible and she was sadly not forthcoming with any suggestions nor empathetic to our situation. I asked if dogs had stayed there and she confirmed they had, I asked about the flies and she confirmed they sometimes enter the property through cracks in the walls, Sheila offered me £100 so essentially costing us £315 for one nights accommodation, I returned to the cottage in a state of bewilderment. I then proceeded to email Sheila documenting our conversation and asking if she could clear the flies, remove the pet hair laden rugs and vacuum whilst we were at hospital visiting our family member. I sadly had no reply in 5 hours so escalated the situation to AirBnB who I must say we're excellent. Sheila still had not replied to my message and to this point has not emailed since to apologise. We returned to find most of the rugs had disappeared and the dead flies removed, there were still some uninvited guests buzzing around and if the carpets had been hoovered then sadly I think a better hoover should be sought, or better still new carpets. We reluctantly stayed a 2nd night and again the night was a wash with sneezing and coughing from the effect of pet hairs and restless nights sleep from my children waking up saying the flies were tickling their faces, not ideal by any means. The next day we made the decision to vacate the property as the sneezing and coughing and red yes we're getting worse and also the flies had spread to the upstairs bathroom. Thankfully AirBnB managed to mediate a satisfactory refund so no harm done. In summary Initial good communication from Sheila but lack of empathy and understanding let her down badly. Property could do with being brought into the 21st century. Too many flies for January. Dead and alive! Pet hair pet hair pet hair, if you are advertising a property as not pet friendly people will not expect the remnants of dog hair in the property. The final nail in the coffin was the poo bags left in the kitchen drawer! LOL.
Visited January 2019
Written January 5, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
NorthStar726481
NorthStar726481
You were annoyed because dogs had been in the property before you arrived although you had not mentioned to me before booking that your family were allergic. It was a very short notice booking through an agency and we had not corresponded previously. Unfortuanately a family with a dog had only moved out that morning. Considering your problem with dogs I would have expected you to have asked before booking or at least said something when you arrived when perhaps alternative accommodation could have been found. I did not know of your problem until the following day when you told me of your family's allergies and asked for a refund. which was after using the facilities of the cottage including 5 beds, cot and high chair. I certainly did not tell you there were cracks in the walls as there most definitely are not. We had had brilliant sunshine over the New Year and some flies had obviously found a warm spot around the south facing window and some had entered the room when the window had opened or possibly a few may have come in through the trickle vent in the window. With regards to your phone message I complied with all that you had asked immediately after I had received it. There were a couple of unused black plastic bags in one of the kitchen drawers which could have been used for rubbish of any kind. I understand that you were upset because of your family's allergy to dogs but I would not have taken the booking if I had known.
Written January 8, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Journey718286
Journey718286
1 contribution
The Swallow is a lovely Cottage. There are a lot of activities nearby Abergavenny, a week is to short! The owners of de cottage are very kind.
Visited July 2018
Written August 3, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Domenico A
Domenico A
Accoglienza cortese. Pulizia dell'ambiente cucina con notevoli margini di miglioramento. È consigliabile portare le asciugamani sempre da casa. Scarsa l'attenzione verso il cliente. Prezzo costoso rispetto al servizio ottenuto.
Visited May 2018
Written May 6, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

foxxy111
foxxy111
10 contributions
very quiet - had 2 very good nights sleep The hot water is a little temperamental - especially upstairs very near to Abergavenny - we came for the food festival which was amazing The fan in the downstairs bathroom does not work - so it was a little chilly a number of light bulbs were not working - but to be fair we did not tell anyone - we were busy having a good time
Visited September 2017
Written September 20, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
NorthStar726481
NorthStar726481
I wish you had said something to me while you were here as I do not understand what you mean about the hot water. There is an immersion heater for the general hot water plus the shower has its own electric heater and both are working. I found one light bulb not working after you left which I could have easily replaced if I had been informed at the time.
Written September 30, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Compass559682
Compass559682
1 contribution
Swallow Cottage was a great find, tucked away in a really peaceful location, a 10-15-min drive outside Abergavenny. It has three decent-sized bedrooms (the main one with a double bed, a single and a cot was very roomy), including one downstairs with its own shower room, so ideal if you have someone who can't manage the stairs. All very clean when we arrived. Well-equipped kitchen and a log-burning stove in sitting room (free logs) that was like a furnace and wonderful. The 18-mile Three Castles walk can be started from your doorstep (we only did a portion of it) and the Skirrid mountain is a mere 5-min drive away. Have Sunday lunch at the Red Castle tea rooms just down the road - really tasty, generous and very cheap, but make sure you book!
Visited August 2017
Written August 14, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
NorthStar726481
NorthStar726481
Thank you for the review. I am pleased that you enjoyed staying in our cottage and found interesting places to see in the area. I hope that we will see you again sometime.
Written August 16, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Elizabeth M
Elizabeth M
2 contributions
Great for travellers looking for a rural retreat. The cottage is great, but wasn't cleaned well before our arrival. Bed linen was clean and fresh, but there were a lot of cobwebs and grime in the cottage. With some more love and care this could be a great place to stay especially with children and extended family. Be aware there is no local shops and no milk etc provided, so come prepared for the first evening and first breakfast.
Visited August 2016 Traveled with family
Written August 28, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Sheila P
Sheila P
I am sorry if you did not find the cottage to your satisfaction, however I live just opposite and you did not tell me of any problems. We live in a rural area where there are no shops and we all have to go to town to buy our milk and groceries and most guests bring these with them. However there are fresh eggs for sale at the neighbouring farm.
Written August 28, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jackie H
Jackie H
5 contributions
This was a lovely cosy cottage in the best location available!!! We were in the area for the National Eisteddfod and it was an ideal place to retreat back to in the evenings!!! The building was very pretty and it had a lovely little space to sit outdoors!!! The beds were very comfy and it had a good atmosphere - an 'open' feel to it. There was plenty of undercover car parking. Things didn't tend to match but that added to the charm of the place!!! The kitchen facilities were more than adequate. Lovely eggs from the farm next door and two fantastic restaurants/gastro pubs - the Walnut Tree and the Bell just a few miles in either direction!!! Altogether it had a lovely relaxed feel to it and would happily stay there again!
Visited August 2016 Traveled with friends
Written August 16, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Sheila P
Sheila P
I am glad that you enjoyed your stay here and would be pleased to welcome you again. Sheila
Written August 18, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Fireplace
Refrigerator
Highchair
Business Travel
Kettle
Business Travel
Microwave
Mountain Views
Parking
Patio
Private Yard
Stove
Toaster
TV
Washer
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
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About the neighborhood
The cottage is situated on a 170 acre working farm in a peaceful area with views from the farm of the Skirrid, Blorenge, Sugar Loaf and Black Mountains. The Three Castles Walk crosses the farm. There are restaurants, tea room, wine maker and cider makers nearby
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Car required
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  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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Frequently Asked Questions about Swallow Cottage

Swallow Cottage is able to accommodate up to 6 guests. See all property details.

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