|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Sleeps 9. Large luxury farmhouse kitchen set in 63 acres, four bedrooms, study, dining room, living room, satellite TV. Wood burning stoves. Gorgeous views and total privacy. All kitchen equipment, linen, towels, heating and wood for fires included. Perched on the edge of the hill with beautiful views across the Wye Valley to the Forest of Dean, the very private Church Hill Farm is hidden away, over half a mile from the nearest road, surrounded by its own land and overlooks the picturesque 11th Century Penallt Old Church. Behind the house ancient woodland provides a perfect backdrop. Deer, badger, foxes, and rabbits roam throughout the property, and the sounds of songbirds fill the air in spring. Buzzards soar in the air above the hill, and at dusk, if you listen carefully, you will hear the sound of bats chattering as they wake up for their evening foray into the air to catch insects.
Complete privacy and gorgeous views: Perched on the edge of the hill with beautiful views across the Wye Valley to the Forest of Dean, sits the very private luxury farmhouse Church Hill Farm. Hidden away, over half a mile from the nearest road, the property is surrounded by its own land and overlooks the picturesque 11th Century Penallt Old Church. Behind the house ancient woodland provides a perfect backdrop. Deer, badger, foxes, and rabbits roam throughout the property, and the sounds of songbirds fill the air in spring. Buzzards soar in the air above the hill, and at dusk, if you listen carefully, you will hear the sound of bats chattering as they wake up for their evening foray into the air to catch insects.
Just five miles from Monmouth, the location offers a huge variety of different options for the perfect holiday break. The Lower Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty, is literally on your doorstep. If you like walking, you can leave your car at home and explore the local area on foot.
Monmouth and the immediate area: Within fifteen minutes you can drive to any one of a number of specially worked out circular or longer distance walks. En route you will see spectacular views, ancient buildings, old churches, miles of old stone walls, and peek into the gardens of the pretty cottages that are dotted throughout the countryside.
The town of Monmouth itself sits at the mouth of the Monnow where it meets the Wye. It is a picturesque and interesting place with a number of sites well worth a visit including the famous covered bridge, the castle, St Mary's Church, Agincourt Square and an attractive main street with a good selection of shops and a market in the square on Fridays and Saturdays.
There is a good leisure centre and swimming pool, two excellent golf courses and a canoe centre. Nearby are any number of interesting castles - Raglan, Whitecastle, Goodrich, Chepstow and Caldicot castles, and the very famous Tintern Abbey.
Day Trips in the area: Slightly further afield (12 miles) lies Abergavenny and beyond Hay on Wye. The back road from Llanvihangel Crucorney, home of the oldest pub in Wales, The Skirrid Inn, to Hay on Wye, is one of the most lovely rides in the country. The single track road winds slowly up the Black Mountains past the spectacular ruins of Llanthony Priory, through Capel-y-Ffin up to the top of Hay bluff. The view from the top of the bluff offers a 360 degree perspective for miles across three counties and is one of the most exhilarating in Wales. When the weather conditions are right you can watch the paragilders literally throwing themselves off the bluff to circle the hill or soar away across the countryside when air currents permit. At nearby Crickhowell there are a number of paragliding schools where the adventurous can learn to fly.To the east is the fascinating Forest of Dean. This is the largest forest in England and offers some beautiful walks and cycle trails as well as being steeped in history.
Church Hill Farm was an addition to our existing smallholding which we bought in 1987. Christine is originally from the south of England and Max from New York City. This is a gorgeous spot and we just love it.
Christine Steuer purchased this house in 1987
If you like real countryside with lovely views and great walks this is the place for you. Totally relaxing.
Off the beaten track with no other houses around.
Just a little note to say how much we enjoyed staying in your wonderful house last week, thank you. It's a super spot, so peaceful and surrounded by beautiful countryside. The house is comfortable and welcoming and it was lovely to have an Aga! We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
We had a super stay at Church Hill farm, with 4 adults and 3 children in the party. The house is well equipped and very comfortable, and provided everything as described, and more. The only ambiguity in the listing concerned the study which provided the 9th bed - I had not picked up that the downstairs bedroom and shower room were accessed through this study, so it might limit it's use as a bedroom depending on the make-up of your party. It didn't affect us but would have done if our full intended party of 9 had been there. The owners were welcoming and provided excellent support and service during our stay.
We loved the woods and grounds of the farm - the children had lots of fun exploring and building a den (and looking for the gruffalo holes!). Access to activities and places of interest was easy - we canoed on the Wye, walked trails in the Forest of Dean and visited castles and historic sites in Wales as well as the International Centre for Birds of Prey at Newent.
All in all it was a brilliant holiday, and we would definitely recommend the property.
We were promised total privacy and that is exactly what we had. This is something owners can exaggerate about but not Max and Christine. In addition the house was really warm and comfortable as well as superbly equipped. If you like beautiful
lush countryside, stunning views, and wildlife you will love it here and may, as we
did, find it hard to go anywhere else during your stay. We find it impossible to find fault with it in terms of what we were looking for and hope to go again.
We stayed in this house for two nights to celebrate my girlfriend's 30th birthday. There were 8 people (4 couples);the rooms were perfect, the location has great views and the owners were very approachable. I would highly recommend this venue if you have eight or nine person party.
A lovely location, remote and secluded. Set in a beautiful woodland full of bird song. The house is just lovely, comfortable, clean and spacious. Beds comfy too. Would definitely visit here again.
We were all bouncing around on our seats as we drove up to the house, WOW what a setting. Going in the back door, a boot room, yes, no mess in the house. Then WOW the kitchen, fantastic, clean and very well equiped, everything you needed, then the treat, playing with the Aga, loved it. The house just opens up more and more as you go through the doors. When the children 13 - 11 - 4 playedoutside they went on adventures looking and finding Gruffalo holes, alien landing sites. dinosaur dens and when inside it was quiet, if you were in a different room you did not have to listen to their noise, wonderful. So much walking, the family were gone for hours while I played with the Aga. The house was clean, the beds were comfy, the house has a lovely family feel to it. Christine was very helpful, very pleasant person to deal with. I would recommend the house to any one. It was everything we could have wished for and we will be back.
We (a group of adults) all loved the house. The rooms and facilities are great - warm, comfortable and everything you might need. The setting is off the beaten track but within walking distance of the local pub which is a friendly welcome and great food. we enjoyed long walks and returned to a lovely log fire. The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. Loved our stay.
Church Hill Farm, Penallt is a completely private luxury farm house set in 63 acres in The Lower Wye Valley area of outstanding natural beauty. It is half a mile from the nearest road and yet the town of Monmouth where the Monnow meets the Wye is just five miles away. Nearby are any number of interesting castles - Raglan, Whitecastle, Goodrich, Chepstow and Caldicot castles, and the very famous Tintern Abbey.
Half an hour away is Abergavenny and beyond, Hay on Wye via Llanthony Priory, Capel-y-Ffin Hay bluff. To the east is the fascinating Forest of Dean. This is the largest forest in England and offers some beautiful walks and cycle trails as well as being steeped in history.
Despite its seclusion, Church Hill Farm is just an hour from the major cities of Cardiff, Bristol and Newport. It is just an hour and a quarter from Bath, Cheltenham and Gloucester.
Golf: Monmouth Golf Club.
Rolls Golf Club (Monmouth)
Our usual changeover day is Friday