About this property
Monmouth 8.3 miles. A former railway goods van built around 1920 and repaired in 1955, after its life on the railway came to live on the owners’ farm after many years as a farm workshop it has been converted to give it the unique identity it enjoys today. The Old LMS Goods Van makes a fantastic base from which to explore Wales on your romantic retreat to the heart of rural Monmouthshire. Resting on a working Organic Farm near the hamlet of Penrhos within easy reach of the amenities of Monmouth, it makes a truly relaxing escape, with far-reaching views across the farm to the Black Mountains, Hills of Abergavenny and the Brecon Beacons. Enter onto your own private decking into the open-plan layout to find every essential you might need on a self-catered stay; pack away your belongings before pouring yourself a refreshing cup of tea and preparing a delicious lunch with the assistance of the convenient two-ring hob and combi microwave/oven, you can even purchase organic farm-reared beef and lamb if available for an extra special romantic meal. Sit outside and dine alfresco, as you watch the sunset over the hills, with views of Sugar Loaf Mountain, Skirrid Fawr and the Brecon Beacons – there's no better spot to gently unwind. When you’re ready to rest, pull down the handy fold-away double bed, before having a refreshing shower and snuggling up beneath the fresh, crisp linens. Curl up with a book, or stream movies on your laptop using the high-speed WiFi the van has to offer, or plan to take a gentle walk around the farm with its rare breed cattle and its ewes and lambs, where stabling is also available for your own horses with an outdoor ménage and jumps. Offa’s Dyke Path runs through the farm for more ambitious walkers, where you can roam the English-Welsh border and observe wildlife and beautiful scenery for miles, before exploring other nearby wonders. Make your way to Monmouth to be met by an array of wonders, from the simplicities of shops and eateries for all your self-catering needs, to golf courses, The Nelson Museum & Local History Centre, with its very own castle. Heading out there are great places to eat, such as The Walnut Tree Inn and The Hardwick (both 4 miles away), with the historic towns of Monmouth and Abergavenny with Museums Castles and full amenities also close by. Be sure to explore the Wye Valley, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty affords canoeing, climbing, walking or just a place for a romantic picnic. In complete contrast, the World Heritage site of Blaenavon affords a view of Industrialised Wales with its own deep mine to go down to explore the Big Pit National Coal Museum by descending in the pit cage and visit the places where generations of coal miners worked. Take a trip by hiring a canal boat at Llangattock along the Newport-Brecon canal with stunning views of the mountains. The van also benefits from being within reach of Cardiff, Cheltenham and the Brecon Beacons, so you can choose best how to spend your time. The Railway Van is a perfect property for a romantic countryside escape, so do please come and enjoy the small haven thoughtfully created by the owners.