Dry Dock Cottage
Originally Beacon Park Boats' dry dock facility which was used for all aspects of boat maintenance, this spacious building has been completely transformed into a luxury hideaway for two. We'll post new photographs as soon as the professional photographer has completed the photoshoot.
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Dry Dock Cottage has a number of truly unique features, one being that you can enjoy coffee sitting in your armchair below canal water level with a spectacular view of the waterway and the Skirrid Fawr mountain beyond. To maximise these fantastic views from every room, the open-plan cottage is split into four levels linked by stairs.
Go down a few steps to the entrance door which leads into the kitchen-diner, with handmade oak units and granite worktops. A few more steps lead down to the snug cinema room with squishy, reclining sofa and home cinema system. At the front of the cottage, just inside the large bi-fold glass doors, are two gorgeous armchairs set slightly below the level of the canal, for a truly unique view of the waterway! A wood-burning stove provides a focal point in the chillier months. At the other end of the cottage, the elevated bedroom has a king-size bed, double ended freestanding bath, shower room and the same magnificent views.
We've used oak extensively, from the horizontally panelled walls, to the rustic window shutters and the richly stained floor. Luxurious fabrics, Farrow & Ball paints, bold lighting and bespoke furniture create a lavish, yet intimate, feel. This cottage is not suitable for pets but they are very welcome in Incline Cottage and Wharfinger's Cottage.
An outdoor seating area with patio table and chairs is set on the wooded slopes behind the cottage, making the most of those far-reaching views. The cottage porch is a handy place for your muddy boots and can accommodate a pair of bikes.There is a space for a car alongside the cottage, and further car parking just a few yards away.
- Sleeps 2
- 1 king-size double
- Double ended freestanding bath
- Wet room
- Mood lighting throughout
- Snug with state-of-the-art home cinema system
- Automated lighting, sound system, TV/radio, blinds and heating - controlled from a tablet
- Kitchen-diner with handmade oak units
- Large bi-fold glass doors onto canal
- Armchairs and wood-burning stove
- Central heating and underfloor heating
- Dishwasher, washing machine/drier
- Bed linen and towels
- Patio table and chairs, BBQ
- Excellent mobile reception and free wifi
- No pets
- No smoking allowed
- Short breaks and longer holidays available all year
Bath and wet room
The double ended freestanding bath is a statement centrepiece, set in front of the bed. It's an amazingly secluded spot to relax, yet offers wonderful views. For complete privacy, simply flick a switch and a blind closes in front of the large glass doors that front onto the canal. A few steps away is a beautifully tiled wet room containing a large walk in shower, basin and toilet, with under floor heating to ensure you're warm and cosy even on winter mornings. Fluffy towels and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries complete the picture.
The high-spec kitchen-diner makes preparing meals a pleasure. You will find handmade oak units, granite worktops, dishwasher, microwave, washer/dryer, Dualit toaster and an amazing electric range cooker at its heart. Everything needed to cook and serve a fantastic meal can be found in the kitchen, from the herbs outside and blowtorch (for the crème brûlèe) to the candles and linen napkins. A welcome pack of tea and coffee, along with something sweet, will help you feel at home the moment you arrive and put the kettle on.
The dining table and chairs are positioned to provide great views of the canal and the mountains beyond. On warm days, why not eat outside? There's a patio table and chairs on the wooded slope behind the cottage.
Dry Dock Cottage is cosy all year round, thanks to the radiators, underfloor heating and the woodburning stoves in the lounge (with a plentiful supply of hardwood logs).
The cottage gives you an exceptional feeling of being on the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal because the bi-fold glass doors open directly onto the water. Narrowboats cruise by between March and October, walkers stroll along the towpath and there's plenty of wildlife all year round so there's always something interesting to watch. We provide patio furniture and a BBQ on the wooded terrace at the rear of the property, for those warmer days. A footpath leads up through our 30 acres of broadleaf woodland to the top of the Blorenge mountain - a serious climb rewarded with breath taking views. A car can be parked behind the cottage, with further car parking a few yards away.
Sit and while away an hour watching the comings and goings on the canal. The view from the armchairs, through the glass or with the bi-fold doors open, is mesmerising. As walkers amble along the towpath, ducks swim past and boaters cruise by, it's impossible not to slow down and relax. There's a wood-burning stove (complete with plenty of logs) for that extra cosy feeling in the chilly months, an inspiring collection of local books and maps to help you plan where you'll go tomorrow and a CD player and digital radio. A few more steps below the kitchen-diner is your very own cinema snug, with a fantastic home cinema system and electric reclining leather sofa. All you need for a fantastic film night! Wifi is freely available throughout the property.
The oak and ratten kingsize bed by Feather and Black has pride of place, elevated above the kitchen-diner, with views of the canal through the large glass doors. Wardrobe and storage space is cleverly concealed, and the mood lighting and blinds are controlled from a panel at the bedside or from a tablet.
The price includes electricity and logs for the wood-burning stove, and there's no extra charge for bringing your dog! All essential consumables are provided: cleaning materials, dishcloths, tea towels, towels and toilet rolls. For groceries, Waitrose is less than 5 minutes away and Abergavenny has butchers, bakers, grocers, Aldi and a small Tesco. There's a large Tesco with extensive opening hours just 15 minutes away at Ebbw Vale. The holiday cottage is strictly non-smoking.
A few steps lead down into your cottage, which has a porch with coat hooks and space to leave walking boots, wellies and umbrellas, and will just fit two bicycles. This understated entrance makes the lavish interior even more impressive.