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Wharfinger's Cottage

Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms

Stay at Wharfinger’s Cottage, on our private wharf, and you’re holidaying in a fascinating piece of history. Originally the home and office of the wharfinger (the man who managed the busy wharf), it is now a Grade II-listed property offering accommodation for six people over three floors.

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The kitchen, utility room and dining room are on the ground floor with a large lounge on the first floor, having extensive views of the surrounding mountains. There are three double bedrooms, one of which can be made up as twin beds. One bedroom is en-suite and there is also a large family bathroom. Flagstone floors, beamed ceilings and wood-burning stoves combine with thick pocket-sprung mattresses, contemporary bathrooms and our trademark attention to detail to make this the perfect holiday home.


The lawned garden fronts onto the canal and there are several outdoor seating areas. Behind the cottage is an extensive broadleaf woodland on the slopes of the Blorenge mountain, just waiting to be discovered. There is space for two cars alongside the cottage, and further car parking is just a few yards away.

Need space for ten people?

Why not hire all three cottages at Llanfoist Wharf? Dry Dock Cottage and Incline Cottage sleep two people each, and they offer privacy when members of your party need their own space. But it's possible for everyone to eat together, as ten people can fit around the dining table in Wharfinger's Cottage.

At a glance

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 doubles or 2 doubles + 1 twin
  • Ensuite shower room in master bedroom
  • Family bathroom
  • Cloakroom
  • Dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier
  • Bedlinen and towels
  • Garden furniture and BBQ
  • Two digital TVs with integral DVD players
  • Five digital radios and CD players
  • Excellent mobile reception and free wifi
  • Dogs welcome at no extra charge
  • Parking
  • No smoking allowed
  • Short breaks and longer holidays available all year


On the first floor, there is a large family bathroom with contemporary bath, separate double-sized shower cubicle, hand basin and toilet, and the master bedroom has an ensuite shower room. In both, we’ve used our own oak to make the freestanding units underneath the basins. There is also a cloakroom with hand basin and toilet on the ground floor. You’ll find plenty of fluffy towels and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.


On the ground floor is the well-equipped kitchen, complete with handmade oak units, flagstone floor, dishwasher, microwave, Dualit toaster and an amazing red range cooker (very similar to an Aga) at its heart. This Redfyre Universal cooker features two electric ovens and a hob integrated alongside a traditional range with two ovens and cast iron hotplates. Use the gas hob and electric ovens in the summer when the main range is turned off and enjoy the full joy of a toasty warm range during the colder weather - the best of both worlds. Everything needed to cook and serve a fantastic meal for six can be found in the kitchen, from the food processor, herbs on the windowsill and blowtorch (for the crème brûlée) 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 adjacent utility room houses an American-style upright fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. A side door takes you out onto the lawn. From the kitchen, stone steps lead down to an underground vaulted pantry - great for things cool or just providing additional storage space.


In the kitchen there’s a freestanding breakfast bar and six high stools for informal meals. The spacious dining room has a long pine table with chairs, stripped pine floor and an original fireplace with new woodburning stove and basket of logs. Some of the stone walls are exposed, and you’ll notice in the corner of the room the arch of the tunnel which runs underneath the cottage. From the chaise longue there are picturesque views of the canal through the dining room windows. Best of all is the chance to open the outside door, step onto the lawn and round off your evening relaxing at the patio table with a glass of wine.

Keeping warm

It's a cosy cottage all year round, thanks to the new gas central heating and the woodburning stoves in the lounge and dining room. And the range in the kitchen adds a warm glow throughout the cold weather. Perfect for a peaceful winter escape, a Christmas celebration or a February half-term holiday for the family.


The lawned garden fronts onto the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal; narrowboats cruise along here from March to October and there’s plenty of wildlife all year round so there’s always something interesting to watch. You can fish from the edge of the lawn, or launch your kayak/canoe into the canal. We provide patio furniture and a BBQ for those warmer days, and there are several delightful seating areas. A footpath leads up through our 30 acres of broadleaf woodland to the top of the Blorenge mountain - a serious climb rewarded with breathtaking views. The original tunnel under the canal still runs beneath the cottage and is often used by walkers. Two cars can be parked alongside the cottage, with further car parking a few yards away.


There is no charge for bringing well-behaved pets on holiday with you, but please keep them on the ground floor. And, if you’re not so keen on pets, be assured that our cleaning is extremely rigorous.


The large lounge is on the first floor with extensive views of the surrounding mountains. We’ve kept the original stone fireplace, stripped the beams and floorboards, installed a new woodburning stove (complete with plenty of logs), and chosen comfy sofas, digital flatscreen TV with Freeview and CD/DVD/digital radio. And there’s an inspiring collection of local books and maps to help you plan where you’ll go tomorrow! Wifi is freely available throughout the property. Just off the lounge is a large, bright hallway which provides another area for relaxing; there’s a writing desk, comfy chairs and a flatscreen TV/DVD player.


The three bedrooms are on the top floor of the cottage. In each we provide luxurious pocket-sprung mattresses, 100% cotton linen, feather pillows and duvets and a traditional woollen blanket – a profoundly comfortable combination for a good night’s rest. The master bedroom has a wooden bedstead, ensuite shower room and magnificent triple aspect views over the Usk valley. The second bedroom has a kingsize bed which can be unzipped to create two twin beds. The smallest bedroom (pictured here) has an elegant iron double bedstead. Each bedroom has a digital radio, CD player and a Pure iPod/MP3 dock.

Small details

The price includes electricity, gas and logs for the woodburning stoves, 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.

Utility room

In the ground floor utility room there is a bench for sitting on while taking off your walking boots/wellies, space to store footwear and umbrellas, and plenty of coathooks.

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