A very pretty 17th century stone cottage set in a cobbled courtyard beside the main farmhouse. Ty-Cooke takes its name from the family of Cooke, who built the house. The ancient Upper Goitre Manor farmhouse that stands on one side of the cobbled yard is now just used for a wood store. Thomas Cooke came to work for Mr. Hanbury at Pontypool as Chief Manager and introduced the 'rolling of iron' - so Hanbury was an early Ironmaster.
The Price family have now lived and farmed at Ty-Cooke since 1939; although this is a working farm, all the farm building are set well away from the cottage so there is no disturbance. On discussion with the farmer, visitors are able to see the beef cattle and the flock of sheep with lambs in the spring.
This is a fascinating place to stay as allegedly there is a tunnel that runs from Upper Goitre Manor providing a safe passage for monks to Goitre House which is a mile and a half away.
Ty Cooke Cottage
Sleeps 4 - 2 double bedrooms both with en-suite bedrooms plus an extra downstairs shower room.
The cottage has a contemporary kitchen with an electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge with ice box and a washing machine; dining table and chairs.
The sitting room is comfortable with sofa and chairs and views out across the ancient cobbled yard. TV with DVD.
Downstairs shower room and hand basin and toilet
Upstairs to two double bedrooms full of character with great oak beams.
Bedroom 1: A bedroom with double bed en-suite shower room with hand basin and toilet
Bedroom 2: A bedroom with double bed en-suite bathroom with a bath with a shower over, hand basin and toilet
Behind the farmhouse there is a garden with garden furniture for visitors to enjoy.
* All linen and towels inclusive
* All electricity and oil central heating inclusive.
* Sorry not suitable for pets.
* TV (Freeview) with DVD
* A garden area with garden furniture and a BBQ
* Secure Storage for bikes
* Ample safe parking
* Cot & Highchair on request
This is a very special place to stay, amidst stunning scenery with plenty of interesting places to visit; close to the Eastern edge of The National Park and The World Heritage Site at Blaenavon. Walk to the Brecon and Monmouth Canal with the gaily painted canal barges, there are easy and flat walks along the tow path and an excellent Tea shop at Goytre Wharf. Goytre Wharf is a fascinating place to visit, built in the 19th century for the easier transport along the canal of coal, lime, iron and other local products. Boats can be hired for the day here or a good place to launch canoes.
For cyclist this is close to National Cycle Route 49 and a branch onto Cycle Route 492.
Within a ten minute walk of the very popular pub The Horseshoe, it is very cosy and welcoming with good food and an excellent selection of local cask ales. Try finding the little The Goose and Cuckoo pub tucked away up on the side of The Blorenge.
For anyone keen on Heritage and Industrial Archaeology do not miss a visit to The Big Pit, this is well worth a visit at The World Heritage Site at Blaenavon. A short drive is Roman Caerleon, Tredegar House and Park and Raglan Castle. Well worth a visit is the Victorian Folly recently renovated by The Princes Trust - from the car park there really are superb views. Another place that has been restored is the Shell Grotto at Pontypool Park but opening times need to be checked.
With plenty of excellent walking for everyone - The Usk Valley Walk passes closeby. It is a ten minute drive to Abergavenny with The Black Mountains and The Brecon Beacons on your door step. Plenty of opportunity for all types of outdoor pursuits with Hang Gliding, Pontypool Dry Ski Slope and G-Force Karting. Sailing and Fishing at Llandegfedd Reservoir or Trout and Salmon Fishing on The River Usk (Day tickets through The Usk and Wye Foundation).
For visitors keen on Golf you will be really spoilt for choice with Celtic Manor, Newport Golf Club, Catash Golf Club, St Pierre and The Rolls near Monmouth.
Only a 15 minute drive to the M4 - so a great location for a weekend break. 15 minute drive to Newport 15 minutes to Abergavenny
If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Lucy and Carolyn