Guest Comments

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We booked this accommodation online and received comprehensive instructions on how to find the gatehouse, which worked perfectly.  We were able to arrange to let ourselves in, which was great as we arrived late at night.

As you approach the gatehouse down a long drive, bordered with daffodils, you come upon the building, which looks fantastic from the outside and once you park up and enter the accommodation, you are transported back to medieval times, climbing a circular stone staircase to reach the main living area.

The accommodation is very welcoming with huge windows and full length drape style curtains, which add to the effect of the old style building and decor. There is a large leather sofa, in front of a log burning fire, and a well equipped kitchen if you decide to do your own meals. We ate the first night in the village local pub, The Millers Arms, which does reasonable food at reasonable prices. The second night, we ate ate The Whitebrook, a Michelin starred restaurant, about 14 miles away. Pricey as you would expect, but a great evening out.

A welcome pack is provided with wine, bread, jams and Welsh cakes and condiments and other essentials are in the cupboard.

The bedroom area on the upper mezzanine is accessed by climbing a ladder and ducking under a beam, but we both managed this fine (but if you are less able it might be problematic).  Once up there, the bed was very comfortable and it was very quiet, with only the occasional bleat of a sheep!

A tip for anyone considering the property, is to take hand luggage cases or soft bags as it makes it easier to climb the stairs with your luggage. Large hard type suitcases would not be an easy climb up the staircase.

The owners (Juliet and William) say they like to give their guests privacy, which was perfect for us.  And because they didn’t have guests coming in straight away, they allowed us a late checkout. We were able to stay until 4pm – it was wonderfully relaxing and worth every penny.  I would thoroughly recommend a break here.


Photo posted on the poet David Whyte’s facebook page, this picture from the desk in the Gatehouse, with the words of one of his poems AND I FOUND from the House of Belonging. I guess this means he liked it!!  He must have taken the photo when he visited us, and read for On The Border, our poetry series.  Check out David Whyte (the poet’s) facebook page, photo of the desk in the Gatehouse and his poem, by clicking here.

Comments From Our Gatehouse Guest Book

Couldn’t have asked for more – we had a fantastic time! We were welcomed with a lovely generous welcome basket and the facilities wereexcellent! We were left alone (much better than being overlooked) – we miss it and would love to go again. 

Perfect few days – wish it could have been longer. So relaxing, charming and pure escapism. 

What a perfect weekend retreat! A day at the races, walk around Chepstow castle and tomorrow fly boarding at the diving centre. Such an amazing piece of history beautifully maintained and welcoming. 

Your Gatehouse is beautiful and so warm and welcoming. There is something magical about sitting in front of the fire on a stormy evening. A tastefully modernised piece of history. 

Thankyou for a such a warm welcome and lovely stay. The Gatehouse is a wonderful retreat – we even saw a shooting star from the roof-top. We had a great day out at St Fagans and are certainly planning on returning soon. 

Everything it was cracked up to be! When you want to get away, this is the hideaway. Many thanks. 

We absolutely love this place! We came here for our honeymoon and had a wonderful time. 

We have had an unforgettable weekend break – we got engaged in candlelit on the Turret and the setting could not have been more perfect. 

This was worth the 20 hrs flight from Australia. Absolutely beautiful place to start our holiday. Thanks for allowing us to share your paradise.

Thankyou for the walking instructions around the area, had a great time exploring the country. Anytime we come back to Wales this will be the place we stay at. 

We spent a lovely, peaceful cosy weekend celebrating our 10th anniversary. The gatehouse is full of atmosphere. We recommend Caerleon! 

We had a lovely Birthday weekend staying in the Gatehouse, we loved coming in and getting toasty by the fire. 

This must be the most unusual accommodation we have experienced. We have greatly enjoyed our week. This is a beautiful, peaceful location and we particularly recommend “The Crown” at Whitebrook for high quality dining. (Feb 13)

Thanks for such a lovely 2 days of peace, silence and ultimate relaxation. We will be back! 

This was our first Christmas spent as a couple away from our families and it was PERFECT! I was ecstatic to find this mini castle decked out for a cosy Christmas! 

What a magical place – our very own castle decorated beautifully with holly, mistletoe and wonderful Christmas tree. A perfect way to round off the year.

Our second visit to the beautiful gatehouse. I think this may be a yearly event for my partners birthday… it’s quirky, fun and cosy. The perfect getaway! (Dec 12)

This will be the third time we have stayed at the gorgeous gatehouse and never tire of this place. We come here to relax before the stress of life before Christmas comes! 

Transported back in time……Wonderful! 

Fantastic. Beautiful, romantic place. Recommend the Millers Arms – lovely meal and walking distance. 

This will absolutely be a highlight of our trip. I’ll never forget the look on my husbands face when we pulled up. 

Amazing place to relax. Scenery is amazing. This place is magical. So many things to do and see. Thank you. 

A wonderful retreat away from everyday life! We have enjoyed our stay so much and explored Wales from Caerphilly Castle, Elan Valley, Tintern Abbey and Newport RSPB. The welcome basket is a thoughtful gesture. 

Fantastic place, unique I imagine. We’ll be wanting to come back. It was a great week and a great experience. 

From the time we saw the Welsh Gatehouse on the website, we fell in love with it – and travelled halfway around the world to stay here. (Australia)

Torn between telling everyone we know about this place, and keeping it our own little secret, but will definitely be back. 

The gatehouse is beautiful and extremely romantic. Thankyou for a wonderful time. 

To be able to actually stay in such wonderful surroundings has been an experience neither of us will ever forget. Every women wants to feel special and like a Princess and for this incredible weekend I got my wish! 

We had a splendid time in the gatehouse. Nice atmosphere and very good surroundings for a walk. Thank you for your hospitality in the house and garden. 

I will highly recommend this place to all, we could have spent much longer relaxing here and will certainly be back. Thanks for letting us stay in your castle and for all the extra little touches included. The garden is beautiful, and we loved having a barbecue and relaxing.

A most romantic retreat and so tastefully furnished – just the right amount of luxury and understated elegance. A beautiful house – recommended. 

I really did feel like a Princess staying in the castle gatehouse! A stunning setting in a beautiful building. 

An Amazing place and so charismatic. I could go on for paragraphs about the various quirks that made us smile and differentiated our stay from most other places. We will certainly be recommending it. 

For the past four days we have felt like a Prince and Princess in our own little castle what a fab place. We will definitely be back soon. Created memories that will never be forgotten. 

I would just like to say a big thank you for such a perfect retreat to spend my 10th wedding anniversary, the place is even better than the pictures. My wife and I enjoyed every minute of our stay there, the welcome pack was fabulous, a perfect way to celebrate the last 10 years with my wife – she actually felt like a princess for the weekend, will definitely be back soon!

Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. Such a beautiful and quiet place. Loved the strolls to the pub in the evening – and the bed was so comfortable! The few days R&R was just what we needed! 

Thank you for such a relaxiing weekend. The local walks were great and we ate so well! What a lovely place!

Has a great time, it was so romantic I asked my girlfriend to marry me on top of the tower. Such a nice quiet place and lovely in the snow! 

Fantastic place to stay. Enjoyed every minute here. Could quite happily have stayed here longer! 

The gatehouse is gorgeous …a perfect memory.

Thank you for your hospitality. We have enjoyed the peace and tranquility and the beautiful surroundings which calm the spirit! 

Historical battery charger worked a treat! 

The Gatehouse is a very special place. Peaceful and relaxing. We feel completely rested and refreshed after our 3 night stay! Thank you William and Juliet for making our visit so perfect! 

It was like being a princess for a few days, stunning views! from our own little castle! Perfect for a romantic break

A comfortable, memorable holiday in a magical place in the midst of beautiful, historic landscapes – within easy reach of London, surprisingly. Completely to be recommended’ 

Can’t praise the Gatehouse enough, truly delightful overnight stay and left feeling thoroughly relaxed. Who could resist climbing into your very own castle

‘Truly magical! A wonderfully romantic place to relax in and explore’ 

‘A perfect, cosy, secluded, romantic haven’ 

‘Very friendly and informal but very well appointed. Unusual and interesting place for the perfect getaway’ 

‘A charming setting for our wedding anniversary get-away without the children. Every need had been catered for in advance, a lot of lovely extra touches. We’re torn between raving about this gem to everyone we know and keeping it to ourselves to guarantee some availability! Don’t worry Juliet….. It’ll be the former. Thank you so much’ 

‘What an exciting place to stay especially for castle lovers like us! Would recommend a visit to Chepstow Castle – it just goes on and on! We particularly enjoyed a walk around the local fields looking back over the trees to see “our tower”.’ 

‘Oohh, we like it here. A lot. We’ve had a lovely time exploring. Good hilly walks, mountain biking in the Forest of Dean (hire bikes from Pedal-a-bike-away near Coleford, you can book them and there are great trails, all marked), and some more hilly walks. We had a good (if a bit pricey) meal at The Foxhunter in Nant-y-Derry. And the best bit? Coming back to ‘our’ castle. Thank you.’ 

‘Very quiet, peaceful and comfortable. A great place…we didn’t want to go out. And some great films on the library on the TV kept us in too. Loved the towers. Kibby’s fish and chips were great (Bulwark)’ 

‘What a find! We have enjoyed our short stay here. Beautiful contryside, lovely accommodation. Thank you for all your assistance. Well worth the visit.’ 

‘Cocktails on the roof terrace become a regular occurance at sunset (unbeatable). We recommend Coffee#1 in Chepstow and Monmouth and the First Class Cafe in Chepstow railway station. Great walking and cycle rides. 

‘A beautiful place for a lovely romantic break. We had a great time and don’t want to leave! We will definitely recommend this to our friends. Thank you so much for the lovely things you left us – I’m afraid we cleaned them out! Farmshop is excellent. Thanks again.’ 

‘A wonderful stay – absolutely fantastic and very memorable! We had some great barbeques in the garden….Wow what a beautiful garden. I loved the borders’ 

‘A beautiful and romantic retreat for our honeymoon. Thanks for the lovely welcome. Recommend the Whitebrook, delicious food. We’ll be back.’ 

‘Just a wonderful romantic get-away. We just loved it! Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome! We will be recommending it to anyone who can make it up the stairs!’ 

‘Forget ‘Welsh country cottages’ – this is your own pocket-sized castle with history, extraordinary accommodation and lovely owners’ 

‘A short but very enjoyable stay. Beautiful, peaceful and very comfortable. The local farm shop is worth a visit and we had a lovely walk from Chepstow across to Lancaut Nature Reserve. Thanks!’ 

‘What a fantastic place to stay! We loved the quaintness of it – castle type windows, spiral staircase andyour own tower! Beautifully decorated. Excellent provision of facilities and a delicious food basket. Clear, concise instructions given on our welcome and an informative brochure. Would really recommend to others’ 

‘What an adventure. Historic, secluded and private, very comfortable fortress. Great local walks, a super place for a birthday weekend, Thank you.’ 

‘It is, as described on the website, the perfect couple retreat. Three days was not long enough – we hope to be back again soon. Thank you Juliet and William for sharing such a special place and for all your kindnesses and welcome. ‘ 

‘We enjoyed a three night stay in the Gatehouse to celebrate my husband’s birthday. A warm welcome from William (the fire had been lit in readiness for our arrival), a generous selection of treats and we were left to enjoy ourselves. The kitchen was well equipped – we were too cosy staying in to bother going out to eat – and rustled up some lovely meals. Sofa perfect for cuddling up in front of the fire, watching a dvd. Comfy bed – a great balance of mod cons and sense of history. Perfect for a weekend away from the family!’ 

‘Who needs a ‘Welsh Country Cottage’ when you can have your own mini castle! I want to live here! Thanks’ 

‘Gosh – an oustanding place. So much history and we went for a stunning dinner at the Whitebrook – only 1/2 hour drive. Tintern Abbey is a delight. The road to Monmouth via Trellech was amazingly beautiful and the peace here was outstanding. Thoroughly recommend this wonderful place.’ 

‘A magical and beautiful place. We felt really lucky to have found you and we will definitely be back! Loved the views, the fire, the atmosphere – all fantastic. Thankyou!’