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The important stuff

  • Check in: from 3.30 pm
  • Check out: by 10.30 am
  • Bring wellies!
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 4 bedrooms, 3 doubles and 1 twin room

Extra space available

Space for 2 pets no charge.

Space for 1 baby no charge. - a travel cot and high chair can be provided on request


  • Fully fitted kitchen, including:
  • Siemens induction hob and warming drawer
  • 2 fridges
  • Dishwasher 


  • 2 ensuite shower rooms
  • Family bathroom with a bath and shower
  • Washing machine and dryer 
  • Green & Spring bath products provided

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Underfloor heating throughout
  • Log burner (with an unlimited supply of logs) 
  • Plenty of plug sockets
  • Lovely white bed linen and towels are all provided 


  • Cards, board games, library of books by local authors and on the local area, maps and guides, magazines and a DVD collection are all available for rainy days
  • Boules, badminton and a hammock for outside fun! 
  • WiFi


Places to visit:

Blaenavon Iron Works, World Heritage Site 

Big Pit, national coal mining museum 

Clearwell Caves

Brewery Tours – just down the road at Kingstone Brewery 

Cookery courses –  10 minutes away with the fabulous neighbour!

Savoy Theatre and Cinema in Monmouth

Tintern Abbey  

Chepstow Castle  

Raglan Castle Castle – 

Puzzlewood - an enchanted forest which has played host to Star Wars, Merlin, Dr Who and Atlantis.

The owner has lots of excellent information about the local towns to provide on booking!

Outdoor & Active

  • Walking - there are lots of options straight from the door (there is a footpath running along the field boundary) in the local area (see local guide books in the house); sections of the Wye Valley Walk & Offa’s Dyke Path; the Abergavenny 3 peaks (Skirrid, Sugarloaf and Blorenge) are all easy climbs; or it is close enough to the Black Mountains/Brecon Beacons for a day trip
  • Cycling
  • Mountain biking - Pedalabikeaway is about 20 minutes away in the Forest of Dean and will rent bikes for all ages and abilities to enjoy the range of trails in the Forest of Dean 
  • Road bike –lots of good, quiet routes in the Wye Valley, over to the Forest of Dean and also into the Vale of Usk
  • Fishing -salmon fishing in the Wye & Usk in season; also still water fishing in the local area
  • Canoeing – It is best to book in advance if possible 
  • Diving – The National Diving and Activity Centre also has one of the UK’s longest zipwires
  • Kate Humble’s fantastic farm offers a variety of different courses from dry stone walling to lambing, flower arranging to charcuterie making. During school holidays there are activties for chidren 

Food & Drink

At The Chickenshed:
Home baked cakes, bread, milk, butter, local preserves, and fresh coffee will all be waiting for you
On request Sue can also arrange:

  • Local bacon, sausages & eggs for breakfast
  • Meal for arrival (homemade shepherds pie/fish pie/casserole and selection of puddings)
  • Charcuterie & Cheese
  • Local beer & Cider
  • With advance notice, catering for dinner parties/special occasions can also be arranged

Local shops:

  • There is a small village shop in Trellech which is about 1 mile away
  • Shopping can be ordered in advance and delivered

Pubs & Restaurants: 

The Hardwick (30 minutes away) Chef Stephen Terry has an amazing pedigree and his food is fantastic.  Call in for lunch after a walk up the Skirrid – or make a reservation for dinner
The Walnut Tree (30 minutes away) Shaun Hill took over the Walnut Tree at the same time Sue and Nick moved to Wales – the restaurant is unfussy, the food is superb

The Whitebrook (10 minutes away) This is a serious restaurant. Like the Walnut Tree it has a Michelin star; the food is sophisticated, the flavours subtle, the ingredients unusual

The Inn at Penallt Gastropub which is very popular with locals!

The Fountain Inn (1 mile away) Friendly, ungentrified pub serving home made food & v good beer on tap

The Carpenters Arms (5 minute drive) Excellent fish & chips

The Lion Inn, Trellech (1 mile) Local pub serving good choice of pub food and specials

Meet your hosts

Meet Sue & Nick!
Sue & Nick moved to the Wye Valley 8 years ago and with the help of local architects Hall & Bednarczyk renovated and extended their higgledy piggledy cottage to make the most of the glorious setting with a light and open space.

When they saw that the dilapidated poultry barn they passed most days on our way to Monmouth, was for sale at auction, and that Hall & Bednarczyk had drawn up plans to convert it into a holiday let, they thought it would be a great opportunity to create another space which would combine their love of good design and craftsmanship. They also wanted to invest in the area – which they have come to love for the peace, the woods and the walks - and to encourage more people to visit by offering an unusual holiday home.  A couple of years on, the Chickenshed is the result.

Nick continues to work in London when he needs to, whilst staying in Monmouthshire as much as he can, and Sue runs the Chickenshed (when she is not walking their two collies.)

Wildlife & the environment:
The Chickenshed is on the Trellech plateau, which forms part of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and has views across to the Southern fringes of the Black Mountains.

Behind the shed are 2 acres for you to discover – there are bluebells in spring and it is rich with wildlife. From here you can follow the footpath which leads into Parkhouse Wood (itself a Site of Special Scientific Interest).

Getting there

The Chickenshed, Parkhouse, Trellech, NP25 4PU

By public transport:
The nearest train station is Chepstow (25 minutes away) - please plan ahead if you need to take a taxi from the station
The nearest bus stop is in Trellech (1 mile away)
Bear in mind that you will need wheels if you want to explore the local area but there are plenty of walks from the door!

By car:
From M4 (westbound)
Leave the M4 at Junction 21and join the M48 heading to South Wales and Chepstow. Cross the Old Severn Bridge (£6.50 toll heading West only) and take the exit for Chepstow as you come off the bridge.

At the roundabout take the 3rd exit for Chepstow and the Wye Valley. At the next roundabout go straight across, bypassing Chepstow and heading for the Wye Valley on the A466. At the racecourse mini-roundabout go straight across, passing the race course on your right.
Drive through St Arvans following signs for Monmouth and Tintern. Continue along the A466 Wye Valley Road to Tintern. When you reach Tintern you will see the Abbey on your right. Very shortly afterwards take the left turn onto Forge Road (signposted Llanishen and Car-Park). This is immediately before the Royal George Hotel.

Continue along Forge Road for 1.4 miles, passing the Abbey Furnace on the right, until you reach the Tintern Angling Club Ponds.

As you reach the ponds, the road splits. Go right over the bridge and the road immediately bends left, signposted to Raglan. You will then come to a T junction – go right again (signposted Llanishen, Usk, Raglan and Trellech).

0.7 miles from the ponds you pass the Fountain Inn on your left. Continue straight on, ignoring turnings to the left and right and heading towards Parkhouse and Trellech. Continue on this road and after .7 miles it will turn sharply right and uphill and then sharply left as you enter the hamlet of Parkhouse. Continue straight over the crossroads, leaving behind the cluster of houses. The Chickenshed is the second house on your right 0.3 miles from the crossroads.

From A40/Monmouth (coming from direction of Ross on Wye and M50)
As you approach Monmouth you will come to the big Agincourt roundabout. Continue straight across on the dual carriageway, bypassing the town. At the traffic lights go straight across and after a few hundred metres take the exit before the tunnels, signposted Trellech.
At the T junction at the top of this road take the left turn towards Trellech and then take the second turning left just before the toll house, signposted Trellech &Chepstow. Continue on this road until you get to Trellech itself (about 5 miles).
Go through the village, passing the church on the right and The Lion Inn on your left, and as you are leaving the village the main road will go right and you want to go straight on, following the signpost for Catbrook and Parkhouse.

After 0.3 miles take a right turn towards Parkhouse.
Continue along this lane going straight across at the crossroads (also signposted to Parkhouse) and you will soon see the Chickenshed on your left.

From A40/Monmouth coming from Abergavenny direction
Take the exit for Monmouth immediately after the tunnels.
At the mini-roundabout immediately after the petrol station take the first exit, B4293 towards Trellech, follow the road around and take the third turning left just before the toll house, signposted Trellech & Chepstow and then continue on this road until you get to Trellech itself (about 5 miles).
Go through the village, passing the church on the right and The Lion Inn on your left, and as you are leaving the village the main road will go right and you want to go straight on, following the signpost for Catbrook and Parkhouse.
After 0.3 miles take a right turn towards Parkhouse.
Continue along this lane going straight across at the crossroads (also signposted to Parkhouse) and you will soon see the Chickenshed on your left.

There is parking for 3 or 4 cars just outside the house 

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.