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Monmouth, Monmouthshire

Kymin Round House

The exterior of Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The exterior of Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire | © National Trust / Mike Henton
The sitting room at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The bedroom at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire

Kymin Round House

A little castle for two, with views over Monmouth and far into Wales.

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The sitting room at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The bedroom at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The exterior of Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The sitting room at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The kitchen at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The kitchen at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The kitchen at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The hall at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The double bedroom at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The bathroom at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The bathroom at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The entrance at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The exterior of Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The exterior of Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The view at Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The exterior of Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire
The exterior of Kymin Round House, Monmouthshire

© National Trust / Mike Henton

A little castle for two, with views over Monmouth and far into Wales.

At a glance

Guests
2
Bedrooms
1
Number of dogs welcome
0
Reference
013044
Acorn rating

About Kymin Round House

The Kymin Round House is a small, castellated Georgian building, with windows looking out in all directions across the Wye Valley. It’s at the top of a hill, the Kymin, surrounded by woods and parkland, and a stone’s throw from the Naval Temple, a monument to the British Navy.

On the ground floor you’ll find the hall, living and dining room and a small kitchen. The bedroom and bathroom are upstairs. It is decorated in classic Georgian style with original features such as the ornamental fireplaces. The Round House opens directly onto grassy pleasure grounds and viewing points which are open to the public.

From the Round House you can walk through ancient woodland to find paths and seating areas, and you have Offa’s Dyke on your doorstep. Tawny owls, badgers and pipistrelle and soprano bats all live here. Scots Pine trees are home to the country’s rarest ant, the red wood ant, and you might spot wild boar from the neighbouring Forest of Dean as well as soaring buzzards and peregrine falcons. The views reach to Sugar Loaf Mountain and on a clear day you may see as far as Pen y Fan, the highest point of the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons).

The Round House was built by a group of local gentlemen in 1794. Their picnic club met on this spot each week and enjoyed it so much that they wanted a place to continue picnicking in all weathers. The building originally featured a downstairs kitchen and upstairs banqueting room; stables and a bowling green were added later. The stables are now a National Trust holiday cottage for four people, and the bowling green is still a great spot for outdoor games. The Naval Temple was built in 1800 by the same picnic club, to commemorate great naval victories including the 1798 Battle of the Nile. Fittingly, Nelson visited the Kymin in 1802 and dined in the banqueting hall of the Round House.

Beyond the Kymin, you will find walking trails close by and the National Cycle Path two miles away. The county town of Monmouth is a 10-minute drive.

Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair, not available
  • Fridge, available
  • Dishwasher, available
  • Tumble dryer, not available
  • Television, available
  • WiFi, available
  • Garden, not available
  • Microwave, available
  • Freezer, available
  • Washing machine, not available
  • Telephone, not available
  • DVD, available
  • Open fire / wood burner, not available
  • BBQ, not available

Location

Accessibility

Parking near cottage. Steps down to first-floor bathroom. Low, sloping ceiling in bathroom. Find more information in the Accessibility Guide. Accessibility questions? Email holiday.enquiries@nationaltrust.org.uk or call us on 0344 800 2070.

Read our accessibility guide 

Layout

Ground floor layout

Kitchen, dining and sitting room and small porch.

First floor layout

Stairs lead to a small landing. Bedroom with king sized bed and from the landing steps down to the bathroom with roll top bath.

More information

Heating: The cottage is heated with electric radiators.

Parking: There is one parking space near the cottage.

WIFI: We’re pleased to provide free WiFi access at this accommodation which is supported by BT. Please note intermittent connection problems can sometimes occur and therefore should not be relied upon.

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm. 

Please note: The cottage is situated on The Kymin which is open to the public so there may possibly be some noise from visitors. There are also public footpaths next to the cottage. There is no private garden as the cottage opens directly onto the public parkland.

There are steps down into the bathroom and it has a low sloping ceiling.