Region: Wales

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: Govilon Residential & Activity Centre, School Lane, Abergavenny, Wales NP7 9RH

Contact: 01873 831185



Situated on the Eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Govilon House offers scenic accommodation for up to 52 people, on either a catered or self-catered basis. The Centre offers an excellent and convenient base for groups of all kinds - families and friends for weekends and short breaks together, special interest groups and clubs, youth groups, and those looking for activity-filled adventures in the Brecon Beacons.

Set in a conservation area, the former village school is an old sandstone-built Victorian building which retains its character and charm. It has been converted to offer accommodation in simple but comfortable surroundings. Visiting groups always have sole occupancy, allowing the Centre to become their home for the duration of their stay with us.

The main focal point of the Centre is the dining/meeting room which is equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, large screen television, video and DVD. There is also a large, industry-standard kitchen and a separate lounge for relaxing, playing games and making plans for the following day. Walkers and cyclists may also use this room for storing their bicycles or equipment. A separate building houses the well-stocked equipment store and there are two highly-efficient drying rooms. Visiting groups are very welcome to use the grounds for recreation or barbecues.

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Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any accreditation such as Tourist Board, or AALA.
We hold an AALA license and have done for many years.
Our LOtC badge is pending.

What group sizes do you cater for?
There is no minimum group size requirement. Our maximum capacity is 52.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?
Accommodation is in dormitory style rooms with bunk or single beds and adjacent washing/toilet facilities. Some of the room also have an en-suite bathroom.
The bedrooms are laid out as follows:-
3 x twin rooms
3 x rooms of 6
1 x room of 10
1 x room of 18

What is the cost of the accommodation?
Prices vary from £15 to £20 per person, per night – depending on time of time and size of group. Discounts are available for larger group bookings. Winter bookings also benefit from lower rates.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Yes, all risk assessments are available upon request. We also arrange pre-programme visits, whenever requested. Upon arrival, a full handover takes place with Govilon staff. This includes an explanation of fire procedures, evacuation plan and emergency contact information.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?
Jonathan Cholakian, Deputy Centre Manager 01873 831185 

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
There are several first aid stations throughout the House.

Please list facilities available.
The focal point of the centre is the dining room/common room, which comfortably sits all guests. The room is equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, a TV/DVD player and a whiteboard. We also have a large lounge at the other end of the building, which backs onto a sizeable garden. Visitors are most welcome to use the grounds for games, activities and barbecues.

The House has fibre optic WiFi connectivity throughout.

The village of Govilon itself has a convenience store, a church, playing fields and a public house - all within walking distance.

What are your disabled facilities?
Govilon is equipped with access and provisions for those with mobility problems and disabilities.

What are your opening days and hours?
We take bookings all year round, other than Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Our office is open Monday – Friday, from 9am to 5:30pm for enquiries. However, our dedicated team often pick-up emails during evenings and weekends too.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
Yes, there are several comments on our website which have been left previous schools and organizations. This can be found in the ‘Feedback’ section of our website, here –

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We are a non-profit, charitable trust; owned and maintained by Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation. More information about the Foundation can be found here -

Age of Children / Pupils: 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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