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The original Old Mill House is at least 600 years old. It has been extended many times over the centuries and has been a business premises since the 1950s when it was a fishing and country club. 

The property was bought by neighbouring Rockfield Studio in the late-1970s and was used as their writing and rehearsal facility. Many famous bands and musicians who recorded under the Rockfield Studios name wrote, rehearsed or visited The Old Mill during the period it was owned by Rockfield Studios.

In the 1980s, Rockfield Studio owners, Charles and Kingsley Ward’s business partnership ended with Kingsley remaining at Rockfield Studios and Charles turning The Old Mill into a separate business under the name of Monnow Valley Studio.

Charles Ward ran Monnow Valley for 17 years.

It was then bought by John Roberts for his musician son. The band’s manager, Jo Riou, helped to run Monnow Valley for 4 years until she bought the studio from John Roberts in 2006.

Jo ran Monnow Valley for the next 12 years, which included partnering with producer Andrew Shepps in 2016. All of Andrew’s vintage equipment, including the Neve 8068 MKII once used by John Lennon in Sound City, was shipped from L.A. and installed in Monnow Valley’s control room.

Jo took a back seat for 3 years to concentrate on her other business interests, handing the management of the studio to two of her employees in 2017, but they left in May 2020 and Jo was again back at the helm.

The business model has changed slightly in 2021 with the studio now being available for recording and rehearsals on a dry hire basis. When not being used by famous musicians, the building is available to members of the public, allowing them to stay in the same rooms used by Ozzy Osbourne, Sir Tom Jones, Oasis, Led Zeppelin, Simple Minds… who have written or recorded so many landmark songs in pop and rock music history.

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Client Quotes From Our Guestbook

Lonely the BraveLONELY THE BRAVEThank you guys so much for having us, think I’m gonna move in!!




the_blow_monkeys_04-960x400THE BLOW MONKEYSYour legendary drum room was better than I was expecting! This is the last of the great studios left, the whole experience has been a pleasure and I will definitely be returning!




jar-familyTHE JAR FAMILY

Thank you for such a perfect stay. Hospitality at it’s best! We’ll be back soon and it won’t be soon enough!




sunset-sonsSUNSET SONS

It’s been an absolute pleasure staying with you guys. You made us feel welcome and part of the family. The food has been dangerously good and never forgotten! We will be back…





A massive thank you for having us here! I am completely in love with this place, we will be back!




malloryknoxMALLORY KNOX

What a lovely studio! Defo coming back! p.s. top class food also!





Thank you! We have been incredibly well looked after – great place to be!





Beautiful place, beautiful people!




bleedfromwithin2-bandBLEED FROM WITHIN

Thank you so much, your studio is fantastic! – We will be back!!





Thanks so much for one of the BEST months EVER! What an amazing place and lovely bunch of folk!




bulletformyvalentineBULLET FOR MY VALENTINE

Thanks for the great food!! And the great Studio!!



It’s been a riot!! I’ll miss this place and miss you guys a lot! Thank you for having us! Until next time…





What a great place to get away and make music at.




The-enemyTHE ENEMY

A bloody great time – fantastic fun!!




elliott-minorELLIOT MINOR

I love this place and all that comes with it and everybody!





The food was amazing! Thanks for making us so, so, so welcome! The studio was great and even made us sound good!




blood-red-shoesBLOOD RED SHOES

Thanks for an amazing session! You made our first album very special!





rupert=christieRUPERT CHRISTIE

I love this place! I have to keep on finding projects to bring here!





I love this place and I will definitely be back!

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Contact Monnow Valley Studio

Monnow Valley Studio always provides an inspirational natural environment in which to produce the finest music. Set in four hundred acres of green rolling hillside, the studio is located three miles outside of the picturesque market town of Monmouth, South Wales.

Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham airports are just an hours drive away with Heathrow being within two hours.

Our nearest train stations are Newport and Abergavenny which are 30 minutes drive away. We can arrange favourable taxi rates from any airport or train station.

For all booking enquiries, contact jo@monnowvalleystudio.com

Alternatively, you can call us on +44 (0)1600 713221

We look forward to hearing from you!

Monnow Valley Studio
Old Mill House
NP25 5QE


Monnow Valley Studio Artists

Over the last 40 years, our clients have included:

Sir Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Busted, Black Sabbath, Oasis, Iggy Azalea, The Pigeon Detectives, Nigel Kennedy, The View, Catatonia, The Enemy, Skunk Anansie, Simple Minds, Feeder, Bullet For My Valentine, Charlie Simpson, Golden Silvers, Led Bib, Neck Deep, Funeral For A Friend, Young Legionnaire, Blood Red Shoes, Joss Stone, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Chapman Family, Future Of The Left, 2:54, Cold Specks, Fredrika Stahl, Delphic, Morning Parade, Bleed From Within, Lisbee Stainton, Stereophonics, Conor Maynard, Sylosis, Frightened Rabbit, Matt Deighton, Bellowhead, Mallory Knox, Courtney Barnett, BB Diamond, Hero Fisher, YES, Callum Beattie, Marmozets, The Magic Gang, SYCO,The Temperance Movement, Editors, Pretty Vicious, The Coral, Pulp, The Charlatans, EMF, Super Furry Animals, Biffy Clyro, Oceansize, Manic Street Preachers, The Automatic, Judas Priest, Cradle of Filth, Robert Plant, Phil Collins, The Levellers, Tony Iommi, Blood Red Shoes, The View, Elliott Minor, Lonely The Brave, Sunset Sons, The Blow Monkeys, Neck Deep, Laura Marling, Marti Pellow

Producers Who Have Worked At Monnow Valley

•Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Paul McCartney, Ray LaMontagne, Tom Jones, Kaiser Chiefs, Rufus Wainwright, The Boxer Rebellion, Crowded House, Lauren Hoffman, The Vaccines, Laura Marling, The Staves, and Crosby, Stills and Nash)
•Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Motorhead, FFAF, Kids In Glass Houses)
•Leo Abrahams (Frightened Rabbit, Paulo Nutini, Brett Anderson)
•Bruno Ellingham (Delphic, The Maccabees)
•Tim Goldsworthy (UNKLE)
•Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Feeder)
•Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Embrace, Gomez)
•Steve Greenwell (Joss Stone, Arrested Development)
•Andy Savours (Placebo, Ray Davies)
•Jim Lowe (Stereophonics, Glen Matlock, The Charlatans)
•John Goodmanson (The Blood Brothers, Deathcab for Cutie)
•Bob Marlette (Toni Iommi, Rob Halford, Tracy Chapman)
•Owen Morris (The View, Oasis, The Verve, Ash)
•Stephen Street (Smiths, Blur, Sleeper, Cranberries)
•Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, U2)
•Chris Sheldon (Oceansize, Foo Fighters),
•Head (PJ Harvey, Massive Attack),
•Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, The Enemy)
•Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Marianne Faithfull, Placebo)
•Charlie Francis (REM)
•Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Mel C)
•Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness)


Residential Accommodation

During 2020-2021, Monnow Valley’s accommodation facilities have been extended to provide 24 beds and 10 bathrooms (6 en suite).

Room 7 Bathroom

The ground floor is now tiled throughout with beautiful Mandarin Stone.

Our kitchen has doubled in size to a massive 1000sq.ft. It comprises high quality German Nobilia units, twin Neff ovens, induction hob, two dishwashers, Quooker tap, American size fridge freezer, coffee machine, and wine fridge. The kitchen also has it’s own dining table, seating area, and breakfast bar.


As well as the main living room with log burner and Sky TV and Netflix, we now have an additional snug, and a new entrance room.

Main Lounge

The entire house has been fully decorated throughout using Farrow & Ball colours, with each room having a bespoke design.

Room 11

We have a new games room and cinema boasting an electric 135” drop down screen, Sony 7.1 surround sound, which is connected to Netflix, Apple TV, and a PlayStation 4 for games and DVDs. You can enjoy your favourite films in electric reclining leather seats, and make snacks with our pop corn machine. 

Cinema and Games Room

There is a pool table, dart board and table tennis in the games room.

Our dining area has two, 12 foot long, oak tables, seating 24 people comfortably while enjoying 270 degree views of the neighbouring fields and the River Monnow.

Dining Room

Leisure Facilities

  • Fibre broadband
  • Pool/ Table Tennis table/Darts
  • 135″ Cinema Screen, DVD library, Netflix and Internet, Playstation 4 and games
  • 3 Acre Garden
  • Large lounge with log burner, adjoining snug
  • Sky TV and Netflix
  • Upstairs family room
  • Two en suite bedrooms on ground floor
River Monnow
  • 1 mile of private fishing rights on the River Monnow (trout & salmon). Please visit the  Monnow Valley Fishery website for information on our stretch.

    Many activities can also be arranged locally:

  • Mountain biking, quad-biking, karting, super karting, dry slope skiing and snowboarding, ballooning, boating, canoeing, white water rafting, caving, clay pigeon shooting, gliding, horse riding, paint-balling, spheremania, archery, raft building, orienteering, off road driver training, paragliding, rock climbing and abseiling, walking, sauna, swimming, massage & beauty treatments, chiropractor, acupuncturist.

    We have some of the finest golf courses in the UK on our doorstep. Preferential rates can be arranged at the following:

  • The Rolls of Monmouth
  • Celtic Manor (Home to 2010 Ryder Cup*)

  • Monmouth Golf Club

  • Forest Hills Golf Club

  • St Pierre Golf & Country Club


Studio Equipment

We can provide bespoke equipment, desks, outboard, microphones, anything you can dream of, through our partnership with Tickle.


Recording Sessions

We are open for recording sessions using a dry hire arrangement. We can provide bespoke equipment, desks, outboard, microphones – anything you can dream of – through our partnership with Tickle.

Rehearsal Sessions

Our soundproofed, 1200 sq.ft. live room is one of the largest in Europe and has been used for rehearsing by touring bands such as Black Sabbath and Yes.

Live Rooms

Monnow Valley Studio’s breathtaking 1200 sq ft live room has variable acoustics and can be partitioned by the 16ft high trademark cartwheel doors. The floor to ceiling 18ft high glass walls at the one end of the live room offer a stunning aspect to the River Monnow and allow natural daylight to flood in. In addition to a dedicated isolation room, the adjoining green room can be utilised as a further amp room.

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Monnow Valley Residential Recording Studio & Rehearsal Facility

Since opening it’s doors in 1977, heritage studio Monnow Valley has been one of the UK’s leading residential facilities, playing host to artists including Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Sir Tom Jones, Oasis, Robert Plant, Simple Minds, Kaiser Chiefs,  Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, and Biffy Clyro.

Monnow Valley Studio always provides an inspirational natural environment in which to produce the finest music. Set in four hundred acres of green rolling hillside, the studio is located two miles outside of the picturesque market town of Monmouth, South Wales. However, Bristol, Cardiff and Birmingham airports are just an hours drive away with Heathrow being within two hours.

In 2020/21 Monnow Valley’s residential accommodation has been massively upgraded. We can now accommodate up to 24 people in 11 bedrooms with 10 bathrooms (7 en suite). The kitchen is all new and has doubled in size to 1000sq.ft, we have two lounges, a glass walled dining room, plus 3 acres of gardens and the beautiful River Monnow (including a mile of game fishing) on our doorstep.

Synonymous with its unique live room, picturesque setting and fantastic accommodation, Monnow Valley presents a world class facility that offers the very best in residential recording and rehearsal space.

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