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“Beautiful, welcoming and cosy”
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Review of Pontganol Cottage

Pontganol Cottage - graded as a 4 star property by Visit Wales
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Pontganol Cottage - graded as a 4 star property by Visit Wales
The cosy little cottage sits behind an exterior stone wall, providing an enclosed garden The calming and contemporary master bedroom with original fireplace
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Pontganol Cottage - graded as a 4 star property by Visit Wales
The cosy little cottage sits behind an exterior stone wall, providing an enclosed garden
The calming and contemporary master bedroom with original fireplace
Bath products - and a handy spot for resting a book, or glass of wine!
Looking towards the summerhouse, perfect for pottering round and enjoying the sunshine.
The large landing gives a feeling of space
Contemporary metro tiles behind the semi-circular shower enclosure, and a view to the mountains
The roll-top bath with views of the stars - just add yourself, bath products and wine!
A detail of some hanging hearts, looking into the master bedroom
The living room by day - great for relaxing and planning your day
View from the summerhouse towards the cottage - enough space to play, or relax
The little summerhouse, perfect for reading the Sunday papers with a coffee and a croissant!
The painted wooden country cottage kitchen
Feel free to move the garden furniture around to make the most of the sun!
The farmhouse-style table in the kitchen/diner - perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner!
Llangynidr mountain - perfect for walking and looking for red kites
The kitchen has everything you need to be a master chef, or just pop to the local pub!
The bespoke Welsh slate sign, Pontganol means 'middle bridge'
The cosy living room with woodburning stove, snuggle up and make yourself at home
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Llangynidr, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

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Salbag07
Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Beautiful, welcoming and cosy”
Reviewed 4 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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person found this review helpful

This lovely little cottage is so welcoming, cosy and fabulous, and it's been so well renovated, it's difficult to know where to start without gushing! I found the details of this cottage online and we booked directly, contacting Hilary, the owner, via email. From Hilary's first response, I knew we were in good hands! Not only does Hilary's passion and love for this property shine through on all of the photos of on the website, it comes through in written communication too!. Hilary's communication was perfect. I understood exactly what we would be paying, and when, without any hidden charges or fees, and all the initial information we needed was presented to us without making us feel pressured into taking the booking. Throughout all of our communications, Hilary was laid back, relaxed and re-assuring - a real pleasure to deal with and from the off, I knew we'd be staying somewhere really special.

Onto the Cottage... I am loathe to sing its praises too much as it will mean that booking will become more and more difficult! The cottage is in a fabulous location with easy access to Crickhowell and Abergavenny. There is a lovely walk along the canal to the Coach and Horses pub, which serves amazing food and has a lovely, welcoming atmosphere. Sugar Loaf Mountain is only about 20 minutes away by car and is well worth the hike - even in bad weather! You can get to most places from the cottage within about 30/45 minutes tops, but why would you begrudge spending any longer in a car when there's so much beautiful scenery to look at? We were never short of things to do when we stayed at the cottage and we're a fairly good split of 'getting out there' and 'staying in with the telly' type couple, so this little place is ideal for everyone, no matter how active or chill out you want to be.

Upon our arrival, Hilary had been kind enough to leave us a 'welcome note', along with some mouth-watering goodies and adult refreshments in the fridge, along with a fresh bottle of milk and teabags (which, after a 4 1/2 hour car journey is one the of most wonderful things you could ever see, trust me!). You don't get THAT kind of service when booking through a lettings agency! We were given the name of the neighbours over the road, so it really felt like we had someone nearby who could help us out in a hurry if we needed it. Again, you simply don't get that kind of service and support when booking through a lettings company. I've found previous rentals can sometimes be a bit clinical and cold, but Pontganol couldn't be further from this. We instantly felt welcome and at home.

The cottage has been renovated to such a high standard and with so much love, that you can't help but fall in love with it. There are loads of little details which make the cottage feel like a 5* property, but without the huge price tag. The espresso machine, the dishwasher (complete with dishwasher tablets and quick start instructions!) the washing machine - again complete with detergent and instructions - the hand finished, well equipped kitchen, which even has supplies already stored in the cupboards.... all of these things instantly make you feel like you're visiting an old friend, rather than borrowing a property from someone. You can tell that everything has been purchased for this property, from the glasses and mugs, to the bed-frames and wardrobes, have all been carefully chosen, with lots of love and attention, You won't find any hand-me-downs or left-over-from-a-previous-booking trinkets or utensils here, I assure you!

The cottage was well heated and the supply of hot water was never an issue. The roll top bath was the perfect spot to soak out the -post-mountain-climb-kinks and the separate shower was ideal for a wake-up and refresh in the mornings. Hilary has even had the foresight to supply shower gels and shampoos for her guests. It's all these little details which count and which made our stay at the cottage so perfect. We're already hoping to return soon and do some more exploring.

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Liked best: The well equipped kitchen
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
25 Jul 2016
Hello! Thank you so much for your absolutely lovely review - I'm so touched that you loved everything, even the tiniest of details and so pleased that your stay was perfect. I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted the cottage to come across to guests (like a home, as I grew up visiting my Great Aunt there every weekend), and your review describes exactly that feeling I was hoping to convey, so I'm sitting here and smiling as I type. Of course, the cottage now has an awful lot to live up to, but I hope your second visit is just as fabulous. Thank you so much for choosing Pontganol, and please do come back again - the cottage will be delighted to see you!
Kind regards,
Hilary
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hwhite68
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Just wonderful - in every way!”
Reviewed 18 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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person found this review helpful

We've stayed in some cottages in our times, many have been superb but this one shot right to the top of the list for comfort, presentation, location and a myriad of personal touches. Clearly a labour of love, every detail of this wonderful house had been carefully thought through (often, labelled with notes attached by ribbon!) and Hillary, the owner, was a joy to communicate with for at least a week before we went, coming up with suggestions to meet our vegetarian, dog-accompanying and sight-seeing needs - yes, we were able to take our large dog with us too.

Right away, the cottage felt like home-from-home and we walked right from the door through the village and along gorgeous country lanes with views of stunning hillsides the evening we arrived and, again, later that week as there are extensive routes along the canal paths taking you in both directions. Further afield, there is everything you could want to see on a trip to Wales, from small towns to romantic ruined castles, ancient sites, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, those hills...as a photographer, I was in my element and everything was within about an hours driving, even to get to the far side of the Brecon park. We really fell in love with the location and it has opened up a strong desire to explore Wales much more than we have, especially given this cottage was so was so quick and easy to reach from the end of the M4, making it much more accessible than Cornwall, Devon or the Lake District (places we have tended to beeline in the past).

The garden at the cottage was a real bonus, including all the lovely in-season veg that we were invited to help ourselves to. I love to cook on holiday - well, its easier when you're a veggie and prefer good organic ingredients - so it was just wonderful to have a proper kitchen that was well stocked with all the things you would expect at home, including plenty of cutlery and plates (having just come back from another holiday where there was just four of everything, I can tell you that Pontganol Cottage was a delight for its well-stocked cupboards). Everything was clean and in good working order, the dining table was a lovely area to eat by candlelight after our trips out, then to sink into one of those comfortable sofas or maybe a roll-top bath...We were also able to get Waitrose to deliver food, which we organised before we left home so that we got all of our favourite ingredients delivered an hour after we arrived, with plenty of room in the large fridge freezer to store it. Honestly, we could have stayed for another week and will certainly be back - in summary, perfect in every way; if only all rentals were like this!

Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
25 Jul 2016
Hello, and huge apologies that I'm replying to your lovely review of the cottage so embarrassingly late. I love reading the reviews that the cottage gets, but I'm always so nervous that there will have been something that lets her (or me!) down. I am so pleased that there wasn't on your stay and that you loved the cottage and her veggie garden, handwritten notes and setting. As I'm sure you know, you are more than welcome to return whenever you like. Thanks once again for such a gorgeous review.
Kind regards,
Hilary
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Tracey G
England
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Wow - wish this was our home!”
Reviewed 16 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This is the nicest holiday cottage we have ever stayed in - it was homely, cosy and better equipped than our house! We took our 2 year old toddler and she loved the toy box and the garden - picking the last remaining peas was her favourite. The garden and the fresh produce was a lovely touch - never had that before in a holiday home. The scrummy lemon cake, chocs and fizzy that was left for us was very appreciated - and my daughter absolutely loved the "dirty" sheep bath toy!

Everything felt as though the owner really appreciated her guests - from both the personalised card through to the contact we had both before and during our stay (there was due to be water works nearby - which didn't affect us - but Hilary let us know anyway). Literally everything had been thought of - even to the point of a stairgate and the fire ready to be lit (which we really appreciated as despite it being July - it was rainy and cold - but the woodburner made the cottage very cosy).

Lots of outdoor toys were provided in the summer house and the garden was lovely to mooch around. We couldn't fault the cottage at all - absolutely loved it and would love to return!

The only thing we didn't like was the local pub (which obviously is totally out of the control of the owner of this cottage but worth mentioning - we wished we'd avoided). We went there on a Sunday lunchtime. We wish we'd read the other tripadvisor reviews and the pub's comments in response - they are clearly in denial - the food was horrible and the welcome not particularly warm. We found some lovely other places to eat - and wish we'd not wasted our money at the Red Lion. But we'll save a review of the Red Lion for another day..... Try Cwtch Café in Abergavenny - their quiches and cakes are absolutely lush!

The cottage was lovely and I would definitely recommend to everyone - we had a lovely relaxing break and it was wonderfully refreshing to deal with Hilary as nothing seemed any trouble. Thank you Hilary - we had a fab time!

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 Jul 2016
Hello Tracey and thank you so much for taking the time to write the cottage (and I!) such a lovely review. I'm so sorry that it's taken me an age to reply, but I'm so pleased you, your husband and daughter all had a fabulous time there, and were able to enjoy some of the veggies from the garden too. I can only apologise about the Welsh weather meaning you needed to light the woodburner in July, but I promise the sun does come out sometimes! Please do come back and stay again - the cottage would love to see you.
Kind regards,
Hilary
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Jonathan...
Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
“A delightful corner of the Beacons.”
Reviewed 6 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015

The cottage itself felt well situated, secure and was finished to a high standard.
It is obvious that Hilary, the owner, has thought a lot about guest comfort. There are useful notes and instructions around the house and the garden games were a nice touch.
Picking peas and strawberries in the vegetable garden was an activity for everyone. There were lots of other vegetables to be had too.
We raved about the cottage to family and friends and hope to get the chance to stay there again (flying in from Stockholm).

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Liked best: The property was very comfortable and attractive.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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Management Response
25 Jul 2016
Hi Jonathan, and thank you so much for your lovely review of the cottage and your time there. Its always lovely to hear that the veggie garden is being used - the soil is amazing, as is my neighbour who plants and looks after it. Please do come back and stay again whenever you're over from Stockholm!
Kind regards,
Hilary
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brendan s
1 review
“We could not of asked for anything more”
Reviewed 28 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

What a fantastic find this cottage was.Great garden for all to enjoy.The cottage itself is clean,bright,full of character,quirky and so homely.The locals in the village and pubs were very friendly.Personal touches upon our arrival were special and thoughtful.Hilary has done a fantastic job of providing everything one could require in a holiday cottage without Pontganol losing any of her quirkiness and character .It was a pleasure to return to our "home" each evening and sit in the garden planning the next day of adventure.We had great weather to appreciate the beauty of the Beacons and will be back.I recommend this fantastic cottage to all

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Liked best: lovely garden and charm of cottage
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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