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Ty Gwyn (White House), Porth-y-Parc, in the Brecon Beacons
1 of 20The White House in its beautiful landscape
3 nights minimum
Holiday Rental House
Ty Gwyn sits at the entrance to our 35 acre organic smallholding on the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is surrounded by fields and National Trust woodland.There are spectacular views in every direction, and footpaths up Sugar Loaf and into the Black Mountains pass through the farm allowing fabulous walking from the doorstep, and further afield in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. Outdoor activities such as cycling, riding, kayaking and wild swimming are available locally. Abergavenny is a foodie heaven, with great local produce in shops and the market, and excellent, nationally acclaimed restaurants just a few minutes' drive away.
Ty Gwyn was built in 1970 to provide all the mod cons the old farmhouse then lacked. It is light and bright, wi...Ty Gwyn sits at the entrance to our 35 acre organic smallholding on the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is surrounded by fields and National Trust woodland.There are spectacular views in every direction, and footpaths up Sugar Loaf and into the Black Mountains pass through the farm allowing fabulous walking from the doorstep, and further afield in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. Outdoor activities such as cycling, riding, kayaking and wild swimming are available locally. Abergavenny is a foodie heaven, with great local produce in shops and the market, and excellent, nationally acclaimed restaurants just a few minutes' drive away.
Ty Gwyn was built in 1970 to provide all the mod cons the old farmhouse then lacked. It is light and bright, with south-facing windows making the most of the sweeping views down the valley to Abergavenny below. Touches such as copper guttering and oak doors add distinction to its simple white exterior.
Inside, the clean modern lines of the rooms are enhanced by sparkling white walls, sleek Welsh slate floors and golden oak doors. The mix of contemporary and vintage furniture and fittings combine 21st century comfort with a retro 1950s twist.
The kitchen is equipped with everything you need to make the most of the superb local produce on offer here, including a homemade cake and eggs from our free range chickens and ducks. Home-reared organic lamb and pork are available on request. In the living room a woodburner supplements the underfloor heating, making sure you can feel snug and warm whatever the weather is throwing at you. There is wifi access, TV and DVD, a radio, a CD player with i-pod dock, a selection of board games and loads of books.
The South Bedroom shares the upper floor with its own luxury bathroom and has views south across the Usk Valley to Abergavenny's second mountain, the Blorenge. It has solid oak flooring, kingsize bed, and 1950s oak furniture. The ensuite bathroom has a large, double-ended freestanding roll-top bath, basin and toilet.
The West Bedroom is a cosy twin-bedded room on the ground floor and looks out westward past our orchard and up to the slopes of the Rholben hill beyond. It has a built-in wardrobe and a 1950s tallboy for your clothes.
The Garden Bedroom is a bright, sunny room overlooking the south-facing garden and patio with views down to the town in the valley below. It has a kingsize bed and plenty of hanging and drawer space, again with 1950s oak furniture.
The two downstairs bedrooms share a wetroom with Welsh slate floor, walk-in shower, basin and toilet.
All towels and linen are provided and are 100% cotton. A cot is available on request.
There is plenty of space in the entrance porch for storing all your outdoor gear and oak double doors lead out from here to a patio and parking area; another door leads from the hallway to the pretty, enclosed south-facing garden with lawns, seating area and colourful shrubs – perfect for relaxing and drinking in the views. A barbecue is provided.
Ty Gwyn is an ideal base for events such as the Hay Festival (June) and Abergavenny Food Festival (September). The beaches of the Gower are just over an hour's drive, and the vibrant Welsh capital, Cardiff, is only 50 minutes away.
In all there are three houses at Porth-y-Parc: the original 16th century farmhouse where we live, The Old Barn at the far end of the yard (also available as a holiday cottage), and Ty Gwyn. All three are completely private, and none of the properties overlooks the others.
We had a lovely stay here, and particularly enjoyed being able to sit out on the patio with a nice view down to Abergavenny. We walked up the path to Sugarloaf that passes by the cottage several times, and we were nearby to lots of...More
Wonderful accommodation in beautiful surroundings. Roz and Pip are friendly and helpful. The house was clean with lovely fixtures and fittings. The house is perfectly situated with a wonderful view down the valley over Abergavenny. We walked from the house up to Sugarloaf Mountain twice...More
This house is beautifully situated above Abergavenny and within sight of the Sugar Loaf Mountain. It's so peaceful here. The house is furnished and equipped to the highest spec, is great to cook and eat in,or there are plenty of good restaurants a short drive...More
The welcome could not have been warmer - from letting us know we could arrive to
early to be welcomed with wine, eggs, homemade Bara Brith and fresh flowers. The lamb bought from the owners was excellent. The house was really clean and well equipped...More
Abergavenny is a pretty little town on the Usk, overlooked by three mountains – Sugar Loaf, Blorenge and Skirrid. Food markets and quirky independents, and excellent restaurants in town and a few minutes’ drive away. Abergavenny also has a cinema, a small theatre and a swimming pool and leisure centre.
There are great castles and museums within half an hour's drive, plus Hay-on-Wye, famous for its second-hand bookshops. Drive there through the Vale of Ewyas and over Gospel Pass - stunning! Visit in May for Hay Literary Festival.
Cardiff,Wales's vibrant capital city, is easily reached in under an hour by car or train. Visit the Castle, the Millennium Stadium, the Victorian Arcades, and Dr Who!
Car is the easiest way to get about, with most of the key sights within half an hour's drive
If you're fit enough to cycle up the hill to Porth-y-Parc, a bike would also be ideal - but remember this is a VERY hilly area!
Guests without private transport usually arrive by train (Abergavenny Station) and then either get a taxi up to us (10 minutes, about £5) or walk (40 minutes, with a long climb over the last mile and a half).
Once here, if you like walking, you don't need a car, as fabulous walks start from your door, with lovely pub / eating options attached.
Supermarket deliveries are easily organised