The White House, Porth-y-Parc
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The White House sits at the entrance to our 35 acre smallholding surrounded by fields and National Trust woodland on the slopes of Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park. 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, and 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 in town and a few minutes' drive away.
The White House 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 style with a retro 1950s/60s 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 six eggs from our free range hens. Home-reared lamb is also 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 is on the ground floor and looks out westward past our hen house and 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.
These two 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 flower borders – perfect for relaxing and drinking in the views. A barbecue is provided.
The White House 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 The White House. All three are completely private, and none of the properties overlook the others. However, larger groups (up to 12) may be interested in renting The Old Barn and The White House together.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||the beaches of The Gower Peninsula 90 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Powys/Brecon Beacons region
South Wales is great castle country. Abergavenny's is just a ruin – it was destroyed during the Civil War - but there are impressive remains just down the road at Raglan and Whitecastle and also at Chepstow, Caerphilly and of course Cardiff.
For glorious ecclesiastical architecture, Hereford Cathedral is just over the border in England and houses the fascinating Mappa Mundi; the atmospheric ruins of Llanthony Priory nestle below the Hatterall Ridge in the Vale of Ewyas; and Kilpeck Church on the way to Hereford is an extravaganza of incredible Norman carving, some decidedly pagan in origin!
The Roman presence is on show at Caerleon near Newport, and St Fagan's Open Air Museum near Cardiff recreates the lives of ordinary Welsh people through the ages. Our more recent industrial past can be relived at the World Heritage site of Blaenavon. The journey underground at The Big Pit is a must.
If Abergavenny doesn't quite have the city buzz you want, Cardiff and Newport are easily reached in under an hour by car or train from Abergavenny Station. Cardiff is a wonderfully vibrant capital city with museums, theatres and historic buildings, great shopping and sport. Visit the Castle, the Millennium Stadium and the Victorian shopping arcades in the old city, then take a boat down the Taff to Cardiff Bay, home of the Welsh Assembly Government, the Millennium Centre and Doctor Who!
Our area hosts a number of hugely popular festivals to suit all tastes and ages. These include the internationally acclaimed literature and arts festival at Hay-on-Wye (May/June); Abergavenny Cycling Festival (July); Brecon Jazz Festival (August); The Green Man Festival at Crickhowell (August); Abergavenny Food Festival (September); Brecon Baroque festival (October); and Abergavenny Christmas Food Fair (early December).
Many of our visitors come here for the walking. The main footpath through the farm leads straight up to the summit of Sugar Loaf – a walk of about an hour. Paths branch off from this in all directions, and it is possible to explore the mountain and its foothills and valleys from a slightly different perspective every day. There is an OS map provided for guests' use, and we can suggest local walks – of any length to suit your energy levels – and pubs that might provide a welcome break and good food along your way! Being so close to the town it is easy to pick up all the main routes westwards into the Brecon Beacons, and north and east into the further reaches of the Black Mountains.
Other outdoor activities available locally include cycling, horse riding, climbing, and para-gliding. (Please note that the track through the farm is a footpath only). The Usk, Wye and Monnow rivers offer some fantastic spots for wild swimming fans – we can share some of our favourites with you. And if you're lucky enough to coincide with winter snow, bring your sledge; you won't even need to leave the farm to get some fast and furious runs!
Abergavenny is a compact and pretty little town on the River Usk, overlooked by its three mountains – Sugar Loaf, The Blorenge and Skirrid. It bustles with life, especially on markey days and offers quirky independent shops alongside 21st century essentials such as Waitrose, Waterstones and Caffe Nero!
The settlement began life as a fort in Roman times, and went on to prosper thanks to local trades as diverse as wool, flannel making, wig-making and tanning. There is a small museum in the castle.
The Castle Meadows, which meander along the banks of the river, are a haven for wildlife – with a bit of luck you can spot heron, kingfishers and even otters. It is also an extremely popular sheep-free walking spot for local dogs and their owners! Just over the river you can link up with the Brecon and Monmouthshire canal – perfect flat low-level walking and cycling for those cloudier damper days.
Abergavenny is a foodie heaven, with great local produce in shops and the market, and excellent restaurants in town and a few minutes' drive away. Try The Angel Hotel for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or fantastic afternoon teas, Pizzorante for great home-made pasta and pizza and The Bayleaf for the best curry in town. Out of town are The Walnut Tree at Llandewi Skirrid, the Foxhunter at Nantyderry and The Hardwick. The Food Market is open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and there is a Farmers' Market on the fourth Thursday of every month. This focus on food explodes in September when the town holds its annual Food Festival, and again for the Christmas Food Fair at the beginning of December.
Abergavenny has a cinema with two screens, a small theatre and a swimming pool and leisure centre. There are theatres at Brecon and Hereford, and the nearest multiplex cinema is at Cwmbran (25 minutes), where there is also a large shopping centre.
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21 May 2014
"Stunning location, luxury accommodation"
A group of friends visited the White House for a short walking holiday. Lovely rural location with stunning views of Sugar Loaf mountain and Abergavenny nestling in the valley. Only a two mile walk d… More
21 May 2014
"You'll no sooner arrive than be wanting to book your next visit."
Reviews already on the site seem to have covered pretty well everything one would want to say, and the stock of superlatives has been deservedly raided. Roz and Pip appear to have approached the appoi… More
14 May 2014
What a delightful space, ticks all the boxes, comfy, cosy, welcoming (welsh cake, wine), stunning views, mod cons but historic feel, good access, friendly owners and fantastic bird watching right at k… More
8 May 2014
"A luxury farmhouse at a non-luxury price in an idyllic location."
Having stayed at Roz and Pip's converted barn last November, I was keen to try the White House as soon as it was ready for letting and I was not disappointed. It was spacious and comfortable, fur… More
8 May 2014
"Wish I could go there every weekend!"
We stayed in The White House over Easter 2014, for the JK Orienteering Festival in the Brecon Beacons. It was the ideal place to stay: the roll-top bath was so inviting every evening after a day'… More
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