Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Gatehouse Cottage will sleep two or three and is part of the Porthmawr Estate; you could be forgiven for thinking that you'd stepped onto the set of a costume drama. Gatehouse Cottage originally dating from the 15th century is set in 3 acres at Porthmawr Mansion, this is simply breathtaking with its picture-postcard looks, beautiful mature grounds, views over the hills, with ducks and chicken and even a pot bellied pig (in the owners garden) and a fascinating medieval castellated Gatehouse which includes the Gatehouse Cottage.
Gatehouse Cottage has a terrace and a garden for BBQ's; with its Four Poster Bed and large fireplace with a friendly wood burning stove - this is a really romantic hideaway for a couple. There is no need to get in the car, just walk out into Crickhowell with excellent boutique shops, bistro's, restaurants and gastro-pubs. From the cottage it is only a few minutes walk down to the ancient town bridge over the River Usk; Table Mountain, Sugar Loaf Mountain and The Blorenge are also within walking distance and within a few minutes drive you can be right in the middle of The Black Mountains or the Brecon Beacons. This is also a perfect spot to stay for visitors dependant on local transport only 10/15 minutes by bus or taxi from Abergavenny Station. Gatehouse Cottage is perfect for Crickhowell Walking Festival and Hay Walking Festival, The Green Man Festival, Abergavenny Food Festival or any of the other many events held in the area.
The kitchen is well fitted and includes a gas cooker with hob, microwave, fridge, and freezer. The room has a kitchen table and chairs and terracotta tiled floor. A small utility area houses a washing machine. Large quarry tiles extend through the spacious sitting area which houses a dining table and chairs, and a comfy sofa and chairs around the inglenook fireplace. There is a TV with DVD player.
Bedroom 1: The master bedroom is romantic with an attractive double bed, oak floor boards and heavy drapes at the window. Views from this room sweep across the lawns to the mountains beyond.
The shower room has a large shower cubicle, toilet, handbasin and beautiful travertine marble tiled walls.
Bedroom 2: Just off the sitting room is a curtained off area with twin beds.
High quality bedlinen and towels provided. Electricity, and oil central heating. High chair and cot available WIFI available Ample parking. Use of the grounds and gas BBQ Good mobile reception. Shared pool table Welcome pack with local produce on arrival.Available to book alongside GatehouseApartment and Porthmawr Mansion providing accommodation for a further 25 people.
Incredible views surround the properties, and its location on the edge of the small Georgian market town of Crickhowell mean that you may not need a car at all. The area is a foodie's delight and walkers are equally well catered for here. The estate itself is steeped in history and the owners Geoff and Linda are welcoming and very knowledgable about both the estate and the local area. A warm welcome awaits you and up to 28 friends and family at the unique Porthmawr Estate.
The Gatehouse Cottage - part of a 15th century castellated gatehouse
Gatehouse Cottage offers single storey accommodation for up to 4 people. Once the old kitchen quarters, the Gatehouse Cottage has been renovated and transformed into a cosy and attractive cottage. The property dates back from 1825 with elements as old as 1480. The many original features include a wonderful inglenook fireplace that would have once housed the old kitchen range and is now fitted with a very efficient wood-burning stove. Visitors staying at the Gatehouse Cottage can enjoy use of the pool table in the attached Gatehouse Arches.
Follow in the footsteps of Charles I
Porthmawr Country House is itself a beautiful Grade II listed Regency property but it was built on the site of a 15th century fortified Manor House. The Medieval Gatehouse and the 12 foot high castellated stonewall that surround the property and grounds remain and date back to 1480. This part of the estate is one of the most important privately owned scheduled monuments in Wales. It was a Royalist stronghold during the Cromwellian wars when the Welsh Lord Rhymsey waged battle against Sir John Herbert, Knight in Armour to Charles I. During the gathering of Welsh troops Charles stayed here before going on to lose his fight with the Parliamentarians.
Located close to the centre of Crickhowell, the grounds of the Porthmawr Estate are protected by the 12 foot high castellated wall. The 3 acres of ground within this boundary are serene and private and mainly laid to lawns. Fronting the main house is a continuous veranda leading to a large, raised terrace which overlooks three architectural ponds. The central lawn stretches out some 100m from the frontage. To the east of the main lawn is the intimate gardens of the coach house with its large pond, and kitchen garden. Hens and ducks are free to roam this area and two Kune Kune pigs are also resident. To the west is another, more secluded lawn bordered by the stonewall and a yew hedge. Views from the gardens extend for miles in all directions and take in the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Llangattock Mountain. The sunsets here are truly fabulous.
The sweeping lawn directly in front of Porthmawr Country House makes a wonderful spot for a marquee and indeed the entire estate is ideal for events. The flexible accommodation lends itself to weddings (which can be performed on site), corporate gatherings and parties.
With regards catering, anything can be arranged whether it be breakfast only or a fully catered for wedding.
Discover the bustling town of Crickhowell
Crickhowell is a thriving market town nestled between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons in one of the most beautiful valleys in the National Park. Visitors staying on the Porthmawr Estate are moments from the heart of the town. Take a stroll down the pretty streets to the famous Crickhowell Bridge over the River Usk. The bridge is well known for its mysterious arches, 12 when viewed from one side and 13 when facing upstream and the riverside meadows are a wonderful place for a picnic or an easy walk. Explore Nicholls, the lovely department store with its range of clothes, footwear, stationary, jewellery, gifts, and home products and make sure you visit Webbs - a family run department store established in 1930. Drop into Number Eighteen - one of a number of great local coffee shops and then browse the art gallery and small boutique shops before lunching at the famous Bear Hotel, which dates back to 1432 and has won the 'Best Pub in Britain' award twice.
A foodie's paradise
Whilst staying on the Porthmawr Estate you are ideally located for visiting the pubs and restaurants that have put this region of the country on the food map. There are several notable eateries within 20 miles and many others for you to discover. These include the Michelin Starred Walnut Tree, just 10 miles away and the multi-award winning gastropub The Hardwick, 8 miles away. The Gliffaes Hotel offers a fantastic menu featuring local produce and has some lovely dining rooms and a wonderful riverside terrace and is less than 4 miles from Porthmawr. Alternatively head back into Crickhowell for a wealth of local eateries.
Home of the Walking Festival
This area is such a mecca for walkers that in 2007 the Crickhowell walking festival was born. The event, which takes place in early March, consists of 73 guided walks over 8 days and caters for all levels of walking. Head out with the RAF trainers to experience the Fan Dance walk which is so tough that its used as part of the selection process for the SAS, alternatively there are gentle strolls which take in the Glanusk Estate or the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal.
For even more walks head into Crickhowell and visit the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre. As well as offering a coffee bar and internet access, the helpful staff on the desk are a mine of information. Tell them how energetic you're feeling and how much time you have and they'll help you choose from an enormous number of varied walks from the centre. For a challenging but relatively short walk, Table Mountain at nearly 1500ft provides a spectacular backdrop to the North of the town. At the top you will be rewarded with the remains of a 2500-year-old hill-fort (crug) of Hywel from which Crickhowell takes its name.
A never ending choice of local attractions
For those looking for an active holiday this location offers a huge choice of outdoor activities and sports. Mountain biking, climbing, caving, hang and para-gliding, canoeing, sailing, water-skiing, pony trekking, paint balling, shooting and fishing can all be arranged locally.
For the sight-seers the area offers numerous castles to explore, museums of Welsh life, military and industrial heritage, art galleries and open gardens. Your hosts, Geoff and Linda will be more than happy to advise you on the best activities at the different times of year.
Abergavenny 6 miles, Brecon 10 miles, Hay-on-Wye 14 miles
Learn more about Brecon, Crickhowell, Abergavenny or Hay-on-Wye here.
Peak - £597, High - £545, Mid - £467, Low - £415
Short break - £337, 4 nights £363 (during low & mid season)
Make your booking online now and experience the elegance of the Porthmawr Estate, or alternatively you can book by calling our office on 01874 676446.
If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Carolyn, Ceri or Sophie
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Powys/Brecon Beacons region
Brecon is centrally positioned in the National Park and is a very popular base for walkers, mountain bikers and those who just enjoy being within the beautiful surrounding countryside with breathtaking views. The cathedral town boasts two museums - The Welsh Borderer's Museum and the Brecon Cathedral along with a shop and cafe. The bustling town centre is quaint with many individual shops and cafes. There is an annual world renowned Jazz Festival held in the town during August.
Crickhowell is a small, pretty and sheltered Georgian market town set between the lower slopes of Table Mountain and the backdrop of Llangattock Mountain with its great limestone crags. The River Usk, renowned for the good trout and salmon fishing, flows past spanned by an interesting buttressed bridge with twelve arches facing downstream and thirteen arches facing upstream. There are many excellent walks in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons and horse riding, fishing, and canoeing can all be arranged locally.
Abergavenny is a bustling market town with a large covered outdoor market and a busy cattle market; there are ample local producers, craft and antique markets and every September the famous Abergavenny Food Festival brings together a wealth of local food producers, celebrity chefs and an enthusiastic food loving audience. This area remains a favourite base for walkers, cyclists, para-gliders, fishermen and canal enthusiasts, and there are many outdoor activity providers.
Hay-on-Wye is a popular market town on the River Wye, sitting on the border between England and Wales, at the foot of The Black Mountains. Overlooked by the fascinating 11thc. Castle, the town has a wealth of interesting old buildings and the "largest second-hand bookshop in the world" in the old cinema- one of the 30 major antiquarian bookshops, each with their own speciality. Hay-on-Wye hosts the world famous Literary Festival.
Builth Wells in the Mid Wales countryside is varied with magnificent great reservoirs using the natural shape of the landscape - now established over many years and a natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife and flora. There are great expanses of open countryside where the Red Kite (which can be viewed at close proximity in several Red Kite Centres), buzzard, kestrel and sparrow hawks wheel and hover overhead.
The Upper Swansea Valley is an ideal location for those wishing to explore this area known as 'Waterfall Country',
Monmouth takes its name from the mouth of the Monnow River, which flows into the River Wye just South of the town. Monmouth is a bustling market town with many shops and supermarkets. The pubs and restaurants provide good food. All types of outdoor activities are available, there is excellent fishing on the River Monnow and the River Wye; golf is nearby at the Rolls of Monmouth; Hot Air Ballooning at nearby Raglan and pony trekking in the area; excellent walking in the Wye Valley and the Royal Forest of Dean, exploring the Welsh Borders and Offa's Dyke Path
On the western side of the Brecon Beacons lie the old market towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery. Both are charming market towns with excellent local shops and information centres, guiding people to the numerous local places of interest such as Carreg Cennen Castle.
Crickhowell is a small, pretty and sheltered Georgian market town set between the lower slopes of Table Mountain and the backdrop of Llangattock Mountain with its great limestone crags. The River Usk, renowned for the good trout and salmon fishing, flows past spanned by an interesting buttressed bridge with twelve arches facing downstream and thirteen arches facing upstream.