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Porthmawr Country House


Excellent 5/5 Score from 1 review

The Mansion with Function room on right

House | 14 bedrooms | sleeps 33

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 96 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Porthmawr Mansion, cottage and apartment with its 3 acres of grounds are offered on an exclusive use basis for small and larger groups on a self catering basis. It is ideal for 3 day wedding events or as group accommodation whether it be family reunions, activity groups or corporate events.

Up to 33 people can be comfortably accommodated where the mansion is 5 star graded by Visit Wales and the cottage and apartment 4 star. The grandeur for a special occasion with a warm relaxed atmosphere.

Size Sleeps up to 33, 14 bedrooms
Nearest beach Gower Peninsula 96 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Cardiff Wales International Airport 96 km, Nearest railway: Abergavenny 9 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, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 14 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 7 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (8), Double beds (11), Cots (2), Dining seats for 50, Lounge seats for 28
Other High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The property has 9 double bedrooms in the Mansion, 3 with additional single beds, the cottage has 1 double and 1 twin, and the apartment a double and 2 sinble bedrooms. There are 2 principal reception rooms and 3 further reception rooms, one of which contains a fine mahogany bar. The recently built celtic style banqueting room will seat up to 80 for a formal meal, with its fine oak-trussed roof, oak floor and atmospheric lighting. Tables, chairs, linen, cutlery, crockery and glasses can be provided by arrangement.

The property is naturally well lit with high quality interior design retaining its period character with period antique furniture, good quality tailor-made curtains, bed linen and towels.

All rooms have TV, ironing facilities and are comfortably furnished with full central heating. Furthermore there is an open fire and log burning stove with logs provided.

The property is fully licenced for civil weddings, civil partnerships, entertainment and sale of alcohol.

Further details outdoors

The extensive lawns take in panoramic views of the unspoilt Usk Basin surrounded by 3 mountain ranges of the Black Mountains, Llangattock Escarpment with the Brecon Beacons in the background.

The main lawn provides an extensive area for play and group activities with 2 further lawns being more secluded to the south and the north. The grounds give ample space for various sized marquees and safe parking.

The raised verandah and terrace overlook 4 water features with many mature specimen trees, hedges and shrubs backed by a high historical castellated wall.

The most notable feature is the preserved medieval Gatehouse dating back to 1480, part of a former Royalist fortified Manor house, " The most important scheduled monument in Wales under private ownership". Its historical name being Cwrt-y-Carw - Stags Court, this featured strongly in the Cromellin Wars, where Charles 1st once stayed.

Examples of modern sculpture can be found giving this a fusion of period chic style

Further details

Offered on a self catering basis there are several highly recommended caterers available who are familiar with the property. The whole site is Grade 2 listed with the Gatehouse a scheduled monument.

The interior contains many valuable antiques and hirers are expected to respect the property whilst enjoying all its various permutations. We strongly request that whilst children are welcome they are supervised for the duration of the stay. Any damage will require payment whether for repair or replacement.

A 25% deposit is required to book and the balance paid 2 months in advance. A bond is required for £1000, refundable within 2 days of vacating, where damage has not ocured.

The Powys/Brecon Beacons region

Brecon Beacons National Park has its own distinctive character of beautiful mountain ranges, lush green valleys and contains world heritage sites of Blaenavon Iron works, Dan-yr-Ogof Caves and the Geopark. It offers all the facilities for mountain climbing, walking, paragliding, hang-gliding, gliding centres, sailing, fishing, canoeing, horse-riding, mountain-biking and contains numerous open artists studios many with study courses. The area is also very scenic via the car with good inclusive access for all.

Sites of historical interest are in abundance with many fine castles and country houses to visit often with open gardens in the summer months. Noteably, Tretower Court and Castle, Carreg Cennen Castle, Raglan Castle, Powys Castle, Caerleon Roman Town and Caerphilly Castle.

Brecon Beacons facilities are progressive with Llangattock Escarpment being a centre for mountain-biking, the Blorenge Mountain, in view of Porthmawr, UK paragliding centre, Black Mountains glider centre, and more recent developements of geo-caching.

The Beacons is a wealth of bio-diversity and well known for reestablishing the Red Kite which nests in the Llangattock Escarpment and is often seen soaring over Porthmawr. There is a wealth of flora and fauna with one of the major colonies of the Lesser Horseshoe bat.

Llangattock Escarpment contains one of the largest caving systems in Europe whilst Llangorse Lake has a major water sport facility.

The whole area is steeped in history where historically the A40 was the Welsh/English divide with many fortifications ranging from Roman, Norman, and Medieval castles and fortified houses, Porthmawr being just one, with Tretower Court and Castle within 2.5 miles as a major attraction featuring Medieval reenactments.


Crickhowell is home to the Green Man Festival with many major events taking place such as Brecon Jazz, (the largest in Europe), Hay Festival of music, literature and drama and the Abergavenny Food Festival.

There are many thriving craft, food, cattle and farmers markets held on a weekly basis and several museums, ranging from country life to the militray museum in Brecon.

Major attractions include Blaenavon Ironworks and Big Pit Mining Museum, with its preserved town (World Heritage Site), Dan-yr-Ogof Showcaves with its dinosaur park, celtic village and rare breeds animal centre.

Geopark, (World Heritage Site), the Red Kite Breeding Centre, the Venison Centre with its farm shop, the Penderyn Distillery. In addition to the above childrens activities above there is the Cantref Activity Centre and animal farm and Brecon Playbarn.

Hay on Wye, a world book town with its bustle of small shops, Brecon Theatre with its preserved canal wharf where this canal emerges leading through the Usk Valley to Newport with boat hire and level walking.

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3 Dec 2013


"First class stay in a picturesque location"

My wife and I stayed in the gatehouse cottage adjoining the main hotel. I would describe this as well appointed accommodation, with car parking, set in a picturesque location close to all the ameniti… More

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