A cosy and welcoming dog-friendly holiday cottage in Llangynidr
Pontganol Cottage welcomes dogs and their owners to stay in this recently-renovated little bolthole. You’ll find the cottage nestling in the stunning scenery of Llangynidr village, with the river and canal passing nearby. When you stay, you’ll be able to head out on stunning walks from the cottage door. So whether you’re a fan of gentle strolls along the canal to the village’s pubs, or nature-spotting excursions beyond the canal to the river (where wild swimming is permitted on several stretches) you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Beyond the village, if you’re keen you can hike up the mountains and take in the jaw-dropping views of Llangorse Lake and the rest of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Of course, if walking seems like too much hard work, then just relax at the cottage instead. Everywhere is designed to make you feel like you’re in a cosy home-from-home, with everything you need for a relaxing, restful and restorative break.
Step inside and relax…
Originally built in 1834, Pontganol was once home to the village policeman and a former lock keeper. Now you can relax with a book and a glass of wine in the cosy living room, cook up a storm in the kitchen, have an alfresco dinner in the garden and go stargazing in an international dark sky reserve!
As you open the front door, there’s space to rest your tired wellies or boots in the front porch, before you walk through to the living room. Snuggle up on the squishy sofas in this cosy room, with extra throws and soft rugs, all in contemporary colours. You’ll also feel a little nod to the cottage’s history coming from the vintage maps and quarry-tiled floor. On chilly nights you’ll love getting a fire going in the woodburner, and a basket of logs and kindling is supplied for each booking. Off the living room, kids will love the snug, home to a double futon sofa and a separate TV with DVD and Wii games console.
At the back of the cottage, beyond the living room, you’ll find the gorgeous, fully-fitted wooden country-style kitchen and dining area. Sit down around the farmhouse table (which seats six) for a leisurely breakfast before starting your day. You’ll also be able to look out through the widows over a small wooded area behind the cottage that’s great for bird spotting. There’s then a back porch/utility space with washing machine/tumble dryer, microwave etc.
Head up the stairs and there’s a generous landing with a single daybed – the perfect spot for curling up with a book. There’s a King size bed in the master bedroom complete with high thread count Egyptian cotton bedding, throws and hypoallergenic duvet and pillows, DAB radio, pretty painted chest of drawers, Louis Ghost-style perspex chair and a hanging rail for clothes.
The smaller double bedroom at the back of the cottage has a white wooden bed, sloping ceiling with skylight, wooden painted wardrobe and views towards the wood. You’ll love the pretty cottage bathroom upstairs too, with its roll top bath (and views of the stars through the velux window above) and separate shower. It’s perfect for relaxing in the tub after a day on the hills, or an early morning shower listening to the birds before heading out for the day.
Or make your way outside to wind down…
Outside, an enclosed cottage garden wraps all the way around the cottage. There’s off street parking for two cars right next to the snug. Walk around to the side and discover the wonderful old vegetable garden to one side that’s looked after by a lovely neighbour. Guests can even help themselves to the veggies, according to what’s in season. On the opposite side of the cottage you’ll find a lawned area which leads to a summerhouse. This area is perfect for relaxing and catching the sun – so please help yourselves to the table and chairs and move them around until you find your favourite spot.
There’s also a not-so-secret BBQ area around the back of the cottage, where you’re hidden away from the world. You’ll find garden games, deckchairs and candles in the summerhouse to enjoy. As dusk falls the solar lanterns and festoon lights illuminate and overhead, the stars in the International Dark Sky Reserve come out. You might need to nip back into the cottage to grab the telescope to see what you can spot.
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