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- Beautiful valley location with stunning views of The Black Mountains
- Great walks from the garden (no need to go on a road)
- Two good pubs a 10-minute walk away
- Close to a village with excellent shop
- Sleeps 2 to 8 (plus an infant and 2 dogs)
- Enclosed garden with sunny terrace
- Aga, wood burner, conservatory/play-room
Ponthendre Farmhouse is a beautiful seventeenth-century old Welsh farmhouse, lovingly restored, with oak-framed leaded windows, flagstone floors, oak panelling and antique furniture. The house is situated on a quiet country lane near a village in a lush valley at the eastern edge of the Black Mountains with easy access to both the Brecon Beacons and the Wye Valley. The view from the sunny enclosed garden is of a tranquil valley with a tidal wave of dramatic hillsides sloping down towards it. This offers some superbly contrasting types of walking – from steep walks up the hills to reach extraordinary views to more languid riverside walks, perhaps taking in a game of pooh sticks or tiddler-catching in the Monnow river at Clodock. The farmhouse is a short walk up a country lane from two local pubs, and only a short drive from a prize-winning local shop and yet more good pubs. Sleeps 2 to 8 (up to 7 people, plus an extra child on a trundle bed) in two double rooms, a twin room and a single room with an additional pull-out trundle bed.
Downstairs, a magnificent heavy oak door leads into a hallway with wooden screen walls, an old oak staircase, and big stone flags. There is a good –sized sitting-room with two big sofas, some bean bags, a big flat-screen TV with Blu-ray DVD and a superb wood burner. There is also a little snug room with wifi – perfect for reading quietly, working if you have to, and checking emails. The big farmhouse kitchen, with an Aga at the heart of it, is a delight. There is a separate electric stove, a butler’s sink, plenty of equipment and storage, and a farmhouse table to seat up to 8 (with an extension leaf available). A sunny conservatory leads off this room – superb for warming up winter sunshine, or as a play room for children. There is a really generous-sized utility-room with a separate butler’s sink, big fridge-freezer, washing-machine, tumble dryer, and cloakroom with a downstairs loo.
Upstairs, on the first floor, there is a big master bedroom with a lovely king-size bateau-lit and its own ensuite loo and shower. There is also a twin room, a single room with a trundle bed to slide out for an extra child, and a spacious family bathroom with loo, wash hand basin, separate shower and roll-top bath. The attic, up a flight of steep stairs, can’t really be described as an attic, as it is so generously proportioned. Here, the whole space comprises a huge double bedroom with a king-size bed and its own ensuite bathroom (with bath and hand-held shower fitting, loo and hand basin).
The garden is lovely – a good sized lawn, stone terracing, herb and flower beds and swing. A pretty old farm gate leads you into the field, with fruit trees, a pond at the bottom, and a climb up to a higher level with a 15ft trampoline for bouncy children and a bench for making the most of a more elevated view. Garden furniture on the flag-stoned terrace makes the most of evening sun and al fresco eating. On the other side of the house, there is off-road enclosed parking for up to 4 cars.
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This border area still bears testament to the centuries of battles between the English and the Welsh. Behind the house are the remains of an ancient 'motte and bailey', and the ruined Longtown castle is a 10-minute walk away. It was built by Walter de Lacy, a Marcher lord in the late 12th-century, as a defence against Welsh raiders, and to pretect the adjoining colony town of Ewyas Lacy, later known as Longtown.
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Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.
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From the visitors book at Ponthendre
'What a beautiful house! Thank you so much for the most delightful setting for our Christmas break-away – truly magical … It is so refreshing to have every box ticked and such a comfortable and luxurious house to enjoy it in’
Steve and Lee Bridgeland-Hewitt, Cambridge
‘What an amazing house! The Aga is truly the heart of the home! Warm and cosy all weekend. Would love to return.’ Wendy Tardioli, Swansea
‘What an amazing retreat! From the Aga’s warm welcome, to spending nights by the fireside and exploring the surrounding areas, we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect escape from the city – and are very sad to leave.’ Dwight Thomas, Enfield
'Just stunning! This house has been restored with so much love - every
detail is perfect... We would love to come back next year.' Smart-Williams-Price family, Carmarthen
'What a lovely house, very well-restored, and a great base to explore the region. We have had a superb holiday.' The Newcombes, North Yorkshire
'The house has been restored so beautifully, with all the heavy wooden doors, the stone and wooden floors, and the nice windows. All the details made it a pleasure to stay here. We hope we can come back another year.' Christine and Udo, Germany
'A beautiful historic home in a lovely setting, and a perfect location.' Nick and Kate, London
'The cottage is really well-stocked - possibly the best we have ever encountered in our travels. It is also a beautiful and warm home. We have really enjoyed our week here..... a great week in a fabulous house in a wonderful location.' Debbie and Neil, West Midlands