Ponthendre Farmhouse

Kitchen at Ponthendre
  • 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.

Large woodburner in spacious sitting room Wood panelled features
Large wood fire and and logs Gorgeous kitchen

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.

Kitchen sink Utility room
Period furniture A snail at the door! Original bread oven

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).

Lovely conservatory with comfy seating Old wooden stairs
Beamed living room Stairs Single bedroom

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.

Stunning beamed bedroom

Things to do around Ponthendre FARMHOUSE

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. 

The area in and around the Black Mountains is superb for outdoor activities – walking, cycling, canoeing, pony-trekking, to name but a few. But there are also wonderful ancient things to see, such as Llanthony Priory, Abbey Dore, the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library at Hereford Cathedral, Norman castles such as the one just up the road at Longtown, and all the lovely ‘black-and-white’ villages and towns of the Welsh marches. Hay-on-Wye, the famous ‘book town’ isn’t far. Apart from its second-hand bookshops, it is also a great place to go for ‘proper’ shops – no chain stores, but lots of interesting boutiques, antique shops and galleries. It also has a great café, Shepherd’s, for famously good local ice-cream. Foodies are spoilt for choice in this area, with plenty of places to dine out, from pubs serving good simple food to Michelin-starred restaurants offering the best kind of ‘fine dining’. Often, something between the two is the most satisfying – for example, at the nearby ‘Toi et Moi’, a beautiful little gem of a French restaurant close to Abbeydore. Here, the chef/owner, Cedric Lherbier, is the only one in the kitchen, so the food is lovingly made to order (booking is a must) from vegetables grown in the garden and nearby. For supplying ingredients to cook at home in the lovely kitchen at Ponthendre, farm shops will produce all kinds of good quality local foodstuffs: there is a farm shop in Abbeydore, and Rowlestone Court Farm supples amazing ice-cream. Farmers’ markets are plentiful in the area (Abergavenny, Usk and Monmouth). The local village shop in Longtown is very good – prize-winning in fact – and if it’s supermarkets you’re after, there is a big Waitrose at Abergavenny.

Sleigh bed! Cottage twin room
Bathroom with shower Bath

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner in sitting-room (logs supplied free of charge)
  • Free wifi
  • Large flat-screen TV with Blu-ray DVD (plus a selection of DVDs for both adults and children)
  • Two Ipod docking stations
  • No mobile reception, but there is a landline (local calls free; honesty box for long-distance calls)
  • Well-equipped kitchen includes a bread-making machine
  • 4-oven Aga (on all year), and separate electric stove
  • Big fridge-freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil etc.
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Elec, heating and hot water included
  • Baby-friendly (ask owner for travel cot, high chair etc)
  • Dog-friendly (two well-behaved dogs welcome in spacious utility room only). Please be aware of farm animals in the vicinity
  • Good spacious utility room with separate freezer, washing-machine, tumble dryer, butler’s sink, storage and hanging space for coats

  • Downstairs loo in cloakroom next to utility room
  • Family bathroom on first floor with loo, hand basin, roll-top bath and separate shower
  • Ensuite bathroom for master bedroom has loo, hand basin and shower
  • Ensuite bathroom for attic bedroom has bath, loo and hand basin
  • Stairs up to the attic are steep, so aren’t suitable for the very young, the very old or the infirm (but there is a good strong handrail)
  • Lovely conservatory - great for making the most of winter sunshine
  • For wet days, there is a cupboard full of board games
  • A comprehensive library of walking guide books and maps
  • Enclosed garden with garden furniture, BBQ and swing, plus an adjoining field with a 15ft trampoline and plenty of space for running around
  • Pond in field – parents of small children beware.
  • Great walking from the front door
  • Good pub (for a pint) at Clodock about 10 minutes’ walk away across fields; three pubs serving food are at Longtown (‘pub’ fare), Michaelchurch and Craswell (both gastro-pub fare)
  • Superb award-winning local village shop in Longtown
Airy, spacious bedroom Exterior holiday cottage conservatory

Live online booking

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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Ensuite bathroom Garden gate Single bedroom

Location map

Exterior view View from the garden
Stunning views from holiday cottage garden

From the visitors book at Ponthendre

By email: 'Dear Sian

Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your home with us It is without doubt the nicest and best equipped holiday home that we have ever rented.

We could go on about how beautiful and full of character the house is but you know that already (and of course it is). For us it was all about the small details that really made this a home from home. Things like the liquid soaps in every bathroom, The night lights in the bedside tables. Bath sheets for visitors instead of the small sizes usually on offer in a rental. Unlimited logs instead of the `one basket free`. Matches! As a non-smoker that is something that I never remember to put in. The list goes on.

The kitchen is wonderfully equipped and we loved the cupboard filled with spices and herbs. Even hot water bottles! Not needed of course, as the Aga did its magic. The house was wonderfully warm and cosy.

Truly an exceptional holiday home and the gold standard that all rentals should aspire to. 

We really hope that we will be able to return to your home at some point in the future. 

Thank you again.

Very kind regards and best wishes,
Rachel & Nick Garrett'

'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