Approaching the Porthmawr Estate you could be forgiven for thinking that you'd stepped onto the set of a costume drama. A Regency Mansion, set in 3 acres of grounds, Porthmawr Mansion is simply breathtaking with its picture-postcard looks, beautiful mature grounds and a fascinating medieval gatehouse which includes the Gatehouse Apartment and Gatehouse Cottage. The Porthmawr Estate offers incredible flexibility and whilst the Apartment and Cottage would provide charming accommodation for a romantic getaway for two, the addition of the house with its 9 bedrooms also makes the estate the obvious choice for large parties. In all, the properties can accommodate up to 29 people with 21 in the Mansion House, and a further 4 each in the Gatehouse Apartment and Cottage.
The Gatehouse Apartment is accessed via a flight of external steps and boasts a spacious, beamed open plan living area. The kitchen is built around one end of the room and is divided from the dining and sitting areas by a breakfast bar for informal eating. The kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, fridge, microwave and a washer/dryer. There is access to a freezer in the Gatehouse. There is a solid ash table and chairs for dining and the sitting area has a TV with Freeview, DVD player and Wi-Fi and comfortable sofas arranged in front of an attractive fireplace.
The three bedrooms all have south-facing windows overlooking the courtyard and with views over Crickhowell.
Bedroom 1: is a double,
Bedrooms 2: single room
Bedroom 3: single room.
The bathroom has a bath with a hand held shower over, toilet and handbasin.
Abergavenny 6 miles, Brecon 10 miles, Hay-on-Wye 14 miles
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 Apartment - part of a 15th century castellated gatehouse
Gatehouse Apartment offers split-level accommodation for up to 4 people. Affectionately remembered as the lodgings for the Nanny of the house, the apartment enjoys fabulous views over the lawns and surrounding mountains. The accommodation is reached up a flight of external steps that lead up from the terrace. The living areas are open plan and there are three bedrooms, one double and two single rooms. Visitors staying at the Gatehouse Apartment 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.
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