News & blog

(I’ve missed the) Hay Festival 2017!

I can't believe I've missed the chance to write about the Hay Festival, which took place between the 24th May and the 4th June this year. Thankfully, I know the guests who were at the cottage for the week during the festival planned to go,...

Little Welsh cottage

Little Welsh cottage is a new website address that I bought last year, when I decided I'd like to use my car to advertise the cottage. So, www.littlewelshcottage.co.uk  was born and takes you straight to this website.  I chose 'little welsh cottage' because Pontganol is...

Crickhowell Literary Festival 1st-9th Oct 2016

Now in its second year, The Crickhowell Literary Festival is gaining a great reputation. Stretching across 9 days, from the 1st to the 9th October, the festival promises to keep Crick on the map for all who visit. A celebration of Welsh identity and culture, this year's...

Pontganol Cottage is shortlisted for a Brecon Beacons Tourism award

I'm absolutely delighted to say that the little cottage has made it through to the shortlist for a Brecon Beacons Tourism award. I (rather nervously) met with some lovely shortlisters at the cottage earlier this month and can't believe that she's made the final four of...

Retracing my family footsteps at Pontganol

It's been quite a while since I posted anything about the history of the cottage, but finding a photo at my Dad's house this week made me think about trying a little harder on the whole family history research front. This little black and white image...

Abergavenny Food Festival 17/18th September 2016

If you're a food lover, then you're in for a treat. Contributing to the undeniable foodie feeling in the Beacons area, the annual Abergavenny Food Festival returns this year on the 17th and 18th September. With culinary heavyweights Monica Galetti, Jose Pizarro and Cyrus Todiwala headlining...

National Eisteddfod of Wales, Abergavenny 29th July-6th August 2016

The Eisteddfod festival of Welsh music, literature and performance is a moveable event usually held in the first week of August, and this year it is setting up in Abergavenny at Castle Meadow. Running from the 29th July to the 6th August this year, Abergavenny...

Brecon Jazz 12-14th August 2016

Brecon Jazz Festival is celebrating its 33rd birthday this year and the line up is looking more varied than ever, with more local and community involvement too. The town of Brecon is really close to the cottage, so a trip to the Jazz festival is an...

Hay Festival
Hay Festival 26th May – 5th June 2016

The world-renowned Hay Festival takes place at the end of this month, in the town of books, Hay on Wye. It's around half an hour from the cottage, so ideally placed if you're planning a quick hop to take in some events. Bringing together writers from...