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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...

Crickhowell Walking Festival 27th Feb- 6th March

The Crickhowell Walking Festival takes place between the 27th Feb and the 6th March this year. It encompasses guided walks of various grades, all led by local experienced guides and a range of supporting events. Walking wise - there is something for walkers of all levels, whether you're...

Abergavenny Food Festival 18th-20th September 2015

If you're thinking of heading to the Abergavenny Food Festival this year, then the cottage, just 9 miles away from Abergavenny could make the perfect base. Happening over the weekend of the 18th, 19th and 20th September, the area's rich culinary tradition (The Walnut Tree, The...

Green Man Festival 20th-23rd August 2015

The cottage will make a great base for any festival goers attending the gorgeous Green Man festival this year, which is held at the beautiful Glanusk Park, about two miles down the road from the cottage on the way to Crickhowell. Occupying a beautiful spot in...

Brecon Jazz 7-9th August 2015

The cottage is well-placed for anyone thinking of heading to Brecon Jazz this year, and the line up is looking better than ever. Starting on Friday 7th August, and drawing in names like Ray Davies, Courtney Pine and Julia Biel, it should be one not-to-miss. Find out...

Everything is coming up roses

Well, maybe not quite roses yet. However, the beautiful sunshine-filled weather of late has really seen the things in the garden put a growth spurt on, and the new rockery area and wildflower beds next to the vegetable garden are really blooming. There's a huge mint,...

Website screenshots
New look for the website

Thanks to the web development skills of Alex, my talented other half, the cottage has a new (and rather nice looking) responsive website. It's much sharper than the old site and is mobile-optimised too, so hopefully it should look lovely whatever you're viewing it on. If...

The cottage garden gets a makeover

As it was winter when the holiday cottage opened to guests, all of my energies went on making sure she was beautiful inside, and the garden took a bit of a back seat. But with a bit of sun in the sky (at last!) I...

Dog-friendly holiday cottage in the Brecon Beacons National Park
Woof – a big welcome to the holiday cottage’s first dog guest!

Yesterday, the holiday cottage welcomed her first dog guest - a young spaniel called Harri. Hopefully Harri and his owners are having a lovely break, exploring the local area or perhaps settling into a nearby dog-friendly pub for lunch. Harri may be the first canine guest,...

Four star self-catering holiday cottage
Visit Wales holiday cottage grading visit

So, as a now-official holiday cottage, Pontganol needed to be graded by Visit Wales, who look after grading of holiday properties in Wales (they don't just grade holiday cottages, but hotels and allsorts). The assessment was yesterday and I'm just waiting to hear final confirmation...