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The previous cottage renovations

Whilst renovating the cottage this time last year, I was reminded by my Dad that my Mum kept a photographic record of the last lot of alterations made to the cottage, back when I was in school (or college, I can't quite remember). After my...

2015 plans for the cottage garden

Now that Christmas is over, the decorations down and the mince pies eaten, my thoughts are turning to the cottage garden, probably the last thing left on my list of things to do there. It being January, there's not a lot I can actually grow right...

Looking forward to Christmas at the holiday cottage

Now that the little holiday cottage has welcomed her second set of guests, my thoughts are turning towards Christmas, and more specifically, decorating. With bookings over Christmas and new year, I want my guests to feel at home and enjoy the festive period, whilst being...

The cosy holiday cottage living room with woodburner
A warm welcome for the first guests!

The cottage's first guests were warmly welcomed on their weekend break with a roaring fire in the woodburner, thanks to a delivery of logs earlier yesterday afternoon (just in time) from a local woodland. The woodburner in the living room gives the room a really...

The cottage journey – almost done

There are just two weekends to go until the holiday cottage welcomes her first guests. I'm spectacularly excited, but also aware of how important this first booking is. I want everything to be just right - from the towels and the bedding to the fire,...

The cottage journey – nearly there

The holiday cottage renovation is now approaching a year since it first began. It has been a very long year, which has seen me both incredibly excited and sobbing on my kitchen floor. And, finally, thankfully, she is very close to being finished. Today, I've ordered...

Stargazing at the cottage

Stargazing at the cottage The little holiday cottage is lucky enough to sit within the Brecon Beacons National Park, which is not only stunningly beautiful by day, but an international dark sky reserve by night. The cottage is stargazer friendly, with lots of cosy throws, plenty...

Croeso to Pontganol Holiday Cottage
Porch time

The front and back porches are probably the first thing that holiday makers will see, and they've been getting some attention this weekend; window frames have been sanded and filled, caulked and sanded again, ready for painting. The walls have also been given a fresh...

Pontganol cottage, Llangynidr
Painting the outside

She previously looked a little unloved, slightly off-putting brown/grey on the outside, but now she's been scrubbed up with a lick (spray if I was being accurate) of paint all over her flinty render. Now she's a lovely clean white, with sea-green accents for the...

Shed gate

Dave the builder has managed to knock down the garage (thankfully not made of scary asbestos) and the top shed, which seemed to be made of corrugated metal. I don't think I'll miss it too much! He's also made me a little shed that the...