Beds in the Twin Room
The cottage sleeps 5, with
a Double Bedroom, a Twin Bedroom and a Single
Bedroom. Guests usually comment on the exceptional
comfort of the beds and the good sleep they experience
The Double Bedroom is downstairs, next to the
lounge, with the other two bedrooms upstairs along
with the bathroom. All linen is provided for guests
including bedding and towels.
A comfortable living room
The living-room is very welcoming
after a day's exploration in the area. Settle down
in comfort to share experiences of the day, or use
the selection of brochures and information to plan
out ideas for the next day's adventure. There is
a coffee-table, a games table and comfortable chairs
with luxurious cushions to sink into after your long
There is a nice selection of books to enjoy, with
a good variety of authors and subject matter, whether
you are in the mood for novels and fiction or if
you feel like browsing through books on travel
or humour or nature or cookery, there should be
something to your liking here.
You have a small selection of music available
on CD, (bring along all those CDs or DVDs
that you have, but have never had enough time to
listen to or watch, and do your catching up as
part of your holiday), and there are plenty of
radio stations if you want a change from watching
TV ( which has a full selection of Sky Freeview
There is a wide variety of board games available
as well, so there are plenty of replies if the
question: "what can I do?" arises, so
share some quality time in the evenings or on rainy
days and take some indoor photos of people laughing,
and take away some very special memories of your
time in the holiday cottage in Wales, nestling
beneath the Black Mountain.
Wireless broadbandis available, so take your
laptop along and log on to check your emails, update
your blog holiday entries and upload your travel
photos to share with distant friends.
|There is a well-equipped sunny
kitchen with a dining area.
Most things are provided - pots and pans, hob and oven, microwave,
slow-cooker, sandwich toaster, fridge and kettle as well as all the
crockery, cutlery, mugs and glasses you are ever likely to need. There
are a couple of basic spices here - salt, pepper etc, and yes, there
are dish-cloths and dish wash liquid and even an apron, but you will
have to bring your own laundry detergent to use in the washing machine.
There is a tumble-drier which is handy in winter or wet weather, and
on sunnier days there is a washing line in the garden.
If you don't usually have good associations with washing up after
a meal, you may find a new experience here as there is a lovely picture
window above the sink, looking out across the long garden towards
the sheep-scattered Welsh hills which you may very well have wandered
up earlier in the day with a flask of tea and sandwiches to share
with the view on the way.
If the weather was hot you may have taken time to splash around
in the little river that winds round the bottom of the hills, or
you may just have enjoyed the refreshing sound of the little stream
that runs down the hill amongst the trees at the side of the path.
Or you may have put fresh birdfeed out on the bird-table on the out-house
wall, or scattered it on the flagstones near the barbecue, and you
may be getting to know some of the feathered visitors by name already.
This is a favourite with many people, watching the local birds that
are in abundance here, so bring some binoculars and keep an eye open
for the resident hedge-hog, and make sure you don't close her into
the shed by mistake.
|There is a spacious bathroom
upstairs with a very relaxing bath, and all sorts of
lotions and potions to make the experience memorable.
There is also a shower over the bath if you prefer,
and towels are provided.
The bathroom window looks out towards the hills
and you may want to leave the window wide open
for the view on a warm summer day, ( I don't believe
that the sheep have access to binoculars) and there
is a wide window-seat here with a lovely view of
the sunset over the hills, so take a glass of wine,
or a hot mug of cocoa to the bathroom and toast
the setting sun.
The patio area near the BBQ
The cottage has a long narrow
garden which stretches out behind it with a tranquil
view of hills in the Amman Valley. Originally built
at the end of the 19th Century as a miner's cottage
(in the days when this area was full of coal mines),
the long garden would have been used by the mining
family to grow vegetables etc.
There is a very pleasant terrace with a barbecue
which is ideal for long summer afternoons. Outdoor
furniture is provided and kept in the outhouse.
Closer to the cottage there is a convenient patio
area which is lovely for outdoor eating as it is
close to the kitchen entrance and has a lovely
view towards the hills. The birdlife here is very
entertaining with lots of birdsong and plenty of
peckish visitors to the bird feeders.
There is a big wooden farm gate at the end of
the garden which prevents the sheep that graze
on the hillsides from wandering into the garden
which they have done on occasion. I personally
find the prospect of sheep grazing on the front
lawn quite quaint and rustic, but they have an
uncanny ability of making their way into the neighbouring
garden which is immaculately kept with row upon
row of vegetables and flowers, and they are understandably
not particularly welcomed there.
There is an outhouse close to the kitchen where you
can keep bicycles dry and locked up. There is also
the old original outside toilet (still in the process
of renovation) which has a tap which you can use to
wash off any mud and dirt from boots or feet etc before
coming back into the cottage.
There is a tumble-drier
as mentioned above to dry wet clothes and plenty
of radiators to hang damp clothes over to dry off.
The floor in the kitchen/dining-room is stone tiled
and easy to clean so you can leave your boots and
outdoor shoes here ready to get into on your way
out. The rest of the interior is carpeted and kind
to bare feet if your other shoes are drying off.
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