I was slightly trepid as our car crept up the drive of this beautiful country villa anticipating the 'frosty' welcome reported by the two previous (trip adviser) reviewers. My husband grabbed my case, opened the front door, and I thought ‘here we go my hotel inspector alter ego will need to get to work.’ However, I couldn't have been more wrong. We were greeted from reception by a big hearty 'hello,’ and we had a lovely chat before we were personally guided (cases carried) to our room.
I mentioned the trip adviser review, and the proprietor told us that he had entrusted the business to family to run for a period, but things hadn't worked.
The hosts were simply delightful. After a lovely evening at the Bear Hotel (food, excellent), we were offered a drink with the other hotel guests (a couple form Cardiff, and an out-of-Africa character), we couldn’t have been more different, however, our hosts managed to seamlessly turn the impromptu gathering into a convivial hour, or two.
They are simply perfect hosts, and actually incredibly lovely people. The brekki was wonderful (Dorset Cereal, Rachel’s organic yog’s, pancakes and the good old English), a stark contrast to the last hotel I stayed in Wales, where I was offered orange segments when I asked for fruit (the kind you get at half time on a school sport’s day).
And this is a great value-for-money night away, even if you live in Wales make the effort to go and spend a night or two; the scenery, and the hotel are breathtaking.
We truly had a wonderful time, it was an unforgettable evening.
Thanks to you both – Mr and Mrs Jones
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Porthmawr is a splendid Regency mansion. Tucked away behind 15th century castellated walls the house and grounds are utterly private and peaceful with stunning mountain views, and ample parking. Plush furnishings, antiques and quirky modern artwork sit side by side in its tall-ceilinged rooms. Relax and enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace on a summers eve or infront of the open fire on a cold winter's night. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Porthmawr Country House Crickhowell, Wales