We stayed here over New Year. As there were 28 of us we rented the entire premises including the apartment and gatehouse. While the house itself was large and very pretty on closer inspection you realise that it is all a bit tired. As a self catered house there was a distinct lack of standard equipment within the house i.e. a vacuum cleaner, a dustpan to go with the broom. There were areas of the house that had not been cleaned in quite sometime. The open fire in the living room was a joy but again we had been left no means of cleaning it out. The owners had been kind enough to allow neighbours to store frozen food in the freezer (theirs had broken down) which was not a great concern until the neighbours to chose to walk in uninvited one morning. The pictures on the website use a great deal of artistic licence and the website is confusing and in some place down right lies. The boiler appears to serve the whole house which as you can imagine means that only a few people can have a bath or shower before you have to wait over three hours for the water to heat back up. Not much fun when you are there during party and rain season! The landscaped grounds is a large grass field! There were obvious signs of damp and in some places black mould growing on the walls. Having said all of that we had a wonderful time because we were there over new year but the house is certainly not worth the money as we paid nearly £5000 for a week. Being such a large family we have stayed in several large houses over the years and this one was by far the most expensive and the most disappointing.
- 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