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Within 22 miles of University of South Wales – Cardiff Campus and 22 miles of Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Nightingale Cottage provides free WiFi and a garden. the cottage had everything we could possibly need. they had thought of everything. super comfy and homely!
Pontypool town was about 15 minutes drive from our cottage, and it's obvious it's fallen on hard times since I lived there. However, it retains enough of it's 19th century grandeur, as the location of Captain Hanbury's country estate, which has now become the magnicient Pontypool Park, with it's vaired landscape, the best rugby pitch in the world, and it's Grotto and Folly, relics of the fascintation with Gothic horrors and romantic castles shared by aristocracy and copied at small scale by the gentry in the 1800's. Also the Park goes on forever, with a lake (it used to be bigger when I was 5 years old), mountains to climb, free-ranging sheep, wonderful views and even an artificial ski hill now. The Park entrance gates (all three) are also worth seeing, as is the Pontypool Museum in the old stables mews building next to Hanbury's house (now St. Alban's Convent School for Girls). The old market is run down and not really a market any more, and the stores of what used to be a busy shopping town for the mining valleys are closed, but it has a combination of melancholy and longing for past glories that is testimony to the the unique character of the Welsh industrial towns and villages that lost their mines and forges.
Pontypool is a lovely little town with lots of places of interest to visit around the area. Pontypool Park is great for a walk and has a play area for young kids. Big pit is just up the road. Also Newport, Cardiff and Abergavenny a short drive away.
SARAF WAS REALLY HELPFUL. HER PLACE WAS EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY. IT EXCEEDED OUR WILDEST EXPECTATIONS. THOUGH THE LOCATION WAS A LITTLE OFF THE BEATEN TRACK, THE NETFLIX OFFERED COMPENSATED IT. THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL STAY.
Pontypool was basically shut,museums closed ,places of interest shut it closed down ,you can't even buy a newspaper in pontypool.we went to the cinema it was the only thing to do ,apart from cafes and pubs.
I was visiting family, but there is a marvellous park in Pontypool town centre which is definitely worth a visit and it is a short distance to visit the Brecon Beacons, Big Pit mining museum (a must see!), the Black Mountains and Cardiff. During my stay we went to St Fagans National Museum of Wales (A bit like Beamish), Barry beach and Tintern Abbey, all very accessible from Pontypool.
Despite of having a long stood room at first, staffs were very helpful to change it for another one. car park is nice big, secure, behind of a KFC, Mc Donald's and Shell. Room was in a very good size and the bed was comfy as mush as the sofa! It is in the corner of Brecon Beacons, so the national park is easily accessible from here.
super convenient location for passing through Pontypool
nice to stay in a pub rather than a hotel