My husband and I stayed with Maxine as a short break to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. I had originally planned to book a hotel in Abergavenny but my choices were fully booked by the time I had made my mind up so I looked online in the area and went by previous reviews. I am so pleased that Abergavenny was full.
Firstly, Maxine met us with a smile, coffee and home baked welsh cakes, as good as our old family friend Megan from Merthyr used to make. Then she showed us to our accommodation which was the lovely double plus twin room called Honeysuckle on the top floor. The views in both directions towards the hills (mountains?) were superb and the room itself was spacious and very comfortable with a lovely en suite shower room and all the usual things to make a stay enjoyable, including complementary chocolates on the bed each day. It was quite warm during our visit and we had the windows wide open at night and although there is a road at the front of the house it was not particularly busy and the noise did not affect us, even though our own home has no passing traffic at all so we are used to peace and quiet. The only thing to be aware of is that because the ceiling slopes you need to avoid the beams. It has to be said that if you are looking for contemporary style then Park Place is probably not for you, but it has solid traditional comfort and that almost indefinable commodity, a lovely atmosphere.
One aspect I particularly like about Park Place is that the guest house is separate from Maxine's family home, which is in the adjoining house. This means that guests have their own front door, dedicated guest lounge, etc. and you never feel that you are disturbing the family, but on the other hand Maxine is just next door and readily available if you have a problem.
When I made my booking, having read the various reviews, I got the telephone number from Park Place's own website and phoned direct to make my booking, thus saving Maxine having to pay booking fees to the online booking websites We paid a small deposit and then paid the balance at the end of our stay. We felt that we got excellent value for money as we had all the comforts you would expect without being in a faceless hotel room.
We had the full Welsh breakfast each morning, starting with cereals and fruit followed by the cooked breakfast comprising excellent locally sourced sausages and bacon, delicious mushrooms and tomatoes, black pudding, fried bread and eggs cooked according to your preference, together with plenty of toast, orange juice and coffee or tea. Needless to say this definitely sets you up for the day with only a very light lunch required.
Maxine gave us some recommendations on where to eat in Crickhowell, all of which were really good. The Dragon was lovely, a traditional setting with a slightly contemporary twist and excellent food. We also went to the Vine Tree, which is only two minutes walk from Park Place, and again the food was good and plentiful, the venison steak being devine. On our final evening we tried Red Indigo, where we had some of the best Indian food we have eaten for some time, another brilliant suggestion. Also, the area has beautiful countryside with amazing walking, lots of interesting attractions of all kinds close by, including castles, museums, heritage sites, steam railways, etc. Try Tretower Court and Castle ten minutes up the road for an interesting afternoon visit.
Maxine is a wonderful hostess, friendly and interested without being overbearing or intrusive, and I genuinely hope that we will be returning to Park Place before too long. Our weekend was truly memorable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stylish and superb 4 star guest house offering low price bed and breakfast accommodation in the Brecon Beacons, overlooking the river Usk, and only 10 minutes walk to Crickhowell town centre, offering stunning views of the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Conveniently located for those wishing to take part in a multitude of activities including walking, fishing, orienteering, gliding, hang-gliding, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, mountain biking, climbing, sailing & windsurfing, horse riding, caving and cave diving or just relaxing away from it all. ... more less