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“A life saver - there WAS room at the inn and it was well worth the stay!”

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Pen-Y-Dre Farm Holidays
Reviewed 3 April 2013

This easter I planned to stay in a Welsh cottage near Llanthony only to find that it was inaccessible due to snow and sheet ice not to mention that the water had frozen. Gwen & Idris of Pen-Y-Dre were veritable life savers as 3 cars, 5 women and 2 dogs were all in desperate need of accommodation late on maundy Thursday or facing long drives home. They managed to accommodate us all (including the dogs), providing jugs of milk and banana & sesame cake as if we had been expected to arrive. Breakfast the next morning was superb - fruit salad, yogurt, fantastic bacon, the yellowest scrambled egg ever, mushrooms, tomatoes, toast etc!
The farm was also great - we overlooked the free-range pig-sty and stable. The horses, goats and donkeys were up first with the sow and her piglets definitely choosing to have a lie-in.
It was so good that we managed to book another night for 2 of us before having to return home as they were fully booked. Another great advantage was the fridge provided for guests - as we had expected to self-cater we had lots of food to refrigerate and this was very welcome.
Llanvihangel Crucorney was the last place we received phone reception so the fact that the wi-fi wasn't great was of no account - we had walks in books and the weather was available on TV. We're looking forward to returning to this part of Wales in the near future!

Room Tip: The room overlooking the back with a view of the pigs was a real delight.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Gwenllian_J, Owner at Pen-Y-Dre Farm Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2013

Thank you for your great review, They say that it is and ill wind that benifits no one, well it was ice and snow in this case. It was lovely meeting your family and very pleased that we could accommodate you on that week-end. Hope to see you again.

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Reviewed 23 March 2013

We have stayed at Pen-Y-Dre Farm twice now. It is a really welcoming and friendly place to stay from the owners to the animals. You are given a huge slice of home baked cake to welcome you on arrival. The cottages are very pleasant and the owners go out of their way to help, even to turning their farm kitchen over to us to cook and host an evening meal for our group of 16. Not many owners would hand over their kitchen to strangers. The whole of our group enjoyed staying there and we'll definitely be going back.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with friends
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Gwenllian_J, Owner at Pen-Y-Dre Farm Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2013

Thank you for the lovely review, it was nice to see you all enjoy your group meal and hope to see you all again.

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Reviewed 23 February 2013

When we arrived, a big piece of cake was waiting for each of us in our little fridge in the corridor with fresh milk for our tea. It was a lovely welcome. Very generous breakfast with fresh fruit salad every morning and everything you can dream of. Everything excellent and plentiful. I enjoyed very much the morning cockerel songs, so exotic for a Londoner. Charming old building with character and old beams. Two cats and a dog, a treat. Superb walking country and we were so fortunate with the weather. Everything you need is in the room. Very kind and adaptable hosts, ready to cook our breakfast at our chosen time. Excellent value. The only dark point is the WiFi. I would have gladly put a rating of 5 stars if the WiFi had been good in my room, which was not the case. Everything is perfect but the WiFi. Everything else deserves 5 stars or more.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Gwenllian_J, Owner at Pen-Y-Dre Farm Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2013

Hi Nicole, thank you for the lovely review. We very much enjoyed having the group to stay.
I am sorry about the WiFi it is some thing we hope to improve, making the reception better in the all the rooms. Hope to see you again. Kind regards Gwen

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Reviewed 2 November 2012

I stayed with 3 friends after an paranormal investigation at the Skirrid Inn, which is only a few minutes walk down the road. We had the attic room with a double & 2 singles, a fridge stocked with scrummy flapjacks & fresh milk for a welcome cuppa. This room was generous to enough to accommodate 4 adults & their mess so would be ideal as a family room, especially with the separate seating area & 'kitchen' area with microwave.
Gwen & Idris are friendly, typical welsh folk & made us feel like we were visiting family, nothing was too much trouble.
Not one for eating the typical welsh breakfast, even I couldn't resist temptation on entering their homely farmhouse kitchen & the tempting smell of quality sausages, bacon, fresh tomatoes, mushrooms & the creamiest scrambled eggs I have ever tasted ! Toast, fresh fruit & orange juice was also plentiful & delicious.
We would not hesitate in recommending this fabulous b&b to anyone.
If we are ever in the area for an overnight stay again, we will definitely be using Gwent & Idris's wonderful old farmhouse again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Gwenllian_J, Owner at Pen-Y-Dre Farm Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2012

Thank you for your excllent review. We very much enjoyed meeting you all and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 23 September 2012 via mobile

I stayed here for a night whilst on a 3 day trail riding holiday - our horses stayed in one of the fields on the farm..
What a fantastic b&b! We were given a very warm welcome from Gwen and Idris with tea and homemade cake. The room was beautifully appointed with everything I could possibly need and more - the shower was particularly splendid! Breakfast was another highlight - fresh fruit salad and wonderful high quality bacon, eggs, mushrooms etc, as well as homemade jams for the toast. We had a vegetarian and a dairy and gluten intolerant guest in our group, and both of these were easily catered for with no problem at all.
It's nice to see the farm animals around (rabbits, cats and several squirming piglets!), and location is good, as we were able to walk just a short distance down the road to the skirrid inn for dinner.
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay - I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this b&b to anyone visiting the area.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Gwenllian_J, Owner at Pen-Y-Dre Farm Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2012

Kim, thank you for the lovely review, we always enjoy have groups of trail riders.
Hope to see you again sometime Gwen

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Reviewed 9 September 2012

We stayed two nights with Gwen and Idris at the start of our Beacons Way walk. Wonderful welcome was provided along with a slice of home made cake fand real milk for our tea! A short walk to the Skirrid Inn for our evening meal. The second day, the start of our walk started wet and grey but we were sent off with a hot cooked breakfast, bacon and sausage done to perfection even thought there was a whole gang of people staying that night. Our welcome back at the end of day helped to let us forget the wet and very windy day we had faced and of course, another slice of a homemade dessert did not hurt either. It felt like you were coming home to a favourite aunt and uncle, Gwen and Idris took great care of us.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gwenllian_J, Owner at Pen-Y-Dre Farm Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2012

Thank you for your lovely review, we enjoyed meeting you both, hope to see you again if you visit the Brecon Beacons. Gwen

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Reviewed 20 July 2012

We recently stayed here as we were attending a wedding in the area. The service was fantastic right from the time of making our reservation. The couple who own it could not do enough for us and made us feel very welcome. The breakfast was fantastic, all home cooked and plenty of it! I would certainly recommend Pen y dre

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank spazzle81
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Gwenllian_J, Owner at Pen-Y-Dre Farm Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2012

Thank you for your great review, we enjoyed have you stay. The weather has at last picked up here noe, hope to see you sometime again. Gwen

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Additional Information about Pen-Y-Dre Farm Holidays

Address: Llanfihangel Crucorney | Nr Abergavenny, Llanvihangel Crucorney NP7 8DH, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Monmouthshire > Llanvihangel Crucorney
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Llanvihangel Crucorney
Price Range: £40 - £80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pen-Y-Dre Farm Holidays 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An ideal holiday location especially for families or groups keen to visit The Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons, or walk the Offa`s Dyke Path. The village has The Skirrid Mountain Inn, which is the oldest pub in Wales and was used as Judge Jeffrie`s Court. The scenery is superb with The Skirrid Mountain behind and The Black Mountains just beyond the village. Ideally situated to explore the Wye Valley, Welsh Border Country, Forest of Dean, The Brecon Beacons National Park & South Wales. ... more   less 
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