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The Lancaster Arms Guest House
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The Lancaster Arms Guest House
Ranked #1 of 5 Pandy B&B and Inns
Reviewed 7 July 2013

Stayed at the Lancaster Arms yesterday for one night as we were walking the Dyke. We received a very warm welcome from Sandra who is also a dog lover and was lovely to our old black lab poppy! Derek came back soon after and was just as welcoming! We had a drink in the lovely lounge and bar and Sandra booked us a table at the pub up the road for our evening meal (although she did kindly offer to cook for us also.)Our room was lovely and roomy with a big bathroom next door. We had a meal then returned for a couple more drinks and a lovely chat in the lounge/ bar again. Derek took our orders for breakfast and they also made us a packed lunch with the best welsh cake I have tasted in a longtime! The next morning was another very hot day and Derek and Sandra offered to look after Poppy until we got back from our walk which was very kind! They could not have been more helpful - i would thoroughly recommend both the Lancaster Arms and its lovely hosts! Thank you both!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 June 2013 via mobile

I arrived a bit wet having walked Offa's Dyke. Sandra and Derek welcomed me and helped with my wet gear. I then had a drink and chat with them. My twin room was fine with a bathroom next door. I ate an evening meal which was tasty and Derek dropped me down to the local pub. Breakfast was fine. Overall a nice stay.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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1  Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

We stayed here whilst walking Offa's Dyke. Sandra made us really welcome and as we were shattered offered to make us an evening meal.
We had a lovely night sat in her lounge which has its own bar!
Had a good nights sleep in a comfy bed and a good breakfast. Sandra arranged for our luggage to be transported to our next stop.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Olg_12019
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

The Lancaster Arms used to be a pub, and still has the licenese, great welcome after the descent of the Black Mountains section. Excellent bathroom with bath & shower, next dor to the twin room. Run by a really friendly helpful couple (I would ignore the "Julian S" long-winded diatribe!). For evening meal I had Beef Bourguignonne with saute potatoes which was delicious. A cold beer and a couple of glasses of red wine went down very well with this. Breakfast was one of the best we had on the walk. No night key available, as this is against the rules of their insurance, but willing to wait up to let you in if you feel the need to get to the local pub.
The log burner was a real treat as we were feeling the cold after a damp and sweaty day's walking.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 April 2013 via mobile

Stayed 1night when walking Offa's Dyke. Very friendly and welcoming, bedroom and bathroom newly updated. Bonus being on the route,providing food and having a bar. The pub effect was like a lounge with a bar insitu, complete with wood burner.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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2  Thank toadhallgang
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

An outside tap was great to wash off the tons of mud sticking to us!!!
A large drying room was also great for all of our sweaty damp gear.
A spacious room with a bathroom next door. OK the water was only lukewarm.
These are good digs.
Our landlady was lovely a smashing host. she is assisted by a nice chap. Completely unlike the Basil Fawlty character described in earlier reviews. However his advice on the Offas Dyke trail is not to be listened too. He knows nothing!!
We spent the evening in the b&b the meal was excellent, as the premises are licensed we did not even venture out to the pub.
An adequate breakfast and packed lunch. This b&b is right on the trail If you are doing it - stay here.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank geordieman2009
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Reviewed 29 November 2012

After a long, wet days' walking our welcome from Sandra was warm and appreciated as was the drying room and bottle of beer.
We ordered some home cooked food and the next days packed lunch both of which were lovingly prepared by Sandra.
Things took a turn for the worse when we asked about the local pub.
The landlord (who had returned from walking the dog and immediately set about seeing off as many bottles of beer as possible) seemed slightly miffed that we wouldn't be staying in the lounge of the B&B for the night but told us where the closest pub was and when requested for a key told us 'don't worry I'll wait up'.
No curfew was given so we were slightly surprised when the phone behind the bar at the local pub rang at 10pm and we were informed that we were to 'return home' in the next 15 minutes.
Needless to say as 3 grown men, on holiday and enjoying a post-days walking pint or two we were not overly enamoured to be ordered back to a place we were paying to stay in, having not been asked to get back for a certain time in the first place.
Thus we ignored the call only for the pub to be called again 20 minutes later h a rather more irate B&B owner. We then received 3 calls to our mobile phone and were informed that if we were not back in 5 minutes the door would be locked for the night and we would have nowhere to stay.
Some kindly locals dropped us back at the B&B and also said we could stay at their house if the worst came to the worst and needless to say on returning back we had indeed been locked out.
We rang the bell which was ignored for about 5 minutes before the landlord bounced out swearing profusely and squared up to us, challenging us physically and verbally. After around 10 minutes of us calmly trying to rationalise with him we were ordered inside where he continued to push one of my friends in the chest while continuing to swear at him.
Having realised that any form of discussion was pointless we made our way up to the bedrooms ready to await part two at breakfast the following morning.
Having walked down the stairs to breakfast with trepidation and also a renewed feeling of vigour to argue our cause we were astonished to be met with the friendliest, most helpful Landlord I am yet to encounter in years of B&B stays.
It was as though the previous night had not happened.
We were bid on our way with the warmest of farewells and left with another story for the collection and a surreal feeling coursing through our bodies!
Book at your peril - hopefully you'll arrive on a day Mr. Nice is on duty!

Footnote - Sandra was in no way party to the actions of Mr. Schizo - felt sorry for her as she was nothing but helpful for the duration of our stay.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Julian S
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lancasterarms, Owner at The Lancaster Arms Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2013

I disagree with many things in this review. These are just a few of the discrepancies. There were four young men, not three and they were the ones who were drinking. They had drank 4 pints of beer each by 9pm and then went to the pub. We telephoned the pub at ten past midnight (not any earlier) as we wanted to go to bed. They had ordered an early breakfast and were walking 17 miles the next day.
They eventually returned at quarter to one in the morning, rather the worse for wear. As we are both old age pensioners we would not want an altercation with four lads in their frame of mind. The pub is only 6 minutes walk away so I would be surprised if anyone offered them a lift and doubt there would be anyone driving around the village in the early hours of a Wednesday morning.
They abused my hospitality and I am very disappointed with their behaviour.
The next morning none of them spoke to me and left without saying goodbye. They have also failed to mention that I posted back a pair of expensive trousers one of them left behind.

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Address: Old Hereford Road, Pandy, Abergavenny NP7 8DW, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Southern Wales > Monmouthshire > Abergavenny > Pandy
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Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Pandy
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small country licensed guest house, situated on Offas Dyke footpath. Good home cooking and Friendly welcome guaranteed. Located on the A465 in the village of Pandy just 6 miles northeast of Abergavenny, ideally placed for exploring the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons and Offas Dyke Footpath. The market towns of Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth and the city of Hereford are only a short journey away.Accommodation consists of 1 double and 2 twin rooms, with different views of The Skirrid Mountain and the Black Mountains. Popular with walkers / ramblers for its accommodation and Sandras home made food. Other facilities include:Luggage transfer Packed lunches for walkers Garden Darts board, Pool table Board games, Cards and crib board. ... more   less 
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