Visit Wales 4 Star graded, self-catering, two bedroom detached country bungalow
We've been hosts since 2010 and the best part about it is getting to meet so many lovely people from all over the world and sharing Blackthorn Meadow with them. We are on hand if help or advice is needed and always do our best to ensure that everything is there for your stay. We check on a daily basis whether you need more wood for the multi-fuel fire or whether you would like some free free-range eggs from our hens (subject to availability) but also respect your privacy.
Julia purchased this Lodge in 1994
Why Julia chose Pontypool
In 1994 we purchased 2 acres of land in the beautiful village of Coed y Paen so that our 4 children could keep horses. We built 4 stables and a tack room (now Hawthorn Lodge) and a barn and foaling box (now Blackthorn Lodge) on the land and soon for our children it became their second home and a very special place as they practically grew up there surrounded by animals, wildlife and great country walks. When our children grew up we converted Blackthorn Lodge into a holiday let (2010) and we designed and furnished to our own high standards. A few years later we created Hawthorn Lodge too. We are constantly adding to it based on feedback from our guests and many return year after year as it has become a home from home for them too.
What makes this Lodge unique
There are lots of great places to visit and although we are rural we are only a very short distance from modern shopping centres, villages and most importantly within a short walking distance of Llandegfedd Reservoir's Visitor and Watersports Centre where you can either indulge yourself in sporting pursuits, fish or relax and watch the world go by while enjoying their popular Bara Brith, Welsh cakes or homemade scones, or their full-English breakfast, wide range of sandwiches, food to go or of course meals like fish and chips etc, We are also less than 10 minutes walk from the Carpenters' Arms public house and restaurant and less than 10 minutes drive to the Farmer's Arms public house and restaurant and Greenmeadow Golf and Country Club. Other places to visit include Cwmbran Boating Lake, Blaenavon World Hertitage Centre, Usk's rural life museum (also Roman Fort (ruins), cofffee shops, range of small traditional art and craft shops) and Caerleon's Roman legionary fortress of Isca as they are only a short driving distance away. No visit to Wales is complete without a visit to Cardiff's St Fagan's National History Museum a leading open-air museum (in the castle grounds).
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Blackthorn Lodge is less than a five minute walk to Coed-y-Paen village, the area offers a picturesque village Church, a Country Pub with an outstanding restaurant and country walks. It is a 2-3 minute drive - less than 10 minute walk - to Llandegfedd Reservoir with its Visitor and Water Sports Centre and the Llandegfedd Trail walk. The reservoir forms a 434 acre lake which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its wildlife. It offers something for all ages including a range of water sports, bird watching, fishing, walks and a café where you can look out over the reservoir while enjoying a range of refreshments which range from non-alcoholic beverages, full English breakfasts, breakfast rolls, sandwiches etc. It also hires out Laser Funboats (1 adult or 2 children), Wayfarers (up to 4 people), Acess Dinghys, Canadian Canoes, Wetsuits, Buoyancy Aids, Helmets etc., and offer a range of tuition packages and even sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, canoeing, kayacking or raft building birthday parties for up to 8 children aged between 8 and 16 years of age. Visit www.llandegfedd.co.uk for up-to-date information on available watersports and other activities.
There are also two local golf courses - less than 5-10 minutes drive - to choose from including: Greenmeadow Golf and Country Club (which also offers bar and restaurant facilities to non-members) and Woodlake Park Golf and Country Club. Both hire out rooms for weddings and other get-togethers.
Usk town offers a range of small traditional art and craft shops, coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. It has an enviable reputation for its summer floral displays and for its salmon fishing.
The largest fort in Roman Britain was built here between 55 AD and 66 AD. Called ‘Burrium’, it had a garrison of 10,000, five times the population of modern Usk. Ruins of the fort have been found in recent years beneath the town’s streets.
Usk Castle, built by the Normans in the 11th century, later became a Royal Castle, and was given to Catherine Parr (Henry VIII’s sixth wife), by the King.
In the 19th century Japan Ware made in Usk was highly prized and graced the tables of the French Court and the Duke of Wellington amongst others.
No visit to Usk is complete without a visit to Usk’s Rural Life Museum. There you can see a typical farmhouse kitchen, dairy and laundry, look in on the blacksmith, the wheelwright, the cobbler, see all the equipment of the farmer - from wagons to tractors to billhooks and hoes. You can also learn about coopering and cider making. You’ll also find some interesting relics of World War II. For gadget enthusiasts there are hundreds of items ranging from a Victorian knife cleaner to a wooden washing machine. There is plenty for bike enthusiasts too, including a fine penny farthing specimen and many accessories. A fully working model railway allows you to picture the scene on the arrival of steam trains in the local area. The Tourist Information Outlet is also located at Usk Rural Life Museum in New Market street which holds a selection of tourist literature.
Less than four miles away is the modern and larger Cwmbran shopping precinct where you will find numerous large retailers including Asda, Sainsburys, David Evans, W H Smith, Boots, Iceland and lots more.
A Vue Cinema, a bowling alley and a host of cafes and restaurants can also be found in Cwmbran Town Centre while Greenmeadow Community Farm which offers a wide range of family events is located on the outskirts.
There are also lots of other local attractions in Torfaen that you might like to visit including:
■Blaenavon World Heritage Site
■Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
■Big Pit National Mining Museum (ideal on wet days)
■Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
■Blaenavon Community Heritage & Cordell Museum
■Blaenavon Cheddar Company
Caerleon is the site of the 50-acre (20.3ha) Roman legionary fortress of Isca, the permanent base of the Second Augustan Legion in Britain from about A.D. 75. There are impressive remains of the fortress baths, amphitheatre, barracks, and fortress wall. Audio guide and videos are available at the fortress baths. It also offers a wide range of shopping outlets in both the Friars Walk mall, the city centre and out of shopping retail parks.