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The Lodge

(Ref. 1096159)

Dol-y-Gaer near Pontsticill, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map

4.4

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "A very cosy and warm stay."

    Everything needed for comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Feb 2024

  • "Loved our stay."

    Few things could have made it even better. Firstly, no lighting outside on decking area. Secondly, a lot of rain meant couldn’t use the hot tub as often as we’d have liked as no cover over it. Thirdly, more info prior to arrival on local pubs where we could have eaten etc woykd have been nice. Fourthly, we were told to clean the hob with hobrite but there wasn’t any. Lastly, there were no bins outside for the property. So we struggled to know what to do with the rubbish.

    Reviewed by Nic4.7Dec 2023

  • "Wow just wow."

    We booked this for a couples weekend away as a base but it was more then this , a total home from home in beautiful surroundings. Fully equipped kitchen , Christmas tree and lights were a lovely touch , the hot tub amazing and relaxing after long walks. Made a celebration weekend 10x better we will definitely be back as a family. Dogs also enjoyed the garden area. Peaceful even with the lodge in front you don't notice any one is their.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Dec 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage."

    A great location for a quiet peaceful break away. Beautiful setting surrounded by lovely walks, cottage was decorated with Christmas tree lights etc which was a lovely suprise. Would highly recommend to others and will be passing details to family members and friends.

    Reviewed by Cecily4.7Dec 2023

  • "We had a lovely time here!"

    The garden was a little smaller than it seemed in the photos and not fully secure, but our two dogs still really enjoyed it. The hot tub was lovely and the whole space was very clean and well kept. And being right on the reservoir meant we were really close to lots of beautiful walks!

    Reviewed by Alyssa4.7Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay in the lodge."

    Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely 2 weeks holiday in The Lodge, it’s a cosy cottage with the ..."

    We had a lovely 2 weeks holiday in The Lodge, it’s a cosy cottage with the most breathtaking views, the photos don’t do it justice ~ you have to see it with your own eyes to truly appreciate it :o) it’s very quiet & peaceful, you only hear the nearby sheep, horses, crows and birds, it is on a country lane with a few cars going past every now and then but we didn’t hear them, the hot tub is lovely too and being in it looking out over the stunning view is just so relaxing, there is another cottage ‘The Chapel’ next door but you don’t even notice it is there, the owners have built a fence between the 2 cottages for privacy which is great, the beds are really comfortable and the facilities in the kitchen was brilliant, lots of cutlery, great knives, crockery, pots & pans & casserole dishes, we have stayed in a few cottages through Sykes, but this was by far the best for kitchen facilities, there is no washing machine or dishwasher, but this doesn’t stop you enjoying your holiday, and in my opinion washing up by hand is always the best anyway, there really is no phone signal but I actually loved this as it meant no one could bother you, but only a short 5 minute drive away and the signal was back, just in case you need it, Wi-Fi was really good we thought, we lost signal a couple of times but it rebooted itself within seconds so you hardly noticed it, there are some lovely walks around the cottage to the reservoir and a cute quaint tea room that did the most amazing scones and tea, the cream was silky smooth and so delicious ~ definitely worth a visit, the vintage steam train is nearby which was lovely and there is an adventure company within walking distance that offer canoeing, zip lining, sup boarding, archery, hiking, cave diving and sailing etc which was great, or 20 minutes drive away took you to horse riding stables which we loved, you are totally in the quiet country side and yet 20 minutes drive away takes you to Merthyr Tydfil, a big town with great shops for retail therapy, great night life and a huge Tescos, there aren’t any wardrobes in the bedrooms but plenty of drawer space with hanging hooks on the back of the bedroom doors, perhaps having an iron & ironing board would be helpful but all in all this was an amazing holiday and we had the best time staying here, we honestly didn’t want to leave and I totally recommend staying at The Lodge for a quiet, cosy, relaxing and peaceful retreat

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Sep 2023

  • "Amazing place to stay!"

    Gorgeous location and cosy lodge.The hot tub was brilliant and there is an enclosed field attached to your garden so you can let doggies roam without worry while you relax in the tub. It’s so quiet and peaceful and even though there is another lodge next door, the positioning of the buildings means you have plenty of privacy. The Wi-Fi was pretty good too. Only one negative point is that the dog poo bin was overflowing.

    Reviewed by Caterina4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had to do allot of cleaning before settling into our holiday, the shower was flooding because of the trap was full of hair so we cleaned that."

    The decking outside was very dangerous and my hubby ended up having to clear a path for us to use that was free of moss, it was raining on and off and hubby went flying with the slippery moss. The downstairs loo wall on the left needed a clean because it was speckled with blood, no idea what had happened there!! It is a lovely property and in a great location but I’d suggest whoever cleans it to do a more thorough check. It didn’t spoil the stay (apart from the slip) but we had an issue with the cleanliness ,that said if the cleaning was done to a better standard we’d happily stay again, in fact we came home and bought the exact same sofas as they were superb

    Thank you for your feedback. Just to make you aware, we have employed a new set of cleaners and are having grip strips placed on the decking. Many thanks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Teresa3.1Jul 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a idyllic location with everything that you need."

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Jul 2023

  • "Had a great stay at the Lodge, a week of hiking was topped being able to go back to the lodge and relax!"

    Had everything we needed and the hot tub was a real treat to rest tiring limbs at the end of the day. Would 100% recommend it to anyone and if we go back to the Brecon Beacons we will definitely stay at the lodge again. Brilliant stay!!

    Reviewed by Marc4.7Jun 2023

  • "The property is set in a beautiful location it is quiet and private even with another holiday home in the vicinity."

    Everything as described and lovely touches with condiments provided. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Eve5.0Jun 2023

  • "We rented both properties as a family, we were glad they were so close together, but had we not been with family, we would have preferred to know how close together they are, there is NO privacy if you were in the hot tubs between to two properties."

    Although the Lodge was clean, we found a sock in the main bedroom, also the dog poo bucket was pm our decking absolutely full to the brim. The BBQ had also not been cleaned/emptied, it had rubbish in it. The landing light didn't work so we had to use our phone torch as there were no windows on the stairway. There were weeds round the entrance to the propert which don't give a great 1st impression. Also the dining table wasn't stable as one of its legs wasn't secure. No wardrobe/clothes rail in either bedroom, despite there being room. A washing machine would also be great (or make it clear that there isnt one in either property) We did thoroughly enjoy our stay though, but think there are a few things that could be improved

    Reviewed by Sam4.1May 2023

  • "Really lovely accommodation had everything we needed."

    It was in a gorgeous and quiet location with plenty of walks to explore. The hot tub was a lovely treat after a day's walk. We have already recommended to friends

    Reviewed by Bethan5.0Apr 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the lodge, we felt it was very cosy and clean."

    The hot was such a bonus after long walks. This was also extremely clean. The only thing we felt was needed was more lighting outside during the evening when we were both in hot tub and letting our dog out.

    Reviewed by Deanna5.0Feb 2023

  • "Lovely lodge and Lovely grounds ."

    Nice and peaceful setting. Kitchen facilities and utensils was good. Supplied washing up liquid and hand soaps tea towels and Bath towels Great having the shower downstairs for when you get out of the hot tub. The lodge was always warm. Think the hot tub should of been checked for the pH levels. It wasn't checked all week. Would definitely go back again. 10 min drive to the nearest waterfalls ,plenty of walks and trails around and right next to the reservoirs.

    Reviewed by Jamie4.7Feb 2023

  • "The cottage is lovely, very warm and welcoming."

    The cottage is easy to find from the instructions, however 4pm in winter might make it hard to find in the dark! Hot tub is a great feature. Very dog friendly. Lovely walks. Well equipped kitchen. Comfy beds!

    Reviewed by Catriona5.0Dec 2022

  • "Stunning lodge with beautiful surroundings"

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, lovely furnishings."

    However we did not realise that we were right next door to another holiday let. There is no enclosed garden for the dogs. As it is dog friendly we were expecting an area.The beds were lovely and comfortable however the pillows were flat and uncomfortable. I would not stay here again simply because of the garden issue.

    Reviewed by Emma4.1Dec 2022

  • "We encountered some issues while we were here which resulted in us leaving a day early."

    Namely... The boiler broke down and overflowed leaving us with intermittent hot water and heating. This was nerve wracking given the closely located fuse box. When the boiler was fixed on our 3rd day, we had the opposite issue with the temperature unexplainably jumping to 25° in the night. We found the double bed to be very uncomfortable and instead took to sleeping in the singles which were a slight improvement but still left us with a poor night's sleep and ensuing aches and pains. On our second to last day, the fridge appeared to stop working, having days earlier done everything it could to try and freeze a lot of our food. When we were stripping the bed prior to departure, we found a not-small-amount of what appeared to be dog hair under the bedsheet / on top of the mattress protector which suggests that the cleaners had not washed and changed this from prior visitor(s). The only other thought or point of consideration for future visitors, is that the uncarpeted staircase is very noisy. If you have easily woken kids, this may be a problem for you. For those that need it, we didn't encounter any loss of internet connectivity during our stay. The owners were great through the issues that we faced, very responsive to our messages and they have, I'm told, visited the address after we left in order to resolve these issues. It has to be said that the location itself is lovely, and perhaps we simply fell on an unlucky week for the building. I would probably go back, if I knew that these issues had been completely resolved, as there is a lot of potential there and the location really is lovely - great for stargazing on a clear night and the hot tub was amongst the best that we have had on such a break. The building / other facilities just need a bit of work before I'd go back.

    Reviewed by Simon2.2Dec 2022

  • "We have just returned from a fantastic week at the lodge."

    The views and the surroundings are incredible. We went as a family of 4 (children 12&9) and 2 dogs we all had such a great time. We spent most of our time walking with the dogs but we also had a day in cardiff, a ride on the brecon mountain railway and booked the zip line at parkwood outdoors (highly recommended) We will certainly be booking again.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage in a fantastic location."

    Plenty of places to go and things to do locally. Great walks all around you. The property was great with lovely views. It was pouring with rain when we arrived, the gutters were blocked and we had a water fall right over the front door, luckily there was a ladder there so I soon had it sorted. The last people to stay also left several dog poos dotted around which was a little annoying. All in all we had a great time and we would love to come back again and again. J & L.

    Reviewed by John4.4Sep 2022

  • "Nice property a little remote for us as we had a 6 month old baby with us but fantastic area for walking scenery was fantastic ,only down side I would say could of done with a washing machine & probably a small wardrobe in he main bedroom."

    Apart from that Happy with every thing else .p

    Reviewed by Wayne4.4Sep 2022

  • "The Lodge was beautiful, clean and spotless inside and outside."

    Perfect for us as walkers with dogs. As we arnt I T people it didn't bother us not being able to get WI FI or phone signals at all until we went to the Brecon Railway about 3 miles or so. We absolutely loved the property and I would say its the best one in every way that we've stayed in on your books.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely lodge in beautiful setting."

    Cosy and warm. The hot tub was relaxing even in the rain! Will certainly be back!

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Aug 2022

  • "We were surprised that The Chapel is a few meters from The Lodge, this is not mentioned in any of the descriptions."

    If there had been guests it would certainly not have been the quiet getaway we envisioned. The Lodge itself is lovely, clean and spacious with lovely towels and plenty of options in the kitchen. The only catch was the freezer was unusable as it was completely frozen shut. There was no bbq upon arrival, but the owners quickly told us to use the one from the other property- so we lugged it over. The maintenance on the adjacent property,The Chapel, was on days noisy as they were doing building work and electrical work, in doing so they cut the wi-fi (which they quickly sorted when we asked them). The Lodge is also on a rather busy road so mornings and evenings outside will be interrupted by motorbikes, cars pumping music and hikers chatting as they either make their way up.or down- you are about 5m from the road so you can hear each conversation . To be honest we had hoped for a quieter spot! The area is perfect for hikes, check out the waterfalls on a hot summers day and a lovely tea room up the road that serves afternoon tea and great ice creams.

    Reviewed by Stefan3.8Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was beautiful."

    The Wi-Fi however was scetchy and only really worked at the front of the house which was disappointing when you sit at the back to enjoy the views. Also could have done with a mop. Otherwise it’s was stunning!

    Reviewed by Emma3.8Jul 2022

  • "The only thing I would suggest is an oven glove for the kitchen and a possible 2nd towel to dry up with."

    Overall we were really pleased with it and we would book again as it was great for the dogs and was a great base

    Reviewed by T3.8Jul 2022

  • "Main points of issue of The Lodge: Garden was scruffy we, informed by the owner that a gardener came twice a week."

    No evidence of that during our stay. Unable to find after searching the property a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher. Sykes spoke to the owner who said that there was one there but not where to find them. PAT testing on electrics in the property was out of date should have been checked August 2021. Central heating thermostat is in a locked box so you can not change the temperature. Sykes told us that they do not inspect the properties on their site, for accuracy of information which is supplied by the owner. We have used Sykes for a number of years and for reason above we would never use them again. Our families safety is more important.

    Reviewed by Christine2.2Jun 2022

  • "The views from the property were outstanding, smells of pine, birds and mountain views!"

    . Very many beautiful walks with the dogs. We lost Wifi after a couple of hours and never got it back till Thursday afternoon. The downstairs shower room door sticks badly. I would also emphasis that the garden other than the patio is not dog friendly. Not a problem for our dogs but could be for others as they can walk out onto the next property which is unfenced. One small thing was there was no corkscrew.....most important for a good bottle of wine.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Jun 2022

  • "The property was in a very beautiful setting and it was pretty easy to navigate to shops and other amenities."

    Would definitely recommend to dog owners as the walks are perfect.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0May 2022

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Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin with Juliet balcony
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • First floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, extractor fan, microwave, fridge/freezer
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair and travel cot available on request
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars accessed via a driveway shared with one other property
  • Enclosed rear decked area with furniture and hot tub
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.5 miles, pub 2.1 miles
  • Please note: There is no phone signal in this area, and the WIFI can be intermittent across the property
  • Please note: This property has hard floors throughout the property.

The property

The Lodge is a wonderful, detached property that lies within the beautiful Taf Fechan Valley near Pontsticill in Powys.

It is the perfect base for your holiday, located within the southern fringe of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park).

With an outdoor hot tub to melt away your stresses and a Juliet balcony to soak in the views, this family-friendly lodge is ideal for four guests and their furry friend.

Be greeted by ample off-road parking spaces before stepping into the lovely living/dining room, bathed in natural light through its patio doors.

Settle down on the sofa where you can enjoy family favourites on the Smart TV or curl up on an armchair and escape into a good book.

Tuck-into hearty meals at the dining table, which can be prepared next door in the contemporary kitchen, courtesy of the electric oven and hob.

Throw open the patio doors and savour a glass of wine on the garden furniture, as your pet stretches their legs; afterwards take a dip in the hot tub to watch the sunset.

As the evening draws to an end, head indoors and climb upstairs, where you can rest your head in either a twin bedroom with a Juliet balcony or a double, featuring skylights.

Awaken with a rinse in the ground-floor shower room before joining your loved ones one for a cup of tea at the dining table to plan the adventures of the day ahead.

The picturesque village of Pontsticill is just a 5 minute drive from your doorstep and is home to two inviting pubs which serve up tasty meals, whilst also being a stone's throw away from the Pontsticill Reservoir, where you can enjoy some canoeing.

A 15 minute scenic car journey will take you to all your local amenities, including a range of supermarkets and shopping centre.

Lace up your walking boots and explore the unspoiled landscape of Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park), including the famed peak of Pen-y-Fan or sit back and relax on the Brecon Mountain Railway to absorb the sights; there is also Morlais Castle Golf Club for the sporting enthusiasts.

Embark on an adventure to the city of Newport, here you can have a guided tour around the 17th-century, Tredegar House, meander around the ancient Caerleon Roman Fortress Baths and learn about the city's history at Newport Museum and Art Gallery.

For a holiday like no other, escape with your loved ones to The Lodge.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1096068, together sleeping up to 10 guests.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location

PONTSTICILL

Dol-y-Gaer 2.5 miles; Dowlais 2.7 miles; Cardiff 24.9 miles.

Pontsticill is a welcoming rural village resting between Dol-y-Gaer and Dowlais on the southern edge of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park). The village is known for its gorgeous reservoir, where visits can enjoy an idyllic stroll, whilst also offering visitors access to the renowned Brecon Mountain Railway. There are two welcoming pubs in the village, The Red Cow Inn and The Butchers Arms, both of which serve up hearty meals and crisp ale! Within easy reach is Dol-y-Gaer, where adventure enthusiasts can pay Parkwood Outdoors a visit to enjoy a spot of canoeing in the reservoir, while Torpantau also isn't far and is where you can enjoy access to Taf Fechan Forest and the Horseshoe Trail, before rewarding yourself with a sweet treat at The Old Barn Tea Room.

Please note: There is no phone signal in this area, and the WIFI can be intermittent across the property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas