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Hanover Manse

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Llanover near Penperlleni, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map

4.5

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "We have stayed at a few cottages over the years & this was the best!"

    It had everything you could possibly need & more. It was beautifully decorated for us for Christmas & they left a lovely Christmassy welcome pack. If we had any complaints, it was that the weather was too warm & we couldn't light the beautiful log burner, but we certainly can't blame the owner for that

    Thanks for your feedback—so glad you had a lovely Christmas at Hanover Manse and it was the “best” cottage you’ve stayed in is extra special! Happy New Year and thanks again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Dec 2023

  • "Beautiful house & so comfortable."

    We were a bridal party of 6 & there was plenty of room. Perfect location for the wedding venue (Sant Ffreadd house - 10 mins away through the lanes). Loads of room for makeup & hair to be done on the Saturday morning. Parking area large enough for 5 or 6 cars & the photographer's van. Bride & groom stayed in the cottage after the wedding & found it very comfortable, warm & cosy. Thank you to Rhiannon for the card & Prosecco for the newly weds.

    We are so happy that the accommodation and location was good for you. Congratulations to the newly weds! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lack of hot water downstairs meant carrying kettles full of boiling water to wash up."

    No downstairs toilet with high steps on the stairs was wearing for the less mobile. Only one gate tag meant we all had to go out together. To many personal items around e.g. the office in the snug. It doesn't feel like a holiday cottage more like you're intruding in someone's home.

    Reviewed by Archie2.5Sep 2023

  • "We stayed at Hanover Manse for 7 nights following dropping off our campervan in Caldicot for a bespoke furniture fit-out."

    Our party consisted of 2 couples and our Bulldog 'Dudley'. Hanover Manse dates back to 1642 I believe, originally a farmhouse and barn, later becoming a rectory for the nearby chapel. It has been lovingly restored by the current owners, Steve and Stella, who we met when arriving at the property somewhat earlier than specified. They are lovely people, as is their Daughter who has the cottage next door. The property has a considerably large secure garden, mainly laid to lawn, plus an additional small secluded garden. Great for Dudley. It also has a large parking area within the grounds, all secured with electric entrance gates with fob provided. The property itself has 3 double bedrooms, one set-out as a twin, and is full of character, with vaulted exposed-beam ceilings upstairs. It is nicely decorated and has all mod-cons. We found it very comfortable indeed. The area has lots to do and places to visit without venturing too far. We would certainly book a stay here again

    Reviewed by Greg4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay in Hanover Manse."

    It was absolutely ideal for us. We were a party of 6 people; grandparents, parents and two children. We found the owners so welcoming; a lovely food basket of essentials waiting for us; and everytime we bumped into their daughter, she was full of tips and suggestions; extremely helpful. The house was perfect. Each 'couple' had a bedroom and their own bathroom. There was the sitting room where the kids watched TV and the office at the back where grandparents could read in peace. Having the owners items there was also really helpful; particularly in the kitchen as we had all possible utensils; spices, sugars etc. to hand. Really great. A lovely garden and a trampoline for the boys was great, and the excitement of the graveyard next door...somewhere to explore and learn about those who came before us. Across the road is the bakery (yum!) and the canal is about a 10min (max) walk. We explored most days, saw kingfishers, herons, boats and really it was lovely. We will definitely be back. (The cold water downstairs was slightly annoying but only slightly and the house made up for it).

    Reviewed by Rebekah4.7Aug 2023

  • "The cottage is lovely , isolated but with a car easy to get around ."

    Go left at the top of the road for Abergavenny, Morrisons and the town will have you need. Go right for another retail park Pets at home , Asda , fat foods , Lidl etc. There is a cafe over the road and a canal to the Brecon Beacons. The Cottage as been split over the years the biggest section is the cottage and the barn is the other which the owners daughter lives in. Unfortunately for us we didn’t know was never communicated and just didn’t feel comfortable nor relaxed. The owner next door is lovely but we just wanted privacy and able to relax. The cottage as a snug and this as personal items in belonging to the owners . We kept out and stayed away shut the door . I personally just felt felt uncomfortable with responsibility of having someone’s belongings in the cottage. The cottage feels like their home and this confused us . A holiday let usually is a blank canvas and your kitchen as tools for cooking . The cottage is full of the owners personal items . We personally feel the owner needs to remove them . The downstairs had no hot water they have a leak under floor which they are fixing . The dishwater solved the hot water problem for pot washing. The heating is underfloor and far too hot we were roasting . Please duck your head coming down the stairs if you’re tall you will bang your head. The cottage is very old and humans back then were tiny. Unfortunately we were never communicated that dogs are not allowed upstairs which are dog is use to and as a result we had many sleepless nights trying to comfort her staying downstairs. The owners have a puppy and very sweet . We also didn’t know which needs to be advertised in case your dog is reactive. There is a graveyard right next to the cottage and I mean outside . We personally didn’t mind but never feels at ease.

    Answer to the feedback given by Sykes to me: Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that you felt uncomfortable during your stay. I take some points as valid and will change them. For example, I feel that it would be good to let guests know that there is an adjoining barn conversion. The owner’s daughter lives there and she has been helpful to guests, e.g. showing how to work the dishwasher etc. Sykes did the advertisement and for most people having an adjoining barn conversion hasn’t been a problem. But I can understand it might be for some. I will put a request in to Sykes to do this. Over the years, my daughter has often had wonderful thank you notes left for her by guests.. We have a large garden and the area where there is an umbrella and garden table and chairs is dedicated to our guests. (The owner’s daughter tells me that her new puppy got into there once during your stay for which she is apologetic). The large area is shared for purposes of football, basketball, and dogs. There is ample parking for everyone. Guests have to take care of their pets, we cannot guarantee total enclosure, although recently we have had a new fence covering a large area to give our guests a feeling of security and privacy. Surrounding our home is a chapel and graveyard on the one side and on the other side you van view mountains in the distance and beautiful trees of the Llanover Estate. There are no housing estates to be seen only a farm across the nearby field. Most of our guests find these views peaceful. I am sorry that you were uncomfortable. I presume it is being close to the graveyard that bothered you. As for the beautiful paintings, piano, and more practical items, such as the printer, they are there for the guests to enjoy and they should not worry over them. The property’s items are insured and they are for the pleasure of the guests. If accidents occur we are insured. There have been no accidents with the glass walls that are mounted in sturdy oak wood since it was put in by builders when we did reconstruction 12 years ago. Many people admire these walls as it gives much more light to the cottage. There are a large number of books available including cook books, gardening books, fiction, science and religious. I intend to keep them all for any guests of any faith or non-faith. I do not insist on anyone reading them. The property is a second grade listed property of much history and our aim is for people staying on the premises enjoy every moment of it. As for the items giving out our personal details, we thank you for letting us know and we will remedy this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hazel2.8Aug 2023

  • "First Impression was a strong unpleasant smell which we spent our holiday with windows and doors open trying to clear."

    Perhaps the old carpet in the living room which looks never cleaned or previous pets. Floors upstairs and downstairs are sticky which suggests rarely cleaned. Overall maintenance is poor too many little things to mention. We are told to clean the lint and water from the dryer after use and yet there was lint and water there when we first used - is this place properly cleaned between hire? And we stripped the beds as requested (is that really our job?) but that only demonstrated how old some of the bedding is. Not helped by being in the the middle of an undisclosed grave yard which was very unsettling for my wife. We soldiered on to enjoy our holiday with my sister but left a day early.

    Reviewed by Timothy2.2Jul 2023

  • "We were given a warm welcome by Rhianne who was most helpful,he property itself was superb, the history added to its attraction."

    Everything there you could wish for. We can't fault the property and would love to return one day as our time went all too quickly.It was also a pleasure to have a chat with Steve before we left. Val.

    Reviewed by Val5.0Jul 2023

  • "The Manse is a well designed, modern space in a lovely old building."

    Very well equipped modern kitchen suitable for number of guests. Also set up as a work space potentially. It was clean, comfortable and a very nice welcome pack. Easy walk to the beautiful Brecon canal and very good access to Bannau Brechiniog and the Black Mountains. Would definitely recommend… price was reduced so felt like very reasonable value for money.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage exceeded our expectations."

    Plenty of room for 4 adults to cook, relax and park cars. The bedrooms were spacious with comfortable beds and convenient and luxurious ensuites. The house was always warm and welcoming after a day out. We'll decorated for a family Christmas with a very well equipped kitchen. Home from home and more. Thank you.

    Thank you for your kind review. I am so happy that your stay met and went beyond your expectations. It makes the planning and effort worthwhile. Thanks xo much. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Dec 2022

  • "We initially chose this property as we were bringing mum’s ashes back home to South Wales and needed a place fairly local to where she was from that could accommodate 3 adults, a teenager & 2 dogs, and this cottage was perfect."

    The advertisement pics don’t really do this property justice as you can see on arrival that further work has been done to improve, particularly the large garden area. Absolutely amazing property both inside & out and the 2 garden areas are perfect. Stunning views of surrounding area, cottage has everything you need and everything you don’t know you need, it’s a very quiet & peaceful location but at the same time also convenient for local amenities. We met the owners daughter and the gardener who were both lovely and very helpful with suggestions as to where to go/what to do. Thank you for sharing your wonderful cottage ❤️. Would we book again? Absolutely! A definite home from home

    Oh such a lovely response. THANKYOU so much! It makes us so happy to know that our cottage can serve such purposes and that you feel at home in it. Makes me feel that all the preparation is worth it. Thanks again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cedric5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great stay, very welcoming by daughter in property next door."

    Great setup, lovely and very well equipped kitchen, and location and suited us well. Dog LOVED the garden.

    So happy things worked out well for you! THANKYOU! Our daughter enjoyed meeting you! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very comfortable and well appointed house, comfy beds, nice bathrooms, everything you might need in the kitchen, good location, easy to find, clear instructions and communication from friendly hosts."

    We will visit again!

    We are so happy that all worked out well for you! We will be more than happy to host such lovely guests again!! Thank you for your kind comments! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jun 2022

  • "Hanover Mans is a lovely well appointed and well equipped cottage."

    We only had a short stay to visit family and made good use of the kitchen cooking a roast for 7. I found the stairs somewhat difficult due to arthritic knees and a downstairs toilet would have been perfect. Having said that I would recommend it as it was isolated enough to be a peaceful break in lovely surroundings and near enough to Newport and Abergavenny. All in all a comfortable stay in a lovely cottage

    Reviewed by Gloria5.0Nov 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage ,but sadly we were very disappointed that when we arrived we were informed the electronic gates to the cottage are not working ,and had be broken for a while so we could not exercise our dog freely in the very large garden,which was a real shame as we had purposely booked this cottage for this reason ."

    There is a main road quite near to to cottage . Sadly the gates were not repaired while we were there , definitely not a dog friendly garden as advertised ,perhaps two normal swing gates would be more appropriate. Please update your Sykes website

    Reviewed by Caroline2.8Nov 2021

  • "The property is fantastic and the owners were lovely."

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2021

  • "Owners were a lovely couple."

    Cottage is extremely well equipped and comfortable and we have no idea why it is only rated 3 star!

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2021

  • "The manse was great ."

    The children loved the space and the freedom of a big garden . We were made welcome straight away by our host. We cycled and walked nearby in beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by Alec5.0Aug 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage with everything you could need."

    Friendly owners, dog safe.

    Reviewed by Edel5.0Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage , excellent location , very relaxing holiday ."

    Owners very polite and helpful

    Reviewed by Navin5.0May 2021

  • "Cottage very clean and comfortable."

    Lovely welcome pack to arrive to. Owner and daughter so lovely. We made good friends with them. Would highly recommend this cottage. Fantastic holiday home and everything u need. Hoping to return back this year

    Reviewed by Roy5.0May 2021

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite roll top bath, walk-in shower, double basin and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug with electric fire
  • Oil fired central heating with woodburning stove and electric fire
  • Electric range cooker with gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi, a selection of books
  • Starter pack provided for woodburner
  • Other fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • High chair available
  • Ample off-road parking available
  • Enclosed lawned garden with outdoor seating
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Bus stop/route 200 yards from the house with links to all major towns, Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles; pub 2.2 miles. Note: this property only accepts a minimum of 7 night stays
  • Note: this property is attached to a converted barn

The property

Penperlleni 2.5 miles.

Tucked away in the village of Llanover, you will find Hanover Manse, which in the early 17th Century began life as a farm and Dissenters meeting place.

Encompassed by the stunning scenery of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park), this picture postcard property offers an idyllic setting for a family of six, seeking an unforgettable adventure in Wales.

Leave your mud-splattered boots by the door, as you return to the warm embrace of this homely abode, kicking back in the sitting room by the striking woodburning stove as you snuggle up to loved ones and enjoy a captivating movie on the sleek TV.

Escape with a new and exciting novel to the snug and watch as your beloved dog rests peacefully by the electric stove, a truly wonderful spot to delight in a moment of peace and quiet.

A few steps away, the spacious country-style kitchen hosting all the essential appliances, acts as the hub of the home, bringing the whole family together as you indulge in many delicious home-cooked meals throughout your stay.

After an eventful and tiresome day, retire up the magnificent wood staircase to one of the three first-floor bedrooms, each adorned with high-vaulted beam ceilings and exposed stone walls, as well as many attractive yet traditional furnishings that really add to the properties charm.

The first of the bedrooms is home to a spacious king-size with an en-suite bathroom hosting a gorgeous roll top bath and separate en-suite shower, whilst just down the hall a second king-size with en-suite shower room provides a calming space to lay your head to rest.

Completing the bedrooms is a quirky twin with lovely neutral hues and views across the fields, the perfect place to tuck-in the children and send them off to sleep with their favourite lullaby.

Make the most of warmer climates with afternoon spent out on the lawns, basking in the sun rays whist embracing your fantastic countryside setting.

Leave behind this splendid dwelling as you embark on a fun-filled expedition in the great outdoors.

Pull on your hiking boots to climb the heights of Blorange, Sugar Loaf and the Skirrid or take a more relaxed approach as you wander through the beautiful woodlands of Silent Valley Nature Reserve.

See what remains of Castell Crov or spit the imposing Folly Tower on a stroll through Pontypool Park.

The Blaenavon Ironworks, Cwmtillery Colliery and St Illtyd's Motte are all worth a visit, whilst cascading waterfalls and pretty reservoirs await you in mountainous terrains of Dol-y-Gaer.

Head out onto the waters with a thrilling day of canoeing at Parkwood Outdoors Dolygaer, or step back in time on a tour of the restored 16th-century home of Llancaiach Fawr Manor.

Hop in the car and uncover the enchanting Clearwell Caves and Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, or catch a train to the cities of Newport and Cardiff, offering ample opportunity for an evening of wining and dining.

Admire the intricate details of Newport Cathedral, or learn of the rich local history as you explore the Gothic fortress of Cardiff Castle resting on the banks of the River Taff, Discover Wales like never before on a holiday at Hanover Manse.

There is a small barn within the grounds of this property which have permanent residents in, please be respectful and be mindful.

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

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About the location

PENPERLLENI

Pontypool 5.1 miles; Abergavenny 7.8 miles; Cwmbran 8.2 miles; Newport 12.2 miles

The quaint hamlet of Penperlleni lies in a peaceful position in the foothills of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park). Surrounded by the luscious open fields, this charming community is perfectly suited to a group of walkers and families alike. There is a charming store at the heart of the hamlet selling all the essential items, as well as a bustling pub serving up delicious hot meals. Within easy touring distance of the towns of Abergavenny and Pontypool, as well as Merthyr Tydfil and Cwmbran, there are attractions and landmarks aplenty just waiting to be explored. See the imposing 18th-century remains of Blaenavon Ironworks and the old steam trains at The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, or uncover sights such as Ogof Craig a Ffynnon and the cascading waters of Sgwd Yr Eira Waterfall. The cities of Newport and Cardiff also sit within a pleasant drive and offer a superb day out for the whole family, with fun to be had at Roald Dahl Plass and the National Museum Cardiff, as well as tours of Cardiff Castle and Newport Cathedral. A splendid base from which to tour the wonderful Welsh countryside.

Note: this property only accepts a minimum of 7 night stays.
There is a small barn within the grounds of this property which have permanent residents in, please be respectful and be mindful.