- Unit 1
Popty Pennant is an old bakehouse in the grounds of an historic seventeenth century upland manor house on the Chirk Castle estate at the head of a secret valley, part of the Ceiriog Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Popty is a tiny cottage - a converted bakehouse with stone flagged floor, beamed ceiling, white washed walls and an old cast iron range with open fire and stove. It's furnished with traditional antique pieces, a couple of comfortable arm chairs and a scrubbed top table. The cosy crog-loft bedroom with comfortable double bed looks down on to sitting room and open fire. The kitchen has an old dresser, full size oven, microwave and fridge and is fully equipped. There is also a modern shower room.
The cottage is exclusively yours with a bench and table and chairs on the terrace. Guest are free to explore the gardens of the manor house and there are more garden chairs down by the gazebo which provide a great view from the top of the ha ha over the front fields and south towards the Ceiriog Valley. There is undercover parking in the cart shed in the farmyard, only about 50 yards from the cottage.
The owners Nick and Derek live in the main house and are more than willing to provide help and advice during your stay. There is another cottage on site i.e. Capel Pennant but there's never likely to be more than six people about in total at Plas Pennant so you can be assured of a very quiet and restful stay.
There are three friendly dogs at Pennant, free range hens, ducks and geese in the orchard and around the farmstead, and mares and foals in the surrounding fields.
We have changeover days ONLY on a Monday and Friday and offer full week 7 night breaks commencing on either day; 3 night weekend breaks arriving on Friday afternoon and leaving on Monday morning; and 4 night weekday breaks arriving on Monday afternoon and leaving on Friday morning. We are limited to these two changeover days as our housekeeper Sandra is only available on a Monday and Friday. Let us know though if you are seeking something different and we can see if it's possible.
The crog-loft bedroom is accessed via a steep winding wooden staircase and the double bed is low to the floor on a slim base so sorry to say is not suitable for guests that have any mobility issues.
The farmstead is at the head of what feels like a very remote valley but it is only 2.5 miles from Llangollen, which can be reached on foot along an old drovers road. The National Trust's Chirk Castle is only a mile away as the crow flies and the surrounding countryside offers some lovely walks, some great traditional pubs and opportunities to go cycling, horse riding etc. The World Heritage Site Pontcysyllte Aquaduct is also in the adjoining Dee Valley and within walking distance of Pennant. Guests often have trips out to Snowdonia, visiting the coast at Harlech and attractions such as Port Merion, the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway and the World Heritage Site Edward I castles at Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris.
Although most visitors come by car, quite a few arrive by train - the nearest station is at Chirk about 3 miles from Pennant. We can pick visitors up from the station but local taxi firms are available for other journeys. To save on carrying too much, some visitors arrange for a supermarket delivery and we are more than happy to receive these if are delivered before guests arrive
The nitty gritty...
Central heated throughout
Croglofft / Bedroom Area :
Living/ Dining Room :
Cast Iron range with open fireplace
Dining table and chairs
2 comfy armchairs
Kitchen Area :
Iron and board
Outside area :
Terrace with bench, table and chairs for alfresco dining
Under cover car parking area
Things to do in the area :
Places to eat :
Other Information :
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12) and pets - Popty only has a double bed and there is not enough floor space for a travel cot etc. The grounds are also not child friendly.
1 Bathroom, 1 Bedroom, 1 Kitchen, 1 Living room, Crog Loft (traditional mezanine bedroom over)
SleepingBed linen, 1 Double bed
OutsideOver an acre of grounds to explore
EntertainmentBroadband Internet, TV (Antenna)
LaundryIron & Board
The property is approximately at its postcide if using SatNav (just carry a bit further towards the mansion after it says you have arrived). If you don't have SatNav then:
DIRECTIONS TO PENNANT - FROM THE SOUTH (Shrewsbury)
- Continue on the A5 from Shrewsbury travelling north towards Oswestry
- The A5 by-passes Oswestry to the east
- North of Oswestry, at the Chirk roundabout take the B5070 towards Chirk (2nd exit from roundabout)
- After about mile you'll come into the centre of Chirk
- DON'T take the first left turning (B4500)
- Take the 2nd left turning directly opposite the Hand Hotel just after a short row of shops. A war memorial is at the entrance to this road
- Follow this road past the Cadbury factory down towards the station, go straight on at the mini roundabout and over the railway bridge
- Up to the main entrance to Chirk Castle with ornate white gates
- Follow the lane round to the right
- After another half mile or so you'll pass another entrance to the Castle on the left with a pair of neo-classical lodges. Keep straight on at this junction
- After a mile take the first turning on the left signposted Pontfadog & Nantyr
- Follow this lane for mile or so, you'll see the castle over in the distance to the left
- The lane then turns sharply to the right and starts climbing up hill
- Half way up the hill there's a fork in the road, with a cottage within the fork (Wern Tower Cottage)
- Take the left hand fork signposted Pontfadog
- After 100 yards there's a very narrow lane off to the left, Keep Right here
- The lane then drops down into a bit of a dip and you'll pass a scruffy farm on the right - Wern Tower Farm.
- The lane then climbs up steeply out of the dip and continues on the level for a mile or so before dropping down again, into the valley where Pennant is sited
- You'll see Pennant down to the left
- At the bottom of the hill, turn left and the lane will bring you into the farmyard, the house is on the left looking down the valley and the farm buildings on the right
- It sounds complicated but it's only about 5 minutes drive from Chirk
DIRECTIONS TO PENNANT FROM LLANGOLLEN:
- Travelling east along the A5 from Corwen towards Chirk you'll arrive in the centre of Llangollen at some traffic lights.
- At the lights keep straight on. (The turning to the left would take you down the main street towards the river and the old railway station).
- Immediately after passing through the lights, turn right i.e. take the right hand fork up the hill. (The former Grapes Hotel will be on your left and the Greenbank restaurant on your right)
- Follow this narrow winding lane, climbing out of the town, passing Plas Newydd, the Ladies of Llangollen's house on the left after a few hundred yards.
- Just after Plas Newydd the lane goes very narrow for 100 yards, keep straight on.
- The lane then drops down into a dip, over a little bridge
- And then you'll come to a council estate on the left
- Keep straight on, the road narrows to a country lane with high hedges on either side and the primary school fields to your left.
- After 100 yards along this lane, turn right (it should be signposted for Glyn Ceiriog)
- The lane climbs very steeply uphill, passing through some forestry and up to the top of the hill.
- At the top of this hill the lane meets the road that runs along the ridge, at a staggered crossroads.
- Go straight on, across the crossroads, i.e. turn left and then immediately right
- Follow this narrow lane for about a mile
- At the fork in the road, take the left hand fork
- The lane continues on the level for a few hundred yards then starts to drop downhill
- Passing a modern farm on the right hand side
- At the bottom of the hill, a lane joins you from the right, but keep straight on
- Pennant is then straight in front of you, with the old chapel the first building you see on the right.
- The lane passes through Pennant, with the farmyard and barns on the left and the house on the right
- It sounds complicated but it's only 2 miles from Llangollen to Pennant.