This week we have a lovely Guest Blog post from the owner of Pant, Llangrannog. He has taken a rare opportunity to stay at the holiday cottage which has been in his family for generations….
I have been a joint owner of Pant, Llangrannog with my brother for over 25 years and the house has been in the family since the mid-nineteenth century. The farmhouse was built by my great grandfather, my father was born there and until I left school I spent all my summer holidays there.
I had not actually stayed at Pant for a holiday for over 50 years, until this November when I spent a most enjoyable week walking the Ceredigion Coast Path between Mwnt and New Quay. Although I am a pensioner I was able to manage all the sections without too much difficulty and I was rewarded with the most magnificent views.
It is possible to plan circular routes each day to enjoy both the coast and the countryside inland. The walk down the Hoffnant Valley to Penbryn was particularly rewarding and it seemed that the world had not changed since my grandfather’s day. November is a quieter time for wildlife although Chough, Red Kites and Buzzards might still be seen and seals can been spotted in isolated coves.
It seemed strange to pass a ski slope on the West Wales coast, but there it was; the youngsters staying at the outdoor education and activity center (Gwersyll yr Urdd Llangrannog) happily slaloming in the autumn sunshine.
It is difficult to single out any particular location but Mwnt and Ynys Lochtyn were magical in offering panoramic views that seemed to stretch the length of Cardigan Bay.
Llangrannog is a very popular village to stay in with its two pubs, The Ship and The Pentre Arms; I found them both very welcoming and had the unusual experience of being able to watch the Wales rugby squad beating Argentina and England nearly beating New Zealand at the same time! There is a good choice of shops and cafes in the surrounding area including the interesting Cartws cafe at Penbryn and a good pub/restaurant, The Ship Inn at Tresaith.
Pant is a great place to stay. It is impossible to imagine now that the well equipped kitchen was once the cowshed. The cottage has received a four star grading from Visit Wales, is kept spotlessly clean and is warm and spacious. There is WiFi, so it is possible to maintain easy contact with friends and relations. The large garden and patio area are enjoyed by guests and children are enthralled by the two donkeys in an adjacent field who certainly like to make themselves available for the odd carrot or twelve! All these factors are clearly appreciated by visitors, evidenced by the comments in the Guest Book.
Pant is ideal for a family summer holiday centered around the beach but my week spent there has confirmed that it makes a great base for an out of season walking holiday.
It gives my brother and me real satisfaction to feel that this old farmhouse is so well appreciated by so many visitors.
The Cardi Bach bus stops if required, outside Pant – take a ‘one-way’ ride to a village along the coast and walk back along the Coast Path or use the bus to rest your weary legs on the return trip!