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Reviews - Gellifawr Hotel & Cottages

3Self Classified Country House Hotel Ratings explained
Pontfaen, , , Fishguard, SA65 9TX
Gellifawr is located in the beautiful Gwaun Valley in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, about four miles from the coast and beaches at Newport Sands. The area in which they are situated is designated a site of special scientific interest. Perfect for walking, bird watching, hiking, cycling, nature watching, beaches, sightseeing or just relaxing in the friendly and comfortable welcoming environment.

This is Bluestone country where the famous stones at Stonehenge originated. The area has many fascinating historical features. It lies in an unspoiled rural area, surrounded by farms, with many footpaths and bridleways and an abundance of wildlife. The nineteenth century stone farmhouse has been lovingly restored and comfortably furnished ensuring a warm welcome to this tranquil and relaxing family run hotel.

We also have 15 cottages in various sizes, from one to three bedrooms all beautifully converted from stone farm buildings. All cottages are non smoking. The cottages are situated in a lovely courtyard with a pond, there are seating areas and barbecues for those lazy summer evenings and the cottages are only a stone's throw from the bar and restaurant should you feel like a break from self catering.

Our newly refurnished restaurant offers a frequently changing menu that is designed & prepared using the finest local produce.

We look forward to welcoming you.
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100% recommended this accommodation to a friend 100% would stay again
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Lovely place, lovely people
Gellifawr is in a lovely, quiet setting. The lakes round the back of the property a worth a look, though they are not safe for children on their own. Newtown is only a short drive away for basic shops, we went further afield to see different bits of the magnificent coast. Breakfasts are generous and varied, between 8.00 - 10.00 am. We ate in on the first night, food was delicious, but the menu is quite limited if you wanted to eat in every night. The service was very friendly and the room was very comfortable, beautifully clean. A very restful holiday for us.

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Pamela S

From Coventry, UK
Who stayed in August 2014

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Good accommodation but needs overhauling during the off-season to bring it up to standard
The accommodation was characterful and spacious. There was a comfortable bed and adequate storage space. The kitchen was clean and large and generally well equipped - although the crockery/cutlery and kitchen equipment was sparse - could have done with some good knives, a jug to measure milk and a mixing bowl - this is self catering so you do need to be able to cook without bringing everything with you. The fridge door seemed to have dropped and it was difficult to keep closed. All the of the doors in the accommodation squeaked really loudly - not good when sneaking out to the loo in the middle of the night! There was a problem with the blind in the bedroom - very high and almost impossible to close, even with the pole provided (also the window in that room had not been cleaned for some time). The blind over the fire door in the kitchen had also been taken off which meant you are exposed to the outside world if you pop into the kitchen to make a cup of tea in your PJs!
There was a lovely little communal garden in the centre of the apartment buildings, but it would be nice to have a small table and chairs outside each individual smaller unit so you can have a drink outside in the hot weather (there are benches outside the larger properties).
We were told the property had only recently been taken under new management and it does look like there are a few maintenance issues that need to be addressed, and I am sure they will be over the next year. In particular, the beautifully designed grounds and gardens are in real need of a good gardener to get the gardens back into shape before the design is lost altogether.
The bar area in the hotel is nice and the staff very friendly. My only objection here is that they were charging £3.25 a pint for the local ale which is brewed literally 2 minutes away, where you can buy the same beer at £1.75 a pint. Obviously the hotel buys it in bulk for less than that so should not be trying to make possibly £2 a pint profit - champion the local, sell it at a good price and more will be purchased.
We ate in the restaurant one night and the food was really good - although I wonder whether it would be possible to have a menu that let you have just a main course, instead of just the £23 per head 2 course (or more for 3) which is quite high - I know we could only afford to eat here once during our stay - if you had a family I doubt if you would come into the restaurant at all. For a spacious room, the tables for 2 are much too small. One poor couple with a baby in a highchair next to them, did not have enough room on their table to put their vegetable dish and had to put on another table and keep getting up to get it! This when the restaurant was empty except for us and them. For goodness sake, when it is quiet, let couples have the luxury of sitting at a large table.
This all sounds a bit petty I know, but things like this make or spoil a really good break and if this establishment wants to keep to the 'boutique' end of accommodation, they need to up the standards a little bit.

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bev c

From Droitwich, UK
Who stayed in July 2014

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Absolutely amazing!
We booked this cottage last minute and the service we had was superb. We arrived late and the cottage was immaculate, couldn't of asked for better. Such amazing value too. We felt right at home so much so we didn't want to leave. All staff were very polite and helpful with advice on things to do and see in the are. Highly recommended! I have already told friends and family they have to go ;-)

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EMMA CORIO

From London, UK
Who stayed in April 2014

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Great place
Really enjoyed our stay here, nice spacious room, friendly service and great food.

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Dan M

From London, UK
Who stayed in February 2014

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