Afan Cottage sleeps up to eight guests and nestles within a spectacular setting on the outskirts of Blaengwynfi village in the Afan Valley. With hills all around, the cottage affords magnificent views and is a great choice for families and friends who enjoy the many pleasures of the great outdoors. It is surrounded by hills with spectacular views and provides comfortable accommodation that lends itself well to socialising and relaxing with a spacious sitting/dining area that features a snooker/pool table.
Sitting in a quiet spot at the end of a 'no through' road, the cottage provides the opportunity to relax amongst open countryside. There are fantastic walks to enjoy taking you from the foot of the valley to the peaks of the mountain (there's plenty of information in the cottage to help you plan routes). Footpaths take you up into the hills and for cyclists, you can set off on your bike along a cycle track and make your way to the trails of Afan and Little Switzerland.
There's an abundance of opportunities for outdoor lovers with the Glencorrwg Mountain Biking Centre just three miles from the cottage and the Afan Argoed Visitor Centre five miles away. For those who want to bring their bike, the cottage has a secure lock up and wash down facilities and the village offers plenty of amenities for self-catering including a village store for stocking up on provisions, Chinese takeaway and a good pub for a meal out.
One of the UK's top locations for mountain bikers, the Afan Forest offers a superb choice of trails allowing you to experience the thrill of carving your way through the hillside and valley. Afan Forest Park is home to five world class trails: ‘Y Wal’, the ‘Penhydd’, ‘White’s Level’, ‘Skyline’ and 'W2' and is to date, the UK's only UK trail destination to be featured in the ‘What Mountain Bike Magazine’ as one of the ten best places to ride “before you die”.
Apart from mountain biking, the surrounding area offers an abundance of things to do and see. Visit Margam Country Park and explore a thousand acres of glorious grounds which are abundant with wildlife (coarse fishing available). For those who seek the cry of the gulls, head to Porthcawl and enjoy a day on the glorious sands with a picnic (twenty minute drive) and visit Aberdulais Falls for an insight into the areas industrial heritage and knowledge about the old tin works.
Other activities to enjoy in the area are pony trekking at Cimla Riding Centre, diving off the shores of the Gower and also Sailing (yacht hire is available from Oxwich Bay.
If you enjoy the Great Outdoors and are looking for an active holiday, this is the perfect place with everything on your doorstep.
Becky & Hugh Robertson joined Independent Cottages in May 2010
The cottage can sleep up to eight and offers the following accommodation:
Outside: Enjoy a drink or BBQ outside in the warmer months - the raised garden provides lovely views over the surrounding countryside and mountains. Up to eight bikes can be stored securely in two secure bike lock-ups.
Additional information: All bed linen and towels are included, as is electricity and gas. A basket of logs and firelighters makes up a welcome pack along with tea, coffee and milk. The cottage has a pool table with a wooden cover that doubles up as a dining table.
Star Rating: 3 Star
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Enjoy an active weekend cycling at one of the top 10 mountain biking areas in the world (according to What mountain bike magazine) for only £240!