Around Ty Hir Cottage
Quite breathtaking is the walk to the Blue Lagoon, close by in Pantygasseg, Abertillery. A beautiful, natural stone quarry pool with amazing views. Move over, Iceland! Hallets Real Cider Company is also close by and was highly commended in the Great British Food Awards. You’ll find ciders ageing in ancient oak barrels in their mill, juxtaposed against large wine fermenters made from stainless steel. It would be rude not to sample some in their onsite shop at Blaengawney Farm.
There are some superb walks on your doorstep where you can amble along for miles. Perfect for dog walks and outdoor adventures. The Tirpentwys nature reserve and woodland mountain bike trails are just a five-minute drive from the cottage.
The rural dream
You’ll find a Tesco Superstore in nearby Pontypool, and Pontypool Park too. Known as the People’s Park, it boasts historical features, including Italian Gardens and Ice Houses, has a good range of facilities for old and young alike, and even footpath links to the Brecon Beacons National Park. There is a good selection of schools nearby with Crumlin Integrated Primary School and Tynewydd Primary School, and the highly regarded Newbridge Comprehensive. Trains from Newbridge whisk you directly to Cardiff and Newport, and there’s access to an efficient road network.