View from the Estate Office
Well the last week has allowed a temporary breather into what has been a busy Winter and Spring so far. The Elan Links project is at its initial review stage so there was a push for the deadline and now we await the review, before the final sprint to June's application deadline. Out on the estate we have had some glorious sunshine and some ghastly gales, but all-in-all they both make for a spectacular view of the dams overflowing.
Just over a year ago we started handling the bookings of the holiday cottages ourselves, this was to reduce agent costs and have a better relationship directly with our customers and their feedback. So with a better grasp on the properties we have been able to make improvements and update facilities at the properties, which has kept us busy in recent months. What we have been busy up to, do you ask?
Reservoir Roundabout 2017
50th Anniversary for the Reservoir Roundabout
The 'Roundabout Team' have declared the 2017 Reservoir Roundabout another great success following another large turnout for this annual challenge event aimed at long distance walkers and runners held in the Elan Valley. The walk was held on the 7th January and marked the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Reservoir Roundabout in 1967.
Penbont House Tearooms and B&B
You will have noticed that Penbont Tearooms is currently closed.It is scheduled to open later on in 2017. Keep an eye on here and our Facebook/Twitter accounts for further updates.
Dark Skies November Update
On the planetary side, Venus is by far the brightest object in the low south western skies, visible for some 11-12 hours after sunset, although suffering somewhat from the twilight glow.
Elan Links Consultation
Come and tell us what makes Elan so special and find out more about the Elan Links Project
ELAN VILLAGE BAILEY BRIDGE CLOSURE
The above structure will be closed to the public for the period Monday 24th to Friday 28th October, 2016 for urgent repairs.
We are sorry for any inconvenience
Alternative route by vehicle to the Elan Village is via Dolfallen bridge crossing the river Elan further down the road OR
via foot there are two alternative footbridges, one directly below Caban Coch Dam and the other footbridge at the end of the Elan Village opposite the Glan yr Afon Cottages.
Dark Skies October Update
The chart shows the sky at mid month around 21.00 BST.
Planetary wise, Venus is struggling to pull away from the solar glare in the evening twilight, still just a couple of degrees above the western horizon at sunset. We’ve lost Saturn from view by the time of the sky chart while Mars is only just hanging on, low in the south-west skies. As with last month, Uranus and Neptune are only visible with tripod mounted binoculars or telescopic aid.
PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOM
PENBONT HOUSE TEAROOM and B&B IS NOW CLOSED FOR BUSINESS
Sandra would like to thank all her customers and friends for their loyal support and custom over the past 4 years.
The Elan Valley Trust wish Sandra and her family all the best for the future.
The Elan Valley Trust will be carrying out refurbishment works and plan to re-open in 2017.
Updates will be put on the "NEWS PAGE" of the Website to keep customers updated of future plans.
Dark Skies September Update
I’m sure that you’ve all noticed the nights starting to draw in after the long summer days. Not really surprising since September brings the autumn equinox of equal length day and night time. In the skies, we’ve lost Jupiter and Mercury in the west, with only Venus clinging onto the bright twilight zone, some couple of degrees high at sunset. The other planetary double act featuring Saturn and Mars continues in the SSW skies, although Saturn is steadily dropping, with Mars slowly dimming in magnitude or brightness as the month progresses.