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Comfy self catering cottage with panoramic views.Comfortable south facing cottage with sunny patio within easy reach of A40 and Brecon. Glorious views over the Usk Valley to the Brecon Beacons. Walks books and maps for visitors' use. Suitable for families, sleeping maximum 5 people in two bedrooms plus sofa bed. 2 well- behaved dogs welcome.
Cathedral Town- Historic House - Country GardenIdeal location for exploring Brecon and the surrounding countryside. A few minutes walk from the open country in one direction, and five minutes from the town centre in the other. The cottage, opposite the Cathedral, adjoins one of Brecon's finest Georgian buildings, Grade II listed Priory Hill House, with which it shares a lovely half-acre garden on the banks of the River Honddu, with spectacular views of Pen y Fan. Tastefully furnished with Welsh antiques, a newly equipped kitchen, TV, & Wifi.
The Granary at Hilltops BreconThe Granary is part of the 300 year old stone buildings that formed The Held Farm which has now been renovated to create three private holiday cottages. The property is about 2 miles from the centre of Brecon Town but is set in a tranquil countryside setting. We are surrounded on all sides by open farmland and countryside.
Encompassing more than 500 miles of dramatic mountains, escarpments, valleys, and incredible views, the Brecon Beacons National Park is one of Wales’ national treasures. It stretches from the antique-and-foodie lovers’ town of Llandeilo in the west to the haven for book lovers, Hay-on-Wye, in the east, right on the border with England. Further south, the park stretches to the former industrial heartlands of Merthyr Tydfil and Pontypool, taking in heritage railways, lakes, and canals.
If you’re heading to the Beacons for walking, Pen y Fan is the Beacons’ highest mountain, near the handsome market town of Brecon. Nearby, Corn Du and Cribyn are popular too. If you want quieter hikes, there are plenty more peaks to explore, from Fan Brycheiniog to to the west, with stunning views of nearby ridges, to the jagged double-headed oddity of Ysgyryd Fawr to the east, from which you can see the River Severn sparkle. Pretty towns like Abergavenny, overlooked by the Sugar Loaf and the Blorenge, and Crickhowell, sitting under Table Mountain, offer gentle urban respite from rural adventures.
Cardiff International Airport (CWL) is an hour away from the Beacons, while train stations pepper its peripheries. There are hourly direct trains to Abergavenny on the Brecons’ eastern flank, half-hourly services from Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil in the centre, while the western side is on the Heart of Wales Line, a gorgeous journey between Swansea and Shrewsbury via Llandeilo and Llandovery four times a day. Buses run frequently to the national park from South Wales and the English border town of Hereford: an Explore Wales Pass also allows eight days of consecutive travel on bus routes and selected train lines. If you’re coming by car, the A40 skirts the Beacons’ northern borders, while the A470 bisects it north to south. Both are easily accessible from the M4. Bike hire companies are also plentiful in the area, but remember to pre-book.
The Brecon Beacons are glorious to visit all year round, although only professional walkers would be advised to tackle the toughest trails and peaks in the winter, and then with canny regard to the weather. Spring brings walking festivals to the pretty towns of Crickhowell and Talgarth, while in May, the Hay-on-Wye literary festival descends, as do internationally renowned authors to the many bookshops in the town (there are 24 at the last count). August brings music to Brecon with the internationally popular Jazz Festival, and to Glanusk Park, a few miles outside Crickhowell, for the award-winning Green Man music festival, while Abergavenny hosts its chef-filled food festival in September. Hay holds another literary weekend in late November, before Christmas beds in — although the hills and the market towns are still there, and still open, for your enjoyment.
Right at the eastern edge of the Beacons is the highest road pass in Wales. It rises from the Llanthony Valley (home to a stunning 12th-century abbey) and the artists’ hamlet of Capel-y-Ffin, to a single track with handy passing places for cars up to the high peaks of Hay Bluff and Twmpa. The views to the west are astonishing, taking in the whole span of the Beacons on a clear day.
The Brecon Beacons is an International Dark Sky Reserve, one of only 18 confirmed in the world. This means it possesses an exceptional quality of nocturnal environment for stargazing. If there aren’t any clouds in the late afternoon, cancel your evening plans, and enjoy uninterrupted views of constellations and the Milky Way.
To the southwest of the Beacons are the waterfalls of Pontneddfechan, trailing from the gorgeously named Afon Mellte (Lightning River). Paths take visitors alongside wooded, steep-sided gorges: the gradients are flat, but wear sensible shoes. Further north, the pretty village of Talybont-on-Usk offers a more challenging hike in a glacial valley. Craft galleries and cafes nearby help you wind down gently afterwards.