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The Otters Holt Cottage / Eco Romantic Hide awayThe Otters Holt Cottage is an outstandingly charming, hand crafted oak frame, nestled in 3 acres of secluded Welsh woodland and meadow. Where you will find an abundance of nature on your doorstep. The cottage is completely off grid, with solar power and natural springs. Inside there is a woodfired stove to cosy up to. An undercover woodfired hot tub and outdoor pizza oven. Just 1 mile outside of Brecon town, it is easy to access with private parking and the Brecon Beacons right on the doorstep.
Rural escape with hot tub in the Brecon BeaconsWaun Yscir is perfectly situated in the tranquil Yscir valley, just a 15 minute drive from the pretty market town of Brecon. Waun Yscir was lovingly converted in 2009. The cottage is located on our family farm, away from the hustle and bustle, it’s the ideal place to ‘get away from it all’. The hot tub is the icing on the cake after a long walk.
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.
A handsome garrison town in the heart of Mid Wales, Brecon sits at the confluence of two pretty rivers, the Usk and the Honddu, surrounded by breathtaking countryside. The Brecon Beacons mountain range stretches west and east from the town, with Pen-y-Fan, its highest peak, only six miles away.
A walk through Brecon’s old, narrow streets in its centre feels like time travel through Welsh history: you’ll take in the ruins of its 13th-century castle; Georgian, Tudor, and Elizabethan houses; and the serenity of Brecon Cathedral. In summer, the town also has a reputation as a lively cultural hub. Music festivals bring in fans of jazz, classical, and independent music, while its monthly farmers’ markets and bookshop cafes are beloved by locals.
Other rural idylls nearby promise wildlife, woodland, and beautiful expanses of water: Llangorse Lake and Talybont-on-Usk, with its waterfalls, are less than 15 minutes’ drive away. Within half an hour, you’ll also find the bustling, pretty market towns of Hay-on-Wye, Crickhowell, and Abergavenny.
Given the nearby Beacons’ popularity with tourists, Brecon is well served by bus routes across Wales, as are its surrounding villages and beauty spots. The T4 runs from Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, while the T6 runs from its second city, Swansea; both have busy, mainline railway stations with direct services to London. Another option by train is to travel to Abergavenny on the Cardiff-to-Manchester line. A pre-booked taxi from here to Brecon only takes 30 minutes (buses are available too, a ten-minute walk from the station into Abergavenny town). The nearest airport is 50 miles away at Cardiff Wales Airport (CWL), a 70-minute journey by car, while Bristol Airport (BRS) is only 20 minutes further.
Brecon comes alive in August when the Jazz Festival takes over the town. It has done so since 1984, playing host to internationally famous musicians and upcoming stars. Later that month, the Green Man Festival takes place 20 minutes down the hilly A40 at Glanusk Park, bringing music-lovers to Brecon’s streets, shops, and cafes. October plays host to another musical weekend, the Brecon Baroque Festival, but autumn is also a perfect time to explore the nearby peaks and valleys, as the trees and grasslands light up with vivid orange, red, and purple leaves. Winter also reveals the drama of the mountains, waterfalls, and woodlands in fabulous repose. After a day outdoors, head back to town for some warming mulled wine or hot chocolate in one of Brecon’s welcoming pubs.
Housed in the town’s elegant Grade II-listed Shire Hall, Y Gaer (The Fort) is Brecon’s new cultural hub and art gallery. It showcases the depth and variety of Welsh art from the 18th century to the present day, including stunning portraiture by Josef Herman and Augustus John.
Brecon’s pretty canal begins here near the Theatr Brycheiniog, which has a lovely poetry trail, popular with children. It then travels 35 miles through woodland to the Welsh Valleys town of Pontypool. The Taff Trail also begins here, which will take you all the way to Cardiff: a flatter route for walkers and cyclists wanting time away from the mountains. In spring and summer, take a narrowboat along the locks to see the lime kilns just outside town, and spot moorhens, mallards, and dragonflies.
A beautiful, medieval building in the quiet, northwestern corner of Brecon, this cathedral’s gentle majesty extends to its contents. These include a stained-glass window commemorating a lone soldier who fought at the Battle of Agincourt (200 archers from Brecon fought alongside Henry V), and a 12th-century font with astonishing decorations of a Green Man. Within the enclosed cathedral walls, you’ll also find an exhibition on cathedral life and popular tearooms.