3 (all year)
Bryn Bwthyn is in a peaceful location on a farm that is only a mile and a half from the famous book town of Hay-on-Wye. There is room for eight people in four bedrooms, and with the opportunity to hire a neighbouring property that sleeps nine, it is great for large families and friends who want somewhere special to catch up and enjoy the natural landscape, history and fabulous food of the Welsh Borders.
Hay-on-Wye is a charming town best known for its annual literary festival. It is a magnet for bibliophiles, with a variety of second-hand and specialist bookstores. Spend half an hour browsing the open-air honesty bookshop in the centre of town for a bargain. There are great cafes and excellent pubs if you do not want to cook, and a well-stocked organic deli and wholefoods store selling local produce. Do not miss the weekly market that runs every Thursday morning. Other market towns worth visiting include Brecon, Crickhowell, Abergavenny, Builth Wells and Llandrindod Wells. The cathedral city of Hereford is also nearby.
Bryn Bwthyn is on the northern tip of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a paradise for ramblers and mountain bikers with a wealth incredible footpaths and trails that take in terrain both challenging and beautiful. The long-distance Offa’s Dyke Path runs from the Severn Estuary to North Wales following the old border between England and Wales, and the Wye Valley Walk is also a favourite. The Black Mountains are perfect for both walkers and mountain bikers, and it is possible to ride or walk for hours without seeing another soul. A tip: if you are planning to walk up Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in the National Park, do it on a weekday as it gets incredibly busy at weekends.
As well as walking and bike riding, there are lots of places where you can fish, canoe or kayak along the Wye and Usk, play golf, or saddle-up and take a horse ride. Some of Wales best potholing and climbing sites are an easy drive from Bryn Bwthyn, and there are several local activity centres where you can try virtually any activity from paintballing to quad biking and archery.
At the end of a day fuelled by fun, you can relax in comfort, drinking in the sensational views Bryn Bwthyn enjoys as you drink a glass of wine made on the slopes of the Sugarloaf Mountain or a dram of award-winning Penderyn gin or whisky distilled in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Anna Carlisle joined Independent Cottages in February 2018
Bryn Bwthyn is an old stone building that has been cleverly converted to create a very comfortable Four Star holiday home that sleeps up to eight guests. Completely self-contained, it can (depending on availability) be hired together with the adjoining Meeting House to sleep up to seventeen people (sorry but no parties!).
The upside down layout makes the most of the fantastic views of the surrounding farmland and countryside.
Outside: A wooden door leads from the kitchen to a stone terrace where there is a barbecue and garden furniture for outdoor dining. A terraced garden has further seating from where you can enjoy the stunning sunset views. A lockable shed provides secure storage for bikes and other sports equipment. There is off street parking for several cars.
Additional Information: The property has central heating, WiFi and a good mobile phone and 3G signal. All utilities, towels and linen are included, as are logs for the wood burning stove. Short breaks may be possible depending on availability and last minute bookings are offered with a 20% discount up to eight weeks before arrival. No smoking. Up to two dogs are welcome by prior arrangement at an additional charge of £20 per dog to cover additional cleaning. Outside catering can be arranged if you are planning a celebratory meal or would just like a night off cooking. One well-behaved dog is welcome by arrangement (please note this is a working sheep farm). All male and all female parties are accepted (a security deposit of £300 is required).
Star Rating: 4 Star
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There are lots of activities for both children and adults close by. Wood for fires and electricity is included in the price. We make a charge of £20.00 per dog to allow for the extra cleaning.
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