Buzzards Bothy

KItchen with views
  • Amazing panoramic view of the Black Mountains
  • Detached cosy cottage on a hill farm
  • Great spot for a romantic escape or minimoon
  • 45 acres of land around for walks, picnics, river swimming, fishing, children’s games, lovely animals to look at and feed
  • Fire pit, BBQ and woodburner (logs included)
  • Five minutes' walk to excellent food pub
  • Discount for a couple outside the peak periods (based on the use of one bed)

Buzzards wheel in the thermals above this beautiful hill farm, animals graze contentedly on this richly bio-diverse landscape, and the cottage – formerly an ancient ruined farm building – is now a wonderfully cosy, wood-beamed escape for 2 to 4, plus 2 children, an infant and up to 2 dogs. A romantic haven for a couple; a children’s utopia; a peaceful solace; a base for exploring: whatever your holiday ambitions, this heavenly location with its magnificent view of unspoilt countryside and the dramatic waves of the Black Mountains behind will enrich your memories forever.

There is a 15% discount for a couple outside the peak school holiday periods (based on the use of one bed only). When you book for two adults, the price reduces automatically.

Holiday let with stunning views
Country track to cottage Chickens

Your visit to Buzzards Bothy will first take you past the convivial local pub, the wonderfully characterful and charming Bridge Inn sitting on the bank of the Escley Brook. Only twenty yards further on is the beginning of the track to the farm where the cottage is located, a magical green lane, sunken with age and lined with old trees, ferns and wild flowers. You emerge, blinking, onto the farm's meadows to witness its spectacular vista of green fields and mountains, dotted with sheep and criss-crossed by ancient hedgerows and wildlife-rich copses.

Kitchen Kitchen
kitchen looking out to al fresco dining
Dresser Outside dining

A spacious kitchen, thoughtfully fitted-out and prettily decorated, and with all you will need for a happy self-catered stay, leads into the sitting-dining-room with two sofas, a dining-table, a piano, and a wood burner. Here, you will find a TV, DVDs, games, and lots of good books.

Living room
Comfy sofas Sofas in holiday cottage
Cosy cottage Real wood birner

A utility room with sink, washing-machine, storage, hooks for coats and room for boots leads to the back door and the downstairs shower room with loo and hand basin.

Piano Door Downstairs shower

Upstairs, the spacious high-ceilinged master bedroom has a king-size bed, a day-bed with trundle bed beneath for children, and splendid views through the roof window. Next-door is a second bedroom with a double bed and the same lovely views. The family bathroom has a roll-top bath, a heated towel rail, a big shower and a loo.

Main bedroom
Bemaed bedroom Bedroom

Outside, the cottage has a garden with grass, fruit trees (do pick fruit in season), a low trampoline, and a patio area with table, chairs and parasol. Next to it is an area of field with a little ‘tump’, local lingo for a hillock, and a fire pit for sitting by and admiring the view.

View from the window
Bathroom Shower Bath

While the farm is a working one, it is small, and is a safe place for children to run free, a long way from roads or traffic. The gentle breed of quiet traditional Shorthorn cattle, pigs, pet sheep and lambs, ponies, and chickens to feed will delight small children. The rope swing, the zip wire, the woods for exploring, and the Escley Brook for fishing or swimming in will keep energetic children happy for hours upon hours. There’s lots of space for escaping with a picnic - up to the field by the woods where you can light a camp fire and watch the sun dip down behind the hills, or down by the brook while cooling off in hot weather.

Outside dining
Garden seat Blossom in the orchard
Outside dining

Things to do around Buzzards Bothy

You may not want to go far once here, as there is so much to enjoy on the doorstep – animals, views, walks, wildlife-spotting, games (indoors and out), picnics, adventures in the woods, camping out, swimming, paddling, dam-building and fishing in the river, and happy evenings around the fire pit with sunsets to wow you. Wildlife, thanks to the owners' farming practices, is rich and varied: there are otters on the river; deer, foxes and hares in the woods; and a diversity of birds, from redstarts to red kites. A kingfisher can often be seen darting down the river; and there are rare orchids in the meadows and hedgerow flowers in profusion. In winter, bracing walks put colour in your cheeks, and the wood burner comes into its own as a great focal-point and warmer on a chilly winter’s night.

Lambs Lamb feeding
Shutters Shuttered windows

Perhaps Hay-on-Wye could entice you away from the farm, where a visit may include shopping for provisions in the well-stocked deli, poking around the second-hand bookshops, enjoying the galleries, boutiques and antique shops. You could venture into the Black Mountains, a wilderness on your doorstep, where you will find wild ponies, dramatic views, abbeys, waterfalls, and breathtaking walks. For a complete change of scene, you could visit Hereford, which has the famous Mappa Mundi in its cathedral, as well as the extraordinary Chained Library.

Round off the day with a visit to the local pub, The Bridge at Michaelchurch, which is just a romantic five-minute walk down the track, perfect for a pint, and great for a really tasty meal. The atmosphere is friendly and buzzing, and there is live music the first Wednesday of each month, too. While away sunny afternoons on the picturesque river bank, or, on chilly nights, snuggle up inside by the fire.

Stunning views
Horses! Horses

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner
  • Logs and kindling supplied: 2 baskets included for a week's stay; 1 basket included for a short break. Any further logs available to buy
  • Wifi
  • No mobile reception (ask owners for use of their phone if you need it). The nearest mobile reception is a five-minute drive away
  • TV with DVD and Freeview, plus selection of DVDs
  • iPod dock
  • Radio
  • Well-equipped kitchen with dresser
  • Stove has ceramic hob, two electric ovens and a grill
  • Smeg fridge with medium ice-box
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil etc)
  • Utility room has storage, coat hooks, sink, washer/dryer
  • Downstairs shower room with loo and hand basin
  • Family bathroom upstairs has roll-top bath, separate shower, loo and hand basin
  • King-size bed in master bedroom with day bed and truckle for up to two children
  • Double bed in second bedroom
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Electricity, heating, and hot water included
  • Baby-friendly (travel cot, high chair and stair gate at bottom of stairs)
  • Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome, but please keep them in the utility room until wet and muddy paws have dried off (stairgate allows them to see what is going on!) and they must kept under control around the farm animals
  • Piano
  • Garden furniture: table and chairs with parasol
  • Fire pit and gas BBQ
  • Local information, guide books, novels and games
  • 45 acres of delightful meadows and woodland to explore and enjoy as your own
  • Fun things for children: zip wire, tyre swing, low trampoline, camping out, farm animals to feed - Pigs are generally present from late Spring to early Autumn. When they are here you are welcome to help with feeding!
  • Fishing in season, paddling, wild swimming in the Escley Brook. To fish, book in at
  • Great walks from the door
  • Garden with garden furniture and orchard
  • The cottage is on a farm and adjacent to the main farmyard, but is detached, with a private garden, and away from the owners' house
  • Incredible panoramic views of the Black Mountains with stunning sunsets and very dark skies at night
  • Excellent hill-walking and mountain-biking on the Black Mountains - just a short distance away
  • Walking distance to wonderful local food pub (5 minutes) with riverside garden
  • This is a working farm, so there are one or two ‘no go’ areas, such as sheds where farm machinery is kept. But the owners will make it clear where these places are. Please keep your children supervised, especially when on the trampoline or close to the river
  • The drive is a little bumpy, so don't bring the sports car, but is perfectly passable in an ordinary car. In bad weather, the owners will be able to help with their Landrover
  • 10 minutes’ drive to prize-winning village shop at Longtown for local produce and all necessary supplies
  • 25 minutes' drive to Hay-on-Wye
  • Parking for up to two cars immediately adjacent to cottage
  • 15% discount for a couple outside the peak periods (based on the use of one bed). When you book for two adults, the price reduces automatically

Dog in woods
Tyre swing Zip wire! Lambs in pursuit!

Live online booking

Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.

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Sheep Feeding the sheep
Ca;f Cow
Tyre swing Pig feeding Lambs in pursuit!

Location map

NAtural strea, pool for wild dips!
Shuttered windows Shutters

From the visitors book at Buzzards Bothy

'We’ve loved the idyllic location, from the “enchanted drive” to the views, to the piece and quiet, to the stars at night. The cottage has been finished to such a high standard. It’s been such a lovely stay.' Joe and Sue, Yorkshire

'We have had a truly wonderful, amazing and happy time spent at Buzzards Bothy! We have paddled (and dipped) in the stream, fed sheep and guinea pigs, got to know two fantastic ponies, braved walking past the cows and bull and had lots of fun on the zip-wire and rope-swing. The log fire, super comfy beds, stars and buzzards were a massive bonus too! Thank you for a warm welcome and for allowing us to share your lovely farm and animals and for making us feel truly relaxed and at home. Just what we needed! We will miss the Bothy and tinkling on the ivories!' Nadine, Alistair, Tiana and Keira, Bristol.

'As seasoned travellers to the Brecon region, Buzzards Bothy stands out as our favourite. More than comfortable, everything is catered for in a wonderfully peaceful, scenic location.' Vicky and Peter, Glos.

'One of the most wonderful holidays we have ever enjoyed, made special by the beautiful scenery and perfect hosts. Our daughter loved feeding the sheep and looking after the guinea pigs.' Anya, Pete, Imogen and Jude, Northampton.

'Probably the best cottage we have stayed in! The décor, the standard of equipment, beautiful flowers, secure for our dog, stunning views and so near to our favourite watering hole, The Bridge Inn. You have been very kind and caring. Thank you. But most of all I love the sheep! The whole stay: FANTASTIC!' Andrew and Amanda, Bolton.

'Thank you for a wonderful stay on your farm! What an idyllic place – we don’t want to go home! We love your hillside, your river, your woods, your fire-pit and all of your lovely animals. Zach was delighted to get to know Burt and Nibbles (the guinea pigs), Freddie and Charlie (the ponies), Tess (the dog) and the v. friendly black cat. He was a bit more wary of the sheep and cows, though! Thank you for allowing us to create some wonderful memories to take away.' Brian, Claire and Zach

'Beautiful cottage, great location, fantastic scenery. Enjoyed seeing the buzzards and red kites soaring above. Thanks for the flowers and hospitality. Hope to return soon.' Sue and Ian, Warrington

'We have had a fantastic 10 days here – it is such a beautiful, peaceful spot, with views to die for. The barn is really comfortable and fantastically equipped. Thank you, Chrissy, for being so welcoming and for the beautiful flowers in every room.' Emma, Daniel, Eliza and Jonah, Cambridgeshire

'We have had a wonderful time here at the Bothy which is so beautiful and of such a high standard of accommodation. The location is also beautiful – wonderful views – lots of wildlife. It was very special to see the hares in the meadow and the kites and buzzards circling over us. We have managed to split our time with being able to completely relax here and go to Hay and the Festival. Chrissy, thank you for a warm welcome and your flower arrangements have inspired me. Thank you for an excellent break. We will definitely recommend and return.' Karen, Darren and Joan, Staffordshire.

'Used as a base for the Hay Festival. What a wonderful place to stay – we would have liked to spend more time here enjoying the fabulous countryside. We have all been to the Hay Festival on many occasions and this is the best place we have ever stayed. Thank you for such a lovely stay.' Sarah, Polly and Sarah, London

'This is a beautiful holiday home in a beautiful setting. We came for the Hay Festival and are sorry we could not spend more time here, but definitely hope to return! And your flower arrangements are beautiful! Thank you for a lovely welcome and a lovely holiday.' Karen, Chris, David and Mariela, Devon

'We feel very privileged to be the first to stay in your beautiful “bothy”. We’ve all enjoyed every minute of our stay, and the zip wire and the stream were fabulous. Richard and I have graduated from the “School of Woodburners for Beginners” with top grades! We’ll be back in the future.' Sophie, Richard, Finn and Noah, London