The Fro

The Fro's gardenm looking across to the Brecon Beacons
IN BRIEF
  • Listed 17th-century farm house
  • Glorious isolation, but just a short drive to civilisation
  • Beautiful enclosed mature garden well away from road, with lovely views
  • In the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • Baby, child and dog-friendly
  • Sleeps 4+2 (plus an infant and 2 good dogs)
  • 10% discount for a couple outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed

The Fro is everything you could wish for in a holiday home – stylish, comfortable, spacious, and set in a lovely mature enclosed garden with outstanding views. Child, baby and dog-friendly, this lovely romantic 17th- century house sleeps up to 6 people in three bedrooms, but is also perfectly cosy enough for couples who want an idyllic escape from it all. Enjoying the best of both worlds, The Fro is down a long drive off a quiet lane, and surrounded by its own land for utter privacy and peace; but it is also a short drive from Crickhowell for great amenities – a superb butcher and other good independent shops, cafes and pubs.

This lovely farmhouse can be rented by a couple at a discount of 10% outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed only (when you book for a couple, the price will be discounted automatically). 

Crickhowell cottage - large open fire and comfy sitting room

Downstairs, the spacious kitchen (with a wood burner) leads into a pretty and light-filled conservatory with seating and a table-football table. The lovely panelled and beamed sitting-room has a huge fireplace with an open fire. Cosy sofas make this room with a view a gorgeous place to unwind. There is also a utility room and a downstairs shower-room and loo.

Crickhowell cottage - large open fire and comfy sitting room
Wood panelled features Lovely conservatory with comfy seating
Wood burner Conservatory seating Chicken vs duck!

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms – a master bedroom with a king-size bed, a twin bedroom, and a bunk bedroom (with full size bunks). There is also a family bathroom on this floor.

Kitchen and dining area Dining table
Crickhowell cottage - large open fire and comfy sitting room
Wood burner Conservatory seating Chicken vs duck!

Outside, the house sits in a beautiful mature garden, with lawns, walled terracing, fine hedges, and well-planted flower borders. On the other side of the courtyard, the old barn reveals The Fro’s roots as a farmhouse. Fields surround the house, with not a neighbour in sight. The view down to the vale ('y fro' is Welsh for the vale) below is wide and peaceful, with the Brecons in sight behind. And rising up behind the house is Crug Hwyl mountain, after which the local town of Crickhowell is named - a great target for a good bracing yomp, or a picnic on a fine day, with an incredible view from the top.

Bathroom Stone spiral staircase Door detail

Things to do around The Fro

The Fro is situated between the Black Mountains to the east and the Brecon Beacons to the west. Both areas make up the Brecon Beacons National Park , so there is no shortage of beautiful countryside to explore and enjoy. Lively visitors can hike, mountain bike, ride, paraglide, climb, cave and canoe; others can enjoy more leisurely walks around the house, spotting the birds and wild flowers, or visits to places like Tretower, Brecon cathedral, or Talgarth mill. Children love Langorse Lake , which has watersports on offer, as well as a bird reserve, or the play barn just outside Brecon for rainy days. Shopping in Crickhowell is good, with plenty of independent shops, including Cashel’s, a very good butcher (with deli products). There are also cafes, take-aways, and The Bear Inn for a pint. A visit to the area wouldn’t be complete without a meal at the Felin Fach Griffin (on the A470 between Brecon and Hay). A fantastic pub, the atmosphere is relaxed, the staff friendly, and the food really good. Dogs are welcome in the bar, and you can buy great preserves made on site and locally – chutneys, jams, sauces; and it is open every day.

Main bedroom Twin bedroom
Wood burner Conservatory seating Chicken vs duck!

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner in kitchen and open fire in sitting-room (first basket of logs for each supplied free of charge)
  • Free wifi
  • TV with DVD (plus a selection of DVDs)
  • CD-player/radio (plus a selection of CDs)
  • Ipod docking station
  • Mobile reception
  • Gas hob and electric oven
  • Fridge
  • Separate freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer and spare fridge
  • Store cupboard essentials included (coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil etc)
  • Emergency supplies (tinned, dried goods etc) available via honesty box payment
  • Master bedroom with king-size bed; twin bedroom; bunk bedroom with standard-size bunks
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included (soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc)
  • Downstairs shower room with loo and hand basin, plus upstairs family bathroom with bath, loo and hand basin
  • Electricity, gas, heating and hot water included
  • Baby-friendly (ask owner for travel cot, high chair etc)
  • Dog-friendly: two well-behaved dogs welcome downstairs, but not on furniture. Please be aware of sheep in the vicinity. Dog bowls provided.
  • Superb enclosed garden with garden furniture
  • Lots of books and local information
  • Table-football in conservatory
  • Lovely conservatory - great for making the most of winter sunshine, or summer eating if there's a breeze
  • Great walking from the front door
  • Pub half an hour's walk away in local town
  • The Fro can be rented by a couple at a discount of 10% outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed (when you book for a couple, the price will be discounted automatically). 

Garden path Track past cottage
Crickhowell cottage - large open fire and comfy sitting room

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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Nearby barn door Sign painted on slate Outdoor seating
Daffodils Gate and track to cottage

Location map



Daffodils Gate and track to cottage
Crickhowell cottage - large open fire and comfy sitting room
Garden path Track past cottage

From the visitors book at The Fro

By email to the office:

Dear Caroline, thank you very much. We had a very nice time at the Fro. Such a terrific house!!!! We had a great time!!

 Kind regards,

 Family Van Duivendijk, the Netherlands

'What a perfect place for a honeymoon! Huge fireplace, lovely log burner, cosy decor and stunning views - we really couldn't have asked for more. We're rapidly becoming cottage holiday devotees, but have never stayed anywhere so well-equipped and home-like. Couldn't recommend it enough. Thank you so much for a truly special experience!' Mr and Mrs (!) Zammit, Southsea

'We've had a lovely, relaxing break in this wonderful old cottage. Enjoyed our evenings spent in front of the log fire, working our way thrugh all the books and magazines. The location is perfect, and the views fabulous. Thank you.' Helen and Aled, Cardiff

'An adorable cottage in beautiful surroundings overlooking the Sugar Loaf Mountain, which is a very special place for me. This was a birthday surprise for my 50th birthday, so it will have a special place in my heart. Home from home, with all the creature comforts and more: log fires, conservatory - perfect. Thank you.' Rebecca (birthday girl), Neil, Sarah, Darren and the dogs, Wakefield

'Our first visit to The Fro and to the Brecon Beacons. Had a lovely time, with walks near Llangynidr and Brecon, visits to Hay-on-Wye and Abergavenny. The Dragon's Head at Llangenny is a great pub, and we had a fabulous lunch at The Hardwick. Captain, our dog, was immediately at home in thlovely gardens, and we spent a lot of happy hours enjoying them ourselves. Very much looking forward to coming back.' Helen, Pete and Captain, London

'Our second visit in 6 months - last time was in November, and the weather was great for the time of year. This time, even better, as the gardens are in full bloom and the weather just as good. It still feels like a home from home from the moment that you arrive - a perfect quiet spot away from it all. Bella, our beloved Japanese Akita, loves the gardens, too! Thanks again.' Andrew, Elaine and Bella, Birmingham

'Thank you for the most wonderful relaxing stay at The Fro. The gardens are absolutely stunning - the perfect place for some yoga and then endless games of hide and seek! We really don't want to leave! Hoping to return here again next year. Thank you.' Nicky, Steve, Caitlyn-Rose and Lucy-Jo, Chippenham

'Lovely house in a stunning location. When we arrived it was warm and inviting, much more like a home than a holiday cottage. The views were wonderful, changing with the weather. The garden is immaculate, and in better weather would have been great to spend time in. A week wasn't long enough and at the end it was difficult to leave The Fro! Definitely hope to be back.' Gwyn Richards, Buxton

From a visitor's blog (Catherine, from Bristol): 'We've just spent a blissful week's holiday in the Brecon Beacons. When I booked last November, I imagined Spring walks and hiking in the Black Mountains in the early warmth of spring. Instead we arrived under heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures - I couldn't believe it! I'd packed some cookery books so we baked cakes and spent evenings by the roaring fire in the living room. We managed to explore the stunning scenery on our doorstep in spite of the snow. Highlights were discovering frozen waterfalls, going on a steam train through the snowy hills and just being outside amongst the stunning landscapes. We tend to holiday in the UK these days - it's so much easier with a young family. One of the drawbacks can be the quality/standard of accommodation. I don't want to spend a week sleeping under thin Ikea duvets and looking at Athena-esque prints on the walls. This year we booked The Fro through Blaentrothy Cottages (thank you Claire for the tip!) and it was amazing. Huge fireplaces, massive garden and beautifully decorated - just lovely. Definitely one to add to your list if you holiday in the UK (we're going to rebook the same place for next year).'