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- Luxurious holiday cottage for up to 6 people (in 2 king-size doubles and a twin bedroom)
- Amazing situation with superb views
- Wonderful star-gazing: Penrheol is in an International Dark Sky Reserve
- Penrheol is on its own, in a private rural location, but not far from Brecon
- Baby-friendly and dog-friendly
- In the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park
- Short drive to an excellent food pub
- 10% discount for couples outside the holidays
Penrheol is the happy fusion of two old cottages and a wonderful new barn in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. Formerly farm workers’ dwellings, they were rescued from their decrepit state by the owners, Hugh and Lizzy Davies, who knocked them together and added on, at an angle, the beautiful cedar-and-stone barn. Now Penrheol, with its south-west facing terrace, embraces the spectacular view of Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in south Wales. Sleeping up to 6 (plus an infant and 2 good dogs), this super-comfortable cottage has 2 king-size double bedrooms and a twin.
10% discount available for couples outside the school holidays (based on the use of one bedroom).
The lovely comfortable furnishings have touches of humour and quirkiness throughout, from the tarantula (framed!) in the downstairs loo, to the unusual lighting (kilner jar pendants, ‘studio light’ standard lamp) and allusions to animals in the curtains, pictures and decorative objects (one of the owners is a vet).
Downstairs, the piece de resistance is the beautiful kitchen and utility space, taking up the whole of the area of the new barn. The big glass doors concertina right back to open up the whole side of the barn to the stone-flagged terrace, and to take in the magnificent view. At night, if the sky is clear, the night sky is amazing: the Brecon Beacons National Park has been awarded the protected status of International Dark Sky Reserve - one of only five on the planet. The kitchen is a wonderful inside-outside-space in the summer, but a very warm and cosy one in the winter. The view is bewitching, whatever the season, and the big glass doors frame it beautifully. The kitchen has lots of storage, plenty of work surface, a big five-burner electric range stove (with double oven), a large fridge-freezer, a microwave, a dishwasher, and a utility room with washer/dryer and downstairs loo.
The cosy sitting-room has two sofas, two armchairs, a big flat-screen TV, and a wood burner. There is a double bedroom with king-size bed on this floor, too, right at the end of the building, so that its big floor-to-ceiling oak windows can encompass the same fantastic view. It has a big, sleek slate-lined ensuite 'wet-room' shower-room with loo and hand-basin.
Upstairs, there is another double bedroom with king-size bed and a huge window for more enjoyment of the view; a family bathroom next-door (with bath, separate shower, loo and hand basin); and a spacious twin bedroom.
Outside, the big flag-stone terrace provides plenty of room for sitting and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, as well as the views of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains in the distance. There is also an area of lawn. A smart green fence keeps the garden nicely enclosed (and stock from the field out), but doesn’t get in the way of the view. There is an enclosed field adjacent to the cottage, which can be used for running around in, ball games and exercising a dog. This can also be used for turn-out if you would like to bring a pony or a horse with you. The cottage backs onto the Mynydd Illtyd common, which has some lovely, relatively easy, walks, encompassing fantastic views. The trig point above the cottage enjoys a stunning 360-degree vista.
Things to do around Penrheol
The National Park Visitor Centre and Tea Rooms is half a mile away at Libanus (a short walk), and is open 364 days a year for information of all kinds, maps, guides, books, gifts, arts and crafts. The Tea Rooms offers breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks. Brecon is a five-minute drive away for plenty of choice in food shopping, as well as pubs and cafes. The Felin Fach Griffin (just outside Brecon on the A470 between Brecon and Hay) is a fantastic pub, open every day. The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff friendly, and the food really good. Dogs are welcome in the bar.
This area is of course wonderful for all kinds of outdoor pursuits. Energetic visitors can hike, mountain bike, ride, paraglide, climb, cave and canoe; others can enjoy easy, gentle walks around the house, spotting the birds and wild flowers, or visits to places like Hay-on-Wye, 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 pretty 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.
The nitty gritty
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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From the visitors book at Penrheol
"We all had the most perfect weekend. The cottage and setting were stunning. I have stayed in many, many cottages over the years, but this was the best!"
"Delighted with the whole experience of staying at Penrheol, outstanding property."
"Fabulous house with outstanding views. Very comfortable and well equipped. Lots to do in the area, we had a great holiday!"
"Thanks for a lovely holiday. The cottage was simply beautiful. Well equipped and furnished to a very high standard, I would love to return. The views of Pen Y Fan were amazing! The photographs just don't do the place justice. Thank you :)"
"No expense had been spared in the preparation of this house for holiday letting. It was beautifully clean and so well presented and homely, that we felt at home within minutes! So nice to find this house on its own and not part of a holiday complex. Plenty of logs at the start and more turned up as if by magic, while we were out walking. We were only there for a short break and by the second day (a Sunday), the heating system failed. The owner could not have done more to try and sort it out - and he did! We have already booked our next visit. No complaints. We would like to pass on to the owners, via you, our praise and thanks for a memorable place and visit." Carole
"Our cottage was more than anybody could ask for it was superb in every way. We will certainly be going back and looking on your site for other areas to visit. The cottage is a credit to Hugh and Lizzy."
"Wonderful, spacious and beautifully decorated cottage with amazing views."
"We would like to take the opportunity to let you know that we had a super holiday. Hugh, the owner of Penrheol cottage made every effort to make sure we had a wonderful stay. Everything about the cottage was fabulous. The beds, bathrooms, kitchen and of course, the fantastic views. On top of all this, we had lovely weather. Many thanks for giving us the opportunity to use this magnificent cottage. We will however definitely book with Blaentrothy cottages again." Ron & Anita van den Bosch, Netherlands