Y Golau

Stunning highly-glazed property near Talgarth


  • Award-winning architect-designed house in a quiet village location
  • Light, spacious and art-filled
  • Close to the River Wye, the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons
  • Superb local walking, including wonderful river-side walks
  • Dog-friendly
  • Enclosed, private, sheltered garden
  • 'Winter garden' or conservatory
  • Good pub and shop within walking distance
  • Sleeps 2 to 6, plus a baby and 2 dogs

This has to be a perfectly located house – and beautiful to boot. In a quiet village enclave, close to a shop, and a short walk to a great pub, Y Golau is also within a short drive to both the Brecon Beacons and The Black Mountains. And the River Wye goes through the village, with the Wye Valley Walk following its course – a bonus for dog-owners, but lovely for all. With its expanse of westward-facing glazed frontage, the house has been designed to enjoy the best of the sunshine, when available, but is bright and light even when the sun doesn’t appear.

This house has a 10% discount for a couple outside the peak periods, based on the use of one bedroom only (you can select this option when you book for two adults, and the price will reduce in the relevant season)

Light-filled living room
Dining room Kitchen

Y Golau is a house perfectly designed to suit all seasons. In summer, with its multiple openings, any light breeze can easily be invited in to cool things down. Inside-outside living is so easy in this contemporary gem of a house. In winter, it is cosy, making the most of winter sunshine, with its 'winter garden' (a tall porch-cum-conservatory) and lots of glass. The house is really well-insulated, and the superb wood burner adds a focus and cosy atmosphere to the wonderfully spacious living-room.

Living room sofas Woodburner and TV
Spacious, open, curved, archtitect-designed living space

The glass hallway is also a conservatory, furnished with sofa and armchairs for enjoying the sunshine on cooler days. The big downstairs living-space is open-plan: it comprises dining-area, kitchen (with adjacent pantry), and a huge sitting-area with four sofas and a wood burner. Paintings, prints, artworks, books are everywhere, really lending character and atmosphere to this house. The owners are art-dealers, and provide a list of all the works of art on the walls which are for sale. They live in the same village and can offer extra rooms on a B&B basis, if you would like to bring one to four more people for a special get-together.

Airy conservatory
Books Comfy conservatory
Outside seating

The final room on the ground floor is a downstairs loo, with hand basin and a washing-machine.

Artful bedroom
Light, airy bedroom Bedroom
Large bedroom, lots of light

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, all with good high ceilings, thanks to the wedge shape of the house. The master bedroom is a spacious room, with a central wall providing storage and separating the sleeping area from the privately-positioned ensuite shower, his-and-her hand basins, and loo (which is in its own private adjacent room). The king-size bed faces out towards the interior balcony, which is cleverly within the ceiling space of the hallway/conservatory. Along the corridor is a twin bedroom, with a shower room/loo opposite, and a double bedroom with a king-size bed and ensuite bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, loo and hand basin.

Large walk-in shower
Sinks Jack and Jill sinks

THINGS TO DO AROUND Y GOLAU Holiday Rental near Talgarth

The house is in the small village of Boughrood, Radnorshire, on the beautiful Wye Valley Walk. In the village itself, there's a shop selling basic necessities and newspapers, open 7 days a week. Just over the bridge is the ‘twin’ village of Llyswen, Brecknockshire, where there's a garage/small store there open from 7am, also 7 days a week. In the village, there's a pub providing home cooked food and a selection of real ales and ciders, and a café. For gastro-pub cooking, there's the Griffin at Felin Fach about 5 miles away toward Brecon, and Foyles in Glasbury, about 3 miles away towards Hay. More formal dining can be found at Llangoed Hall, which is also great to walk to for afternoon tea (booking essential), and the walk is a level 30 minutes along the river. Muddy dogs can be left in the kennels.

Hay-on-Wye, Brecon, and Builth Wells are equidistant from the house, all about a 10-minute drive. Hereford is about 40 minutes away, with the Cathedral and the fascinating Mappa Mundi. Abergavenny, a market town on the river Usk, is about 30 minutes away, and now well-renowned for its annual Food Festival in September.

Activities are varied and numerous. There’s walking in the Black Mountains, the Cambrian Mountains, and the Brecon Beacons, to suit all abilities. Y Golau is directly on the Wye Valley Walk, on which you can go for as many level miles as you wish. Cycling is popular either on or off road, and bike hire is available both in Brecon and Hay (the house is directly on National Cycle Route 8). The Wye has opportunities for fishing - both fly and coarse - after obtaining relevant permissions and permits. It's also a great place for wildlife: this year, everything from otters to badgers to bats, with kingfishers, dippers, sparrow hawks, and red kites, too, have been spotted. Bring a bat detector if you have one. If you enjoy the life aquatic, there are some great wild swimming spots, and a variety of watersports, including canoeing, rafting and canyoning. Animal lovers can book pony trekking within a few miles of the house, and enjoy the area from the saddle, with all abilities catered for.

Bedroom Twin bedroom
Bath Corridor upstairs Beautiful jug

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs supplied; first basket included in the price)
  • Underfloor heating downstairs, and oil fired central heating, radiators upstairs
  • Big TV with DVD-player and some DVDs
  • Mobile reception
  • Wifi
  • Kitchen is well-equipped and has lots of storage
  • Store cupboard essentials (tea, coffee, sugar, salt and pepper, oil)
  • Electric oven
  • Electric induction hob
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Pantry
  • Master bedroom has king-size bed, big ensuite shower and his-and-her basins, plus a loo in its own room
  • Twin bedroom has shower room opposite with loo and hand basin
  • Second double bedroom has king-size bed and ensuite bathroom with bath and hand-held shower attachment, loo and hand basin
  • Bedlinen, towels, soap, loo roll and cleaning materials included
  • Downstairs loo with washing-machine (airer available for use)
  • Plenty of books, maps, guide books, local information
  • A selection of board games
  • Dog-friendly: up to two well-behaved dogs welcome, but not on furniture or upstairs
  • Baby-friendly: travel cot and high-chair in house
  • Enclosed private garden with lawn, flagstones and decked area with garden furniture
  • Designated off-road parking for two vehicles, but there’s plenty of parking close by in the village
  • Extra B&B available in the owners’ house in the village, a very short walk away
  • A selection of art for sale (see list in the house)
  • Short walk to a village shop and good pub
  • Lots of local walks, including along the river Wye, which runs through the village
  • 10 minutes’ drive from Hay-on-Wye, Brecon and Builth Wells; 5 minutes’ drive from Talgarth
  • 10% discount available for a couple outside the summer and Christmas/New Year holidays, based on the use of one bedroom only

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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Location map

Exterior of stunning award-winning design holiday let

From the visitors book at Y Golau

'This house has a magic of its own.' Rob and Wendy, Preston

'A wonderful stay in an amazing place.' Fiona, John, Marie, David, Jane & Sebastian, Manchester

'We came, we saw & enjoyed every moment of your beautiful house.' The McDonald family, Botswana

'What a fabulous house - we all loved the light, warmth & especially all the art.' The Thomson family, Buckinghamshire

'A perfect and beautifully designed home.' Olney, Hazelhurst and Simpson-Down families, Bristol

'What a gem! Perfectly located, fully equipped for cosy nights in. We had way too much fun with the fridge magnets!! We shall be returning.' Emily and Andy, Cheltenham

'We loved this property and Ros was so helpful. Everything was great, thanks!' Li & Zeb