The Powys/Brecon Beacons region
Bronllys is the nearest village and is about 1 mile away. Bronllys Castle, one of many castles in border country has a well preserved Norman keep and was originally a fortress protected by a walled tower. This small village has a garage and a very well stocked shop for all your essentials. There is a local pub and also a very good Texmex restaurant.
Talgarth is about 2 miles away. The ancient market town of Talgarth nestles beneath the Black Mountains , providing the perfect gateway for walkers and mountain bikers. There are 4 bike routes with a proper hardcore mix including the classic Black Mountain 52 km of extreme level riding. The Melin Talgarth Mill (of Village SOS fame) is a newly restored fully operating mill, grinding wheat and corn from the local farmers and then producing freshly milled flour which they then use to make their own bread. The Talgarth Mill is a must visit, have a cup of tea n’ cake in their lovely cafe, watch the mill in the mill museum in action, then pop into the craft shop and have a look at some of our local artists work. Talgarth has a lovely country market every month and a “Flix in the Sticks” night , which is the showing of a new release film in the Town hall very quaint. The Talgarth Food Festival and a Harley Davidson Bike show are annual events. On the outskirts of Talgarth, The Black Mountain activities offers all sorts of outdoor activities all over the National Park. Talgarth could not be better placed for a holiday in this beautiful area.
Pwll-Y-Wrach nature reserve and waterfalls on the outskirts of Talgarth provide a gentle walk through shady woodland, follow the geology trail explaining the environment of 400 million years ago or keep an eye out for the tawny owl, bats, badgers, foxes and otters.
Llangorse is close to Talgarth where Llangorse Lake offers sailing and windsurfing and also the opportunity to hire rowing boats. Llangorse Lake is also home to the nationally acclaimed climbing centre.
The market town of Brecon is about 8 miles away so we are ideally situated to explore the beautiful Brecon Beacon’s National Park. Pen Y Fan the is the highest peak at 886 metres. There are lots of walks and cycle tracks to suit everybody but for the more adventurous cyclist there is the Taff Trail. Brecon is a lovely Georgian town with an 11th century cathedral and is the start of the 35 mile Brecon and Monmouth Canal. It also has cinema and Theatre Brycheiniog which shows lots of performing arts all year around. The acclaimed Brecon Jazz (August 9th-11th) and The Food Festival in (October 6th) are well worth a visit.
Hay-on-Wye the second hand book capital of the world is about 6 miles away, it hosts the Hay Literary Festival a star studded get together of literary folk and musicians from all over the world (May23rd-June 2nd). It has antique shops, stylish gift shops and lots of cafes to sit and chat and plan your day. Journey over the Gospel Path in the Black Mountains above Hay into the Llantony Valley or take a walk in the wild open space of the Offa’s Dyke path.
Builth Wells is home town to the spectacular Royal Welsh Show 22nd\25th July. If you are interested in farming and livestock this is the place to be. Journey into Red Kite country to the breathtaking wild scenery of the Elan Valley with its splendid Victorian dam. Builth Wells has a lovely High Street full of stylish clothes shops quirky gift shops (including our very own, Beautifully Bonkers) and cafes serving lots of tasty food well worth a visit. There is a lovely walk that runs from the river bridge all along the river.
Llanwrytyd Wells hosts all manner of wacky events such as Aug 25th Bog Snorkelling. June 8th Man v Horse Marathon and later in the year the Real Ale Wobble all good family fun.
Llandovery and Llanndeilo, spend a day in the beautiful and peaceful Llyn Brianne Valley or journey west to the National Botanical Garden of Wales with its magnificent glasshouse and then on to Aberglasney House and Gardens. The sleepy town of Llandovery has plenty of teashops to introduce you to the delights of Barra Brith and Welsh Cakes. You might even catch a glimpse of a well known member of the Royal Family.
Abergavenny and Crickhowell both towns are situated in the Usk Valley with the summit of The Sugar Loaf mountain watching over them.
Abergavenny is about 17 miles away is well known for its Tuesday market as one of the major markets in Wales. The towns castle is one of the best examples of a Motte and Bailey castle in Britain. Abergavenny hosts Wales biggest food festival (September 21st-22nd) which attracts celebrity chefs and foodies from all over the UK.
Crickhowell about 12 miles away is a small iconic Georgian market town with a magnificent 13 arch bridge and a handful of stylish shops and good places to eat. The Black Mountains and Table Mountain overlook the town and form the start of a fabulous ridge walk to Hay. Step outside Crickhowell into the grounds of the Glen Usk Estate where The Green Man Festival is held, a festival of contemporary music(August 15th-18th) undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and tranquil venues in the country.