“A stunning modern design house cantilevered over a babbling brook in the Brecon Beacons (sleeps 2-6, self catering)”
Turn right into an open-plan kitchen/diner, then walk through huge sliding glass doors onto the BBQ terrace, where you float at tree-canopy height above the garden. At the end of the cantilevered arm is one of the most gorgeous light-filled rooms we've ever seen, an outside-inside living room surrounded by glass and trees on all sides, with 2 rivers converging and flowing underneath. Finally, in the 'lower wing', a living roof covers 2 of the 4 bedrooms, a bathroom and a playroom, all with sliding doors to the garden. Built by award-winning architects Featherstone Young, the house won a RIBA prize and is a design lover's dream.
- This is a dream rental for family or groups of 2-6, and utterly private
- Impeccable architectural principles marry wonderfully with the liveability and warmth of a family home
- Glorious in fine weather, and cosy when it's cold thanks to underfloor heating and a wrought-iron log burner suspended from the high ceiling
- Impressively eco: solar panels, green roofs, heat pumps and water recycling
- The Brecon Beacons is some of the finest hill country in the UK; go walking, biking and kayak nearby; wild swim from the garden
- You'll need a car; the nearest train station is an hour’s drive away in Abergavenny
- We loved the remote setting but there are no pubs/restaurants within walking distance. Order a supermarket delivery and just hole up here during your stay
- Bedrooms are comfortable rather than luxurious; and our ensuite wetroom was small
- Not ideal for toddlers: high drops and slippery staircases
- The owners prefer stays of 3 nights (Fri-Mon), 4 nights (Mon-Fri) or 7 nights (Fri-Fri)
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Our top tips
- Boutique House
- 4 bedrooms
- Self catering; restaurants a drive away
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
There are 4 bedrooms. The master bedroom is on the upper floor above the kitchen, with a hot-pink carpet, kingsize bed, clever corner bath and separate WC. Next door is a single room, plus space for a travel cot, and an ensuite shower bathroom. Ideal for a small family, these rooms join through a secret door hidden in the wardrobe.
Downstairs, the 2 river bedrooms each have sliding doors to the garden, and skylights so you can stargaze from bed (eye masks are provided for slumber as there are no blinds). One is a double with an ensuite shower bathroom; one can be set up as a double or twin. There's also a bathroom with a tub on this floor.
Living areas include the gorgeous kitchen-diner, the cantilevered living room and a playroom in the lower wing.
- Central heating
- DVD player
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Ipod dock
- Satellite TV
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
The kitchen-diner with its wooden island, long table and full-length glass doors is a delightful space to cook and hang out. Opening the doors extends the area onto a terrace, with a barbecue and outdoor table.
The kitchen is perfectly set-up for group catering, with a range cooker, 2 sinks and tons of space and equipment. Chefs can be booked in advance for special occasions and celebrations. The town of Brecon (15 minutes’ drive) has everything you need for shopping and supplies; we'd suggest stocking up on your way here. The Kitchen Garden at Ty Mawr has excellent fruit and veg for sale.
For a meal out, we'd highly recommend The Felin Fach Griffin (20 minutes’ drive), a cosy country pub; St John's Place in Hay-on-Wye is a superb little bistro, while River Cafe in Glasbury is a decent riverside cafe. The Booths Books Cafe in Hay does stunning brunches.
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Basic ingredients
- The Brecon Beacons’ peaks, ridges, open countryside and wooded valleys are fabulous for walking; Pen y Fan, the tallest mountain in the national park, is the most popular
- There are also great walks from your doorstep, with superb views of the Beacons; you'll find useful maps in the living room
- This is a world-class spot for mountain biking. Biped Cycles in Brecon is a good local shop that also does rentals and kit
- Spend a day canoeing down the River Wye or, in high waters, set off from the house onto the river Ysgir, which joins the Usk
- Go fly fishing on the Usk or Wye rivers, or try angling from the garden
- Visit Llanthony Priory ruins: especially atmospheric in the evenings after the crowds have departed. There's a characterful bar attached for local ales
- Hay-on-Wye (35 mins' drive away) is a pretty small town beneath the Black Mountains, that's well known for its second-hand bookshops and world-famous annual literary festival
- On a fine day, Lavender Farm is idyllic. Walk through the fields, wild swim in the pond and shop for Welsh blankets and delicious lavender-infused chocolate
- In August, Brecon plays host to a well-renowned jazz festival
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Mountain biking
- Plantlife / flora
- Shopping / markets
The house is great for kids. There is a carrier backpacks for walks with babies; the playroom is filled with toys and games for older kids. It's not ideal for toddlers as there are unprotected drops and slippery stairs.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
The 2 bedrooms on the upper floor connect through a secret door in the wardrobe! The master bedroom has a kingsize bed; the next-door room has a single bed. Downstairs, there are 2 bedrooms: a double, and a double/twin.
Kids Activities on site:
Books, toys, and the river for natural swimming
Families Should Know:
There are a few hazards that parents of young children should be aware of. The garden slopes steeply down to the river, the living roof (which can be walked on) has no barrier, and the suspended log burner has no guard around it. Note, if you're coming with a baby you'll need to bring a travel cot/high chair.
- Airport: Cardiff (a 1-hour drive)
- Shops: Brecon (15 mins' drive)
- Health Centre: Brecon (15 mins' drive)