Powys is the heart of Wales, and home to the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park mountain range. This is a great area in which to rent a luxury cottage for those with an adventurous spirit.
The Beautiful Brecon Beacons
The Brecon Beacons is a naturally beautiful region, where you will find spectacular mountains, lakes and rivers. There are a huge variety of walks and hikes available, long or short and suitable for all ability levels, over rough and rugged or lush and green terrain. Mountain bikers will also find the Brecon Beacons the perfect area to pursue their sport.
The rich agricultural tradition of the Brecon Beacons National Park is reflected in the miles and miles of colourful field patterns which can be viewed from the peaks. Prehistoric monuments and settlements dot the landscape, and there are plenty of quirky and individual towns to explore by day or night.
Talybont on Usk is a lovely village in which to enjoy a day or even to stay for your entire luxury holiday, with the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal passing through and a wide range of watering holes to while away the evenings. From Talybont you will find easy access to both the Brecon Beacons and also the Black Mountains, and the nearby Blaen-y-Glyn waterfalls are picture-perfect. The river Usk is a fantastic spot for wild brown trout and salmon fishing.
One of the most beautiful valleys in this region is the Georgian market town of Crickhowell, which is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic break for 2. The town has many thriving local independent shops and numerous restaurants serving up healthy and tasty food. Right in the town centre stands the Norman Crickhowell Castle, of which only 2 towers remain. The lovely Bear Hotel pub is renowned for having served ale since the last 15th Century.
Our best recommended attractions in Powys and Mid-Wales:
• For romantic evenings, Powys is a brilliant place to enjoy stargazing. Minimal pollution and a lack of large cities mean that the sky can be very clear and it’s often very easy to pick out constellations and even distant planets.
• Powis Castle and Garden in Welshpool is a stunning National Trust estate with wonderful Italian and French style gardens set around the medieval fortress which is built high on a rock above the terraces.
• Pen-y-Fan is the highest mountain in Southern Wales and the gem of the Brecon Beacons, at just under 3,000 feet. From the summit you can see as far down as North Devon.
Scandinavian Finlodge made from solid pine timbers, set in its own fenced grounds near a stream in the county of Powys, Wales. Boasting two bedrooms sleeping up to four people, an open plan living area with well-equipped kitchen, sitting area and dining area as well as shower area and toilet. There is also a hot tub and spacious verandah with hand-made wooden furniture and outside lighting.
Weekly price guide:£300 - £600 Short breaks: minimum 2 night stay Next Available: 17 February to 18 February 19, more dates
Sleeping up to 4 guests in 2 bedrooms this luxury lodge is set on a working livestock farm and is for adults only. The lodge boasts facilities such as en-suite bedrooms and a private outdoor hot tub on the decking which boasts stunning views of the surrounding farm, countryside and fishing ponds.
Weekly price guide:£300 - £700 Short breaks: minimum 1 night stay Next Available: 22 February to 25 February 19, more dates
There are two luxurious barn-conversions at Garth Barns, set amongst glorious countryside in Powys in Wales. When booked together, these stylish barns can sleep up to 28 in 10 bedrooms. The large barns benefit from use of a gym and sauna. These unique barns can also be booked separately. Haford Barn has 6 bedrooms and a games room whereas Ty Nant Barn has 4 bedrooms.
Weekly price guide:£850 - £3500 Short breaks: minimum 2 night stay Next Available: 17 February to 28 February 19, more dates
Four wonderful, well-presented, 4 star rated cottages on the doorstep of the Elan Valley. Created from an 18th century country Inn, each cottage is named after previous owners. Very flexible, can be booked singly or together to accommodate larger groups such as cycling groups, walking groups, angling groups or just for large family gatherings. (sorry - no single sex groups). The cottages are presented to an excellent standard and all together can sleep up to 22 people. There is use of a shared laundry and drying room, WIFI, a fantastic welcome pack on arrival. Middleton cottage has a large dining area that can seat 20 people for group gatherings.
Weekly price guide:£265 - £775 Short breaks: minimum 3 night stay
Luxury, comfortable and well-presented lakeside lodges found in mid-Wales amongst great Welsh countryside. Boasting three bedrooms, sleeping up to six people comfortably, one king size with four poster and two doubles. These lodges are 5-star rated with open-plan living areas and well equipped kitchens. Hot tub on the verandah, access to a sauna, Beauty Spa facilities, set in an 80 acre estate with two wildlife ponds with fishing.
Weekly price guide:£350 - £1095 Short breaks: minimum 3 night stayQuality Awards:
gold award, green award