Landscape Painting at Brecon


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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Outdoors
From £859.00 - 7 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Find inspiration in the majestic mountains, beautiful rivers and waterfalls of the Brecon Beacons. In the company of an accomplished artist, we’ll explore the local area and discover the finest sites to paint. These holidays are designed to cater for any level of experience, with various techniques and topics being introduced. We'll walk up to 2 miles (3km) each day, carrying our equipment.

Holiday highlights

  • Visit inspirational vistas 
  • Enjoy the sociable atmosphere of painting in a group
  • Working outdoors as much as possible, with an indoor option if the weather is poor
  • Our professional artist leader will guide and encourage

Price includes

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • Loan of lightweight wooden A3 art boards
  • All transport to and from painting locations on your holiday

In pictures...


HF Holidays' Nyftha House in Brecon, Wales

Nythfa House is a charming Country House, located on the edge of the market town of Brecon. Spacious public rooms, attractive gardens and indoor swimming pool make it a popular and relaxing place to stay.

Nythfa House has 28 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in garden annexes.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation 
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Toiletries
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views 
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children


• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Large upstairs lounge 
• Dining room and bar 
• Ballroom 
• Conservatory which looks out onto the garden
• Free WiFi available in some public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• Indoor swimming pool in a separate building 
• The house is surrounded by extensive gardens
• Putting green and croquet lawn
• Mini-golf


All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Brecon evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar

Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.


More details on Brecon accessibility

Additional Information 

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued on request. An under-pillow vibrating pad is available on request
  • A fridge is available in the first floor lounge for storing medication
  • Good signage for fire escape routes
  • One bedroom key issued per room (second key available on request)
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff has had disability awareness training


Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (premium rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday. 

Other days

When we go out into the lovely local countryside, we'll be walking up to 2 miles (3km) carrying our equipment as we find the very best landscapes to capture on our canvas. 

Starting off with some local sketches

Our art leader introduces our holiday and with some interactive exercises, demonstrates how to mix colours and create shading and tones.  A drawing exercise demonstration will show how to gateway into different landscapes and simplify information. Afterwards we’ll walk to nearby Brecon where we find a varied subject matter of buildings, meadows and hills for our afternoon painting and sketching.                   

Water effects and reflections

After a hearty breakfast we travel to Pont-ar-Daf (Taf Fawr River) to find beautiful river and waterfall views. After lunch we head for Libanus National park which gives us excellent wide views of the Brecons. It’s a contrasting day with instruction in painting water effects and reflections. The wide landscape of the afternoon ensures that we put our drawing instruction into practice, creating distance and perspective.

Free day

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. 

Canals, boats and waterfalls                                            

Today we travel to Pencelli where canals, flowers, tall grasses, boats, distant hills and farm buildings offer us varied challenges for our choice of subject. After lunch Yalybont-on-Usk provides mountain streams and waterfalls in woodlands for contrast. Setting and constructing shapes such as boats and buildings in a landscape are made simple with drawing techniques. Travelling water and rocks with textures are demonstrated with paint effects.

Perspectives at the Country House

Today is spent at the Country House, with its extensive grounds and gardens, as our knowledgable art leader gives us further demonstrations and personal attention as we progress with our artwork. There’s time for any questions we may have with your current pictures. Using the grounds, trees and lawns as detail features, we learn how to translate near and distance in landscapes.

Finishing off with a castle

Today Craig Y Nos parkland with its lake and trees, streams, footbridges – and a castle! – make wonderful subject matter.  We’re putting all our new techniques into practice! This afternoon we can immerse ourselves in finishing our artwork, with our professional leader on hand throughout to offer advice and answer our questions. This evening we can create a fun informal mini exhibition of our artwork for everyone to enjoy.

Departure day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast. We’ll leave with new techniques and knowledge together with inspiration to continue our landscape painting!

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way. 

What to bring

  • A3 Watercolour pad cold press 300gms
  • A4 cartridge pad
  • 2 pencils 2B and HB
  • 3 Watercolour brushes: one round size 8, 10 or 12, optional one small 4 detail brush
  • A flat one inch brush
  • Masking tape
  • Water Pot/plastic cup
  • Old shirt or apron
  • Small folding stool, as lightweight as possible
  • Small rucksack or shoulder bag to carry your equipment

Watercolour paints: Tubes or a small pan set.

  • Lemon yellow
  • Magenta or Cadium red
  • Blue cobalt or french ultra marine
  • White for mixing
  • Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre.
  • Paynes Grey
  • any more paints that you already have (optional) 

Lightweight wooden A3 drawing boards are available to borrow from the Country House.  

Your leader will be able to provide

  • Extra cartridge paper
  • Extra watercolour paper
  • Extra flat one inch brushes
  • Pencil sharpeners


Local area

Discover the Brecon Beacons

During your stay at Nythfa House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Brecon:

Canal boat on Brecon canalBrecon is a quaint market town at the foot of the Brecon Beacons; an area of sweeping high moorland, and beautiful green valleys. The town has a good  range of facilities including shops, supermarkets, post office, chemists, banks, pubs and cafés. During your stay you may enjoy visiting Brecon Cathedral or take a scenic cruise from Brecon along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. or


Visitors in hard hats exploring the mineBig Pit Mining Museum
Travel underground at the excellent Big Pit museum in Blaenavon and discover the life of a South Wales coal miner. Blaenavon is around 45 minutes' drive from Brecon.



The quaint small town of Hay-on-Wye is about 30 minutes' drive from Brecon, and can also be reached by bus every 2 hours. The town is now famed for its annual literary festival, and extensive selection of second-hand book shops.

Hereford is an attractive city, around an hour's drive from Brecon, whose cathedral houses the famous Mappa Mundi, a 12th century map of the world.

Visitors walking through an impressive caveDan yr Orgof Caves
An impressive show-cave, one of the largest in Europe, with fine stalactites and stalagmites. The caves are around 30 minutes' drive from Brecon.



Exterior of Tretower Court historic houseTretower Court
Located near the village of Crickhowell, about 20 minutes' drive from Brecon, Tretower Court is a fine Medieval fortified manor house.



The vibrant Welsh capital of Cardiff is also around 40 miles or 1 hour’s drive from Brecon. A visit could include the St Fagan’s National History Museum, Castell Coch, or the National Museum.


Tretower Court image © Crown copyright (2016) Welsh Government, Big Pit image ©Big Pit National Coal Museum


Travel to Brecon

Our address is: Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN

How to get to us by train

By train:

The most convenient railway station is at Abergavenny. For train times and general rail enquiries visit or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 20 mile journey from Abergavenny railway station takes approximately 45 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £36 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nythfa House Manager.


By bus:

The X43 bus operates from Abergavenny station to Brecon. Alight at the bus interchange in Brecon. Facing the road, head left along Heol Gouesnou to the traffic lights. Turn right heading uphill along Cerrigcochion Road for around 70 yards, and then turn left into Belle Vue Gardens. Head along the road and turn right at the T-junction (still Belle Vue Gardens). Head up the road to another T-junction and turn left into Cerrigcochion Lane. Walk for about 15 yards and you will see the Nythfa House sign on your right. For bus times see

Driving to us

By car:

Most guests approach Brecon via the A40 from Abergavenny or the A470 from the northwest. These two roads converge at a roundabout on the Brecon bypass. At the roundabout follow the B4601 into Brecon. Pass the army barracks on your right, then turn right at the mini-roundabout (B4601). Continue ahead at the second mini-roundabout. Turn right at the traffic lights (B4602), then take the first left into Bell View Gardens. Take the next road on the right, then at the next T junction turn left. The drive to Nythfa House is ahead on the right.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are trains to Abergavenny (1 change at Newport) - allow 3 to 3½ hours. See for train times.

From Abergavenny you can travel on to Brecon by bus or taxi (see above).


Yvonne Darby

Yvonne is a professional artist and tutor. Graduating from Sir John Cass School of Art and The London University of the Arts in 1991, she leads fun and informative art holidays with effective access for the beginner and well as development for those with experience. Yvonne has taught in adult education colleges for 10 years and teaches a foundation course covering use of all core art medium, and all subjects. Yvonne now oversees the training of art tutors.

A watercolourist, acrylic/oil and textile painter with paintings in galleries in the UK and USA, Yvonne is an official demonstrator/ambassador for the SAA UK 2017. Her ink work is published in the 101 art techniques book and she is commissioned for portraiture due to high level drawing and painting skills. It's a great reward to Yvonne when she sees students discover a whole new world of enjoyable activity in art or move further along in their art. She constantly finds that people are surprised at what they can do with a little inspiration and instruction. 

I really liked Yvonne's approach. She packed a lot in to the weekend and gave us plenty of ideas to take away and practice. She was encouraging but realistic and gave individual suggestions where appropriate. Helpful, encouraging and inspiring - thank you!


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Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
15 Jun 2018 BRPLA - Landscape Painting - Brecon 7 £919.00 £859.00 Save £60 off pp Book Now

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