7-Night Brecon Beacons Discovery Tour
Marvel at the natural beauty of Aberdulais Falls, which sit alongside metalworking mills and soak up the peace and tranquillity of the monastic ruins of Llanthony Priory at the foot of the Black Mountains. Watch dozens of red kites swoop at a feeding station, lose yourself in the bookshops of Hay-on-Wye, stroll along the ‘Mon and Brec’ Canal and admire the planting in the 12-acre Abbey-Cwm-Hir Gardens. Experience the Victorian era at the Judge’s Lodging Museum and travel over the Brecon Beacons for stunning mountain views.
- Enjoy the natural beauty of the Aberdulais Falls
- Wander through the bookshop town of Hay-on-Wye
- Watch the red kites feeding at Grigin Farm
- Soak up the tranquil atmosphere at Llanthony Priory
- High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
- The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays Leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- Day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
Today we follow the River Wye through Kilvert country, pausing at villages and churches along the way, before arriving at Weobley. This small village was named one of the most attractive in the country by the BBC's The One Show in 2017 and has retained its charm since. Both Weobley and our next stops of Eardisland and Pembridge form part of the Black and White Trail which feature the iconic timbered houses, some of which date from Medieval times. Later, we shall call in on the Judge's Lodgings in Presteigne which provide an immersive glimpse into the Victorian era.
The Western Fans, over the wild moors to waterfall country, gives us an opportunity to walk by the river Mellte. View the spectacular Aberdulais Falls, an area painted romantically by Turner, which became a tinplate works and where the National Trust today now generates their own electricity. We travel over the high Beacons with some amazing views.
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.
A free day for you to explore the local area using the Discovery Point or relax in the Country House.
Journey along the Usk valley with the exploration of, and a walk along, the Mon and Brec canal, discovering its locks and bridges. The priory church in Abergavenny with all its alabaster treasures and amazing tapestry will also be part of today’s highlights.
We begin the day exploring the 52 rooms of one of the finest Gothic Revival homes in Wales. Relax in the 12 acres of gardens at Abbey-Cwm-Hir over lunch before we head to Gigrin Farm to see the spectacular sight of dozens of red kites swooping down for their daily meal.
Discover an ancient island dwelling - Llangorse Lake and its crannog, a ruined abbey - Llanthony Prima, a Norman castle with an Elizabethan garden, scenery to ‘dwell upon the inward eye’, the Gospel Pass, and the most books in one place in the whole world (apart from the British Library and the Bodleian) in Hay-on-Wye. A memorable last day.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Pretty country pile Nythfa House stands above the traditional mid-Wales market town of Brecon and sits within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Having spent its early life as a large private house, the building has been converted into a comfortable country hotel. The interiors look like they’ve evolved naturally over time, staying rooted in the local area and house architecture while being filled with contemporary furniture and colours. As well as 28 rooms and a range of public spaces and an inviting indoor pool to tempt you, there are pretty grounds and a short walk to the streets of Brecon itself. The contrasting countryside close by provides challenges including sweeping ridges, an ascent of the Black Mountains and scaling Pen-y-Fan as well as more subtle strolls through the river-carved landscapes of the Melte Valley, along the trail of a series of awesome waterfalls, or time dawdling through the second bookshops in Hay-on-Wye.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of the handful of garden rooms across the grounds. With 28 rooms, Nythfa House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from. Opt for Rooms 6 or 7 in the main house for delightfully decorated, spacious places to stay, each with sumptuous views over the garden and Brecon Beacons. Room 21 is a quirky ‘Better’ room up in the eaves, with a separate sitting space and cosy bedroom, just mind your head on the low ceiling. Look out for the fresh floral designs in the pretty garden rooms too, which have their own small deck.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, indoor swimming pool, lounge, library and board games to borrow
After a day exploring cascade country or the Beacons, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. At the front of the house there’s a pretty garden to pause in, with a putting green and croquet lawn attached. Duck into the conservatory to enjoy views out over the gardens from under the twisting branches of an old vine. Across the way in a separate building is a good-sized indoor swimming pool with floor-to-ceiling windows at one end. Whether you relax in the lounge, or get together with other guests for a board game or great conversation, make sure to make time for the cosy bar, and try a dram of award-winning whisky from the local Penderyn distillery, which uses water from the Brecon Beacons National Park. There’s also a Welsh gin that’s wonderfully well regarded.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Nythfa House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room in the converted barn hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours. Make a beeline for the big bay window table to try Cawl Cennin, a leek broth, served with a Welsh Rarebit finger, followed by Tatws Pum Munud, a sort of Welsh stew, or double roasted Welsh lamb. The kitchen offers up an Asian influence as well courtesy of the towns Gurkha community, and you might enjoy Nepalese momos (dumplings) or fillet of sea bream marinated with Nepalese spices for an alternative take on local tastes. Whatever, round your evening off with South Wales marmalade sponge with lashings of Penderyn whisky custard.
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What to Bring
To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.
All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should, therefore, be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera, sun protection, and drinks (at least 2 litres) during the day.
Admission costs are not included within the price of this holiday. Please bring cash to cover admissions - approximately £10 per day. Your Leader will advise you of the daily admission costs throughout the holiday.
Liz Lowry is a Blue Badge Guide living in the Heart of England. She has a continuing interest in history, literature and landscape and has loved sharing the heritage, people and character of this fascinating country with HF guests since 2009.
We really enjoyed her sense of fun, vast knowledge and complete devotion to the group.
Leader to Be Announced
We’ll announce the leader for this holiday shortly. Be assured that all of our expert leaders share one goal; to create an exceptional experience for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you on this holiday.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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