Walking with Sightseeing at Brecon

Wales

Code: BRWOD

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Hills & moorland
  • History

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £299.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Enjoy full days exploring the Brecon Beacons, combining the perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing.

Holiday highlights

  • Admire Waterfall Country and step behind Sgwd yr Eira's watery veil
  • Enjoy ridge walks, waterfall walks, "coffin" trail walks and more
  • Sample Welsh whisky at Penderyn distillery and take a trip on the Brecon Mountain Railway
  • Visit Tretower Castle and Crickhowell, and disappear into the bookshops of Hay-on-Wye
  • Explore the world above and below at the Dan yr Ogof showcaves

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide, all transport to and from the walks and sightseeing, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Walks & Visits: enjoy the perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits, accompanied by a knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: just five minutes’ walk from the quaint market town of Brecon, with an indoor swimming pool
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

Accommodation

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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.

 

Bedrooms

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

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

A limited number of value twin rooms are available at a discount of £8 per person per night and value single rooms with a £5 per night discount. Our value rooms have the same facilities as our classic rooms, but bathroom facilities are nearby rather than en-suite.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms and laundry facilities.

In the main house there is a large upstairs lounge, an attractive dining room and a spacious bar. The ballroom is suitable for dancing, evening talks and also for some of our indoor leisure activity holidays. This links with the pleasant conservatory which looks out onto the garden. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms.  There is also a range of board games and books.

A separate building houses the indoor swimming pool.

The house is surrounded by extensive gardens that contain a putting green and croquet lawn.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full Welsh breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.    

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on local wildlife from a local speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

Arrival & Car Parking Facilities

  • There is ample, free car parking available (tarmac / gravel)
  • Two disabled parking spaces available close to the house (by the second entrance)
  • The driveway to the house is tarmac (4m wide) with speed bumps
  • It is possible to load and unload cars directly at the front door
  • Assistance can be provided with luggage

Main Entrance & Reception Area

  • Access to the main front door of the house is via a 7.5 cm step and an inward opening standard width door
  • The second entrance has 2 steps (6cm and 17cm height, followed by a 3cm to the floor level) with double doors providing a 121cm wide entrance
  • The well-lit ground floor corridor is part carpeted, part quarry tiles
  • The entrance hall gives level access to the dining room, bar, ballroom, conservatory, office, public toilet and 4 ground floor bedrooms. Seating available in the entrance hall
  • There is no lift

Public Areas - Hall, Stairs, Landing, Corridors etc

  • Most public areas are carpeted. The ballroom has wooden floor and the conservatory has quarry tiles
  • Minimum corridor width is 130cm
  • The main stairway has 18 steps. Each step is 16cm high, 26cm deep and 90cm wide. There is a hand rail
  • There is no lift
  • Good standard lighting throughout the house

Public Areas - Sitting room, lounges, lobbies etc

  • The lounge (1st floor) measures 7 x 10m with a large landing. There is a large number of arm/tub chairs, stools and coffee tables. All furniture is easily movable
  • The lounge is fully carpeted and has a mixture of wall and ceiling lights
  • Coal effect gas fire with guard rail and an electric fan heater on a hearth
  • The guest internet computer is located in the lounge

Public WCs

  • There is a single public WC on the ground floor
  • The door width is 75cm, floor space 200 x 190cm
  • The toilet seat is 42cm high and the wash basin is 83cm high

Restaurant / Dining Room, Bar & Bar area

  • The fully carpeted dining room is on the ground floor. It is L-shaped and measures 10 x 8m and 2 x 9m
  • It has 2 Welsh dressers, 6 round, 4 legged tables, each seating up to 9-10 people. The tables are 73cm high
  • Seats have no arms, 50cm high, with 86 cm backs
  • Waitress service both at breakfast and dinner times
  • White / cream crockery, clear glassware. Standard cutlery
  • Special diets catered for, but should be advised pre or on arrival
  • The carpeted bar area is situated adjacent to the dining room. It has various seating for up to 24 guests. There are 8 chairs with arms. Seat height 45cm, the seat back is 84cm. Round tables are 70cm high

Leisure Facilities

  • Swimming pool / art studio building is situated near the entrance gates (some 150 yards from the main house)
  • There is a single step on the entrance. The height of the step is 7cm and the width is 140cm
  • Open plan changing rooms with showers are on the ground floor
  • The tiled swimming pool with a tiled surround is raised from ground level and is reached by 5 tiled steps. The pool measures 10 x 5 yards, and is sloping with the depth varying from 1.05m to 1.6m
  • There are no disabled aids
  • The water temperature is set to 32°C
  • There are 2 toilets in the pool building. The toilet in the foyer has a door width of 73cm, toilet seat height of 44cm, wash basin height of 80cm and the approx floor measurement of 2 x 1.5m. The toilet between the changing rooms has a door width of 91cm, toilet seat height of 44cm, wash basin height of 79cm and the approx floor measurement of 2.7 x 1.7m
  • There are 14 steps to the 1st floor studio. The steps are 19cm high, 26cm deep and 86cm wide. Wooden parquet flooring

Bedrooms

  • All bedrooms have fitted carpets and standard modern furniture. All except one of the bedrooms are with en-suite shower or bath
  • Bedrooms are either single, twin or double bedded
  • Kettle in each room with supplies of tea, coffee, sugar etc available
  • All rooms are carpeted and well lit
  • All furniture, including beds is movable
  • Room 17 is directly off the ground floor corridor. There are 2 beds, each 59cm high. The approximate room size is 5 x 4m. The door width is 84cm

Bathroom, Shower-room & WC [en-suite or shared]

  • All except one of the bedrooms are en-suite with either a shower or a bath. 1 bedroom has WC only
  • The bathrooms either have a nonslip or lino flooring
  • All showers are electric, single shower cubicle with hinged door and normal ground-level shower tray
  • All baths are standard size with standard twist & turn taps
  • No disabled aids available
  • Room 17 has a shower room. Electric shower. The shower room door width is 68cm, the shower door is 60cm wide, a hinged single glass door. Shower tray measures 70 x 70cm and is 22cm high. The toilet seat height is 43cm and the wash basin is 82cm high. The flooring is non-slip vinyl

Grounds and Gardens

  • The grounds around the house are level or slightly sloped, mainly laid to lawns with flower beds
  • Seating available
  • Gravel footpaths (some with raised edging)
  • No lighting during the night

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

Itinerary

Friday: arrival day

Saturday: Tretower and Crickhowell

Today we visit Tretower Castle and Court, a ruined Norman stronghold and partially restored medieval manor house, curated by Cadw (Welsh Heritage). After our tour we walk through fields and woods to the Glanusk Estate and follow the River Usk downstream to Crickhowell. We’ve left plenty of time to explore this attractive small town, voted one of the best towns in Wales with its own ruined castle, 14th century parish church and friendly shops and cafés. 4 miles (6km) with 100 feet (30m) of ascent. 

Sunday: Waterfalls & Distillery

Riverside trails lead us on a discovery of the Afon Mellte with its much photographed waterfalls. Upon reaching Sgwd yr Eira (probably the most famous of the falls),  there’s the chance to walk behind its veil of water (without getting wet!). Our walk continues through forest and countryside to the village of Penderyn, now famous for its distillery. There’s time for a visit and to take part in the distillery tour, and maybe to sample a tot of its famous Welsh whisky. 4 miles (6.5km) with 650ft (200m) of ascent.

Monday: free day

Tuesday: Saith Maen & Dan yr Ogof

We start our walk next to Craig y nos, a 19th century castle owned by Dame Adelina Patti. From here we climb up the side of the hill onto Cribarth, known as the sleeping giant, and onto Saith Men, a row of seven standing stones. This is limestone country, shake holes, sinkholes and beneath - one of the biggest cave systems in Europe. We join the old coffin trail at a bronze age burial mound. This was the path that in the 19th century, the bodies of miners from the limestone quarries and coal mines, were carried home to their villages in rural Wales. We follow this path down to Dan yr Ogof, with the chance to visit some of the most spectacular show caves in Europe. 3 miles (4.5km) with 800 feet (250m) of ascent.

Wednesday: Mountain Railway & Brecon Beacons

Taking the restored Brecon Mountain Railway steam train along the Pentwyn Reservoir and up into the heart of the Brecon Beacons, we alight at the end of the track at Torpantau.  From here we walk alongside the reservoir with sweeping views across the Beacons and on to Cwm Callan, a typical Welsh valley, which we follow up onto open moorland. We’ve a short boggy section, and then a beautiful ridge walk with Pen y Fan on the horizon and the rest of the Beacons surrounding us.  A short section of the Taff Trail then takes us back to our return train. 5 miles (8.5km) with 850ft (260m) of ascent. 

Thursday: Black Mountains and Hay-on-Wye

We start our walk below Hay Bluff with the dramatic backdrop of the Black Mountains and views of the Wye valley. We follow Offa’s Dyke path down across Hay Common, through fields and pastures to Hay-on-Wye. A walk then follows the river and takes us into town, with plenty of time to explore its narrow streets, bookshops and cafés. 4.5 miles (7km) with 70 feet (20m) of ascent and 1,100 feet (350m) of descent.


  • Walking is on lanes, paths, tracks and across open fields, rough pasture and moorland; with some short muddy sections. Walks are up to 5 miles (8.5km) with 850 feet (260m) of ascent.
  • Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £30 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your CADW, English Heritage or Historic Scotland cards
  • The seven night holiday has a free day on the Monday for you to explore independently

Local area

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:

Brecon 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. www.breconcathedral.org.uk or www.dragonfly-cruises.co.uk

Big 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. www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/bigpit

Hay-on-Wye
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
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. www.herefordcathedral.org

Dan 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. www.showcaves.co.uk

Tretower Court
Located near the village of Crickhowell, about 20 minutes' drive from Brecon, Tretower Court is a fine Medieval fortified manor house. www.cadw.wales.gov.uk

Cardiff
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. www.visitcardiff.com

Travel

Nythfa House, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7NN

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

By taxi: The 20 mile journey from Abergavenny railway station takes approximately 45 minutes. Taxis cost approx £35 per taxi. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Nythfa House Manager.

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. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

Reviews

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10 Sep 2015, 9:03 a.m.

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Accommodation was excellent. I did experience some booking problems this year but these seem to have been sorted out now. I look forward to my next HF break.

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This holiday really suited my needs. Generally it provided good half day walks along with exploration of the area. Maps available in the house enabled further individual walking in the late afternoon if this was needed.
24 Jun 2015, 6:28 p.m.

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I did the Discovery walk in Brecon. It was very well organised, the hotel was superb.
24 Jun 2015, 1:14 p.m.

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Have been on over 10 HF holidays

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Very bad booking procedures - for the first time in several years
20 Jun 2015, 4:11 p.m.

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Very helpful booking, good communication' lots of information; I was very grateful that I was helped to get the booking circumstances I wished. A good choice of holidays and breaks-away. Only wish HF Holidays had been an earlier discovery.

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Lovely relaxed house, welcoming and very thoughtful manager and staff, lovely meals, super walks and activities with good, thoughtful leader. Wish had discovered long ago.
30 May 2015, 4:38 p.m.

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Would like the website to make it easier to find where single rooms are available.

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I miss the fun of dancing in the evenings, but there were too few on this holiday to hold such entertainment.
27 May 2015, 8:39 a.m.

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Enjoyed the walks but could do with being updated they were pretty old and some of the paths had changed
27 Aug 2014, 8:44 a.m.

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In every way excellent - accommodation, food, sociability, and most of all, well planned excursions with a kind and knowledgeable leader.

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Excellent.
27 Aug 2014, 8:05 a.m.

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Everyone keen to please. No complaints.

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Difficult to totally meet everyone's needs and desires
25 Aug 2014, 10:32 a.m.

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Well organised yet flexible, full range of activities available, with excellent accommodation and meals.

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Good walks, great crowd, delicious food.
27 Jul 2014, 1:51 p.m.

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Overall, a very nice holiday.

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12 May 2017 BRWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Brecon 7 £819.00 £719.00 Top offer £100 off pp Book Now
30 Jun 2017 BRWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Brecon 3 £359.00 £309.00 Special offer £50 off pp Book Now
30 Jun 2017 BRWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Brecon 7 £819.00 £729.00 Special offer £90 off pp Book Now
3 Jul 2017 BRWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Brecon 4 £499.00 £439.00 Special offer £60 off pp Book Now
25 Aug 2017 BRWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Brecon 7 £819.00 £719.00 Top offer £100 off pp Book Now
25 Aug 2017 BRWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Brecon 3 £359.00 £299.00 Offer £60 off pp Book Now
28 Aug 2017 BRWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Brecon 4 £499.00 £429.00 Special offer £70 off pp Book Now

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Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person