Family Walking Adventure at Brecon
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Hills & moorland
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.
On the edge of Brecon, Nythfa House with its attractive gardens and indoor pool is a great base for our family walking holidays. It's within easy reach of the Brecon Beacons National Park where our walks could include the remarkable path behind the Swyd yr Eira waterfall, or climbing to the top of Pen y Fan for a panoramic view over sourthern 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.
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 at no extra charge.
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 £10 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 4 guided walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short lakeside strolls that are ideal for little legs, to challenging mountain ascents that will appeal to active teenagers.
The Central Beacons
Family Walk: Easy level walking on the high ridge of Illtyd Common takes us up to the ancient hill fort of Twyn y Gaer with amazing views. We return to the Mountain Centre (National Park Visitor Centre) where there’s great space to play if you’ve energy left. 3 miles (5km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: We ascend to the Craig Cerriggleisiad Nature Reserve and Fan Frynych; we walk down the ridge with views onto Mynydd Illtud Common, ending at the National Park Visitor Centre. Some rough ground. 7 miles (11km) with 900 feet (270m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We head directly to Pen y Fan, Corn Du and the obelisk, but then embark on a more northerly loop into the valley of Cwm Llwch and on to finish at the National Park Visitor Centre near Libanus. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This walk goes over the four main tops of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big, then on to the Wellington Memorial and Carn Pica and down the ridge to Talybont. With stunning views the walk traverses the whole of the central part of the Brecon Beacons. 11 miles (17.5km) with 3,000 feet (900m) of ascent.
The Western Fans
Family Walk: The Tawe Valley has lots of fun for such a short walk that takes in the Craig Y Nos country park with its super ponds and meadows, and finishes with an optional visit to the fabulous Dan yr Ogof show caves. 3 miles (5km) with 300 feet (90m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: Starting at Craig y Nos Castle we walk steadily up and around the limestone ridge of Cribarth, before descending to the pretty Tawe Valley and along the river to the Gwyn Arms. 7 miles (11km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We ascend wild country to Llyn y Fan Fawr, a corrie lake 2,000 feet above sea level, and continue along the base of the Western Fans’ escarpment to ascend the summits of Fan Foel and Fan Brycheiniog. We descend along the ridge of Fan Hir and over Alt Fach to the Gwyn Arms. 8 miles (13km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: A strenuous walk, we start at the same place as the Medium Walk but we continue from Llyn y Fan Fawr to Llyn y Fan Fach. We continue up onto the Bannau Sir Gaer ridge, Fan Foel and the same route back as the Medium Walk. 11 miles (17.5km) with 2,300 feet (690m) of ascent.
High above Hay-on-Wye
Family Walk: The famous town has more books than anywhere else, but we will also walk down to the river where we can paddle or swim from an excellent pebbly beach. There’s also a disused railway line to give this circular walk as much interest as fun. 3 miles (5km) with very little ascent.
Easier Walk: A circular walk along parts of the River Wye valley, Clyro and back into the book lovers’ paradise of Hay-on-Wye. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: This walk heads onto the Black Mountains escarpment to Twmpa or Lord Hereford’s Knob. We then cross the road at Gospel pass to Hay Bluff before taking the Offa’s Dyke path into Hay-on-Wye. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Pengenffordd we pass Castell Dinas before going up the Dragon’s Back ridge and on to the escarpment towards Twmpa. We then follow the route of the Medium Walk into Hay-on-Wye. 11 miles (17.5km) with 2,100 feet (630m) of ascent.
Family Walk: Starting from the famous Porth yr Ogof cave, we walk down river and past an amazing series of waterfalls, splashing around in some safe bits of water where the fancy takes us. We finish at Pontneddfechan where there is a visitor centre to finish off a memorable walk! 5 miles (8km) with 400 feet (120m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: Starting near Ystradfellte we follow parts of the Mellte, Nedd Fechan and Pyrddin rivers with their picturesque waterfalls, finishing along an old industrial tramway to reach Pontneddfechan village. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Entering the Afon Hepste gorge we can walk behind the Sgwd yr Eira waterfall before viewing the cave at Porth yr Ogof. From Nedd Fechan we follow the same route as the Easier Walk. 8 miles (13km) with 700 feet (210m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This walk contours round towards Fan Frynych, joining the Beacons Way along the ridge of Fan Dringarth and Fan Llia, then down into waterfall country along the Nedd Fechan to Pontneddfechan. 13 miles (21km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent.
Family Walk: A circular walk based upon the lovely town of Crickhowell. We cross the picturesque Usk bridge to the canal which we follow for two miles passing the village of Llangattock then return through fields and a beech wood to Crickhowell. 3 miles (4km) with 170ft (50m) of ascent.
Easier Walk: We walk from north of Cwmdu to Tretower, with its renowned medieval court and castle. Then we follow a contouring path across farmland leads to the wooded Cwmbeth Brook Valley and Crickhowell. 7 miles (11km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From near Glangrwyney the walk ascends up onto Sugar Loaf, then along the ridge and down into the beautiful Grwyne Fawr valley to Llangenny, and then into Crickhowell. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,100 feet (630m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From Pengenffordd we pass Castell Dinas, the remains of a 12th century castle, before ascending Y Grib ridge on to the Black Mountains plateau and on to the summit of Waun Fach - our high point of the day. We descend onto Table Mountain to finish in Crickhowell. 13 miles (21km) with 2,500 feet (750m) of ascent.
Choice: choose from up to 4 guided walks each walking day
- Expert leaders: our friendly leaders are the cornerstone of these guided holidays and will ensure that families get the most out of the walks
- Activity leader: back at Nythfa House, our activity leader will organise games and activities which could include rounders, treasure hunts or crafts
- Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
- Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions
Terrain and transport: Easier Walks are in valleys and woodland with some moorland walking. Medium Walks are in valleys and over high moorland with some steeper and rougher paths. Harder Walks are over mountains and high moorland.
On some days the walks start or finish at Nythfa House; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
Activities at Nythfa House: Before dinner the activity leaders will run an activity suitable for the younger children. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.
Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.
See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.
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:
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
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. 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
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
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
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
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).
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.
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 www.traveline.info
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.
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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.
From Abergavenny you can travel on to Brecon by bus or taxi (see above).
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Prices are per person
- All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
- Non member associate fee: £5 per person