Landscape Photography - Wales Through a Lens

Nythfa House

Code: BREPT

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Hills & moorland

Holiday overview

Capture the rich tapestry of Great Britain on camera. Explore and photograph both the iconic and the quirky that make our land and coast unique. From the cottages and castles, fishing harbours and flower-rich meadows, hills and heathland, dry stone walls and designer gardens, unveil the true essence of your location. Our expert leader will give you the expertise you need to get the best out of your camera and that inspirational vista. During the course of each day we'll walk up to 3 miles (5km).

Holiday Highlights:

  • Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light and the best images
  • Our professional photography leader will guide and encourage
  • Visit inspirational vistas of the Brecon Beacons

Great Reasons to Join Us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, plus all transport to photography locations and tuition
  • Expert leader: all our leaders are experts in their field and will ensure that you get the most out of your holiday
  • Accommodation: enjoy high-quality accommodation and excellent food at our Country Houses
  • Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment

 

In pictures...

Accommodation

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
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV 
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee making facilities
•Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms 
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 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

Facilities

• 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

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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.

 

Itinerary

Friday: Arrival day

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

Saturday: Becoming familiar with your camera 

We spend this morning in and around the Country House getting familiar with our cameras. After lunch, we go to Sgywd Gwladys waterfall and river where Cheryl shares her insights to help us to take better photos.  

Sunday: Using CAFÉ WHI FI at Talybont on Usk

Today we’re putting it all into practice with a structure designed to help us understand and then remember the things we need to do before pressing our shutter button.  On location at Talybont on Usk we’re spoilt for choice – woods, a canals and a lovely reservoir to capture on camera, followed by extensive hilltop views across the Beacons and across to Llangorse Lake.  

Monday: a free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax at Nythfa House.

Tuesday: Further Practice of CAFÉ WHI FI

Today is all about consolidating our new knowledge to ensure we can use filters to their best effect. More wonderful landscapes beckon plus a fantastic standing stone on a hillside. Back at the Country House, we can enjoy a session on using Photoshop. 

Wednesday: Getting more creative on the Glamorgan Heritage  Coast

Today we head off to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and explore slow shutter speeds versus freezing the action. Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!  

Thursday: Fairytale Carreg Cennan castle and swooping red kites at Llanddeusant

A chance for us to photograph the fairytale ruined Carreg Cennen castle and its surrounding countryside. If time permits, guests are most welcome to visit the actual castle. (Please note, this is an optional visit for which guests need to pay an admission fee of approx £5).  Afterwards we do something completely different - photographing red kites as they swoop and plummet at the Red Kite Feeding Centre Llanddeusant. This will enable us to practice a different set of skills in terms of 'panning' and the use of faster shutter speeds. Back at Nythfa House, we can round off our holiday with an enjoyable slideshow of our favourite photographs. 

Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

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

  • Your camera and other essential accessories
  • memory card or memory stick
  • battery and charger
  • Your camera’s instruction manual (especially if you are a beginner, and because even your leader hasn’t memorised every digital camera menu settings!)
  • waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
  • bag or bags for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
  • notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
  • a laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images (whilst not absolutely essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday)

Optional camera accessories (remember you will have to carry some of these):

  • Spare memory cards
  • Spare camera battery
  • Spare camera (you never know)
  • Small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
  • Filters: neutral density and graduated, polarising
  • Memory stick or CD for storing images
  • Tripod or monopod if you feel more comfortable with one
  • Camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer

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

 

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. 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

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. www.showcaves.co.uk

 

 

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. 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

 

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

Travel

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 www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train heading to Wales 

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.

 

Bus

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 www.traveline.info

 

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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

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

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Cheryl Hamer

Cheryl is a professional photographer with her own workshop and holiday company based on Anglesey. Cheryl’s first great love is the landscape; she loves being outdoors soaking up the atmosphere of a location, making a ‘connection’ with something ‘bigger’ and channelling that in her photography. Cheryl has an innate ability to simplify the technical aspects of photography, she also strives to help people really get a ‘feel’ for the landscape and translate that into creativity and ‘making’ rather than simply ‘taking’ beautiful photographs.

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Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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