Play & Sing Folk Music in the Brecon Beacons
Enjoy playing a great selection of British, Irish and American folk songs and tunes. Only a minimal level of music experience is required to take part. If you are a guitar player who knows a few chords, a fiddler or harmonica player who can play a simple tune or a singer ready to have a go, this is for you. More experienced players are welcome; the key is to have fun! You’ll practice each morning and after dinner.
- Enjoy playing and singing folk music with your experienced leader
- Make friends with a group of people who learn together, laugh together, encourage each other and have a lot of fun
- Free time in the afternoon to explore the local area
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Guidance and tuition from a qualified leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- All music
Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for better rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet with your fellow guests. Your leader will talk you through the holiday, including its timetable, on the first evening. After dinner, start warming up for your first music session.
We’ll start playing each morning from 9.30am and have a nice cup of tea halfway through.
Enjoy lunch together, then you’ve got some free time. There are fantastic walks right on the doorstep and our Discovery Points are ready to make the most out of your stay - there are plenty of maps and a selection of the best tried and tested walking and cycling routes to use, as well as local weather forecasts and public transport options too – plus those all-important personal insights on things to spot, places to stop, and things to do along the way. Or you can always get some more rehearsal time in by yourself.
There’s more practice before dinner from 5.30pm and again after, so you can spend the evening doing what you love best!
There’s usually an informal concert at the end of the holiday. Why not show off your new repertoire to other guests in the house?
Leave (on a high note) after a leisurely breakfast.
Sometimes things happen beyond our control If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
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
Please bring the instrument/s you wish to play, along with your own music stand. All sheet music will be provided. This holiday is ideally suited to those instruments traditionally associated with folk music, such as strings, light percussion, squeeze boxes, harmonicas, flutes, etc. Other instruments that feature in concert or brass band music won’t be suitable for this type of playing. Please ask our Reservations staff for more information if you’re unsure whether the instrument you play will be appropriate on this holiday.
All music will be provided. The final evening may include an informal concert.
John started singing as a child and hasn’t stopped since! He also plays guitar, performing at local folk clubs, playing in the band for Wickham Morris and performing as a stand-in member for a local Irish band. You’ll find him busking, often with friends, at the Sidmouth Folk Week. John has a great enthusiasm for sharing his music and encouraging others. Since retiring John has expanded his musical activities including helping with a “Singing for Fun” group.
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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