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Two comfy cottages on a 220-acre working organic farm in the heart of the splendid Brecon Beacons National Park. There's fresh spring water, home produced organic meat and eggs. Great for walks and bike rides in outstanding countryside.

Quote greentraveller when you book and you will receive an organic and local welcome hamper

Rooms: 6 in 2 cottages 2 double, 3 twin 1 nursery
Price:

From £83 per night

Meals: Organic meat & eggs on site. Catering available for groups. Pub 6 miles
Open: Year round
Address: Aberhyddnant, Crai, BRECON, Powys, LD3 8YS
Tel: + 44 (0)1874 636797
 
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Aberhyddnant Farm Cottages:

Aberhyddnant is a family run, 220 acre, working, organic, hill farm with beef cattle, sheep, pigs and laying hens as well as a variety of horses and ponies. The farm is part of a "whole farm environmental scheme" through which hedges have been replanted, lapwing habitats have been provided and biodiversity is encouraged by preserving and protecting the streamside corridors and ancient woodlands. Guests may choose to help monitor any of the 50 plus nest boxes many of which are visible from the cottage windows.

The two cottages have been sympathetically converted from existing farm buildings. Previously a hive of activity, Nyth y Wennol, was the old dairy where butter and cheese were made for home use and for sale. Bryniau Pell has been converted from a cart shed and hay loft - (traditionally an ideal place for the farm lads to court their loves).  They both boast well equipped kitchens with full-sized electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and coffee maker. There is a shared utility/boot room with washing machines and tumble drier. 

Each cottage has a TV with Sky Freeview, a collection of books, dvds, cd’s and board games. For those who prefer to spend more time outside, there are pretty gardens with tables and chairs, Bar-B-Q's and clothes lines.  For family gatherings or groups of friends there is an additional room, Y Beudy, with sufficient comfy sofas, dining tables and chairs for 14 to relax and dine together.  For children there is a shared, enclosed play area with a variety of equipment and a play room for all year round enjoyment - cots, fireguards, stair gates and high chairs are provided.

Both the cottages and Y Beudy are decorated with pictures by local artists on display many of which are for sale. Aberhyddnant Farm Cottages offers walking, cycling and riding with acres of countryside to explore on the farm and the adjoining hill. Children will love running wild, damming streams and seeing the stars in the clear skies above. Pets are also welcome.

There could be no better place to spend time walking than the glorious countryside of the Brecon Beacons National Park, and after enjoying the clear, fresh air returning to the cosy cottage for a cup of hot chocolate or glass of wine is a pleasure.

How does Aberhyddnant minimise its impact on the environment and contribute to a sense of place?
The accommodation currently generates electricity using a micro hydro system on the farm, with the heating by central biomass boiler, fuelled by falling timber and thinnings from the farm, which is supplemented by solar panels during summer. The heating is supplemented with log burners, while both cottages are fully insulated, all lights are low energy and all appliances are A rated. The farm has its own spring water supply, which is tested annually, all toilets are fitted with water savers and all cleaning products provided are environmentally friendly.  There are charge points for electric vehicles.

Recycling facilities are provided for glass, plastic, cans, paper and cardboard, as well as composting facilities for food waste. Guests are offered hampers that contain homemade and locally sourced produce, including organic meats, eggs, vegetables, locally made preserves, organic apple juice and other items. The owners, who previously ran an organic farm shop and tea room in a nearby village for several years, are happy to collect guests from the nearby train station or bus stops, helping to minimise the impact that visitors have.

>> Liz Matthews at Aberhyddant is a Brecon Beacons National Park Ambassador

[img_assist|nid=11816|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=66]Review by Lucy Symons

"Come here to enjoy: "the natural beauty of the countryside during the day and the the pristine sky at night with pure clarity of air" (Liz's favourite quote from the guest book which sums up Abberhydnant for her).   And really do look at the night sky - Brecon Beacon National Park International Dark Sky Reserve is only the fifth in the world and in this particular part of the park you are in the darkest area with the darkest clearest sky.  It is out of this world."

Read Lucy's full review of Aberhyddnant Cottages

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Top eco features at Aberhyddnant:

 
  • Micro hydro system provides electricity for the cottages. As far as possible appliances are A-rated

  • Natural spring water flows from the taps (better than any bottled stuff)

  • Water savers in all toilets

  • Hampers with home produced & locally sourced products can be supplied

  • All heating and hot water is provided by a central biomass wood boiler using timber from the farm (no oil here)

  • Free electric vehicle charging during your stay

  • Solar Thermal panels supplement this hot water

  • All bed linen is fair-trade/organic cotton with duvets and pillows made from recycled plastic bottles

 

Location

Aberhyddnant Farm Cottages, Brecon, Powys, Wales
Nearest train station: Llandovery 15, Swansea 28 , Merthyr Tydfil 20 miles

Directions from station:
Hosts are happy to collect guests by prior arrangement.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.