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Review and Video of Brynich Farm Cottages, Brecon, Powys

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Posted by David Atkinson at 10:51 on Monday 15 July 2013

David Atkinson finds a welcoming country escape at Brynich, a farmstead group of lovingly converted self-catering cottages set amongst rolling hills near Brecon.

>> For contact details and availability, see our full listing for Brynich Farm Cottages

>> Becca Jones from Brynich Farm Cottages is a Brecon Beacons National Park Ambassador

Brynich Farm Cottages with the Brecon Beacons in the backgroundBrynich Farm Cottages with the Brecon Beacons in the background

The Setting
Brynich is set on a family farm amid 40 acres of grass-let land and yet is just off the main A470 outside the town of Brecon. The initial approach leads via the next-door caravan park but don't worry, the group of converted 18th-century barns is tucked quietly around the corner and merely shares an entrance off the main road. Better still, from the central courtyard, the view is not of static caravans but across the Black Mountains and the soaring main ridge of the Brecon Beacons to the rear.

See our Greentraveller video of Brynich Farm Cottages:

The Rooms
The four cottages share common rustic features, such as sturdy wooden beams (converted from old ships' masts since you ask), chunky wooden furniture and small but homely kitchens. We stayed in the Hayloft, a cute couples’ retreat with carved lovespoons and a sink-into double bed with an organic mattress. The Woolpack is a double with disabled access, while Miller's and Wagoner's each sleep up to eight people. Look out for a comprehensive welcome guide in each cottage with details of local activities and places to eat. Dispensers of locally produced Myddfai soap are found in the bathrooms.

One of the lovely rustic bedrooms. Photo: Brynich Farm CottagesOne of the lovely rustic bedrooms. Photo: Brynich Farm Cottages

The Food
Brynich is fully self-catering so stock up in advance. Brecon is five minutes away and boasts, as well as a regular supermarket, great local fish and greengrocery from the traditional Market Hall. The owners sell eggs and honey from the farm for breakfast. The town has a large Gurkha community (given its connections as a training base for the British army) and its Gurkha Corner restaurant is a good place for dinner. Try also local speciality Llanfaes Dairy ice-cream and, for a treat, or head to the Felin Fach Griffin up the road for a menu of local seasonal produce served with high-end gastropub style.

The Activities
You can easily spend a day on site, following the Kids' Nature Trail around the farm to see the honeybees and otters on Brynich Brook. Brynich’s owners also work with Brecon-based Bikes and Hikes and with local walking guides for guided exploration of the western Beacons. Climbing Pen-y-Fan is a self-guided walk. Brynich has sheds to store gear and there's a soft-play area on site for rainy days.

The open plan, beamy living roomThe open plan, beamy living room

The Green
Owners Mark and Becca Jones are committed to green living. Around 80 per cent of electricity is sourced by solar power and water is drawn form the farm's own borehole. They conduct regular biodiversity surveys of the land, the last showing a steady increase in flora and fauna. "Farms tend to strip out nature but, as a family farm, we work hard to nurture the land and respect nature," says Becca.

Brynich's wooden owl. Photo: David AtkinsonBrynich's wooden owl. Photo: David Atkinson

How to get here by public transport?
Both Abergavenny and Merthyr Tydfil train stations are about 30 minutes away by taxi. Local bus company Sixty-Sixty runs a summer bus through Brecon, which stops by Brynich’s entrance, and cyclists can catch a Beacons Bus around the region, some with a bike trailer on the back. Mark and Becca can advise of car-free local excursions, such as walking or biking along the canal towpath into Brecon.

Top Tip
The farm setting captures the changing seasons perfectly, making Brynich quieter but equally beautiful out of season. Becca says, "Personally, I love walking round the farm in winter, following the badger and fox trails in the snow. Out of season, Brynich is still very much alive."

Lots of communal outdoor space. Photo: David AtkinsonLots of communal outdoor space. Photo: David Atkinson

Verdict
The family atmosphere and sense of local community make Brynich an obvious family break. But the Hayloft, in particular, also makes for a romantic couples' escape from family life for a few quiet nights away in the country.

>> For contact details and availability, see our full listing for Brynich Farm Cottages

>> Brynich Farm Cottages is featured in our Greentraveller Guide to Mid Wales

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