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In the secluded, rolling hills of the Brecon Beacons lies Beili Helyg, an 18th Century stone built farm house. Ideally located for both walking and cycling routes, the farm house also offers spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding moorlands.

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Rooms: 2 double, 1 twin/ double with 1 single attached

From £76 per night

Meals: breakfast included in the price
Open: Year round
Address: Beili Helyg Guest House, Cwm Cadlan, Penderyn, Brecon Beacons, CF44 0YJ
Tel: 01685813609
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Beili Helyg Guest House

The Guesthouse
These recently renovated 18th century stone built barns offer you beautifully spacious, and luxurious 4* ensuite guest rooms. There are stunning views in every direction of the open mountainside of the Brecon Beacons National Park and we are centrally located at the head of the Cwm Cadlan valley, which has its own National Nature Reserve.

The guest rooms have separate access so you are free to come & go as you please. You are also welcome to unwind in the Guest Lounge that has a great selection of books, games, maps, guide books, local information and a DVD and video library. This is furnished with lovely comfy sofas and heated by a cosy log burner. We have 16 acres of woodland and upland meadow with several acres of SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) crossed by small streams.

The Great Outdoors
As guests you are welcome to stroll anywhere in the grounds, watch the birds, admire the flora & fauna and observe the local wildlife going about their business. We have chickens and geese you can visit and talk to, and occasionally sheep, cows and ponies in the fields. What photographs can't show is the fresh mountain air, the complete peace & quiet, the uninterrupted long views in all directions, and the complete freedom of being so far away from the madding crowd.

Enjoy walking and cycling straight from our door; the open access land is 5 minutes walk. We can supply you with maps and advice, and recommendations for routes to suit ability, energy, time and the weather. There are major walking and cycling routes closeby as well as more unknown ones. We can offer a drop off service for you to walk/navigate back to Beili Helyg, from Pontneddfechan (a waterfall walk); Dolygaer (via Taff Trail); and Neuadd reservoir (over the peaks of Cribyn, Penyfan, and Corn Du). We have a boot room and drying facilities, secure cycle lock up and can also supply you with a packed lunch and evening meal.

Activities Nearby
Why not try caving, cycling, sailing, canoeing, climbing, bird watching, horse riding, wild swimming or one of the other many outdoor activities that are available nearby. Fishing is available at rivers and reservoirs for coarse & game fish and wild trout. For those interested in geology and the landscape this is a rich limestone area with shake holes, swallow holes, waterfalls, limestone pavements, caves and evidence of the Dinas fault.

There are numerous historic & prehistoric sites; Sarn Helen the roman road from Neath to Brecon, and standing stones Maen Madoc & Maen Llia are always worth a visit. Cwm Cadlan is an ancient battleground that is particularly rich in evidence of prehistory. Relaxing and general lethargy are also recommended; imagine sitting with a novel and a drink with your toes in front of a cosy log fire, or on a warmer day sitting out on one of our benches in the woods.

[img_assist|nid=13288|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=86|height=100]Reviewed by David Atkinson

"This place is very much for people looking for a quiet time – perfect for walkers and general outdoor enthusiasts."

Read David's full review of Beili Helyg

Why is this a greener holiday?

To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: the nearest train station are Aberdare which is 8 miles away and can be reached from Cardiff Central. From there, catch the No 7 bus to Penderyn, and alight at The Lamb. Follow the sign to Cwm Cadlan, and it’s a half hour walk along the lane. The owners are happy to collect guests from the Lamb if they are available. Alternatively taxis are available from Aberdare station, the cost is approximately £15.

Onsite the owners have taken a number of green measures to reduce the environmental impact of their tourism business, which has earned them Gold status from the GTBS. Some of their initiatives include coppicing surrounding woodland sustainably for fuel, composing most of the kitchen waste, and purchases recycled products and those using less packaging. They also use chemical free fertilizers and pesticides. The vegetables served are from the garden and the meat is sourced from local suppliers.

Top eco features at Beili Helyg

  • Coppicing surrounding woodland sustainably for fuel

  • Compost kitchen waste

  • Purchase recycled products

  • No chemical fertilisers or pesticides

  • Veg grown in the garden

  • Awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme



Beili Helyg Guest House, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Nearest train station: Aberdare 8 miles or Merthyr Tydfil 8 miles

Directions from station:
Take a train to Cardiff Central, then a train to Aberdare. Catch the No 7 bus to Penderyn, and alight at The Lamb. Follow the sign to Cwm Cadlan, we are a half hour walk along the lane. If we are able we can collect you (by prior arrangement) from The Lamb. Alternatively taxis are available from Aberdare station, the cost is approximately £15. The train and bus timetables are all available at www.traveline-cymru.co.uk

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.