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Review of Llanilid Cottages, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Posted by Richard Hammond at 09:42 on Monday 03 February 2014

Gaze at the stars from a restored 18th-century, family-friendly barn in the heart of the wilds of the Welsh Brecon Beacons National Park.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Llanilid Cottages

>> Llanilid Cottages is featured in our Greentraveller Guide to the Brecon Beacons National Park

Llanilid Cottages, Brecon Beacons, Wales, Photo:  Richard HammondLlanilid Cottages, Brecon Beacons, Wales, Photo: Richard HammondThe Setting
Right in the heart of a 220 acre organic farm is a clutch of three 18th-century barns transformed into 4/5 star, self-catering holiday cottages, restored very much in keeping with the environment and pleasing on the eye.  Although in the heart of the wilds of the Welsh Brecon Beacons, the cottages are only about fifteen minutes from bustling Brecon and Llandovery.

Exterior of Llanilid Cottages, Photo: Richard HammondExterior of Llanilid Cottages, Photo: Richard HammondThe Accommodation
The three cottages have a variety of rooms on offer: Barley Store sleeps two in a double bed in a converted barley granary store; Rye Barn sleeps four in two double bedrooms in an original granary used for storing rye; Corn View sleeps four with a double room and a twin room, and is perfect for anyone with limited mobility with a ground floor, wheelchair access bathroom and bedroom if needed. All the cottages have light oak floors and restored beams throughout – renovated with a contemporary, modern touch.

The cottages encompass a sense of history married with 21st-century comforts, using local craftsmen and original Welsh slate, oak beams and flooring, neutral colours and natural materials to create clean, uncluttered lines. All cottages have central heating, well-equipped modern kitchens, ensuite bathrooms and laundry facilities. You will find lockable drying/storage rooms and an outside hosing area where you can jet the mud off your boots and bikes, small children and dogs after enjoying the countryside.

Llanilid Cottages bedroom Photo: Richard HammondLlanilid Cottages bedroom Photo: Richard HammondThe Food
You can pre-order locally sourced organic and free range lamb from the nearby Graig Farm or avail yourself of a delicious hamper stuffed full of wholesome food and drink direct from the local fields supplied by Crai Valley Produce. All cottages have a BBQ to facilitate al fresco dining. 

The Activities
This area is packed with things to do. From cross country cycling either along the Taff Trail (a dedicated off-road route, suitable for all the family) or the more challenging mountain bike tracks.The cottages all supply visitor information files with details about local walks and cycle routes, opportunities for local fishing and horse riding through the Crychan Forest. Based just 15 minutes from the traditional Mid Wales market towns of Brecon and Llandovery; the Gower is close enough if you fancy a splash about in rock pools, or surfing and the Pembrokeshire National Park is just a short hop away. 

Llanilid Cottages with view Photo: Richard HammondLlanilid Cottages with view Photo: Richard HammondThe Green
Recipients of a Green Tourism Business Scheme silver award, both land and livestock are fully organic and run on a policy of light traditional grazing ensuring the farm is never overstocked. Part of the “Tir Gofal” (Care of the land) Scheme - a Welsh Assembly Government initiative, aiming to help farmers actively manage the land to preserve the rich rural heritage and environment through sustainable agricultural practices - all traditional hedges have been replanted and biodiversity is encouraged by protecting streams, woodlands and wildlife habitats.

How to get there by public transport
The stations closest are Llandovery (10 miles) and Merthyr Tydfil (30 miles). From either, take the bus to Sennybridge. The owners are happy to collect guests from the bus station by prior arrangement.

>> See our public transport journey planner

Top Tip
The farm hens are all free-range, and lay organic eggs which you are welcome to collect or pick seasonal hedgerow blackberries, nuts and forage for mushrooms for your tea.

Llanilid Cottages views Photo: Richard HammondLlanilid Cottages views Photo: Richard HammondVerdict 
With great views over the Crai Valley, and across the western area of the Brecon Beacons National Park, enjoy the Dark Skies status that has been awarded to this area, making it an amazing place to enjoy the night skies. Well set up for all the family, from babies to grandparents – so leave all the kit behind, jump on the train and visit.

>> For availability and booking, see our full listing for Llanilid Cottages

>> Llanilid Cottages is featured in our Grentraveller Guide to the Brecon Beacons National Park

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