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Review of Beili Helyg Guest House, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Posted by at 03:14 on Wednesday 15 June 2011

>> For contact details and to check availability, see our full listing of: Beili Helyg Guest House

Beili Helyg Guest House surrounded by glorious and tranquil countrysideBeili Helyg Guest House surrounded by glorious and tranquil countrysideBeili Helyg is a warm and friendly B&B in a peaceful and quiet secluded setting in the Brecon Beacons. The hosts, Mike and Caroline opened their gorgeous renovated 18th century stone built barn in August 2009.

The Rooms
There are three double bedrooms which can be booked as a whole for groups or separately for couples or singles. Guests can come and go as they please as the B&B is separate from the hosts’ accommodation next door.Relax in the warm and cosy Corn Stone bedroom with antique furniture. Photo: Karen HittRelax in the warm and cosy Corn Stone bedroom with antique furniture. Photo: Karen Hitt

I stayed in Corn Stone a large, traditionally furnished bedroom with easy access to the outdoors with its own private entrance. There are exposed wooden beams throughout the guesthouse, which has been beautifully tied together with traditional and antique furnishings with all the modern comforts you would expect. Such as DVD players, flat screen TVs, large soft beds, and en-suite bathrooms.

The family sized well-furnished dining area, with a fridge for guests’ use, leads through to a light and spacious lounge which looks out onto the countryside. In the lounge area there are a range of books and DVD’s, perfect for wet days, and a cosy large wood burning fire.

The Food
Caroline and Mike serve a choice of assorted cereals with yogurt and fresh fruit which were lined up and ready waiting for me when I went into the dining area. There were three home-cooked breakfast options, including a traditional breakfast with delicious egg (free-range of course), bacon, welsh sausage, tomato, mushrooms, baked beans and hash brown, a vegetarian version and smoked mackerel fillets.

There is a wide range of lovely breakfasts available from cereals to a fry up. Photo: Karen HittThere is a wide range of lovely breakfasts available from cereals to a fry up. Photo: Karen Hitt

Caroline and Mike also offer a beautifully presented lighter dinner or a three course meal for an additional fee. All their meat comes from a local butcher, set up by four farmers, and impressively Caroline and Mike grow a good proportion of their own veg, which is included in the guest’s menus in season.

The Activities
There is so much to do outdoors with a myriad of walks, fishing, caving, mountain biking, sailing on a reservoir and wild swimming. Caroline and Mike are full to the brim with knowledge and offer to help plan days out. As Caroline says ‘because we’ve lived here, we’ve found these places by carting our kids up and down mountains, we just know it.’

What makes it Green?
For Caroline and Mike being green and economical is embedded in them, it is just something they do. As the couple say ‘We know we live in a beautiful area. We don’t want to spoil it’. Not only do they recycle as much as they can and have a very good doorstep collection but they also avoid products with a lot of packaging. They burn old newspapers or use it as chicken bedding. They feed leftover food to their chickens, as well as the cat they’ve taken under their wing. Their milk in the bedroom is in sachets to avoid wastage, they buy their soap and phosphate-free shampoo in bulk and use dispensers.

The private entrance to the Corn Stone bedroom, perfect for getting some fresh air. Photo: Karen HittThe private entrance to the Corn Stone bedroom, perfect for getting some fresh air. Photo: Karen HittAlthough Caroline and Mike have thought about every last detail when it comes to being green they also ‘want it to be really cosy, as cosy as anywhere else.’ The temperature is controlled by a thermostat and the rooms are all heavily insulated as individual units to keep the heat in, with a massive 6 inches of insulation. The showers may be mistaken for power showers but they are incredibly efficient at saving water. Equally the taps have been cleverly adjusted to use a minimal amount of water without you noticing.

Getting there by public transport
Take the train to Cardiff Central, then take a train to Aberdare and from there you can take a taxi (approximately £15) or get the bus to the pub on the corner and walk the rest of the way. Mike and Caroline kindly offer to take guests to the station on the final day.

Top Tip
For a bit of an adventure ask Mike and Caroline to drop you off on one of the many walking routes so you can walk back. See the stunning waterfalls on the walk from Pontneddfechan, walk over peaks from the Neuadd reservoir and join the Taff Trail from Pontsticill reservoir.

The Verdict
Beili Helyg is full of heart. Mike and Caroline are the perfect hosts and go out of their way to make the B&B as comfortable for guests as possible. With uninterrupted views of the countryside and peace and quiet, it is ideally suited to couples looking for a romantic getaway or honeymoon retreat. Alternatively groups can book the entire house, stretch out and enjoy the open space.

The endless countryside views awaiting you at Beili Helyg B&B. Photo: Karen HittThe endless countryside views awaiting you at Beili Helyg B&B. Photo: Karen Hitt

>> For contact details and to check availability, see our full listing of: Beili Helyg Guest House

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