Places to Stay in the Brecon Beacons

As part of our Green Traveller's Guide to the Brecon Beacons, Paul Bloomfield picks out a selection of B&Bs, cottages, barns and campsites in this glorious National Park in south Wales.

With such a wealth of rolling fields, dramatic hillsides and quaint villages, its no wonder there are so many green accommodations to choose from in the Brecon Beacons.

One minute you're strolling alongside a tranquil canal, the next you're challenging yourself against the Black Mountain peaks - the range of accommodations in the Brecon Beacons is as wide-ranging and varied as its landscape. Head to Brecon and you'll find a Grade I listed Country House set on a 2000-acre rural estate, or move a little further out and escape to an authentic Mongolian yurt or 'Ger'.


The Start, Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales

Riverside bed & breakfast set in a quiet location on the banks of the river Wye. Ideal base for walking, cycling and browsing the many book shops of Hay-on-Wye. Large garden with off-road parking, cycle lockup, drying facilities and flasks filled! the-start.net

Beili Helyg Guest House, Brecon Beacons, Wales

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. beilihelygguesthouse.co.uk

Old Radnor Barn, Powys, Wales

Old Radnor Barn, Talgarth is an award winning, 4* B&B, nestled in the foothills of the Black Mountains/Brecon Beacons National Park, renowned for its scenic beauty. Luxury accommodation and facilities with ground floor rooms for elderly/disabled. oldradnorbarn.com

The Granary, Powys, Wales

The Granary is a luxury 5 star B&B situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The stunning scenery is a fab backdrop for outdoor activities, and the peaceful location makes it a perfect spot to appreciate the recently awarded "Dark Skies" status. thegranaryinthepark.com

Upper Newton Farmhouse, Herefordshire

Visit this fantastic part-Jacobean farmhouse B&B with self-catering cottages on a working farm in rural Herefordshire, complete with 100 acres of arable and a suckler cow herd of Charolais cows. herefordshireholidays.co.uk

The Grange, Brecon, Powys

A grade II-listed 19th-century house only a windlass’ throw from the canal in the attractive market town of Brecon, the gateway to the west of Wales and endpoint for the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal. thegrange-brecon.co.uk

Tregoyd Mountain Riders, Powys, Mid Wales

Tregoyd Mountain Riders offer horse riding, pony trekking, hacking, riding holidays, lessons, bed & breakfast for horses and riders and livery in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Come and experience the very best mountain riding Wales has to offer. tregoydriding.co.uk

Trericket Mill, Brecon Beacons, Wales

A wonderfully restored mill for quality B&B with adjacent bunkhouse and small campsite in a cider orchard on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park close to the second-hand book town of Hay-on-Wye. All meals vegetarian, fair trade and organic. trericket.co.uk

Lasswade Country House & Restaurant, Powys, Wales

A warm and homely four star b&b hotel with fabulous views of the Cambrian Mountains, Epynt Hills and Brecon Beacons. Breathe in the lovely clean air, enjoy the peace and quiet and taste the delicious award winning sustainable food. lasswadehotel.co.uk

Brynhonddu Country House, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Friendly family run historic country house B&B surrounded by the 'best walking area in the country'. Gorgeous views over the Black Mountains within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Voted ‘Best B&B in Wales’ by overseas visitors. brynhonddu.co.uk

YHA Brecon Beacons, Brecon, Wales

Formerly known as Llwyn y Celyn YHA Brecon Beacons is set in 15 acres of ancient woodland, overlooking the River Tarell with views towards Y Gyrn - great countryside for walking or cycling holidays. Tasty home-cooked food and local ales served. yha.org.uk

The Kings Arms Hotel, Monmouthshire, Wales

This 16th-century coaching inn in the centre of bustling Abergavenny has beautiful oak-panelled walls, flagstones and roaring open fires. Upstairs are 11 sweet bedrooms; the spacious room at the top has a roll-top. Fab food and walks from the door. kingsarmsabergavenny.co.uk

The Usk & Railway Inn, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Plumb in the middle of Sennybridge village, the recently-refurbished Usk and Railway Inn offers locally-sourced meals, a wide range of drinks and ales, and gorgeous contemporary bedrooms upstairs. uskandrailwayinn.com

The House in the Hills, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Ten minutes from Hay-on-Wye but in the middle of nowhere, a stunning barn conversion with beautiful interiors, terrace for al fresco dining and hot tub. Walk into the Black Mountains, enjoy a jacuzzi under the stars. Four shepherd's huts on site. thehouseinthehills.co.uk

The Huts in the Hills, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Four beautiful shepherd's huts in a woodland clearing 10 minutes from Hay-on-Wye, with pretty interiors, wood burners and dinky kitchens. Communal firepit for evenings under the stars, and swings in the trees and a babbling brook for children. thehutsinthehills.co.uk

Mandinam, Carmarthenshire, Wales

This is a unique place to stay. A spacious Shepherd's Hut, Gypsy Van, Cabin or Bluebell Wagon in a beautiful location in a truly scenic areas of Wales, it is for the outdoor person who likes a bit of comfort. Posh camping at it's most enjoyable. mandinam.com

Nantwen, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Award winning, secluded and romantic luxury bolt hole near the beach at Newport on the Pembrokeshire coast, Nantwen is a former barn converted to a spacious cottage for 2 with a log burner and claw foot tub set in expansive private grounds on a farm. nantwen.co.uk

Aberhyddnant Farm Cottages, Brecon, Powys, Wales

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. abercottages.com

Alltybrain Farm Cottages Brecon Beacons Wales

Superb self-catering cottages for two and friendly, comfortable farmhouse bed and breakfast. Situated in peaceful farmland with extensive views of The Brecon Beacons and surrounding countryside. alltybrainfarmcottages.co.uk

Brynich Farm Cottages, Brecon Beacons, Powys, Wales, UK

Set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, our converted 18th century farm buildings offer beautiful accommodation in four seperate cottages; sleeping a total of 20 guests we happily take dogs. We are sure you will enjoy this stunning setting. brynichcottages.co.uk

Henllys Lodge, Llandovery, Wales

A superb, state of the art and ecofriendly rebuild of a 17th century Lodge, complete with everything to make a family's stay here as cosy and comfortable as possible. A natural stay in beautiful rural surroundings. breconcottages.com

Coity Bach, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Choose between two medieval cottages for a truly rural Welsh farmland experience. With direct access to cycling trails and rugged mountainous landscape, there is plenty to keep you busy in the surrounding hills. coitybach.co.uk

Cantref Coachhouse, Brecon Beacons, Wales

A warm and cosy one-bedroom cottage, sleeping 2 persons, in the heart of the countryside. Perfect for couples looking for a romantic break and to get away from it all. There's walking, cycling and riding direct from the doorstep. brecon-cottage.co.uk

Llanilid Holiday Cottages, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Four and five star converted barns in the heart of a splendid 220 acre organic farm. The perfect base for an activity packed holiday, exploring the Brecon Breacons National Park or a stress free mini-break. llanilidcottages.co.uk

The School Annex, Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon, Wales

Set in the Brecon Beacons National Park we offer a high standard of self catering accommodation and great green credentials. You can take time out to relax or be as active as you want, even star gaze in our dark sky reserve, all on the doorstep! staybeacons.com

Upper Newton Farmhouse, Herefordshire

Visit this fantastic part-Jacobean farmhouse B&B with self-catering cottages on a working farm in rural Herefordshire, complete with 100 acres of arable and a suckler cow herd of Charolais cows. herefordshireholidays.co.uk

Tir-Cethin Farm, Gower, Wales

A pair of luxury self-catering barn conversions surrounded by the UK's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A perfect example of eco-luxury, this is also a fantastic base for everything from walking and pony-trekking to kite surfing. tircethinfarm.co.uk

Little Quebb Cottages, Herefordshire, UK

This fantastic pair of award-winning 15th century cottage and cosy farmhouse are located on a self sufficient smallholding in Herefordshire. Ideal for a peaceful rural break, with first class walking and cycling available on the doorstep. littlequebbcottages.co.uk

Cae'r Hendre, Llangynidr, Wales

This simple and wholesome cottage generates its own electricity from a nearby spring. Spectacular hill walks and beautiful views are to be found straight from the doorstep. breconcottages.com

Penpont, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Magnificent Penpont is set in lovely grounds in the middle of a 2000 acre working rural estate in the heart of the Brecon Beacon National Park. The self catering wing is attached to the main house, accessed via a private courtyard. penpont.com

Pipistrelle, Powys, Wales

Built for comfort and greeness, this cosy cottage sleeps 2 (plus an infant and dog) and enjoys stunning wildlife-rich Welsh countryside. A stylish romantic escape, which is both baby-friendly and equipped with the latest in entertainment technology. cottage-holiday-wales.co.uk/pipistrelle-builth-wells

Baddegai Holiday Cottage, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Recently refurbished, 4 large en-suite bedrooms that can be either doubles or twins. Surrounded by fields with views to Pen-y-fan. Direct access on to the Brecon Beacons. Wood burning stoves, oak panelling, beams. Dogs & children welcome. breconbeaconscottagebreaks.co.uk

Rose Cottage, Dutlas, Powys, Wales

Get away from it all in a charming, cosy cottage in Mid Wales: discover some of the country's most beautiful scenery, rich in wildlife and a real sense of escape - a true eco friendly cottage, but one that doesn't sacrifice any home comforts. rosecottagedutlas.com

Beech and Poplar Tree Ecolodges, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Two new, super-efficient ecolodges with hot tub and glorious views set on an organic farm in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. Comfy interiors, bikes to borrow, masses of space for the kids. Borrow the telescope for an evening of star-gazing. breconcottages.com

Romany Caravan, Monmouthshire, Wales

Enjoy peaceful escapism in lyrical Monmouthshire countryside in the foothills of the Black Mountains. This vintage Romany caravan is a perfect little Bow Top, with a pull-out double bed, and a fantastic cabin with a kitchen, shower, bath and veranda. cottage-holiday-wales.co.uk/romany-caravan-wales

Pen Y Fedw, Monmouthshire

A beautiful, luxurious cottage in the depths of lovely Monmouthshire countryside, recently designed to accommodate a couple, plus a baby, and up to 2 dogs. It is bright, light, spacious, clean-lined - refreshingly contemporary and stylish. cottage-holiday-wales.co.uk/pen-y-fedw-cottage-welsh-border

Glaslyn House, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

In the wilds of the Brecon Beacons this modern house has been renovated with the environment in mind and sleeps 12. Perfect for big gatherings, walkers and those looking for a slower pace of life on holiday. breconcottages.com

High Cloud, Monmouthshire, Wales

A huge holiday home split over two buildings that is perfect for mixed-age groups and families. Sculpture in the garden, woodland grotto and a heated pool. highcloudfarm.com

Trevyr Barn, Grosmont, Wales

A recently renovated stone barn in beautiful Grosmont, on the edge of the Black Mountains. Pitch black night skies, perfect for star-gazing. Fantastic walking and cycling right from the doorstep, wonderful views and a peaceful location. trevyrbarn.co.uk

Old Rectory Barn, Brecon Beacons, Wales

A beautifully renovated 16th century barn providing one large property or two independent cottages. Stunning views and ideally situated for an active or relaxing holiday in this unique corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. oldrectorybarn.co.uk

Carno Farm, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

A group of lovingly restored barns and farmhouse in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, under the west shoulder of PenyFan with direct access onto the hills & mountains. Ideal for families and those wanting to get away from it all. carnofarmbrecon.co.uk

Merryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales

A 4* quality barn with stunning views of the River Usk, Black Mountains and historic Crickhowell town. With oak beams/floors in the bedroom, a heated limestone floor downstairs, walk-in shower and Japanese square bath. merryfieldsbarn.com

Wern Watkin Bunkhouse, Brecon Beacons, Wales

More beautiful barn conversion than bunkhouse, Wern Watkin is the ultimate pad for groups of walkers, cyclists and families looking for adventure in the surrounding Brecon Beacons. wernwatkinleisure.com

YHA Brecon Beacons, Brecon, Wales

Formerly known as Llwyn y Celyn YHA Brecon Beacons is set in 15 acres of ancient woodland, overlooking the River Tarell with views towards Y Gyrn - great countryside for walking or cycling holidays. Tasty home-cooked food and local ales served. yha.org.uk

Middle Ninfa, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Offering comfortable self-catering accommodation for up to six people in the beautiful surroundings of Monmouthshire, Middle Ninfa provides both rustic charm and modern conveniences. Also home to a small, unspoilt campsite. middleninfa.co.uk

Cwmberach Uchaf Farm, Feather Down Farms, Wales

Cwmberach Uchaf Farm is 80 acres of mixed farmland in the shadows of the Black Mountains, in the national park with a small river - the Berach - running through it. Offering Canvas and Canvas Frills Lodges, sleeping up to 6, perfect for kids! featherdown.co.uk

Campsite Bryncoch Farm, Brecon Beacons, Wales

This fantastic little campsite is complete with a central lake (developed from a natural stream), comfortable cabins, easy vehicle access and fishing, located in the picturesque Beacon National Park. southwalescamping.co.uk


For information on local food and drink, nearby visitor attractions and activities, see our

Green Traveller's Guide to the Brecon Beacons


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