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Review of Apple House, Llyswen

Apple House, one of the latest properties to join with Brecon Cottages, is a cosy little bolt hole for four in the village of Llyswen. Watson Thomas came to stay during the Hay Festival and this is what he thought...

Apple cottage

The first thing you'll notice as you pull up to Apple House is the huge front garden complete with BBQ, fire pit and hammock. There can hardly be many better ways to start the day than sipping a coffee while gently swinging in a hammock that overlooks the neighbouring fields! Our final evening was spent outside in the slowly diminishing sun, barbecuing, lounging in front of the fire pit and playing with the owners' inexhaustible puppy.

Inside, the property is impressively modern, and the living room, with its cavernous ceiling, comfy sofas and wood burner, was the ideal place to chill out after a long day at the Hay-on-Wye festival. This leads onto a cosy dining space and fully-equipped kitchen - there was even a couple of local eggs and a loaf of fresh bread awaiting us on our arrival. Upstairs the master bedroom is very spacious, with huge wood beams stretching out overhead, and it was easy enough to push the beds together in the twin room to create another double. Look out of any window and you're likely to be faced with an ocean of green - we were often greeted by the site of the two horses in the adjoining field, who quickly grew to realise that standing around inevitably led to them each being given a biscuit.

There's a great deal to do in the local area, and had we not been tied up with visiting the Hay festival, we would've definitely tried our hands at canoeing down the river to Hay-on-Wye. We had enough time to wander down to the river a couple of times, but didn't get to explore the Wye Valley walk or make the most of the 250 years of private fishing along the River Wye.

For more information on Apple House, visit http://www.breconcottages.com/cottage-details/APPLE