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Romantic hillside cottage
Enjoy alfresco dining with a stunning backdrop
Cradled by ancient oaks
Comfy daybeds, please note one of the daybeds has been moved into the studio
Books, games and complete off grid relaxation
Cosy, quirky wood-fired sauna in the garden
Cosy, with great views
One of the daybeds has now been moved into the studio
Beautiful Black Mountain views through the french doors
Large en-suite master bedroom with beautiful views
Gorgeous bedlinen and towels included
A handy work space for those needing to study whilst on hols
Great family kitchen
Early morning mists enfold the valley
Bluebells spread out in the woods in spring
Dining in the dark in the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve
Views to rest the eyes on
A lovely building with heaps of character
Situated in the wilds of Wales
Beautiful views over rolling countryside
1 / 20  Romantic hillside cottage
2 / 20  Enjoy alfresco dining with a stunning backdrop
3 / 20  Cradled by ancient oaks
4 / 20  Comfy daybeds, please note one of the daybeds has been moved into the studio
5 / 20  Books, games and complete off grid relaxation
6 / 20  Cosy, quirky wood-fired sauna in the garden
7 / 20  Cosy, with great views
8 / 20  One of the daybeds has now been moved into the studio
9 / 20  Beautiful Black Mountain views through the french doors
10 / 20  Large en-suite master bedroom with beautiful views
11 / 20  Gorgeous bedlinen and towels included
12 / 20  A handy work space for those needing to study whilst on hols
13 / 20  Great family kitchen
14 / 20  Early morning mists enfold the valley
15 / 20  Bluebells spread out in the woods in spring
16 / 20  Dining in the dark in the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve
17 / 20  Views to rest the eyes on
18 / 20  A lovely building with heaps of character
19 / 20  Situated in the wilds of Wales
20 / 20  Beautiful views over rolling countryside

Blackthorn Cottage

Crickhowell (3mls NE), Brecon Beacons
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
Romantic
Green
Spa Facilities
Quirky
Off the beaten track
High up on a Hill
Rustic
Fire Pit
Eco Friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
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At a glance

  • A wonderfully unique off-grid artists retreat set in an isolated location
  • Unrivalled views across the Black Mountains
  • Relax in the lovely log-fired sauna
Property code: 48082

A magical off-grid retreat in the heart of the Black Mountains, complete with log fired sauna & sublime natural surroundings. Bird filled gardens, breathtaking views, woodburner and hill walks right from the door.

Surround yourself with country charm, rustic style and verdant countryside at this unique home. The perfect bolthole for families and their pups looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you can enjoy off-grid living here with the wood-fired sauna, natural spring water and wood burner. Perfectly positioned for adventures, this cottage can sleep four over two bedrooms with a daybed in the lounge creating a perfect bedroom for younger guests and an additional day bed in the studio.

Head inside this hillside home where you are greeted by exposed beams, gorgeous furniture and far-reaching views. Step up and inside and head into the lounge which doubles up as a second bedroom thanks to an inviting daybed. The daybed provides somewhere comfortable to unwind in front of the wood burner and the TV/DVD. Bright, light and high-ceilinged, the lounge is perfect for post-adventure relaxation. Find all you need to cook in the kitchen/diner and master the art of baking in the wood-fired range. Dine together inside or out and fire up the BBQ for summer feasts. The master bedroom boasts colourful features and a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom.

Relax in the wood-fired sauna in the garden before drifting off; there’s also woodland to explore outside, bike storage and parking for two cars up a steep track. Just take care of the internal and external steps. Head out and venture 13.5 miles to the largest natural lake in Wales, Llangorse Lake, where you can hunt down the Crannog, enjoy a walk or make a splash and hire kayaks. From the largest lake to the highest peak in South Wales, the views from the top of Pen-y-Fan are second to none and you can start your ascent 23.5 miles from your door. Stay closer to home and visit the picturesque town of Crickhowell (3.5 miles) to tuck into hearty pub meals.

SLEEPS 2 - 4: One main bedroom with king-size bed, adjoining bath, shower, basin and loo. A further bedroom which doubles as the sitting room, with one single bed (with pull out trundle) . Additional single bed (with pull out trundle) in studio.  Pretty bed linen and soft towels all provided.

KEEPING CLEAN: Two en-suite bathrooms, one with a shower, basin and loo and the master bedroom with a bath, shower, basin and loo. There is a washing machine available too.

EATING: Lovely handmade wooden kitchen with a gas hob, log-fired range stove, small gas oven and grill, fridge, freezer, dining table with a view.

RELAXING: The kitchen is the heart of the home and a few steps leads to the sitting room, with log burner. This doubles as a bedroom, perfect for spreading out in if it’s just two of you staying, a little snug when it’s four. TV/DVD and WiFi available. Blue-tooth connection to amp/speakers in kitchen. Beautiful art, and a varied and interesting library of books.

OUTSIDE: Secluded terrace and garden with exceptional views of the Black Mountains. Private woodland to explore and handy dry storage for bikes. The property caretakers live nearby.

SAUNA: There is a rustic wood fired sauna available to use during your stay, it is shared usage with the lovely Hillside Barn which is lower down the same hillside, albeit out of sight and mind once you arrive at the cottage. Hamman towels included and a bracing outdoor shower to cool down after the sauna.

GO GREEN: Ingenious as an eco retreat is, excessive water usage does have to considered, so please ensure you’re thoughtful about turning off taps during your stay. To avoid burning diesel unnecessarily (especially important on dull or still days) turn off lights when leaving rooms empty.

CHILDREN: Will love it here! Cot and highchair available on request. Supervision is needed in the garden due to terraces and steep drops.

PETS: Two well behaved dogs are really welcome.

PARKING: Access is via a steep, concreted track, which is best tackled in first gear to the top. Parking for two cars only.

Sara Hughes

This property is personally managed by Sara.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 21 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Andrew 21st March 2022

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We loved our stay at Blackthorn & with the perfect weather of 7 days of full sunshine! It was the perfect spot giving easy access to superb walks high & low. The eco friendly power and water supplies worked perfectly. Spent lots of time out on the terrace enjoying its lovely views with our own BBQ. So very peaceful with no road / vehicle noise exceRead morept birds (particularly owls) and sheep - the occasional plane overhead. The spaces, art and books spread around gave the place a very special vibe. Hide

Reviewed by Nicki 20th February 2022

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Reviewed by Hannah 24th January 2022

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Perfect escapism with stunning views and comfortable cottage. The wood tuning sauna was such a treat too.

Reviewed by Jenny 17th January 2022

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Absolutely incredible location, photos don't even do it justice! You could spend days here without getting in a car - stunning views and sunsets and so close to great walks. Such a sweet cottage, really cosy and quirky with an amazing outside seating area, we loved it so much!! Great sauna although the cold shower didn't work but improvised with buRead moreckets of water! Would definitely come back Hide

Reviewed by Tim 8th November 2021

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Reviewed by Afsha 5th November 2021

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Reviewed by Hazel 8th October 2021

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We had a brilliant holiday at Blackthorn Cottage, the views are amazing, the cottage is well equipped and warm, quiet and cosy. A prefect place to unwind.

Reviewed by Kate 6th August 2021

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Reviewed by James 23rd July 2021

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Our family of 5 (2 adults, 2 kids, 1 border terrier) had a wonderful stay at Blackthorn Cottage. The setting is simply stunning - remote and with views to die for! The cottage itself is equally wonderful. Full of character, tastefully decorated and we especially loved the querky layout - lots of small steps and levels. The little office area was a Read morebonus and the kids loved playing/drawing there. Our dog loved the gardens and we all enjoyed being able to walk straight into the woods. Hide

Reviewed by John 9th July 2021

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This place is stunning. We purposefully chose it because of picture of terrace and views.. and we werent disappointed. No tv or screen time for a week as could while away the hours taking in the view, the birds etc. Due to the pandemic not been to our fav summer destinations of Italy France and Spain and blackthorn was certainly a match for those TRead moreuscan hills. We loved the attention to be eco-friendly and made us appreciate the place even more. Wish we couldve stayed longer. Thank you. Hide

Reviewed by Lindsey 5th July 2021

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A wonderfully idyllic getaway, the cottage and views were amazing

Reviewed by Peter 18th June 2021

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The cottage is in a fabulous location, well appointed with plenty of walking from the door, Somewhere to truly unwind.

Reviewed by Jacqueline 11th June 2021

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Stunning environment absolutely beautiful .the view from the house is just awesome .a lovely cottage but very poorly equipped kitchen.. not maintained or cleaned properly which let it down completely. No TV which wasnt a problem for us and very little phone signal . Comfortable bed Not very child friendly due to drop from veranda and high stone steRead moreps . But we loved every minute due to the environment and if the kitchen was maintained would certainly go again. Hide

Reviewed by Andrew 14th May 2021

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Reviewed by Lily 30th April 2021

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Reviewed by Jodie 9th October 2020

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We absolutely loved this place. Everything about it was perfect for a place to unwind. The location is stunning and perfect for getting into the countryside. The style of the property was quaint and homely but with luxuries that helped disconnect from city life. I will be telling everyone to go!

Reviewed by Alun 18th August 2020

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This was a wonderful house - full of character, little nooks and crannies - and full of history I'm sure. The location is wonderful and the view spectular. We had a wonderful time - with plenty of walks and fresh air to di-stress us. We would come again - no - we will come again.

Reviewed by Kate 3rd August 2020

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Reviewed by Layla 31st July 2020

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What a delightful stay! Could not fault our stay here. Weather played ball so were able to use the outside terrace & BBQ each day & marvel in the incredible view of the valley. The cottage was more than spacious for 2 ppl- would be fine for 4 also. The place was well equipped with everything that we needed. We managed to get the little rustic saunaRead more going (although doesnt get super hot like a sweedish sauna). Only thing i would say is that if you are a nervous driver- this might not be suitable Hide

Reviewed by Aila 20th July 2020

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Blackthorne Cottage is an absolute gem. The location high up in the hills, with wonderful views is superb.The house is spacious and interesting with lots of character

Reviewed by Petra 13th July 2020

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We spent a week in the cittage with our 3 children all under 4 and two dogs. We loved it, the remote location with stunning views was what we have been looking for. It was very clean when we arrived; bed were very comfortable, too. The cottage is well equipped but knifes need sharpening :-) We enjoyed our holidays very much and planning to come bacRead morek next summer! Hide

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Romantic hillside cottage
Enjoy alfresco dining with a stunning backdrop
Cradled by ancient oaks
Comfy daybeds, please note one of the daybeds has been moved into the studio
Books, games and complete off grid relaxation
Cosy, quirky wood-fired sauna in the garden
Cosy, with great views
One of the daybeds has now been moved into the studio
Beautiful Black Mountain views through the french doors
Large en-suite master bedroom with beautiful views
Gorgeous bedlinen and towels included
Show 8 moreA handy work space for those needing to study whilst on hols

Location

Map
Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Brecon Beacons is a vast, mountainous and rural region of Wales. Stretching 42 miles from east to west and covering an area of 520 square miles, the Brecon Beacons is dominated by the National Park of the same name. Split into three main areas, the Black Mountain in the west, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Fforest Fawr in the middle, and the Black Mountains in the east; each is a wild, bold and inspiring place to visit on holiday. With 1232 miles of public trails which includes the 95-mile-long Beacons Way, it’s a wayfarer’s delight. One of four Dark Skies Reserves in the UK (and one of 11 in the world), stargazers can delight in the open night sky, to enjoy the darkness in full splendour. The Fforest Fawr is a UNESCO Global Geopark because of its important geology and a need to conserve and protect the area from negative over development.

Stay at a self-catering cottage in the mountains and cascading woodlands or out on the moors; you can also stay in one of the Brecon Beacon’s lovely towns like Hay-on-Wye, Crickhowell, Llangorse or Brecon. Outdoor lovers will enjoy a choice of easy to challenging treks up and around Sugar Loaf Mountain, Carn Pica, Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad, Pen y Fan, or Hatterall Ridge (and many more besides). Take in uniquely Welsh attractions like Dan-yr-Ogof (the National Showcaves Centre for Wales), The Big Pit Mining Museum, Llanthony Priory, Carreg Cennen Castle, Fourteen Locks, and the Brecon Beacons Mountain Railway. Wildlife abounds in the Brecon Beacons, and it’s a great place to spot red kites and discover the successful story of their reintroduction to the UK’s skies at the Red Kite Centre. There’s so much to do for outdoor lovers and extreme sports fans here, so why not book your self-catering holiday in the Brecon Beacons today?

Our holiday cottages across the Brecon Beacons have been carefully selected. From dog-friendly cottages in the countryside to large farmhouses on the mountainsides and everything in between, we have a holiday in the Brecon Beacons to suit you.

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