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Counting House

Talybont-on-Usk, Mid Wales
Visit Wales - 3 star rating
Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Quirky
Decorated for Christmas
Towels included
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At a glance

  • Quirky and historic property packed with rustic features
  • Enjoy your morning coffee with panoramic views over the Brecon Beacons National Park
  • A short 0.5-mile walk along the canal will bring you to Talybont-on-Usk with its choice of pubs and popular cafe
Property code: BN102

Quaint and charming, this 18th-century toll house is built into the side of a hill on the banks of a picturesque canal, set just 0.5 miles from Talybont-on-Usk.

Enjoy a romantic getaway to Mid Wales in this beautifully modernised 18th-century toll house. Built into the side of a hill on the banks of a picturesque canal, an array of exciting trails lie on the doorstep while the pretty village of Talybont-on-Usk is just 0.5 miles away. Carefully finished, the reverse-level accommodation boasts many rustic details, while outside two terraces offer breathtaking views and lead down to a private stretch of canal bank.

Inside, this Grade II-listed cottage has been tastefully refurbished to offer elegantly modern decor while retaining original oak beams, arched windows and stone walls. Upstairs, the stylish shaker-style kitchen provides plenty of space for rustling up delicious meals, while the open-plan lounge/diner boasts spectacular elevated views and a cosy wood burner. Steep cottage-style stairs lead down to the bedrooms, one of which opens directly onto the patio – perfect for al fresco breakfasts. Choose between the two terraces or step down to the private stretch of sloping canal bank for a waterside picnic.

Once the toll point for limestone and slate as it was transported down the mountains, this charming cottage is now a perfectly-placed holiday home. Follow the towpath of the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal towards the village to enjoy a bite to eat at one of the local pubs, or set out along one of the many trails that cross the surrounding landscape. Talybont Reservoir (3 miles) is a lovely location for a walk, cycle ride or picnic, while Llangorse Lake (7.5 miles) is a must for water sports. Meanwhile, the popular town of Brecon (7.5 miles) is home to a good selection of independent shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double and 1 single
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven, fridge with small freezer, dishwasher, microwave
  • Small welcome pack included
  • Wood burner – fuel provided
  • TV/DVD and radio
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Two outside terraced areas and access to a private area of canal bank and a small garden
  • Off-road parking for 1 car
  • Regret no children under 12 years old
  • BBQ
  • Shop and pub within 0.5 miles
  • The bedrooms are accessed down exceptionally steep narrow steps - these are ""listed"" so cannot be changed and anyone using these steps must take particular care
  • Please note that the the double bedroom is accessed via the single bedroom
  • There is a footpath to the private area of canal bank below the property, however the footpath is steep and can be slippery in wet weather and visitors use it at their own risk
  • The lower terrace has a steep wall and a steep bank to the canal below
  • Arrival: 18:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Avril Hitchman

This property is personally managed by Avril.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 38 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Lin 23rd December 2022

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Lovely property directly next to the canal. Owing to the time of year and weather we were unable to sit outside on the terrace but it would be lovely to do this in (hopefully) the warmer summer months. Very quiet location which we would certainly love to come back to one of these days.

Reviewed by Sarah 25th November 2022

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A lovely cottage and location. A cosy weekend break with lots of walking - and a lunch/shopping trip to Crickhowell. Plentiful supply of logs!

Reviewed by Jade 30th October 2022

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Beautiful cottage! The location is perfect, right on the canal with amazing views from the balcony... perfect to have your morning coffee Everything was great and the unlimited supply of wood for the log burner was a definite bonus! Will definitely be booking again.

Reviewed by Mary 21st October 2022

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Lovely cosy cottage in great location for walks - canal side or bigger climbs around Pen y Fan.

Reviewed by Silke 25th September 2022

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The house offers everything you need. Only the mattresses were a bit too soft for us. But luckily everyone has different preferences. The owner is very friendly and helpful. The location of the house is very good for trips in all directions. The nearby national park invites you to extensive hikes.

Reviewed by Carolynn 16th September 2022

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A lovely clean and warm cottage. The views are amazing and sitting out on the decking watching the wildlife and the narrow boats going past is very relaxing. We would recommend the cottage and would certainly come back again. Everyone is friendly and the two local pubs are very good.

Reviewed by Jayne 9th September 2022

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Beautiful spot right above the canal. The cottage is very comfortable and the balcony off the kitchen is delightful. Good pubs in the area and plenty of places to go walking either for a couple of hours or a full day.

Reviewed by Tyrella 2nd September 2022

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Reviewed by Ruth 26th August 2022

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Very quiet, well equipped and good location for lovely walks in the Brecon Beacons.

Reviewed by Sam 19th August 2022

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Reviewed by Fiona 12th August 2022

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Reviewed by Rebecca 5th August 2022

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Perfect spot for exploring the beautiful Brecon Beacons. We loved spending time on the terrace watching the canalboats go by and the ducks having a good old quack. Thank you for an enjoyable stay in Talybont.

Reviewed by Anne 24th June 2022

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The Counting House is a very comfortable and well equipped property in a stunning location. Wouldn't hesitate recommending and will definitely make a return visit.

Reviewed by Alan 17th June 2022

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This is a unique cottage in a beautiful setting. I've stayed there many times and keep going back!

Reviewed by Jenny 10th June 2022

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Outstanding location in a well-equipped cottage. Really pretty views. Comfortable, authentic and unpretentious inside. Great for access to all aspects of the Brecon beacons and the valleys. Super walks on the doorstep. Canal tow path fantastic for running and cycling. Two lovely pubs on the doorstep. Owner made everything easy. Definite cottage to Read morerevisit. Hide

Reviewed by Charmaine 20th May 2022

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A cottage with character, beautiful view of the hillside and sheep. The decking outside is lovely and completely safe. Bedrooms are large downstairs and comfortable bed and clean linen. Great location for many walks, Taff Trail and flat canal side walk.

Reviewed by Janice 29th April 2022

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Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage. It's in a lovely location - able to get to lots of places nearby. It was great to be able to enjoy the terrace and balcony overlooking the canal watching the narrowboats go by. The cottage was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen was well fitted out and well equipped. Would highly recommend and we are Read morelooking forward to returning. Hide

Reviewed by Susan 21st April 2022

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Counting House was very comfortable, clean, historically interesting, quirky and fun! Location and views are great. We and the dog thoroughly enjoyed staying there and waving at the narrow boats as they passed by on the canal.

Reviewed by Janice 24th March 2022

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The best cottage Weve ever had , weve already rebooked for next year

Reviewed by Christopher 11th March 2022

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Reviewed by Andrew 15th January 2022

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Reviewed by Jane 27th November 2021

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Counting House, beautiful setting, we loved the accommodation, it was cosy, clean and comfortable, we had everything we needed at hand, ideal for dog walkers,we thoroughly enjoyed our walks along the canal, we managed to leave an item of clothing behind and a charger, Elizabeth got in touch with us straight awaRead morey by email, and sent the items back to us by post free of charge, so kind and thoughtful, thankyou Elizabeth, see you again in the future! Hide

Reviewed by Peter 12th November 2021

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A small and very cosy cottage in a lovely location - very convenient for the village pubs. We had a great and restful weekend.

Reviewed by John 8th November 2021

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Reviewed by Mark 15th October 2021

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Reviewed by Jean 8th October 2021

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Reviewed by HE 3rd September 2021

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Wonderful location & ideal for any outdoor enthusiast. Only downside is that wed have preferred a washing machine rather than a dishwasher & thanks to glorious weather were able to handwash clothing but we knew this when booking the accommodation - the location outweighed everything else. Log burner perfect, shower great & beds comfy. Neighbours frRead moreiendly. A fabulous weeks holiday thank you Hide

Reviewed by W 13th August 2021

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Beautiful little hideaway in a fantastic location. Would stay again.

Reviewed by Mireille 6th August 2021

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Wonderful enchanting house. Stunning views. Very comfortable beds. Beautiful location. Good value and thoroughly recommend this house to come home to after some Beacon adventures.

Reviewed by Nicole 16th July 2021

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An exceptionally clean and welcoming cottage in a central location with a wonderful view.

Reviewed by K 2nd July 2021

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Reviewed by Linda 25th June 2021

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I would recommend this cottage to an able-bodied friend/relative. Ideal location, fantastic views & lots of walking nearby. The stairs concern me. It needs pointing out that they are very steep, narrow & uneven & need to be negotiated at night when a lot of people are groggy from waking in the early hours needing the bathroom. It could also be poinRead moreted out that heavy luggage can be taken in from the garden directly into the bedroom, thus avoiding the stairs. Hide

Reviewed by F. 18th June 2021

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Reviewed by Margaret 11th June 2021

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Reviewed by Susan 4th June 2021

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Lovely quirky cottage with great views near to pubs and walks from door

Reviewed by Alison 28th May 2021

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Lovely property. Location really good. Enjoyed sitting out on the terrace. Village pubs and shop a short walk. Will look forward to hopefully returning. Thank you

Reviewed by Saty 23rd April 2021

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Great location!

Reviewed by Anne 16th April 2021

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Location

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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 Travel Chapter Limited trading as Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages is an appointed representative of ITC Compliance Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (their registration number is 313486) and which is permitted to advise on and arrange general insurance contracts as an intermediary.
The Travel Chapter Limited trading as Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages | The Travel Chapter Limited is registered in England and Wales. | Registered office Travel Chapter House Gammaton Road Bideford EX39 4DF Company No. 02431506 | VAT reg: 143053210.