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Esgair Berfedd

Babel, Brecon Beacons
Visit Wales - 4 star rating
Sleeps 7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Secluded cottage in glorious surroundings, within the leafy Crychan Forest
  • Ideal for long walks, cycle rides and wildlife watching
  • About 6 miles from the market town of Llandovery, with its pubs, restaurants and shops
Property code: BN150

A truly magical Welsh cottage for a large family or group of friends, which is ideal for nature lovers as it is set in enchanting forest surroundings, with picturesque valley views and wonderful walks on the doorstep.

Get away from it all with an unplugged holiday exploring hidden trails, gorges and waterfalls. This is just the place for a digital detox with your extended family or group of friends. This secluded country cottage for up to seven guests lies deep in the heart of Crychan Forest, perfect for long walks and mountain biking. Its rural location and sprawling wild garden also make it a haven for wildlife lovers and photographers.

Inside, the property boasts charming rustic features throughout, from original exposed beams to a traditional wooden staircase leading upstairs. The farmhouse kitchen has everything you need to rustle up hearty meals for your pack. After you’ve eaten, cosy up by the glow of the wood burner, set in a stone inglenook fireplace. Three of the bedrooms are on the first floor, while the master bedroom is up another flight of stairs in the attic, offering extra privacy. Here you can enjoy a long soak in the free-standing bath after a brisk walk in the fresh country air. Being in the attic, this room is nestled beneath a sloping beamed ceiling that’s low in places. Be aware that the roof of the farmhouse is a protected roost for bats, which occasionally sneak into the property in the summer months.

Around 6 miles from the cottage is the ancient market town of Llandovery, with its Norman castle, vintage tea rooms and boutique shops selling local handmade products. From Llandovery, follow the River Towy into the Cambrian Mountains, where you can go exploring its rugged landscapes. Eagle-eyed birdwatchers can look out for red kites at the RSPB nature reserve at Gwenffrwd-Dinas, about 16 miles from the property.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 4 bedrooms – 2 doubles, 1 twin and 1 single
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 family bathroom, 1 wet room and 1 bath in the master bedroom
  • Large oven with five-ring gas hob, large upright fridge with half freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs supplied and £5 thereafter)
  • Highchair available
  • TV for DVD and VCR (no reception for TV channels)
  • Large natural garden with garden furniture
  • Ample parking
  • 1 small dog welcome
  • Limited mobile phone reception
  • Regret no WiFi
  • Water is from a spring so pressure can be low during dry spells
  • Please take extra care with children near the ruins in the garden
  • Low ceiling in double room in the eaves of the house
  • The roof of this farmhouse is a protected roost for bats who occasionally sneak into the house in the summer months.Visitors who are not happy with bats should not book this property during the summer months.
  • £40 fuel supplement on all short breaks
  • 6 miles from Llandovery, with its pubs, restaurants, shops and railway station

Joanna Flaherty

This property is personally managed by Joanna.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Kirsty 11th June 2021

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We absoluetly loved our stay. Perfect location for a complete get away. There is no signal and no wifi which was just what we wanted but just to be warned. Everything was clean and tidy, there were more than enough kitchen utensils and facilitis. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants a complete get away surrounded by beautiful nature

Reviewed by Steph 29th May 2021

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Reviewed by Mr Wall September 2020

exactly what we wanted quite remote easy to access , cannot think of negatives really is a get-a-way from it cottage limited phone signal no live tv , but had great walks from the door .

Reviewed by Mrs Vesey July 2020

If you want isolation, the most beautiful countryside, quirky and comfy accommodation then this is the most wonderful Welsh holiday experience. Walkers and wildlife paradise. A haven for photographers and artists. Our dog cried when she left!

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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 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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