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The Old Toolshed

Cantref, Brecon Beacons
Visit Wales - 4 star rating
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Working farm
Sky TV
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Romantic retreat set on a 300-acre hill farm
  • Snuggle up in front of the wood burner for a cosy evening in
  • Ideal for the lone traveller
Property code: BN264

An idyllic cottage for couples seeking a rural bolthole, with walks through the Brecon Beacons from the front door and stunning views across the Menascin Valley.

The perfect bolthole for a romantic retreat, sneak away for a holiday in the wonderful Welsh countryside and make yourselves at home. Full of characterful features including exposed beams and brickwork, curl up by the wood burner and relax in style. Sitting in the owner’s 300-acre farm, the Nant Menascin River flows through the land so you can walk outside and follow its twists and turns or jump in for a spot of wild swimming.


Step up and into the property which is attached to the owner’s home yet has a secluded feel and plenty of privacy. If it’s been a long journey, get the wood burner roaring right away so you can snuggle up and unwind. A well-stocked bookcase offers a range of tales, and the Sky TV also promises to keep you entertained in the evenings. Polished wooden floors, exposed beams and exposed brickwork are complemented by colourful rugs and an array of artwork which adorn the walls. Cook up a storm in the light kitchen before dining at the table and eventually heading to bed. Up steep stairs, the bedroom boasts fantastic views across the Black Mountains and has a charming, sloped ceiling. Wake up and head back downstairs to freshen up for the day in the shower room. Enjoy an al fresco breakfast on the private patio, reached by descending a step through beautiful oak doors.


With your four-legged friend welcome too, head out for local walks and explore without having to jump in the car. Follow the river which flows through the farm where you can make a splash, or roam the bluebell woodlands and the Site of Special Scientific Interest nearby. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is found 2 miles away, while 8 miles away sits Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in South Wales.

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

  • 1 king-size bedroom (can be made into two 2’6” beds upon request)
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Built in electric oven and hob, microwave, large fridge/freezer and washing machine
  • SkyTV, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Wood burner (logs provided)
  • Garden with patio furniture, BBQ
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Off road parking
  • Stabling available by arrangement
  • Camping field available for additional guests
  • Bedroom accessed via very steep paddle-style ladder. Not suitable for children
  • Pub and shop 5 miles in Brecon

Joanna Flaherty

This property is personally managed by Joanna.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Leslie 21st May 2021

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The cosiest holiday cottage you can imagine. Located at the foot of the Beacons, the trail-heads to Fan y Big are within easy walking distance, making the other peaks easily accessible. Sit on the back patio and enjoy the view the hills below the trail to Fan y Big. Walk through the gate and down the hill to the river and your own secluded swimmingRead more hole. Walk the canal paths past the locks and into the town of Brecon. The perfect holiday home away from home. Hide

Reviewed by Anna 8th May 2021

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We booked the cottage for a long weekend and it was exactly as described. Accommodation is cosy well equipped and absolutely lovely. The stairs to the bedroom are very steep and because this had been stated in the details it came as no surprise! It is a very peaceful location . The owners are friendly and very welcoming in an unobtrusive way. LovelRead morey location - we will definitely return. Hide

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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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