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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
Family friendly
Sky TV
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
10 more

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
  • Share a picnic in the beautiful bluebell wood
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.

Attached to the owner’s property, this rural escape is set on a working farm with wonderful walks straight from the doorstep. With woodlands and a Site of Special Scientific Interest along the Nant Menascin River running through the farm, lace up your walking boots for days exploring your stunning surroundings. There are waterfalls and river pools for wild swimming and in the spring visit the bluebell wood for a stroll through the tranquil trees. Footpaths across the farm lead straight into the Brecon Beacons making this the ideal destination for keen walkers. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal runs through the village of Llanfrynach (2 miles) for peaceful walks along the towpath while the cathedral town of Brecon (5 miles) has a host of independent stores and welcoming pubs and restaurants. Stroll the quaint streets and take a leisurely boat trip along the canal, spotting the abundant wildlife along the banks. For a relaxing afternoon, head to Cantref Adventure Farm (2 miles) and hop in the saddle for a pony-trek through the rolling landscape.

Situated adjacent to the owner’s property, although privacy is assured, this charming cottage sits on the farmyard courtyard. Step up and through the front door and into the warm and inviting interior where a wealth of original features has been retained, including exposed brickwork and ceiling beams. The lounge/diner is a welcoming space with polished wooden floors covered with colourful rugs and local landscapes adorning the walls. Curl up on the sofa and watch the latest programmes on SkyTV or a film on the DVD player. Light the wood burner for a cosy night in, enjoying a glass of wine as the flames flicker. The oak kitchen is compact but well-designed equipped with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine. Enjoy meals at the centrally positioned dining table. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a stylish shower room. When it’s time for bed, ascend the very steep oak stairs to the cosy double bedroom with fabulous views across to the Black Mountains and drift off to sleep beneath the sloped ceiling.

A beautiful oak door opens out and down a step onto a private stone slabbed patio with BBQ and garden furniture where you can dine alfresco and enjoy the views across to Pen y Fan. With no light pollution, enjoy a spot of stargazing in the clear night skies. The owner of the farm is happy to give guests a tour of the farm and to see the animals. Within 500 metres of the property is the River Menascin for picnics and swimming. A field is located below the cottage for guests who have friends wishing to camp. Stabling is available for horses by arrangement with the owner.

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

  • 1 double bedroom (can be made into two 2’6” beds upon request)
  • 1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, 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

Joanna Flaherty

This property is personally managed by Joanna.


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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