If you fancy getting away from it all for a relaxing break in the country, there’s no better place to go than the Brecon Beacons. This beautiful National Park is one of the most peaceful parts of the UK, with secret waterfalls nestled amongst tranquil woodland and dark skies that are perfect for stargazing. What’s more, the dramatic landscape is filled with majestic hills and deep valleys with secluded cottages to hide out in, with walking routes leading from peaceful rural hamlets to pretty villages and historic heritage sites.
We have compiled some of the most secluded and remote cottages in the Brecon Beacons where you can recharge your batteries, spend quality time with loved ones and explore miles and miles of wonderful Welsh countryside.
Cui Shepherds Hut | Sleeps: 2 guests
There’s no need to worry about the neighbours here as this locally crafted shepherd’s hut has a large field near Talybont-on-Usk all to itself, with spectacular scenery to soak up in every direction. A fire pit and picnic table are perfect for evenings under the stars and there is an assortment of walks straight from the front door.
- Cui Shepherd Hut has been beautifully crafted with handmade oak fittings, and a wood burner helps to keep this charming couples’ retreat lovely and cosy.
- If you fancy some company you’ll find village pubs, shops and a cycle hub at nearby Talybont-on-Usk.
- Follow the path of brooks and rivers that run alongside the property or head along the Taff Trail to the Talybont and Pontsticill Reservoirs.
What our guests say: “Cui Shepherds Hut is a marvellously peaceful location. Ideally suited for a relaxing holiday, with plenty of local walks to stretch those relaxed muscles.” - Philip
Why we love it: This secluded romantic retreat is small but perfectly formed, with a comfortable double bed and beautiful fixtures and fittings. A separate barn with kitchen and dining facilities means you can easily prepare meals on your return from scenic walks.
Forest Nest | Sleeps: 2 guests
This cabin in the woods is located at the top of the Brecon Beacons National Park near Hay-on-Wye and makes an ideal spot for a romantic forest getaway where you can wake up to the sound of birdsong each morning. Outside space with a fire pit and outdoor furniture means you can make the most of your secluded location, and a footpath by the cabin will lead you straight into the beautiful Black Mountains.
- The literary town of Hay-on-Wye with its array of independent bookshops is just 2 miles away - ideal if you fancy curling up with a good book during your relaxing getaway.
- Light streams into the property through large glass doors, which lead straight onto your private outdoor space.
- There’s an array of nature to spot as you wander around the peaceful woodland setting, with horse riding available close by if you fancy trekking through the forest.
What our guests say: “Loved the peace and tranquility, everything you could want provided. Will definitely be back.” - Mark
Why we love it: This wooden cabin blends in perfectly with its environment, and large windows let the outside in so you’ll really feel part of the forest during your getaway.
Yr Allt | Sleeps: 3 guests plus 2 dogs
Located deep in rural Powys, Yr Allt is a characterful stone cottage that’s filled with original features and countryside charm. Enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding landscape as you relax in an enclosed garden that’s safe for children and dogs, then take a hike through the nearby Begwns, a range of hills on the edge of the River Wye.
- Chunky walls, exposed beams, an open fire and an original bread oven all add to the character of this period two-bedroom property.
- Children will love meeting the mountain ponies and sheep who live in rural farmland close to the cottage; red kites are also regularly spotted in this tranquil part of the Brecon Beacons.
- The nearest neighbours to Yr Allt are around a mile away, where you’ll find a traditional country pub to call in for refreshments.
What our guests say: “Wonderful cottage, wonderful location. The views are magnificent. Walks in every direction straight from the doorstep. Pub just a mile away.” - L
Why we love it: This property is surrounded by the rolling hills of peaceful Powys, and with no Wi-Fi available it’s an ideal option for families looking to go off-grid with a digital detox.
Woodman Parry’s Cottage | Sleeps: 3 guests plus 1 dog
This whitewashed Welsh cottage could have come straight from the pages of a fairy tale, with a magical riverside setting that’s surrounded by 200 acres of woodland. Underfloor heating and a wood burner help to keep Woodman Parry’s Cottage toasty and warm and there are lots of characterful features to remind you of the long history of this handsome period property.
- Salmon and trout fishing are available on the 1.5-mile Fenni Fach stretch of the River Usk, which runs alongside Woodman Parry’s Cottage.
- A small, terraced area at the property is ideal for a morning cuppa or summer BBQ, and there are also lots of picturesque places in the surrounding woodland where you can enjoy a picnic amongst the flora and fauna.
- Take a scenic riverside walk to the nearby market town of Brecon where there is a historic castle to explore and a good selection of pubs, shops and restaurants.
What our guests say: “The cottage was quite magical, just the right cosy size for us. The surrounding woods were lovely to explore. We'd love to come back later this year or next year!” - Richard
Why we love it: There are lots of homely touches and stylish details inside this beautifully restored period property, and the hidden location adds to the magical feel of this romantic cottage in the woods.
Ashford Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests
Perched high on a hill above the pretty village of Talybont-on-Usk, this remote Brecon Beacons cottage has panoramic views over the surrounding countryside with a gorgeous garden where you can really make the most of them. Enjoy gentle walks along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath which runs alongside the property and try a range of water sports at nearby Llangorse Lake.
- Follow in the footsteps of a music legend with a getaway to Ashford Cottage - David Bowie once stayed at this tranquil holiday home.
- Characterful features of this period property include an original fireplace, quarry tiles and chapel-style windows which make the most of the view.
- Double and twin bedrooms make Ashford Cottage a great choice for small families and a roll top bath is just right for a luxurious soak to ease aching limbs after a day of exploring the area.
What our guests say: “I would recommend this charming cottage to anyone who is looking for a peaceful place to stay. It was perfect for us, very quiet and very comfortable, a cosy cottage in a stunning location.” Joy and James
Why we love it: The remote location and lack of light pollution at Ashford Cottage are ideal for stargazing and the Milky Way can regularly be seen from the property. Listen out for owls hooting as you make the most of wonderfully dark skies.
Ty Watton | Sleeps: 6 guests plus 2 dogs
Ty Watton is located right in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, with waterfalls, mountains, lakes and reservoirs all within easy reach of the property. It’s nestled close to the peaceful hamlet of Aber, close to the Caerfanell river, with large, enclosed gardens that lead onto a shallow stream that’s just right for children and dogs to paddle in.
- A large kitchen/diner is perfect for whipping up a family meal before settling down for an evening of games by the wood burner in the property’s cosy living room.
- The gorgeous tiered gardens at Ty Watton feature a variety of areas for children to play in and a terrace for summer BBQs, with a backdrop of nearby Pen Y Fan.
- The holiday home is just 1 mile from Talybont Reservoir, which is a local nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. A bird hide is available to help you spot the local wildlife and waterfowl.
What our guests say: “Magical cottage in a fabulous location. This was the ideal place to relax and watch the world go by - sun, rain, abundant wildlife and then a cosy log fire - perfect.” - Ruth
Why we love it: There are lots of lovely walks from Ty Watton including following the course of the river through the Usk Valley and seeking out the spectacular series of waterfalls at nearby Blaen y Glyn.
Llwyn-y-neuadd | Sleeps: 6 guests plus 2 dogs
This traditional 17th-century Welsh longhouse is nestled within acres of secluded woodland at the western edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, with spectacular views that stretch across rural farmland and peaceful valleys to the majestic peaks of the Black Mountains. The nearest neighbours to Llwyn-y-neuadd are at least a mile away so you’ll have this wonderful setting all to yourself.
- Original stone fireplaces and exposed oak beams add to the classic country charm of Llwyn-y-neuadd.
- French doors lead straight from the cosy lounge to a patio, which has outdoor furniture and a BBQ for al fresco dining when the weather allows.
- Take an idyllic train journey through the Brecon Beacons countryside on the Heart of Wales railway line, which stops at nearby Llandeilo. Other nearby attractions include Carreg Cennen Castle and Farm.
What our guests say: “Spacious and comfortable cottage with lovely views.” - Mrs Martin
Why we love it: Llwyn-y-neuadd is a perfect base for exploring this peaceful part of the Brecon Beacons, which is home to just a few sleepy hamlets. The dog-friendly holiday home comes with a separate entrance porch and classic flagstone floors - ideal for muddy paws after days of exploring.
Esgair Berfedd | Sleeps: 7 guests plus 1 dog
This large dog-friendly holiday home is nestled deep in the heart of Crychan Forest, and with cycle trails to follow, wildlife to spot and an array of walking routes you can have lots of family adventures among the trees. The 19th-century property features a large farmhouse kitchen, chunky exposed beams and a stone inglenook fireplace with wood burner - all the ingredients for the perfect country retreat.
- Enjoy picturesque valley views from this secluded cottage then seek out secret waterfalls and hidden gorges in the magical woodland that surrounds Esgair Berfedd.
- Pay a visit to the nearby Gwenffrwd-Dinas RSPB nature reserve which is 4 miles from this country retreat and is home to red kites, pied flycatchers, redstarts and grey wagtails.
- The historic market town of Llandovery is around 6 miles from the property and home to a range of shops and facilities if you need to stock up on supplies.
What our guests say: “If you want isolation, the most beautiful countryside, quirky and comfy accommodation then this is the most wonderful Welsh holiday experience. A haven for photographers and artists.” - Mrs Vesey
Why we love it: The sprawling wild garden at Esgair Berfedd comes with a picnic table so you can sit and watch the wildlife and make the most of the property’s extra-special location in the forest.
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