Efail Bach - "Little Smithy" is a pretty, welcoming stone self catering cottage set on the hillside above Cwmdu near Tretower and Crickhowell, Crickhowell was voted best High Street in the UK. (2018) From the cottage you can walk down the lane to the local pub The Farmers Arms or the local excellent cafe (famous for breakfast!) and you are welcome bring your dog.
A very popular place for Star Gazing and it was featured in the BBC series The Sky at Night. There are also regular star gazing events held on the campside.
The cottage is a perfect base from which to explore the Black Mountains, only 4 miles from Crickhowell. The Beacons Way long distance foot path runs across the mounain above the cottages sp brilliant for walkers. The cottage has a long private garden above the cottage with a sunny lawn and spectacular views across the valley. A very pleasant place to sit in the evenings with a patio, table and chairs and a BBQ. There is also a terraced area in front of the Cottage and ample parking.
Walk out of the door onto The Black Mountains and the nearest hill is Pen-y-pibwr.
Sleeps 2 people, One bedroom
A well-equipped kitchen with an electric cooker, microwave, fridge and a freezer, washing machine and lots of storage.
The sitting room is pretty with views across the valley, an electric coal effect fire, sofas and chairs and TV with freeview and a DVD.
The cottage has WIFI.
Bedroom 1: A bedroom with a double bed and wonderful views across the valley
Bathroom with a bath, a really spacious shower cubicle, hand basin and toilet
* All linen and towels inclusive
* All electricity and gas central heating inclusive.
* Welcome Basket on arrival
* Ample private parking - designated site
* TV with free sat and DVD
* Cot available
* 1 Well behaved dogs welcome (No Cats)
* Small shop on the neighbouring family campsite
* Cafe and tea rooms 300 metres away - open from 8.00am to 5.00pm
* Farmers Arms Pub - 300 meters away
* Wifi available
* St Michael's Church welcomes visitors.
* Mountain Bike hire can be arranged locally.
This is a wonderful location - set above a small and very quiet family campsite owned by the holiday cottage owners (certainly no noisy "clubhouse here") set in four acres of well sheltered and near lawned grounds. Down the lane in the village of Cwmdu is the excellent local pub The Farmers Arms.
Tretower Court and Castle are open to the public and well worth a visit - Tretower Court is a medieval fortified manor house and the ancient stone tower – at times they have “re-enactments” with Jousting and Fencing – children just love.
The wealthy Vaughan family built their courtyard manor house in about 1450 and lived there in comfort for many generations. The gatehouse leads through to an elegant courtyard, overlooked by a balcony walkway leading from the upstairs rooms. Many original features remain, the kitchen and great hall have recently been completely refurbished to give a flavour of what life for the family and servants would have been like in the 15th century. The 15th century style garden with its arbour and fruit trees is also worthy of a visit. Regular events at Tretower Court include 'Sunday Best' when re-enactors invite you to experience the preparation of 17th Century Sunday lunch; check the 'What's On' calendar for dates.
There are some great walks and mountain bike trails straight from the door up on to the eastern edge of The Black Mountains. With walks to suit everyone, the area is gently rounded upland and most importantly easy, well finger-posted access to the countryside and the most glorious landscape and stunning views.
Just down the road is Tretower Court and Castle a fortified medieval manor house - now looked after by CADW and open to the public. The cottage is a notable "Dark Sky" venue and a popular destination for astronomers, having featured on BBC "Sky at Night" in 2012.
Crickhowell 4 miles renowned for its historic bridge and welcoming range of independent shops. Talgarth 8 miles Brecon 10 miles
If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Carolyn or Lucy
Crickhowell is the proud winner of the best British High Street, 2018. It's steeped in history, has almost entirely independent (and excellent) shops, really good pubs and restaurants and award winning cafes. The bustling high street runs down to the idyllic river with it's historic bridge over to the neighbouring village of Llangattock. Crickhowell is a great base for outdoor enthusiasts, with fantastic cycling and walking in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons. To top it all, there's an annual music festival, The Green Man, just outside the town. Read more about Crickhowell