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Old Mill Cottage


Bedrooms: 2 Sleeps: 4 Bath/Shower Rooms: 1 Toilets: 1
2 Star Rating
Pets: 2 (£20/pet)

Pets: 2 (£20/pet)



Woodburner / Open Fire

Woodburner / Open Fire

Walks from the Door

Walks from the Door



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Old Mill Cottage near Talybont on Usk is a simple, quaint and secluded cottage - ideal for a peaceful hideaway and a great location for walkers.

A seventeenth century stone cottage, tucked under the bank on the footpath up to the peaks of the Brecon Beacons; with many original and unique features but is certainly not luxurious and is probably not suitable for the infirm or children below the age of 9 with very steep original stone stairs, steep garden paths, unfenced parts of the garden and a mountain stream that in winter can be quite a torrent.

In the summer there are peaceful spots to sit and enjoy the birdsong and murmur of the tumbling stream running through the private garden. 

Set in the charming hamlet of Aber, just a couple of miles from Talybont-on-Usk.  The cottage is perfect for serious walkers with plenty of footpaths straight from the village up onto the Brecon Beacons, with no need for the car. This area with the reservoir and nature reserve is a bird-watcher's paradise with Talybont Reservoir just a few minutes walk up the mountain road and the beautiful Blaen-y-Glyn waterfalls at the top of the valley.  A perfect spot for mountain bikers with The Taff Trail passing close to the cottage.  Old Mill Cottage is a great base for exploring anywhere in the Brecon Beacons National Park and is just off the wild mountain road over to Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff - so can be useful for visiting the Welsh Valleys.  




Sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms



The entrance porch leads into the country kitchen with antique pine dresser displaying blue and white plates, a pine dining table and chairs, an electric cooker with halogen hob a range oven and microwave.  There is a large American style fridge and freezer.  Please note the Aga in the kitchen is for display only.


The conservatory is a delightful place to sit and watch the stream gushing over the rocks in winter and to watch the wildlife - a wide range of birds and animals can be seen in the riverside garden. In winter the river can be pretty wild.


The sitting room is comfortable with a cosy multifuel stove and sofas (one of which is a sofa-bed if ever needed) and chairs. TV with Free Sat and a DVD player.


Off the kitchen there is a traditional VERY steep stone staircase that winds around the back of the fire place to:


Bedroom 1:  with a double bed and a single bed.


At the other side of the cottage is another steep stone staircase that winds around the back of the second fireplace to:


Bedroom 2:   with a double bed and a single bed.


The bathroom is downstairs and has a bath, toilet and washbasin. 

Useful information


* We would advise this cottage is not suitable for children under the age of 9 (because of the river) or for the slightly infirm as access is quite steep and possibly difficult in winter.

*Bedlinen and towels provided

*Electricity and oil central heating

*TV with Free Sat and DVD

*Travel cot and highchair available

*Garden with furniture and BBQ

*Two well behaved dogs welcome but be aware of the stream below the cottage in winter.

*Woodburning stove with limited supply of logs provided. (More are available in village shop.)

*One designated parking space, other space is available 300 yds away

* £250 refundable security bond due 2 weeks before starting date of the holiday



Fantastic walks and cycle routes from your door 


Located within a quiet hamlet in a stunning location, it's ideal for walking enthusiasts with easy access onto the Brecon Beacons. The Taff Trail cycle route and the Henry Vaughan walk along the old Brynoyre railway track both run along the valley near the cottage. This means that there are literally miles of uninterrupted walking straight from the door and plenty of excellent cycle trails.


Numerous places to visit 


Brecon is the nearest town 9 miles. 

The Blaen-y-Glyn waterfalls are a few minutes drive up the lane beside the Talybont Reservoir and are well worth a visit.  Talybont Reservoir is very popular with bird watchers and has stunning and picturesque dam which visitors can cross to explore Talybont Forest.  Many species of resident and migratory birds can be seen here, and the reservoir is just a couple of minutes walk up the lane.


There is a very quick and easy route (not in the depths of winter) over the hills to Merthyr Tydfil (20 minutes) and Cardiff (40 minutes) for anyone who needs to be there for family, business or to enjoy Cardiff Castle, the rugby at the Millennium Stadium or the Millennium Centre for the Arts. This is a very scenic drive and takes you up right over the Brecon Beacons and down past the Brecon Mountain Railway - so loved by railway enthusiasts young and old.


Brecon 9 miles, Crickhowell 10 miles, Abergavenny 15 miles, Merthyr Tydfil 15 miles.

If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for Ann, Lucy, Liz and Carolyn.



A friendly cathedral town in the lee of the mountains with the rivers Usk and Honddu running through. For a small town, there's a lot going on. A leisure centre with a pool, 1930s style cinema, excellent theatre and plenty of shops and cafes. On the outskirts of the town are popular villages including Llangorse with it famous lake, Cantref with its popular adventure farm, Talybont, well known as a walking and cycling hub and Felin Fach, home of The Griffin, a highly acclaimed pub and restaurant. Read more about Brecon