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Shepherds Bothy


Bedrooms: 2 Sleeps: 3 Bath/Shower Rooms: 2 Toilets: 2
Pets: 2 (£20/pet)

Pets: 2 (£20/pet)





Walks from the Door

Walks from the Door



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Shepherds Bothy with your own private Tennis Court at the door is on a mountain sheep farm in The heart of The Brecon Beacons. Perfect for active outdoor sporty people and a great retreat.

This picturesque but simple self catering holiday bothy in the Brecon Beacons was formally a shepherd's retreat with the most stunning views over the mountains. Great uninterrupted walks from the door and close to the Waterfall Country.

Guests are most welcome to play on and enjoy the new Private "All weather" Hard Court Tennis Court - please bring tennis shoes.

Sleeps 3/4 - 2 bedrooms


The Bothy is on a very attractive and productive working sheep and cattle farm. Visitors with children are asked to ensure they are supervised at all times around the farm.


Downstairs there is a small kitchen with breakfast bar, an electric hotplate and microwave, a fridge/ freezer, a  toaster, coffee machine, washing machine and a very efficient heater.


A dining table and chairs.  On a sunny day open the back door and enjoy the views.


A bootroom beside the entrance door has plenty of space to put your muddy boots and any wet stuff to dry and also houses a tumble dryer. 


On entering the barn, there is a fairly low traditional old barn door.


Bedroom 1: A pretty bedroom  with a 4 foot bed, so a small double and an en-suite shower room with a toilet.


Up a flight of fairly steep narrow stairs:


Bedroom 2: A delightful spacious bedroom with a double bed and an en-suite shower room hand basin and toilet.


There is a small sitting area with a dining table and chairs, gaily coloured directors chairs a TV with freeview and DVD .


I would suggest this is a cottage to use as a base for exploring the hills, especially keen sports people and outside types. 


Escape from it all and relax and play tennis. The beautiful new hard tennis court is exceptionally well kept and only recently built. So visitors have the rare opportunity to spend a week or a weekend practising on a private court; visitors are welcome to use at any time and inclusive in the price. Please remember to bring your own racquets and balls. (ONLY use outdoor tennis shoes).


There is also a delightful summer house complete with a BBQ and a perfect romantic place to sit to watch the sunsets and the stars.  The Brecon Beacons is a Dark Sky Reserve and this deep valley is particularly good for star gazing.


Useful Information


* All linen and towels inclusive

* All electricity and central heating inclusive

* TV with freeview and DVD

* WIFI available

* Ample parking on the court yard

* Secure bike storage

* 2 dogs welcome (but please keep on lead when sheep in nearby fields)


Set in the most glorious spot with miles of uninterrupted walking straight to the Peaks of the Brecon Beacons from outside the door. This place is an absolute must for the keen hill walkers in The Brecon Beacons National Park. The bothy is private and has recently been completely renovated making the bedrooms warm and cosy; and ensuring the best use of these attractive but narrow farm building.  

The farm is in the Heol Senni Valley to me one of the most magical valleys, secluded and wild. It is an easy drive up the valley and over past a great ancient Standing Stone Maen Llia and Twyn-y-Gaer and ancient Hill fort. This wild mountain road is most picturesque and parallel with the Roman Road Sarn Helen and on to the Waterfall Country and Ystradfellte which now has a new excellent village pub - somewhere to stop for a bite to eat and drink.  

The closest villages are Defynnog and Sennybridge  with several good pubs The Tanners Arms and The Old Yew Tree in Defynnog. The pub is adjacent to the ancient St James Church yard where one of the most ancient trees in Britain grows - an amazing great 5,000 year old Yew Tree; well worth a visit and stop for a pint. There is a petrol station and shop with an excellent and very popular cafe and post office  in Sennybridge that sells nearly everything.

Some of the recommended cycle routes: 

Sennybridge - A great hub to start from.

Usk Reservoir - Green - 8.9km - This route is a circuit of Usk Reservoir, most of the climbing will be done on forest roads and tarmac. The start takes you to the water's edge before climbing back on the road.
Cwm Treweryn - Blue - 14.5km - This blue route has an optional extra loop half way round. With a 200m descent, it loops back to Sennybridge.
Sarn Helen - Red - 33.8km - This trail starts off on country lanes before joining the Sarn Helen road. It then brings you down a tarmac descent and runs along the Senni Valley before climbing 150m again. The final stretch is along Heol Cefn Y Gaer, passing the site of one of the many hill forts in the Brecon Beacons National Park.


Brecon-7 miles, Hay-on-Wye 24 miles, Merthyr Tydfil - 17 miles, Abergavenny- 28 miles, Cardiff 40 miles, Swansea - 30 miles.

If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabth,  Lucy or Ceri.




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