Don’t leave your faithful friends behind when you holiday in the Brecon Beacons!

We love dogs! – most of us in the office have dogs and bring them to work (sorry postmen/women), and we thought we would share our five favourite dog-friendly cottages:

1. Basel Cottage, near Llandovery

Set in a valley two miles from Llandovery, this cottage sleeps up to four people plus two dogs. The property owner is so dog friendly that they are happy to provide a dog-sitting service at a small additional charge! From £426 per week.

2. Trosnant Cottage, near Brecon

With amazing views of the Brecon Beacons, this cottage sleeps three dogs and up to eight people. It boasts a spacious utility room with a drying area for muddy boots or paws! From £426 per week.

3. Gilestone Farm, Talybont-on-Usk

This Georgian farmhouse has seven bedrooms, sleeping up to 12 people and three dogs. There’s a boot room and downstairs bathroom to suit walkers, and the house is incredibly spacious and welcoming for families, friends and dogs. The property is just a few minutes walk into the village of Talybont-on-Usk with four pubs including the dog-friendly Star Inn, which has been named CAMRA pub of the year for seven consecutive years. From £1,265 per week.

4. Quizzer Cottage, near Abergavenny

This welsh hide-away welcomes two dogs and up to three people with one king room and one single room. The Skirrid Inn, reputedly Wales’ oldest pub, is just five minutes away offering great food and drink as well as a friendly welcome for dogs. Quizzer Cottage is a short drive from other top restaurants including The Walnut Tree and The Hardwick. From £394 per week.

5. Upper Penlan, Llanfilo

Set in the sleepy village of Llanfilo, this cottage sleeps eight people in four bedrooms and welcomes up to three dogs. Located between Brecon and Hay-on-Wye, there are plenty of walking options as well as local gastro pubs including the Felin Fach Griffin which welcome dogs. From £808 per week.

Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages currently offers 209 pet-friendly cottages which can be booked online or over the telephone. Each cottage on their website includes names of staff who have visited; you can be sure that many of those staff will have road-tested the cottage with their own dogs in tow!

Left to right: Trosnant Cottage, Basal Cottage, Gilestone Farm.

TrosnantBasel Gilestone

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A Photographer’s Insight: Spring in the Brecon Beacons and Interesting Owners.

I have been out and about lately around Hay-on-Wye shooting for Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages again which has taken me to some really beautiful spots! The other day I was above Talgarth at Maggie’s Barn, a sweet converted barn that is nestled in the hills. The owners, Bill and Sylvia couldn’t be nicer either. Bill an avid botanist and collector of seeds having created his own arboretum, lake with trout (and maybe salmon in the stream) and grasslands which all provide a wonderful habitat for song birds and wildlife.

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(Photography: Lucy Gold, A few shots of the interiors of Maggie’s Barn)

After our shoot Bill offered to give us a guided tour of the grounds which are in one of the most dramatic landscapes I think we have been to. Set on the hill overlooking the Wye Valley, the mountains behind provide shelter and the best backdrop for the lake with its own nesting wild geese and the silence of nature to surround you.

Bill, is full of knowledge and will tell you everything he knows if you ask him. Tom and I had a lot of fun walking around the arboretum as he told stories of how he came across different plant species, the hundreds of daffodils he grows for Alzheimer’s research and were amazed at his ability to name every plant. There is even an ancient apple that has been named after him! An avid fisherman, he has taught his daughters and grand daughters to fish and gives fly fishing lessons to those keen to learn.
As well as all this, he knows what birds will nest where, and their nests, their grounds have around 100 nest boxes and while we were exploring the garden, we came across this Dunnock nest with its beautiful, turquoise blue eggs like little gems!

turquoise blue dunnock eggs at maggies barn in the Brecon Beacons

(Photography: Lucy Gold)

The sun was shining and it was lovely to be able to finish our shoot with such an interesting man.

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Digital Detoxing – The Times

The Times Article

Digital Detoxing

We have many properties with Wi-Fi, but we do have a few properties that are so remote that they don’t have mobile signal or Wi-Fi, for example Esgair Berfedd and Ty Hwnt.

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Helen McCrory’s favourite place to visit is the Brecon Beacons

We have just come across this article from last year and just wanted to say we love the Brecon Beacons too Helen McCrory!

Telegraph article

Peaky Blinders’ star Helen McCrory ‘s favourite place is the Brecon Beacons

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Filly Farmhouse featured in The Times’ 50 best cottages to rent – 21st February, 2015

Fantastic Filly Farmhouse came in at number 45 in The Times’ best cottages to rent.  Have a look at the cottage in more detail, and maybe book it for your next holiday! If it’s booked we have plenty of other gorgeous cottages.

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Llangattock is the place to be!

The Times recognised Llangattock – just over the bridge from Crickhowell – as one of the top 50 rural places to live in Britain. (1st March, 2015).  We completely agree – it’s a great spot for a holiday too. Have a look at our cottages in and around Crickhowell.

Copy of the Times article

The Times article- 1st March, 2015

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Happy World Book Day, from the home of books – Hay on Wye!

It’s World Book Day!

Hay-on-Wye is not only one of the most stunning towns in the world, on the banks of the River Wye, with wonderful views of the Black Mountains, a castle and plenty of gastronomic delights. It is also famed for being the Town of Books, with lots of book shops and the world renowned Hay Literary Festival, as well as other smaller events throughout the year.

Gardeners Granary, sleeps 2, in Hay on Wye

Beautiful Gardeners Granary

We have lots of wonderful cottages in and around Hay. Gardeners Granary sleeps 2, is a short walk outside Hay-on-Wye, has wonderful views, is beautifully decorated, and I can’t think of a better place from which to enjoy all that Hay has to offer (and it has parking – which is quite rare in Hay!)

If you’re looking for something even more central, Asleep in Hay, which sleeps 6, is above a book shop in Hay on Wye, right in the centre of the bustling little town.

These are just 2 of the 58 cottages in and around Hay – have a look at all of them, or give us a call and we can give you some advice on where and when to come.

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