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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Our NEW Google Plus Page

Aside from photography, I have had a little time while we have some bad weather to make headway on our Google Plus page bringing it up to a similar standard as our Twitter and Facebook feeds, run by Ceri and Emma, which do a great job of keeping it really fun and up to date with offers.

Brecon Cottages Google plus page

Our Google plus page, connect with us and share your photographs and experiences.

With our new Google Plus Page you can expect to find offers, last minute deals and some photographs of my trips out and about as I visit cottages to shoot interiors, or simply an afternoon stroll up the hill!

As well as this I am aiming to connect with our customers and am really interested in your experiences of visiting our beautiful countryside, your photographs of walks you have been on and your feedback if you have stayed at one of our cottages.

So create an account if you don’t have one and connect with us to share your experiences!

Happy blogging!


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Photographer’s Insight: What a Summer… Part 2-Road Trips

As soon as there is a good weather day and I am not out taking photographs, Liz jumps up form her desk and says “Right! Let’s do some exteriors!” She is quite right, the weather will not stay like this for ever and grabbing moments of brilliance has been easy this year with our amazing sunny summer.

We ventured over to very West and Southern part of the National Park combining visits to new properties and sampling local cafes. As I have said before, Liz has an amazing memory for roads, and is the very best to go out and about with to see the countryside, she knows all the routes and back lanes.

We went passed Madog Barn, settled on the lea of a hill near Crai and got this shot looking over one of the hedges from across the valley, The clouds were moving fast that day and after a couple of minutes of waiting the light was perfect. This shot depicts the agricultural land and the valley views surrounding this beautiful converted barn.


We then headed over to a new property, The Old Wash House, which sleeps 6. As I don’t often come on new property visits (usually coming along afterwards with my lighting kit and spending a good amount of time setting scenes and creating lifestyle shots) I hadn’t expected to need the kit. Also I need to be a lot quicker on days like this to make the most of the day and Liz doesn’t like hanging around while either Paul or I shoot. So, while Liz finalized the agreement I wandered around the Old Wash House shooting without lights. The results were so pleasing and I didn’t feel that going back with the flash kit was necessary.

Take a look at the shots and let me know what you think? It’s a different style and form when you use natural light so it would be good to hear your opinions.

The area around the Wash House was so beautiful, the birds were twittering away, drinking from the ornamental ponds and rustling in the trees and you could smell the fresh cut grass, one of my special summer days.


On another day I went to see a new owner and property, Hunter’s Cottage. This time I took the kit, but it was missing a vital piece called a Radio Slave which fires the flashes off so we shot without flash. Working with available light is different, it makes things softer and less defined quite a lot of the time; great for smoothed out wedding portraits. AND fine if you are in the Med or have constant cloudless skies but a nightmare for fast work if you are a slave to the changeable Welsh weather.

Hunters Cottage is a sweet apartment perfect for 2 people, all on the ground floor, attached to the main house with a decking area that would be perfect for afternoon drinks or for relaxing in the sun. It really is in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. The owners are very accommodating, have their own horses and their own chickens as well, so look out for Fresh eggs for breakfast and see the beautiful horses.

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