The hostel was very welcoming and the staff very friendly.
The beds were comfortable, although you have to put on the provided sheets, quilt cover and pillow cases yourself and take them to reception when you leave. The showers and toilets were clean, but the rooms did contain a few insects.
The hostel in in the middle of nowhere and you would be better off with your own transport. The only other option is a taxi.
The area around the hostel was beautiful and very quiet at night.
Breakfast is not included, but a buffet and fried breakfast is available for £5 per person.
This hostel is in a good location for accessing walks and climbs in the Brecon Beacons. It is also about 30 mins from the Brecon Beacons Steam Railway.
The hostel itself is an 18th century Welsh farmhouse, set in 15 acres of ancient woodland. There is a log-burning fire in the communal sitting room. There is a small surcharge for non-YHA members, but if you have a 16-25 railcard YHA membership is included with that.
- Beautiful surroundings
- Quiet at night
- Log-burning stove
- Great location for the Brecon beacons
For a wedding party we stayed at Buckland Hall. This mansion is like a small castle and is surrounded by nice nature where you can walk for hours.
Llanthony Priory has a particularly remote and sublime setting, far up the Vale of Ewyas in the Black Mountains.
I was founded by a Norman knight who had a mystical experience in the vale when he came across an ancient chapel, dedicated to St David (see my Things to Do tipfor more information about the Abbey).
One of the priory towers and some of the ruins have been turned into a hotel. There are two or three rooms in the tower itself. This is a strange higgledy-piggledy place, as befits such a lovely abbey. Please don't imagine a kind of Novotel experience - it was originally designed for ascetics! Of course, it has been made much comfortable than a medieval monk cell, but in such a way that the hotel does not impinge on the ruins themselves.
What you pay for is not luxury but the romance, glamour and excitement of staying in such an amazing place. The four rooms share a tiny bathroom and loo (with one extra loo) and there is no water at all in the rooms. Three of the rooms are up a winding steep stone staircase. Extremely comfortable four-posters, or semi-posters. All the furnishings add to the medieval charms of the room - they are simple and tasteful. The ceilings are very high and the little windows (ignore the odd cobweb - they are there for atmosphere) look out over the rest of the abbey and the high ridge of red earth, bracken, clouds and sheep.
The tower is double-skinned and you sometimes find yourself looking down a strange dark passageway. Don't wander into any cupboards looking for the loo in the night!
One of the best cooked breakfasts I've had, served in the dining room pictured; there is also a great cellar bar. The whole place is wonderfully run by a bunch of amazing characters who really have to work to maintain this jewel of place. A real antidote to the 'heritage experience'.
This place is amazing busy at night: like so many remote Celtic places, people will travel here from faraway farms and villages - we were also invaded at 11pm by kids doing a night orienteering experience for a Duke of Edinburgh award...
Recommended with trepidation, because this is a special place that really one should keep to oneself!
We can't always afford hotels, and those on a budget will be glad to know there is a vey cheap (£5) campsite at this spot.
What an excellent bunkhouse. Stayed here October, very clean, free tea and coffee. Good facilities, hot showers, dining room, airing room to dry your clothes. Friendly owners, lots of leaflets, maps and info of South Wales. 3 star rating. Excellent base to explore the Brecons and Black Mountains. £12.50 per night.
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