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Excellent 5/5 Score from 21 reviews

Happy Horse Cottage

Excellent 5/5 Score from 21 reviews

Cottage | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 15

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Group accommodation; The riverbank barn conversion (dated 1770) offers luxury group accommodation for up to 15 people. The barn has been thoughtfully converted to a very high standard to provide comfortable self-catering accommodation in three separate cottages that have to be rented as one unit. Blue Brook- Green Gallop- Red Ridge

Blue Brook has a large glazed dinning area with an oak dining table seating 15 and open plan sitting room so that everyone can eat and socialize together.

In all cottages: Oak floors and staircases and welsh slate complements the original beams and stonework whilst each property benefits from warm terracotta tiles with under floor heating, modern showers and a romantic freestanding bath in Blue Brook. The oak coffee tables & ‘Goldilocks’ style beds have been handmade. Electric induction hob, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge with small freezer, washing machine. Access to a washing machine in Red Ridge and Green Gallop. All good quality bedlinen and towels are provided. Electricity and efficient under floor heating. LCD TV with Sky Freeview and DVD. Ample parking.

Large outdoor area with furniture and BBQ. Large paddock play area. Limited mobile reception. Storage for mountain bikes, canoes and surfboards. Cot and Highchair. Non smoking. No Pets. The River Crai runs at the back of the barns, for this reason the properties are not suitable for young children unless strictly supervised.

The area has abundant wildlife including otters, buzzards and red kites nesting nearby. There are numerous walks from the farm, within a few minutes walk is the picturesque Crai reservoir with Brown Trout fly fishing, the Geo Park area with its glacial lakes, the large Cnewr Estate, forestry and high commons, waterfalls and the Sarn Helen Roman Road popular with mountain bikers.

Brecon is 14 miles, whilst the sandy beaches of the Gower Peninsula are a 45 minute drive. The owners have an extensive knowledge of the local area for those on foot, bicycle or horseback, they also speak Dutch, French and German. The stables are situated close to the cottages, ideal for horse lovers, with stabling available. The Crai river (SSSI) runs alongside the back of the cottages and the large outdoor sitting BBQ area. There are fabulous views over the green rolling hills and river from the kitchen and bedroom windows.

Size Sleeps up to 15, 7 bedrooms
Nearest beach Swansea 30 km
Will consider Corporate bookings
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Cardiff 65 km, Nearest railway: Abergavenny 40 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (9), Double beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 15, Lounge seats for 18
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Group accommodation;The riverbank barn conversion has been thoughtfully converted to a very high standard, to provide luxury group accommodation for up to 15 people..

Blue Brook

Sleeps 6, 3 bedrooms

Newly fitted and well equipped open plan kitchen with a cooking island. The spacious sitting room with comfortable leather sofas and chairs has an ‘olde worlde‘ feel with hand-made furniture and a particularly lovely oak coffee table. The dining table is set in a light, airy glazed part of the sitting room with a large oak dining table easily able to seat 15 people. The kitchen door opens up to the outdoor sitting area along the river. There is a downstairs shower room with handbasin and toilet. Up a flight of oak stairs to two double bedrooms and a third twin bedroom with the handmade ‘Goldilocks‘ style wooden beds. The spacious bathroom has a free standing ‘roll top‘ bath with toilet and washbasin, with views across the valley.

Red Ridge

Sleeps 5, 2 bedrooms

A well equipped open plan kitchen. The dining area has an oak table and chairs and comfortable new leather sofa and chairs, Downstairs there are warm terracotta tiled floors through-out. Back door to separate outside patio. Up handmade wooden stairs to twin bedroom with ‘Goldilocks‘ style wooden beds and a second bedroom with triple bunk beds, the lower being a 120cm wide bunk and a full size top bunk - sleeps 3 people. Shower room with toilet and handbasin.

Green Gallop

Sleeps 4 - 2 bedrooms

The open plan kitchen is well equipped with ample work and storage space. The living room has comfortable leather sofas and chairs with a beautiful hand-made coffee table from local oak; Downstairs are warm terracotta tiles, shower room with toilet and hand basin. Upstairs, in the first bedroom there are twin handmade ‘Goldilocks’ style beds and in the second bedroom are full size ‘Goldilocks’ bunkbeds.

Further details outdoors

There is now a games room in the old hayloft with table tennis and table football !!!

It is only a short stroll to the beautiful Crai reservoir

Activities & Facilities on-site or locally:

Abseiling, Alternative Therapy, Archery, Assault Course, Badminton Court, Boating, Canal boats, Canoeing, Caving, Clay pigeon shooting, Croquet, Farm visit, Fishing - coarse, Fishing - fly, Fishing - sea, Fossil hunting, Gliding, Golf course, Gorge walking, Health suite, Horse riding, Jacuzzi, Mountain biking, Paint balling, Play barn, Pony trekking, Quad biking, Sailing, Sauna, Scuba diving, Swimming pool, Team building, Tennis court, Windsurfing.

Further details

The riverbank barn conversion (dated 1770) offers luxury group accommodation for up to 15 people as has to be rented as one unit. Prices are based on group of 15 persons.

About this location

The Powys region

The National Park was established in 1957, the last of the three Welsh parks; Snowdonia was first in 1951 with the Pembrokeshire Coast being the other. It covers 519 square miles (1344 km²), 332 100 acres stretching from Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the east.(Largest second hand bookshop town in the world) It encompasses the ranges confusingly named the Black Mountains (in the east of the Park, on the border with England) and the Black Mountain (in the west). The area to the west of the Brecon Beacons range is known as Fforest Fawr (Great Forest). There are many waterfalls in the Ystradfellte area and a walk up into the hills to see the glacial lakes is a must!

The western half of the National Park gained European and Global Geopark status in 2005[1]. Fforest Fawr Geopark includes not only the historic extent of Fforest Fawr but also the Black Mountain and much of the central Brecon Beacons together with surrounding lowlands.

Most of the National Park is moorland, with some forestry plantations, and pasture in the valleys. In 1966 the Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre was opened as an interpretive facility to better enable visitors and tourists to understand and enjoy the area.

On 22 May 2005, the first walk to span the entire length of the Brecon Beacons National Park was opened. The 100-mile (160 km) route, called the Beacons Way, runs from the foot of Ysgyryd Fawr east of Abergavenny, through Crickhowell and ends in the village of Bethlehem, Carmarthenshire.

For those looking for a more gentle stroll there is the charming tow path along the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal with it's many pubs to be visited along the way!

Over twenty hill-forts were established in the area during the Iron Age. The largest, and indeed the largest in south Wales, were the pair of forts atop Y Garn Goch near Bethlehem - Y Gaer Fawr and Y Gaer Fach - literally 'the big fort' and 'the little fort'. The forts were once thought to be trading and political centres.

When the Romans came to Wales in 43AD, they stationed more than 600 soldiers in the area. Y Gaer, near the town of Brecon was their main base. During the Norman Conquest many castles were erected throughout the park. One of the most famous is Carreg Cennen Castle but there are many more


Activities in the Park include walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, as well as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and fishing its rivers and reservoirs, rock climbing, hang-gliding, caravanning, camping and caving. The Taff Trail also passes through the Beacons on its way from Brecon to Cardiff.

Sgwd yr Eira, on the Afon Hepste near YstradfellteThe Park is known for its waterfalls, including the 27-metre Henrhyd Waterfall and the falls at Ystradfellte, and its caves, such as Ogof Ffynnon Ddu.

A Welsh mountain ponyWelsh mountain ponies graze wild within the Park, as do many Welsh mountain sheep.

There are numerous sites of interest and fun things to do for all the family as well as for those with particular interests such as history, gardening, steam railways, the big caves of Dan yr Ogof, canals and bird watching. There are a range of different licensed activity providers in the area who can be booked for an exhilarating day in or on the water, on horseback, on mountain bikes or on a rock face! -

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12 Jan 2015


"Absolutely brilliant place to stay"

We hired the 3 cottages for a family get together for a week over the New Year period. Ages ranged from 2 years to 60 + we all had a brilliant time. Everything you could possibly wish for was suppl… More

4 Jan 2015


"Great place for a Christmas break"

11 of us stayed over christmas, including children and grandparents. The accomodation was perfect for a large mixed aged group. The interiors were robust enough to withstand young children. The under… More

3 Jan 2015


"perfect relaxation destination!"

Friends and I came here for a hen do and it was absolutely marvellous. All three cottages are immaculately clean with lovely decor and have all the provisions necessary. The surroundings are perfect a… More

30 Sep 2014


"Excellent place to spend a chill out weekend !"

Just returned from our second weekend stay at the Happy Horse, this time we arranged a family get together using all the cottages, everyone enjoyed the fantastic location and the warm welcome extended… More

1 Sep 2014



The venue was perfect for our 4 families. We felt we could all get together easily and also felt free to do our own thing. The owners and farm helpers were so friendly. They even got our grandchildr… More

23 Jul 2014


"Beautiful and relaxing retreat"

We loved everything about this place, from the lovely horses that we so close by to the well appointed kitchens that allowed us to cook up a storm. Comfortable and capable of handling our big group ea… More

30 Jun 2014


"Great property, lovely surroundings"

Finding a place for a large group of friends is always tricky, but the Happy Horse came up trumps.As per the info, it is split between three properties that all lie within one building. They are acces… More

11 Jun 2014


"Our Charity Challenge Retreat"

Our adventure started with a wonderful warm welcome from Nikki and her two beautiful dogs. The barn is at the end of a country lane so you are free from traffic in what is a stunning tranquil location… More

27 May 2014


"Excellent cottage for a large group in a perfect location"

The cottages were all of a high quality and although most of the rooms weren't that big, there was plenty of communal space and enough bathrooms that as a group of 15 adults we didn't feel c… More

8 May 2014


"A wonderful stay in the Brecon Beacons!"

We had a wonderful stay in the Happy Horse cottage. Situated in a lovely, peaceful location in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, off the road, next to a stream, with horses in the surrounding fields. T… More

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Calendar last updated:27 Feb 2015

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
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