Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Alongside the lovely River Usk, and overlooking Llangynidr's 16th Century stone bridge, Penlan Bach is 4 Star Graded and is ideally situated between the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. Standing on the edge of the village of Llangynidr it is quiet but not remote - within 100 metres of the village shop and a short walk to the two village pubs.
The accommodation is purpose built and has spacious facilities sleeping four in two twin bedded rooms. There are two bathrooms making it ideal for families or for two couples. As well as a large sitting room with views of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, there is a large kitchen diner and a balcony overlooking the gardens and river. This is a terrific vantage point for bird watchers and as many as 60 different species have been spotted - including red kites. Garden furniture and a riverside seating area with BBQ. There are superb walking opportunities all around - whether it is a gentle canal side stroll or some serious climbing in the Beacons. Cyclists too will be delighted with what the area has to offer and we have a secure shed for any kit. The owners are knowledgeable about the area and Pat is a Brecon Beacons Ambassador. Maps, guide books and leaflets are all supplied. In addition there is WiFi, TV, DVD and radio and a large library of books for those lazy days in the garden. Lots of terrific eating places within a small radius which serve local produce and real ales. From homely pubs Michelin star establishments the choice is yours - or maybe supper on the balcony at home sounds good?
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Gower Peninsular 70 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||250 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff 80 km, Nearest railway: Abergavenny 16 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Lift access|
The Powys/Brecon Beacons region
Situated in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Penlan Bach enjoys a riverside position on the edge of a village with about 1,000 inhabitants. The main industry locally is agriculture and we are surrounded by sheep farms so visitors will be aware of farming activity wherever they go. A friendly word can always be expected as farmers are naturally chatty, so you will feel very welcome whether it is over a pint in the local pub or on a footpath miles for anywhere. Local livestock markets are held weekly in Brecon and Abergavenny as well as local farmers markets where good wholesome produce can be bought from the producers themselves. Trout and salmon fishing can arranged in the River Usk in season.
Local entertainment includes several festivals. The Crickhowell Walking Festival in early March is a great week of guided walks, followed by the annual Crickhowell Music Festival in early May. The Green Man Festival is held in August and is fast becoming as popular as Glastonbury. Hay Literary Festival sees the greatest of the great writers converge on our area every year in late May and at the end of October we have the Brecon Baroque Festival. Add Brecon Jazz in August, and Abergavenny Food Festival in September and you can see there is loads for everyone to look forward to. Details of all other local events can be found at the local tourist information offices, and Cardiff, Hereford and Swansea are all an hours drive away.
Famous land marks in the Crickhowell area include Tretower Court, Llanthony Priory, Partrishow Church and the border castles of Monmouthshire. Children love the castle trails to Raglan, Chepstow, Skenfrith and Grosmont. Our industrial heritage is also fascinating, and on the odd wet day (Yes folks - this is Wales) we suggest visitors go to the national Coal Mining Museum at Big Pit, Blaenafon where ex coalminers will take you on an underground tour that is not only a great experience but it is also completely free. The banter from these guys is not to be missed!- really Welsh experience if ever there was one. Autumn and spring visitors may get the chance to see Welsh Rugby at itsbest. There are lots of local clubs as well as the Millenium Stadium where the internationals are held in Cardiff. Similarly our Male Voice Choirs are often performing somewhere most weekends and this is a true Welsh experience.
The Georgian streets of Crickhowell, Brecon and Abergavenny have a wealth of independent shops which are interesting, whilst pretty Hay on Wye is a book lover's dream with numerous book shops, cafes and antique shops.
Hill walkers and mountain bikers will be spoiled for choice, and even less energetic walkers will find innumerable local footpaths - many starting from the door. Penlan Bach lies at the junction of The Usk Valley Way and Beacons Way long distance footpaths, and we are 200metres for the tow path of the Monmouth and Brecon Canal with it's locks and canal boats.There is pony trekking locally and an outdoor activity centre and sailing at Llangorse.