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Penlan Bach from the garden and river bank

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 70km

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)
Access Car advised
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

Luxuries DVD player
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.

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Review 1-10 of 12

14 Jul 2014


"What a little gem"

We have just returned from our 5th annual visit to Penlan Bach and plan to holiday there again next year. We remain impressed by the continued high level of maintainance and cleanliness of the extensi… More

6 Jan 2014



We stayed at Penlan Bach for four nights in September last year, Pat and Rob were very welcoming. The place was great, in the village of Llangynidr, right by the river and next to fields with sheep. T… More

1 Nov 2013


"Very comfortable and well equipped accommodation in good location"

The owners welcomed us on arrival and we could always ask for help or information when needed. We arrived at a spotlessly clean accommodation which is thoughtful and well equipped.We were provided wit… More

12 Oct 2013


"A very friendly & helpful couple own this lovely well appointed apartment."

We have stayed at this property twice because we were so pleased with it the first time. The property has everything you require with all mod cons and has a lovely outlook. Just a couple of minutes f… More

11 Sep 2013


"Excellent Apartment"

My husband and I have spent our holidays at Penlan Bach for the past 4 years.The apartment is immaculate and beautifully maintained. Pat and Rob the owners are there to greet you on arrival and hand over the keys.They are usually available should you need any help.There is a welcome tray in the kitchen with tea and coffee etc, milk in the fridge and Welsh Cakes, plus a bowl of fruit.There is a stairlift to access the apartment which is then all on one level. From the kitchen you can walk on to a small balcony with a table and chairs overlooking the beautiful garden and River Usk. We highly reccommend this apartment for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

Thanks for taking time to give us a lovely review. It is always a pleasure having you both to stay. Special thanks for the lovely water colour pictures you have done for us as well as the list of birds spotted each year when you are here. I am not sure I can name 63 species let alone spot them from Penlan Bach!

5 Sep 2013


"Lovely location"

The accommodation is spacious and well equipped, sited on the edge of the village with a lovely lead down to the river and view of the picturesque stone bridge. The apartment is a short walk from loc… More

We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Llangynidr, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future!

4 Sep 2013


"HIgh standard accommodation in a beautiful location"

This is a fabulous part of Wales which we have visited many times (my husband particularly enjoys the terrain for cycling). On this particular occasion we stayed for four nights, and Penlan Bach was a… More

It was lovely having you to stay. Make it longer next time!

3 Sep 2013


"Penlan Bach is an Oasis in the heart of Wales"

Our second time at Penlan,as before we received a warm welcome from Pat and Rob.The accommodation is spotless and has everything you need for your stay.The location has it all Mountains,Valleys,Rivers… More

And we are looking forward to you returning at some time. Keep pedalling!

2 Sep 2013


"It always appears immaculate and as if we would be the first guests ever to have stayed."

The apartment is light and airy with lots of space which makes you feel that you really are on holiday. The kitchen facilities are extensive, modern and in perfect working order this includes the wash… More

We hope to see you again when you are over from Austria. It is always a pleasure having you to stay when you do have time to visit Wales

1 Sep 2013


"Perfect accommodation in a picturesque setting"

Have stayed many times at Penlan Bach and have always come away wanting to go back. The accommodation is perfect, the location is both scenic and interesting with enough variety to satisfy all tastes… More

And we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Review 1-10 of 12

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