Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Relax and enjoy the home comforts at Old School Cottage. One of four terraced cottages originally part of the old school in Abercrave Village, originally built in 1862. Old School Cottage is perfectly located on the Southerly edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park where visitors can enjoy the combination of mountain landscape and within a quick drive enjoy the sea air on The Gower Peninsula and the ever popular Mumbles Bay. There are plenty of places to visit and those looking for outdoor activities will be spoilt for choice. Explore one of the greatest natural wonders in Britain at the Dan-yr-Ogof show caves or go in search of the wreckage of a WWII plane, within walking distance. The cottage itself offers cosy and attractive accommodation - a lovely place to come home to after a day climbing in the Brecon Beacons or strolling or swimming or surfing at Swansea Bay or along the Gower coastline.
Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.
On the ground floor is a small, but perfectly formed kitchen with an electric oven, hob and extractor, microwave, dishwasher, washer dryer, large fridge and full-sized freezer. The dining room has exposed beams, a pine dining table with Welsh, ladder-back chairs, a Victorian fireplace and a comfortable sofa. The cosy sitting room also features a fireplace with a large sofa and chairs, Sky digital TV with DVD and CD player. There is a small study area providing further seating and a desk.
Up a set of fairly steep wooden stairs to
Bedroom 1: has matching twin beds
Bedroom 2: is a double.
The bathroom is luxurious with a large roll-top bath, spacious walk-in plunge shower with massaging jet sprays, toilet and handbasin. There is no formal garden but a small patio area houses an attractive array of pots with flowers and a table with chairs.
Bedlinen and towels provided. Electricity and electric storage heaters. Welcome basket. Cot, stair-gate and high chair available. One pet welcome - must be kept downstairs. Private parking for 2 cars. Small patio with table and chairs. Good mobile phone reception. Non-smoking.Supermarkets that deliver here are Tesco and Asda
A cosy terrace with luxury surprises
Old School Cottage boasts a combination of country cottage charm and 21st century treats. The kitchen is very well equipped and ensures that you won't be spending your holiday washing dishes whilst the bathroom is a little oasis with a beautiful roll-top bath and state or the art plunge shower with massaging jet sprays - perfect after those long days hill-walking! The situation of Old School Cottage is also ideal. The River Tawe is only a few minutes walk away and has a lovely riverside park with a play and picnic area. The Abercrave Inn is your local pub and serves great food. The small village of Abercrave is overlooked by 'The Sleeping Giant'. Otherwise known as Cribarth Mountain, the outline of the mountain top is easily recognisable as a reclining man. According to local folklore, the giant will awaken from his slumber and come to the aid of his people in their greatest time of need - a lovely tale and one to inspire the children.
Beaches, valleys and mountains from one location
Old School Cottage is well placed to offer an excellent all-round experience of Wales. The wonderful Gower Coast is just 25 miles away and offers a huge number of beautifully clean, sandy beaches. Mumbles, the delightful Victorian seaside resort is only 45 minutes drive away and has a fantastic pier, harbour and beaches to explore - the boutique shops there are also good. Inland, and just 18 miles in the other direction is Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons National Park and a central point from which walkers and climbers can explore the Beacons. Old School Cottage itself is surrounded by the Black Mountains and has views of the Sleeping Giant, whilst being only a few minutes walk from the River Tawe - a holiday here gives you a true flavour of Wales!
Numerous local attractions
Old School Cottage sits near the southern-most edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. From here popular attractions include the incredible Dan-yr-Ogof show caves, voted the greatest natural wonder in Britain by a recent poll, explore the the twisting passageways and great caverns. Come face to face with over 200 life-sized dinosaur models which children absolutely adore and visit the gentle giants at The Shire Horse Centre. Just across the road is Craig-y-Nos Castle (or 'rock of the night' in English) home of the opera singer Dame Adele Patti. Also well worth is a visit is Craig yr Nos Country Park run by The National Park with beautiful landscaped grounds and very pleasant tea rooms. Henrhyd Falls are also worth a visit and promise breathtaking views. Penderyn Distillery is nearby where visitors can visit the distillery and watch the distilling and bottling process of Penderyn's genuine Welsh Whisky.
An outdoor enthusiast's paradise
For those looking for an active holiday this location offers a huge choice of outdoor activities and sports that can all be arranged locally. Try your hand at kayaking, canoeing, geocatching (a little like a treasure hunt), gorge walking and cannoning. Trout and Salmon fishing is available locally and Pentre Riding and Trekking Centre is just down the road. The cottage is surrounded by excellent hill walks, with an especially fascinating route up a nearby hill where the remains of a crashed Second World War plane can still be found.
Swansea 18 miles, Brecon 22 miles, Gower Coast 25 miles
Learn more about Brecon here.
Explore the Southern end of the National Park by booking online or, alternatively you can book by calling our office on 01874 676446.
If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for:
Elizabeth or Emma
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1)|
The Powys/Brecon Beacons region
Brecon is centrally positioned in the National Park and is a very popular base for walkers, mountain bikers and those who just enjoy being within the beautiful surrounding countryside with breathtaking views. The cathedral town boasts two museums - The Welsh Borderer's Museum and the Brecon Cathedral along with a shop and cafe. The bustling town centre is quaint with many individual shops and cafes. There is an annual world renowned Jazz Festival held in the town during August.
Crickhowell is a small, pretty and sheltered Georgian market town set between the lower slopes of Table Mountain and the backdrop of Llangattock Mountain with its great limestone crags. The River Usk, renowned for the good trout and salmon fishing, flows past spanned by an interesting buttressed bridge with twelve arches facing downstream and thirteen arches facing upstream. There are many excellent walks in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons and horse riding, fishing, and canoeing can all be arranged locally.
Abergavenny is a bustling market town with a large covered outdoor market and a busy cattle market; there are ample local producers, craft and antique markets and every September the famous Abergavenny Food Festival brings together a wealth of local food producers, celebrity chefs and an enthusiastic food loving audience. This area remains a favourite base for walkers, cyclists, para-gliders, fishermen and canal enthusiasts, and there are many outdoor activity providers.
Hay-on-Wye is a popular market town on the River Wye, sitting on the border between England and Wales, at the foot of The Black Mountains. Overlooked by the fascinating 11thc. Castle, the town has a wealth of interesting old buildings and the "largest second-hand bookshop in the world" in the old cinema- one of the 30 major antiquarian bookshops, each with their own speciality. Hay-on-Wye hosts the world famous Literary Festival.
Builth Wells in the Mid Wales countryside is varied with magnificent great reservoirs using the natural shape of the landscape - now established over many years and a natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife and flora. There are great expanses of open countryside where the Red Kite (which can be viewed at close proximity in several Red Kite Centres), buzzard, kestrel and sparrow hawks wheel and hover overhead.
The Upper Swansea Valley is an ideal location for those wishing to explore this area known as 'Waterfall Country',
Monmouth takes its name from the mouth of the Monnow River, which flows into the River Wye just South of the town. Monmouth is a bustling market town with many shops and supermarkets. The pubs and restaurants provide good food. All types of outdoor activities are available, there is excellent fishing on the River Monnow and the River Wye; golf is nearby at the Rolls of Monmouth; Hot Air Ballooning at nearby Raglan and pony trekking in the area; excellent walking in the Wye Valley and the Royal Forest of Dean, exploring the Welsh Borders and Offa's Dyke Path
On the western side of the Brecon Beacons lie the old market towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery. Both are charming market towns with excellent local shops and information centres, guiding people to the numerous local places of interest such as Carreg Cennen Castle.
The Upper Swansea Valley is an ideal location for those wishing to explore this area known as 'Waterfall Country'.
Explore one of the greatest natural wonders in Britain at the Dan-yr-Ogof show caves or go in search of the wreckage of a WWII plane, within walking distance. The cottage itself offers cosy and attractive accommodation - a lovely place to come home to after a day climbing in the Beacons or strolling the Gower coast.