Situated in the wilds of Wales
Beautiful views over rolling countryside
Comfy daybeds, or convert the cottage into a sleeps 4
Books, games and complete off grid relaxation
Cosy, with great views
Transformed into a twin bedroom with adjoining shower and loo
Beautiful Black Mountain views through the french doors
Large en-suite master bedroom with beautiful views
Gorgeous bedlinen and towels included
A handy work space for those needing to study whilst on hols
Farmhouse kitchen and dining space
A log burning stove and gas hob
Great family kitchen
Early morning mists enfold the valley
Bluebells spread out in the woods in spring
Dining in the dark in the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve
Views to rest the eyes on
Enjoy alfresco dining with a stunning backdrop
Cosy, quirky wood-fired sauna in the garden
A lovely building with heaps of character
Cradled by ancient oaks
Romantic hillside cottage
1 / 22  Situated in the wilds of Wales
2 / 22  Beautiful views over rolling countryside
3 / 22  Comfy daybeds, or convert the cottage into a sleeps 4
4 / 22  Books, games and complete off grid relaxation
5 / 22  Cosy, with great views
6 / 22  Transformed into a twin bedroom with adjoining shower and loo
7 / 22  Beautiful Black Mountain views through the french doors
8 / 22  Large en-suite master bedroom with beautiful views
9 / 22  Gorgeous bedlinen and towels included
10 / 22  A handy work space for those needing to study whilst on hols
11 / 22  Farmhouse kitchen and dining space
12 / 22  A log burning stove and gas hob
13 / 22  Great family kitchen
14 / 22  Early morning mists enfold the valley
15 / 22  Bluebells spread out in the woods in spring
16 / 22  Dining in the dark in the Brecon Beacons Dark Sky Reserve
17 / 22  Views to rest the eyes on
18 / 22  Enjoy alfresco dining with a stunning backdrop
19 / 22  Cosy, quirky wood-fired sauna in the garden
20 / 22  A lovely building with heaps of character
21 / 22  Cradled by ancient oaks
22 / 22  Romantic hillside cottage

Blackthorn Cottage,

Crickhowell (3mls NE), Brecon Beacons

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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
pets Dogs welcome 2
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
Spa Facilities
Off the beaten track
High up on a Hill
Fire Pit
Eco Friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
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A beautiful stone roofed, eco hideaway in the heart of the hills. Nestled on the slopes of the Black Mountains in the midst of the Brecon Beacons National Park, enjoy the views and night skies from the terrace, or stride out for endless trails through bluebell woods and ancient meadows.

Crickhowell is just five minutes’ drive away with local traders, a handy mountaineering shop, pubs and plenty of coffee shops. Abergavenny, of Food Festival fame is ten minutes in the other direction, a thriving market town forming the heart of Wales foodie revolution. Cathedral towns of Brecon and Hereford are also within easy reach, as well as Wales Industrial Heritage sites in Blaenavon. Nearby attractions include beautiful walks directly in to the Black Mountains and Sugar Loaf Mountain, cycle hire available with National cycle routes and mountain biking centres throughout the area. Pony trekking throughout the nearby Llanthony Valley, fishing on the River Usk, canoeing on the River Wye and high wire and zip wire adventures at Llangorse Lake. Leisure facilities: log fired sauna.

The accommodation offers ONE  bedroom: king-size with en-suite bath and WC. Shower room: with shower and WC.  Sitting room: with woodburner (first basket of logs included), TV, DVD and 2 day beds (therefore doubling as bedroom 2 ).  (The cottage can stretch to squeezing in up to 4 small children). Kitchen: with wood-fired range (exact baking can be tricky if you are new to this), gas hob, fridge and freezer. Washing machine available in the small utility area off of the lounge. Outside: terrace area with garden furniture and BBQ. Amenities: off-road parking for two cars. Bed linen, towels, electricity, central heating and Wi-Fi included. A selection of books and board games available. Regret no smoking. 2 dogs welcome. Additional info: steep driveway. Please note: the garden windmill supply’s the electricity, the natural spring supplies the water and woodburner supplies the heating.

The central heating, satellite Wi-Fi, TV & DVD, are all fed from off grid sources.  

Satellite Wi-Fi on a limited data bundle - Download speeds are slow and only suitable for simple browsing and checking emails.  Please bring devices pre-loaded with what you want to watch or listen to

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

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MARKET TOWNS: Crickhowell, is just five minutes drive away with great independent shops, pubs and coffee shops. In the market town of Abergavenny, you will find a Norman Castle, farmers markets and the fabulous Food Festival each September. Brecon, Hay on Wye, Cardiff and Hereford are all in easy reach, as well as Wales Industrial Heritate sites in Blaenavon.

WALKING & CYCLING: The walking and cycling trails are second to none, with stunning trails up into the Black Mountains straight from the door and great adventures down by the mountain stream without getting into the car. There are good bike hire options available and delivery can be simply arranged with them.

POSH NOSH: The Brecon Beacons and Abergavenny have some exceptionally good restaurants, all within easy reach. Our top local picks are: The Hardwick, Abergavenny, The Walnut Tree Inn, The Foxhunter or The Nantyffin.

PUB GRUB: Four village pubs in easy reach! The Red Lion in Llanbedr can be walked to along quiet footpaths, The Crown at Pantygelli, The Dragons Head in Llangenny or The Bell at Glangrwyney all serve a decent meal and fair brew. Any one could be cycled to, depending on your energy levels, but all are within a short drive.

RIDING: The gentle rolling hills of Powys and Monmouthshire make for fantastic days in the saddle. Head over to the Llanthony Valley to spend a day in the saddle over at the Grange Trekking Centre.

SLEEPS 2 - 6: 1 main bedroom with king-size bed, adjoining bath, shower, basin and loo.  A further twin bedroom which doubles as the sitting room, with twin truckle day beds (the cottage can stretch to squeezing in up to 4 small children). Pretty bed linen and soft towels all provided.

KEEPING CLEAN: Two en-suite bathrooms, one with a shower, basin and loo and the master bedroom with a bath, shower, basin and loo. There is a washing machine available too.

EATING: Lovely handmade wooden kitchen with a gas hob, log-fired range stove (exact baking may be tricky if you are new to this), fridge, freezer, dining table with a view.

RELAXING: The kitchen is the heart of the home, with a sofa to pull up by the fire.  The sitting room, with log burner, doubles as the twin bedroom, perfect for spreading out in if it’s just two of you staying, a little snug when it’s four. TV/DVD and WiFi available.

OUTSIDE: Secluded terrace and garden, with exceptional views of the Black Mountains. Private woodland to explore and handy dry storage for bikes. The property caretakers also live in the grounds, but privacy is assured for guests at all times.

SAUNA: There is a wood fired sauna available to use during your stay, it is shared usage with the lovely Hillside Barn which is lower down the same hillside, albeit out of sight and mind once you arrive at the cottage. Hamman towels included and a bracing shower to cool down after the sauna.

GO GREEN: Ingenuious as an eco retreat is, excessive water usage does have to considered, so please ensure you’re thoughtful about turning off taps during your stay.

CHILDREN: Will love it here! Cot and highchair available on request.

PETS: Two well behaved dogs are really welcome.

PARKING: Access is via a steep, concreted track, which is best tackled in first gear to the top. Parking for two cars only.

HOLIDAY PREPARATION: We would advise to contact local amenities directly, such as shops, restaurants, pubs and attractions, to confirm the latest opening times and availability.


Situated in the wilds of Wales
Beautiful views over rolling countryside
Comfy daybeds, or convert the cottage into a sleeps 4
Books, games and complete off grid relaxation
Cosy, with great views
Transformed into a twin bedroom with adjoining shower and loo
Beautiful Black Mountain views through the french doors
Large en-suite master bedroom with beautiful views
Gorgeous bedlinen and towels included
A handy work space for those needing to study whilst on hols
Farmhouse kitchen and dining space
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Suzanne, 21st December 2019

Fabulous location, comfy bed and a lovely property however we were disturbed by squirrels in the roof during our holiday and would advise anyone thinking of booking this lovely cottage to check that this problem has been resolved (unless you are a very heavy sleeper! ) Otherwise a fab location the Brecon Beacons is one of the most beautiful areas wRead moreeve visited, great walks and scenery and a warm welcome from the caretakers next door who did everything they could to help us during our stay. Hide

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Ennea, 6th December 2019

Such an incredible home in a unique part of Wales. What an amazing off grid home.

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Laura, 29th November 2019

Blackthorn cottage is hidden away in the hills near Crickhowell and has stunning views from nearly every window. Its perfect for walkers, there is a brilliant walk straight out of the back door and you can easily get to Sugar Loaf and Pen-Y-fan too. Or if you are looking to curl up inside, it is warm and comfortable with everything you could need. Read moreThe site is eco-minded with a wind turbine, solar panels and natural spring. Would definitely recommend! Hide

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Daniel, 8th November 2019

This is a great cottage in an unbelievable location. It has a wonderful view out over the valley. Great walks from your front door. The only disappointment was that the central heating was not working. We weren't told till we arrived (hot water bottles needed). It was pretty chilly (bedroom 9 degrees) with only the 2 log burners to heat the house -Read more we had them going constantly and it took days to warm up. There was hot water for a quick shower but not enough to use the roll top bath :( Hide

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Catherine, 20th September 2019

This is a lovely cottage set in the black mountains of the Brecon Beacons. It is cosy and comfortable and such a lovely place to retreat to once you have been out enjoying the walks (which you can do direct from the property itself). I would recommend this property to couples and families alike.

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Sarah, 6th September 2019

The cottage was in an idyllic setting with spectacular views across the valley. The eco credentials of the cottage means you have to adapt our fast pace lifestyle to a slower one which is probably why you would book this cottage. Everything was well explained and we loved the peace and tranquility of the place.

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Jennifer, 9th August 2019

The cottage is in a peaceful location with stunning views. Unfortunately our sleep was disturbed at night by squirrels that were running around in the roof space, we informed the caretaker who was apologetic & said she would inform the owners of the cottage. We understand that one can't control nature, it was just a shame that earplugs were necessaRead morery to get a good night's sleep in such a peaceful place. Hide

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philip, 12th July 2019

My wife and I absolutely love the sort of break this property offers. On arrival, we did spend a moment agreeing that some of our friends would not 'get it' and would get twitchy at not having a tv signal or other mod coms you have left behind before immersing yourself in the fresh air, views and rejuvenating nature of the Welsh mountains. BlackthoRead morern is a magical place to stay and as an architect, I appreciated the work and love that had clearly gone into its restoration over the years. Hide

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Cathy, 28th June 2019

Absolutely delightful location. Also ticks all the boxes of people with eco friendly leanings. Need to be relatively fit as most walks involve steep gradients either going up or going down! Residents further up the drive are very helpful if you require any advice or assistance.

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Anna, 21st June 2019

A beautiful cottage with amazing views & fantastic walks right from the front door. It is the ideal location for anyone wanting to get away for peace & quiet surrounded by lovely countryside.

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Simon, 19th February 2019

A really interesting property in a fantastically peaceful location, ideal for exploring the Brecon Beacons. I loved the off grid aspect and the kids loved the hide and seek opportunities! The property is very thoughtfully renovated and is charming and full of quirky features. Would definitely recommend and would love to return.

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Tanya, 4th January 2019

It's one of those places you want to shout about but also want to keep it a secret. Loved not having signal or internet connection while we we're there as it meant we totally switched off from the outside world. Also so lovely to cook on a big old style cooker. Already looking at booking for summer.

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Gemma , 21st December 2018

A beautiful little treasure in a stunning location. We had a wonderful Christmas here and loved cooking our dinner on the wood fired range. A reset for the soul

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Gemma, 5th October 2018

If you want pure relaxation and long walks this is the place to stay, perfect location, wonderful cottage with quirky extras! Love the roll top bath, the stove top kettles and the wood fired oven! Absolutely no expense or comfort spared....I want to book it again already!

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Natasha , 6th August 2018

The cottage is beautiful and Im the perfect location! There is everything you need inside and out. Perfect for walks and exploring. Love the fact its off the beaten track.

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Michael, 16th July 2018

Looks belie, this is a fantastically serene place to nourish the soul. Any doubts about descending the narrow lanes and steep slopes are dispelled in an instant. Wooden boards, stone steps amazing garden and views forever. One of the best places I have stayed in 25 years, you will not want to leave.

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