THE LOCAL TIPPLE: The White Swan Inn is just a short stroll from the cottage, serving food every day (except Monday) and we're reliably informed that Tuesday is steak night! A few miles further afield, The Felin Fach is a great country pub with a free round of local drinks for all Sugar & Loaf guests when dining (simply book in advance to get the offer).
POSH NOSH: For a bit of culinary dazzle it's well worth booking a table at The Walnut Tree Inn, with a shiny Michelin star and a healthy waiting list for a Saturday table, it's worth reserving a seat or two directly after booking your cottage, if fine dining is your thing. The Hardwick in Abergavenny and The Foxhunter are also well worth a visit for a foodie getaway in the Welsh hills!
WALKS & WONDERINGS: Stroll or cycle along the Brecon & Monmouth Canal Tow Path, stride out into the Brecon Beacons and conquer Pen y Fan and Corn Du, in clear sight from the village. Or enjoy the spectacular waterfalls and reservoirs in easy reach, perfect for a picnic...Sugar & Loaf can even provide you with a hamper! There is something for every level of fitness, with bike hire available in Brecon and mountaineering shops in both Crickhowell and Brecon town centre to stock up on supplies.
GASPING FOR AIR: There is fell running for the very keen, the .local clubs (MDC and the Mynydd Ddu) have a program of races throughout the year to test yourself against. From a dash up the Sugar Loaf, to the Fan y Big Horseshoe (really it's called that)! Tough Mudder also has an annual event at the local country pile, The Glanusk Estate in Crickhowell which is for the seriously keen!
MARKET TOWNS & VINTAGE VILLAGES: Llanfrynach is a top location for nipping between nearby Brecon, with Cathedral, heavenly local ice cream and gateway to the serious hills, Crickhowell, cute independent stores and great access to the Black Mountains. Hay on Wye which book lovers will never leave and Abergavenny which is the top town for tea, with The Angel Hotel dishing up a fabulous afternoon tea from 3pm...booking recommended on a Sunday. Cardiff, home of Welsh rugby, the impressive Millenium Centre and the biggest John Lewis in the country, covering all interests is just 40 minute drive away.
SNOOZE IN A SPA: Peterstone Court, is a country hotel a few short miles away, with relaxing spa and treatment rooms, as well as a swimming pool available to spa guests.
A DAY ON THE RIVER: Two decent rivers nearby, The River Wye, with fishing and canoeing available. Our top spot is from the River Cafe in Glasbury, where a paddle into Hay on Wye and back is rewarded with a decent slice of chocolate cake at the end! Day permits for fishing on the River Usk are available from the Bridge Inn pub in Crickhowell.