STAR GAZING : The Brecon Beacons National Park is an International Dark Sky Reserve and the area just beyond, including The Stable has some of the lowest levels of air and light pollution in the UK…wonderfully romantic.
TAKE A STROLL : Friendly owners Will and Fiona will happily provide maps of the area and help you pick out the best walks from the door, keen cook Fiona can also send you off with a delicious picnic lunch by arrangement. The hamlet of Huntington has a local pub in walking distance, and a 13th Century church open day and night.
GO GREEN : The cottage is fuelled by a state of the art wood chip boiler (tours available) and solar panels, offering carbon neutral stays. There is the option to offset your carbon emissions from travelling to The Stable by buying a tree / trees which the owners will plant and record. Every 100 miles travelled equates to a quarter of a tree, which is about £2, the contribution goes to a local woodland regeneration programme the owners are working on to help regenerate biodiversity in the local area.
TOUR THE TOWNS : Welsh Border towns, such as Hay on Wye of literary festival fame & fab Friday farmers market, Kington, Knighton and Presteigne, a growing craft hub are within very easy reach, as well as Hereford with the world's oldest map, the Mappa Mundi, on display within the Cathedral.
STRIDE OUT : Well placed for exploring Offa's Dyke, the 8th Century natural border between England and Wales, the dramatic peaks of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Black Mountains and the National Trust Begwns.
COUNTRY PUBS : The village local is less than five minutes on foot. Further afield, The Harp Inn, Old Radnor, The Swan Inn, Kington are good options, or take in the Black & White Trail through pretty Herefordhsire Villages and try out the Tram at Eardisley too.
GREAT FOOD : The Stagg at Titley was the first Michelin starred pub in the country and continues to maintain its star status and loyal following, or try The Felin Fach Griffin, with a free round of local drinks for Sugar & Loaf guests when dining. St John's in Hay on Wye and The River Cafe in Glasbury are also worthy mentions for supper or lunch on the river.
ON THE WATER : The River Wye is a popular canoeing and kayaking river, as well as being great for gentle walks and picnics. There are adventure training centres dotted around Hay and Glasbury offering guided and unguided canoe and kayak hire. The River Usk which runs through Crickhowell and Brecon has the best brown trout fishing in Wales with day permits easily available from local stores.
BIKE HIRE : The area is a haven for cyclists. Bike hire is available at an additional cost and you will need to arrange this direct with the owner. There is a national Sustrans cycle route passing close by and superb mountain biking within the Brecon Beacons, something for all levels....with a Vespa hire option in Glasbury for those who prefer a motor to help them up the hills!