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With its wild and rugged landscape, quirky towns and timeless villages, it's easy to see why romantic holidays in the Brecon Beacons are such a popular choice among couples. Whether you opt for an evening of stargazing or to climb South Wales' highest peak, Pen-Y-Fan, discover the wonders the Brecon Beacons has to offer.
Home to the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park is one of three national parks in Wales. Established in 1957, the park stretches from Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the north east. Welsh mountain ponies and sheep roam the hills, which are scattered with ancient woodland and waterfalls. As well as being perfect for an active holiday, the Brecon Beacons offers a unique opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Gather inspiration for your adventure below, including a showcase of our Brecon Beacons holiday cottages.
Pen-y-Fan is the highest peak in South Wales, rising above the Brecon Beacons. At 886 metres, the twin summits of Pen-y-Fan and Corn Ddu are visible from the surrounding landscape.
If you and your loved one are seeking adventure, scaling Pen-y-Fan might just be the perfect activity for your holiday. There are several routes available, including a tranquil path for you to meander along and steeper paths for you to bound up to the peak. Unwind in The Coach or the romantic Pen Y Fan Hideaway after your adventure. These cosy cottages both offer a wood burner, perfect for snuggling up together after your bracing walk.
The country's spectacular natural landscape repeatedly attracts filmmakers. One peaceful waterfall in the Brecon Beacons made a Hollywood transformation into the Bat Cave in The Dark Knight Rises. Henrhyd Falls is a magnificent feature and is the highest waterfall in South Wales, reached by walking through enchanting woodland. For film fanatics, a visit to this spectacular location makes for a truly special date.
Dark Sky Reserve
As the Brecon Beacons is one of three Dark Sky Reserves in Wales, it's well worth exploring the night skies. On a clear night, look out for the Milky Way, major constellations, bright nebulas and, if you're lucky, meteor showers. Pack a picnic and a blanket to stay cosy while you explore the night skies. We can't think of a more perfect cottage from which to admire the skies, wine in hand, than The Laundry with it's courtyard garden and expanse of sky overhead.
For a romantic stroll, the isolated Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is one of the national park's most alluring features. This fairy-tale waterway follows the line of the wooded Usk Valley, with a navigable canal spanning 35 miles from Brecon to the Pontymoile basin. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the water's edge or admire the canal on a boat trip. Look out for native wildlife including buzzards, red kites and herons! Canal Boat Cottage is just moments from the water's edge and offers panoramic views over the Black Mountains. Snuggle up in front of the wood burner after your walk!
There's no shortage of attractions for foodies in the Brecon Beacons either. For a taste of Wales' best local ingredients in the form of a fine dining experience, head to Michelin-starred restaurant The Walnut Tree Inn. Peterstone Court is another fine choice, serving an outstanding menu including Welsh lamb cutlets with mash, white bean, tomato and herb casserole or pheasant terrine with primrose farm leaves, pickled apple and chutney.
When it comes to location, The Dragons Head in Llangenny, set at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain, is a fine choice. Dog-friendly and serving tasty, local pub dishes, The Dragons Head is set opposite the Grwyne River, which is a prime spot for watching the salmon swim upstream in the early Autumn.
For a unique holiday experience, why not stay in nearby Ty Donkey , a gloriously unique cabin with fabulous interior decor?
We can't discuss food and the Brecon Beacons without mentioning the area's numerous food festivals. From the quirkier Garlic Festival to Abergavenny's weekend-long food extravaganza, it's well worth keeping an eye on the calendar for these tasty events. Why not pick up some fresh, local ingredients for a romantic meal at your cottage? Bluebell Shepherd Huts offer a totally unique space and ample opportunities for dining al-fresco in the Welsh countryside. Pop into Crickhowell to pick up local smoked salmon and duck from Black Mountains Smokery for a delicious dinner.
If it's booze you're after, Penderyn Distillery at the foothills of the Brecon Beacons offers a spectacular selection of gin, cream liqueur, vodka and single malt whisky. The distillery offers a unique opportunity for a masterclass in creating and tasting authentic Welsh whisky as well as tours throughout the year. What better way to spend your romantic holiday than toasting with a glass of whisky in the Welsh mountains. Don't forget, our luxury hampers come with Penderyn Whisky too!
Mountains of luxury
The Dairy has a new treatment room, is pet-friendly and a saunter away from the local pub.
Browse our full collection of luxury properties in the Brecon Beacons .