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Charity | Luxury Self-Catering Mountain Retreat | Brecon Beacons

Clever artistry, simple rusticity and divine seclusion combine to make Charity a sublime retreat for friends and families wanting to escape it all. Set down a winding mountain road in the remote Olchon Valley, this modern-rustic self-catering homestay commands soul-stirring views of the Brecon Beacons and majestic Black Mountains.

Luxury homestay in the Black Mountains on the England-Wales border


Dating back to the 15th Century, Charity’s scattering of tumbledown farm buildings lay untouched for decades. It wasn’t until the swinging sixties that a man discovered the humble old cottage and barns hidden beneath a blanket of wild nettles and, with the help of his son, tenderly restored Charity into the magnificent modern-rustic home it is today. The Brecon Beacons boast miles upon miles of beautiful wilderness, big skies and soaring mountains, making this rough-luxe self-catering retreat the perfect base for adventure. Throw in three open fires, bathtubs in bedrooms, a croquet lawn, wood-fired hot tub, sauna, fire pit, disco ball, home cinema and the starriest night sky imaginable… and you will never want to leave.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

The master bedroom features a super-king zip-and-link bed beneath the original oak A frame (mind your head tall folk!) and en suite bathroom with separate shower. At the gable end of the house is the 'room with a view', where the double bed is in prime position for stargazing and the bath behind makes it all the more romantic. The 'ladder room' is reached via a private staircase at the opposite gable end, with a bathtub by the window and WC at the bottom of the stairs. Next is the zip-and-link 'log shed bedroom' featuring shower room and window spanning the entire width of the room, and the en suite 'library bedroom' with zip-and-link dual aspect views over the landscape. Lastly is the super-king zip-and-link 'barn bedroom' with en suite shower room and heated flagstone floor. The land runs right up to the window here and there's no dreamier way to fall back to sleep on a lazy Sunday morning than by counting the lambs in the fields.


Charity’s ensemble of stone farm buildings, sat in the midst of 20 acres of land and its own woodland, wrap around a central courtyard, accessible from six doors peppered throughout the house. The courtyard is the ultimate grown-up’s playground; comprising a sunken hot tub, stone island barbecue station and fire pit. Take the party on an outdoors adventure and explore the wild beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park. There’s nothing more soul-satisfying than reaching a summit; in the Black Mountains you can take your pick. Some of the best views can be enjoyed from Sugar Loaf, Table Mountain and Pen y Fan. Back at the ranch, fill the hot tub with mountain spring water and use it as a refreshing plunge pool after a hot and steamy sauna. Cook up a storm on the barbecue and spend the evening replenishing with a feast of good wine and local produce beneath the stars.

For Relaxation

Charity offers a wellness retreat of the wild kind, so when you’re finished with bounding up mountains and cooling off in waterfalls, you can recharge the batteries back at your luxury base camp. From afternoons filled with croquet and Champagne to evenings spent watching old movies in the cinema room or curled up by the fire; there's plenty to keep the young and old amused in all weathers. The whole party will love to gather around the fire pit for marshmallow toasting and storytelling, whilst the steaming hot tub invites couples amongst the group to scamper off and enjoy an after-hours dip bathed in shimmering moonlight.


There is parking for four cars. Please note that there is a drop at the edge of the lawn outside, so young children should be supervised. The rustic kitchen will be a dream for budding chefs and foodies. The cooking range is made by Bertazzon; including two electric ovens, a hob with stainless steel electric teppan-yaki griddle, six gas burners and a dual rig power burner. There is also an Artisan Stand mixer, Magimix, toaster, Le Creuset stove top kettle, Tefal rice cooker, NutriBullet and fridge/freezer including an integrated wine cooler - a must for post-mountain walking.


  • SleepsUp to 12 guests
    From £2,450 per week, £1,895 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 6 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen, towels and logs for the fires (enough to get you started)Digital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: Two double bedroomsZip Link Beds: Four super king-size zip-and-link beds which can be arranged as double or twin bedrooms
  • BathroomsOne en suite bathroom with separate shower room, one bedroom with bath and en suite WC, one bedroom with bath and separate WC, three en suite shower rooms and an outdoor shower
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, very welcomeCots: One travel cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQThere are two barbecue areas
  • FeaturesHot tub, sauna, table tennis, snooker room, cinema barn
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Mod ConsTV, Blu-Ray DVD player, underfloor heating, Sonos, surround sound cinema with 7-metre wide projector screen and BluRay DVD playerInternet & Communications: There is Wi-Fi internet throughout the house. Please note: mobile reception can be patchy due to the secluded locationMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
  • Other InformationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsView floor planRecommend to a friend

Style: Maintaining its original oak A frame and stone exterior, Charity is a paradise of bucolic beauty. Pared-back natural materials mix with modern luxuries in a perfect marriage of rustic and contemporary design.

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Our Take

Property Owner Henry says

The main window in the kitchen runs along the counter and is large enough to capture the magnitude of the valley and mountain beyond. Watching golden sunlight and long shadows as the valley wakes up, or a seeing a storm roll in from miles away is humbling and awe inspiring.

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Unique Extras

From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.

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Out & About

Discover places to see and things to do whilst in and around , Herefordshire to truly enhance your stay come rain or shine!

Head For The Hills Charity is situated on the edge of the Brecon Beacons, the highest mountain range in southern Britain, so there are no shortage of wonderful on-foot adventures to be had for walkers of all abilities. Head to Pen y Fan and Sugar Loaf for a real challenge, where the fresh mountain air will be sure to clear the head and offer spectacular views once you reach the summit. Why not pack up a summer picnic or flask of Baileys-laced hot chocolate for a reward once you've reached the top?

In Ruins Abergavenny Castle and Llanthony Priory are just a short journey away and well worth the trip. Abergavenny Castle is a spectacular ruin set in the picturesque hills of the Monmouthshire countryside whilst Llanthony Priory is home to one of the greatest buildings of medieval Wales, set close to the formidable Black Mountains.

Hay Festival For the last 29 years, Hay On Wye's popular literary festival has been celebrating writers from all corners of the globe. The annual event invites poets, lyricists, scientists, comedians and environmentalists to come together in a fusion of ideas and creativity. If you're in need of inspiration then the Hay Festival is a must.

Giddy Up! Bryngwyn Riding Centre is a small family-run stables offering horse riding tailored to individual needs. Whether you want a gentle hack or full-blown wind-in-your-hair gallop, this is one of the best ways to explore The Welsh Marches and makes for a truly memorable experience.

Foodie Fun Every September 30,000 visitors descend on Abergavenny for its annual food festival, where a huge range of award-winning exhibitors, producers and celebrity chefs showcase their culinary talents. There are live demonstrations, forage tours and wine tasting to name just a few of the activities that go on over the two day extravaganza.



Travel to Hay on Wye or Abergavenny Markets to find the best of local fodder. Charity has its very own herb garden in the courtyard where you'll find a bay tree, along with rosemary, thyme, lemon thyme, lemon balm, sage, chives, chamomile and oregano. Rustic winter feasts and summer barbecues will have never tasted so good.

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let an in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost).  

Eating Out

If you're a fan of good ales and first-class, no-fuss food, then you'll be well-placed at one of the local inns near Charity. For an evening drink, take your pick from Bridge Inn or Cornewall Arms, or head to The Crown Inn and you may even stumble across a Morris dance or folksy pub singalong. For fine dining, head to The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny - a Mecca for foodies who travel from far and wide to enjoy its eclectic Michelin-starred menu.

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