Clever artistry, simple rusticity and divine seclusion combine to make Charity a sublime mountain retreat for friends and families wanting to escape it all. Set down a winding mountain road in the remote Olchon Valley, this modern-rustic homestay commands soul-stirring views of the Brecon Beacons' majestic Black Mountains.
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 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 over the valley and the bath behind makes it all the more romantic. The 'ladder room' (looking out to the King of Mercia's Offa´s Dyke) 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 'logshed bedroom' featuring shower room and window spanning the entire width of the room. 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 lambs.
Charity’s ensemble of stone farm buildings 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.
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, Teffal rice cooker, NutriBullet and fridge/freezer including an integrated wine cooler - a must for post-mountain walking.
- SleepsUp to 10 guests
- Alternative Group OptionUp to 6 guests
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- Personally VisitedYes
- BedroomsDoubles: Two double bedroomsZip Link Beds: Three 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, two 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
- FacilitiesHot tub, sauna, table tennis, snooker & pool table
- PetsTwo dogs are welcome
Each pet is charged at £60.00 per week or part thereof
- Mod ConsTwo flat screen TVs, BluRay DVD player, underfloor heating, sound system with Bluetooth, 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
- Floor Plans Yes, View floor plan
- Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
- RestrictionsSingle sex gatherings require prior permission from the owner
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AROUND THE PROPERTY
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.
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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FOOD AND DRINK
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.
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).
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. Take your pick from The Bull's Head, 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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