Ten years ago, the sale of an enchanting wreck of Welsh stone cottages captured the imagination of a former local who made the long, cross-country journey from London to attend its auction in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. With dreams of a life wearing dungarees and picking raspberries from the garden, she bought the romantic ruins and renovated them to offer idyllic luxury escapes completely off the beaten track.
Like most modern romances, the owner’s love affair with Faraway House started online when an estate agency newsletter landed in her inbox reading “for sale by public auction: a dilapidated smallholding comprising a small stone farmhouse with detached cottage set in two acres within unspoilt Brecon Beacons National Park countryside with spectacular, far-reaching views". It was love at first sight. Following a tender renovation incorporating vintage travel art, sumptuous old-school furnishings and a prized vegetable patch, this remote self-catering retreat near Crickhowell captures a sunny feeling of nostalgia and sets the scene for blissful staycations in the most awe-inspiring of settings.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
This charmingly renovated smallholding comprises two stone dwellings. The farmhouse has a zip-and-link bedroom and king-size bedroom complete with balcony overlooking the hills; both on the first floor alongside the family bathroom. There is also a shower room and WC downstairs. The adjoining cottage is perfect for grandparents or lovebirds within the party, featuring a king-size bedroom and shower room which sit off the cosy sitting room with its retro log burner.
If you can tear yourselves away from the paradise land of your secluded mountain hideaway, there are a host of outdoor delights on offer nearby. The Brecon Beacons are perfect for adventurous souls who seek rolling hills, tumbling waterfalls and romantic castle ruins. Wander across the mystical Welsh landscape and let the trails guide you to spectacular hill top vistas. There's a post office and pub just a mile's ramble over the hill but if you're looking for the buzz of 'village life', head to Hay-on-Wye for its famous old bookshops or Crickhowell for its upmarket independents; this small, flower-bedecked town has a butchers, a bakers and even a prosecco-scented candle makers!
Approached via a narrow farm track within four glorious acres of Brecon Beacons National Park, this remote retreat has that divine ‘middle of nowhere’ appeal which will make bright lights of the city soon fade into insignificance. Here you can experience off-grid living without compromising on luxury. Whether watching the sunrise from a summit within the Black Mountains, stargazing on the balcony wrapped in Welsh blankets, or simply sitting in the window watching the raindrops fall over the rolling green vistas with a mug of mint tea picked from the garden; there’s something quite wonderfully soul satisfying wrapped up in the simple way of life at Faraway House.
There is private parking for three cars. The kitchen includes a dishwasher, electric cooker and hob, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle, toaster, fridge and freezer. The studio cottage has a kitchenette and washer dryer.
- SleepsUp to 6 guests
- Alternative Group OptionUp to 4 guests
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- Personally VisitedYes
- BedroomsDoubles: The main house and studio cottage each feature one double bedroom with king-size bedZip Link Beds: The main house has a zip-and-link bedroom which can be arranged as either a twin or super king-size bed
- BathroomsOne main family bathroom and shower room in the main house, plus shower room in the cottage
- FamilyChildren: Yes, very welcomeCots: There is one travel cot and one travel cribHighchairs: One highchair is available
- BBQCoal barbecue
- PetsTwo dogs are very welcome
Each pet is charged at £60.00 per week or part thereof
- Mod ConsThree Freeview TVs, DVD player, underfloor heating (main house)Internet & Communications:Wi-Fi internet and mobile signal are available but patchy due to remote mountain locationMobile Signal: Check reception maps
- Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
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AROUND THE PROPERTY
Style: The rough stone facade is perfectly in-keeping with the landscape, whilst inside puts a focus on bold colours and retro pieces to evoke sweet memories of times past, such as the ‘old school’ dining chairs.
Property Owner Molly says
Every kind of weather is a pleasure here. Looking down from wild hills across small farms and rivers, this house lets you wake above morning mist, bask in sun, watch incoming storms, stargaze in pristine darkness and fall asleep to the patter of rain or buffeting wind - often all in a single day!
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FOOD AND DRINK
Paddy Sweeney and Malcom the fishmonger, both in Brecon's covered market, are the best choices for fresh produce. Armed with paper bags of Welsh farm foods, guests will arrive home to find rhubarb, lettuce, artichokes, carrots, spring onions and herbs in the vegetable patch to accompany. In summer there's delicious wild strawberries and raspberries in the garden, plus apples and pears on offer to those willing to scramble up the bank past the beehives!
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).
Head to Abergavenny to experience head chef Shaun Hill's Michelin-starred delights at The Walnut Tree, flaunting a superb wine list to accompany spectacular dishes. For something a little closer to Faraway House, there are a host of wonderful eateries to be found in Hay-on-Wye.
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