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Faraway House | Luxury Self-Catering | Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons

Faraway House

Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales, UK

Ten years ago, the sale of an enchanting wreck of Welsh stone cottages captured the imagination of a former local lady. With dreams of a life wearing dungarees and picking raspberries from the garden, she made the cross-country journey from London to attend its auction in the heart of the Brecon Beacons. Realising her dreams, she bought the romantic ruins and renovated them to offer a luxury escape, far from the madding crowd.

Introduction 

Approached via a narrow farm track within four glorious acres of the Brecon Beacons National Park, this remote retreat has that divine ‘middle of nowhere’ appeal. Soon making the bright lights of the city fade into insignificance, here you can experience the simple life 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 taking in the rolling green vistas with a mug of fresh mint tea picked from the garden; there’s something wildly soul-soothing about life at Faraway House. 

Inside

Following a tender renovation incorporating vintage travel art and sumptuous old-school furnishings, this remote self-catering retreat near Crickhowell captures a sunny feeling of nostalgia. Comprised of two stone dwellings, the farmhouse has stunning living areas, a zip-and-link bedroom and a king-size bedroom complete with balcony overlooking the hills. Next door, the adjacent cottage is perfect for grandparents or lovebirds within the party, featuring a king-size bedroom suite which sits off the cosy open-plan sitting room with its retro log burner and extensive views over the Welsh landscape.

Outside

If you can tear yourselves away from 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 hilltop 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 (winner of the Great British High Street Award) for its upmarket independent shops.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £1,375 per week, £950 per short break
  • Alternative group optionsUp to 2 or up to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsTwo first floor bedrooms are found in the main house, one double with a king-size bed and one zip-and-link room which can be set up as either a super king-size double or a twin. On this same first floor is a family bathroom, with a separate shower room on the ground floor. In the adjacent annexe is a ground floor double bedroom with king-size bed and separate shower room.
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  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabes-in-arms and children are very welcome. One travel cot, one travel crib and one highchair are available
  • PracticalitiesThe property is accessed via a rugged track that is unsuitable for low-slung vehicles, with parking for three cars. The kitchen has a dishwasher, electric cooker, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and Nespresso coffee machine. The cottage annexe has a kitchenette and washer dryer. There is underfloor heating in the main house. There is WiFi internet, however mobile and internet signals can be patchy due to remote location. Please note, the cottage is unavailable when booking the sleeps-four option, and the main house is unavailable when booking the sleeps-two option.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with local produce, three Freeview TVs, DVD player, iPad, Welsh blankets for stargazing, charcoal barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you startedHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Brecon Beacons

From crumbling castles to heather-cloaked mountain ranges and wildflower meadows calling out to be explored, the Brecon Beacons is a diverse landscape for memorable holidays in the Welsh countryside.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Faraway House sits in a secluded mountain position near Crickhowell under the peaks of the Brecon Beacons.
  • By Car The property is around three hours drive from London.
  • By Train Abergavenny train station is around half an hour's drive away, with regular routes to London via Cardiff Central.
  • By Air Cardiff and Bristol airports are both one and a half hour's drive away.

From the owner

“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!”

From the owner

I have a theory that most people have a property ''type'' which makes them go weak at the knees and in 2006 I had just met mine: scruffy, remote, in need of major work and with views to die for. Better yet, if I could summon the energy to scramble up the hill behind Ffynnon-Las, I could walk to the valley where I grew up. 

After seeing the ad in the Daily Telegraph, for the rest of the week I spent my bus journey to work doodling little plans detailing how I would make the most of ''my'' house's natural spring, inglenook fireplace, spiral stone fireplace and exposed timbers. Then I drove to Wales to look at it with Lee, an incredible local builder. Despite the overwhelming number of potential problems, including sourcing a reliable water supply, installing anything beyond a petrol generator for electricity, damp-proofing and so on, I found myself deciding to go to auction.

As the auctioneer Ryan Williams talked of the property’s “very special appeal”, I sat repeating a mantra to myself about not, under any circumstances, paying more than £200,000 to transform a wreck into riches. Throughout the bidding, I felt my cheeks colour as I sat frozen, waiting, willing the gavel to descend. Eventually, excruciatingly, the enchanting wrecks were offered for an eye-watering, rule-breaking £206,000. Reader, I bought them, and have never looked back since.

The Watson Family 

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Brecon Beacons with an insider’s perspective.

Black Mountains
To See

Black Mountains

This collection of old red sandstone hills dominates Wales´ famous Brecon Beacons; both in size and beauty. Walk through the folklore and fiction of Wales as you experience first hand why so many adore this scenic and secluded landscape.

The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny
To Eat

The Walnut Tree, Abergavenny

The Michelin-starred Walnut Tree Inn is a popular restaurant offering a unique dining and drinking experience in Abergavenny. Led by Head Chef Shaun Hill, the food served is an eclectic mix crafted with passion, style and expertise.

Wye Valley Canoes
To Do

Wye Valley Canoes

Wye Valley Canoes have a fleet of Canadian canoes, single kayaks and double kayaks for hire. You can explore the water ways and stop off for lunch before they come and collect you - saving you paddling back if you don´t want to! 

Llama Trekking
To Do

Llama Trekking

What could be more fun than trekking through the Golden Valley with a herd of llamas? At the Old King Street Llama Farm, half day trekking tours and experiences can be specifically tailored to your party.

Guest Testimonials

This is our second visit to Faraway House and it was absolutely magical. Such a ´happy place´; perfect for family time and de-stressing. A beautiful cottage fantastically well equipped, thank you.

What a fabulous week and what a super place to stay. I loved all the books, the ever changing views and horizons, and saw my first Yellowhammer! Lovely to see Red Kites circling over the valley. Would love to return, thank you so much for creating such a restful place.

Beautiful cottage, fantastic views, wonderful location, all of this really helped us unwind and de-stress! We have had a fabulous few days here and visiting places in the area. Simply perfect.

Who knew, a sunny bank holiday weekend! Having breakfast on the deck each morning and watching nature come alive. We loved meeting the locals and enjoying great walks. Wish we could stay for longer!

We could not have been more pleased with Faraway House and the entire experience we had with Unique Homestays. I have been looking at your site for many years and I am so glad that I was finally able to plan a vacation in the UK so that I could rent one of your homes. My expectations were more than met. Faraway House´s situation and decor matched your wonderful website.

We want to say thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful property. We absolutely loved our visit; the house is beautiful and the scenery stunning. It is a perfect location to allow you to relax and ideally placed to enjoy lots of different activities. It sounds like The Cottage has been a real labour of love, but this has clearly paid off as it is truly unique and beautiful! Many thanks again and hope to be back soon.

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