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

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 an idyllic luxury cottage escape completely off the beaten track.

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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 adjacent cottage is perfect for grandparents or lovebirds within the party, featuring a king-size bedroom and shower room which sit off the cosy open-plan sitting room with its retro log burner and extensive views over the Welsh landscape.


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. 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! 

For Relaxation

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. 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. 


Faraway House is accessed via a rugged track and is not suitable for low-slung vehicles. There is parking for three cars. The kitchen includes a dishwasher, electric cooker, hob, fridge and freezer. The cottage has a kitchenette and washer dryer. The cottage only is available when booking a sleeps-2 option and is unavailable when booking the sleeps-4 option. All other aspects of the property will remain unoccupied during your stay and you will have exclusive use of the grounds.


  • SleepsUp to 6 guests
    From £1,375 per week, £950 per short break
  • Alternative Group OptionsUp to 2 or Up to 4 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesLinen, towels and logs for the fireDigital Property GuideDiscover what else you can look forward to...
  • BedroomsDoubles: The main house and 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 well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Mod ConsThree Freeview TVs, DVD player, Nespresso coffee machine, 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
  • Other InformationProperty terms and conditionsFrequently asked questionsRecommend to a friend

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.

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Our Take

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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Out & About

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

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 uniquely scenic and secluded landscape. For the more adventurous, there are a whole host of outdoor activities which take place within the National Park including horse riding, rock climbing, zip-wires and much more.

Green Man Every year the Brecon Beacons hosts the world-renowned Green Man festival, where spellbinding performances take place alongside feasting and the feeling of total freedom. This family festival firmly welcomes children of all ages, but you must book tickets in advance to ensure you don't miss out on the chance to dance the night away under the stars in one of the country's favourite National Parks.  

Head In The Clouds At the Black Mountains Gliding Club you can fly within the Brecon Beacons National Park and perhaps share a thermal with a buzzard or two! Gliders can take the controls and enjoy the panoramic views over the beautiful Welsh countryside. Don't worry, you won't be left alone, there will be a knowledgeable instructor to guide you through each step.

Head For The Hills Being situated within the highest mountain range in southern Britain ensures 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. Pack up a summer picnic or warming flask of hot chocolate for a reward once you've reached the top!

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 sessions to name just a few of the activities that go on over the two day extravaganza.



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!

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

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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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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