Gilfach translates from the Welsh as ‘nook’ or ‘hideaway’. This perfectly describes the farm, tucked away in a steep sided valley yet only 5mins drive from the A40. The farm dates back four hundred years. A more recent addition to the farm is a traditional log cabin. Tucked away it affords privacy and fantastic views of the valley. Gilfach is just north of the Brecon Beacons national park and nestling in the folds of the hills. The Cabin is beautifully decorated and everything you need to enjoy tranquillity and rest.
The Cabin benefits from all modern comforts to make it a warm and cosy place to snuggle into whatever the weather. The shower room has an electric shower. There is a double bedroom and separate bedroom with full sized bunk beds. There is Freeview TV and WiFi. The double doors in the lounge area open out onto a spacious decking.
Gilfach is a traditional Welsh hill farm. There are sixty acres of pasture, ancient woodland, larch plantation and rough bracken and wetland meadows. It is home five British White cows and five horses. Guests are welcome to explore the farm and beyond along the rights of way leading from Gilfach’s land. There are wonderful views of Pen-y-Fan from the top of the farm and a stream flowing along the lower border, there is a mass flora and fauna to see with red kites and buzzards circling up and down the valley. The area’s Dark Sky status and the lack of light pollution makes Gilfach ideal for great stargazing.
Gilfach is on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National park. This is a wild and dramatic landscape with steeped with fascinating geology and history. There are hills to climb, ridges to stride along and lakes to swim in. Castles to explore, beautiful gardens to visit, and rivers for canoeing and fishing. There are the show caves at Dan Yr Ogof and the famous waterfalls at Ysradfellte. There is mountain railway and industrial heritage still visible in the landscape and preserved in the Big Pit Coal Museum at Blaenavon. Easily within reach for a day trip, you can enjoy the world-renowned beeches of the Gower peninsula or even head to Pendine Sands (famous for land speed records) and further afield to Tendby and Pembroke.
The farm is twenty mins drive from Brecon where there are supermarkets, high street shopping, a cathedral and museums and leisure centre. In the opposite direction it is only slightly further to Llandovery – or for the nearest city it’s a fifty min drive to Swansea. The villages of Sennybridge, Defynnog and Trecastle are all just a few minutes from the farm. All have great places to eat and there is a very good fish and chip shop, a garage with café that serves a really good breakfast.
The Log Cabin sits in the main farm complex behind and above the horse barn. You have your own access and can come and go as you please. You can bring your car to park right by the Cabin.
Other things to note
Gilfach is pet-friendly and well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay. Dogs are requested to not sleep on sofas or beds!
Access to the farm is along an un-surfaced track. Please negotiate the track with care.
There is a laundry in the barn that guests are welcome to use. The main barn can also be used for drying and storage of bikes etc.
Gilfach can’t offer horse riding, but there are three local riding centres.
Interaction with guests
Gilfach is owned and managed by Hugh. The farm has three holiday lets, each entirely self-contained and distinct from each other. Hugh, lives in the main farm house opposite the cottage and works on the farm during the day so is available most of the time and is happy for you to knock on the door if you have any queries or need some help.
Hosted by Hugh
Hugh maintains the farm and cares for the five cows, five horses, three ducks and a cat that that lives on the farm. Hugh also runs the holiday business. His dog Oscar, the chocolate Labrador, accompanies him. Hugh has retired from working in London in IT. He is now fully committed to providing the best possible holiday experience for his guests. Hoping you will enjoy the beauty, peace and tranquillity of the farm as much as he does!
To make a reservation
£69 per night (Friday and Saturday £75). £20 cleaning charge. Discount for 7days.
If you would like to stay at Gilfach, you can book online below. Please note that you will need to select your dates again on the reservations page. Alternatively, you can simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.