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Brecon Beacons Bed and Breakfast near Hay on Wye and Brecon
Old Radnor Barn is a Brecon Beacons Bed and Breakfast mid way between Hay on Wye and Brecon. Set within the Brecon Beacons National Park, Old Radnor Barn Bed and Breakfast is located within the Talgarth Conservation Area and is renowned for its scenic beauty, an ideal base for holidays in Mid Wales, South Wales and the border towns of the Marches.
The main building is a designated grade 2 listed building by Cadw and dates back nearly 300 years. Retaining many original features It was sympathetically renovated between 1998 and 2002. Formerly a stable building belonging to the medieval hall house by the name of the Old Radnor Arms. Dating from the mid 18th century, it has a stone roof and octagonal mullioned windows and has retained many of its original beams.
Situated on the western outskirts of the historic market town of Talgarth ( The Jewel of the Black Mountains), not so long ago the Old Radnor Barn was an overnight resting place for stallions travelling to stud on the Great Western Railway. The railway is now long gone, but the small market town of Talgarth still nestles peacefully in the foot hills of the Black Mountains.
A geographical gateway to Mid Wales and beyond, Talgarth is centrally placed between the towns of Crickhowell, Brecon and Hay on Wye. There is good road access to Mid/North Wales, South Wales and West Wales. The town is on the main bus route between Brecon and Hereford, while the nearest train station is in the market town of Abergavenny (20 miles). Talgarth is an ideal base to explore both the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons National Park, the South Wales Valleys, the cities of Newport, Cardiff and Swansea and further afield...
Opportunities exist for most outdoor activities: walking, climbing, cycling, mountain-biking, pot-holing, horse riding, gliding, hand-gliding, together with the full range of water sports including fishing, kayaking canoeing, sailing and windsurfing in the reservoirs and rivers of the area. The area has the benefit of several golf courses and the 2010 Ryder Cup Course at the Celtic Manor Resort is only forty minutes away.
The magical and tranquil lake of Llangorse (the largest natural lake in Wales) lies three miles to the west. The river Wye is only three miles to the east at Glasbury while the river Usk lies six miles to the west at Brecon. Brecon is also the starting point for the Taff Trail and the Northern most point of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, where you can enjoy a leisurely cruise or a gentle tow path walk.
Talgarth or so history tells, was the seat of the King Brychan, the legendary 5th century ruler of the Kingdon of Brycheiniog (Brecknockshire, alternatively Breconshire). In the heart of Talgarth, powered by the flow of the River Ellywe, you will find Melin Talgarth Mill, a fully restored 18th century working flour mill. Tours are available to visitors and there is a beautiful riverside cafe, offering refreshments, taditional Welsh food and freshly baked bread. Further up the river Ellywe, you will find the Pwll-y-Wrach Nature Reserve and a 30ft waterfall and pond known as Pwyll-y-Wrach (Witches Pond).
The area is famous for its many festivals, shows and markets, three of the main ones being the Hay Festival of Literature Film and The Arts (late May early June), The Royal Welsh Show (July) and the Brecon Jazz Festival (early August). There are many others including many walking and food festivals, in the towns of Talgarth, Hay-on-Wye, Abergavenny, Crickhowell and Brecon. If you are a real foodie and enjoy eating out, then this is the place to come. There is an array of award winning pubs and restaurants both locally and further a field.
If you're visiting Brecon or Hay on Wye, make sure the Old Radnor Barn bed and breakfast is your first choice for accommodation. For any questions about our B&B accommodation give us a call on 01874 712 102 today.
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