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The Shepherd's Bothy on Blaenbrynich Farm

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Sennybridge, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Reviews

  • "We found spider webs, we think the 2ring hob needs to be changed."

    The views were lovely

    Reviewed by MarcusSep 2023

  • "We’ve had a lovely holiday here."

    It was the perfect place for peace and quiet. The Bothy is just so cozy. We had everything we needed and Monica was so lovely and friendly to us. Just a perfect opportunity for us to relax and potter around locally into Brecon, where there is much to see and do and everything you need. Thank you again for sharing your lovely house with us.

    Reviewed by RowenaAug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Shepard's Bothy and Monica was the perfect host."

    I don't think I have slept better away from home ever, the beds were so comfortable. It was such quiet and peaceful location with lovely views of the mountains. The weather was not perfect but the location of the cottage was very good for all that the Beacon Beacons have to offer. We enjoyed castle ruins, a Beacon canal cruise on a narrowboat, horse-riding, hiking, the waterfalls, Brecon Mountain Railway, Before seeing the kitchen, I had worried about how I would cope with basic kitchen facilities, but I need not have worried as I found it easy to plan meals that could be successfully cooked with the electric hob and microwave oven. We also took advantage of eating out at the wonderful local pubs and cafes that were a short drive away. Stand out meals were the coffee and cake we had at the International Welsh Rarebit Centre and a spectacular Sunday Roast at the Usk and Railway Inn in Sennybridge. Although the living spaces would a little bit crowded if wanted to spend days relaxing at the cottage, it was perfectly suited to our type of holiday, where we spend most days out and about. We would book another stay without hesitation.

    Reviewed by KatrinaJul 2023

  • "Booked in for a four night stay and only stayed one night."

    There was a mix up regarding booking in my dog which i’m sure i had done with the site i booked through but did not show up on the Sykes booking . My daughter and her partner were going to stay two night's and had three dogs who were going to stay in their camper van and not in the house i very wrongly thought that would be ok . The Bothy is not suitable for any dogs especially if the weather is poor as there is no where for a dog to go unless you want it in your bedroom . The sitting room/ lounge is all hard single chairs and very small . Unfortunately the owner really made us feel so uncomfortable that we decided to leave after one night . Happy to recommend this property for two people with no animals and just hope the sunshine’s so you can sit outside but take your own comfy chairs

    Reviewed by CarolineJul 2023

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful setting."

    Very peaceful, ideal to explore the surrounding villages and countryside. We enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by BrianJun 2023

  • "A great place to stay, absolutely lovely host, all the general amenities you need, the location is perfect for a quiet getaway and lots of walking or mountain biking right from the doorstep."

    All nice, clean, comfortable and warm, you get exactly what you expect from the pictures, it’s a great value place to stay. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by PeterMay 2023

  • "Perfect! We had the best weekend!"

    Accommodation was everything you could need & then some ! Location was brilliant ! We can't wait to go back!

    Reviewed by GemmaMay 2023

  • "Our stay (4 adults) in the Bothy was very comfortable and relaxing."

    The location is ideal for those who want easy access to a wide variety of walks. The accommodation was very cosy with plenty of hot water and efficient heating. Although the kitchen is small it has everything you need. Loved the multi-use smart oven. We will be back.

    Reviewed by MichaelFeb 2023

  • "As a location, The Shepherd's Bothy couldn't be better!"

    The Bothy is set in stunning scenery on a working farm and the start of the Beacons Horseshoe or the climb of Pen y Fan is just 5 miles away. Plenty of supermarkets 4 miles away in Sennybridge and 8 miles away in Brecon and lovely places to eat out in Sennybridge and surrounding areas (Usk & Railway Inn & The Shoe Makers Arms (Pentre-Bach) about 4 miles and 7 miles away respectively. The only downside for us was the lack of space to cook in the small kitchen which could quite easily be remedied by the addition of an all weather outdoor kitchen and picnic bench seating area above the car park. All in all though, we had a lovely stay. Please note that there are two slabs loose which need levelling outside (slabs 2 & 3) as you leave the front door. Thank you

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2022

  • "We'd like to say we enjoyed the holiday and the cottage was absolutely adequate and in a beautiful setting."

    We are still shocked at the owners response to us when we asked if we could check out 2 hours later. We asked this as we were contacted and asked if we could check in 2 hours late due to cleaning problems. We agreed to this it wasn't a problem but felt that the owners attitude to our request was unfair and this slightly spoiled our experience. Whatever happened to give and take?

    Reviewed by JudithJul 2022

  • "Our only complaint concerns the gross inaccuracy of your directions to the cottage, which caused us much waste of time, fuel and frustration."

    The directions should be amended to read: From the A470 about 5 miles south of Brecon, take the A4215 signed Defynnog (also signed Sennybridge & Heol Senni). After 2 miles take the road on the left signed Heol Senni & Ystradfellte. After about 1/3 mile the private road to Blaenbrynich is on the left.

    Reviewed by Keith MalcolmMay 2022

  • "Thanks for a great holiday."

    We enjoyed the peace and quiet of the location, access to the hills and footpaths, and have never played tennis on such a scenic court! We were very comfortable in the bothy and would come again.

    Reviewed by CarolMar 2022

  • "A small cooker would have been good, not just a micro oven."

    The shelfing in the kitchen for plates etc was a little high found difficult but I can only use one hand. Hope this is helpful. i

    Reviewed by RosemarySep 2021

  • "This is a delightful cottage in a beautiful location, with access to the Beacons from the front door."

    It was such a pleasure to have the full-size tennis court for when we returned from our walks with a bit of energy to spare, and the bedrooms were very comfortable, with lots of hot water and showers that actually work. Having one each was a luxury we don't have at home! It is a bit of an exaggeration to describe the kitchen as a kitchen/diner, but there is a perfectly good table upstairs. Might be a struggle to get four people round it though. On the plus side, the stairs aren't steep at all and any reasonably abled person could manage them easily (we are in our seventies). The kitchen was certainly under-equipped - surely with a bit of re-arrangement there's room for a conventional cooker? But we were warned by previous reviews and we managed. The Visitor Centre (a couple of miles down the road) does good meals and excellent ice cream. The directions to the cottage are just plain wrong. Stupidly we had turned off our satnav and attempted to follow them. The turning off the 4215 is left, it isn't a private road, and it's signed Heol Senni. The turning to Blaenbrynnich is off this road, on the left. But all in all we were very happy at Blaenbrynnich and had a very enjoyable week. Thank you!

    Reviewed by GillSep 2021

  • "Beautiful location, kids loved the whole experience of being away from the hustle of the city life, felt calmed and relaxed."

    Kitchen facilities are limited but we managed with a few eat-outs as didn't want to cook the entire time while on holidays.

    Reviewed by SureshAug 2021

  • "Without the children, would be no problem to stay in"

    Reviewed by AidaAug 2021

  • "The kitchen is definitely not suitable to cook a proper meal in."

    You can either have the hob on or the main oven, not both, the “dining” bit is a very cramped metal breakfast bar and the kitchen utensils are extremely limited (no veg peeler, one small knife etc). It’s camping cooking, really. The bedrooms are very comfortable but the living areas are really not up to much. If you had bad weather and could not escape the house you’d struggle.

    Thank you for your feedback its important. We have taken onboard your comments and will look to make improvements, kind regards Sykes cottages Property Owner

    Reviewed by LucyJul 2021

  • "We had a fabulous stay at Shepherds Bothy."

    The hosts made us very welcome and shared some very useful local information. The views are absolutely stunning with fabulous walks on the doorstep. The beds were extremely comfortable after a days activity. Access to washing machine and dryer was really helpful. My only suggestion may be to have a little more in the kitchen.

    Reviewed by KerryJul 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x 4' double bed with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • First-floor living/dining room
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven/grill with electric 2-ring hob, combination microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawned garden with outdoor furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.5 miles, pub 3.7 miles
  • Note: Guests are welcome to use the tennis court but the correct tennis shoes must be worn
  • Note: Please mind your head upon entering the property
  • Note: Due to steep stairs this property isn't suitable for those less able
  • Note: Due to being on a working farm, pets must be kept on a lead when outside
  • Note: £20 pet supplement charge per pet
  • Note: Property accepts a minimum of 3 night bookings

The property

Sennybridge 4.4 miles.

Settled in the heart of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park), encompassed by phenomenal countryside views is this welcoming holiday home; The Shepherd's Bothy on Blaenbrynich Farm.

Perfect for an escape with friends or family, this Libanus cottage is the ultimate choice for anyone seeking a scenic escape to Wales.

Enter through the traditional barn door, stooping as you step in, to find a neat kitchen/diner hosting all the essentials you could need for a week-long stay; prepare a tasty breakfast with the assistance of the electric oven/grill to be enjoyed at the breakfast bar, or choose to dine alfresco with some fresh produce from one of the local shops.

Leaving from the kitchen you will find two steep sets of stairs; one leading up to a 4' double with an en-suite shower room and the other set leading to the second bedroom of a double also with an en-suite shower room, each room offering a homely interior and tremendous views to wake up to.

Also on the first floor rests the living/dining room where you can enjoy relaxing with your loved ones when you're not out exploring the excitement of the local area.

There is also a lockable boot room, which is suitable for bike storage, with a tumble drier, heated towel rail and clothes rail.

Spend your mornings sat out admiring your stunning surroundings, depending on the time of year, you may see cattle and sheep on the working farm.

Alternatively, take a stroll out to explore your surroundings up close, with a plethora of walking and cycling routes from your doorstep to make the most of including along the Usk Reservoir and hiking amongst Pen y Fan, while those seeking a more leisurely day out should be sure to explore the nearby market town of Sennybridge where you will find all you could need for a self-catered stay including welcoming pubs, shops, cafés, eateries and a regular livestock market.

There are plenty of opportunities for birdwatching and horse riding in the local area too for those looking to get close to nature, or enjoy a day out with a difference with a trip to the the award-winning show caves at Dan-yr-Ogof with a Dinosaur Park hosting 220 life-sized dinosaur models too!

Be sure to visit Brecon for a wider selection of eateries to choose from for that special occasion, while Llandovery is perfect for those seeking to venture further afield with a train station found here.

For a memorable escape to Wales with your loved ones, choose The Shepherd's Bothy on Blaenbrynich Farm.

Note: £20 pet supplement charge per pet

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £125.

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About the location


Brecon 9 miles.

The interesting market town of Sennybridge is situated where the River Senni flows into the River Usk, on the edge of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park). It is home to cosy pubs, great places to eat, a variety of shops and a regular livestock market. Sennybridge is a perfect location for horse riding, bird watching, and walking in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park). With Brecon and Llandovery nearby, plus the Porth-yr-Ogof Caves, the award-winning show caves at Dan-yr-Ogof, pony trekking and the waterfall country at Ystradfellte renowned for the many scenic walks beside the waterfalls, this is a perfect spot to enjoy one of the most beautiful parts of Wales.

Note: Two well-behaved dogs welcome. £20 pet supplement charge per pet

Please note: An arrival and a departure cannot both take place on a Sunday

Note: Property accepts a minimum of 3 night bookings

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas