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Kooky Cottage

(Ref. 1070991)

Brecon, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (14)
  • stairs (13)
  • lovely (8)
  • clean (7)
  • stay (6)
  • steep (6)

19 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely place bathroom tiles and shower screen could do with a good clean"

    Hi Martin, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. We'll pay special attention to the bathroom tiles and shower screen. Please respect check out times at properties as we had to re-arrange cleaning due to the 2 hour delay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin4.1Jun 2024

  • "The stairs are extremely steep and turn tightly with a low ceiling ."

    The kitchen being on a lower level to the main room makes this especially problematic. We unfortunately couldn’t stay as a result. This needs clearly highlighting in the description..

    Hi Michael, I'm sorry you did not enjoy your stay. The cottage is named due to the stairs being 'Kooky' and these are shown on the advert in photos and also mentioned twice in the description. The kitchen is also described in the advert as 'lower ground floor'. The cottage is 175 years old and has some quirky 'charm' which I try to describe clearly to manage guests expectations. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael2.5May 2024

  • "Everything was fine, but found the stairs a bit of a problem as I have problems with my knee and found it troublesome as I live in a bungalow."

    I was however told there were stairs, so no reflection on the accommodation at all. Many thanks, Frank

    Reviewed by Frank4.7May 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay in Kooky Cottage, very clean and tidy and only a short walk to the local town."

    The fire was lovely too. The only thing i could mention would be never having a reception to watch tv that said it didn't bother us really because we was never in but i could imagine some would like to have that especially if they had been out all day and fancied a quiet night in.

    Thank you for your positive feedback. I have since checked the TV aerial and it had become dislodged in the recent high winds. The issue has now been resolved. Thank you for letting me know. The TV is also connected to the internet for any catch up or internet apps and also has a DVD player built in. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and would welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jimmy4.4Jan 2024

  • "A cozy little cottage, clean and the kitchen equipped with the necessary tools."

    The only problem is the stairs, especially to the kitchen, the location is very convenient, close to the center.

    Reviewed by Katarzyna4.4Dec 2023

  • "Great little cottage."

    Lovely and clean. We knew the stairs would be tricky from previous reviews so we were aware.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2023

  • "Unfortunately the boiler broke down the day before I arrived so was without hot water for three days."

    At least the weak shower was hot!! The stairs were very steep as warned in the brochure but they were all uneven and quite slippery as they were painted. Would be better if carpettes. As the kitchen was half basement it smelt damp and mould was to be found on the back of the cupboard on left and on some utensils. A shame as kitchen was well equipped and pretty if lacking in natural light. The last thing that was a shame for me was that there was no grass at all and my dog won’t pee on concrete. It is a pretty cottage and within easy walking distance of good walks and the town but I will not be returning.

    I can only apologise that that the boiler broke the morning of your arrival but I did my best and it was replaced with a new boiler within 48hrs. The stairs have grit tape on the edges as I worry carpet could be more slippery in socks. I hadn't noticed any damp in the kitchen when I was there the weekend before but I will certainly look in to it. I hope you return to Brecon to explore more in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pipoa4.4Sep 2023

  • "Please place a larger fridge in the kitchenette, this one much too small"

    Hi Martin, I hope you enjoyed your stay and assume everything else was to your satisfaction. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin3.8Aug 2023

  • "Lovely property, ideal for a brief weekend visit to Brecon."

    Town was a short walk from the cottage. Parking was easier than expected and the cottage itself very comfortable and well maintained and equipped. My only thought for those with any mobility issues the stairs up and down are very steep. My wife and I managed ok and we really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Sion3.8Aug 2023

  • "Cottage was not clean on arrival, bedding not changed, dirty towels on the floor."

    Had to go for a long walk in the rain, waiting for the cottage to get cleaned. Lady responsible for the situation came with a box of chocolates and apologized the following day.

    Hi Miss Katarzyna, I can only apologise again that this happened. Unfortunately the house keeper had to take her husband to hospital and time got away. As soon as she could, she pulled a team together and cleaned the house in 45 minutes. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay, and the chocolates. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katarzyna3.1Jul 2023

  • "Understand this is an old property which slopes upstairs but if this was mine l would jack up the low side of the bed rendering it level and providing for us anyway, a better nights sleep, just our thoughts?"


    Hi Angela, Thank you for your helpful feedback, nobody has commented on this before but I will look into adjusting the bed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela4.1May 2023

  • "Kooky cottage is a quirky little place."

    There is a cosy wood burning stove and the owners have refurbished the place in a tasteful fashion. It is very close to all amenities and there are lots of dog friendly coffee shops etc. The stairs are fine going up but coming down is a bit scary! Our elderly Retriever was marooned in the living room as he could manage the stairs.

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.4Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at this cottage over New Year, it is definitely Kooky not a problem for us we loved it, they have listed this explaining the stairs are steep and you should expect this fully as described however, it all adds to the character."

    We had a great stay, did some walking going to the local town, and cooked all our meals in the kitchen, although a shared yard we never saw anyone else during our stay, it's so peacefully quiet, a lovely log burner adds to the stay. We would return and definitely recommend

    I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and understood the kookiness of the cosy cottage. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. Best wishes for 2023. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a really lovely stay at Kooky Cottage over Christmas."

    The property was in a perfect location for some lovely hikes and walks, the town had everything in walking distance which was useful. The cottage itself has everything you need, with a really nice kitchen. The host had left a basket of useful information about the area and we did some of the suggested walks. The log fire made the cottage very cosey too! The stairs do take some getting used to but as long as you take them slowly they aren't too much of a problem. For some reason I assumed the property would have been decorated for Christmas, but on reflection I should have checked this, however it did not take from the lovely time we had there. The area was quiet and friendly too.

    Reviewed by Patrizia3.8Dec 2022

  • "Great location."

    Kooky Cottage is cute and qwerky. The log burner was a great addition, made it very cosy. Thank you!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes for 2023. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maisie4.7Dec 2022

  • "Kooky cottage was such a great find!"

    We stayed for 4 nights beginning of this month (August) and didn't want to leave. The cottage was very cosy and comfortable with a whole lot of character. Owner has thought about, and supplied everything you could need for your stay. We found the cottage very clean and all linens, towels etc clean and fresh. Lovely decor also! Added bonus of a sofa bed which was handy too. Table and seating available to sit outside also, we didn't use them but was good to know we had the option. The stairs are steep, of varying sizes, and ceiling above them is low but with time and care they're fine to navigate!...this just adds to the character and charm though, it is a 1850s property! Great location very quiet street, easy to walk into the centre of Brecon. Street parking available in front of property, not a lot of room but we had no issues thankfully. We really enjoyed our time here and would love to visit again. Will recommend to friends and family!

    Thank you very much for your kind words, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. The cottage does have a certain 'feel' about it that puts a smile on your face and entices you to stay. I have passed on your compliments to the house keeper as we take care to maintain the facilities and cleanliness so you can enjoy your time in Brecon. We'll look forward to welcoming you back or any friends or family in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely quirky cottage, the stairs are a bit steep but manageable."

    Has everything you need. Great location for pubs and restaurants.

    Thank you for your kind feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. The stairs are what gives the cottage its name, 'Kooky', and are part of the 1850's 'charm'. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graeme4.7Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was convenient for popping into the town, but it was not so easy to pop up or down stairs in view of the stairs steepness being greater than expected."

    Sykes were good at responding to any queries that we had and the info left by the owner was very good and informative. It was great for a mini break for access to the Beacons. The wood burner was better when we got some seasoned wood.

    Reviewed by Lucy3.8Nov 2021

  • "Nice little cottage, comfortable and very clean."

    Description needs to state difficulty of stairs particularly for young kids and those ( like me) of a certain age

    Reviewed by Michael Harton3.4Nov 2021

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  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Lower-ground-floor kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with sofa bed and woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Shared rear courtyard suitable for bike storage
  • Front patio with bistro table and chairs
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no children and no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: The cottage is named after the quirky stairs Both sets of stairs inside the property are steep and turn tightly The lower stairs have a low ceiling Please take care.

The property

Situated in the bustling and historic market town of Brecon, on the edge of the scenic Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park), lies this Grade II, end-of-terrace cottage.

Set over three floors, Kooky Cottage is a charming escape for couples seeking exploration of South Wales.

After a day of rambles, look forward to relaxing in the sitting room, offering a traditional décor with exposed stone work and sash windows, while the woodburning stove provides a cosy ambiance.

When you’re not dining at a fine restaurant in the town, enjoy whipping up home-cooked meals within the kitchen/diner, appointed with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine, handy for when your walks take off on a muddier route!

Climb to the first floor to discover the double bedroom with a hanging area and chest of drawers for storing clothes, while across the landing is the bathroom with bath and shower over, so you can decide how best to prepare for the day.

The market town of Brecon has plenty to offer in the form of history, from its 11th century modest cathedral with stunning stained glass, to the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh, showcasing military history and exhibits.

Soak up culture within the Y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery & Library housed in a Greek revival building dating back to 1842 with many fascinating exhibits to discover, or for those seeking a little more adventure, explore the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park), where you can enjoy a host of outdoor activities at the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre, offering rock climbing and horse riding, or visit Llangorse Lake for boat hire and fishing.

With all this, plus the towns of Abergavenny to the South and Builth Wells to the north, Kooky Cottage provides an excellent touring base, all-year-round.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


Hay-on-Wye 15 miles; Builth Wells 16 miles; Abergavenny 20 miles.

On the edge of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park) lies the historic cathedral town of Brecon, boasting beautiful Georgian and Jacobean architecture, many museums, a theatre and cinema, individual shops, restaurants and inns serving real ales and local food. The Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park) offers the avid walker and keen cyclist spectacular scenery at any time of the year, with rolling countryside and valleys and the wild beauty of waterfalls and caves. The park is home to traditional market towns, castles, ancient monuments and miles of canal where many pretty walks can be enjoyed. For the less energetic, pony trekking, canal cruising or the local Brecon Steam Railway are a must. Travel a little further to Hay-on-Wye with its numerous book shops, visit the craft and collectors’ fairs and the four day Royal Welsh Agricultural Show at Builth Wells, or explore the delightful medieval town of Abergavenny. A perfect base for an all-year-round family holiday.

Note: There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £150 for this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas