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48 Hours in Pengenffordd, Brecon Beacons

When you live in the hustle and bustle of city life it’s so nice to get away from it all for a few days and forget about all the crap adult life brings so here’s is how we spent 48 hours in Pengenfford, Brecon Beacons. My boyfriend and I decided to have a little weekend getaway to Brecon beacons. Trawling through Airbnb as you do, we came across the Hobbit House. As both of us are avid fans of LOTR we thought, hell yeah! So if you are a fan of Lord of the Rings and always wanted to see/stay in a hobbit house, then this is for you. Although if you have in your mind it will be like Bag End, the home to Bilbo Baggins with a huge wooden fireplace and round door frames then you will be disappointed. Upon arriving we were able to park our car right outside the main house and was met by Rosie who is the owner of the main cottage and Hobbit house. The Hobbit house is situated around the back of their home, and at the top of the garden. To get there you have to walk up the designated walkway that’s lit with censored lights for the night time.

TIP: if you go when the weather is rubbish or in winter, I would recommend wearing appropriate footwear as it can get a little muddy and slippery.

Once we arrived at the hobbit house, we were met by a cute ‘cabin’ with a pull out sofa bed, a wood fire and also a mini kitchen including a mini fridge. The owners also left us a hot water bottle and some chocolates. (You can win me over with any kind of chocolate) After settling in and taking a quick breather we decided to go for a wander to find a place to eat and I did a little research before we want and came across a pub called The Bear, which is in Crickhowell (14 minute drive from Pengenffordd). I had read a lot of good things about The Bear and about 80% of the tables in the pub were reserved which certainly speaks for itself. The food and drinks were lovely, and it came to about £35 for 2 meals and 2 alcoholic drinks. As the Hobbit house doesn’t have any central heating, you have to light the fire to heat up the space. I’m not going to lie after a few (many) drinks, lighting a fire isn’t easy. The first night we had our beer jackets on so it wasn’t cold at all but on the second night it was absolutely freezing. We could not keep the fire alight and it kept going out so I slept in a full on tracksuit, scarf and a hot water bottle.

TIP: If you don’t mind the cold go all year round, but if you need it a bit warmer I would recommend you going in spring/summer.

I would absolutely love to go again, but we went on the worst weekend possible (the whole of Brecon flooded) and couldn’t do what we wanted such as LLangorse Lake or any walks so all we could do was go to a pub. The Dragons Back which came highly recommended and the best things is that the pub is directly opposite the main cottage, so a 10 second walk. The Dragons Back is a pub, restaurant, B&B and also a small campsite. The only downside is that it’s only open on weekends. Once you are in there, it’s a warm and cosy family run business and their home made food was amazing with a great atmosphere. A great weekend was had away from the city where good food and plenty of alcohol was consumed.

Where is it?

The Hobbit House is in the heart of the Brecon Beacons in Pengenfford.  Pengenfford is situated in the most southern point of Powys. Pengenfford’s nearest town is Talgarth which is roughly 3 miles in the South eat direction with also a 15 minute drive to Hay on Wye and Brecon.

How to get there?

If you don’t drive, then getting to Pengenfford is going to be a nightmare for you. Public transport is almost non-existent, and the nearest train station is Abergavenny (which is a 25 minute drive away) and from there you will have to get a taxi. If you are driving there is a car parking space available right outside the main cottage. We parked there for the whole weekend.

What do to there?

If you have never been to Brecon Beacons before and you love the outdoors then you are going to love it. There are so many different walks, trails and peaks to do all round the beacons. The most well-known peak is Pen Y Fan, sitting at 886 meters above sea level leaving it to be the highest peak in South Wales. There are many walks such as the Four Falls Trail which I did a few years back. Please check out my previous blog post for more information on the waterfalls! As we couldn’t do any walks because of the poor weather, we decided to jump in the car and head to Hay On Wye. Hay on Wye is a unique town on the Welsh/English border that’s well known for its bookshops and the famous book Hay festival which is held every year. The festival normally lasts around 10 days during the summer and is easily one of the best literary festivals in the world.

TIP: Hay on Wye is a beautiful little town, but I would 100% would recommend going in the summer. Trying to look in all the different book shops when you are soaking wet isn’t ideal.

Wandering around Hay on Wye, we decided to pop into The Hay Tap for some lunch and to dry off from the torrential rain. The food was lovely, and also very cheap. All in all our weekend was lovely to get away and spend some time together away from everything.

Any have any recommendations for other towns near the welsh border?

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