A wooden lodge at dusk in the folds of steep hillsides. Two wooden chairs face a burning fire pit in the small tree-lined garden in front of the lodge Sylvana Eco Lodge near Caersws in Powys

Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons form part of The Brecon Beacons National Park and cover a large area of Wales from Llandeilo in the west to Pontypool in the east. The Beacons sit in the centre of three main regions: The Black Mountains, Fforest Fawr and again the Black Mountains in the East. The area is a must for intrepid walkers, many choosing to stay in handily located self-catering accommodation. Many allow guests to walk straight out onto miles of moorland footpaths where it is great to let the dogs run free, but be careful to keep an eye out for the Welsh mountain ponies.

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Shepherd’s Rest is a luxurious stone and wood cottage surrounded by open countryside near Llandyssil in Powys, Mid Wales. The pet-friendly rural cottage boasts glorious views and tranquillity as well as an open fire, a hot tub, extensive grounds, a sophisticated interior and serenity.

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Top Farm House exudes rural charm. The Grade II listed 17th-century farmhouse in Knockin is surrounded by the Shropshire countryside and boasts original beams, uneven floors and antique furnishings, as well as a wood-burning stove, Aga, baby grand piano, four-poster bed, playroom & lovely gardens.

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Set amidst fabulous Welsh countryside along the river AfonDulas, Capel Ebenezer near the village of Corris, Gwynedd, is a former church converted into a gorgeous child-friendly cottage with a games room, split-level interior with striking oak and wrought-iron staircase, and four spacious bedrooms.

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Tractor Shed sits on a 20-acre hillside farm overlooking the rural Welsh village of Felindre, near Knighton in Powys, once a traditional stone barn, now lovingly converted into a dog-friendly holiday cottage, with spa bath, eco-friendly cedar hot tub, and exposed stone walls.

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Draenllwynellen is a wonderfully rustic rural cottage surrounded by countryside in Montgomery, Powys. The stone-built cottage sits on a property with an orchard and enjoys wonderful views, and it offers exposed beams and tiled floors, plus a log fire, lovely gardens, open-plan design and seclusion.

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7evern blends tradition with contemporary style in a converted barn near the village of Caersws in Mid Wales. The rural cottage lies on Porth Farm and the light and airy converted barn offers families joyful décor and exposed beams as well as access to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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This luxuriously furnished windmill in the countryside near Usk in Monmouthshire was built in 1813 and lovingly restored to create a large and quirky holiday cottage sleeping 12 close to the Brecon Beacons National Park. Pets welcome.

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Visit the Welsh highlands around the remote village of Llanddewi Skirrid, and stay at Millbrook Barn, a child-friendly, large countryside cottage on a working sheep farm, a lovingly furnished four-bedroom holiday home near Abergavenny with fabulous games room and two spiral staircases.

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Exposed beams and trusses, a timber-clad exterior and spacious rooms make this converted barn near Rhayader an ideal rural retreat for families and couples planning a walking or cycling holiday exploring Mid-Wales Take including the Brecon Beacons and the Radnorshire Hills

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If it’s stunning scenery you’re looking for, then the mid-Wales county of Powys and the Brecon Beacons have plenty to keep you content with the wonders of nature and history for as long as you choose to explore this green and pleasant county. In the Brecons, the Henrhyd Waterfall which drops 90 foot and the falls at Ystradfellte are as impressive as any you’ll find in the world. For lovers of geological features, visit the caves of Ogof Ffynnon Ddu either.

For those interested in outward bound activities, the Brecon Beacons have something for adrenalin-junkies, especially those desiring to mountain bike, canoe or wild walk the moors with far-reaching views across the Bristol Channel to the Somerset coast. Away from the Brecons, Powys is also a county of lakes, some natural others large reservoirs, all suitably idyllic for a waterside stroll or a spot of boating from Llangorse to Crig Goch.