Anywhere calling itself ‘View’ might not be quite where you’d like it to be. But not with Brecon View Lodge: it’s squarely within the Brecon Beacons National Park. Deep within iron and lime country, the River Usk gushes past and the Black Mountains keep watch over choccy-box villages blanketed at night by ink-black skies.
Brecon View Lodge sleeps 16 in seven bedrooms, embedded within the beauty of the Beacons, staring lovingly out over The Sugar Loaf and The Blorenge peaks. It’s panoramically perfect and as beautiful on the inside as it is on the out, with opulent furnishings topped off with mountains of toys.
Get reacquainted in the 40-foot open-plan kitchen/living area beneath the beams and the vaulted ceiling. Play air hockey and table footie in the games room. After a hard day’s hiking, wiggle your toes by the woodburner and settle back with Sky or Netflix. Bathe in rolltop baths and sleep deeply within the echoing silence of the Welsh hills.
If the Brecon Beacons aren’t quite enough outdoor space, you’ve 17 acres of fenced landscaping here for your own exclusive use.
Sit out in the sunshine in the courtyard with your drinks perched on the water-barrel tables. Follow the steps up to the lawn that leads out past an old well and on to the wooded hillsides beyond.
Stock up on meat from Abergavenny Artisan Farmers’ Market and light the coals on the barbie. Eat out in the sunshine, then stay out beneath inky skies warmed by firepit flames.
Luxury come with every space here, and even beneath your feet, with downstairs underfloor heating warming your socks with every step. The ambience on the inside here, with its vaulted ceilings, skylights, beautiful beams and roaring fires, is as glorious as the soaring mountainscape that decorates the outside.
Heart of the home is the open-plan kitchen/living area, a sociable space for chopping, chatting and checking out whatever’s on Netflix of Sky in the woodburner-warmed seating area. There’s another smart TV in the living room, with logs waiting to be lit and happy chatter waiting to happen.
From here, it’s on to the bar area, ripe for refuelling during billiards or snooker on the full-size table. Keep going into the wellbeing area. Steam in the sauna, hang out in the hot tub, get a gym or yoga fix, then shower off in the changing rooms. Play table footie or air hockey in the children’s den, made for kids and big kids alike.
The open-plan kitchen/living area here isn’t wanting for wow, with its breakfast bar, vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. It’s a brilliant spot for chewing the fat as you stir the soup. Eat around the chunky dining table that’ll fit 14 and cook on the four-oven Aga. Or don’t cook at all: call up Gastronomy by Jon and find something else to amuse you.
For al-fresco diners, the outside table on the terrace will seat 16 with a delicious view of the lawns and wooded hillsides beyond. Stock up the American fridge/freezer with fresh fare from Waitrose or Neil Powell Master Butchers, choose a nice drop of fizz from Chesters Wine Merchants and get the barbie going.
Tuck into tasty takeaways from Tamarind Indian Restaurant, Town Gate Chinese or Marmaris Kebab House. Head out for pub grub to The Bear Hotel, with its cosy atmosphere and hearty food or The Towpath Inn with its street-food popups, beer garden and outdoor kitchen on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.
Restaurants? Try The Angel Hotel, right next to the castle, for award-winning high teas and classic cocktails in the Foxhunter bar. The Hardwick, owned by TV chef Stephen Terry, offers relaxed dining and fantastic food that includes inside-out chicken Kiev and line-caught Gower-peninsula seabass.
Brecon View Lodge sleeps 16 in seven spacious bedrooms beneath gorgeous beams and the dark, silent skies of the Brecon Beacons.
On the first floor, the Pen Y Fan comes with super-king bed, smart TV, two dressing rooms and a glorious en-suite bathroom with copper freestanding bath and large walk-in shower.
Corn Du offers a double bed and en-suite with walk-in shower and toilet, while Sugarloaf, Cribyn and Skirrid Fawr are all king-size with walk-in shower and toilet.
On the second floor, Blorenge provides a super-kingsize bed that can convert to twins, plus more twin beds, a smart TV and en-suite with bath, walk-in shower and toilet. Fan Y Big has a kingsize bed and en-suite with walk-in shower and toilet.
Brecon View Lodge is a Welsh wonderland for kids, with seven bedrooms to explore, a labyrinth of reception rooms that invite hide-and-seek, acres of space and bundles of toys. And if they love the outdoors? So much the better, in the shadow of some of the Brecon Beacons’ highest peaks.
With accommodation for 16, kids will feel right at home, with multi-generational holidays very much on the cards. After a day out at the farm park or on the high ropes, stay up late with the grown-ups to catch movies or matches on Sky and Netflix. Stream your Wi-Fi on Beacons Telecom.
Big enough to reach the billiards table? That’s another reason for late nights as the grown-ups make full use of the adjacent bar. Maybe you’d prefer views of the glittering heavens through the skylight above the sizzling hot tub? Or table football or air hockey in the games room? And don’t forget the children’s den.
Outside, you’ve got 17 acres of fenced lawn and landscaping on which to kick a ball, get stuck into a barbecue in the clean air, or toast your marshmallows around the evening firepit beneath some of the darkest skies in Europe. Beacon View Lodge is a breath of Welsh mountain air for kids of all ages.