Hills, books, music, food and plenty of adventure awaits

Based in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Wholehouse is perfectly situated for exploring and adventure. Enjoy family fun on Llangorse Lake, ride ponies and rock climb at the Activity Centre, hire bikes and meander down the canal paths or steam through the Beacons on the mountain railway. Grown-ups can tee off, take a brisk stroll up the Black Mountains, plunder quirky independent shops in Hay-on-Wye and Crickhowell or celebrate food, music and books at World Famous local festivals.

Country kids

Get out in the fresh air and hike the mountains with family and friends, exploring the ancient woodlands and Welsh Countryside. Take a trek and feed your own Alpaca. Head down to Llangorse Lake hire a pedal boat, go canoeing, paddleboarding or get enjoy feeding the ducks.

Ride horses or climb the walls at the Activity Centre. Feed the lambs, watch the pigs race, and enjoy the extensive outdoor play equipment at the local farm parks. Or see shire horses, dinosaurs and caves at the National Showcaves Centre for Wales.

Fantastic indoor soft play equipment locally provides all-weather play for under 16s. Alternatively try the natural trails and play area, low ropes course and the animal puzzle trail at the Visitors Centre. Take a steam adventure on the Brecon Mountain Railway. Or pick a flick at Brecon Independent Cinema. Fancy a dip visit the two local pools.

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The Wholehouse is the perfect base to explore the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. Fish for pike, perch, roach, bream and eel from boats down at Llangorse Lake, tee off at one of the two local greens. Trekking on horseback through the hills then spend hours learning to climb at the multi-activity centre stone’s throw from the house.

Fancy a brisk stroll? Based in the foothills of the Black Mountains be sure to bring your hiking boots and explore the area. Walk Mynydd Troed from the house, climb Hay Bluff, tackle the two-hour Penwyllt Circuit, or trek sections of the Beacons Way including conquering South Wales’ largest peak, Pen-y-Fan . Or enjoy the Four Waterfalls Walk, complete with rivers that plunge into wide gorges and disappear into a large cave.

The infamous town of books, Hay-on-Wye is close by, so get here in late spring for the legendary Hay Festival, attracting 100,000-plus visitors over 11 days to meet some of the world’s great artists and to chat about everything books. Keep the culture coming and arrive in August for the Brecon Jazz Festival and the ever-growing Green Man Festival.
Wales’ Countryside has deep Agricultural roots, so head up to the largest Agricultural Show in Wales 30 minutes away and enjoy exploring all it has to offer. Food lovers will be in their element at the Abergavenny Food Festival in September.

Steeped in history, learn about the proud story of the local infantry at the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh or head to the Theatr Brycheiniog, offering theatre, dance, music and entertainment in the picturesque Brecon canal basin.

Potter the winding streets of Crickhowell – named Britain’s best high street – to plunder quirky independents and quaint cafes. Soak up the history, architecture and stained-glass windows at Brecon Cathedral. Or bob around in a boat on the Brecon Canal Basin.

Happy hens

Dive deep into the serene underground spa at Peterstone Court. In the vaulted caverns, there’s an unreal sense of calm and peace. Book facials, massages, face-mapping, manicures, pedicures, Shellac removal and more. Or talk to us about a pamper day with an experienced therapist in the comfort and tranquil setting of The Wholehouse.

Looking to get active? Try a little sailing, body-boarding, fishing, or pedal-boat hire on Llangorse Lake or Canoe down the River Wye. Climb the rocks or ride the horses at Multi-Activity Centre. Hire bikes and head out around the Talybont Reservoir. Or take a narrowboat down the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

Hay Festival is a highlight in May/ June based in the famous town of books, Hay-on-Wye showcasing the best in literature, film, comedy, theatre, and poetry. Venture up to Builth Wells in July for the annual Royal Welsh Agricultural Show. Come in August for the fantastic Green Man Festival, a four-day independent music event. Or in September for the Abergavenny Food Festival, including masterclasses, product tastings, and hands-on cookery lessons.

Enjoy a mobile cocktail or chocolate class in the comfort of the house. Or call up Essential Adventure for a range of way-out activities, including canoeing and bushcraft, raft-building, murder-mystery, life drawing or naughty Burlesque dance lessons. Wrap the day up with a pop-up chef, who will create delicious food perfect for your party.