Things to Do

Walking Holiday, Walks in Powys, Wales

No crowds, no hassle, no pressure – that’s walking in Mid-Wales!

The opportunities for walking from the Brandy house are endless. Take the long route into the village (about half an hour through ancient oak woods) or spend several days hiking. Together with several national trails within a day’s walk (Glyndwr’s Way, Kerry Ridgeway, Jack Mitton Way and Offa’s Dyke) there are miles and miles of footpaths just waiting to be explored.  Few of the paths are way-marked and you do need to be able to read a map if you want to really discover the surrounding countryside.  You are unlikely to meet other walkers and will find the countryside quiet and unspoiled with abundant birds and other wildlife.

And if you do want to climb some of Wales’ big peaks then it is quite possible to ‘do’ Snowdon in a day if you make an early start, Cader Idres is reachable to the north as are the Brecon Beacons to the south.

Walking Facilities

Walking friendly accommodation
  • Off road parking (if you are walking place to place then you are welcome to leave your car with us by prior arrangement)
  • Drying facilities for wet boots and clothes
  • Breakfasts, packed lunches and home-cooked evening meals all available to order.
  • We have extensive knowledge of local footpaths and are happy to help you plan your walking if you would like us to.
  • Portfolio of local routes that you can use to plan your walking and transpose to your own maps. You will need Explorer Maps 214 and if you wish to go further afield up on to the Offas Dyke then you will need 200 (Landranger Maps do not give enough detail and we would discourage you from using them)
  • We welcome pets by prior arrangement so no need to leave your dog at home
  • We can arrange for luggage ferries through a local taxi company if you are walking from place to place
  • We can cater for groups

On the doorstep

Either walk up onto Beacon Hill Crown Estate from our door step or stroll on into the village (5 minutes away) and explore the footpaths on the Shropshire side of the border.

Beacon Hill is a 5000 acre upland nature reserve and it is a special place indeed, with its open heather clad landscape, spectacular views, tranquillity and high bird and wildlife interest. (Birds include: nesting Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Whinchat, Stonechat, Merlin, Red Grouse, Linnet, Buzzard, Peregrine and Raven. Hen Harrier and Red Kite are known to visit)  It is wild without being rugged so if you’re confident about finding your own way, pick up a map, plan your route (we have a selection in our route portfolio to help you choose  and suggest that you transpose the routes to your own maps as they will be clearer to see)  and head off.

We have uploaded our route portfolio on to OSMaps for our guests to download if they so choose

And we have the Beguildy Community Trail (5 miles) Which is way marked and with a downloadable map and instructions only a mile from the Brandy House along the Glyndwrs Way.

In the Area

If you wish to venture out in the car then Knighton is only 9 miles away where two national trails meet – the Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwr’s Way. There are opportunities for circular walks up onto the Offas Dyke and the Kinsey wood a popular area to walk.

The Offas Dyke centre, the mid way point along the Offas dyke national trail is worth a visit and has a great selection of maps and books and walks leaflets.

Glyndwr’s Way

The Brandy House is right on the Glyndwrs way, as you descend from Beacon Hill the 130 mile route brings you past our yard on your way into the village, approx. 15 miles from Knighton. The majority of people walk the walk from south to north and we find that guests either stay with us as their first night or their second having spent the first in llangunllo.

Things to do

Cycling

We offer Cycle Friendly Accommodation on the Welsh borders with great XC riding on the doorstep and within easy reach of several world class mountain bike centres with freeride, downhill and uplift facilities.

Walking

No crowds, no hassle, no pressure – that’s walking in Mid-Wales! The opportunities for walking from the Brandy house are endless. Take the long route into the village (about half an hour through ancient oak woods) or spend several days hiking

Events

We host a variety of events at the Brandy House and there is lots going on in the area too.

 

oliver h
11/10/2020
Great place Really enjoyed our stay here. We stayed in the glamping caravan and it was cosy with great views, set aside in its own little area. The owner we spoke to was friendly and helpful everytime we saw him. The firepit was a welcome touch in the chilly evenings, with the firewood topped up daily, with a decent range of size pieces to have a good evening fire. This cost extra but was well worth it. There are great walks starting literally from the site itself and there is a pub about 200 yards away that was warm and friendly. All in all, a great place to stay.
Jackie M
05/10/2020
Excellent stay , very clean, wonderful atmoshere. Beautiful views. Peaceful place to stay right on the Glyndwr's way. Wonderful atmosphere. Very friendly and helpful hosts, and friendly guests. The Sycamore pod was cosy, warm and has a lovely decking area to sit and watch the ponies, listen to the birds, and watch the clear skies at night. Pod was very clean and sanitised. Eco toilet is very clean and near to the pods. The Radnorshire Arms , Beguildy serves excellent food and drinks. Dogs welcome outside itn the garden. The Wharf Inn at Felindre is a friendly local, 5 minutes walk , and has a large garden. Dogs welcome inside as well. Will be looking forward to returning for another visit to Brandy House Farm. Highly recommended.
emmalouise2018
01/10/2020
A very special place We were a group of 5 girlfriends with our ponies and stayed 3 nights self catering in one of the cottages. What an idyllic location, a beautiful tanquil hideaway with an interesting choice of glamping pods, stone barn conversions, farmhouse etc all thoughtfully laid out amongst lovely gardens. Our horses seemed very settled too, they were well catered for with stables and paddock options and unlimited good quality hay. Medina and Richard are fabulous hosts, very welcoming, happy to share local knowledge, nothing is too much trouble. This is an ideal location for a horsey holiday with miles of off road riding literally on the door step!
Rachel P
12/08/2020
Simplicity, peace and beautiful countryside, with touches of luxury The situation is so lovely, half way up a hillside overlooking a beautiful valley. Total peace and quiet. The camping pods are cosy, and you can get breakfast delivered and light a fire in the evening. (They have Holiday cottages too.) Walking absolutely brilliant, from the doorstep. All simple, super-clean and well thought-out, with friendly hosts. Pub and excellent village shop 2 miles away in Beguildy. You can book an excellent taxi service from Knighton if you need it. I was very sorry to leave!
Kirkham81
10/08/2020
Mini Trip Stayed on this lovely farm for two nights August 8th-10th in The Willow Pod. My two children enjoyed the novelty factor of this accommodation which was lovely & plenty of room. Two fold down beds & two sofa beds for the kids comfy enough. Nice area to sit outside in too with a fire bin & wood provided at cost but you get plenty of wood for the money paid. Very friendly owners,nice & safe for the kids to play round the pod. Free WiFi on the bench. Really enjoyable couple of days would definitely return.
Sally B
23/07/2020
Fantastic relaxing stay. Stayed in the Barn End self catering cottage, with my partner & dog, and brought my horse too. Brandy House Farm has recently opened up after the COVID lockdown and the hygiene and safety measures in place were excellent, in the cottage and around the whole facility. Felt very clean and safe without affecting our stay at all. The cottage is lovely and we particularly enjoyed the beautiful relaxing garden. The countryside around the Brandy House is stunning and we enjoyed 4 days of off-road riding/walking. Thoroughly recommend.
Vera
03/05/2020
Fabulous place, excellent hospitality I stayed at the B&B one night while walking Glyndwr's Way in 2019 and loved it! Absolute 5 star place. In fact, I loved it so much that I booked it again in 2020. Sadly, the Corona virus had other plans for us all. Even though the cancellation policy called for a non-refundable £10 (which is fair), the proprietors were nice enough to forgo it. That just a testament to their spirit of good hospitality. I hope to go back and thank them for that in person in 2021.
ramblingwhiterose
26/10/2019
Day 1 Glyndwr's Way A welcome sight at the end of the first day and downhill too. We took the b and b option and this was a lovely private ensuite room in the farmhouse. There are other accommodation options. Provided with welcoming cake and tea - I ate both pieces of cake - expanding waistline again. We stayed on an evening when meals were not provided at the farmhouse, but we were taken to the friendly Radnorshire Arms, where we had a tasty meal at an unbelievable price. An excellent breakfast was provided by Richard and it was interesting to hear about the diversity at Brandy Farmhouse and all that entailed. Thank you
trainerjulia
07/10/2019
High standard and peaceful location we rented (me, my Mum and my Husband) booked a self catering cottage for a week. the standard of the cottage is very high every thing we need was on hand. the icing on the cake has to be the Hot tub which is prepared for you by Richard and then you fire it up yourself on subsequent days. It was just glorious to sit in hot water and look at the surrounding country side, it was even great in the rain! The location is great for walking and visiting nearby places. there is a pub in the village open in the evenings (no food) but there is a lovely pub Radnorshire Arms not far away which does excellent food if you don't feel like cooking. Your hosts Medina and Richard are very welcoming and happy to help. They also cater for people who like taking their horses on holiday.
Ann L
04/09/2019
Outstanding B&B on Glyndwr's Way! Absolutely superb! We stayed whilst walking Glyndwr's Way and this was a perfect oasis at the end of a long hilly day trekking! Friendliest helpful service, wonderful comfortable stylish accommodation and the most delicious gorgeous homemade food! Offered cake on arrival then a 3 course dinner! I am vegan and had wonderful pea & mint soup with warm homemade bread for starter, three bean casserole and sides for main, then fresh fruit salad and vegan coconut yoghurt for dessert; my husband loved his creamy chicken dish too. Lovely breakfasts and excellent accommodation. Also super-impressed by the recycling/environmental ethics and values of the owners, even using environmentally friendly detergents, washing up liquid etc. Cannot recommend highly enough!
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