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Swn yr Afon

   
Address : Hawthorn Lane
Town/City : Brecon
County : Powys
Country : Wales
Post code : LD3 7ND
Phone : 07974 328437
Web Site :  www.swn-yr-afon.wales

CROESO - WELCOME

 

 

Swn yr Afon (sound of the river) phonetically: soon-err-ahvon is a lovely home in a quiet leafy part of Brecon town, close enough to stroll the five-minute walk to all the shops, restaurants & pubs. The theatre is also close, as are the canal walking paths. We are far enough away to hear the quiet sound of the birds and the evening song & bells of the Cathedral that frames your view from your bedroom and our lovely garden.

Swn yr Afon is not one of your commercial hotels (we did that for fifteen years before opening our latest home to guests). It's somewhere that you can enjoy a home from home break "but" with all the comfort of a top hotel combined with the wealth of knowledge from us with over 50 years of hospitality experience.

Relax with an early evening drink or a cuppa in our lovely garden or in our lounge. Next day take breakfast in the conservatory with one of our award-winning breakfasts like Welsh Rarebit (Caws pobi), Eggs Brychan or a traditional cooked breakfast (All local suppliers fair trade wherever possible)

Although we are not the biggest place to stay, you will find us well up to date with the latest in guest comfort & technology, with super fast wifi throughout, smart TV's and in-house (free) movies. We have off-street private parking & you may come and go as you please with your own entry key.

Our home is the ideal place to discover the five hundred square miles of natural beauty in the Brecon Beacons National Park. We are happy to chat or plan your walking day in this lovely part of Wales (Experienced guide & walker always on hand).

Come and visit us and experience a new generation of hospitality.

All rooms have: 
Superfast wi-fi throughout the house 
Large flat "Smart" tv 
Movie & Entertainment channel – free 
Hairdryer 
Desk/Dressing table 
Room fans & Full central heating with 15 years experience in the area on everything
Daily room service. 
Robes, fluffy towels & lovely cosmetics 
Nespresso coffee machine & selection of tea's 
Fresh milk 
Waters in your room 
Fresh fruit basket sweeties jar 

Plus...

Rainfall power showers
Cycle storage
Pack lunch service
Full breakfast selection included in all rates
Information from our Brecon Beacons Ambassador with 15 years experience in the area on everything to do with enjoying your stay.
Taxi & Restaurant booking service
Electronic car charging points - Arriving soon
Private off road parking

Iron and Ironing board

Once you check in, you may come and go as you please with your own door key or if you would like to stay in we also offer an early evening snack menu.

We have great booking offers – if you book direct:
Singles occupancy of a double.
Award-winning beds & "The Fine Bedding Company" bedding to ensure you drift off in total comfort & luxury and get a great night's sleep.

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Featured Attraction


Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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