OLDER REVIEWS 2010-2008
“My new secret retreat” 5 of 5 stars
Wow. One word that sums up the time we had at the farmhouse. Absolutely stunning location, this fantastic property is surrounded by spectacular views with an abundance of long walks for the dog.
The property itself is spacious and clean but with that cosy, snugged up feel. It is the perfect get-away retreat. The master bedroom has a four poster bed, the en-suite bathroom a roll-top bath - perfect after a long winter walk.
We had a fabulous time here and I almost don't want to write about it so it doesn't get discovered by more people!!! And, we will definitely be back.
Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
“Another wonderful week at the Farmhouse”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 14 September 2009
We have just got back from another wonderful week at the Craig Y Nos farmhouse. Once again the inlaw came, we had breakfast up at the castle 3 mornings, and the rest at the Farmhouse, it was simply wonderful. The staff at the Castle are so helpful, and nothing is too much trouble. When we drove down the drive it felt like coming home. We had two very large fields to carry out ongoing dog training of or almost 2 year old German Shepherd. He had so much off the lead running that he was actually completely warn out in the evening, normally he spends the evening bring us his ball, but with all the running during the day he was just exhausted, but very happy.
The master bathroom, is just where you need a beautiful soak after a day of walking.
We would definately recommend this farmhouse to couples, family's of all ages, the swing in the back garden tied between two trees is great fun. The peace and tranquillitly was wonderful just what we needed. We will definitely be booking it again
“Wonderful relaxing weekend” 5 of 5 stars
We booked the farmhouse exclusively for the weekend recently to celebrate my wife's birthday. The farmhouse is beautiful and of a very high standard with acres of outstanding grounds on all sides.
All rooms are large and comfortable and the master bedroom with it's huge ensuite and roll-top bath is particularly impressive.
The staff at Craig Y Nos are very courteous and led us to the house from the castle. They ensured we were well equipped and provided a fridge full of goodies for breakfast.
Our dogs stayed with us and thoroughly enjoyed the freedom and long walks that are literally on the doorstep.
There are excellent pubs and restaurants in close vicinity and the castle with it's relaxing atmosphere and excellent restaurant is just up the road.
I would recommend staying here to anyone considering it and my only regret is that we didn't book it out for a week! - We will next time!
Simon & Sarah, Swansea
Stayed May 2009, travelled with family
“brilliant” 5 of 5 stars
secluded, clean, great delivered breakfast, sheep around, small brook, quiet valley, pitch black night sky, roaring fire, chill out, fab 4 poster bed and the ensuite bathroom is huge and very very nice. don't hesitate - we are going again
Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
“for dogs and humans” 4 of 5 stars
This is beautiful place with lots of space - it really is an isolated farmhouse - and great accommodation. Because it's also aimed at the S/C market, there is a proper kitchen with everything you need so that you don't have to go out for dinner, although the next village and pubs are accessible via public footpaths (round trip is about 1-2 hours, walking leisurely and making sure that dog hasn't run off). There is also a large living room with a TV which means that such things aren't in the actual bedrooms - but who needs the TV on holiday anyway.
The farmhouse belongs to a Castle hotel three miles away which is currently being refurbished but already open for business. It looks much more romantic than it currently is but it's certainly worth having a look. Judging by the standard of accommodation at the farmhouse, the owners have great taste and once finished, the Castle will be amazing.
What brought us to the farmhouse is that it's dog friendly and it really was - plenty of space to run around. We paid £70 for a double including breakfast which seemed good value. The breakfast in the hotel was not up to standard but when contacted, the owners assured us that they are working on it. Surely, instant coffee is no longer acceptable past the 1980s. Not wishing to rubbish the beautiful Brecon Beacons, we did find that the standard of good country cooking in country pubs was rather disappointing. Plenty of places still work on 1980s principles, ie. non-local food, lots of deep fat frying, little attention to detail - though we didn't check this out in Craig Y Nos, so it might be different there. But go and find out for yourself!
Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
“Welsh Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
My husband and I decided to stay here for our first wedding anniversary after a particular traumatic year when we've both been plagued by ill health and other problems. We are also in the middle of nasty legal proceedings and were desperate for some respite. We brought our Miniature Schnauzer dog Hugo with us and originally planned to spend 2 of the 3 nights at the main Craig y Nos Castle hotel. However, we were enchanted by the period Craig y Nos farmhouse and we decided that we preferred to remain there for the entirety of our stay. The fantastic and friendly hotel staff were brilliant and arranged for us to have the farmhouse to ourselves. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The weather was glorious and for 3 whole days we enjoyed the superb facilities at the farmhouse. The farmhouse is very tastefully decorated in keeping with the style of that era and we had absolutely everything on hand for maximum comfort. We were able to go for long walks every day in the surrounding countryside and to travel further afield , and then to return to the farmhouse every evening to cook in the fully-equipped kitchen and to enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner "a deux", followed by relaxing in the large lounge, with its beautiful open fireplace and beamed ceilings. Every morning the cheerful staff provided us with an excellent continental breakfast and discreetly tidied up the farmhouse, without intruding on our special time. We returned to London, and to our problems, feeling thoroughly refreshed, and with the definite aim of returning to this peaceful haven again. We can't recommend Craig y Nos highly enough to those who are seeking a combination of really good value for money and a sanctuary for a few days, "far from the madding crowd."
Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
“loved the Craig-y-Nos farmhouse” 5 of 5 stars
* This last is a long review from when we had a mixture of B&B guests from weddings at the farm and one week lets. The farm is now rented out on a self-catering basis by familes, sometimes with a Meals option at the castle, for week-long bookings and is not cleaned during a week long stay. Also there are now no workmen resident at the farm - this was in the early days when the grounds were still being cleared up, stone walls repaired and the grass around the house generally levelled and landscaped.
Six family members spent 4 nights at the Craig-y-Nos farmhouse June 17-21,2009, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The property is beautiful with a “magical” path between two huge yew trees to the picturesque creek that charmed even my father. The house is very spacious, and particularly nice if you can take it on an exclusive basis. I’m not sure I would have liked sharing the property with strangers as the common living room, dining room and kitchen could lend themselves to unwanted noise and lack of privacy. For a private group, though, the property is excellent, and–in my opinion–even better than staying at the castle. The only “down side” that might be relevant to some is that only the master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom. The other upstairs bedroom has a bathroom (with small shower only) in the upstairs hall. The downstairs bedroom must share this upstairs hall bathroom. (There is another bathroom with shower that is accessed from outside that is probably intended for the men who work on the property, but that could also be used by guests.) Also, those using that hall bathroom did comment that the toilet tank took a long time to fill. Otherwise, water was good, with plenty of hot water and water pressure. I stayed in the master bedroom with my sons (an extra mattress was brought in), and we had an enormous bathroom with a claw-footed tub and a spacious shower. (The others borrowed our bathroom on a couple of occasions to enjoy the tub and the roomier shower.) Also, the stairs are wooden, old, dark and a little creaky. They're fine, but they could be an issue for those with mobility problems, especially given the bathroom situation.
Prior to booking, I had some worries based on the reviewer who complained about the workmen at the farmhouse invading his privacy. I wrote inquiring about this and received several very nice emails from the owner, Martin, assuring me that the workmen would not be intrusive and were there for work and security purposes only. We found this to be absolutely the truth. We never saw anyone other than when we needed help with a little plumbing problem. (A valve stuck that drained the water tank and left us briefly without water. A call to the castle had workmen–Steve and Antony–there right away to solve the problem. They were friendly, helpful and gone as soon as they’d done their job. Steve, a saxaphonist, plays occasionally at a popular local pub, the Ancient Briton, where my cousin and I became 3-night “regulars.” Don’t miss it. We really enjoyed the night Steve dedicated “Delilah”–I didn’t know Tom Jones was Welsh–to us American visitors and we got to sing a rousing rendition with the whole pub. Thanks, Steve!) The water in the farmhouse is safe to drink. They use well water, supplemented by water brought in, if needed, to fill the storage tank.
I chose the farmhouse, in large part, to provide a place away from the city for my dad who’s not a fan of cities or travel after spending a lot of time doing both during his career. The Craig-y-Nos website states that fly fishing is available in the river Tawe on castle property, but Martin seemed to be a little surprised when I inquired about that and said he’d not seen anyone fishing on castle property. Dad checked it out, and did see some fish, but waders would be necessary for the part of the river he came across and he wasn’t sure he was on castle property any more, so he didn’t try to use the fly rods he’d brought. (National Parkland abuts the castle property on both sides.) The section of river just below the castle is definitely not fishing territory. The creek on the farmhouse property is far too small for fishing. There is, apparently, a reservoir 4 miles or so away where one could fish, but we did not check that out. Just FYI, for those interested.
All in all, we loved the farmhouse and all of us would have liked to have stayed longer. A few more cooking pots would have been nice, but we were well supplied with dishes, coffee/tea cups, water and wine glasses, and cutlery. There is a very nice gas stove, an electric oven, a small fridge and separate 3-drawer freezer. There’s a dishwasher and a clothes washer but no detergent for either when we were there. We were supplied with plenty of toilet paper and bath towels, but no kitchen towels or paper towels. Extra linens were in the chest of drawers in the downstairs bedroom. The living room is large and nice for gathering. Plenty of firewood and kindling was supplied for the working fireplace, but doesn’t draw well and left the house very smoky. Heat is via radiators as well as the fireplaces. No a/c, which we did not need anyway. There is a separate dining room as well with modern, generic seating and a fireplace, but we didn’t use that room much other than as a kind of office for the writer of our group. There’s a very affectionate cat named Felix whom the workmen feed on property. He’ll wander in the house if you let him. The property would be great for pets and we were wishing we could “beam” our dog there. However, there is no fenced-in yard, so a dog prone to roaming might be a problem.
Cleaning services are every other day. A continental breakfast was boxed for us at the castle and was very generous in portions. For 6 people we received: 2 huge loaves of bread, a large wedge of cheese, 6 yogurts, 6 cereals, a ½ gallon of milk, 3 juices, pastries, jams, butter and Marmite. Two mornings we also received a package of chorizo. The castle was great about exchanging flavors of juices, brown bread for white, etc. One morning 2 of our party went to the castle for breakfast instead and raved about the cooked breakfast, including shrimp and salmon.
The farmhouse is in a very isolated spot, which we really enjoyed and in which we felt very secure. It’s delightfully quiet with only the sound of the brook and the nearby sheep and, in the morning, songbirds. Driving is a bit of a thrill, with two-way traffic on a one-lane road bordered by plant-covered walls leading to the farmhouse. Take it slow and be prepared to back up and/or pull into a drive if you meet another car. The waterfall mentioned by previous reviewers is 2-3 miles away. It is the tallest in South Wales, lovely, and definitely worth a visit. To walk or drive: turn right out of the farmhouse driveway entrance, take a left at the intersection where the road T’s, follow that road uphill and around to the right. You’ll come to the parking area for the waterfall on your right. There are steep, but stepped, paths down to the waterfall basin.
Although we didn’t stay there, we explored the castle (which is really more of a mansion or “folly”). It is definitely a work in progress, but charming nonetheless. Free wifi is available in the bar. We were always treated like privileged guests when at the castle and found the staff to be uniformly friendly and welcoming. For those contemplating staying at the castle, be aware that it does sit right on the road. Parking is limited within the walls, although there is parallel parking on the road just outside the castle walls. Also, guest rooms are apparently primarily in a ground-floor annex to the right through the porte-cochere as you look at the main castle door. There are also a couple of rooms or so on the castle’s ground floor to the left as you head towards the patio. The upper floor is not open, which surprised me a bit.
Stayed June 2009, travelled with family