Best hotels and hostels in Brecon Beacons National Park

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain

    Mandinam

    This wonderfully remote estate on the park's northwestern fringe offers a bohemian back-to-nature experience in little fixed wagons, complete with kitchens and wood-fired hot tubs for romantic stargazing. You needn't worry about privacy, as the huts are well spaced within the vast, bucolic property. The kind family that owns the farm has made something very special here. Four-night minimum stay.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

    Peterstone Court

    This elegant Georgian manor house on the banks of the Usk offers large, comfortable rooms with superb views across the valley to the Beacons. The boutique spa centre is another drawcard, pampering guests with organic beauty products. There's also a separate three-bedroom cottage and an excellent restaurant on the property. Llanhamlach is 3 miles southeast of Brecon, off the A40.

  • Lodging in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    Hay Stables

    Three modern en-suite rooms in peaceful creamy tones await you at this friendly, central guesthouse. There's a common area for guests to mingle and a large, fully equipped kitchen. Breakfast is a self-serve affair, with the ingredients provided for your own fry-up, plus yoghurts, cereals and basically anything you can think of. Check the website for last-minute deals.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain

    Coed Owen Bunkhouse

    On a working sheep farm just south of the Cantref Reservoir, this excellent custom conversion of an old stone barn offers smart six- and 10-bed bunk rooms and two small private rooms. There's an excellent kitchen, a common area, outdoor tables, a boot room and a laundry. At weekends it's usually booked up by groups, but solo travellers shouldn't have trouble midweek.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

    Celyn Farm

    If you like to get away from all neighbours, you'll love Celyn ('Holy') Farm. Set in 120 hectares of farmland reached by narrow lanes from either Llanvihangel Crucorney or Crickhowell (make sure you print out the directions), this remote country house offers four handsome rooms, excellent breakfasts and idyllic views over Sugar Loaf and the Gwryne Fawr River below.

  • Lodging in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

    Priory Mill Farm

    With a cobbled courtyard, an ancient mill building, free-range chickens and a lush camping meadow by the Honddu, this is pretty much camping heaven, all just a five-minute riverside walk from Brecon. Local wood and charcoal are supplied so you can set a campfire, plus there's a semi-enclosed shelter for cooking and chatting, and a covered bike locker for riders.

  • Lodging in Crickhowell (Crughywel)

    Gwyn Deri

    In a quiet suburban pocket between church and river, this cosy B&B is run by a friendly couple who keep its three modern guest bedrooms immaculately clean, and are more than happy to share their knowledge of the area. Bonuses include fresh fruit in the rooms and an excellent breakfast selection. Connecting rooms are available for family groups.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Llanfrynach

    Pencelli Castle Caravan & Camping Park

    Near the canal in Pencelli, 1½ miles east of Llanfrynach, this award-winning site's plaudits include Loo of the Year (when we last visited there were roses in the gents!). There's a well-stocked shop, a pub down the road, a nature trail and a playground.

  • Lodging in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    Maesyronnen

    Secluded and relaxed, this 19th-century stone house sits in pretty, rambling gardens with views of the Wye Valley and Black Mountains. Only one of the four rooms is en suite, but all feature antique furnishings and a sense of past generations of peaceful country life. Breakfast features local and homemade produce. Maesyronnen is close to Glasbury, 5 miles from Hay.

  • Lodging in Crickhowell (Crughywel)

    Bear Hotel

    The Bear is a local institution, a fine old coaching inn with a range of old-fashioned rooms – the more expensive ones with four-posters and spa baths. The rooms across the courtyard in the converted stables have a more modern look. Downstairs they serve a huge variety of quality pub grub in low-ceilinged rooms with stone fireplaces and blackened timber beams.

  • Lodging in Black Mountains (Y Mynyddoedd Duon)

    Llanthony Priory Hotel

    Seemingly growing out of the priory ruins and incorporating some of the original medieval buildings, this hotel is wonderfully atmospheric, with four-poster beds, stone spiral staircases and rooms squeezed into turrets. Bathrooms are shared, and there's no TV or wi-fi. The bar in the undercroft serves simple meals and a good selection of Welsh beers.

  • Lodging in Llangorse Lake

    New Inn & Beacons Backpackers

    The one thing better than a good hostel is a good hostel inside a 14th-century pub. This compact, friendly place comes with comfy bunks, reliable hot showers, a crackling wood fire and a warm welcome from knowledgeable owners. With a couple of good hikes at its doorstep, it's a great place to mingle with fellow ramblers and local drinkers.

  • Lodging in Hay-on-Wye (Y Gelli Gandryll)

    Old Black Lion

    Parts of this traditional coaching inn date from the 13th century, making it Hay's most atmospheric sleeping option. Expect low ceilings and creaky, uneven floors. The accumulated weight of centuries of hospitality is cheerfully carried by the current staff. The food is excellent as well.

  • Lodging in Llanfrynach

    Camp Cynrig Tipi Village

    A taste of the Great Plains in the verdant Welsh countryside, this little campsite offers comfortable lodging in Sioux-style tepees near the gurgling River Cynrig, just over a mile west of Llanfrynach. Each has futon beds, a fire pit and a gas cooking stove. There's also a pleasant little wooden cabin, sleeping up to six.

  • Lodging in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

    Felin Fach Griffin

    Set above an acclaimed gastropub in Felinfach village 5 miles northeast of Brecon (just off the A470), the Griffin's quietly elegant rooms offer comfortable beds, fancy toiletries and homeimade biscuits. Old-fashioned radios take the place of TVs and there are plenty of books to read. A dinner-inclusive rate is available.

  • Lodging in Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain

    Llanddeusant YHA

    A former inn nestled in the foothills of the Black Mountain, this wonderfully remote hostel and campground has no TV, wi-fi or mobile-phone reception. It does, however, have some wonderful walks on its doorstep, including the track to Llyn y Fan Fach. There's a large kitchen but you'll need to bring all your own food.

  • Lodging in Brecon (Aberhonddu)

    Coach House

    This solid 19th-century coaching inn is well attuned to the needs of walkers, with a drying room for hiking gear, generous breakfasts (including good vegetarian options), and packed lunches put together by the hosts. The six stylish, modern rooms, decorated in soothing creams, have ultra-comfy beds and good showers.

  • Lodging in Fforest Fawr & Black Mountain

    Brecon Beacons YHA

    Set in 6 hectares of woodland, 6 miles southwest of Brecon on the A470, this 18th-century farmhouse hostel has had its facilities smartened up but it still has plenty of historic character courtesy of flagstone floors and rough stone walls. The location is ideal for hikers – particularly for ascents of Pen-y-Fan.

  • Lodging in Crickhowell (Crughywel)

    Dragon Inn

    Though set in an 18th-century listed building, the Dragon's 15 moderately sized bedrooms have a fresh, modern feel. The cheaper rooms at the top have sloping roofs, resulting in shower heads positioned over bathtubs rather than full, stand-up showers. There's a good restaurant and bar on the ground floor.

  • Lodging in Talgarth

    The Draen

    Set down a narrow lane 3 miles west of Talgarth near the village of Llanfilo, this old stone farmhouse is the very picture of Welsh country comfort. There are only three guest bedrooms, the most substantial of which has its own sitting room. All have en suite bathrooms and floral feature wallpaper.