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Nythfa House
Ranked #22 of 43 Brecon B&B and Inns
Otley
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3 hotel reviews
“One to avoid”
Reviewed 13 October 2013

This may suit a walking group but the term 'butlinlike' used by other reviewers is too kind to describe the 'garden annexe' - a hut with numerous rooms, thin walls, wood chip, bendy floors and antiquated bathrooms. We misheard the orders for breakfast and arrived after 9am to be told 'all closed'. To be fair, muttering about Internet reviews provoked an offer of a bacon sarni, but the attitude left a sour taste. On the plus side there is a pool, and obvious efforts at Eco-business such as used soap in the bathroom and towels recycled until threadbare. Weekend accommodation can be hard to find in Brecon, but if this place is all you can find, select another destination.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Hexham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We stayed for a week on an HF Holidays walking holiday. Like all HF houses I have been to (4 in total), food was superb and rooms clean and spacious. Friendly staff in a well managed house.

I do wish reviewers who insist on doing these places down because they are full of walkers, would do their homework! You know what you're getting when you book - or you should do. If it isn't what you want don't book it.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

The main building of this hotel is an old house, converted into a hotel. The house itself is a little tired looking, could do with decorating bad freshening up. There is an annexe in the grounds, with another half dozen rooms, as well as a separate swimming pool and retreat, for massages and treatments. The hotel is used by HF holidays for their walking guests, as well as the general public. It really is a hotel for this purpose, and if that's what you've come to Brecon for, it's a good place to stay. The rooms are simple but clean, the bed was comfortable and the sheets freshly laundered. My bathroom had a large bath with overhead shower, which was adequate for my 4 night stay. The best thing about this hotel is the food. Very big menu for breakfast, from croissants to a full English breakfast including a very substantial one for vegetarians. Evening meal, restaurant standard with four choices for each course. Good vegetarian choices each time. There is a small bar also.

Room Tip: I stayed in the annexe, which is a short walk from the house, across the garden.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Wareham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

Stayed here as part of HF holiday. Hotel is perfectly designed for hikers; good drying room, lots of maps, helpful staff. It has a nice smallish swimming pool, croquet lawn and lots of lounges. The food is excellent; good sized portions and tasty. Staff were friendly. Some rooms are a bit Butlinesque and WiFi is patchy, but otherwise excellent.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Birmingham
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Nythfa House is tucked away up a side street, very close to Brecon centre. It takes no more than 10 minutes to walk to the town.

I went with HF Holidays, on a 'Singing For Pleasure' week.

The breakfasts were amazing. Great choice of food...even veggie sausages. My fave was the eggs florentine...a toasted muffin with spinach and poached egg, with hollandaise sauce.

If you like good coffee take your own cafetiere, as I found the coffee weak.

The packed lunches were the best I have ever had...

Evening meals were huge...I asked for half portions most evenings.

I shared a twin room, and it was a nice surprise that the bath towels are really big.
Room 21 was in the attic and exhausting to get to....no proper window, and bit dark, so ask for the ground or first floor.

Some reviews said the 'outbuilding' rooms weren't nice, but they must have been updated, because they are really good now.

My friends all had massages at the 'retreat'. They reported that they were excellent.

WIFI wasn't great, so take a dongle.

Would return here anytime. Lovely atmosphere.

Room Tip: Ground floor or first floor good.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

This hotel does cater to walking groups, and probably would not sustain itself without that source of guests. The food was average; the personnel average. Short walk to town. WIFI was spotty and appeared it was only in the lobby. Would not stay here again.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

After seeing the main building and rooms online, we booked for a weekend away. Upon arrival we were shown to our room which could only be described as going to butlins about 20 years ago. It was outdated and small. When we enquirer about dinner we were told we would have to eat in the bar due to a large group of walkers that had reserved the dinning room. To make matters worse it was going to be a carvey and the starters were soup or fruit juice and for 22.95 it was appalling and I would heavily suggest taking a walk into town and choosing a restaurant there we went to the castle and for the same price had a lovely 3 course meal. You have to have breakfast by 9o'clock, and you're served by a moody teenager who doesn't even give you chance to read the menu before asking to take your order.but the beds were comfy.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nythfa House
Address: Brecon Beacons National Park, Brecon LD3 7NN, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Brecon Beacons National Park > Brecon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Brecon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Nythfa House 4*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nythfa House is set in a peaceful location, just 10 minutes' walk from the centre of Brecon. We're a short stroll from the cathedral, museum and shops in this attractive market town. The surrounding Brecon Beacons National Park is popular with walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. A stay at Nythfa House could include a stroll or cycle ride along the canal or, for the more adventurous, a walk to the summit of Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in the Beacons. The magnificent waterfalls at Ystradfellte, the book town of Hay-on-Wye, and the cathedral city of Hereford are all within easy reach. ... more   less 
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