Very good place to stay when hiking in the Brecons. - Rating 5/5

Joy was incredibly welcoming, the cottage very nice and well-appointed, and you could walk directly up onto the Brecons from the back door. Our only complaint was the weather, which given that it was Wales in November, was hardly surprising!

Reviewer:Christopher A | Mon 25th Nov 2019 | 6 months ago

The best place if you want torelax. - Rating 5/5

Amazing host, very spacious fantastic cottage. This place is surrounded by valleys and mountains, you will become friends with lambs and chickens. Perfect escape from busy life and ideal location for exploring Brecon Beacon.


Hi LucynaThank you for your review and remarks it is nice to hear from visitors that they have enjoyed their few days in the Brecon Beacons National Park.By the way one pair of shows was left behind.If you would like them back my son from Hazlemere is here for the weekend OR Maidenhead is not too far awayspecial offers will appear on my Website, so hope to see you both again.Many thanksJoy

Reviewer:Lucyna G | Tue 27th Aug 2019 | 9 months ago

Cozy lodge in the Brecon Beacons - Rating 5/5

We absolutely loved our weekend at MAeswalter and we look forward to returning.


Hi George,Thank you for your review and your remarks that you enjoyed your weekend exploring the Brecon Beacons.My SPECIAL OFFERS for Autumn and Winter short breaks will appear on my from the end of September.Many Thanks and hope to see you again.Joy

Reviewer:George C | Mon 5th Aug 2019 | 10 months ago

Delightful - Rating 5/5

We have very much enjoyed our visit and really didn't want to come home. The cottage was ideal, and the location stunningly beautiful. Our hostess Joy, is a truly unique lady, with a genuine welcome in her heart. We enjoyed the tranquility, remoteness, complete night darkness, the wildlife, and of course, the daily visits from Joy's beautiful hens and cockerel. The fresh eggs were so tasty! Highly recommended - thanks so much Joy 🙂

Reviewer:Miss Carol J | Sun 14th Jul 2019 | 11 months ago

Paradise on a doorstep of Pen Y Fan - Rating 5/5

What a beauty! Highly recommended escape from a busy life, fantastic landscapes , walks and hikes in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Reviewer:sylwia j | Tue 28th May 2019 | 1 year ago

Maeswalter- Rating 5/5

Great location. Enjoyed the rural landscape and also the snow topped mountains. Having the very friendly chickens visit reminded us of our childhood. Loved having the fresh farm eggs too. The house was above expectations with a very well stocked pantry. Very warm and comfortable. Would thoroughly recommend this property. Great for touring around the Brecon Beacon area.


Thank you for the review and pleased you had an enjoyable time.Still snow on the top ofPen-y-fan and a cold easterly wind but bright and sunny.

Reviewer:Mervyn H | Wed 10th Apr 2019 | 1 year ago

Spot on - Rating 5/5

Superb little place, has everything you need.Beautiful surroundings with lovely views.

Reviewer:Anthony W | Mon 19th Nov 2018 | 1 year ago

Great - Rating 5/5

Greatly enjoyed the stay at Maeswalter. Quiet location with free running chickens and greta views.Accommodation in the annnexe worked well with separate sitting area and fridge to store food and chill drinks

Reviewer:Marilyn M | Tue 17th Jul 2018 | 1 year ago

Excellent stay - Rating 5/5

This is our 3rd time staying here, and as always it was excellent. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a nice quiet place with excellent service.

Reviewer:Kevin S | Tue 10th Jul 2018 | 1 year ago

Great service- Rating 5/5

Great service and place to stay in beautiful surroundings


Glad to be of service.I enjoyed your visit here and would look forward seeing you again - thank you for a great review.

Reviewer:Gareth M | Thu 15th Mar 2018 | 2 years ago

Nothing to fault - Rating 5/5

+1 bedroom self catering cottage Everything in top order. Lovely underfloor heating. Plenty of info regarding surrounding area. Washing and ironing/ drying facilities. BeAutiful views..-Nothing to fault The internet is not strong but it did not bother us -it's a welcome break from technology.


Yes, I try to make sure our guests have everything they need for a proper break, it's a joy to read your lovely review, thank you and, looking forward to your next visit.

Reviewer:A | Tue 24th Oct 2017 | 2 years ago

So relaxing - Rating 5/5

The cottage was lovely as was joy the owner. The setting of the cottage was so peaceful with lovely views. Joy had put in breakfast cereals and jams, milk and cordial. Shampoos creams and washing up liquid. Very comfortable cottage. Loved it. We will be going back.

Reviewer:christine g | Sun 4th Jun 2017 | 3 years ago

Holiday Home - Rating 4/5

Great location and our cottage was really very suitable for us. Wonderful, peaceful surroundings off the local main road.

Reviewer:Brian S | Wed 31st Aug 2016 | 3 years ago

Superb - Rating 5/5

We couldn't of asked more from the cottage and its owner. We had a lovely stay, lovely breakfasts and wonderful views, (when it wasn't raining!) Thank you Joy, for a great two days.

Reviewer:David R | Mon 22nd Aug 2016 | 3 years ago

Haven of tranquility in the Brecon Beacons - Rating 5/5

The peace, tranquility, the friendly hens who would come and greet us each time we arrived or left.We stayed at the cottage and took advice from previous guest comments about the distance from places to eat.The kitchenette was well provided with cereals, jams, tea, coffee and milk provided and fridge, microwave, + oven for self catering.Although there are no shops or pubs in Pont Senni or Crai,Brecon is only 15 minutes drive away.Lovely country walks around the area.Large wet room + for longer staying guests washing machine and tumble drier in the garage.Recycling is positively encouraged.After some frankly rude comments about the owner, Joy, we were expecting either Basil Fawlty or Father Stone (Father Ted)- Joy was neither - she was helpful without being intrusive and from comments in the guest book we will not be the only couple who will return in the future.


Pleased to receive your Review and your short stay was enjoyable and hope, if you should return, the weather will be a little kinder.Many ThanksJoy

Reviewer:Anne B | Sun 21st Aug 2016 | 3 years ago

maelswater- Rating 5/5

Excellent accommodation.Great scenery and views. Loved the chickens!Just need to get dvd sorted!

Reviewer:Paul G | Tue 16th Aug 2016 | 3 years ago

Fantastic - Rating 5/5

Our time was very pleasant. Views pretty, people very amable. Good room. Breakfast complete and quality food. Bed confortable. Information about the park very complete. If I can I recomended this bed and breakfast

Reviewer:María Del Mar Giménez S | Tue 9th Aug 2016 | 3 years ago

Refuge - Rating 5/5

Really enjoyed the break from city life. We seriously thought of putting in an offer to buy this cottage. My wife fell in love with the friendly Chuck's!

Reviewer:Michael P | Mon 25th Jul 2016 | 3 years ago

What a pleasure - Rating 5/5

Wonderful quiet place.Joy was very forthcoming, as my husband needs gluten-free diet.

Reviewer:Zuzana V | Mon 11th Jul 2016 | 3 years ago

Cottage - Rating 5/5

This is the second time we have stayed in the cottage and once again it was perfect. It has everything we need and more. The interior is excellent and the outside area is just as good providing you have some sunshine.


Hi Kevin and ClaireThank you for the review and pleased to hear you have enjoyed another long weekend.Lets hope the next one January 2017 will be as good.Cannot promise fine warm sunny weather but the cottage will be waiting for your arrival warm and cosy.Best WishesJoy.

Reviewer:Mr. Kevin S | Tue 5th Jul 2016 | 3 years ago

Great location, very friendly owner - Rating 4/5

Lovely comfortable little cottage with wonderful views and a great location.Very friendly owner, who sells the best eggs we have ever tasted. Great shower room. Well equipped kitchen and laundry room. Only negative, could do with a larger tv. Would definitely go back.


Thank you and hope to see you again.Joy

Reviewer:Lou M | Mon 13th Jun 2016 | 4 years ago

Charming place - Rating 5/5

We stayed for three days and wished we could stay more! The place is a jam. Very comfortable and peaceful. Free jam, milk, cornflakes in the kitchen were pleasant surprises. The owner Joy was very helpful. We could have our BBQ in the yard behind the castle while enjoying the views.


Hello Ksenia,Thank you for your review.Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and you were lucky with the weather to have a BBQ in the evening.Hope to see you again sometime.RegardsJoy

Reviewer:Ksenia N | Tue 31st May 2016 | 4 years ago

For visit in May - Rating 5/5

Joy is a lovely person and the room was beautiful. Highly recommend for comfort and beautiful views.


Hello Ridhima,Thank you for your review and your remarks.Hope to see you again sometime.RegardsJoy

Reviewer:Ridhima B | Tue 31st May 2016 | 4 years ago

excellentcottage- Rating 5/5

Clean comfortable warm and cosy accommodation. Centrally located. Owner very helpful and insists that you make it your home. Peaceful snd tranquil location. Shame we had to go home back to reality.


Thank you for your review and hope to see you again possibly when the weather is a little better.

Reviewer:Frances T | Thu 26th May 2016 | 4 years ago

The best Band B in Wales - Rating 5/5

We spent a long weekend here to walk in the Beacons. This is the second time we have stayed and were lucky enough to get the annex which was just as comfortable as the rooms with more space and private dining! really good value, excellent food, good situation(if a bit tricky to find on satnav!) Friendly landlady, peace and quiet what more can you ask? Highly recommend this to everyone but especially walkers.

Reviewer:Mrs. Janet G | Sat 20th Feb 2016 | 4 years ago

Perfect for a short stay - Rating 4/5

Perfect for a short stay.Friends stayed in the B&B so joined us in the evening.Plenty of breakfast supplies included.Limited storage for clothes if staying any length of time.Hope to return.

Reviewer:Jane J | Fri 11th Dec 2015 | 4 years ago

Perfect country accommodation.- Rating 5/5

Lovely setting. Nice cooked breakfast, sheep in the field outside. Chickens and some great woodpeckers too! Right in the heart of a lovely green valley.A very comfortable bed and everything as clean as you could hope for. Perfect for getting away from the Internet and the rest of the world. Thank you!


Hi Chris,Thank you for your review and you both enjoyed your stay.Hope to see you again sometime in the future.Best Wishes,Joy

Reviewer:Chris S | Sat 20th Jun 2015 | 5 years ago

Lovely break in the Brecon Beacons - Rating 5/5

Joy is a very friendly and welcoming host! We spent our first night in the house and our second night in the cottage both of which were lovely and we were supplied with a lovely range of teas and coffees. Joy prepared us a very nice and filling breakfast including fresh eggs laid by the hens in the garden roaming freely and she made us a packed lunch for our long day hiking. It's a beautiful location, very peaceful and perfectly situated for many walks and hikes. We had travelled to The Brecon Beacons for the weekend for the incredible dark skies for stargazing, Maeswalter was perfect for this as it was very close to the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre and also had very little light pollution and plenty of area to stargaze in the early hours outside the cottage. All in all we had an incredible stay here and will definitely be returning in the near future!


Thank you for your review and pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay.Two girls arrived whilst you were here who just had to come and explore The Brecon Beacons after seeing the first programme of three different areas on BBC1 Secret Britain.The next date for Stargazing is 12th and 13th August may see you then.

Reviewer:Jodi W | Mon 20th Apr 2015 | 5 years ago

A diamond in Brecon - Rating 5/5

I booked into the Holiday Cottage attached to Maeswalter whilst I was in Brecon for work training.The cottage exceeded my expectations and had everything in that I wanted, including a hairdryer, shower gel, tea and coffee and all the utensils you could need.the cottage was well maintained with underfloor heating and was very cosy.On the first couple of nights there were clear skies and the view of the stars was stunning.As a single female I felt very safe in the location and had a restful and relaxing stay.The only thing I would have liked was Wi-Fi as there is no reception but this can also be beneficial in itself for relaxation.I hope to return to Maeswalter and would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to visit the area


Hello Tracey pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay in Bryn Melyn and everything was there that you needed and the weather was excellent with no rain for the five nights you booked.You mentioned the journey took forever when you arrived.Hope returning home it didn\'t seem quite so far,.I do have WiFi which can be effected by the weather.Heavy rain will block out the signal and there is a codeMany ThanksJoy..

Reviewer:Tracey D | Sun 19th Apr 2015 | 5 years ago

Lovely in every way - Rating 5/5

The location of Maeswalter is superb. It's set deep in the South Wales countryside but only a few miles from Brecon. There's nothing quite like waking up to the sound of birdsong &lambs! The accommodation itself was excellent, we lacked for nothing &indeed it surpassed our expectations. Breakfast was sumptuous to say the least with a choice of full English, cereals, toast, yoghurt &juice as well as plenty tea &coffee.You even get serenaded by a "singing"cat sometimes!I can not recommend this B&B highly enough. Our main reason to choose this place was that it's dog friendly &Haggis enjoyed his stay as much as we did. We had a warm welcome from the owner Joy &would definitely stay here again.


Thank you for your review.So pleased to hear you enjoyed your three nights and you would like to return.

Reviewer:Mrs. Kenna S | Wed 15th Apr 2015 | 5 years ago

A wonderful experience in the Maeswalter - Rating 5/5

We stayed here for two nights which expressed us so much. Beautiful sky with stars and warm bed and delicious breakfast.The room itself was tastefully decorated and offered everything one needs. The landlady is very friendly and so nice to pick us up at the bus station of Brecon.We hope to come back again!


Thank you so much glad you enjoyed your stay.I have emailed the dates for Stargazing.

Reviewer:Qiong W | Tue 24th Feb 2015 | 5 years ago

A great little cottage - Rating 4/5

A well equipped converted barn which enables you to be fully self contained. The kitchen is complete with everything you need. It is within easy driving distance of Brecon and close to the National Park Information Centre. There are several walking trails within a short car ride and the views from the cottage are stunning.


The cottage must have been a relief after getting lost trying to find it.It is central for all amenities and walks can be enjoyed of the panoramic views around the Senni Valley leaving the car behind.

Reviewer:Alan P | Mon 6th Oct 2014 | 5 years ago


We stayed in the holiday cottage - what a beautiful location, just what we needed to chill out and relax from the everyday stresses. Our wonderful Sprocker enjoyed his stay too - and even managed to wear him out from a 15 mile hike we did from the cottage up and over Fan Frynych. Would highly recommend and will definitely be returning in the near future.

Reviewer:Lauren F | Sun 21st Sep 2014 | 5 years ago

Find peace and quiet in stunning scenery - Rating 5/5

My daughter and I had a wonderful weekend at Measwalter, enjoying a fabulous walk completing the Pen-y-Fan horseshoe. We had a wonderfully friendly welcome at a cottage which is comfortable, peaceful and in a wonderfully beautiful and remote location. Our rooms were clean and very comfortable and the breakfasts were generous and tailored to each guests taste. Our packed lunches were thoughtfully prepared and perfect for walkers. We will be back.

Reviewer:Geoffrey E | Mon 7th Jul 2014 | 5 years ago

Perfect B&B - Rating 5/5

This was an absolute perfect little B&B. Exactly what a B&B should be like. Joy was the typical British B&B landlady, and her hospitality was wonderful.

Reviewer:Daniel G | Mon 2nd Jun 2014 | 6 years ago

ideal stay at maeswalter - Rating 4/5

Really lovely stay, ideal accommodation for me and young children in a beautiful location. Would recommend, and hope to return.


Hello Kerry,Thank you for your review and you and the children enjoyed your short stay.Good Luck with the new horse and I am sure it is going to a happy new home.Joy

Reviewer:Mrs. Kerry J | Mon 12th May 2014 | 6 years ago

Maeswalter Chalet - Rating 5/5

We had a lovely stay and found the chalet a perfect location for our walking holiday in the Brecons. The rooms were clean, well equipped and the little extras of milk, tea, coffee extra added a very nice touch.The shower was particularly good and most welcome after a hard days walking.There were ample facilities locally (within a few miles) for all our other needs including dinners outAll in all I have no hesitation in recommending this for any couple looking for a quiet base on the edge of the Brecons

Reviewer:Mr. Paul F | Sat 31st Aug 2013 | 6 years ago

Relaxing - Rating 4/5

What a lovely welcome and lovely time we had on our weekend away.Thank you Joy for making us welcome and giving us a lovely private holiday.Thankyou also to your son for all the information he gave for walks etc.


Thank you for your review.Pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and managed to do some walks despite the weather.Hope to see you again.Joy

Reviewer:Ms. Kerry C | Fri 10th May 2013 | 7 years ago

Pierre - Rating 4/5

Lovely location. A very enjoyable stay! Highly recommended for a quiet peaceful getaway.


Thank you for your review and you both enjoyed your stay.Hoping the self-catering cottage will be available if you should decide to come again.When making your next batch of marmalade do not forget the Whisky for the orange and Brandy for the lemon/lime or grateful.Joy

Reviewer:Mr. Pierre B | Wed 8th May 2013 | 7 years ago

Excellent! - Rating 5/5

Me and my partner stayed in the holiday cottage for 2 nights. The cottage was well equipped and spotlessly clean. This is a fantastic base for exploring the Brecon Beacons and we would not hesitate to stay here again in the future. Joy was a perfect host.

Reviewer:Miss. Samantha B | Mon 19th Nov 2012 | 7 years ago

Excellent cottage - Rating 5/5

We had a lovely romantic break at this peaceful cottage in beautiful surroundings. There was everything we needed - great power shower and modern kitchen. We visited a restaurant recommended by the owner and it didn't disappoint - the food was excellent. We shall return!

Reviewer:Mrs. Alice M | Mon 13th Aug 2012 | 7 years ago

Beautiful area - Rating 4/5

The owner was very welcoming, breakfast excellent and a peaceful location, if only the weather had been better!


Thank you for your review and I always try to make visitors welcome at all times.Do hope you enjoyed your visit to the Gower - if only I could have done something regarding the weather - we have had some very high winds and heavy rain.Hope you arrived home safely - perhaps next time the weather might be kinder - as there is still a lot more to explore around the Brecon Beacons.Joy

Reviewer:Mrs. Eileen P | Sun 11th Sep 2011 | 8 years ago

Peaceful Maeswalter - Rating 5/5

We were made to feel very welcome by Mrs. Mayo. The site of Maeswalter is outstanding, well off the beaten track but easy to find, quiet, calm and peaceful, an idyllic spot. Breakfasts were excellent and presented with special thought and care.We had a wonderful few days.


Thank you for your review and your remarks on your stay at "Maeswalter" was enjoyable.Do hope to see you again and next time the weather better as there is a lot of the Brecon Beacons still leftto explore.Best WishesJoy.

Reviewer:Mr. John B | Sat 3rd Sep 2011 | 8 years ago

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