Avalon Nook is located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons; a short walk gets you right into the hills. Arty & cosy with open fire, record player, LPs, telescope, Chromecast, books, games and pub round the corner. Owned by best-selling writer/forager.
Fancy browsing from a vast range of books and settling down in a comfy, throne-like chair, in front of an open fire, to read for a while? Or perhaps you fancy sitting outside with a glass of wine or a chilled beer, enjoying views over acres of rolling hills, red kites circling lazily overhead? If so, Avalon Nook is the place for you. Technically speaking for AirBnB purposes an apartment, in reality, as a recent guest put it, Avalon Nook is an entire large house. Situated on two storeys, downstairs is a large, cosy room with an open fire, sofas, a TV and lots of books and games as well as a record player and a selection of vinyl for you to play with. There's also a conservatory with a drinks cooler and cooking facilities, and a door into the extensive - and very beautiful - gardens. Upstairs are 2 bedrooms, both with double beds, a bathroom with a deep bathtub (please note, not a shower!) and a quirky kitchen/diner, with a baby belling -style cooker and featuring an immaculate and original 1950s sink unit, next to the larger of the two bedrooms. In addition, there is a telescope available for the use of our guests. Being slightly away from the main village means that there's no light pollution here, and the night skies are truly breathtaking; it's for good reason that the Brecon Beacons National Park was recently made the first Dark Skies Reserve in the UK.
The entire Nook is yours, as well as access to the wonderful gardens with views of the Brecon Beacons. In the summertime, you can sit under the maple tree and have breakfast. Avalon Nook is a walkers' paradise since the lane running past the house is the main route onto Pen y Fan and the glorious Cwm Oergham valley, a National Trust reserve as well as part of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Interaction with guests
We live next door, so if there is anything you need we can help.
I also run a foraging school, running day courses and bespoke events and am happy to take out both groups and individuals. I offer a discount for guests to Avalon Nook.
Other things to note
We have two dogs, both very friendly border collies. It's likely that you may see them and that they will want to say hello! They are not allowed to access the Nook, though.
Also, we provide a selection of teas, coffee, juices, a pint of milk, a loaf of bread, butter and various (home made) jams etc for breakfast on your first day.
We have high speed broadband and Chromecast, which means you can stream TV programmes and films from your iPhone, iPad or laptop. It's very easy to use; all you need to do is download the app. We also have stacks of DVDs in the large Chinese cupboard for you to use as well as a record player with a selection of vinyl albums.
If you are booking over a weekend we ask that you book for 2 nights. Otherwise...treat the house with respect for the place and the environment! No smoking, obviously. Leave the place as you find it, and please let me know if there are any accidents or breakages (stuff happens!)
I'm an author, professional forager and food writer. I run Brecon Beacons Foraging, which offers day courses and bespoke events, all to do with wild plants and fungi. I love books and music, and had a long career in the music industry before becoming a writer. I love real log fires inside, bonfires outside.... I love my garden too. I like places where the night sky is full of stars, unsullied by light pollution. I prefer to stay in places that are full of interesting stuff from around the world, places with a calm atmosphere but which allow the imagination to roam, and which appeal to all the senses. I don't like staying in a sterile box. I like to find lovely places that are off the beaten of my favourites is the Deetjens Big Sur Inn on the west coast of California; if you get the chance to go there, do! I love Avalon Nook and the landscape it's set in, and I want others to love it, too. Once you have the keys, and I've made sure you're happy, the place is yours, inside and out.