The holiday cottages of Efail-Isaf – “Old Smithy ” – and Efail-Bach – “Little Smithy” – are located 4 miles from Crickhowell on the western edge of The Black Mountains in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. They are within easy walking distance of Cwmdu village with its local pub, church and cafe. Beautiful walks and mountain bike trails are available straight from the doorstep.
The area is gently rounded upland with well sign posted access to the countryside and glorious views. With activities to suit everyone, regardless of age or ability, this is an ideal venue to unwind from our hectic world. Just one mile down an old Roman road – footpath – is Tretower Court and Castle a fortified medieval manor house which is open to the public.
The original property – Efail- Isaf – translates as “Old Smithy”, and the holiday lets have drawn strongly from this rich heritage. The property was a working smithy until the 20th century and the house has been sympathetically restored since that time. Oak beams proliferate; there is a quaint stone staircase (now carpeted) winding up and around the original site of the forge, now fitted with a cosy and efficient wood burning stove.
The Farr family have lived in this property since 1954. The family run campsite over the lane was first started by Eric and Olive Farr, the parents of the current owner Martyn Farr, in 1964.