Buckland Hall

Bwlch, Brecon Beacons, Powys LD3 7JJ, Wales UK Tel: 01874 730330

Buckland Hall is a beautiful oak-panelled country house situated in the Heart of the Brecon Beacons. Most of those attending residentials here sleep in the house but some use local hotels or B&Bs.

INFORMATION (below):

1 Directions by road from London
2 Directions by road from Birmingham
3 Directions by road from Cardiff
4 Directions by train from London
5 Directions by train from Manchester
6 Directions from Heathrow Airport
7 Directions from Cardiff International Airport
8 Directions from Bristol Airport
9 Directions from Birmingham Airport
10 Train times and prices
11 Taxi phone numbers from Abergavenny
12 Camping near Buckland
13 Other accommodation

1 By road from London

M4 towards South Wales. Go over Severn Crossing (you will need to pay a toll going in this direction). Turn off M4 at junction 24 (Sign-posted Newport/Monmouth). At roundabout as you leave M4, take A449 towards Monmouth. On A449, take second exit, sign-posted to Abergavenny. A40 all the way from here.

Just before Abergavenny, you come to a large double roundabout. Keep on A40 through Abergavenny towards Brecon. Along the A40 you pass through Crickhowell, then Bwlch. Keep on the A40 and, after going through Bwlch, you pass a series of three lay-bys on your left. About one mile from Bwlch, the third lay-by has a small post-box. Just after that lay-by, you will see the RED sign for Buckland Hall to the left side of the road. Turn left off the A40 and continue down the lane. Please drive carefully along the lane and give priority to farm activity. After half a mile, opposite the farm you will see another sign to Buckland Hall to your right. Follow the drive all the way to the mansion house.

2 By road from Birmingham

Take M5 south. Turn off M5 at Junction for M50, sign-posted to Ross-on-Wye. Take M50 past Ross towards Monmouth. The road becomes the A40. Keep on it past Monmouth, then turn off the road following signs: A40 to Abergavenny. Stay on A40 all the way from here. From Abergavenny follow directions from paragraph 2 of #1 above.

3 By road from Cardiff

From Cardiff take A470 north. Keep on A470 past Merthyr Tydfill towards Brecon. Just before Brecon the A470 meets the A40. Take A40 towards Abergavenny. From Abergavenny follow directions from paragraph 2 of #1 above.

From the Buckland Hall Website re. SatNav: “We are actually very easy to find as the sign for Buckland Hall is at the top of our lane on the A40. However, many guests have suffered from problems by relying on SatNav or other internet maps/journey routes based on postcode etc. (This is a standard problem for many rural locations). You are better switching off SatNav at Abergavenny (coming from the East) and at Brecon (coming from the West)."

4 By train from London

The nearest train station to Buckland Hall is Abergavenny. Take a train from Paddington Station to Newport. These are the London-Swansea trains and are frequent (mainly on the hour every hour). At Newport you connect to a train for Abergavenny. Usually, the connection arrives within ten minutes and it takes 25 minutes, but late at night and on weekends, the connections may be less frequent, so best to check. The total journey to Abergavenny should take two and a half hours. Local buses are infrequent and leave you to walk a mile with your luggage, so not recommended.

5 By train from Manchester

The nearest train station to Buckland Hall is Abergavenny. There are direct trains running from Manchester to Abergavenny on their way down to Cardiff. They take two hours and thirty five minutes. Local buses are infrequent and leave you to walk a mile with your luggage, so not recommended.

6 From Heathrow Airport

From the airport go to Reading Station (there is a coach link from the airport terminals, or alternatively take a taxi). At Reading Station catch a train to Newport Station and there change trains and get off at Abergavenny station. Alternatively, you could take the Heathrow Express Underground to Paddington Station and from there make the above connection to Abergavenny Station via Newport Station.

7 From Cardiff International Airport

From Cardiff International Airport, take a taxi to Barry railway station (taxis are readily available outside the airport). From Barry railway station take the train to Cardiff Central Station. A train runs directly from Cardiff Central Station to Abergavenny Station.

8 From Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport provides a bus service to its nearest railway station which is Bristol Temple Meads. This service will cost you £4.00 single and £6.00 return. From Bristol Temple Meads you to travel to Abergavenny Station. Please check carefully as some trains go directly to Abergavenny, whereas for others you may need to change at Newport Train Station.

9 From Birmingham Airport

From Birmingham Airport you will need to get to Birmingham International Train Station (via a free monorail provided by the airport). From there you will need to travel to Birmingham New Street. Your next destination will then be Hereford Train Station and from there you can travel directly to Abergavenny Train Station.

10 Train times and prices

For more information and train times call National Rail Enquiries: 08457 48 49 50 (24 hour telephone line) or visit: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

11 Taxi phone numbers from Abergavenny train Station

These are subject to subject to frequent change:

Dee's Taxis 07773 990056
A Cabs : 07958 702208
Aber Cabs : 07811 197388
Andys Taxis : 07904 038281
Terry's Taxis : 01873 854678

12 Camping near Buckland Hall

There are a number of camping options in the Brecon Beacons. Some of the nearer are:

Pyscodlyn Caravan & Camping Park
Llanwenarth Citra, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 7ER
2 miles from Abergavenny, 11 miles from Buckland Hall
Email: pyscodlyn.farm@virgin.net
Phone: 01873 853271
Tariff - 2 people, car & tent £14 - £15pn

Priory Mill Farm Camping
Hay Road, Brecon, Powys LD3 7SR
10 miles from Buckland Hall
Email - priorymill@btinternet.com
Tariff - £8 per night

Pengenffordd, Talgarth, Powys LD3 0EP
11 miles from Buckland Hall
Email - info@thedragonsback.co.uk
Phone: 01874 711353
Tariff - £5 per person, £1 per car

13 Other accommodation

(From an old list)

BED & BREAKFAST

The Allt B&B
Llansantffraed
Near Bwlch, Brecon
LD3 7YF
Phone: 01874 676310
http://www.theallt.com
“An ideal location for walkers and cyclists, who wish to explore the many wonderful paths, trails and routes in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is only ½ mile from Talybont-on-Usk. Family, double and single rooms available.” .Walkable to Buckland Hall

The Studio B&B
Cwmdu
Crickhowell
NP8 1RU
Phone: 01874 730 872
www.morethanabed.co.uk
“Come and visit us at the Studio B&B. We offer luxurious and completely self contained en-suite accommodation with beautiful views of the Brecon Beacons National Park from every window. We serve a really tasty breakfast to help you start the day, and there is a proper country pub with great food within easy walking distance to finish the day”

Glangrwyney Court B&B
Glangrwyney
Crickhowell, NP8 1ES
Phone: 01873 811 288
http://www.glancourt.co.uk
“A privately owned listed country house offering 5 star luxury accommodation. Set in the breathtaking Brecon Beacons with the rolling Black Mountains beyond, 4 acres of walled gardens and 33 acres of parkland”

The Belvedere B&B
Talybont-on-Usk
Brecon, LD3 7JE
Phone: 01874 636264
www.belvedere.biz
4 * rated B&B, situated in the picturesque village of Talybont-on-Usk, a short walk for the local pubs and small village shop, all rooms are en-suite with coloured TV.

The Malt House B&B + Self catering cottage
Talybont on Usk
Brecon, LD3 7JD
Phone: 01874 676228
www.malthousetalybont.co.uk
The Malt House Bed and Breakfast is very flexible on coming and going and can accommodate early business risers as well as tourists who want to rise later. The 2+ acre landscaped grounds incorporate a swimming pool and quiet places to sit and reflect. Children are very welcome.

The Traveller‘s Rest
Talybont-on-Usk Brecon,
Powys, LD3 7YP
Email: info@travellersrestinn.com
Phone: 01874 676233 or: 01874 676333
http://www.travellersrestinn.com

HOTELS

Peterstone Court & Spa
Llanhamlach, Brecon,
Powys, LD3 7YB
Phone: 01874 665 387
www.peterstone-court.com
From the outside Peterstone could be considered – imposing, but then fits into its impressive mountain backdrop with ease, however on the inside is where things really start to happen. With twelve bedrooms, the eight rooms inside the main house are large, light spaces, you could – quite simply – get lost in them.

Gliffaes Hotel
Crickhowell
Powys NP8 1RH
http://www.gliffaeshotel.com
“A small country house hotel, which offers good food and service with neither exorbitant prices nor a lot of pretension; you may well have found what you are looking for. Just 3 miles from Crickhowell and about 10 miles from Brecon, you will be right in the heart of the Brecon Beacons and the glorious Black Mountains.”

The Bear Hotel
Crickhowell
Powys, NP8 1BW
http://www.bearhotel.co.uk
“The Bear's low-beamed bar, filled with antiques and warmed by a roaring log fire in winter, has twice won the ‘Best Pub in Britain' award. It sets the style for a place to stay which is warm and characterful rather than a hotel in the grand manner.

The Star Inn
Talybont-on-Usk, Brecon,
Powys, LD3 7YX
Phone: 01874 676635

YOUTH HOSTELS / BUNK HOUSES

Cantref Bunkhouse
Upper Cantref Farm
Brecon
http://www.cantref.com/bunkhouse.htm
24 & 10 person bunk houses (self catering) situated at Cantref Farm Park and Riding Stables – ideal for large group who wish to make a longer weekend and incorporate some outside activities!

YHA – hostel
Groesffordd
Brecon
LD3 7SW
Phone: 0845 371 9506
There are a number of private family rooms, some with en-suite facilities and 24 hour access via a door code system. Delicious meals are served between 6 pm and 8 pm. We stock a wide selection of wine and local ales to suit all tastes. Education packages are also available for groups. Wifi is also available on-site.

Glynmeddig Barn Bunk House
Pentrefelin
Sennybridge, Brecon
LD3 8UA
http://www.glynmeddig.co.uk
“Glynmeddig Barn has been beautifully restored with a wealth of ancient beams, arrow slit windows & rustic terra cotta floors. Originally stables & a hay barn it now combines a wonderful living space with indoor recreation and training facilities.”

SELF CATERING COTTAGES

There are many self catering cottages in the Brecon Beacons, please view www.breconcottages.com for further information.

THE LOCAL TOURIST OFFICE WEBSITE

The local Tourist office website is at www.visitcrickhowell.co.uk