Welcome to The Cottage


The Cottage, built in the mid-18th Century and formerly a malthouse, offers you a comfortable double room, overlooking our garden on the banks of the River Ennig. We provide a generous continental breakfast, and the opportunity to warm yourself by a log stove after a day of walking, riding, or cycling. Situated in a wooded valley between the Black Mountains and the River Wye, the market town of Talgarth was once at the centre of the ancient kingdom of Brycheiniog. Today, it is the hub for a range of outdoor activities: walking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, pony trekking - and a great starting point for a tour of the Welsh Border.

We are only 8 miles from Hay-on-Wye, 10 from the county town of Brecon and, if you have need of a city, 50 miles from Cardiff. The area surrounding the Black Mountains is rich with places of historical interest: prehistoric sites (there are several within three miles of The Cottage), castles, manor houses and ancient villages. The largest natural lake in South Wales, Llangorse, is only a few minutes by car. Staying at The Cottage gives you the perfect opportunity to take in a great deal in a short time. You will find something of interest in every direction. 

Guests are welcome to use the garden where there are regular sightings of goldfinches, greenfinches, goldcrests and, by the stream, kingfishers, dippers and ring ouzels. We have seen otters just a little downstream from the house.

Your hosts are Susan Milne and Michael Bowers. We have lived in this area for thirty-five years and should be able to help you with any information you may need, or questions you have about the locality. Susan is an artist, and spends much of her working day in the garden studio, where she also conducts tutorials and workshops. A selection of her work, together with that of other artists, is usually displayed throughout the house. Typical workshops might cover Drawing for Printmaking or Drawing the Landscape. Details of forthcoming courses will be posted on this site.