Fae Chapel

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Sleeps: 4 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2

Overview

Ideal for Kids Walk to Village

Fae Chapel is a secret slice of unadulterated charm, nestled in remote Welsh mountainside country. This home, so fittingly named, carries with it a longstanding artistic and local heritage. Today, Fae Chapel offers a tranquil retreat, in the heart of hiking terrain, full of original charm and designer panache.

Finished with natural flair, this charismatic home is dotted with uplifting touches, while the quality of furnishings and fittings remain impeccable. Fae Chapel is an eighteenth-century original baptist chapel, converted in the 1980s, and given an interiors refresh by the current owner in 2015.

Far from being just another anonymous holiday rental, the sense of personal commitment to this stylish bolthole is evident, from the pot of home-made jam to the generations-old paintings of Welsh fairies, hinting at the folklore of the region (a legacy of the owner’s grandmother.)

This home with-a-difference has a deceptively austere exterior, with its classic, Baptist chapel facade entirely intact. Linear and tall-standing, the chapel is framed with slate-grey Welsh stone and a jade green front door. It overlooks the charmingly over-grown and un-manicured graveyard, with its two distinctive sequoia trees with their cinnamon coloured bark.

Ideal for writers, designers, foodies, artists and walkers, Fae Chapel is a veritable retreat from the bustle of crowds and urban living, it offers a unique space full of quirky charm and eccentric interiors, overlooking the silvery peaks of the Brecon Beacons.

The owner is a writer/ film producer who comes from generations of local family, her ancestry being notable local characters who were lovers of the land and artists. This home offers ultimate, tranquil seclusion in the heart of nature for those who wish to escape to a mystical, Welsh idyll, fully set up for accomplished self caterers.

The kitchen is full of fifties-inspired touches, from the creamy cupboard doors with toned mustard handles, to the printed wall-paper in the style of Orla Kiely. Accents of canary yellow, aqua and powder blue worktops give this space a youthful feel, while the monochrome floor tiles, vintage crockery and retro pastel-toned appliances provide an abundance of designer flair.

The dining space is open plan, ideal for informal breakfasts, with views of the beautifully wooded graveyard. The sleek, polished fifties style table provides a wonderful spot to enjoy a fresh coffee, farm-produced creamy buttered toast and hand-made marmalade.

The paintings, at every turn, are reminiscent of Welsh folklore and mythology; the Celtic taste for a rich sense of other-worldliness is vivid; Welsh folklore is largely told through a longstanding poetic heritage, in which tylwyth teg (fairy folk) featured prominently.

Fae Chapel offers a little haven of escapism, with its playful design aesthetic and references to Welsh folklore, this home is an antidote to modern paced living. Even the guest lavatory imbibes the retro theme: with flamingo print walls and power blue fittings, no detail is left under-thought in the unique home!

With characteristic thick, solid walls, the living room is cosy and inviting, with the log-burning stone and original chimney breast as the centrepiece. Designed for ultimate “downtime,” the sofas are exquisitely upholstered in tweed and suede style fabrics; the thematic patterned wallpaper offers accents of deep purple, complementing the beautifully polished brass mirror. With ambient lamp lighting, thick curtains, and sofas, this is a space to snuggle up away from the mountain chill in the glow of the fire. The bookshelf is bursting with holiday reading as well as walking maps and guides, and an extensive DVD collection thanks to the film industry professional owner!

Fae Chapel is suitable for either two couples, or a small family with older children. This charming home offers two, airy double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms and sumptuous king size beds, finished with wonderful soft furnishings including silk printed cushions and locally crafted quilts. One of the bedrooms has views of Pen Y Fan - which can be viewed from the vantage spot of the bed; while the other bedroom has views across the churchyard.

The original, arched chapel windows offer the bedrooms a timeless elegance, as well as abundant natural daylight. The bathrooms are nothing less than exquisite in their finishes - with the same wonderful arched windows, one boasts a claw-footed bath tub. An additional note of luxury being natural seaweed bathroom products and thick, fluffy hotel style towels!

The Churchyard room has a woodland themed wallpaper, finished with a calm and neutral palette, it is a well-proportioned space, brimming with personal style. With a solid, mahogany antique dresser, beautifully upholstered chair and woodland themed paintings; this is an enchanting escape from modern life.

The “secret garden” room has floral patterned wallpaper in a space that is unequivocally pretty! With dusty pink velvet curtains and a window-side writing desk with a beautiful blown glass lamp, this is the ultimate writers “nook.” With stunning Designers Guild cushions, dresser with mirror and jade coloured bathroom tiles; this is a romantic haven of peace and design indulgence!

The outdoor space comprises a charming courtyard, fragrant with terracotta potted marigolds and blossoming trellis. This space is furnished with two wicker sofas and a log burner. Nothing else can conjure such an authentic Welsh mountainside ambience as that scent of burning logs in the air! Sprigs of rosemary and thyme are on hand for guests’ roast dinners. Visitors will enjoy relaxing, perhaps after a morning hike, with a good book, or an evening glass of wine along with some local goats cheese and cold cuts as the sun softens over the mountains.

Picnics in the churchyard, surrounded by pretty cottages and farms, offer a unique al fresco dining experience in unadulterated tranquillity.

Wifi connection is fast, so those who wish to work from home will be able to do so, choosing from one of the two desks with a view, or, those who wish to ‘cosy up’ with Netflix and a glass of wine are in luck!

Whether it be a cosy, snuggly winter retreat, or a summer idyll of mountain tranquillity, Fae Chapel offers a unique, vibrant, home-like, yet flawlessly comfortable haven, brimming with idiosyncratic charm and personal style, in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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What you should know…

  • While Fae Chapel has all expected appliances, wifi, and a well-loved DVD collection - like with many Welsh homes, mobile phone reception may be intermittent
  • The staircase to the bedrooms is rather steep without a guard, thus Fae Chapel is unsuitable for children under the age of twelve, those with mobility impairments and pets
  • A vehicle will enable guests access to all the wonderful beauty spots locally - parking is available on the street; non-drivers are welcome, there is a local bus network.
  • There are no amenities in the village, meaning guests will need to remember to keep a stock of milk and basics - the peace certainly makes up for it, however the village Brecon is only three miles away and has three supermarkets so it's remote without being remote!

Property Features

Heritage Collection Internet BBQ Cable TV DVD Working Fireplace Heating

Fae Chapel is a converted chapel which has been recently renovated. It is spread over two floors, sleeping up to 4 people in 2 double bedrooms.

Interior

- Double bedroom with king size bed, views of Pen Y Fan from the bed, en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle, and a desk
- Double bedroom with views over the churchyard and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath and TV
- Cloakroom
- Large fully-equipped kitchen and pantry (full of spices, dry goods, oils and vinegars, vintage crockery and cutlery, cookbooks, walking maps and guides) with original 1950s dining table
- Cosy sitting room with two double sofas, wood burner, desk and TV

Outside grounds

- Courtyard garden with two sofas
- Firepit
- Street parking outside

Amenities

- Washing machine and tumble dryer
- Iron
- DVDs
- Wifi available

Location

About the surrounding area of Fae Chapel
Walk to Village Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Romantic
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Fae Chapel is nestled in the tranquil, typically Welsh village of Llanfrynach, just three miles from Brecon, in the foothills of Pen Y Fan, with incredible views. Llandryndach has no pubs, and thus offers the ultimate rural experience.

Guests can walk straight into the mountains from the front door; as such, the village is ideally located for keen hikers and cyclists; the Fan Y Big Horseshoe circuit starts at the front door, while the start of the Pen Y Fan mountain peak walk at Cwm Gwdi is only four miles away.

For outdoor dining, a picnic on the shores of Llangorse Lake in the Welsh sun is about as good as it gets!

There are two pubs within a mile and a half: The Three Horses in Groesffordd and The Royal Oak in Pencil, with the award-winning Griffin at Felin Fach. Brecon is a pretty, bustling market town with a bakery, deli, patisserie and an ice cream parlour, as well as a once-a-month farmers market.Hay-on-Wye is known as being a literary lovers haven, brimming with second-hand book stores and literary festivals, while there are annual Jazz Festivals in Brecon and nearby Crickhowell. Anglers can fish on the Usk, while those adventure lovers can raft and row, or wild swimming is always an option.

This corner of Wales, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, offers so much for visitors, from medieval castles to pony trekking, to museums or local crafts, and when the famously fickle weather doesn’t comply, a local gastropub will surely hit the right note!

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Cardiff Airport

(90 km)

Nearest Village Llanfrynach

(500 m)

Nearest Town/City Brecon

(6 km)

Nearest Restaurant Peterstone Court Country House Restaurant & Spa

(4 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub The Old Ford Inn

(4 km)

Nearest Train Station Abergavenny

(32 km)

Nearest Supermarket Co-op

(6 km)

Nearest Shop Brecon

(6 km)

Kids

Best Suited For: Children
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Children over the age of twelve will delight in this charming, vibrant home with its unique interiors and sublime, village location. Young nature lovers will be in paradise, with so much on offer in the area. For canoeists, there are rivers and lakes galore, with boat and canoe hire at Llangorse Lake as well as Glasbury and Hay on Wye. The Dan Yr Ogof Caves offer a mystical and enchanting underworld that youngsters can spend an entire day exploring, with a seventeen-kilometre long cave system.

For budding hikers, Llanfryndach is on the Taff Trail, with the Fan Y Big Horseshoe circuit starting at the front door. For keen equestrians, the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre offers an excellent range of activities; in particular, the horse riding facility offers over twenty-five miles of peaceful and private bridleways.

Cyfartha Castle Museum and Art Gallery offer a fascinating, historical insight for youngsters; the grand castellated mansion is set within one hundred and sixty acres of parkland, which contains a lake, formal gardens and model railway. Built during the industrial revolution, it now hosts a spectacular museum and art gallery with ancient collections including Greek and Roman artefacts.

For rainy days, there is always the option of the climbing walls at Cragfit Climbing Gym, or ten pin bowling at the Super Bowl UK in Merthyr Tydfil. The National Cycle Museum at Llandridod Wells showcases the two hundred year history of the bicycle, from tandems to Penny Farthings to tricycles, visitors can see how their designs have changed and developed throughout the years.

Whether it be snuggling inside with a book, catching up on Netflix and wading through the DVD collection, or outdoor activities, Fae Chapel has abundant potential for older children and teens, who will also be pleased to note that there is a speedy wifi connection!

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Exclusive to Oliver's Travels: Welcome hamper filled with local produce including bread, eggs, milk, butter, cheese, crackers. chocolates and biscuits.
  • Wonderfully stocked with different oils, vinegars as well as a whole spice cupboard!

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- General housekeeping at £20 at per hour
- Linen exchange £18 per single and £24 per double/king including all towels
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 credit card authorisation required, it is refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on departure.
Arrival time 3.30 pm onwards
Departure time Before 10.30 am
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Included in the rental price
Pets welcome? Pets not allowed
Changeover day Friday and Saturday for weekly bookings or any days short breaks
End of stay cleaning included? Included in the rental price
Smoking Allowed? No smoking inside the villa
Minimum stay 3 nights
Heating costs included? Included in the rental price
Internet access? Wifi connection included

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 18th 2019 - Jul 19th 2019 £464 £540 £595 £595
Jul 19th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 £534 £624 £687 £687
Aug 30th 2019 - Oct 18th 2019 £464 £540 £595 £595
Oct 18th 2019 - Oct 25th 2019 £534 £624 £687 £687
Oct 25th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 £440 £513 £564 £564
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - £579 £675 £749
Jan 3rd 2020 - Feb 14th 2020 £460 £535 £589 £589
Feb 14th 2020 - Feb 21st 2020 £484 £564 £622 £622
Feb 21st 2020 - Apr 3rd 2020 £460 £535 £589 £589
Apr 3rd 2020 - Apr 17th 2020 £556 £650 £719 £719
Apr 17th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 £484 £564 £622 £622
May 22nd 2020 - May 29th 2020 £605 £706 £783 £783
May 29th 2020 - Jul 17th 2020 £484 £564 £622 £622
Jul 17th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 £556 £650 £719 £719
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 30th 2020 £484 £564 £622 £622
Sep 30th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 £556 £650 £719 £719
Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £460 £535 £589 £589

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 18th 2019 - Jul 19th 2019 €496 €572 €636 €636
Jul 19th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 €570 €660 €735 €735
Aug 30th 2019 - Oct 18th 2019 €496 €572 €636 €636
Oct 18th 2019 - Oct 25th 2019 €570 €660 €735 €735
Oct 25th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 €470 €543 €603 €603
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - €619 €715 €800
Jan 3rd 2020 - Feb 14th 2020 €491 €567 €629 €629
Feb 14th 2020 - Feb 21st 2020 €518 €598 €665 €665
Feb 21st 2020 - Apr 3rd 2020 €491 €567 €629 €629
Apr 3rd 2020 - Apr 17th 2020 €595 €689 €768 €768
Apr 17th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 €518 €598 €665 €665
May 22nd 2020 - May 29th 2020 €646 €748 €837 €837
May 29th 2020 - Jul 17th 2020 €518 €598 €665 €665
Jul 17th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 €595 €689 €768 €768
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 30th 2020 €518 €598 €665 €665
Sep 30th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 €595 €689 €768 €768
Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €491 €567 €629 €629

Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Jun 18th 2019 - Jul 19th 2019 $556 $633 $709 $714
Jul 19th 2019 - Aug 30th 2019 $640 $730 $820 $825
Aug 30th 2019 - Oct 18th 2019 $556 $633 $709 $714
Oct 18th 2019 - Oct 25th 2019 $640 $730 $820 $825
Oct 25th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 $528 $600 $673 $676
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 3rd 2020 - $694 $791 $898
Jan 3rd 2020 - Feb 14th 2020 $551 $627 $702 $706
Feb 14th 2020 - Feb 21st 2020 $581 $661 $741 $746
Feb 21st 2020 - Apr 3rd 2020 $551 $627 $702 $706
Apr 3rd 2020 - Apr 17th 2020 $667 $761 $856 $862
Apr 17th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 $581 $661 $741 $746
May 22nd 2020 - May 29th 2020 $725 $827 $928 $940
May 29th 2020 - Jul 17th 2020 $581 $661 $741 $746
Jul 17th 2020 - Sep 5th 2020 $667 $761 $856 $862
Sep 5th 2020 - Sep 30th 2020 $581 $661 $741 $746
Sep 30th 2020 - Oct 24th 2020 $667 $761 $856 $862
Oct 24th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $551 $627 $702 $706

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

Property owners
Samantha
 
How long have you owned the property?
Since 2015
 
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The chapel had been empty for four years when I  bought it, was a sad sight. Having been previously owened by an elderly couple, it was all salmon and swag pelmets, not to mention it had been converted in the eighties and the choice fittings of fittings rather of their time. It was also a three bedroom/one bathroom house with the kitchen laid out so the dining table was in the dark back corner of the kitchen. It just needed a little imagination and reinvention. Which is why it's now two bedrooms/two bathrooms and the dining table faces the mountains, as do the two writing desks. I love to renovate properties and I knew this would be a really creative  project. Even the doors and door handles were replaced.  
 
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
It was a baptist chapel built in 1862, the two (protected) sequoias out front in the churchyard would have been planted at the same time. I used to play in the churchyard as a child and there is a couple in the village who were married in it before it fell into disuse.
 
Do you have a favourite room in the property?
One of my favourite things to do is make a cup of coffee in the morning and go back to bed and watch the morning arrive throught the arched window, the mist dispersing from the summit of Pen Y Fan, the ducks paddling in the pond in the smallholding over the road, and just take in the day. Will it be a climb the mountain day? Will it be a swim in the river day? Will it be a curl up in front of the fire day?

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Reviews

  • I hope to return sometime!

    Posted by Hattie on 16/01/2019

    I loved our stay here, it was so peaceful and quiet. Highlights for me were the kitchen (so well equipped), the bed and the amazing DVD collection! Also loved the retro styling of the house.

  • Lovely stay!

    Posted by Erin on 12/11/2018

    We spent over 5 weeks in this beautiful converted chapel and absolutely loved it. We didn't meet Sam (self-check-in was easy) but she was very responsive and gave us some great local tips. She has created a stylish and cosy home with unique decor and artwork. The wifi is fast (we worked online and watched Netflix), the kitchen very well-equipped and spacious, the bed super comfortable, and the shower hot and powerful. Nice views from the bedrooms too. The only tiny issue was needing to be careful with the heating use due to high costs in the area, but it wasn't a real problem and we didn't get cold. We especially loved the wood burning stove. The village is very quiet and we enjoyed walks along the canal (about a mile away). Pen y Fan, Brecon, and Hay on Wye are in easy visiting distance. We highly recommend it and would love to return.

  • Fabulous place

    Posted by Tobias on 18/08/2018

    A fabulous and extremely stylish place! Samantha gave us helpful and clear advice for hiking tours, day trips, and eating locations. We enjoyed our stay very much!

  • Perfect location

    Posted by Laszlo on 08/08/2018

    Very nice and unique place with a charming character. Excellent location with an opportunity to start your walk straight from the doorstep. Great pubs and restaurants within 10 mins drive. Highly recommended

  • 5* break

    Created on 20/07/2018

    Our stay was exquisite at the Chapel. This by far has been the best holiday cottage we have stayed in. Super amenities and wonderful village setting.

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