Located in the Brecon Beacons National Park, set in stunning scenery with amazing views in all directions, Tir cue o close to the Brecon Beacons, only a couple of miles or so to the summit of the highest peak in South Wales - Pen Y Fan . The roman track that leads over the Beacons via the Gap Pass starts right outside the cottage, and takes you between meadows of wild flowers and woodland full of birdlife on it's way to the open space of the national park, ten minutes away. Once there you can opt for an heroic trek to the top of the peaks and be there in a couple of hours, or take a gentler, less traveled walk along the valley bottom following the mountain streams to their source through grassland and woodland where, if you know what your looking for you'll find highly prized edible fungi. Chances are you'll see large birds of prey - Red Kite and buzzards, with a little luck you'll see smaller falcons - Hobby, Merlin, Peregrine and certainly larks, warblers, finches, linnets and so on.
Records go back to 1761 when Thomas Evans was born in Tir Cue ( or Tir ciw, or Ty ciw, or Tir Cuw ). Evans's remained there until 1956. The farm appears on the first ordnance survey conducted in 1806, and like many farmsteads in the area, had probably expanded during the napoleonic wars 1803-15, responding to the high demand for wool used in military uniforms, and meat for the army. 'Tir' means 'Place' and 'Ciw' is a shoe for cattle which were fitted prior to the harsh trek to Cardiff and beyond.
As isolated as it appears now, and it's easy to forget Tir Cue is only three miles or so from Brecon, nothing by car. What must it have bees like in 1761?. The immediate area is still so quiet and peaceful you'll could easily imagine you're in another time.
Tir Cue Sleeps 7 in 3 bedrooms: A spacious traditional fitted kitchen with quarry tiled floor, rayburn, electric cooker and hob, a fridge and a freezer, dining table and chairs. Entrance porch with space for coats, boots. Downstairs cloak room with hand basin and a toilet.
The sitting room has a wonderful stone inglenook fireplace with a great oak beam over a log burner, exposed stone walls. Parquet flooring, some fine pieces of antique furniture including an old Pianola. There are comfortable new sofas and chairs, a TV, dvd, music centre. Up a flight of wooden stairs to three bedrooms where the original oak floor boards have been polished and the oak beams remain exposed. Two of the bedrooms have double beds and the third bedroom has twin beds. The rooms are attractively furnished with some interesting pieces of antique furniture but with new pretty curtains and crisp white linen on the beds. The bathroom has a bath, a hand basin and toilet.
All linen inclusive. All electricity and firewood central heating inclusive. Pets welcome but visitors are asked to be aware of the sheep in the area. A grassy enclosed garden, very private is behind the cottage. Ample parking beside the cottage. Mobile telephone reception.
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