Staying in a castle – Castle Craig Y Nos

Staying in a castle – Castle Craig Y Nos Brecon Wales

We have decided to stay as a treat at a castle. And so we selected Craig Y Nos as it was in the National Park of Wales – away from the hustle and bustle, and time to relax and unwind from our busy touring schedule.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle front

Craig Y Nos has a mixed history and at one time was even a hospital, so you can just see the word “Ambulance” by the front door on the pavement.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle entrance

Downstairs area is a large living area with nice light entering the room.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Loft Suite bedroom area #1

We head up to our family suite and are immediately impressed. It is a loft suite with the bedrooms upstairs.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Loft Suite bedroom area #2

This is great as we all have our own areas to work and play.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Loft Suite bedroom area #3 / Lounge

This area is light and airy.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Loft Suite – Lounge area

And Explorason desires his play area is a large cupboard upstairs. His own cubby house. A cubby house in a castle – how cool is that?

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Loft Suite ‘cubby house’

I can get wi-fi in the suite, but the iPad picks it up better in the lounge area and bar, so we head down for a drink and some planning time.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Lounge area

There is even an old organ Explorason has a try on.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Club Room

Next day there is blue sky after the rain, and so I take the opportunity to walk around the lovely grounds with Explorason.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Side Garden

There is a music room in the gardens and so we sit and learn some history on the video that is shown. It is lovely!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Garden Room

We decide to head back to our room and I stop and enjoy the pretty potted plants in our courtyard entrance.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Loft entrance

It is a shame my flash is faulty on the camera, as the theatre is absolutely magnificent and this photo does no justice to it.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Theatre

Morning walk over and it is time for breakfast.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Breakfast

I enjoy a fabulous vegetarian cooked breakfast. It was just amazing and I couldn’t finish it. YUM!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Vegetarian breakfast

We enjoy the views out to the National Park from our breakfast window and chat away to guests we met last night.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Breakfast Table

Explorafriend and I have some work to do this a.m., so we are pretty impressed when a member of staff offers to set Explorason up in the Club Room, and we get to work in the lounge area – perfect. I’m so appreciative!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Relaxing areas

We get a fair amount of our planning done, and decide to take a break. One of the staff keep an eye on Explorason whilst we go for a wander in the National Park behind the castle.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle – National Park

The views of the back of the castle are just as good.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Rear view

There are several bridges to cross and seats to rest on.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle River View 

There is a gorgeous grassed area where a couple of families are having picnics. We stop for a few pose photographs.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Park area

We finish our planning at 5:30 p.m.  It has been a full day and all we have done is a 5 month itinerary and not even booked accommodation. But we have it mapped out at least. Who knew travel was such hard work? Time for a jacuzzi.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Gym and Jacuzzi

With a bit of a rush we head to dinner – wet hair and all. This feels like home and so we don’t feel we have to dress formally for dinner, even though we are in a castle.  Dinner was wonderful, and the chef is really talented. 

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Exploramum and Explorason – Craig Y Nos Castle Dinner Time

I would recommend this castle as a fabulous place to rest, unwind, go for walks, and to feel relaxed.  We felt special. The staff were just lovely and our time was perfect. Thanks Craig Y Nos Castle. I hope we get to return one day. You have left us with very special memories.

Accommodation Name: Craig Y Nos Castle

Location: Brecon Road, Penycae, POWYS, SA9 1GL

Telephone:  01639730725

email: info@craigynoscastle.com

Web-site: http://www.craigynoscastle.com

Date stayed: June 2014

Breakfast: Fully cooked Welsh breakfast, Continental. Vegetarian option available

Bar: Yes

Kitchen: Not self catering in our suite

Wi-fi: in lounge area

Child friendly: Yes. Also dog friendly!

Review:

Wikipedia saysCraig-y-Nos Castle (meaning: Rock of the Night), is a Victorian-Gothic country house in Wales. Built on parkland beside the River Tawe in the upper Swansea Valley, it is located on the southern edge of Fforest Fawr in Powys. The former estate of opera singer Adelina Patti, part of the complex is now used as a boutique hotel, catering, conferencing and entertainment venue. The castle grounds are surrounded by a designated country park, which is now part of the Brecon Beacons National Park.” 

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