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“Warm and Friendly” 4 of 5 stars
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Castle Coaching Inn
Trecastle, Brecon, Brecon Beacons National Park LD38UH, Wales   |  
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Ranked #20 of 48 Brecon B&B and Inns
havefordwest
1 review
“Warm and Friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

A warm and friendly welcome awaited us as we arrived on one of the coldest nights of the year. The food was excellent and cooked by the owners on site and we ate in the bar before a roaring log fire.Locals were friendly and obviously appreciative of the cooking on offer. Duck comes highly recommended! Our room was warm and comfortable, the good quality bed linen and towels making up for any deficiences in decor- a little refurbishment would not go amiss! it is good to find a non-cor[porate establishment within easy reach of the fantastic natural wonders of the Brecon Beacons. Hopefully the owners will continue to respect the history of the place whilst replacing furnishings where needed. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Room Tip: Could have asked for a room to the rear to cut out any traffic noise.Good food, wine and warmth did...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

When we arrived for lunch there was no other car in the parking lot, this pub could use a lick of paint. Inside we were the only ones but we were warmly welcomed by the landlord and his son. The pub is cozy with a dining room area and a bar. We were the only people so we sat around alarge table by the open log fire. The menu is small but all 5 meals were well executed and delicious. Service was attentive. One of the best Belly pork I have ever had. Good food, good portions, good prices, good value. This was a very good find.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

On arrival our bedroom was freezing cold. The day was damp, rainy and cold and the windows had been left open and all of the radiators were turned off. We were hoping for a nice cosy welcome. This was redeemed shortly though as the room did heat up quickly, but it would have been nice to get this on arrival on a wet Welsh day.

The windows just didn't close properly and as we had room 2 at the front of the hotel. This meant that we had to have the TV quite loud to drown out the road noise. Also meant that there was a constant draft in the room. Either double glazing or secondary glazing really is needed to keep the noise and cold out.

Whilst the rooms appeared clean this was let down on closer inspection. As you get close there was dirt in the corners, a few cobwebs, skirting boards were dirty. The cruet set in the dining room was dirty. There were so many cables and extensions cords all over the hotel, some along stairs, some resting on radiators, multiple plugs in gang sockets in every corner.

The restaurant was a pleasant surprise, good food, light and inviting decor. The bar had a good range of drinks available and everything was at very acceptable prices. The staff were all very pleasant and an enjoyable evening was had in the bar and dining room.

Breakfast could have been a little slicker. It was help yourself but noone came to tell us this for about 5 minutes. Also let us have a list of what we can choose from, so that when asked we can answer, rather than having to think on our toes. Just a simple printed list would have done.

The hotel is very good. However just focus on some more of the basics and you will stand out. Sort out the basics, give a clean and tidy appearance, a warm room and welcome and take your hotel to the next level.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

My partner and I had a night away from the kids and thought this hotel would be ideal. well what can i say, I would like to say as someone "in the trade" (i hate that phrase). Our room was very nice and functional although our bathroom was a little small but oh well. I see a room as somewhere to sleep (not in our case so much) but the pictures on the wall on the staircase i enjoyed and the height of the bar made us smile ( you need to see it to understand what i mean) great selection of malt whiskeys.

Food - I must declare that i am a sous chef so i like to think i know what im talking about. I had the pork belly and was cooked to perfection and my partners chicken looked wonderful and the was decribed as "bloody gorgeous". as for breakfast. I do breakfast at work 7 days out of 14 and since visiting i have changed how i do my fried eggs. Seriously.

Would we recommend. Yes definately, room functional. food great.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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York, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

I stayed in room 7 too and it was the worst two night's sleep I have ever had. All the water tanks were above and everytime someone turned a tap on, flushed the toilet, had a shower or bath the noise was terrible. There was a loud clunking then water running and filling the tank, followed by another clunking. This was happening every five minutes till 2am apart form the person who must have had a shower at 3am, then started again at 6am. Headphones turned up loud didn't mask it. On the second night I made sure I was really tired and also found some cotton wool to put in my ears. I managed a few more hours sleep. The food at the hotel was fantastic but I would not stay there again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

As mentioned elsewhere in these reviews, don’t be put off by the Castle Coaching Inn’s exterior which is in dire need of attention. There is evidence of work in progress and the owners have obviously given priority to the interior which didn’t disappoint.
We stayed for two nights, received a friendly, cheery welcome and were shown straight to our double room with tea & coffee making facilities, full length mirror, adequate wardrobe with good supply of hangers and an extremely comfortable double bed with fresh crisp white sheet and duvet. The bathroom was a delight: spacious and up to date, bath with overhead shower and luxurious white fluffy towels.
The country village style bar was well equipped serving both residents and friendly locals.
Dining was in a separate room with attractive bare oak floor, modern decoration, furnishing and hanging artwork. Our evening meal, fish and local lamb served on pristine white crockery was well cooked and presented – delicious. Breakfast was to an equally high standard: juices and cereals from a side table, a pot of fresh coffee or tea, eggs, sausage, bacon, tomatoes & mushrooms perfectly cooked and presented.
All in all a pleasant stay with friendly people who have it right in terms of customer care in a beautifully scenic area.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Halifax, Canada
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

There is nothing in the tiny village of Trecastle to excite attention, so the Casle Coaching Inn is primarily for one-nighters on the road to somewhere else. It serves that purpose adequately. This is a rickety old place with creaky winding staircases, creaky dark passages and creaky old rooms. Just outside the main road from Brecon to Llandovery roars and rumbles. Modern, spotless and well appointed it ain't, but it is not without its charms. These are: friendly if casual staff, decent, filling food of an unexciting kind, and low prices. So, while the Castle has nothing in particular to recommend it, it is good value.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Castle Coaching Inn

Address: Trecastle, Brecon, Brecon Beacons National Park LD38UH, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Brecon Beacons National Park > Brecon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 48 B&Bs / Inns in Brecon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Traditional 17th Century 3 Star WTB Hotel accommodation near Brecon in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. Cosy bar with open log fire, A la Carte restaurant, friendly atmosphere and a warm welcome. ... more   less 
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