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The Beacons
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   16 Bridge Street, Brecon, Brecon Beacons National Park LD3 8AH , Wales   |  
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Ranked #20 of 47 Brecon B&B and Inns
london
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“enjoyed our stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

Sayed for 2 nights at this bed and breakfast, we were given a warm welcome by the owner. We were shown to our room on the first floor, our first impressions were good but i must say the room did smell a bit stale. It had a good sized bathroom and a good shower, although it would have been nice if there were a few toiletries in the bathroom as other B&Bs do. The bed was very comfortable and we had good nights sleep. Breakfast was excellent, choice of cereals and coffee, you made your own toast. My husband had a cooked breakfast which was well cooked and I had smoked salmon and scrambled eggs which was delicious, the next day I ordered poached eggs which were cooked to perfection. I would stay at this B&b again.

  • Stayed March 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope you will visit us again in the future, regards, Beacons Guest House
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

This is a lovely place to stay. I felt very welcome there and it has a great homey atmosphere. Stephen and Melanie go out of their way to make sure you have everything you could ever need. I stayed for 10 days and would do it again. where's a private car park so you do have to be concerned about that and private entrances on some of the rooms. I really enjoyed my stay and would recommend it to anybody. I had friends that stayed in two of the better known hotels in town and they had nothing but issues.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011 via mobile

We did arrive late on a Sat. nite, around 21.30, after a long drive from Bedford, checked in to our 3rd floor family room in the attic, ceilings too low for me and room a bit smelly. We went out for a bite to eat and returned around 23.00hrs, front door closed (we were told earlier this may be the case) so used rear entrance with uneven ground and poor lighting. Poor nites sleep,that's just me tho, struggled in shower due to lack of height of ceiling. I loaded the car as my partner went to dining room to sit for breakfast, she was told off for sitting at the wrong table, plenty of toast, cereals, coffee and juices, but the cooked breakfasts could have been better. When finally checking out, the lady of the house tried to have a conversation with our daughter with little response, to which she responded, she would give her own kids a slap if they were that ignorant - not the comment to give to paying guests. Would we go back ? no chance, while she still runs it.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

After a last minute booking through the Tourist Office we found ourselves at 'The Beacons'. Now it's not going to win any awards for style (we stayed in a bright fuscia coloured room that we think had been refurbished - style's a personal thing though) but it was clean, the bed was comfy, staff very friendly and the breakfast ok. The downsides - a plastic cubicle type shower and a bit of a grotty carpark.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2011

I read a few of the recent negative reviews and decided to give it a go. Stayed for 2 nights on business. Here are the highlights!

1. Room was very cold first night. Asked for an electric heater second night and got one (although I think the only one). As it happens after I stayed the radiator got warmer. However, overall the house is cold (including dining room) and I wouldn't recommend it in very cold weather.

2. Service was generally ok and the young man who dies the breakfasts etc is very friendly and polite.

3. Breakfast ok

4. Location for town - good - 5 mins walk.

5. Good private parking although dark if you arrive late

6. Decor was average to good and room was clean. Also plenty of tea/coffee etc in room.

7. TV with all main channels

8. Shower worked well

All in all ok apart from the cold!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2010

Unfortunately, a similar experience to that of our reviewers. While we found the b&b itself "acceptable" (we just needed a place to lay the head), the owners are quite indifferent, swinging between rude and conciliatory.

When we arrived we were shown to a bedroom that had just been decorated recently. The room was lovely, immaculate job, new carpets, lovely colours etc ... everything. But it had been done *so* recently that the room stank of paint fumes, those given off by the new wood gloss. We had to sleep with the window open, freezing.

The next morning, when we asked politely if we could change rooms, the lady of the house was very rude and initially refused to help, saying they were full (contrary to a sign on their door). A while later she miraculously found a free room we could move to. When we returned at the end of the day, there was a bottle of wine left for us in the room, we suspect from the man of the house.

While it was a nice closing gesture, the facts remain that they shouldn't have let out a room so intoxicated with paint fumes, and there was clearly no need to be so rude to us when we asked to be moved.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

We were visiting Brecon for only one night and were recommended this place by some friends. However, it appears that they had a completely different experience.

From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel unwelcome. We had to ring the doorbell several times before being let in. It then took ages for anyone to turn up and, when she did, she complained that we'd interrupted her cup of tea and then proceeded to moan at us about how she was always rushed off her feet. We weren't even showed to our room - we were just pointed out the back door out towards the car park and the annexe. Before I'd even seen the room, I wanted to leave - first impressions are so important and the woman on reception made a very bad one.

The room (number 15, for the record) was a decent size, but tired and a bit tatty. There's an ancient little 14" TV which just about showed me Match of the Day on BBC1. The bathroom was freezing and rather grotty - the cleaner had just about managed the surfaces, but the walls/ceiling appeared damp and had odd marks. The shower was weak and took ages to heat up. There was a spare bed and futon. Sleep was intermittent - the bed wasn't particularly comfortable. The room was cold all night - my girlfriend had to get up in the night to fill her hot-water bottle.

Breakfast the following morning was a little bit of a farce - it took them almost 30 minutes to take our order, and the breakfast, when it arrived, was a disappointment. Advertised as the "Full Welsh Breakfast", I got an egg, a single sorry slice of bacon, a rather nasty sausage and lots of baked beans (I had declined tomato/mushroom.) Furthermore, they didn't have veggie sausages for my girlfriend, despite us having warned them when we booked.

Overall, we were disappointed and will, in all probability, try somewhere else next time. We do not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 16 Bridge Street, Brecon, Brecon Beacons National Park LD3 8AH , Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Brecon Beacons National Park > Brecon
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 47 B&Bs / Inns in Brecon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Beacons 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Beacons was once a riverside farm and the 17th Century barns and cottages still remain. The front part of the building was added in the early 1700's and the house has changed little - apart from modern comforts and decor. The original spiral staircase, moulded ceilings and even the meat cellar (now a cosy bar) all add to the character and atmosphere of this lovely home. ... more   less 
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