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“Great property, great location, great weekend!”

Review of The Bull Pens

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46 reviews
The Bull Pens- Upper Decking
The Bull Pens
Upper Bull Pen kitchen
Lower Bull Pen kitchen
The  contemporary upstairs living room in The Upper Bull Pen
The downstairs living room
Double bedroom in the Upper Bull Pen
En-Suite Bathroom
King Bedroom
King Bathroom
Twin room with view of the farm and surrounding hills
En-Suite Shower Room
Dining Room area of Lower Bull Pen
Spacious dining area with the Upper Bull Pen
View of the barns
Our resident bull - Eclipse
The view at the top of the farm
Llanfihangel Nant Bran Village
The New Play Area
Upper Bull Pen Hot Tub
Upper Bull Pen Hot Tub
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Brecon, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

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Warren G
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1 review
“Great property, great location, great weekend!”
Reviewed May 25, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

I stayed at the Bull Pens (Upper and Lower) as one of a mix group of 10 friends, aged 24 to 32. We all had great time at the property and were highly impressed by the presentation and quality of the properties.

We were lucky enough to have fantastic weather so were able to spend a lot time outside on the terraced decking but had we not been so lucky there was still plenty to do; the hot tub is undercover and inside features two large dining tables perfect for big groups to eat and socialise together, as well as a large lounge with modern entertainment features.

Given its remote location, the Bull Pens can be a little tricky to find using a tradition sat nav so I'd reccommend using Google Maps direct from the property's website. Also, and again due to its location, the internet can be 'slow' at times (but I am basing this on being used to inner-city fibreoptic speeds) - the owner in fact informed me that their property is at the end of the BT phone line for the area!

The owners were extremely attentive to our needs, even so after leaving when it transpired that a member of our group had left her make up at the property. The owner was more than happy to post this back to us - customer service that is a rare find these days!

If you are contemplating booking the Bull Pens, stop thinking and just do it - you won't regret it!

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Liked best: The location and scenery.
Liked least: Slow internet speeds but this purely due to the location.
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Large groups
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Ed K
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Lovely!”
Reviewed April 28, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

Amazing trip into the beautiful, untouched heart of Wales. The scenery was stunning with snow on the hills and clear blue skies.
The impeccable hosts (Bryan and Fiona) clearly run a very efficient set up and always go the extra mile with their clients maintaining their ethos to 'undersell and over-deliver'. Very friendly reception and almost felt as if we were staying with friends as opposed to paying guests.
The accommodation is warm, comfortable and steeped in history as it is the site where Bryan kept his Bulls. I traveled with my girlfriend and hope to return as the 2 of us or with friends.
Definitely take comfy walking boots as the hills are steep but worth the climb for the outstanding views.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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722tom
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Very comfortable, lovely location and very friendly hosts.”
Reviewed April 25, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Grandfather, daughter and two grandchildren loved our stay at Lower Bullpens.
Everything within the accommodation was top quality and fitted out to a very high standard . Beams and timbers incorporated into the fabric gave it a very atmospheric atmosphere.

Fiona and Bryan were very warm hosts and Bryan’s quad and trailer tour of his fields was one of the highlights of our holiday as we looked from 1200 feet at the lovely Beacons scenery surrounding us. We were also introduced to the show calf called Strawberry Split and her companion and the children allowed to pour the feed into her trough.

We were very lucky with the weather over the last week of the Easter holiday - day after day of glorious Spring sunshine so it was a real bonus to have the children’s swing and play area so close to the front door.

The Bull Pens are a great venue for exploring the Brecon Beacons, well situated for exploring the area from the Sugar Loaf in the east, waterfall walks in the centre and the castles to the western edges of the beacons, all of which we did.

A memorable week.

Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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support88
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“An outstanding property, in a beautiful area with oustanding hosts”
Reviewed March 7, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

This property would be super for whatever size of group. I traveled with my son for our annual three week hike. The property was exceptionally comfortable and located in easy position from Brecon and vicinity hiking. The area is supported by a variety of excellent restaurants. For those who are organic inclined, Fiona can guide you to some first class providers. Our hosts could not be more helpful and accommodating and, at the same time were very unobtrusive. It was a great experience. Whether it is with family groups, people keen to hike, individuals, this is a great place to be!

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Liked best: the whole experience
Liked least: the internet can be a bit slow
Traveling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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BryonyEll...
2 reviews
“Outstanding for families or couples.”
Reviewed February 17, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We stayed 4 nights, with 3 children. All the little touches make this place special. Am fabulous and unexpected welcome goodie pack for our first night, cit with bedding, & highchair. Even a baby spoon! Fiona & Bryan great hosts, showed the kids the sheep. The Lower bullpen is modern, warm, high spec but not too much that you worry about kids staying there. Kids play area in view & a hot tub! We will be back. Would come as a couple too. Outstanding.

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DrAdrian1...
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Such a great find and lovely place to stay”
Reviewed February 10, 2015 for a stay in January 2015

My parents kindly let me wife have a week away while they looked after our three boys. We wanted somewhere to get away from it all, somewhere quiet, and somewhere relaxing. We stayed in the lower bull pen and it was just what we were looking for. The accommodation is excellent. The bed we slept in was sumptuous, the underfloor heating was a great idea, the rooms are spacious, and property well equipped. All in all, if you want to have a break and go somewhere relaxing, this is the place for you. Thoroughly recommend you go to the Brecon Beacons and stay at the Bull Pens.

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Liked best: The peacefulness
Liked least: Having to leave
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups
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BeckiW90
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Incredible, 5 star all the way!”
Reviewed September 10, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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My boyfriend and I along with two friends booked The Bullpens for a long weekend away - we arrived on Friday afternoon and left on the Monday morning. On arrival we were amazed, the whole property is breath-taking. We met Fiona and Bryan who were incredible, warming and welcoming.
It was the best experience by far, we were lucky to have the weather on side. Welcomed into the home with little welcome packs (wine, cheese, welsh cakes and crackers) we made use of the Asda delivery we were told about that came as promised and was perfect. The hot tub meant after days out walking, or seeing the sights, we came back and relaxed for an hour or so before having a nice BBQ and unwinding for the evening. They have a TV provided, but this never went on throughout our entire stay. We played the games provided, ate food, drank wine and just enjoyed our time there with the log burner on into the late evening.
I am 100% interested in coming back for a week in April next year, I had the most amazing time and I cannot wait! I've never felt so welcome, safe and at home - it was the best place to really get away from city life. Phones didn't have signal but in reality that didn't matter...in fact it made the whole experience that bit better.
I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for that amazing quiet get away!

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 18-24
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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