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ABOVE: SUGAR LOAF (PEN-Y-FAL) PEAK IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS
SOUTH OF HAY-ON-WYE AND EAST OF CRICKHOWELL, EASTERN MID-WALES.

Photo VisitBritain / Britain 100


Live in a Legendary Landscape.


THE BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK OFFERS EXTRAORDINARY
TOURING AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AMID SUPERB SCENERY.

Brecon Beacons Ridge at Sunset by Joe Cornish;  copyright VisitBritain.

         HOME AT FIRST’s Mid-Wales cottages are within the Brecon Beacons National Park, in the midst of superb scenery to the north and the south of the Black Mountains, near the town of Hay-on-Wye (to the north, on the English border) and Crickhowell (to the south in the Usk River valley between the sizeable town Abergavenny and regional center of Brecon). The nearby Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park are scenic Welsh wilderness playgrounds ideal for exploration on foot, on horseback or by car.

 

 
 

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Two Lodging Locations in Mid-Wales:

NORTH of the Black Mountains HOME AT FIRST’s cottages are in or close to Hay-on-Wye, a unique town astride the English border known for its wonderful collection of second-hand bookshops. Besides more than two dozen bookshops, Hay offers several restaurants and pubs, and other stores. At the end of May the town hosts the remar-kably successful Hay Festival, which brings up to 80,000 visitors to discuss art, politics, literature, and other cerebral subjects. At all times of year Hay-on-Wye offers great short and long distance walking, golf, horseback riding, and adventure sports including white


SOME RESIDENTS CLAIM HAY-ON-WYE IS AN INDEPENDENT
NATION STRADDLING THE WELSH-ENGLISH BORDER AT THE
 NORTHEASTERN ENTRANCE TO BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL
PARK. HAY ALSO CLAIMS THE TITLE 'USED BOOK CAPITAL
OF THE WORLD'. ALL AGREE THAT HAY IS A LOVELY AND
ECCENTRIC PLACE IN AN ESPECIALLY ATTRACTIVE SETTING.

Photo of Hay-on-Wye copyright VisitBritain.

water rafting and mountain

 

biking. Hay's location makes it within easy day-trip reach of all of Mid-Wales (including the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park), much of South Wales, portions of North Wales, as well as divers parts of Western England, including the Northern Cotswolds, Shakespeare Country, Ironbridge in Shropshire, even Oxford.

 

 

 

See sample HOME AT FIRST lodgings in MID-WALES North of the
Black Mountains by clicking on the words on the following images:

 

 

HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS IN/NEAR HAY-ON-WYE, MID-WALES

CENTRAL HAY COTTAGE

 CROW'S NEST COTTAGE   

WELSH COUNTRY

TOWNHOUSE

 WYE RIVER COTTAGE 

HAY-ON-WYE

CLYRO BY HAY-ON-WYE

HAY-ON-WYE

HAY-ON-WYE

 

 


TWENTY MILES SOUTH OF HAY-ON-WYE THE RIVERSIDE MARKET
 TOWN  OF CRICKHOWELL LIES IN THE VALLEY BETWEEN THE
BLACK MOUNTAINS AND THE BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK.
BETWEEN CRICKHOWELL AND HAY-ON-WYE ARE THE RUGGED
BLACK MOUNTAINS, THEIR WILD RIVERS HAVING CARVED DEEP,
SEQUESTERED VALLEYS. EXTENDING WEST OF CRICKHOWELL
NEARLY 40 MILES, THE BRECON BEACONS NATIONAL PARK
 SEQUESTERS THE SECOND HIGHEST BRITISH PEAKS SOUTH OF
SCOTLAND PLUS NUMEROUS HIDDEN LAKES & WATERFALLS.

Sugar Loaf Mt. 4 miles east of Crickhowell Joe Cornish, VisitBritain.

SOUTH of the Black Mountains
& WEST into the Brecon Beacons:
HOME AT FIRST's cottages are in or near Crickhowell, a riverside Welsh town in the Usk valley between the Black Mountains and the high Brecon Beacons. Crickhowell is famed for its numerous highly-ranked restaurants and "gastro-pubs", and offers shops and other services. Other cottages are not far away in other towns in the the Brecon Beacons National Park in or near the villages and towns of Llangattock, Llangynidr, Talgarth, and Brecon. All cottages provide great access to  most of South Wales (including the Blaenavon World Heritage site and Merthyr Tydfil, Cardiff, and

 

the great Caerphilly Castle) all of

Mid-Wales (especially the Usk Valley, the Black Mountains, and Brecon Beacons National Park), as well as parts of Western England including the Cotswolds, Bath, Bristol, Oxford, and Berkeley Castle. Activities in this region are as endless as the mountains seem to be: horse trekking, golf, castle exploration, cycling, walking, climbing, canal cruising, shopping for crafts at open-air markets, riding historic railways, discovering the early Industrial Age.

 

 

 

See sample HOME AT FIRST lodgings in MID-WALES South of the Black Mountains:

 

 

HOME AT FIRST LODGINGS IN/NEAR CRICKHOWELL, MID-WALES

 THE OLD PUB COTTAGE 

LODGINGS IN OR
NEAR
THE TOWN
OF CRICKHOWELL

HOME AT FIRST

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LLANGATTOCK BY CRICKHOWELL

 

CRICKHOWELL

 

 

In our customers' own words —
 
            "Our cottage was charming. Accolades to our hostess for making our visit such a special one. She anticipated our needs and was always available for advice and directions. The best food we had the entire trip was at restaurants and pubs that she recommended."

— B. & G. Gilleland, Florida

 
 

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A Land where Legends Live.

Tintern Abbey. Photo  Home At First.

         Search for King Arthur and the Druids here and you’ll find them. Our Mid-Wales locations offer great access to Shakespeare country and the Cotswolds, easy day trips away from pretty Wales on the English side of the border. Another secret the Welsh may be the friendliest people in Britain.

HENRY VIII RUINED TINTERN ABBEY.
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH FOUND
INSPIRATION AMONG ITS RUINS.
YOU WILL, TOO.

Photo HOME AT FIRST

 

 

 

Convenient Bases for Exploring
Wales and Beyond.

          Welsh cakes, Cardiff, tiny steam railways, Norman castles, great mountains,

 

valleys full of fairies and witches, prehistoric monuments,

The Monmouth and Brecon Canal. Photo  Home At First.

the home of Dylan Thomas, open-air markets full of Welsh crafts, coal tipples from the industrial age, coastal resorts well-known and anonymous, ancient Celtic traditions, golf at classic seaside links and challenging parkland courses, and the mysteries of Merlin and Arthur all draw you to Wales. On the English side of the border Bath, Stratford-on-Avon, the Cotswolds, and Ironbridge, Shropshire, all are within reach as day trips.

A WELL-MAINTAINED TOWPATH TRACES THE MONMOUTH
& BRECON CANAL, AND ENCOUNTERS A PUB EVERY FEW MILES.
WALKING WALES RANGES FROM THE TRANQUIL & LEVEL
TO THE CHALLENGING & PRECIPITOUS.

Photo HOME AT FIRST

 

 
 

Home to Kings & Poets

          Mid-Wales and the adjacent English border counties have a long and often contentious history which, for many Welsh, continues to this day. King Offa of Mercia constructed a wall along the border to keep the Welsh out of his kingdom. The Normans built castles to keep the Welsh out of their towns. Eventually, the monarchy honored the Welsh by naming their crown heirs Princes of Wales.

Photo courtesy Lynne S.

Hay-on-Wye outdoor honesty bookshop. Photo courtesy Lynne S.
HONESTY BOOKSHOP, HAY-ON-WYE. THIS
SMALL BORDER TOWN HAS GAINED WORLD-
WIDE FAME FOR ITS  MANY USED
BOOK
SHOPS
WHERE YOU MAY STILL FIND
HIDDEN TREASURE.

 
     
 

In our customers' own words —
 
           "Hay-on-Wye was a beautiful town with ample eateries and many nice shops. We did lots of walking and especially enjoyed the Wye River Trail and the canal trails. We explored the Bath area and spent an overnight in the Cotswolds at a lovely farm B&B. The rural farm and pasture scenes of Wales will stay forever in our memories. The beautiful scenery rivals Switzerland!"

S. & D. Kaplan, New Hampshire

 
 

 

 

 

Cardiff Castle  history comes alive for the whole family in the center of the Welsh capital. Photo copyright VisitBritain - Britain on View.
Cardiff Castle history comes alive for the whole
family in the center of the Welsh capital.

Photo copyright VisitBritain - Britain on View.

Family-friendly Wales

         Should we bring the kids along? Are you kidding?! There are national parks for hiking, and steam train rides better than in any amusement park. Want history to come alive for your kids? Why not take them where so much history has been made? Wales has more castles of all kinds per square mile than anyplace in the British Isles. Worried about being away from McDonald's and TV? Don't be. Kids of all ages can

 

get their burgers, fries and CNN

all over Wales. Your kids like the water? Wales has three coasts lined with sandy beaches, plus some of Britain's largest mountain lakes and cleanest, wildest rivers. Ride a kayak or go white water rafting. Rather go biking? Wales has many of Britain's top mountain biking trails and marked, quiet, scenic road routes.

SEE OUR FAMILY TRAVEL PAGE FOR FULL INFORMATION!     KIDS STAY FREE WITH HOME AT FIRST!

 

 

The Right Prices to Create Your Dream Trip:

MID-WALES FIXED PACKAGE PRICING 2017
  OUR LOWEST-COST 1-WEEK FULL-PACKAGE BRITISH ISLES VACATION! 

NOTE: Any included airfares are subject to change until tickets are issued and may be subject to fuel surcharges and tax increases.

NOTE: Any included car rentals may be subject to any locally charged taxes & fees.

NOTE: Prices subject to change in the event of major currency fluctuations affecting foreign-purchased components.

PRICES PER PERSON

2 PERSONS

3 PERSONS

4 PERSONS

5+ PERSONS

SUPPLEMENTS
& REDUCTIONS

1 Week
FULL

PACKAGE

TRANSATLANTIC FLIGHTS

1-WEEK LODGING

1-WEEK CAR RENTAL

ACTIVITIES GUIDE

 $2191
PER PERSON

$2017
PER PERSON

$2008
PER PERSON

$1989
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
+$401/prs.

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INCLUDES: Round-Trip Flights from NEW YORK USA to LONDON or MANCHESTER UK, + 1-Week Lodging, + 1-Week Car Rental, + "Activity Guide".

LO SEASON
$242/prs.

Extra Week
SAME
 LODGING

$619
PER PERSON

$565
PER PERSON

$461
PER PERSON

$445
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
+$105/prs.

INCLUDES: One Additional Week at the Same Mid-Wales Lodging,
Plus a 1-Week Car Rental Extension.

Extra Week
DIFFERENT
LODGING

$699
PER PERSON

$599
PER PERSON

$491
PER PERSON

$478
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
+$105/prs.

INCLUDES: 1-Week Occupancy at a Different Lodging in Mid-Wales,
Plus 1-Week of Car Rental.

1 Week
GROUND ONLY ARRANGEMENTS

1-WEEK LODGING
1-WEEK CAR RENTAL
ACTIVITIES GUIDE

$992
PER PERSON

$981
PER PERSON

$889
PER PERSON

$782
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
+$105/prs.

INCLUDES: One Week of Mid-Wales Lodging & 7-Days of Car Rental.

 1 Week
LODGING ONLY

$800
PER PERSON

$790
PER PERSON

$750
PER PERSON

$649
PER PERSON

HI SEASON
+$105/prs.

INCLUDES: One Week of Lodging in Mid-Wales; No Transportation Items.

NOTE: Prices subject to change.

SEASONS

HIGH SEASON: MAY 13 – AUG 22, 2017

MAIN SEASON: All Other Dates

LOW SEASON: NOV 1 – DEC 15, 2016 and JAN 6MAR 17, 2017

Estimated Connecting Costs from MID-WALES to:

SCOTLAND

ENGLAND & WALES

IRELAND

Central
 Highlands, Borders, Edinburgh,
and Glasgow

Inverness & the Northern Highlands

London

Mid-Wales
and
England

Central
Ireland

Counties Cork & Kerry, Donegal & Sligo, and Antrim & Londonderry

$30$150

$40$200

$30$100

$20$100

$100$300

$120$335

 

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HOME AT FIRST helps you do it all with its exclusive, expansive WALES ACTIVITY GUIDE, full of information keyed to exploring Mid-Wales and beyond from your cottage home base.

STROLLING THROUGH COSMOPOLITAN
CARDIFF, SOUTH WALES.

Photo
courtesy britainonview - David Angel

Strolling through cosmopolitan Cardiff, Wales. Photo courtesy britainonview - David Angel.

 

 
 

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