The Coach House, Brecon, Wales : AD
Disclosure: I was offered a 2 night stay in return for an honest review, all words and opinions are my own.
It’s the little touches that make a stay memorable and at The Coach House in Brecon there are plenty, with a few surprises thrown in.
Back in September I spent 2 nights at The Coach House, Brecon an award winning and popular boutique B&B as a guest of Kayt and Hugh Cooper, the former I met at a Brecon Beacons Ambassador Course and the latter who is bizarrely linked to my past, more on that later.
Kayt welcomed me on the first day in the dining room which is spacious, well laid out and the walls are adorned with photos of the local area (I will never tire of seeing my beloved Brecon Beacons National Park), there is a cosy corner in one end with chairs and a well stocked bookcase with lots of local interest books. Kayt showed me to my room and explained there was a key fob for the guest door and a key for the room, the nice thing about this set of keys is it wasn’t clunky and cumbersome. I know I am so easily pleased.
I stayed in the Brychan room which is a massive front facing room with the largest and most incredibly comfortable double bed with everything you might need for a relaxing break. Brychan Brycheiniog was a legendary 5th century kind of Brycheiniog (Brecknockshire, alternatively Breconshire).
By the bed was a lavender spray but I knew I wouldn’t be needing that as the bed was so cosy and inviting. In one corner there is a sofa and huge telly, conveniently positioned so one can watch it in bed.
In another corner there was ample cupboard space with a well stocked mini bar, kettle and all manner of tea bags and coffee, plus a desk with sockets and USB points (again a little touch).
Hidden away is a fold out ironing board and iron, well that was a complete surprise and one of those little touches. I don’t know why I was so surprised as I rarely iron when I go away but if you need it it’s there.
The bathroom has a free standing bath (I’m rather partial to one of those having stayed with friends of my father who has one bang in the middle of a huge bathroom, as a child that is a memory maker), a super duper shower, towels, bathrobe, slippers and plenty of products to treat yourself to.
As I said it’s the little touches, I thought the make up flannel was genius.
We went out for supper on the first night to The Bank and had a tasty meal and a pleasant walk back to The Coach House for a nightcap (peppermint tea for me) and a cwtch with their dogs. Then I made my way upstairs for a leisurely bath and a good night’s sleep. The next morning I made my way downstairs to breakfast and enjoyed the most delicious and well presented scrambled eggs with Laverbread and salmon. I spotted the no phones sign and left my phone in my room so couldn’t take a photo, but I did the next day when I had the same breakfast again.
On my second night I was a guest of Kayt and Hugh and together with their daughter and Hugh’s parents we had a delicious meal and chatted for a fair while about all kinds of things. When I met Kayt at the Brecon Beacons Ambassador Course I had no idea her father in law was a great schoolfriend of my father’s or Hugh's godfather was my father's best man (and whose house the big huge bath was in), so not only was this a review but it was a reunion of sorts.
The Coach House truly is a great place to stay, Kayt and Hugh made me feel so welcome, the rooms were spotless, the food was delicious, it was warm and cosy, the extra touches were very thoughtful and the attention to detail was superb. Kayt's knowledge of the local area is amazing (well she is fellow Brecon Beacons Ambassador!) and it was interesting to hear about her recommendations for guests. It's not just me that thinks that as The Coach House was awarded 5 Stars and a Gold Award by Visit Wales and it is one of the 10 best hotel discoveries in the Good Hotel Guide.
My stay at The Coach House was complimentary in return for an honest review on my blog. All the opinions in this post are honest and written by me, Nellie Williams.