Caer Beris Manor is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of unspoilt countryside in Britain, the Heart of Wales.
The Upper Wye Valley, bordered to the south by the Brecon Beacons and to the west by the Cambrian Mountains, is a hidden gem. The quiet roads give wonderful views around every turn and lead to fascinating places. The Elan Valley, with its Victorian dams, supplies the water for Birmingham.
The spa towns of Builth Wells, Llandrindod Wells and Llanwrtyd Wells are all worth a visit. But it is the rolling hills, crystal clear streams and shady forests that bring people back again and again to the Heart of Wales. It really is the Best Kept Secret in Wales.
Places to Visit
The Elan Valley was built at the end of the 19th century. This series of dams set amongst the hills are spectacular. The Elan Valley reservoirs provide the water supply for Birmingham. A feat of engineering, the water flows to the city using only gravity. There is a very good informative visitor centre where you can also get refreshments.
Hay on Wye, the ‘Town of Books’ where you can find the largest secondhand bookshop in the world - and dozens of smaller bookshops as well! The quaint border town also has many antique and craft shops with cafes and pubs. The Hay Festival takes place in May with visitors flocking in from all over the world.
Tretower Court. A restored Elizabethan Court with the remains of an earlier Norman Castle. Outdoor Shakespearian plays are performed here in the summer. Close to Crickhowell, a small market town on the River Usk.
The Mountains Centre Set in the Brecon Beacons National Park, close to Libanus, the Visitor Centre will tell you all there is to know about this beautiful area. Refreshments are available.
The National Cycle Museum traces the history of cycling from the penny farthing to the present days high tech machines. Located in central Llandrindod Wells at the Automobile Palace.
Abbeycwmhir The ruins of the Cistercian monastery set in tranquil surroundings in the hills above Llandrindod Wells. The last native Prince of Wales is buried here. Also visit The Hall.
Brecon Cathedral lies just on the outskirts of the town. Also visit the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh with it’s Zulu War history. Take a boat trip on the canal.
Talgarth Mill is a thriving community enterprise at the heart of the quaint town of Talgarth. Restored in 2011 as part of the BBC's Village SOS TV programme.
The Welsh Lavender Farm in the hills above Builth uses the natural oils to produce creams and beauty products as well as interesting things like lavender chocolate.
Dolaucothi Gold Mines. These unique gold mines are set amid wooded hillsides overlooking the beautiful Cothi Valley. The Romans started the mines here 2000 years ago.
Aberglasney House and Gardens is one of the finest gardens in Wales. A great day out for all the family, based in Carmarthen,
Red Kites at Gigrin Farm. The daily feeding brings in hundreds of these magnificent birds that were almost lost in the UK.
Erwood Station Gallery features the work of many of the local artists from the Heart of Wales. All the best in contemporary craft and applied arts.
The Cambrian Factory in Llanwrtyd Wells has a visitor centre and cafe. Special Welsh Tartans are available.