THE KESTREL INN (Near Crickhowell)

Many of you will know the Kestrel Inn. It was known for many years as the ‘Halfway Inn’ given its popularity for hundreds of years as a convenient stopping point between London and the Welsh Coast. Its handily accessible, on the main A40, near to the lovely bustling market town of Crickhowell. To be honest, the only way one could miss it, would be if you couldn’t take your eyes off the sweeping panoramic views of the rugged Brecon Beacons of which it is an integral part. The Kestrel is an oasis of warm hospitality, a true ‘Inn’, perfect for a fortifying lunch, one of their legendary pick-you-up coffees, or a revitalizing overnight stay.

The Kestrel offers more than just layer upon layer of dramatic Black Mountains vistas, there’s a touch of the Gallic about it. Fiona and Richard Lyster-Binns returned to Wales to breathe new life into it after living near St Emilion, and the French connection shines through. After years of neglected closure, it needed a lot of breath. But they are passionate and dedicated hosts; their love of uncompromisingly local, accurately cooked ‘real’ food, delicious hard to find artisan wines and classy interior design provide the backdrop for a Great Little Place ringing with easy laughter, animated conversation and packed with smiling guests.

The menus are a contemporary fusion of Mediterranean influences and the very best Welsh ingredients, showcased on daily changing chalkboards. You can eat in the bar with its leather chesterfields, stripped wood tables and centuries-old exposed stone, near the huge wood burning stove or in the next-door Dining room which makes the most of the jackpot views. There are sharing platters, a fabulous wine list, and draught beers to suit every palette. Walkers can step right into the National Park from the front door, and after a lung-busting day in the hills, the two cosy rooms allow you to wake up and take in those stunning views without even leaving the comfort of your bed. The light and airy rooms are carefully refurbished with immaculate en-suite shower rooms, high thread count bed linen and deluxe toiletries, and there’s a choice of double or twin beds. A very full Breakfast emphasizes the sense of place; the delicious sausages have only travelled a few miles.

The Kestrel deserves more than just a fleeting visit as you pass through. Stop here, rest a while and explore one of Wales most undiscovered natural beauties.

75 for 2
Rooms 2 Style Inn

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Address Richard & Fiona Lyster-Binns
The Kestrel Inn
Brecon Road
Near Crickhowell
Phone 0800 470 1539