The way into the Wild Welsh Countryside
Put your faith in the single track road that brings you up through the mountains into the Llanthony
Valley, to arrive at our land and farm surrounding the 12th century ruins of Llanthony Priory.
As you go deeper into the country, the sounds of the 21st century disappear, and you’re left with
birdsong and the wind… and silence, and an ancient peace.
The Valley has been a true site of inspiration for generations of painters, artists and writers. From JMW
Turner in the17th century, to David Jones, Eric Gill, Eric Ravillious and John Piper in the 20th century.
You are surrounded by a landscape that comes with streams to wade across, old drovers’ tracks to
explore, endless moorland to walk in, and castles, old buildings and churches all around.
What you get with Castaway
A good private farm track to drive you up there, with your own parking.
A compact kitchen with two electric rings, an oven and grill, plus a fridge and small freezer space.
All cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, cafetiere, washing-up liquid, cloths, tea towels.
Newly laid free-range eggs, bread, butter, tea, coffee and milk. Salt, pepper and olive oil.
Logs and kindling for the log burner and outside fire pit.
A living area with a king-sized bed and all bed linen.
Towels for the shower room (the heated towel rail keeps them beautifully warm).
Shampoo and fragrant soaps made in the countryside.
Packs of cards, board games and books on the local area.
USB charging points.
Where to eat and places to go
A 10-minute walk brings you to Llanthony Priory which serves home-made food in the Crypt bar.
The Half Moon pub is just two minutes further by foot, and Llanthony Treats in the village offers
afternoon tea and cake.
You can buy our own home-made beef and lamb burgers and pork sausages for barbecuing.
The nearest shop is in Llanvihangel Crucorney (15 minutes’ drive). Lots of local shops in Abergavenny
(half an hour’s drive).
Award winning restaurants The Walnut Tree and The Hardwick are both just half an hour’s drive.
Local Valley Walks and Places of Interest feature in a special series of Walks Leaflets.
Hay-on-Wye, town of books, is a short drive over the mountain. Charming little churches are to
explore, and castles abound – White Castle, Grosmont and Skenfrith were all built by the Normans after
The Conquest to secure their newly acquired land.
Discover what life was like working in the coal mines – the Big Pit is a fascinating, although sobering,
experience in the mines that were worked until only a short while ago.
Watch the sky at night in this Dark Sky area.
Your farming hosts – Bryony and Family
‘Our Passmore family were farming in Devon in the 1600s, and moved around to different parts of
the country in the wake of the great agricultural depression of the 1880s. Our branch came here to
the Black Mountains after my grandfather started buying sheep and cattle in Brecon market – and we
ended up with these 270 acres at Llanthony 45 years ago.
So I grew up at Llanthony Court with my parents, sisters, and brother; and have now come back
home with my own family, to continue in the Passmore farming heritage.
I farm traditionally here in the Brecon Beacons National Park. So you will be surrounded by our 500
Welsh Cross ewes, with their lambs in April and May; and with tractors working the fields at haymaking
Watch out for me! You may see me rounding up the sheep with my dog Flash. Here’s a picture to
help you recognise us!’
What our guests say
30 Epic Escapes – The Times (16.01.21)
“Explore a secret Welsh valley. Long, lovely and flanked by whalebacked hills, it feels thrillingly remote.
Book Castaway and once darkness falls you’ll very nearly have it all to yourself – Llanthony Valley is a
Dark Sky reserve.”
“I don’t think that I will be the only soul to arrive here in darkness and awaken to a soul lighting morning
view. This place is special. Bless this cabin. And all who stay here.”
Tim Tyson Short (12.11.20)
“Probably the most beautiful place I have ever stayed in – this unique cabin has a calm ‘power down and
reboot’ tranquility – truly magical.”
Ali Kedge (12.11.20)
“A devine short break away from everything. Perfect ‘Baby Moon’ before becoming a family of four in the
New Year! Very relaxed, hard to do as parents of a three year old. Very safe. Very warm. Very lovely.”
Ruby and Dominic (15.11.20)
“I wasn’t expecting an old railway carriage half-way up a Welsh hill to be quite so luxurious and warm!
Beautifully conceived idea, really enjoyed my stay. Thank you.”
Owen (Dec 2020)
Pets: Sadly, we do not accept pets to stay at Castaway. This is a working farm and even the most well behaved pets can stress the livestock.
Coronavirus Notice: We will offer a full refund or change of dates if government regulations prevent us from fulfilling the holiday booking.
Cancellation: Holiday insurance is recommended. In the event of cancellation the balance paid may be returned if the carriage is re-let, but the deposit is non-refundable. Please see full cancellation policy here.