Country walks and nature-watching on our doorstep
Walk straight from our door down to the meadow by the River Usk – You may see a kingfisher if you're lucky and herons often like to perch on rocks in the river here (watch out for fish jumping too).
Discover our arboretum – Say hello to our 'grandfather beech' tree, monkey puzzle tree, Spanish chestnut and champion silver lime. We've also got a canopy of western red cedars that form our 'tee-pee' tree.
Get an eyeful of colour with our flowering shrubs – If you're here in May you must not miss our 400-yard bank of flowering rhododendrons in the grounds.
Check out our ornamental lake – You may be able to spot ducks, swans, herons and coots, or just relax in this tranquil part of the gardens.
Choose your footpath for a circular or linear walk – From Buckland Hall you can walk along footpaths to Talybont-on-Usk, to Llangynidr or around Buckland Hill which is part-forested, part common (the forest is thought to have inspired the Buckland Forest which features in JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings).
Attractions to visit in our local area
Get a load of the view from our local mountains – Head for Tor y Foel (accessed via a lane from Talybont-on-Usk, just ask for details). It's translated as the 'bald-headed' mountain and it's the first of the Brecon Beacons and nearest to us. Or head to the village of Bwlch and walk up Llangorse Mountain (Mynydd Llangorse) for spectacular views down towards Abergavenny and the Sugar Loaf.
Discover the history of Tretower Court, near Crickhowell – Tretower court and castle has a set of rooms restored to their Tudor splendour right down to the pots and pans of the working kitchen and the carved furniture of the banqueting hall.
Go on an art trail starting in Crickhowell – Visit the Oriel CRiC gallery in Crickhowell and check out the Gallery On The Usk to see the latest work by local artists including ceramics, jewellery and furniture as well as paintings in different mediums. While in Crickhowell don't forget to check out the many independent shops and cafes in town (here's a video about Crickhowell's Totally Locally campaign).
Revisit military history in Brecon – The Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh in Brecon tells the story of the regiment including of famous campaigns like the Rorke's Drift battle in the Anglo-Zula wars in South Africa.
Take a trip to Hay-on-Wye – Hay-on-Wye is just up the road (about 20 minutes' drive) and is famous for its international literary festival which takes place at the end of May. Its many second-hand bookshops are open all year round. There are also craft shops, shops selling local produce and antiques / vintage shops to browse in too.
More information on things to do in the Brecon Beacons
- Explore the Brecon Beacons National Park website for ideas of things to do - from star-gazing to horse riding and more.
- See Powys recreational trails website for long-distance walks that criss-cross the area (you can do a section of them instead of the whole thing!).
- Call in at the Brecon Tourist Information office for more local ideas of things to do.
- If you want to know more about things to do in the area just ask – we're part of the Brecon Beacons Ambassadors' scheme which means we have local knowledge at our fingertips to help you enjoy the National Park.