THE HERMITAGE, Near Llanbedr, Breconshire 2009

THE HERMITAGE, Grwyne Valley, nr Abergavenny, Brecknockshire 2004
Notes on THE HERMITAGE, Near Llanbedr, Breconshire 2009

Leaving Crickhowell and up towards the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacons, The Hermitage is reached by a single lane, high hedged road that wends seven miles until it reaches a gated track. Just below, beyond the stream, in a heavily wooded valley lays The Hermitage. I had visited once before in May 2005 and had wanted my next visit to be during the winter months when the grass would not be thigh high; when the brambles would not catch your clothes; when the nettles and thistles would not cut and burn your legs and more importantly, when the house would not be obscured by the unrestrained summer foliage.

Fortunately what does remain of the house is not completely drowned in all this thriving greenery. The simple bridge that once stood beside the house has long collapsed but further upstream is a ford which grants access to the walls and the two large and high chimneys of the house. The low cellars are all caved in and the window and door lintels have all collapsed but there are still clues within the bare stone walls of the layout of the house. Fireplaces are evident in the ground and upper floor.

Also a few pages on I’ve also included the only photograph I’ve found of the Hermitage intact. I can not remember which book this was copied from or when the photograph was taken, so if anyone knows please do get it touch.

As in the first visit I found this house to be a calming experience. The house is in a very secluded part of Wales and the stream, the birds and the wind blowing through the trees is the only sound one can hear.

The Hermitage 2009

The Hermitage 2009

The Hermitage 2009
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THE HERMITAGE, Near Llanbedr, Breconshire 2009


Photo comment By Myfanwy: Paul The archive photograph of the hermitage is taken from the book "Hills and Vales of the Black Mountain district" by Richard Baker-Gabb. Originally published in 1913, it was reprinted in 1993 by Lapridge Publications.
Photo comment By karen harris: Does anyone know who owns The Hermitage and how much grounds there are
Photo comment By Geoff Morgan: Camped here for the night in January 1991 whilst on final weekend's expedition on Royal Naval Petty Officer Leadership Course.

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