Squeeze down wildflower-strewn lanes to this Edwardian villa at the foot of Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in South Wales. Step into a generous, cheerful hallway to find a house full of comfort and colour. Settle around the log fire in the soft-painted sitting room, or relax in the sunny conservatory with garden and panoramic mountain views. Boutique bedrooms are light and lovely with art, antiques, books, pretty fabrics and flat-screen TVs; sleep peacefully on perfectly ironed white cotton. Bathrooms are swish and slate-floored; one has a vast free-standing bath. You’re in the middle of the Brecon Beacons so there are spectacular walks to discover, food and literary festivals, bike rides and good pubs galore. Smiling Emma, who lives next door, leaves you a welcome hamper of homemade bread, jam and garden produce. She will let you feed the hens in the pretty tree-filled garden, lend you binoculars to peek at the woodpeckers (and shy nuthatches) and help plan outings. There’s a telescope too – the Brecon Beacons have been granted International Dark Sky Reserve status. And if you fancy a night out under the trees and stars, you can book Danyfan Carriage, on Canopy & Stars.