History of the B&B: From Church to Home
Ty Taf Fechan - Formerly the Medieval Church of St Agnes.
The origins of the house now known as Ty Taf Fechan date back at least as far as the 15th Century medieval church known as Capel Taf Fechan that was dedicated to St Agnes. However, it is likely that there was an earlier traditional wooden church that may have stood for centuries before this time. It was probably rebuilt in stone during the wealthier medieval period.
Capel Taf Fechan was located on what was then the main walking route from Cardiff via Brecon to Chester and northern England. For travellers heading north the church and nearby farms would have been the last significant points of shelter before tackling the difficult and exposed ascent over the mountains. For travellers heading south it would have been a very welcome sight after the ten mile walk from Brecon.
The church is shown on many early maps including the 1560 Saxton map of Wales and the 1610 John Speed map of the county of Breconshire.
The original medieval church was enlarged in the mid nineteenth century and a tower added in 1900. In 1926 the church (minus the tower) was relocated to its present location above the junction of Pentwyn and Pontsticill reservoirs to allow the flooding of the Taf valley to create the Pontsticill reservoir. The church was moved brick by brick to its current location, where it continued to be used as a church until 1980, when due to depopulation and a dwindling congregation it was deconsecrated and sold. It was later converted into a residential property. The house retains many of its original features; including pews, beams and stained glass windows.
In May 2012 it featured in the tv programme 'Escape to the country'.
The property is now a private residence sitting in 2.5 acres of land in the heart of the Brecon Beacons.
The secluded old church nestles among the trees looking towards the hills. Peaceful, quiet and perfectly situated for exploring the Brecon Beacons by bike, hike or car!
Also on the same site, is a new
self catering lodge. Very modern and spacious, two bedroomed, four star with all mod cons and an outside 'decking' area. Perfect for couples or families.
If interested please go to www.lakesidelodgebrecons.com
Ty Taf Fechan is ideally situated to the left of the bridge between the reservoirs.
View of the hills from the house.
The peaks of Corn Du, Pen Y Fan and other hills are accessible from the house. This photo was taken from the area of the Upper Neaudd reservoir, just minutes away from the house.