The Star Bunkhouse, Brecon Beacons

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The Star Bunkhouse Hostel, Brecon Beacons – review

The Star Bunkhouse, Brecon Beacons

The Star Bunkhouse was my base for 2 nights when I arrived in Brecon Beacons National Park. My plan was to climb nearby Pen Y Fan, about 25-minute drive away so a great location for me. It’s a wonderful place for anyone that loves hiking, cycling or really anything outdoors.

Address:

Brecon Road, Bwlch, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7RQ

Location:

Star Bunkhouse is in the east of Brecon Beacons National Park. Close to South Wales’ highest mountain Pen y Fan. It’s situated in the small village of Bwlch, on the A40 between Brecon and Crickhowell. About an hour’s drive to Cardiff and 1 hour 15 minutes to Swansea.

Hostel facilities:

  • 6 bedrooms for up to 20 people
  • Large social and dining areas
  • Information books, maps and leaflets
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Drying room
  • Parking

Options:

  • Individual, family and group bookings
  • 6 rooms (1 x 4 bed en-suite, 3 x 4 bed, 2 x 2 bed)

Cost:

  • £19 per person*

*Rate correct at time of writing. For latest rates click here: Bunkhouse rates

About The Star Bunkhouse

The Star Bunkhouse is an independent hostel ran by Emma and Pete. Although the hostel can be used in a shared capacity, which is what it was like when I stayed. It can also be booked out for sole use. Funny something I’d commented before I’d read that they offered that option!

There is free Wi-Fi available;  this works better in the social areas downstairs. Although I was lucky enough to have a room directly above. So for me, it worked perfectly in my room too!

Check-in

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Emma had emailed me to confirm my arrival time. I was travelling from Pembrokeshire National Park and had given an approximate time. However, my plans on the day changed and I arrived earlier than expected.

Outside there was a personal blackboard message to knock on the cottage and Emma’s mum would let me in. I would have been happy to wait since I was the one who was early. But I needed to use the toilet so opted to knock!

Emma’s mum was lovely and showed me around. Firstly, the toilet, then I could actually listen to what she was saying without standing there with crossed legs!

I was given a key to my room and code for the front door. A great idea for shared accommodation. After unloading my belongings via the fire exit, which was the nearest door. I popped downstairs for some tea and cake. Always required after a long drive!
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On the dining table, there’s an information folder with everything you could possibly need. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a comprehensive information area. There are leaflets and information for every possible activity in the Brecon Beacons!

Emma arrives a short while afterwards. She makes sure I’ve found everything I need. But I’m getting pretty good at exploring new places now so I’m all good.

There’s a pub quiz over the road at The New Inn and Emma invites me along to be on their team. I do warn her that I’m pretty rubbish at quizzes but thankfully she doesn’t change her mind!

The room

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My room is one of the two-bed bunks; however, it’s set up as a double at the bottom and single bunk at the top. So would suit a family or group of three people too. But a bonus for me, double bed all to myself. What a luxury!

The room is spacious with two small tables. Great for dumping my stuff strategically around the room ha ha! And also a long mirror on the back of the door. It’s at this point I realise a shower is needed!

Facilities at The Star Bunkhouse

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A long galley style kitchen, which has everything you could possibly need for cooking. Plus a great little selection of herbs and spices to help yourself too. I also love the little baskets they have for each room. A great way to store your dry food. Unless you’ve managed to buy half the shop as the guys in basket number 3 had done!!

If you really can’t be bothered to cook, there’s a selection of frozen dinners you can pick from. Or there is The New Inn pub that is literally across the road!

There’s also a small laundry and drying room. Not huge but for me and my wet boots a perfect place for them to stay.

Overall thoughts

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The Star Bunkhouse was a wonderful place to stay and relax. It’s a warm cosy atmosphere and decorated with a personal touch. I could imagine coming back as a big group and having the whole place to ourselves.

Bwlch itself is a small village. However, there are still a few great walks you can do directly from the hostel. And there are even a few leaflets you can buy with walks for just 20p, yes what a bargain.

They include detailed map and instructions. I tried out the Bwlch with Altitude, a 12-mile circular route. But there’s also the 10.5-mile Bwlch with Magnitude and 7.5-mile Bwlch with Fortitude to try out. And wait for it there are even badges you can buy for 10p if you complete the walks. Now what more could you want!

Read more about my challenge here: Ultimate UK Road Trip & Hiking Challenge

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The Star Bunkhouse, Brecon Beacons

For further information or to book email: info@starbunkhouse.com or go to: www.starbunkhouse.com

*I was a guest at The Star Bunkhouse. However, all views and opinions are my own.

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Comments (2)

  1. Hello Becky. Loved your review on the Star. We have recently purchased a Bunkhouse, on the edge of the Hafren Forest and visited the Star to seek advice from Emma and Tim a great day and so much help. If your ever our way we would love to host you. The Hafren Forest Bunkhouse. On Facebook if you would like to have a look.

    1. Hi Sarah, thank you for your kind comments I’m glad you enjoyed the review of the Star Bunkhouse. I had a wonderful stay there and found the bunkhouse a great place to base myself for exploring the Brecon Beacons. Since I’ve returned home I definitely would love to explore more of the UK. I haven’t visited Hadren Forest before so will certainly take a look as I’m really keen to promote more of the beautiful UK. Have a lovely day. Becky