We traveled to Crickhowell not knowing much about the region, and arrived to find one of the most striking places we have ever experienced. Alexandra's flat is compact, but so well appointed and decorated that it felt immediately like home. We really appreciated its cottage style and its proximity to friendly village pubs, delicious meals, high quality shopping, and stunning views of the Usk valley.
The flat is among a row of small houses along a secluded single-lane side street, just off a main road (High Street) containing a local grocer, two wonderful hotel/pubs, and excellent book store/cafe and our favorite local breakfast spot located in the second floor of an old courthouse. While the town is compact and saturated with these kinds of assets, it is not busy or loud. I was amazed at the pleasing mix of density and calm charm.
We loved sparking up conversations with locals at the Bridge End Inn, learning about the medieval history of the town at Crickhowell's own castle, and savoring the excellent food at both The Bear and Red Indigo on the outskirts of town on A40. We even caught an exciting match of the town's own Football Club at the small stadium to the east of town, also on A40. Go Crick!
Both of us would love to return to Crickhowell with our families to complete all the exploring we missed. For example, we missed getting into the hills and experiencing the unique geography of the valley. After our stay, I am so pleased to have learned about this part of Wales. Thank you Alexandra for your facilitation and hospitality!