While Edward I's castles in North Wales are the most well-known, Mid Wales and the Brecon Beacons is home to many interesting castles. At Brecon itself, the confluence of the Honddu and Usk rivers made for a valuable defensive position for the Norman castle built in the late C11th, which overlooks the town. The castle was besieged six times in the C13th but the remains of the motte can be seen today in the garden of the Bishop's Palace.
Wales Holidays has many properties to let within a few miles of the town, including a farmhouse near Brecon near Cradoc Golf Club, sleeping 4, and a single storey cottage near Brecon on the same working sheep farm, sleeping up to 6.
The existing castle at Builth Wells was built under Edward I in the 1270s and replaced an earlier castle of the Marcher lords. There may also have been a Roman strongpoint at Caerberis on the north side of the river Irfon. Owain Glyndwr's forces attacked the castle and it was repaired in 1409. While little remains today, at the time Builth ranked with Caernarfon and Harlech as one of Edward I's most impressive fortifications in Wales.
In the area we have a remotely situated farm cottage near Builth Wells for 6, a cottage near Builth Wells and neighbouring cottage near Builth Wells with hot tubs. See also this excellent 5* cottage near Builth Wells sleeping 8 with ensuite bedrooms and wheelchair accessible.