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Retro Retreat: Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Ty Hedfan in Pontfaen, Brecon, Wales

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Suppose winter will be coming to an end soon and we might start pondering holidays. If you want to get away from it all, you might want to spend some time at Ty Hedfan in Pontfaen, Brecon, Wales.

Ty Hedfan means 'the hovering house' in Welsh and that's pretty much what it is. Fairly-recently designed by architects Featherstone Young, the house is inspired by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Pierre Koenig's Case Study House. Only this one isn't in the US, it perches over the River Ysgir in the Brecon Beacons, with views over the river and also of the surrounding countryside.


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Built using traditional slate and timber, it also has plenty of glass so the rooms are light and spacious, very much in that midcentury style. The main living room 'floats' over the river, giving great views by day, but also a great place to hang out at night, thanks to a log fire.

The living, kitchen and dining spaces open on to a raised external terrace with a barbecue and space to eat outside, whilst the lower bedroom wing and main entrance hall link directly to the garden and river bank.  The house has five bedrooms (three en-suite) and can sleep up to ten people. Just make sure you like that kind of solitary living – the nearest shop is five miles away.

Oh yes – it's pretty handy for the Brecon Jazz Festival and the Green Man Festival too. Prices vary depending on the season, but start at £950 per week. See the website for more images.

Find out more at the Modern House website

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