Y Bwthyn Tu Fas
Y Bwthyn Tu Fas means ‘the cottage outside’, as it is reputed to be one of the first houses in Brecon to have been built outside the town walls.
Watton Cottage is a wonderfully renovated and restored white washed stone cottage; a Grade 2 listed property dating from the late seventeenth century to early eighteenth century (possibly older) with winding wooden stairs and some lovely oak panelling; this delightful period cottage is set close to Brecon town centre, sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms and has a sunny enclosed South facing garden at the back.
As one of the first houses outside the town walls, it originally was detached – the houses either side of it today are later additions, to make it part of the terrace. Over the years, the house has often been altered. It seems that at one stage, part of it was a shop, and at another it was two separate houses. It was modernised in the middle of the 20th century, but fortunately most of the original timbers were covered up rather than destroyed. The Rich family, who bought the house in about 2010, ‘unmodernised’ it, revealing the oak wall in the sitting room, and the old oak beams.
Today parts of the house are decorated with articles from the owner’s life abroad: the pictures in the main bedroom are all from Latin America, the pictures in the twin bedroom are from East Africa, while the bedcover and pillow covers in the third bedroom are from Laos. Downstairs there is a collection of pictures of Brecon and the surrounding area.
Beautifully decorated, this traditional stone cottage offers all the home comforts.