Project Description

The Bear Hotel

On the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the Bear Hotel is an idyllic hideaway for a weary traveller. With some of the finest Welsh countryside walks starting from the doorstep, the Bear is the perfect base for walkers, while its welcoming atmosphere, fantastic food and intimate interior make any stay a memorable one.


This historic former coaching inn dates back to 1432, and has a delightful cobbled forecourt, an archway into the inner courtyard and 19th century stagecoach timetable in the bar, as reminders of its significant past.

Effortlessly blending comfort and luxury, The Bear is just two and a half hours from London, less than a two-hour drive from Birmingham and under an hour from Cardiff. And if you’d rather arrive by rail, regular trains serve Abergavenny from the mainline hubs at Birmingham, Manchester, Newport and Cardiff.


The Bear offers a stunning selection of over 30 rooms, with choices to suit families, business travellers, couples and individuals alike. Rooms within the hotel and the renovated courtyard, which is alive with vibrantly coloured hanging baskets in summer, are individually furnished with carefully chosen fabrics and all modern comforts, whilst some feature luxurious touches such as whirlpool baths.

Food & Drink

The Bear’s restaurant is famous for its carefully chosen cuisine, and prides itself on utilising a wide array of locally sourced ingredients, to come up with some delicious seasonal dishes. Meanwhile, the award winning, cosy, low-beamed, dog-friendly bar is the social hub of the pretty little town of Crickhowell, especially in winter when a roaring log fire is the perfect riposte to a fantastically frosty Wales

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The Bear Hotel has 35 en-suite bedrooms.

All children are welcome. Children under 2 years are charged £10 per night for children’s cots/cribs. All children under 16 years are charged £25 per night for extra beds. The maximum number of extra beds in a room is 1. Any type of extra bed or child’s cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.

Pets are also welcome at The Bear. There are 30 dog friendly rooms including Standard and Courtyard rooms and up to two dogs can stay at no additional cost and with no restriction on the size of your dog, although the hotel will levy a small charge of £10 for any extra cleaning required. Well behaved dogs are allowed in the bar areas but restricted from the formal restaurant.

Special offers are available throughout the year.

To book a stay at The Bear Hotel, please click here.


Meet the Chef

Head Chef of The Bear, Crickhowell Iain Sampson was named the best chef in Wales in 2010.

He began his career at The Ritz in London where he gained many skills in the trade. Iain’s menu offers a wide range of locally sourced ingredients, beautifully cooked to a very high standard to suit traditional tastes or those guests with an appetite for finer dining.

The Brecon Beacons have become a centre for top quality organic producers and artisan food makers and produce from many of them appear on The Bear’s imaginative menus.

Al Fresco

Situated in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and a stone’s throw away from the Black Mountains, The Bear Hotel is encircled by stunning scenery.

The vibrant, blooming inner courtyard provides the perfect, picturesque place to dine al fresco on the locally sourced, award-winning food.

Out & About

The Bear Hotel sits on the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, the perfect idyllic getaway for travellers and walkers alike. The scenery is beautiful and diverse, with rugged yet rolling valleys, wild forests and spectacular lakes.

The beautiful ruins of Llanthony Priory are situated about half an hour’s drive away in the picturesque Vale of Ewyas and are all that remains of one of the greatest buildings of medieval Wales. The perfect spot to take the dog for a walk and soak up the serene scenery.

A trip to The Bear Hotel would not be complete without visiting the nearby Black Mountains, with remarkable views across the Wye Valley. There are walking routes for all abilities, a particularly popular route is Waun Fach, a linear route which offers walkers the chance to traverse the fine ridge of Y Grib.

Recommended Local Attractions

  • Llanthony Priory – 35 mins


  • The Brecon Beacons – 5 mins
  • Black Mountains – 40 mins

Retail Therapy

  • Crickhowell – on the doorstep
  • Abergavenny – 15 mins

All timings denote typical journey time by car, unless specified otherwise.


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Crickhowell, Powys,

T 01873 810 408

35 Bedrooms

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Dog Friendly 

Most guest rooms are dog friendly apart from unique feature and four poster rooms at no charge. Call or mention when booking online to request. Dog friendly bar area on site with a bowl of chicken and water provided.

Map & Directions

Please click the map below for directions.

Location of The Bear

Transport Links

By car – for sat nav use NP8 1BW

Abergavenny Railway Station – 15 mins

Newport Railway Station – 45 mins

Hereford Railway Station – 45 mins

Cardiff Airport – 75 mins

Bristol Airport – 75 mins