Ernie's Cottage is a 16-bed self-catering bunkhouse that is available for private hire.
It's an ideal venue for an outdoor holiday and is especially suited to groups interested in mountain biking as you can pedal from the front door of the cottage straight on to miles and miles of stunning Welsh forestry tracks and bridle ways. Kayak/Canoe groups are particularly well served too, with the bunkhouse providing an excellent base from which to explore the rivers. Whether you are white water tourers, playboaters or open canoeists, South Wales rivers have something for everyone.
The cottage is also a good venue from which to run an Outdoor Pursuit or Environmental programme for small Educational/Youth groups. Other adult groups have used the cottage for a variety of reasons such as family holidays, hen parties or just getting away from it all.
South Wales is one of the most important caving regions of Britain. Several caves for the beginner and expert alike are close to the centre. Gorge walks, combining water and rock activities, as well as educational opportunities are also available at several locations; some on the doorstep, while others are a short drive away.
Hillwalking and climbing within the nearby Brecon Beacons National Park are very accessible and can offer some of the most stunning views & challenges available in the region.
Bunkhouse Facilities and Location
Ernie's is a self-contained single storey, centrally heated cottage offering self-catering accommodation for groups of up to 16 people. The sleeping arrangements consist of two, six-bunk bedrooms and two single rooms. There are two separate shower and toilet areas, a well-equipped kitchen, lounge/dining/classroom area, outdoor equipment and drying room. You need to bring your own sleeping bags, pillows and pillow cases.
The cottage is positioned to the side of Tirabad Residential Education Centre and has some privacy from the main centre and activities. It is situated on the edge of the Crychan Forest, 5 miles south of Llanwrtyd Wells and 11 miles north of Llandovery. It is an ideal venue from which to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.
The area around Tirabad has amazing scenery and is situated in one of the most tranquil areas of Britain. This remoteness has helped the rare Red Kite to become re-established as well as allowing other endangered birds of prey to breed. Along the banks of the Afon Mellte rare flora & fauna can be found and spectacular geology is abundant in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
The staff at Tirabad Outdoor Centre can give advice on suitable venues or can be employed by cottage groups to run an activity, which includes the hire of any specialist equipment but not transport. For kayak/canoe activities your vehicle will require a tow bar.
Booking and Pricing
NB: You are advised to take out personal insurance before your stay.
For a group of up to 16 people the cost is £14 pppn.
For educational visits, two visiting staff stay for free.
The cost of hiring staff to work with cottage groups is £140 per day. This includes hire of specialist equipment.
Staff are fully qualified in all the outdoor activities provided, can advise you on suitable venues and work alongside you to maximize the quality of your stay at Ernie's Cottage. The usual ratio is 12 students to 1 instructor + 1-2 competent adult .
Once you have made your booking, a booking form is sent for you to fill in and returned to the centre ASAP. At this stage, please be aware that your booking is pencilled in but is not confirmed until the booking form and deposit has been received by the centre.
Any booking that is only pencilled in will be taken off if another enquirer sends a booking form and deposit first.
The deposit will be £50 or 10% minimum of the total amount if it is more than £500.
Bookings will not be confirmed until the booking form & deposit is received. Any instructors required will likewise not be booked until the booking form & deposit is received. Please state how many days instruction is required for.
If you have to cancel for any reason the following timescale will be used regards refunds/being invoiced. Any bookings made within this timescale will be subject to the same policy:
- Cancellation made with more than 2 months of visit date – full refund of all monies paid (including deposit)
- With less than 2 months to visit date loss of deposit
- With less than 20 days to visit date a charge for instructor bookings (£140 per day) and loss of deposit
All invoices’ are to be paid by the visit date.
This policy will be strictly adhered to at all times. If policy is infringed, a possible bar on any future booking could be used. We apologise for the strict nature of this policy but we have missed out on a lot of income due to late cancellations.