Isolated, relaxing & peaceful retreats

Welcome to Cambrian Mountain Retreats – a tranquil oasis where you have the space and freedom to explore the deep questions of life, reflect on your own journey and find joy in the moment. Whilst we come from a Christian tradition, we welcome people of all faiths and none.

Bron y Llys is a small retreat house and B&B with just 3 bedrooms and a log cabin, sleeping 8 people. This means that we can offer you a very personal service and be available if you wish to talk or pray.

This is a wild place with wonderful walks and breathtaking vistas and we are particularly interested in the way landscape and wildness can help reconnect us with our innermost being.

It is deeply tranquil here with the only sounds being birdsong and the wind in the trees. At night, with no light pollution, you can see countless stars and the sweep of the Milky Way.

We offer some organised retreats (see below) but you are welcome to come at any time, as an individual or a small group, to use the facilities for a day or for longer. We can cater for groups of 10 on a day use basis and up to 8 people for overnight stays.


Retreat Calendar:

11 – 13 May 2018: Dawn Chorus
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a weekend of guided meditative walks in the Cambrian Mountains and learn to identify birds by their song as you hear the first birds sing. £120

13 – 15 July 2018: Out of the Familiar
A weekend of creative activity, silence & walking. Exploring the impact of wilderness experience on our lives, through poetry, art, music and desert spirituality. Led by Andrew Rudd, poet in residence at Manchester Cathedral and Wendy Rudd, textile artist. £120



Individual day use of facilities, including lunch, tea & coffee: £10 per person
Reductions for groups of 5 – 10 people
Bed & Breakfast: £75 for 2 people sharing; £45 single occupancy (includes use of facilities)
We are very happy to collect you from the station in Machynlleth if required.

There are 3 bedrooms with super king size beds (can be twins if required) and ensuite or private facilities. One has its own separate entrance in the courtyard, making it perfect for silent retreats.
They are simply furnished but with luxuriously comfortable beds, fine cotton bed linen, dressing gowns, slippers, powerful showers and huge fluffy towels. We feel that being on retreat need not be uncomfortable!

Our cosy log cabin can also sleep two and has glorious views of the hills.


John Bimson

For over 30 years John has lectured at Trinity Theological College in Bristol, specialising in the Old Testament, biblical archaeology, the book of Job, and the environment and faith. John is a keen birdwatcher and amateur naturalist.

Maya Bimson

Maya has a background in psychology, housing & homelessness, organisational management and redesigning health services. There is nothing she loves more than cooking, growing things and creating a welcoming space.


 What our guests say:

“The peace & tranquillity have refreshed us”
“What an amazing location and great welcome”
“We feel restored & enriched – body and soul”
“Ended the old year and began the new with peace, laughter and feasting. Wonderful!”
“Thank you for making this beautiful space”


 How to find us:

We are in mid Wales, half way between Llanidloes and Machynlleth on the mountain road from Staylittle.

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Bronyllys – Welsh mountain retreats. A beautiful, isolated and wild location which is ideal for relaxation and meditation. Explore areas of spirituality with a Christian or non-denominational theme in our peaceful and contemplative accommodation.