THE owners of a Powys B&B and tea room in one of Wales' most beloved beauty spots are shutting down in May as the business is deemed “no longer viable” in the current economic climate.

Penbont House is the only B&B in the Elan Valley, and sits within a Dark Sky Park.

But despite such an ideal setting the business has been unable to survive the cost-of-living crisis, which claimed another Welsh business on St David’s Day.

Penbont House announced on its Facebook page on Friday, March 1, that it will close its doors on May 20.

“It is with regret that we announce the forthcoming closure of Penbont House Tea Room and Bed & Breakfast,” read Friday’s post.

“After much consideration the trust (Elan Valley Estate) has taken the difficult decision that Penbont House is no longer viable in its current format and the current economic climate.

“To our loyal customers we are really grateful for your custom and support over the years, we will continue to open fully until 13th May, 2024, so we hope that those of you who enjoy visiting will have the chance to do so. Overnight guests will continue to be welcomed until 20th May.

“We are aware some customers may have vouchers to use, so to make the most of these please book in with us before 13th May.”

The post added that there is hope the building will be taken on and used alternatively so that visitors to the Elan Valley can still benefit from it.

“We hope to re-purpose the building so that visitors can still have the opportunity to utilise this amazing location in future and further updates will follow,” it continued.

“We cannot stress enough how difficult a decision this has been, we would like to recognise the hard work and commitment of our staff and thank all of you for your custom.”


Penbont House is the only B&B in the Elan Valley, and was formerly a guest house known as the Flickering Lamp.

The current business was established in May 2012. In 2019 it was refurbished and extended to provide five en-suite rooms, named after the Elan and Claerwen Valleys' dams.

Locals and customers responded to the post voicing their sadness.

Kerena Pugh said: “Really saddened and disappointed with this decision, this tearoom is a huge asset for tourism in our area and the Elan Valley after everything that has been done to create a welcoming destination for our visitors.

County Times:  Penbont House is nestled in the heart of the Elan Valley, next to the Pen y Garreg Dam. Penbont House is nestled in the heart of the Elan Valley, next to the Pen y Garreg Dam.

“Thank you to the fabulous staff and cooks that have kept the tearooms going and I hope a solution can be found by the trust to re-open with a new business model.”

Karen Hand said: “This is a massive blow to locals as well as tourists. Having somewhere as lovely as Penbont has been an asset to the valley.”

Chris Evans said: “How disappointing to read this news. Have had some wonderful lunches, afternoon teas and Christmas dinners in Penbont House. The staff have always been so friendly and helpful.”