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Beautiful Barn and Stylish 20th Century Cottage With Stunning Mountain Views - The Old Barn (book with The White House for groups of up to 12)

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



The Old Barn (book with The White House for groups of up to 12)

The Old Barn stands on its own at the end of the yard. It is a traditional Monmouthshire stone agricultural building, with arrow-slit windows, and triangular owl holes. Inside the barn is a stylish mix of contemporary designer furniture and lighting alongside traditional oak beams and antiques. In the living room a woodburner gives a cosy feel on chillier evenings, and there is wi-fi, radio, CD and DVD players, games and lots of books. The kitchen is superbly equipped with range cooker, large fridge freezer and dishwasher; washing machine in utility.

All the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, and have Sugar Loaf views. A double on the ground floor has its own entrance from the courtyard and ensuite wet-room. The two upstairs rooms share a bathroom with roll-top bath. Folding oak doors lead from the living room to the sunny south-facing courtyard (perfect for alfresco breakfasts) and the north patio for long summer evenings drinking in the breathtaking views of Sugar Loaf.

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About the property


Porth-y-Parc is a 35-acre organic smallholding in the heart of the Black Mountains, within the Brecon Beacons National Park. It combines seclusion with convenience, halfway up Sugar Loaf mountain yet with easy access to Abergavenny and all the sights of the area. A footpath runs through the yard, leading up Sugar Loaf and into the Black Mountains.

The Old Barn stands on its own at the end of the yard looking up the mountain. The White House is at the entrance to the farm facing down the valley towards the town.

Inside, The Old Barn is a stylish mix of old and new with contemporary designer furniture and lighting alongside traditional oak beams and antiques, while The White House is sleek and modern with white walls, Welsh slate floors and retro mid-twentieth century furniture. Both kitchens are very well equipped, reflecting our love of good food and cooking - eggs from our hens and a homemade cake are part of the package, and home-reared lamb is available on request. Both properties have underfloor heating powered by air source heat pumps, and woodburners in the living rooms - wood is included.

All the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, with natural feather and down duvets and pillows and 100% cotton bed linen and towels. There is ample space in both houses for keeping all your outdoor gear, and outside are totally private sunny seating areas for relaxing and drinking in the views. All in all The Old Barn and The White House are spacious, stylish, comfortable and environmentally-friendly holiday homes from which to explore the glorious sights and scenery of the Brecon Beacons and South Wales.

Larger groups might want to book both properties for a special celebration or shared holiday. The extending dining table in the barn seats 12 comfortably, and there is ample cutlery, crockery, seating etc. A glorious spot for a memorable occasion!

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Roz Smart and Pip Little
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
18 March, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

8/8/2012. It has been lovely to look out on Sugarloaf throughout the week. The barn is so comfortable and original, a great place to relax, read, cook, hang out...

29/8/2012. So many places to visit within easy reach. Thank you very much for the cake - much appreciated at the top of Pen-y-Fan!

November 2012 We have fallen in love with the house, the decor, the views and the whole sustainability ethos

February 2013 The kind of place you want to tell everyone about but no-one to know about!

April 2013 A warm and cosy cottage, restored to an incredible standard. Didn't feel like a rental property at all . We had such a warm welcome from the owners who couldn't have been more helpful - fresh eggs and a homebaked cake to arrive to. A surprising amount of things to do with the kids including climbing, riding, the Big Pit etc. We loved this place!
Jun 2012
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Booking Notes:
Booking by e-mail or telephone; deposit on booking; balance on arrival

Changeover Day:
Changeover days / times flexible

Notes on prices:
Reductions offered for couples or smaller groups using just the main part of The Old Barn or the ground floor of The White House. Contact us for details.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Abergavenny in Abergavenny

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , roll top bath with high level taps suitable for rinsing hair
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , wetroom suitable for disabled guests
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , ensuite wetroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , single beds are 3'6" wide
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: In converting the barn we have used traditional Welsh slate, oak and lime alongside green materials which allow the building to breathe. It is insulated with sheep’s wool, wood-fibre boards and hemp-lime plaster and underfloor heating and hot water are provided by an air-source heat pump. And as well as your own creature comforts the barn provides homes for our populations of bats and swallows, including a large attic room for the exclusive use of lesser horseshoe bats. The White House heating and hot water also comes from an air-source heat pump, and photo-voltaic panels on the metal barn help us generate some of own electricity. Outside: Sheltered outdoor seating in both properties with stunning views. Barbecues provided for balmy evenings. Immediate access to footpath to Sugar Loaf mountain, and freedom to roam our neighbouring fields, home to our small flock of Black Welsh Mountain sheep, as well as wildlife such as foxes, badgers, bats, owls, red kites etc.


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The Old Barn (book with The White House for groups of up to 12)
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 4 reviews

Comfortable, cozy and well equipped barn conversion in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful few days in the Brecon Beacons. The Old Barn is in a lovely location, just outside Abergavenny which has all the amenities you need. Amazing views of Sugar Loaf mountain which is walkable from the cottage. The Old Barn has the best equipped kitchen we have come across, the bedrooms comfortable and the bathrooms modern and clean. The open plan living area suited our family well and the wood burner makes for a cozy focus in the lounge area.

The owners are friendly and welcoming, and provide a personal touch through well stocked bookcases, a selection of DVDs and games and a lovely homemade cake on arrival. They are also happy to take pre-orders for their own organic meat if you like to meal plan - very tasty and excellent quality.

It's worth noting that the double ensuite room has a separate entrance to the main cottage, which we didn't pick up on initially; it might just help with room allocation decisions. We also lacked mobile phone signal at the Old Barn but a short walk away our phones connected, there is also no TV although there is wifi.

All in all, a wonderful choice for a relaxing, star-gazing, outdoory family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Awesome retreat

  • 5 of 5

Such a peaceful break. Lovely walks and views.

Would most definately return

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

An excellent place to stay, peaceful yet within easy reach of local amenities and attractions.

The barn is equipped to a very high standard.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your positive comments - we're delighted you liked the barn so much. We will continue to try to improve and enhance what we do to give our guests the best possible holiday.
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Car: recommended


You can reach the South Wales and Gower beaches in just over an hour. There is also wonderful wild swimming locally, in the Usk, Wye and Monnow rivers.


Cardiff Airport: 1 hour; Bristol Airport: 1 Hour; Birmingham Airport: 2 hours; Heathrow: 2 hours 40 minutes.

Mainline Rail Station in Abergavenny; Abergavenny - London Paddington: 2 and a half hours


Abergavenny Town Centre, 1.5 miles

Hay-on-Wye, 15 miles

Hereford, 20 miles

Brecon, 20 miles

Cardiff, 32 miles

Bristol, 45 miles

Bath 60miles

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The Old Barn and The White House offer the perfect holidays for anyone wanting to enjoy the mountains to their full, with walking, cycling, riding, kayaking and wild swimming all near at hand.

They also provide an ideal base for events such as the Hay Festival (May/June), the Green Man Festival (August), Brecon Jazz Festival (August), and Abergavenny Food Festival (September) and there are wonderful nationally acclaimed restaurants within 15 minutes drive (Walnut Tree, Foxhunter, Hardwick).

Other attractions include the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Blaenavon, with its museums devoted to South Wales's industrial past, wonderful castles such as Raglan and Caerphilly, the atmospheric abbey ruins at Llanthony, and historic market towns like Brecon, Usk, Monmouth, Hay, and, of course, Abergavenny itself

Please note this is a no smoking property