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Rural Converted Barn With Panoramic Views Of Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains

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Overview

Property

Updated: 21-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Barn in Talachddu, Nr. Brecon, Powys, Wales - Tranquil Location, 3 miles outside Brecon and I mile to The Felinfach Griffin gastropub

A newly converted and lovingly restored 17th century stone barn in the welsh hills with panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Hay Bluff. Original features carefully retained alongside solid oak beams, flagstone floors, underfloor heating, wood burning stove, large decking and subtle understated interior design to provide a truly idyllic spot to relax and unwind in stunning, serene surroundings.

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About the Owner

Amanda Phelps Barnett
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2017

About Amanda Phelps Barnett

January 2010 saw our family move from Surrey to the Brecon Beacons for a change of air, pace and lifestyle, swapping school books for wellies. Six years on and we still can't believe our luck, to be living in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, surrounded by panoramic views, stunning scenery whatever the time of year, friendly local gastropubs and a welcoming community. After purchasing the neighbouring field, creating a large vegetable garden, an orchard, building a pond and introducing a welsh springer spaniel, a clutch of hens and a pair of goats the only text books Amanda peruses are those with suggestions on how to keep the marauding rabbits off her plants. Now the 16th century barn has been converted to allow guests to share the magic and tranquillity of this place.

Amanda Phelps Barnett purchased this barn in 2010

Why Amanda Phelps Barnett chose Wales

The views change daily and hourly but are always magical; the location is tranquil and the pace of life allows you to savour each moment. We have the best of both worlds, feeling remote and yet only 3 miles from Brecon for provisions and 12 from Hay on Wye for a stroll around its famous bookshops. There are walks from the doorstep or take a short trip in the car to explore the plethora of hills and waterfalls that abound nearby. There's always something to do - cycling, trekking, wild swimming, whisky tour and tasting, limestone caves to explore, wonderful restaurants, historic sites or just kick back and soak up the surrounding scenery on the decking with a glass of wine or snuggle up in front of the wood burner with a good film or book and a mug of cocoa.

What makes this barn unique

The Byre is the ideal base from which to explore the Brecon Beacons and/or the Black Mountains. Spend the day exploring the countryside or climbing the hills and return to ease aching limbs with a luxurious soak in your own pedestal bath. You may wish to enjoy a BBQ on the decking or tuck into a warming casserole which has been cooking on the log burning stove during the day. If you'd rather dine out there's the award winning Felinfach Griffin just a mile away. There are festivals throughout the year - Abergavenny Food Festival in September, Crickhowell Walking Festival in March, Hay Book Festival in May/June, Royal Welsh Show in July and Brecon Jazz in August to name just a few. Since there is no ambient light - Brecon Beacons National Park is only the fifth destination in the world to be granted international dark sky reserve status - you can while away the evenings stargazing and toasting marshmallows - bliss!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"It's like a luxury 5* hotel with the added bonus of self-catering'
Jul 2014
  • 1 of 1

Guestbook comments from the owner

"It's like a luxury 5* hotel with the added bonus of self-catering'
Jul 2014
  • 1 of 1

7 Reviews

Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

1

Definitely not a 5 stars property

  • 1 of 5

Me and my husband stayed at this cottage at the beginning of November. Came to this area for a conference and decided to stay for a long weekend.

The cottage is really hard to find without the owner 's directions .

This cottage is currently described as having internet connection on a lower speed however this is not the case. We' ve been told that we need to stay near to a solid wall to have internet connection- I need to say that we've found that really insulting.

The owner representative offered to open the main house kitchen so we can use that connection- the second insult as this was not that I've paid for : to stay in someone's kitchen to use internet connection.

After phone conversations with the owner she agreed to reimburse however not the full amount received as agreed.

The cleaning standards in the cottage are definitely different to mine as I've found dog hair all over the property, dead insects on the floor and alive spiders in the corners.

I had to do a proper cleaning so I can feel comfortable.

The front door is a really challenge to open as you must have big muscles to close/open it.

The temperature in the downstairs bedroom is dropping to 18C and you can't change it as it is locked.

Owners son came and made some changes however the situation remained the same - we gave up and decided to use the wood burner to compensate this.

After all this negativity I need to highlight that the cottage is done nicely to a good quality standard.

I would not recommend this property to a friend.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm truly sorry you didn't have a wonderful stay. Having had over 40 exemplary reviews it came as a shock to receive this feedback, but all the more so as it's at odds with your email that you sent to us, stating "We had a really nice time over and I need to say that your property is amazing, everything is top quality ( except internet speed 😀򐀩" . I'll respond to each of your concerns in turn: 1) You are absolutely correct: The Byre is hard to find since, unlike urban areas, our postcode covers a huge area which is why we provide clear directions plus a phone number in case you get lost. 2)Information for guests state “we have limited internet facilities and very slow download speeds…….” Sadly we are one of many rural communities in the UK blighted by the term “Notspot”. The Govt has acknowledged that this needs to be resolved but as yet this is “to be achieved”….. we know only too well how frustrating it is and can only sympathise with you. The vast majority of our guests take the opportunity of visiting The Byre to get away from their hectic lives and we certainly do not market it as a “virtual office”. It's a great shame that you didn't mention this in your communications prior to arrival as we could have made this clear to you from the start. However we will ensure all future guests are made fully aware of the situation. 3) I’m so sorry this caused such offence. This is a previously unknown problem as The Byre has its own router so this isn't necessary. We can only apologise that you didn't manage to pick up the signal. 4) Again, we apologise that this caused such indignation. A solution to the immediate problem was sought to meet your demands and opening up the (unoccupied) house appeared to be a kind and thoughtful option. 5) A v generous payment was made as a good will gesture. 6) We must refute this defamatory comment. We maintain high standards of cleanliness and this is a first.This is an old barn in a rural location - and spiders etc are part of daily life, regardless of how many times the place is cleaned. 7) This is being resolved. 8) The wood burner is an excellent heat producer and is hugely popular with our guests. The Byre is uncomfortably hot if the thermostats are set any higher. The temperature is easily adjusted but the system is locked because it is highly sensitive and prone to vast fluctuations . Guests only have to ask and we will resolve the problem.– we are on the end of a phone 24 hours a day.
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5

The ultimate get-away!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at The Byre with my mother-in-law. Sounds like a prescription for disaster, or at least an episode from a sitcom, doesn't it? It was the most wonderful trip I can remember ever taking, and I've traveled a lot. The photographs didn't begin to do the location or the Byre itself justice. It was like living in a picture postcard. Accommodations were first class, and Amanda gave 110% to make sure our stay was terrific, including suggesting local butchers and answering any questions we had before and during the trip.

If you love to stay somewhere with unparalleled scenery, peace and quiet, and great amenities, this is the place. While we did go on the Brecon Mountain Railway, visited Talgarth Mill and Hay-on-Wye for the bookstores, we also enjoyed spending time relaxing at the Byre, reading (inside and outside, in spite of it being October), coloring and just visiting. We cooked some very nice meals with local lamb, beef and fish. The Griffin, a local pub a mile down the road in Felinfach, served us gourmet meals several times (one of the top restaurants I've eaten in).

So even though it's out of the way, it is still a first class experience and does not involve sacrifice at all. We loved it so much, we want to go back again sometime.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review. I am so pleased you all had such a wonderful time. You were delightful guests and it was lovely to see you all relaxing on the decking and enjoying your books in the autumnal sunshine. I hope you will venture back over The Pond again sometime in the future. There are plenty more butchers for you to sample and compare! Kind regards, A
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4

A well converted barn in a great location

  • 4 of 5

A two bedroom barn conversion just a few miles outside Brecon. The location is stunning and the property is well maintained and clean. There is a log burning stove in the living area (which was much needed on October evenings), and two double bedrooms with very comfortable king size beds. The owners state that the central heating is fixed at a comfortable temperature - we found it rather cold at times, hence the dependence on the wood burner for which plenty of fuel is available.

The kitchen area is small and adequately rather then well equipped and the only other grip is that the seating in the lounge area consists of one small sofa, which is reasonably comfortable, and two very upright high backed chairs that are rather less comfortable for relaxing with a book.

Other then at all was good and the owners are friendly and helpful. We had fresh towels and bathrobes provided and the bathroom amenities are of a high quality. The owner knew that it was my birthday during our stay and when we arrived she had baked a cake in which was a birthday candle! A much appreciated personal touch.

This is certainly somewhere we would consider staying if we visit the area again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It had to happen sometime that I would receive a less than 5* review but thank you for taking the trouble to submit one. It is such a shame that you did not mention the heating as that is something that could have been resolved very easily. There is always room for improvement and I would welcome your advice on what additional equipment you had in mind that would benefit the kitchen area and I will do my best to incorporate your suggestions. As regards to the seating arrangements, I am not sure what can be done to address this unique situation as other guests have found the furniture very comfortable. I am genuinely sorry that you had a less than perfect stay and hope that this did not diminish your birthday break. Kind regards, A
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5

Peaceful and picturesque

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous two weeks staying at this wonderful barn, we were so glad that we had booked the two weeks as we definitely didn't want to leave after just one. The barn has been beautifully converted with such attention to detail, luxurious bathrooms and incredibly spacious bedrooms and living area, the photos do not do it justice. Outside there are views in all directions, over to the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, enjoyed from the decking just outside the barn or from benches strategically placed in the grounds of the property.

Amanda, our host came out to welcome us and had left us a basket with some lovely red wine and ploughmans (including homemade chutney and bread)...delicious. The whole family were incredibly friendly, so much so that the barn felt like a home from home.

While staying at Argoed Barns you do feel that you are in the middle of nowhere but it is only a mile walk to The Griffin, a pub well known for its food and helpful staff. Brecon is only a 10 minute drive away where you can pick up everything that you need and it is ideally placed for waling the Brecon Beacons or Black Mountains.

We will definitely want to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the trouble to write a review. I am delighted you had such a fabulous time during your stay and hope to see you all back here again soon, discovering yet more welsh gems. Warm regards, A 🐞
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5

Amazing place and amazing host!

  • 5 of 5

Had the most amazing short break here! The views were spectacular, the cottage was amazing and Amanda the host was so helpful from start to finish! We will be returning very soon. Highly recommend if you are looking for a relaxing and cosy break in a luxurious converted barn.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted you all had such a lovely time celebrating T's special birthday....looking forward to welcoming you back soon. A 🐞
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5

Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week here, couldn't recommend it more highly. Thank you Amanda!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - it was lovely to meet you and I am delighted you had such a lovely time. Warmest regards X
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Location

From the Owner

The views change daily and hourly but are always magical; the location is tranquil and the pace of life allows you to savour each moment. We have the best of both worlds, feeling remote and yet only 3 miles from Brecon for provisions and 12 from Hay on Wye for a stroll around its famous bookshops. There are walks from the doorstep or take a short trip in the car to explore the plethora of hills and waterfalls that abound nearby. There's always something to do - cycling, trekking, wild swimming, whisky tour and tasting, limestone caves to explore, wonderful restaurants, historic sites or just kick back and soak up the surrounding scenery on the decking with a glass of wine or snuggle up in front of the wood burner with a good film or book and a mug of cocoa.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Cardiff at 58 Miles Nearest Barpub : Felinfach Griffin at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Brecon Golf Club at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Abergavenny at 23 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Felinfach Griffin at 1 Miles Car: necessary

Travel:

A car is highly recommended although we do have guests staying without their own transport.

23 miles (30 mins) to Abergavenny Station

58 miles (75 mins) to Cardiff Airport

76 miles (under 2 hours) to Bristol Airport

Distances:

3 miles to the Georgian town of Brecon

5 miles to The Mill at Talgarth (featured on BBC Village SOS)

12 miles to Hay-on-Wye and its famous bookshops

15 miles to Pen y Fan for walks

23 miles to Abergavenny

24 miles to Penderyn Distillery for a tour of whisky making

Further Details:

Brecon for supermarkets, Post Office, market and banks along with coffee shops, theatre, cinema and leisure centre.

Excellent places to eat: The Felinfach Griffin (1 mile away); The Walnut Tree and The Hardwick Arms (near Abergavenny); The Foxhunter (Nantyderry en route to Newport); The Bull's Head (Craswall, outside Hay on Wye);

Places of Interest: Tretower (en route to Crickhowell) - an insight into the life of the upper classes in Medieval times;

Dan-yr-ogof caves -Abercrave, Nr Swansea

Hay-on-Wye Book Festival

The Big Pit - tours given by ex-miners who worked there and have tales to tell…

Leisure Activities: Walking, Cycling, Canoeing, Red Kite Feeding, Pony Trekking, Wild Swimming, Gliding, Sailing, Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Theatre, Cinema

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Easter
14 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£800
 
 
Hay Festival 2017
26 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£950
for 7 nights
£950
 
 
Summer Holidays
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
October Half Term
27 Oct 2017 - 5 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£525
for 3 nights
From
£175
From
£175
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£800
 
 
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
New Year 2017
29 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£500
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
From
£150
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£600
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Pets are welcome at an additional charge of £10/pet/week or part thereof.
A cot is available for an additional charge of £10/stay

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Facilities

From the Owner

The Byre is the ideal base from which to explore the Brecon Beacons and/or the Black Mountains. Spend the day exploring the countryside or climbing the hills and return to ease aching limbs with a luxurious soak in your own pedestal bath. You may wish to enjoy a BBQ on the decking or tuck into a warming casserole which has been cooking on the log burning stove during the day. If you'd rather dine out there's the award winning Felinfach Griffin just a mile away. There are festivals throughout the year - Abergavenny Food Festival in September, Crickhowell Walking Festival in March, Hay Book Festival in May/June, Royal Welsh Show in July and Brecon Jazz in August to name just a few. Since there is no ambient light - Brecon Beacons National Park is only the fifth destination in the world to be granted international dark sky reserve status - you can while away the evenings stargazing and toasting marshmallows - bliss!

Property Type

  • barn

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Suitability

  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, This is an ensuite bathroom.
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, This bathroom is adjacent to the bedroom.
  • Bathroom adjacent to bedroom 1 with large walk-in shower, pedestal bath, wc and surface mounted basin. En-suite shower room to bedroom 2 with shower, wc and surface mounted basin; footed bath in bedroom.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) + 1 (truckle bed) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size brass bed and an additional truckle bed; Bedroom 2 with superking bed.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Outside: Decking runs the length of the property, split into two levels linked by wide steps and deck lighting. Plentiful seating in the form of a teak banana bench and coffee table on the lower level outside bedroom 1 (which also has access to the decking via its own glass door) A circular dining table and four chairs with BBQ and fire bowl on the upper level lead from the sitting room. The decking overlooks the vegetable garden (which is presently being transformed into lavender beds) and views of the Brecon Beacons panning around to the Black Mountains and thence on to Hay Bluff. Guests are welcome to stroll down to the pond and relax there with a drink or wander up to see and/or feed the goats, hens and sheep in our field. Utility Room: Covered area for drying clothes, recycling bins and wood store. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, bathrobes, linen and tea towels included along with locally made toiletries. Property cleaned on changeover. Clean towels, bedlinen and tea towels replaced weekly.

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