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

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

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.


Owner
Amanda Phelps Barnett
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 August, 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
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Felin-Fach in Powys

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
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
Bathrooms:
  • 2 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
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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
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.

Reviews

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Rural Converted Barn With Panoramic Views Of Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains
average rating of 4.4545455 based on 12 reviews
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Getting away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We had a five night stay with friends which gave us all the peace and quiet we were looking for. With very little internet access (which was a bonus) due to the location it was nice to enjoy the barn and it's surroundings. We made good use of the cooking facilities, including BBQ, each night and so could all relax after a very full day walking in the Brecon Beacons. Amanda and Barney are lovely hosts who have excellent knowledge of the area and gave us some really helpful tips on the activities we completed. An excellent base to explore the Brecon Beacons and surrounding area.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasure meeting you all and I am delighted you enjoyed your stay. You certainly packed in lots of activities, being up bright and early to go walking, canoeing and bird watching to name a few. Every time I spot a skylark I will smile and think of you. I genuinely hope that our paths will cross again some time in the future. Warmest regards to you all, A x
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Absolutely stunning property

  • 5 of 5

We have just got back from a two week stay at The Byre with our two girls (10/8)

When we arrived we were blown away by the quality of the accomodation and the rural location, and this didn't change for the whole stay .

We loved it, our girls loved it and our scruffy little dog loved it too !

We will definitely be returning here, it has left an imprint on us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rural Barn conversion

  • 4 of 5

Lovely home in beautiful surroundings. Views are supurb.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I hope you enjoyed your welsh experience as much as I enjoyed meeting you all. You certainly clocked up the miles during your brief stay and hope that you are no longer daunted by our motorways or our country lanes! Warmest regards to you all, A x
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5

Superb,stylish and very comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

You could not possible fault this property, the location or the hosts.

We both thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Brye. The Brye is a credit to the owners. They have they have lovingly restored and renovated the barn to 2017 standards. Very warm, cosy, stylish and comfortable. Every detail perfect. The stunning scenery, easy access to some fabulous restaurants, cafes and pubs and marvellous walks all around.

Thank you very much.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. It was a genuine pleasure meeting you both and I am delighted you enjoyed such a lovely week with us; I hope it is the first of many. Warm regards to you both, A x
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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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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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Location

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

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday barn in Felin-Fach, United Kingdom

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
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
 
 
Easter
31 Mar 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£900
 
 
Hay Festival 2018
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£950
for 7 nights
£950
 
 
Summer Holidays
30 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
 
October Half Term 2018
27 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
£850
for 7 nights
£850
 
 
Christmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 29 Dec 2018
8 night minimum stay
£900
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
From
£150
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£800
 

Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £20 per person per night
Pet Fee £15
Damage Deposit £150

Pets are welcome at an additional charge of £15/pet/week or part thereof.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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