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

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights


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.

Amanda Phelps Barnett
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 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 Felin-Fach

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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Felin-Fach Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , This is an ensuite bathroom.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • 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
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
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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Rural Converted Barn With Panoramic Views Of Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains
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Quiet and peaceful with lovely views.

  • 5 of 5

We’re two grandparents of 70 plus who were looking for some peace and quiet in comfortable, beautiful surroundings and we found it! The Byre has been lovingly restored and equipped to meet all ones needs. Plenty of hot water when ever it is needed, very comfortable beds and a ready supply of logs (£5 a bag) for the log burner needed to boost the underfloor heating in February! A well equipped kitchen area (including spice rack, condiments and assorted beverages) and a vast array of books to choose from! The mix of vintage and ultramodern design works well and is a credit to Amanda’s talents and training. The views are what we came for and we’re not disappointed though the wind chill at this time of the year prevented us using the decked area much. Thank you Amanda and Barnie for your welcome (especially the homemade cakes!) and the use of your holiday home! Cas and Ken

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We're delighted that you achieved the peace and quiet you were seeking from your hectic grandparental duties and hope that you will be back to savour more delights of the Brecon Beacons on a regular basis and/or in warmer weather. Warm regards to you both, A & B
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A wonderful barn conversion, tastefully furnished, all mod cons, fantastic views.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over Christmas and New Year. The Byre at Argoed is very comfortable, warm, welcoming and well-equipped. Champagne glasses too! There was nothing lacking. Even a Christmas tree and mince pies! Tastefully decorated, and with many books! The location is tremendous with far-reaching views all round. Great for walking, reading, gazing, eating, drinking and celebrating. Wi-Fi and mobile phone access. Close enough to shops and pubs in all directions. We had a wonderful time in this 'home from home'.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rural Barn conversion

  • 4 of 5

Lovely home in beautiful surroundings. Views are supurb.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 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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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.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: April 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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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.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 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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Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Felinfach Griffin
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Brecon Golf Club
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Felinfach Griffin
Car: necessary


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


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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20.77
Refundable damage deposit $207.73

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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