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

Bedrooms 2
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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3 - 7 nights


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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.

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

Amanda Phelps Barnett
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2016
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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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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Rural Converted Barn With Panoramic Views Of Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: 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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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.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: 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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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.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: 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 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: 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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Three words...Perfect,perfect,perfect

  • 5 of 5

As you drive up the country road and into the properties own driveway you will not be disappointed at what greets you. Then when you walk towards the house and look back at the breathtaking views you will be delighted that you chose this property and you haven't even been inside yet !

Then in you go and right from the start you will be amazed as the house is beautifully laid out and quite stunning.

I hope Amanda the owner is there to greet you as she couldn't be more helpful and welcoming. A word of warning....don't try the beds out until you really need to go to sleep as laying down on them for more than a minute and you'll be off in the land of nod such is their luxurious appeal.

Evening will soon arrive and the lack of ambient light in the area affords tremendous opportunities to view a sky full of stars both static and shooting. The house lighting both inside and out gives the place yet more charm and sitting outside on the vast deck sipping G+T's or the odd bottle of something is highly recommended.

The location is also perfect for touring and walking with most places close by including The Griffin pub and restaurant where you will enjoy wonderful food and surroundings.

Eating-in is another plus at the house as the kitchen has all you need to cary out your self catering activities and then if the weather is a little cooler you can enjoy your culinary efforts in front of the fantastic wood burner that warms the whole place using quite literally just a few pieces of wood.

With both bedrooms each equipped with lovely freestanding deep baths, any aches and tiredness can be erased quite quickly with the help of a glass of wine or two!

My advice is simply this....get it booked.....oh and one last thing don't let Lokey (the owners Welsh Springer spaniel) get to your more softer side as he is so adorable you will want to take him home.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I'm just delighted you had such a wonderful stay. You were perfect guests and I truly hope to see you all back here again soon.
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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

Brecon Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
New Year
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Apr 14 2017 - Apr 20 2017
7 night minimum stay
Flat fee
Hay Festival 2017
May 26 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer Holidays
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $13
Refundable damage deposit $190

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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Brecon Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • 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 king size sleigh bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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, chickens and horses 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 weekly or on changeover, whichever is sooner along with a change of towels, bedlinen and tea towels.

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