|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We had a fantastic week here, couldn't recommend it more highly. Thank you Amanda!
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
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
|Refundable damage deposit||$185|
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