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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- Minimum Stay3 - 8 nights
Barn in Talachddu, Nr. Brecon, Powys, Wales - Tranquil Location, 3 miles outside Brecon and I mile to The Felinfach Griffin gastropub
Amanda Phelps Barnett
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- Jul 9, 2018
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!
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Visit to The Byre, Brecon 12-19th May 2018
Where do I begin to review the fabulous Byre! – wow! – it is just the most amazing place to stay – from start to finish! Amanda & Barney are the most wonderful hosts and so very helpful and hospitable – even helping to source local garages when we had car problems. Arrived to be welcomed with welsh cakes, jam and fizz. The Byre truly has been done in such a stylish way. Beautifully decorated and iv never slept so soundly in the comfy beds. We were so blessed to have fab weather whilst we were there for a week & did 3 long walks with rest days in between where we had lunch out. The Griffin is recommended by Amanda and only a half hours walk away from the Byre and they do really gorgeous food so I would definitely try that out if you can! We also went to the Hardwick in Abergavenney which we loved and also The Vine Tree in Crickhowell. We did a lovely Wye Valley walk, climbed Pen-y-fan and the Waterfall circuit whilst we were there and the countryside is stunning! – we were happy at the end of the day to sit on the decking drinking our G&T’s and admiring the surrounding views. We will definitely be back and cant wait! Thank you to Amanda & Barney for making us so welcome.
Quiet and peaceful with lovely views.
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
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
A wonderful barn conversion, tastefully furnished, all mod cons, fantastic views.
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'.
Absolutely stunning property
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.
Rural Barn conversion
Lovely home in beautiful surroundings. Views are supurb.
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
Superb,stylish and very comfortable.
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.
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
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
Additional information about rental rates
Pets are welcome at an additional charge of £15/pet/week or part thereof.