THE OLD BARN
Dogs allowed by arrangement.
Low season: £600 pw.
High season: £800 pw.
Short breaks £100 - £150 per night.
Newly launched for 2012
For further details please contact:
Roz Smart and Pip Little
Tel: 01873 850328
Reload this mapThe Old Barn is a beautiful new conversion of a nineteenth century stone barn nestling in St David's Vale at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain, with stunning views. The bustling market town of Abergavenny with its shops and restaurants is only 1.5 miles down the hill, and there are further wonderful restaurants within 15 minutes drive (Walnut Tree, Foxhunter, Hardwick).
The barn stands on its own at the end of the driveway on our 35 acre smallholding in the Brecon Beacons National Park, surrounded by open fields and National Trust woodland and mountains. There is fabulous walking from the doorstep, as well as further afield in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, and outdoor activities such as cycling, riding, kayaking and wild swimming are available locally.
The Old Barn also provides an ideal base for events such as the Hay Festival (May/June), the Green Man Festival (August), Brecon Jazz Festival (August), and Abergavenny Food Festival (September). Other attractions nearby include the UNESCO World Heritage site at Blaenavon with its many museums celebrating Wales's industrial past, and wonderful castles such as Raglan, Monmouth and Chepstow. The beaches of the South Wales coast and the Gower are just over an hour's drive, and the vibrant Welsh capital, Cardiff, is only 50 minutes by car or train.
Inside the barn is a stylish mix of old and new, with contemporary designer furniture and lighting alongside traditional oak beams and antiques. The kitchen is superbly equipped, reflecting our own love of good food and cooking - a homemade cake and six eggs from our free range hens are part of the package, and lamb from the farm is sometimes available. In the living room a woodburner gives a cosy feel on those chillier evenings. All three bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, with towels and linen provided, all 100% cotton. Each bedroom also boasts its own Sugar Loaf view. The utility room provides ample space for keeping all your outdoor gear.
Outside there are two sunny seating areas for relaxing and drinking in the views.
In converting the barn we have used traditional Welsh slate, oak and lime alongside green materials which allow the building to breathe. It is insulated with sheep's wool, wood-fibre boards and hemp-lime plaster and underfloor heating and hot water are provided by an air-source heat pump. And as well as your own creature comforts the barn provides homes for our populations of bats and swallows, including a large attic room for the exclusive use of lesser horseshoe bats.
All in all The Old Barn is a spacious, stylish, comfortable and environmentally-friendly holiday home from which to explore the glorious sights and scenery of the Brecon Beacons National park and South Wales.
- Ground Floor: large open-plan kitchen (fully equipped with electric range cooker, large fridge freezer and dishwasher) / dining room / living room with woodburning stove and folding French windows north and south, radio, CD player, DVD player; utility room with washing machine; separate entrance from courtyard to bedroom (kingsize bed) with ensuite wet room.
- First Floor: double bedroom (kingsize bed); twin bedroom (3'6" beds); family bathroom; galleried landing with seating.
- All towels and linen (100% cotton) are provided, and power and logs are included.
- Seating area in sheltered courtyard to south and terrace with mountain view to north.
Dogs allowed by arrangement.