THE OLD BARN
and THE WHITE HOUSE
Dogs allowed by arrangement.
Low season: from £500 pw.
Mid season: from £650 pw.
High season: from £800 pw.
For further details please contact:
Roz Smart and Pip Little
Tel: 01873 850328
Reload this mapPorth-y-Parc is a 35 acre smallholding nestling in St David's Vale at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with stunning views in all directions. Available for holidays are our beautiful newly converted nineteenth century stone barn, and a simply stylish mid-twentieth century farmhouse. 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).
Porth-y-Parc is 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 cottages also provide 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, Caerphilly 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.
The Old Barn
The Old Barn stands on its own at the end of the driveway and yard, facing Sugar Loaf Mountain. It is a traditional Welsh stone barn, with arrow slits and triangular owl windows. 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.
The White House
- 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 with i-pod dock, DVD player; utility room with washing machine; separate entrance from courtyard to bedroom (kingsize bed) with ensuite wet room.
- First Floor: double bedroom; twin bedroom (3'6" beds); family bathroom; galleried landing with large sofa.
- Outside: seating in sheltered south-facing courtyard and on patio with Sugar Loaf view behind the barn.
The White House sits at the entrance to the yard. It was built in 1970 to provide all the mod cons the old farmhouse then lacked. It is light and bright, with south-facing windows in most of the rooms making the most of the sweeping views down the valley to Abergavenny below. Touches such as copper guttering and oak doors add distinction to its simple white exterior.
Inside, the clean modern lines of the rooms are enhanced by sparkling white walls, sleek Welsh slate floors and golden oak doors. The mix of contemporary and vintage furniture and fittings combine 21st century style with a retro 1950s/60s twist. The kitchen is equipped with everything you need to make the most of the superb local produce on offer here, including a homemade cake and six eggs from our free range hens. Our own lamb is also available on request. In the living room a woodburner supplements the underfloor heating, making sure you can feel snug and warm whatever the weather is throwing at you. All three bedrooms are bright and spacious and have views of the surrounding fields and hills. Towels and linen are provided and are 100% cotton.
There is plenty of space in the entrance porch for storing all your outdoor gear and oak patio doors lead out from here to the north patio and parking area; another door leads from the hallway to the pretty, enclosed south-facing garden with lawns, patio and colourful flower borders - perfect for relaxing and drinking in the views. A barbecue is provided.
- Ground Floor: entrance porch, kitchen, living/dining room (with woodburner, TV and DVD player, CD player with i-pod dock, wifi access), double bedroom (kingsize bed), twin bedroom, family wetroom.
- First Floor: double bedroom (kingsize bed), ensuite bathroom with roll-top bath, basin, toilet.
- Outside: Parking area (space for two cars), walled north-facing terrace with raised flower beds and bench seating and oak patio doors into the back of the house. South-facing front garden with its spectacular views of the surrounding hills and the town of Abergavenny below in the Usk Valley.