Enjoy an unforgettable and relaxing holiday whether a short break or a week, at Cae Marchog; escape and come to stay in this fabulous and chic stone farmhouse with its barn conversion, set in the most amazing remote and secluded spot in the Black Mountains with Hay Bluff rising dramatically up behind. The house and the barn booked together easily accommodate 10 people in luxury. (Please enquire for last minute bookings in the house only.) Both buildings enjoy stunning, panoramic views, one way to appreciate the view is from the HOT TUB on the terrace. This is a perfect location for walking straight from the door, accessing local mountain bike routes, a huge number of outdoor activities, as well as being just 5 miles from Hay-on-Wye, "Town of Books." For somewhere special to eat make sure you try The River Cafe at Glasbury or The Felin Fach Griffin near Brecon.
Beautiful accommodation at the main house.
Cae Marchog sleeps 6 in 2 double bedrooms and 1 king sized room.
An attractive porch with flagstone flooring and ample space for boots and coats leads to the large, fully equipped kitchen with granite work surfaces and a central island which can be used as work surface or as a breakfast bar. Attractive church-style pew seating surrounds the area. The pretty cream oil-fired Aga is great for cooking and locally sourced flagstone floors with underfloor heating make the room very cosy, there is also a double electric oven with four induction hobs. For food storage the kitchen has a full size fridge and a full size freezer and plenty of storage space in the cream finished units. After all the preparation and dining there is a dishwasher and a large Belfast sink for sharing the washing up! The sitting/dining room has a fine-looking oak antique-style table with leather dining chairs and there are large comfy leather sofas and armchairs in the sitting area. Once again there are warm underfloor heated flagstone floors and some lovely rugs. The open fireplace has a traditional hearth and grate and is the perfect focal point for a cool evening in front of the fire. Enjoy the large 46" flat screen TV with SKY channels and a DVD player, all neatly built into the bookcase together with a good music system.
The spacious bathroom is down two steps and features an attractive claw-foot bath, and a separate double shower with power shower. There is also a toilet and luxury vanity unit with a large basin.
An oak staircase leads up to the magnificent cruck frame hall with pegged oak beams and oak floorboards throughout.
Bedroom 1: A king size double is accessed through glass doors to one side, and off the corridor to the other side,
Bedroom 2: double bedroom
Bedroom 3: double bedroom.
These rooms have been well furnished and have coordinated bedlinen and towels.
An outside utility room houses the washing machine and tumble dryer and provides a useful facility for hanging up wet coats and storing boots.
Well-equipped and attractive barn accommodation
Cae Marchog Barn sleeps 4 in 2 double bedrooms.
The barn's ground floor consists of a bright and spacious open plan kitchen, dining and sitting room and luxurious bathroom. The living area features superb oak floors, bespoke shaker-style kitchen units painted sage green with oak surfaces, and plenty of storage space. The kitchen is very well equipped for any visitors who want to cook "proper" meals, with halogen hob with electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. There is an attractive pine kitchen table with country style chairs and two large, comfy leather sofas for relaxing after a hard days' walking. The sitting area also has a 30" flat screen TV with DVD player and a contemporary woodburning stove with logs supplied.
The ground floor bathroom has a beautiful flagstone floor with underfloor heating and heated towel rail. There is a walk-in double shower, slipper shaped claw-foot bath, hand basin and toilet.
The oak staircase leads up to two luxuriously furnished bedrooms
Bedroom 4: double bed with brass bedsteads and co-ordinating bedlinen and soft furnishings with towels provided.
Bedroom 5: double bed with brass bedsteads and co-ordinating bedlinen and soft furnishings with towels provided.
There is also a cloakroom on the landing with toilet and hand basin.
Lovingly restored to combine traditional features with modern conveniences
Cae Marchog has been restored with great attention to detail. The owner has taken care to use only original, local stone, reclaimed stone tiles, and a traditional oak cruck frame with wooden pegs and beams and hand carved doorway. The floors are oak or flagstone throughout and are heated via a ground-source heat pump, a wonderfully ecological modern-day approach. There are open fires and a lovely Aga to continue the traditional, rural feel. Alongside these character features are luxurious bathrooms with claw-foot baths and walk-in double showers. The kitchens in both the main house and the barn are incredibly well-equipped and these features combine to make Cae Marchog the ultimate in holiday accommodation.
A perfect spot from which to enjoy the views
Outside, Cae Marchog is equally well appointed. Its panoramic views can be enjoyed from several large stone terraces and the hot tub is perfectly sited to admire the dramatic scenery.
Cae Marchog also has a paddock and visitors are welcome to bring their own horse or pony. There is superb riding straight from the door - what a wonderful way to explore the mountains whilst saving on those horse-sitting/livery fees.
With its two luxury buildings providing accommodation for up to 10 people, Cae Marchog would be a wonderful choice for a family holiday, a break with the grandparents, two families or a large group of friends. The barn provides equally luxurious facilities as the house and enables visitors to split the party to suit early risers or perhaps families with small children. With both buildings so beautifully furnished and well-appointed the only difficult choice is whether to sleep in the house or the barn.
An outdoor enthusiast's paradise
For those looking for an active holiday this location offers a huge choice of outdoor activities and sports. With some of the best cycle routes in the region you'll be spoilt for choice. The incredible Gospel Pass is on your doorstep allowing direct routes into the Llanthony Valley, Offa's Dyke Path, the National Cycle Route 42 and Cae Marchog is also near the site where the Three Rivers Ride passes from England into Wales. Many of these routes double as excellent horse riding or hill walking tracks and the views from almost any point will take your breath away.
With the River Usk and river Wye not far away water babies can enjoy canoeing and fishing. Further activities such as hang gliding, shooting, rock climbing, abseiling, gorge-walking, rafting, pot-holing, golf, off-road driving, paint-balling, orienteering and quad-biking can all be arranged locally - this is a real hotspot for outdoor activities.
Set amidst an atmospheric and dramatic landscape
Cae Marchog sits right in the heart of a very special landscape. The 12th century cleric Giraldus Cambrensis commented on the area's "hushed atmosphere" and this is still noticeable today with strange acoustics due to the closeness of the hills on all sides. The uniquely spiritual atmosphere here has drawn artists, monks, writers and mystics to make this area their home for many hundreds of years. The Gospel Pass itself has been a way through the Vale of Erywas since the time of Iron Age Man and taking the route through the mountains yourself you are stuck by how little the area must have changed since those times.
Take the short trip down to Llanthony Priory one of the earliest monasteries founded in Britain. Entry is free but take a little money and treat yourself to a pint or glass of something cool from the bar at the hotel situated on site and sit in the peaceful and atmospheric grounds of this 13th century ruin.
If all the solitude is getting to you, or perhaps you've simply run low on supplies head the 5 miles into Hay-on-Wye. The 'Town of Books' is fascinating, the shops there will not only provide for all your practical needs but also offer hours of browsing. There are boutique clothes shops, antique dealers, retailer's catering for crafts and interiors amongst many other things. There are some excellent pubs and restaurants and the most wonderful, old-fashioned sweetie shop!
Hay-on-Wye 5 miles, Hereford 25 miles.
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If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Carolyn, Ceri or Sophie
I am very happy to say that the whole family voted it one of the best places we've ever stayed. Cae Marchog's location, position, design and attention to detail was superb and the hot tub with views of Hay Bluff was a lovley finshing touch. Our arrival was one of those rare moments when the destination surpasses the wildest dreams.
Thans also for your service - we found your communications very clear, and Brecon Beacons Holiday Cottages projected a friendly and customer-first ethos.-
We had a truly fantastic time at Cae Marhog – thank you. The house and barn were everything we expected and more and the views and countryside could not have been described, just awesome.We met the owner, Steve Greenow, and everything in the house was as good as or better than described. We were really impressed with the little things like the BBQ being provided with charcoal and matches etc. Would I recommend Brecon Holiday Cottages and Cae Marchog to others? Yes, already have! Would we come again – already planning it!
Thanks again and please pass on our comments and thanks to Steve.