Tucked away on the gently sloping foothills of the beautiful Black Mountains is a pretty and comfortable 17th century stone barn conversion. The barn itself offers plenty of character with lots of exposed beams, a roll-top bath and a beautiful Rayburn. The views too are spectacular, but it is the outside space here that sets this little cottage apart. Maggie's Barn boasts a large, lawned garden, woodland walks through the private arboretum and a large lake. Remote, save for the owner's house next door, the setting offers wonderful wildlife, flora and fauna and there are miles of superb riding and walking straight from the door.Lovely self catering accommodation
The attractive and comfortable Maggie's Barn sleeps 3 in 2 double bedrooms (one bed is a small double). The open plan kitchen and living area has an oil fired Rayburn cooker, microwave, dining table and chairs, a comfortable new sofa bed and a wall-mounted digital TV/DVD combi with basic Sky. This room leads to a sunny and spacious conservatory with comfortable sofas and chairs and great views out towards the arboretum. There is a utility room with sink, fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer. The downstairs bathroom has a free standing roll-top bath, toilet, handbasin and walk-in, corner shower.
Upsatirs via separate oak stairs
Bedroom 1: small double bed
Bedroom 2: double bed and lovely oak gallery.
Maggie's Barn boasts many lovely features. You'll enjoy breakfast in the sunny conservatory, the underfloor heating and welcoming Rayburn will ensure that you are always cosy, whilst the attractive roll-top bath, tasteful decor and the spectacular oak gallery to one of the two double bedrooms adds a bit of luxury. The windows offer lovely views towards Talgarth and the rolling Radnor hills in one direction, and the magnificent Brecon Beacons in the other.
A peaceful and unique setting
Situated at the foothills of the beautiful Black Mountains and set within a site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI) on the common above Talgarth, Maggie's Barn is blessed with attractive and interesting surroundings. The remote location offers wonderful walking straight from the door. Follow in the footsteps of the workmen of Talgarth who, a century ago carved a footpath in the Black Mountains on their daily journeys to hew a new reservoir high in the mountains. A couple of miles across the common, where Red Kite soar above and sheep and wild ponies graze, is the ancient Llanilieu Church and the small market town of Talgarth.
The small market town of Talgarth is situated just 2.5 miles away from Maggie's Barn. The area is rich with history and there has been a settlement on this site for at least 5000 years - the 13th century Peel Tower and 14th century Parish church are well worth a visit. Take a stroll just outside of the town centre and you'll find ancient woodland along the banks of the River Ennig. There are a series of waterfalls within the wood, the largest being Pwll-y-wrach or 'Witches Pool'. Local legend suggests that witches were ducked in this pool in medieval times. The woodland has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its special habitat values and the existence of some quite rare plants including the Lesser butterfly-orchid. The area is also home to a thriving colony of rare bats and dormice.
On a more practical note, Talgarth has a small supermarket, local chemist and an exceptionally good local butcher ? many visitors order meat to take home at the end of their stay. There are also several good pubs and restaurants in the area.
Numerous outdoor activities and places to visit
Located just 10 miles from Hay-on-Wye and 12 miles from Crickhowell, Maggie's Barn is excellently placed to offer a huge number of outdoor activities all based locally. Walk straight from the house onto the Black Mountains or over toward the Brecon Beacons. There is fantastic canoeing on the River Wye or Usk and hang gliding on nearby Hay Bluff; as well as a superb gliding centre in Talgarth itself. Pony trekking, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and more advanced riding can all be arranged locally.
The large lake within the grounds of Maggie's Barn is very attractive, offering the chance to watch all sorts of wildlife. Speak to the owners to arrange fly fishing casting instruction during your stay.
Talgarth 2.5 miles, Hay-on-Wye 10 miles, Crickhowell 12 miles.
Make your booking online now and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of Maggie's Barn, or alternatively you can book by calling our office on 01874 676446.
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Elizabeth, Ceri and Emma
£150 surcharge during Hay Festival."My daughters and I stayed in Maggie's Barn for 4 nights and had a wonderful time. The hosts are perfect - kind, generous and very helpful and yet invisible until needed. The house had everything we could possibly want and the hosts had left us Welsh cakes, milk and eggs. The place was well-furnished and very clean and very beautiful. The host showed us round, pointing out dozens of interesting species of trees and he allowed us to pick his daffodils to take home.
It snowed on the second day and we had to abandon our car 2 miles from home but the host kindly took me back to the car and helped push me home! The area is very pretty with lots of interesting features and I was quick to recommend it to others when I got home.It was easy to book and the girls at Brecon Cottages were were very helpful. Altogether, a wonderful few days and we shall definitely book again." Rosemary"Happy to reply to say that Maggies Barn was as restful as ever. Despite the weather, which in 30 years, was the worst we have ever had in the Beacons, we had a super time. Sylvia and Bill Devereux are as welcoming as ever, even welcomed our family who were camping close by. The gales proved the cottage was completely up to the mark! Nothing even rattled! Great location for walking, canoeing, cycling. Am sure that we will book for 2013, but we usually have to tie in with family, so will have to book at a later date. We have always had great service from BBHCottages, and the website is very easy to find the way around. Thanks for another happy time in Brecon." Pam and Mike and family.