This is a gorgeous converted barn - voted one of The Sunday Times Best Places to Stay 2013 - chic, elegant and comfortable. This stone and slate barn sits on a remote hillside in the Black Mountains and looks out over a peaceful valley. The views are stunning at all times of the year. The cottage is beautifully decorated, with lime-washed walls, exposed beams, an eye-catching stove and lovely artwork and textiles. Large glass floor to ceiling doors lead out onto a terrace and provide breath-taking views. The owner lives in the neighbouring farmhouse and is happy to advise on walks (there are loads of footpaths straight from the cottage). The holiday cottage is in a great spot, just 3 miles from the market town of Crickhowell and walking distance (1 mile) from the little village of Llanbedr which has the very friendly Red Lion village pub with a great open fire, locally sourced traditional food and locally brewed ales.
This gorgeous barn has a large open plan kitchen area with a sitting and dining area with a downstairs shower room and romantic gallery bedroom up a flight of steep steps.
The very attractive hand-built and hand painted kitchen has an electric cooker, microwave, ceramic hob, fridge and freezer. A fantastic great scrubbed pine farmhouse kitchen table with benches separate the kitchen from the sitting area which has comfortable leather sofas and an efficient contemporary oil-fired stove that makes quite a feature against the stone walls. There is a TV with Freeview, DVD, Video, CD and i-pod dock provided. This living area has wonderful lime-washed walls, exposed beams, slate tiles and lots of light pouring in through the floor to ceiling glass doors. The downstairs shower room has a very efficient power shower, toilet and handbasin.
Up the wooden stairs, which do have a bannister but are fairly steep, to
Bedroom 1: a galleried bedroom with a romantic double bed with cuddly duvet and welsh blankets and skylight windows.
Gorgeous Bedlinen and towels provided.
A quiet, romantic retreat
Pips Barn provides the perfect place to unwind, on a wet day curl up and read a book in front of the warm and welcoming stove or do a jigsaw on the enormous pine table. If the weather is fine, enjoy the sun pouring in through the huge glass patio doors, sit on the the private terrace or have a BBQ enjoying the fabulous views. Set in the grounds of the owner's house, the barn is completely private with doors and windows all looking away and out across the valley, peace and quiet without complete isolation. Walk into the nearby village of Llanbedr for lunch at the Red Lion and then home for a game of scrabble and a glass of wine.
Fantastic walks from your door
With walks in all directions from Pip's Barn, visitors will be spoilt for choice. There are a number of circular walks up the nearby Sugar Loaf mountain and there are more gentle strolls to be had by heading down through the village of Llanbedr and into the village of Llangenny. Just follow the river Grwyney, look out for the Heron that patrols these waters and the Muscovy duck that has made its home on the river and is fed by staff at The Dragons Head pub.
For even more walks, head into Crickhowell and visit the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre. As well as offering a coffee bar and internet access, the helpful staff on the desk are a mine of information. Tell them how energetic you're feeling and how much time you have and they'll help you choose from an enormous number of varied walks from the centre. For a challenging but relatively short walk, Table Mountain at nearly 1500ft provides a spectacular backdrop to the North of the town. At the top you will be rewarded with the remains of a 2500-year-old hill-fort (crug) of Hywel from which Crickhowell takes its name. There are also several pony trekking and riding centres in the area. Mountain bikers will love this spot too with rides straight onto the hillside behind the house.
Discover the bustling town of Crickhowell
Crickhowell is a thriving market town nestled between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons in one of the most beautiful valleys in the National Park. Visitors staying at Pip's are just 3 miles from the heart of the town. Explore Nicholls, the lovely department store with its range of clothes, footwear, stationary, jewellery, gifts, and home products and make sure you visit Webbs - a family run department store established in 1930. Drop into Number Eighteen - one of a number of great local coffee shops and then browse the art gallery and small boutique shops before lunching at the famous Bear Hotel, which dates back to 1432 and has won the 'Best Pub in Britain' award twice.
A great area for eating out
A walk of around 1 mile brings you into the little village of Llanbedr. The Red Lion here is a great example of a small village pub, loved by its locals. The pub offers home-cooked food, an open fire and a selection of local ales - an ideal resting point after a long walk.
Foodies will appreciate the selection of other superb eateries within around 20 miles of Pip's Barn. These include two Michelin starred restaurants, The Walnut Tree just over 9 miles away and The Crown at Whitebrook. Pip's is also within easy reach of the celebrated Bell at Skenfrith, Michelin pub of the year in 2007 and recipient of 2 AA rosettes. Finally, The Hardwick is just under 7 miles away and is another multi-award winning gastropub.
Llanbedr (with village pub) 1 mile, Crickhowell 3 miles, Abergavenny 6 miles.
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"This is a lovely property in a splendid setting. We climbed Table Top mountain and its neighbour and loved the fact that we could admire these peaks from the barn. The interior decor was very stylish and we found the entire property to be maintained to a high standard. We particularly appreciated the under floor heating which made the barn very cosy." Kevin