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Wild in the Brecon Beacons

Wild in the Brecon Beacons

The MacGregor's visit the Brecon Beacons, staying in the beautifully situated Pen Y Heol Barn nestled in the stunning mountain range.

The MacGregor family arrived at dusk to find Pen Yr Hoel, situated in a deep valley beneath the Brecon Beacons. A modest looking stone barn from the exterior yet super lovely and spacious barn conversion inside.  Easy to find up the winding welsh lanes above the village of LLanfrynach, seemingly miles from anywhere yet only a mere 5 miles into the pretty town of Brecon.

Walks straight out of the door to ancient woodlands, above the house up the track and within 5 minutes you are high up on the mountain. We were blessed with sunny clear weather so walks were abound, four year olds and puppy in tow,

News Years eve, some of us peeled off to stomp up the Cribyn, a childhood favourite mountain and disappoint it did not, just a short drive up the lanes takes you to a high point to start the ascent. A wild wintry walk to blow away those Christmas cobwebs and to take in the dramatic views of The Brecon Beacons.

The friendly farmer and property owner Thomas Jones, popped up to tell us about the area, explained some walks and routes and even took some of us on a tour of a secret camping location and abandoned house, much to the children delight.

The house itself a converted barn, once used as a sheep sheering barn boasts a high ceilinged kitchen with impressive exposed beams. A very easy to use wood burner with the squishiest super-sized sofas one could flop onto post mountain stomp, bliss! The kitchen so well equipped even my very fussy, foody husband had ALL the utensils he needed for his elaborate meals including pheasant stew - even a food blender I might add.

Open plan, spacious, very comfortable and I haven’t even got to the bedrooms yet..

Huge comfortable beds, high spec interior design with pretty linen and furniture in the rooms.

A brilliant dormitory style bedroom with multiple beds, such fun for the six children we had staying, each bed with a clever truckle bed system (holding a full mattress bed underneath with could slide out with ease.. genius.

Breath taking views from the windows, a very useful and practical boot room come entrance hall which even had a trunk full of trucks and toys, a brilliant discover for the 4 year old in our party.

Comments from some of the family member staying..

Beautiful spacious home with stunning views. Perfect for relaxing on huge comfortable sofas and enjoying incredible walks, right outside the front..

I can honestly say, having stayed in multiple cottage rentals and self catering homes, this by far surpassed all of them to date, it really made for a perfect New Year family get together providing that much desired  home from home comfort, with all the amenities and set in the most stunning remote location one could ask for. I cannot wait to book again for the summer, next year is too long to wait.

Running wild in the mountains behind Pen Y Heol Barn with Pen-Y-Fan in the background