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Madog Barn

Crai, Mid Wales
Visit Wales - 5 star rating
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Enjoy a ‘life in the wild’ in a secluded barn conversion
  • 1 mile to the nearest hamlet in gorgeous countryside
  • Located in an International Dark Sky Reserve, with astronomy kit on hand for exploring the night skies
Property code: BN229

This remote rural retreat is ideal for those looking to experience the tranquillity of the Brecon Beacons and immerse themselves in a wilderness adventure.

This delightful barn conversion lies at the end of a single-track country lane, next door to the owner’s cottage and 1 mile from the hamlet of Crai. The views across the valley and rolling hills hint at just some of the walks that can be had right from the door, while Black Mountain lies to the west, and Pen y Fan sits 8 miles east as the crow flies. Given its remote position, a vehicle is essential for your stay, with the nearest shops found 3 miles away at Defynnog, or the slightly larger village of Sennybridge, a further mile along the road; the market town of Brecon is 13 miles east.

On arrival, you are greeted by a large entrance hall with glass doors that flood the space with light. There is ample room here for storing your walking boots and coats, before passing through to the elegant open-plan interior. The sitting area’s lovely oak floor and electric log effect stove, provides you with a warm and cosy place to relax, perhaps catching up on your favourite TV show or watching a movie as day turns to night. At mealtimes the kitchen provides everything you need to prepare a simple snack or a family feast, with a dining table for everyone to gather around. A handmade flight of oak spiral stairs leads to the property’s two bedrooms – one double and one twin – as well as the bathroom with a bath and separate shower.

Outside, a lawned garden with a terraced area invites you to enjoy al fresco dining in front of the wonderful views, with a BBQ and garden furniture. You may also choose to stay up after nightfall and enjoy the sparkling night skies – the property sits in an International Dark Sky Reserve and the owner has thoughtfully provided astronomy equipment for you to make the most of during your stay.


Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin
  • 1 bathroom with bath and separate shower
  • Electric cooker and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, washing machine
  • Welcome pack
  • TV, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included (satellite broadband)
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Garden with lawn, and terrace with BBQ and garden furniture
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pets to be kept under control outside due to livestock in the surrounding fields
  • Bike storage available
  • Astronomy equipment supplied for exploring the night sky
  • Fishing available nearby through the Usk and Wye Foundation
  • 3 miles to shops and pubs at Defynnog; 4 miles to Sennybridge; 13 miles to Brecon
  • Please note this property is unsuitable for children under 6, babes in arms only

Sarah Greenwood

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Brecon Beacons is a vast, mountainous and rural region of Wales. Stretching 42 miles from east to west and covering an area of 520 square miles, the Brecon Beacons is dominated by the National Park of the same name. Split into three main areas, the Black Mountain in the west, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Fforest Fawr in the middle, and the Black Mountains in the east; each is a wild, bold and inspiring place to visit on holiday. With 1232 miles of public trails which includes the 95-mile-long Beacons Way, it’s a wayfarer’s delight. One of four Dark Skies Reserves in the UK (and one of 11 in the world), stargazers can delight in the open night sky, to enjoy the darkness in full splendour. The Fforest Fawr is a UNESCO Global Geopark because of its important geology and a need to conserve and protect the area from negative over development.

Stay at a self-catering cottage in the mountains and cascading woodlands or out on the moors; you can also stay in one of the Brecon Beacon’s lovely towns like Hay-on-Wye, Crickhowell, Llangorse or Brecon. Outdoor lovers will enjoy a choice of easy to challenging treks up and around Sugar Loaf Mountain, Carn Pica, Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad, Pen y Fan, or Hatterall Ridge (and many more besides). Take in uniquely Welsh attractions like Dan-yr-Ogof (the National Showcaves Centre for Wales), The Big Pit Mining Museum, Llanthony Priory, Carreg Cennen Castle, Fourteen Locks, and the Brecon Beacons Mountain Railway. Wildlife abounds in the Brecon Beacons, and it’s a great place to spot red kites and discover the successful story of their reintroduction to the UK’s skies at the Red Kite Centre. There’s so much to do for outdoor lovers and extreme sports fans here, so why not book your self-catering holiday in the Brecon Beacons today?

Our holiday cottages across the Brecon Beacons have been carefully selected. From dog-friendly cottages in the countryside to large farmhouses on the mountainsides and everything in between, we have a holiday in the Brecon Beacons to suit you.

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