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Maggie's Barn

Talgarth, Mid Wales
Visit Wales - 4 star rating
Sleeps 3
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Sat
No Dogs
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Enclosed garden / patio
Internet access
Fishing onsite / nearby
Sky TV
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A small slice of paradise in the Black Mountains for anyone who truly wants to get away from it all
  • Private arboretum and lake to explore
  • Learn the art of fly fishing with the property’s owner
Property code: BN231

Tucked away on the foothills of the beautiful Black Mountains, this stone barn conversion provides guests with woodland walks through a private arboretum, into the mountains beyond.

The magnificent rural setting puts wonderful wildlife, flora and fauna on your doorstep, as well as miles of superb walking and cycling. The small market town of Talgarth is located just 2.5 miles away, where you can stock up on supplies, stroll through the historic streets and explore ancient woodlands along the banks of the River Ennig. You are also ideally placed to explore the quaint border town of Hay-on-Wye, just 10 miles north, with its plethora of bookshops, antique stores and galleries, as well as fine eateries. Alternatively, head 12 miles west to Brecon and the Brecon Beacons beyond or travel 12 miles south to Crickhowell to enjoy canoeing on the River Wye; with so much to do you will wish you stayed longer.

The base for your adventures is a pretty 17th-century barn that offers plenty of character, with exposed beams, a roll-top bath and a beautiful Rayburn oven. The open-plan kitchen and living area provides everything you need for a comfortable stay, with a well-equipped kitchen, dining table and underfloor heating to create a cosy atmosphere. A separate utility room houses a fridge, washing machine and tumble dryer, with the downstairs bathroom providing both a walk-in shower to wake you up for the day and an elegant roll-top bath for a long soak when you return. A sunny and spacious conservatory provides a second seating area, with fabulous views out towards the arboretum making this the ideal spot to sit and read, enjoy a morning coffee or simply relish the tranquillity of the place. Upstairs you will find two bedrooms, comprising a small double (which sleeps one) and a second double bed on an oak gallery above the living space.

On warmer days, the outside beckons, with a large, lawned garden to enjoy, as well as the arboretum and a lake built by the owner (who can teach you the art of fly fishing during your stay). There is also an abundance of wildlife, and splendid views, with the Radnor hills in one direction and the magnificent Brecon Beacons in the other – where better to enjoy a BBQ on balmy days. Don’t turn in too early, though, as the property sits within a ‘dark sky’ area, offering fantastic stargazing opportunities once the sun goes down.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 small double
  • 1 bathroom with bath and walk-in shower
  • Oil-fired Rayburn oven, microwave
  • Utility room with fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Underfloor Heating
  • TV, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Large garden with furniture and BBQ.
  • Regret no pets
  • Mobile Signal can be poor
  • Fly fishing casting instruction can be arranged with owner
  • Small double bed only sleeps one
  • Parking for 2 cars on driveway
  • Talgarth 2.5 miles, Hay-on-Wye 10 miles, Crickhowell 12 miles.

Sarah Greenwood

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mr Wells October 2020

Heating requires sorting out. Electrical appliances require update on safety checks

Reviewed by Miss Peison January 2020

Sorry the comment above applies here! Booking was fine.

Reviewed by Mr Bennett November 2019

The owner made us feel at home.

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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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