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Old Rectory Barn Loft

Gilwern, South Wales
Visit Wales - 5 star rating
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Complex of properties
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
9 more

At a glance

  • 16th-century two-bedroom barn conversion set in 5 acres of grounds
  • Use the telescope to spot constellations in the dark skies overhead
  • Dine alfresco enjoying views across the Usk Valley and the mountains beyond
Property code: BN262

A lovely rural family property in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with walks from the front door and the popular towns of Abergavenny and Crickhowell within easy reach.

Positioned above the tiny village of Maes-y-Gwartha, with delightful views over the Blorenge and Sugar Loaf mountains, this holiday home is one of two properties within the large barn. Set in the owner’s grounds which extend to 5 acres, there are plenty of walks on the doorstep through lush countryside and along tranquil bridleways. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal runs through Gilwern (1 mile) for leisurely walks along the towpath or to fully appreciate the scenery of the canal: hire a boat at Gilwern Wharf and spend the day meandering along the water. The area surrounding the property is popular with hillwalkers, with the gentle peaks of the Blorenge (5.5 miles) and Sugar Loaf Mountain (5.5 miles) offering panoramic views across the Brecon Beacons. Explore the vibrant market town of Abergavenny (5 miles) with its specialist food stores, weekly market and informative museum. Discover the industrial heritage of the local area with a visit to Big Pit National Coal Museum (6.5 miles) for a journey underground in this former coal mine.


Enjoying a peaceful rural location, this barn dating back to the early 16th century can be booked as two smaller or one larger holiday home. Approached via a quiet country lane, pull onto the gravel driveway in front of the attractive stone building. Enter the front door up a step and take the stairs leading to the accommodation. Decorated in neutral shades with bright accents of colour and co-ordinating soft furnishings, the holiday home has a light and airy feel throughout. The open-plan living accommodation is warm and inviting with exposed beams reflecting the barn’s heritage. Unpack your provisions in the kitchen area, fully equipped with electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge. You will find the washing machine and freezer in the shared utility room downstairs. Share meals at the centrally positioned dining table that comfortably seats all six guests and enjoy the views across the valley. In the evenings sink into one of the cosy sofas and chairs to relax in front of the TV or watch a DVD. With exposed beams and doors leading onto the garden area, the restful twin bedroom is a light and bright room with en-suite wet room and WC. Stairs lead to the large family bedroom with a double and two single beds, again with exposed ceiling beams and neutral decor. The en-suite bathroom has a bath with shower over and WC. There is also a convenient cloakroom with WC in the entrance hall to the property.


Down a step outside, dine alfresco at the table and chairs or spread out your blankets on the lawn for a picnic lunch in the shared garden. Light the BBQ for a leisurely meal as the sun sets or borrow the telescope for a spot of stargazing under the clear skies. There is ample parking and an eco-charging point for electric and hybrid cars.


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

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 twin, 1 family room with a double and 2 single beds
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 en-suite bathroom with shower over and WC, 1 en-suite wetroom with shower and WC, I additional WC in cloakroom
  • Electric oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave and fridge
  • Shared utility room with washing machine and freezer
  • TV, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Welcome pack included
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Shared garden with patio furniture, BBQ
  • Ample parking
  • Charging point for electric and hybrid cars
  • 2 dogs welcome – please be advised there are sheep and ponies in the fields at times
  • Pub and shop 1 mile

Ceri James

This property is personally managed by Ceri.


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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