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Old Rectory Barn Stable

Gilwern, South Wales
Visit Wales - 4 star rating
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 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

  • Two-bedroom converted barn dating back to the early 16th-century
  • Eco-friendly with solar panels and rainwater harvesting
  • Enjoy views across the Sugar Loaf Mountain as you dine alfresco on the patio
Property code: BN263

A light and airy cottage in a rural location yet within easy reach of Abergavenny and Crickhowell, with walks and cycle trails from the front door.

Set among the 5-acre grounds of the owner’s property, this charming two-bedroom barn conversion is ideal for families seeking a relaxing base from which to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park. The cottage enjoys an elevated position above the tiny village of Maes-y-Gwartha and the larger village of Gilwern (1 mile) has a choice of pubs and local stores. Step out of the front door for long walks through the scenic countryside or hop in the saddle for a day spent mountain biking through the valley. The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal runs through Gilwern offering rambles along the towpath and boats are available for hire at Gilwern Wharf. The attractive town of Crickhowell (4 miles) is well worth a visit with its vibrant high street full of independent stores and award-winning pubs and restaurants. Further afield, visit Blaenavon Ironworks (6.5 miles) to discover the industrial heritage of the area or head to the Roman town of Caerleon (21.5 miles) to explore the amphitheatre, barracks and preserved Roman baths.


Enjoying magnificent views across the Sugar Loaf and Blorenge mountains, this delightful single-storey barn conversion, one of two holiday properties at this location, offers light and airy accommodation decorated in neutral tones throughout. Enter the front door and step up into the open-plan living space with original oak beams and stone tiled floor. Filled with natural light from the patio doors leading to the garden, this is a space designed with relaxation in mind. The well-equipped kitchen comes with an electric hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer. There is also a washing machine available by arrangement with the owner. Chat about the highlights of your day as you enjoy meals at the dining table, which comfortably seats all guests. After a long day of walking in the Brecon Beacons, sink into one of the sofas and chairs for a relaxed evening watching a favourite programme on the TV. When it’s time for bed, step through to the two well-appointed bedrooms, both with en-suite facilities. The first bedroom is a restful double with en-suite shower room and WC, and doors leading onto the garden. A cosy twin bedroom also has a door leading to the garden and enjoys an en-suite shower room with WC.


Venturing outside via one step, light the BBQ for a relaxed evening meal before setting up the telescope to spot the constellations in the clear sky above. There’s a pretty shared patio area with garden furniture to sit and watch the sun set across the distant mountains and a large lawn for younger guests to let off steam. There is secure bike storage and ample parking for six cars as well as an eco-charging point for electric and hybrid cars.


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

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 double, 1 twin
  • 2 en-suite shower rooms with WCs
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher
  • Washing machine available on discussion with owner
  • Cot and high chair available
  • TV, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Good mobile signal
  • Telescope available
  • Shared garden with patio furniture and BBQ
  • Secure bike storage
  • Ample parking for 6 cars
  • Eco-charging point for electric and hybrid vehicles
  • 2 dogs welcome – please be advised there are sheep and ponies in the fields
  • Shop and pub 1 mile

Sarah Greenwood

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mrs Ansell August 2020

We stayed in the lower part of the barn (the upper area - The Loft - is available for separate rental) for a long weekend. All as described on the website. Very well equipped and modern in a really lovely setting, great for walkers. The owners are really nice and very welcoming too but not intrusive. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

Reviewed by Mrs Dean July 2020

The cottage and people were lovely. Wales had only just come out of lockdown so the welcome pack was not as welcoming as it could have been.


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.

1 more property at this location

Old Rectory Barn Loft

Old Rectory Barn Loft

Sleeps: 6 | Bedrooms: 2

£476 - £822

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