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A stunning retreat hidden in the hills
Beautiful and peaceful countryside views
Private terrace for al fresco dining
View towards the farmhouse and front patio space
Wonderful views from the property
Stunning farmhouse with original features and beautiful interiors
Warm up on those chillier evenings
Stylish finish to the kitchen, perfect to prepare family meals
Enjoy a lazy breakfast in the spacious kitchen/diner
A lovely setting to start your day
Relax in the bright and airy lounge
A clever mix of old and new
Sit back with a good read and a cuppa
Head upstairs where you are spoilt for choice with the beautiful bedrooms
Spacious super-king bedroom
Exposed beams and colourful textiles
Freshly laundered bedding and fluffy towels provided
Oozing with colour and character
Get a good night's rest in this king-size bedroom with en-suite shower room
Wake up and start the day with a warm shower in the en-suite
Stylish design throughout
Little quiet spaces are hidden around the property
Let the light flood in
Warm and inviting twin room
Hidden away in the eaves
Pretty bedding and fulffy towels
Countryside views
Second twin bedroom in the eaves of the house
Family bathroom on the first floor
Bathroom
Soak in a hot bubble bath after a day exploring the area
Subtle lighting
Attention to detail
Homely touches
Exposed stone
Approach to the property on a quiet country lane
Take in the far-reaching views
Take time to unwind here
1 / 42  A stunning retreat hidden in the hills
2 / 42  Beautiful and peaceful countryside views
3 / 42  Private terrace for al fresco dining
4 / 42  View towards the farmhouse and front patio space
5 / 42  Wonderful views from the property
6 / 42  Stunning farmhouse with original features and beautiful interiors
7 / 42  Warm up on those chillier evenings
8 / 42  Stylish finish to the kitchen, perfect to prepare family meals
9 / 42  Enjoy a lazy breakfast in the spacious kitchen/diner
10 / 42  A lovely setting to start your day
11 / 42  Relax in the bright and airy lounge
12 / 42  A clever mix of old and new
13 / 42  Sit back with a good read and a cuppa
14 / 42  Head upstairs where you are spoilt for choice with the beautiful bedrooms
15 / 42  Spacious super-king bedroom
16 / 42  Exposed beams and colourful textiles
17 / 42  Freshly laundered bedding and fluffy towels provided
18 / 42  Oozing with colour and character
19 / 42  Get a good night's rest in this king-size bedroom with en-suite shower room
20 / 42  Wake up and start the day with a warm shower in the en-suite
21 / 42  Stylish design throughout
22 / 42  Little quiet spaces are hidden around the property
23 / 42  Let the light flood in
24 / 42  Warm and inviting twin room
25 / 42  Hidden away in the eaves
26 / 42  Pretty bedding and fulffy towels
27 / 42  Countryside views
28 / 42  Second twin bedroom in the eaves of the house
29 / 42  Family bathroom on the first floor
30 / 42  Bathroom
31 / 42  Soak in a hot bubble bath after a day exploring the area
32 / 42  Subtle lighting
33 / 42  Attention to detail
34 / 42  Homely touches
35 / 42  Exposed stone
36 / 42  Approach to the property on a quiet country lane
37 / 42  Take in the far-reaching views
38 / 42  Take time to unwind here
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Painscastle Farmhouse

Hay-on-wye (5.5mls NW), Brecon Beacons
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Luxury
Family friendly
Quirky
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Stay in this Grade II-listed, 17th Century stone farmhouse
  • Sit on the decking and take in the views from the top garden, overlooking the surrounding hills
  • Located in an area of the UK with almost no light pollution, ideal for stargazing the night sky
Property code: 64450

A stunning 17th Century, Grade II listed farmhouse, nestled in the Radnorshire hills. Just a short drive from the Brecon Beacons National Park and the literary town of Hay-on-Wye.

Nestled in Radnorshire, on the English border, it covers an area of mountainous terrain and highlands including Radnor Forest, with a central valley formed by the River Wye. There are countless walks in Radnorshire and the Brecon Beacons. Hay-on-Wye is just a short drive away, a small market town and community in the historic county of Brecknockshire in Wales, with over twenty bookshops, it is often described as "the town of books”. Llangorse Lake is a little further afield and is the largest natural lake in Mid and South Wales and is situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The River Wye is the finest salmon river south of the border and is also popular for coarse fishing subject to the relevant permits.

Enter the welcoming boot room and wander through to the large family kitchen/diner, flanked by window seats at both ends. It is well-equipped with an electric oven and induction hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, and a dining table for a relaxed breakfast. There is also a separate WC, particularly handy for guests who would like to avoid stairs. Heading through to the dining room which seats everyone comfortably, with a wood burner effect oil fire at one end in the original 17th Century fireplace and a window seat at the other. After dinner retire with a glass of something chilled and some good conversation. Relax in the lounge with plenty of seating, blankets, and a wood burner to snuggle up in front of, there is a TV, books, games and puzzles with a small selection of toys, great for rainy days. Heading up to the first floor via the 17th Century stairwell, you will reach the master bedroom which offers a super-king-size bed, day bed, spacious wardrobe and armchairs for relaxing. The neighbouring bedroom is soft and welcoming with a king-size bed with en-suite shower room and WC. Take time to relax in the property’s main bathroom with shower over bath, dressing table and WC. Heading up a further flight of stairs to the second floor you will reach the two twin bedrooms in the eaves with two single Jacobean beds in one, and Edwardian beds in the other. In each bedroom there is also a wardrobe, a dressing table and chairs. There is a second lounge at the top of the stairs between the two bedrooms, with a sofa and a few chairs scattered around, ideal for late night splinter groups.

The terrace is an ideal spot for meals, evening drinks, games or a good laze whereas the deck extends from the top garden and overlooks the surrounding hills. There is an adjacent stone terrace for the BBQ and a little hut with a small fridge and sink to facilitate entertaining outdoors. The top garden is planted with a small pond in the middle. There is also a lower courtyard parking area with a flight of stone stairs leading to the house, and one parking spot on the terrace level that is good for unloading.

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

  • 4 bedrooms - 1 super-king-size, 1 king-size and 2 twins 
  • 1 bathroom, 1 en-suite shower room and 1 separate WC
  • Electric oven and induction hob, fridge/freezer dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs provided)
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Ample off-road parking available
  • Limited Wi-Fi included
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Shop 5 miles
  • Pub within walking distance
  • TV in lounge
  • BBQ available
  • Please note the garden has various drops and includes an unfenced pond, so please take care when exploring the grounds

Sara Hughes

This property is personally managed by Sara.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 5 guest ratings

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Reviewed by ELSA 3rd November 2021

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Wern Fawr is the perfect place for a quiet and peaceful break. The view form the decking enjoyed from a swing bench is very calming. The house is very comfortable and easy to be in and to manage. It is very spacious with a few seating areas on all levels to isolate oneself if needed. The beds were comfortable and the linen fresh and crisp. However Read moreyoung children would have to be escorted at all times once outdoor. Hide

Reviewed by Sophie 22nd October 2021

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GREAT HOLIDAY HOME! The farmhouse is beautiful, stylish & comfortable! Ive never been in a kitchen which is so well stocked for utensils! (No microwave but the hob did just fine) Both showers were brilliant, hot & clean! The main bedrooms are hard to choose between. Prepare yourself for a LOT of flies upstairs (October) so we bought fly spray & hooRead morevered. It was a bit icky at first but was managed & it is an old house so expect these things to happen. Hosts were friendly & very helpful. Hide

Reviewed by Deborah 1st July 2021

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A charming old stone farmhouse in a lovely quiet location, with extensive local views from the end of the side garden (but not from the house itself, except from one second floor bedroom's Velux.) Also an incomplete project, meaning that some facilities are lacking, However we did love the cooker and well stocked store cupboard.

Reviewed by Julian 18th June 2021

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Beautiful cottage in great location with stunning views! The kitchen is very well equipped with great selection of pots, pans, baking sheets and cooking utensils. The beds were very comfortable and we liked all the white bedding and towels. We loved the decoration, mixing the old with the modern.

Reviewed by James 15th February 2020

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Such a wonderful cottage in a fantastic part of Wales. Having the moors to walk and Hay so close by is amazing too. The cottage is beautifully decorated and had all the mod cons.

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A stunning retreat hidden in the hills
Beautiful and peaceful countryside views
Private terrace for al fresco dining
View towards the farmhouse and front patio space
Wonderful views from the property
Stunning farmhouse with original features and beautiful interiors
Warm up on those chillier evenings
Stylish finish to the kitchen, perfect to prepare family meals
Enjoy a lazy breakfast in the spacious kitchen/diner
A lovely setting to start your day
Relax in the bright and airy lounge
Show 30 moreA clever mix of old and new

Location

Map
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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