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Pen Yr Heol Barn

Cantref, Mid Wales
Visit Wales - 4 star rating
Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Increased accessibility
Internet access
Working farm
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Character property brimming with original features
  • Rural surroundings with far-reaching views of the Black Mountains
  • Close to popular wild swimming spots such as the Nant Sere under Pen-y-Fan
Property code: BN285

Studded in a deep valley beneath the Brecon Beacons, this lovingly converted barn is perfect for large groups keen to swap the daily grind for scenic walks and tranquil surroundings.

This charming and rustic property is located just 5 miles from Brecon yet enjoys a rural location at the heart of the Welsh countryside. Set on the grounds of a working farm, the property once served as a barn for sheep shearing but has been thoughtfully converted into a spacious retreat for up to ten guests. Discover the local area on foot, by bike, or on horseback, looking out for the resident red kites, peregrine falcons and buzzards that reside here. The waterfalls at Nant Sere under Pen-y-Fan are perfect for wild swimming if you fancy a dip, or you can keep both feet firmly on dry land and treat the whole family to a day out at Cantref Adventure Farm, a 1-mile drive away.

Beneath the stone exterior is a spacious and light-filled retreat brimming with original features such as oak beams, vaulted ceilings, and terracotta flooring. The open-plan living area consists of a lounge, dining table, and kitchen equipped with a microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and a range cooker with double ovens and a five-ring hob. A wood burner in the lounge is perfect for chilly evenings relaxing in front of the TV. A second small snug has a TV/DVD player and a selection of toys and books for younger guests, and there is a handy utility/drying room for storing muddy coats and boots. An additional WC and two bedrooms are also on this level: a twin bedroom with a stable door leading to the patio, and the master double which has an en-suite with a bath and WC. Finally, there is a walk-in wet room which has been adapted for accessibility. Head upstairs to find a cosy reading nook on the upstairs landing and the remaining bedrooms that share a separate WC. The first is laid out in a quirky dormitory style with four single beds, but two of the beds are zip-and-link and can be converted into a double on request. The fourth and final bedroom has a comfortable king-size bed that can be converted into two 3’ single beds if needed. Two extra fold-up beds are available on request.

Step outside to discover two pretty terraces that have been thoughtfully accessorised with garden furniture and a BBQ for lazy summer evenings. Children can let off some steam playing in the lawned garden, and guests are welcome to use the surrounding fields when they are free from livestock.

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

  • 4 bedrooms: 1 king-size (can be made into 3ft twin beds upon request), 1 double, 1 twin and 1 family room with 4 single beds (two of which can be converted into a double on request)
  • 2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite bathroom with bath and WC, 1 walk in wet room with shower, plus 2 separate WCs
  • Range cooker, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
  • Utility/drying room with washing machine
  • Wood burner – logs provided
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Sky TV, DVD and additional TV/DVD in snug
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Good mobile phone reception
  • Terraced areas to the front and back of the property, back terrace is enclosed with a BBQ and garden furniture
  • Lawned garden
  • Ample off-road parking
  • 4 dogs welcome
  • Three stables are available on the farm with grazing, by prior arrangement with owner
  • BBQ
  • The owner is happy to show visitors around the farm to look at the animals
  • Sleeps 10+2 with additional pull-out beds

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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