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Cosy family room with a double and a single in the barn
Cosy family room with a double and a single in the barn
Downstairs bedroom with a double and a single in the barn
Comfortable twin room in the barn
Comfortable twin room in the barn
Downstairs twin bedroom in the barn
Downstairs double bedroom in the farmhouse
Spacious family room with a double, a single plus cot, in the farmhouse
Spacious family room with a double, a single plus cot, and own WC and sink
A twin room with sloping ceiling in the farmhouse
Spacious family room with a double and a single plus cot in the farmhouse
Spacious family room with a double and a single plus cot in the farmhouse
Downstairs family bathroom found in the side of the farmhouse
Bathroom, no shower found in the barn side
A short drive to the Swansea coast
Carreg Cennen Castle
Lots of waterfalls in the area to explore
Waterfront Museum Swansea
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Pen-yr-heol

Ystradgynlais, Brecon Beacons
Visit Wales - 4 star rating
Sleeps 20
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms 3
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Working farm
Family friendly
Off the beaten track
Hens and Stags
Rustic
Cot available
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • An extensive farmhouse and barn in the shadow of the Black Mountain which has been imaginatively restored and is full of character
  • Perfect for large families or groups of friends
  • Within an hours drive of some wonderful beaches
Property code: BN286

Comprising a traditional Welsh longhouse and stone barn, this beautifully renovated 17th-century property makes a wonderful holiday home for a large group exploring the magnificent Brecon Beacons.

Perfect for large groups and families, this traditional stone property has ample space for 20 guests, with large sociable living spaces and gardens. Located just inside the southern Brecon Beacons, you can easily access the magical landscapes nearby, from waterfalls and caves to forests and mountains. Just 3 miles away is the welcoming town of Ystradgynlais with a good selection of eateries and independent shops, as well as supermarkets to get all your holiday necessities for your self-catered stay.

 

Charming with its original features such as exposed stone walls and wooden beams, this property includes a farmhouse and barn, connected via a door in the dining room of the farmhouse, with comfortable furnishings to create a unique and cosy base for your holiday. Ample seating in the spacious lounge allows you all to relax by the wood burner set into an inglenook fireplace for a group movie night. Cook up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen, with two cookers to accommodate for larger feasts. The dining room has also been appointed to perfectly fit 20 guests. The first of the eight bedrooms can be found on the ground floor, while a further three are located on the first floor of the farmhouse. Four further bedrooms are located in the barn section across two floors. Each is spacious and beautifully decorated, with tranquil views of the surrounding woodlands, and some have sloping ceilings. Set within half an acre, make the most of the stunning garden with a BBQ to enjoy at the picnic benches.

 

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales is the perfect family day out, while the tallest waterfall in South Wales, Henrhyd Falls, is well worth visiting. For more walks, Craig-y-Nos is a beautiful country park for afternoon strolls. Carreg Cennen Castle and Newton House are also great for a historic excursion. Swansea is just 16 miles away so you can access all the great amenities there too.

 

  • 8 bedrooms – 1 downstairs double, 3 twins (1 is downstairs), 4 family rooms (each with a double bed and a single bed, 1 is downstairs)
  • 3 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with bath, shower and WC, 1 bathroom with bath and WC, 1 shower room with WC, 1 additional WC attached to 1 of the family rooms
  • 2 cots and 2 highchairs available
  • Single oven and hob, double oven and hob, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, 2 fridges, freezer
  • Utility room with tumble dryer
  • Dining room which seats 20 with feature fireplace
  • Wood burner – 2 baskets of logs provided (further logs £7 per basket)
  • Oil central heating and electric
  • Regret towels are not included
  • TV, Freeview, DVD, payphone
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Extensive garden with outdoor furniture BBQ available (charcoal not included)
  • Ample parking
  • 2 small / medium dogs welcome
  • Set on a working farm
  • Small river flows past the garden (fenced off for children) Uninhabited barn within grounds
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants 3 miles
  • Golf course 1.5 miles Fishing 7 miles
  • Beaches within 1 hours drive, Cardiff within 1 hours drive
  • Arrival: 16:30 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Claire Carro

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 19 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Kerrie 28th May 2022

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Lovely cottage, very rural and tucked away, yet within a couple of miles of amenities. Great for large groups who love the tranquillity of the countryside It was alive with birds, and it was so lovely to hear a cuckoo again. There were 14 of us, plus two dogs, and the cottage is laid out in such a way that you feel like you have your own area. You Read moredon't really hear each other. Several of our group went to Bike Park Wales, which was around 40 mins away. Fab, stay around :) Hide

Reviewed by Emma 20th May 2022

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The cottage we stayed in over the weekend was perfect for our big family! 18 of us stayed their comfortably. There is plenty of outdoor space, so we played rounders and cricket. We had 2 dogs and plenty of space for them to run around. Inside the house- perfect layout, cosy living area and perfect dining area for large group. Honestly, we had a greRead moreat stay and will definitely be returning! Hide

Reviewed by Joe 6th May 2022

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Had a great time at this beautiful property. Is exactly as described in such a unique location, would highly recommend.

Reviewed by Catherine 29th April 2022

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We had an incredible time! The house was beautiful, and the area surrounding even more so. Our host was so friendly, and we had everything we needed for a comfortable and pleasant stay. We will definitely be returning if we can!

Reviewed by Nadine 19th April 2022

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We had a wonderful holiday, property was spacious and perfect for what we wanted. Great local area and plenty of outdoor space for exploring

Reviewed by David 9th April 2022

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Staying 15 years (excluding 2 years for COVID) everything must be right.

Reviewed by Jason 18th March 2022

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A fantastic accommodation, exactly what we needed. Great location, check in and hosts were brilliant. Couldnt recommend enough.

Reviewed by Matthew 4th February 2022

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Fantastic weekend with my friends. The owner was extremely helpful and quick to respond to texts, as well as being very friendly in person. The cottage was well equipped and very clean, and one of the cheapest we found for the numbers we had staying. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by Barbara 28th January 2022

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The cottage was excellent, roomy ,comfortable, and everything you wanted was there It was very clean and warm when we arrived and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a big house ,we stayed in January which was very cold weather so I would think in the summer it would be absolutely fabulous with the surroundings there

Reviewed by Helen 29th December 2021

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This was our second time staying in Pen y Heol. We spent New Year here as a group of friends whose children have grown up together. We play a lot of games as a group and the huge lounge with ample comfy seating, as well as the outdoor space, works brilliantly for us. Fabulous location. Great value for money. Many thanks for having us back.

Reviewed by Alan 17th December 2021

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Had a wonderful stay at the barn just before Christmas. House is great for a family gathering or mixed group with loads of space in the kitchen, lounge and doing room and spacious bedrooms. Maintained beautifully and lovely to have Christmas decorations too!

Reviewed by Julie 26th November 2021

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Absolutely beautiful place I will be going back for a third time

Reviewed by Joanne 12th November 2021

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This cottage is in an incredible, rural location with amazing equipment and a fantastic layout suitable for groups or families. Communication was brilliant throughout.

Reviewed by Faysal 9th October 2021

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Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The owner was friendly and very helpful. Would visit again.

Reviewed by Tania 1st October 2021

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Fabulous property, very clean and comfortable. Great communication from host. Two families with adult children and partners stayed for long weekend. The kitchen is very well stocked with all the equipment you need and more! Bedrooms cosy and comfortable beds. Very quiet position with a glorious stream at the end of the garden. We used the field nexRead moret door to play a family game of rounders! Definitely recommend! Hide

Reviewed by Shyama 4th September 2021

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Lovely cottage in a beautiful setting.

Reviewed by Sam 14th August 2021

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Thanks Linda we had a great week. The cottage had everything we needed and more. All bedrooms equally good so no one had to compromise. Kitchen spacious and well equipped. Really big living room probably the best part. And the dining room was great for having everyone sit together for a meal. Garden and stream were lovely too and the stars were amaRead morezing on the one clear night we had. Loads to do in the surrounding area too. Hide

Reviewed by Chris 31st July 2021

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Very helpful owner extremely clean and well equipped. Quite remote which was excellent for our family holiday which was enjoyed by all generations of the family. Especially the stream!

Reviewed by Mike 29th May 2021

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brilliant stunning location

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Downstairs bedroom with a double and a single in the barn
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Location

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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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