Esgair Berfedd

Babel

Bedrooms: 4 Sleeps: 7 Bathrooms: 2 Toilets: 2
Pets: 1 (£20/pet)

Pets: 1 (£20/pet)

Parking

Parking

Remote

Remote

Woodburner / Open Fire

Woodburner / Open Fire

Walks from the Door

Walks from the Door

Garden

Garden

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Esgair Berfedd is the perfect rural escape.  It's a truly remote cottage in the heart of the wonderful Crychan Forest.

Get away from it all at this charming and remote holiday home.  It's the place for board games, bird watching, (and bat watching - as the roof of the property is a protected home to a colony of rare bats and occasionally they can be found inside the cottage). Brilliant walking, biking and taking a proper, restorative holiday.   There are plenty of places nearby to explore.  The towns of Llandovery and Llandeilo, The National Botanic Garden of Wales and the fabulous gold mine at Dolaucothi.

Cottage accommodation

Sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms

Kitchen - A really delightful kitchen with a 5 ring gas hob with large oven, large upright fridge with half freezer, dishwasher, Belfast sink, washing machine and pine kitchen table and chairs.

The dining room has a beamed ceiling, dining table and chairs and a featured Victorian fireplace.

A spacious sitting room with sofa, old leather armchairs, interesting pictures and prints; a very large stone inglenook fireplace with a woodburning stove, complete with the original bread-oven and a heavy oak lintel beam. There is a TV, DVD, VCR and videos for rainy days, but there is no reception for TV channels.

Shower-room/wet-room, beautifully tiled with a smooth pebble floor, shower, handbasin and toilet.

Up a flight of the original farmhouse wooden stairs to the first floor

Bedroom 1: A pretty bedroom with a single bed .

Bedroom 2: Has twin beds and a sofa

Bedroom 3: Has a double bed

Family bathroom: With a hand held shower over the bath, handbasin and toilet.

Up a further flight of stairs to the attic

Bedroom 4: A double bed with bath and handbasin in the eaves of the farmhouse. Please note the ceilings are low in this bedroom so may not be suitable for someone who is very tall as you have to duck to avoid the beams.

The bath and handbasin are featured with Moroccan fretwork casing with lights behind. Perhaps the most stunning feature of this unique room is the free-standing bath, cleverly situated to allow you to enjoy the wonderful views up the valley while you are having a well deserved soak.

Useful information

  • Bedlinen and towels provided. 
  • Oil central heating, electricity and fire wood, first basket of logs free and £5 thereafter.
  • One small pet only and to be kept downstairs - please clean up after your dog.
  • Highchair available
  • Limited mobile reception.
  • There is a sunny patio outside the house with garden furniture 
  • Ample parking space and a large semi wild garden but also miles of wilderness and the Crychan Forest at the door.
  • Water is from a spring so pressure can be low during dry spells
  • Please note there are a couple of old ruins in the garden (children would need supervising)
  • There are protected bats in the eaves of the property (and sometimes they sneak in the house!)
  • £40 fuel supplement on all short breaks

    Location, Location, Location -the location of this unique 200 year old farmhouse is wonderful for anyone who is looking for complete peace and solitude; a perfect place to be able to just walk from the door, or watch the masses of wildlife going about their daily business. There are wonderful trails where you can mountain bike or ride completely undisturbed all day. The farmhouse overlooks the valley and is four miles from the nearest main road and reached down winding country lanes and up through the forest. Babel is the nearest hamlet.

  • Wildlife

    As mentioned previously the roof of this very remote old farmhouse is a "protected roost" for a large population of bats. So visitors who are not happy with bats should probably not book this property during the summer months.

    History

    On a stone plaque over the door it states "Built in 1806 at the expense of Sam Griffiths", whose descendants still live in the valley today. The house and barns were originally a farm and until fairly recently the house belonged to the Forestry - now the trees all around have been felled and the house has regained it's magnificent views across the valley. Inside the cottage many of the old features have been retained, the old oak floor boards, beamed ceiling, large fireplace, bread oven etc. The house now has electricity but this is only very recent. The present style of the house I would say is "shabby chic" and definately not cool and contemporary. It is an incredible experience to hear your own voice echo three ways down the valley on a still night from the garden's edge. 

    Over the years several famous people have found secret hideaways in this wonderful valley to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday living, including the Welsh Hymn write, William Williams Pantycelyn, (1717-1791 and father in law of Sam Griffiths) composer of the Welsh anthem ' Guide Me Thou Great Redeemer'.

    Approximately 6 miles away, the small but interesting market town of Llandovery offers several pubs, restaurants, craft and antique shops together with a railway station on the scenic Heart of Wales Line.

    Llandovery 6 miles, Brecon 20 miles.

    If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Ann, Edwina or Carolyn 

     

    The west of the Brecon Beacons National Park is a vast mountain wilderness stretching across Powys and Carmarthenshire. It's a heady mix of myths and legend, outdoor adventure and the bustling towns of Llandovery and Llandeilo. While you're there, visit Aberglasney House and the National Botanic Garden of Wales and the wild and romantic Carreg Cennen Castle (pictured). Read more about Llandovery and Llandeilo