Pen-yr-Heol Barn sleeping 10 guests is a secluded and remote spacious barn, perfect for a group of friends and families. The perfect weekend getaway. For hill walking or mountain biking the location is unbeatable with fantastic walking straight from the door to the Peaks of The Brecon Beacons. Great for children, with the enclosed terrace area or play area. Please see the Blog at the bottom of the write up.
The barn is also suitable for less able visitors using a wheelchair.
There's plenty to do while you're here - walking or biking (bring your own or have them delivered). Try seeing the mountains from horse back with Cantref Pony Trekking Centre, children old and young love visiting Cantref Childrens Adventure Farm just a mile down the lane where they can pet and handle animals, and it's only 5 miles to Brecon downhill!
There is a large and very socialiable downstairs kitchen and sitting room.
A Shaker-style kitchen with an electric Range cooker with double ovens and five ring hob; a microwave, dishwasher, American style large fridge/freezer. Washng up is a pleasure with a double sink with the most fantastic view that goes on for miles down the valley and over to the Black Mountains. Plenty of space for everyone and all you need for cooking a special meal for a large group.
Enjoy long leisurely meals all together at the long antique oak refectory table and oak dining chairs; there are some fine original oak beams and a lovely terracotta flooring throughout. French windows make the best of the views, built with locally sourced oak are on eitherside of this large living space, open out onto the front and back terraces - theses are perfect for an outdoor breakfast or evening drink to catch the sun. The comfy sitting areahas ample sofas and chairs, large TV with Sky, DVD, WIFI and B/T Vision.
Enjoy sitting around the large woodburning stove with a really generous supply of logs.
To give the adults a bit of peace and quiet there is a children's playing area in a separate room with a sofa, a smaller TV with t-in DVD, books and toys.
For anyone who may have been out walking a very handy Drying Room with a washing machine and space for hanging wet clothes and storing walking boots etc.
Master Bedroom 1: A double bed, tastefully furnished with antique furniture and oak floor with rugs and wonderful views and an en-suite bathroom with bath, toilet and handbasin.
Bedroom 2: A bedroom with twin beds - an oak stable door leads from here to the patio.
Two downstairs shower rooms, the first is adapted for visitors who are less able with an excellent power shower, toilet and handbasin.
The second is a walk-in wet room with power shower.
A further downstairs toilet and handbasin.
Bedroom 3: a large spacious bedroom with four single beds, two of which can be joined to make a double bed therefore making one double and two singles, large windows and again the most wonderful views over the hills and valley.
Bedroom 4: A King sized bed - (if required can be made into two 3ft single beds) lovely old exposed beams and once again windows with super views up the mountainside.
There is a separate toilet upstairs with a handbasin. Two extra fold-up beds are available on request.
The MacGregor family arrived at dusk to find Pen Yr Hoel, situated in a deep valley beneath the Brecon Beacons. A modest looking stone barn from the exterior yet super lovely and spacious barn conversion inside. Easy to find up the winding welsh lanes above the village of LLanfrynach, seemingly miles from anywhere yet only a mere 5 miles into the pretty town of Brecon.
Walks straight out of the door to ancient woodlands, above the house up the track and within 5 minutes you are high up on the mountain. We were blessed with sunny clear weather so walks were abound, four year olds and puppy in tow,
News Years eve, some of us peeled off to stomp up the Cribyn, a childhood favourite mountain and disappoint it did not, just a short drive up the lanes takes you to a high point to start the ascent. A wild wintry walk to blow away those Christmas cobwebs and to take in the dramatic views of The Brecon Beacons.
The friendly farmer and property owner Thomas Jones, popped up to tell us about the area, explained some walks and routes and even took some of us on a tour of a secret camping location and abandoned house, much to the children delight.
The house itself a converted barn, once used as a sheep sheering barn boasts a high ceilinged kitchen with impressive exposed beams. A very easy to use wood burner with the squishiest super-sized sofas one could flop onto post mountain stomp, bliss! The kitchen so well equipped even my very fussy, foody husband had ALL the utensils he needed for his elaborate meals including pheasant stew - even a food blender I might add.
Open plan, spacious, very comfortable and I haven't even got to the bedrooms yet..
Huge comfortable beds, high spec interior design with pretty linen and furniture in the rooms.
A brilliant dormitory style bedroom with multiple beds, such fun for the six children we had staying, each bed with a clever truckle bed system (holding a full mattress bed underneath with could slide out with ease.. genius.
Breath taking views from the windows, a very useful and practical boot room come entrance hall which even had a trunk full of trucks and toys, a brilliant discover for the 4 year old in our party.
Comments from some of the family member staying..
Beautiful spacious home with stunning views. Perfect for relaxing on huge comfortable sofas and enjoying incredible walks, right outside the front..
I can honestly say, having stayed in multiple cottage rentals and self catering homes, this by far surpassed all of them to date, it really made for a perfect New Year family get together providing that much desired home from home comfort, with all the amenities and set in the most stunning remote location one could ask for. I cannot wait to book again for the summer, next year is too long to wait."
Pen-Yr-Heol Barn lies half a mile above Pentwyn farm, a 300-acre hill farm with 600 sheep and cows. This has been a family farm since 1966 and Thomas the owner is very friendly and helpful if anyone wants to walk or talk about the farm. Part of the Tir Gofal which protects the environment, enhances, restores and creates natural habitats and landscape features. There are several areas of broadleaf woodland and a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) alongside the Nant Menascin River which runs down the valley.
This barn offers complete seclusion in a truly wonderful location with stunning views and miles of uninterrupted walking straight onto the Brecon Beacons. There is an abundance of wild life (including Red Kites, Peregrine Falcons, Merlins and Buzzards). At the top of the river there are waterfalls and pools for swimming and in springtime there is a wonderful bluebell wood.
This is fantastic riding country and three stables are available on the farm with grazing by arrangement with the owner. The owner is also happy to show visitors around the farm to look at the animals etc.
Llanfrynach 2 miles and Brecon 5 miles. Cantref Adventure Farm, 5 minutes drive away.
If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Carolyn, Edwina, Joanna, Ann and Lucy
A friendly cathedral town in the lee of the mountains with the rivers Usk and Honddu running through. For a small town, there's a lot going on. A leisure centre with a pool, 1930s style cinema, excellent theatre and plenty of shops and cafes. On the outskirts of the town are popular villages including Llangorse with it famous lake, Cantref with its popular adventure farm, Talybont, well known as a walking and cycling hub and Felin Fach, home of The Griffin, a highly acclaimed pub and restaurant. Read more about Brecon