Bal Mawr Barn

Beautiful holiday let in Wales


  • The perfect romantic get-away for a couple, an ideal honeymoon destination
  • Secluded detached barn with serenely beautiful mountain views
  • Superbly luxurious fittings and furnishings
  • Baby-friendly
  • One child welcome on a Z-bed
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Short drive to excellent gastro-pubs and award-winning restaurants
  • Wonderful walks onto the mountains from the front door

What a beaut, what a get-away! This superbly finished and luxuriously comfortable barn is the perfect location for two people to escape to and enjoy each other’s company. It is private, situated in gorgeous countryside, and superbly comfortable. The bathroom is to die for, with its contemporary fittings and updated slipper-bath for soaking in and contemplating the view. The kitchen, with solid oak units handmade by local craftsmen, and a baby-blue Lacanche range oven, is top-notch for easy self-catering; but great pubs and restaurants are only a short drive away if cooking feels like too much of a chore.

Living room and mezzanine bedroom

The living-area is light and bright, with a soaring ceiling and big glass doors to frame the stunning view across to Bal Mawr mountain on the horizon. Underfloor heating and a wood burner warm this space very effectively, so that it is super-cosy in the winter. A sky-blue sofa, a Chesterfield-style sofa, and a Le Corbusier chaise longue add a note of luxurious comfort; and carefully chosen antiques from France, China and Morocco complete this effortlessly elegant living-space.

Dining table Comfy sofas and log burner
Beamed, open space - fantastic cottage
Stove and sofa Furnishings in open plan barn Dining table

The dining-space is defined by a superbly weighty antique French oak table, positioned in front of the view, so that you can enjoy the surroundings on a cold day, too. In warm weather, you can slide open these doors and have meals outside. There are table and chairs for use on the terrace, and a big kadai fire bowl will keep off any chill as the sun goes down. Or put the grill on it to barbecue on a fine day. On summer evenings, there is nothing nicer than to sit here in front of the view with a glass or two of chilled wine, listening to the sound of the birdsong, the breeze in the tree-tops and the river below, as the sun sets behind the mountains. When night finally falls, this sky is the blackest of black velvet, studded with the brightest of stars, which are so luminous that they seem to reach down to greet you. Not for nothing has this part of the Black Mountains been named part of an International Dark Sky Reserve.

Spacious kitchen - self catering in Wales

The mezzanine makes a bright and airy bedroom, with a supremely comfortable super-king-size bed and a window with a view across the Grwyne Fawr valley. This bed can be separated into twin beds, if liked.

Living room from stairs

The bathroom is a dream: a stylish carved-stone hand basin, a big separate power-shower, and a contemporary take on a slipper-bath. The bath is positioned so as to enjoy a view of the mountain tops on the other side of the valley, a sight for sore eyes when the sun dips down behind Partrishow Hill.

Bedroom looking down on living room
Cottage bedroom Bedroom window view
Bed at holiday let near Abergavenny

Some good things to do around Bal Mawr Barn NEAR ABERGAVENNY

Light-filled bathroom
Basin Spacious bathroom
Gorgeous, relaxing slipper bath

The nitty gritty

  • Contemporary wood burner (logs supplied free of charge)
  • Large TV with premium sound system, DVD-player and iPod dock
  • Excellent broadband (up to 15mps) and wifi
  • Land line for use with honesty box plus good mobile reception (Vodaphone, 02 etc) in and around house via smart phones with 'wifi calling'
  • Well-equipped handmade kitchen
  • Lacanche range cooker
  • Liebherr fridge with icebox
  • Miele dishwasher
  • Washing machine and airer
  • Bedroom has super-king-size bed, which can be separated into twin beds, if liked
  • There is a travel cot, high chair and stairgate for a baby, plus a fold-out bed if you would like to bring a child (please bring bedding for cot and Z-bed)
  • Bathroom is off the living-room and comprises hand basin, loo, slipper bath and separate power shower
  • Separate additional downstairs loo adjacent to entrance lobby
  • Bedlinen, towels, soap, loo roll and cleaning materials included
  • Store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, sugar, s&p, oil)
  • Central heating, hot water, electricity and a week’s supply of logs included
  • Garden with terrace and table and chairs, plus a field for your own use
  • Kadai fire bowl (first supply of fire wood included with more to buy, or plenty to scavenge for in woodland for free)
  • Adjacent fields, woods and mountains to explore
  • Gorgeous view of mountains
  • Very secluded barn, but not too far from civilisation
  • Parents, if you bring a child, please be aware that there is a river at the bottom of the hill. It is a fairly shallow river, as rivers go, but can swell in heavy rain
  • Fishing in river for brown trout in season (do bring your own rods and please get a license from a post office). The length of the part of the river accessible for fishing is 2/3 mile long
  • Walks straight up onto the mountain from the front door
  • Dog-friendly: one very well-behaved dog welcome. Please be aware that there are sheep in neighbouring fields which must on no account be worried by a dog
  • There is a farmhouse 180 metres away, but this in no way impacts on the privacy of the barn
  • Crickhowell and Abergavenny are both about 15 mins drive away for excellent shopping and places to eat out
  • 10 minutes from a really good gastro pub, plus many more well-known restaurants and pubs within 20 minutes
  • Food boxes can be ordered in advance from local (organic fruit and veg) market garden who will also deliver meat, cheese and other produce from a range of excellent local butchers (
  • Waitrose and Tesco are just 15 minutes away

Outside of cottage in sublime rural location

Live online booking

Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.

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Location map

Cottage exterior facing field
Outside Plenty of parking

From the visitors book at Bal Mawr Barn

'Wow - what a lovely property in such a lovely location. We have had the most relaxing 4-night break. We thought we knew the area well but this is a hidden gem and the walk from the barn very special as there was no-one around. We appreciate the care and attention that has gone into the barn; it is a really special place to stay. A big thank you for taking care with such a comfy bed and a proper-sized TV. We hope to be back.' Rob and Sandy, Hampshire

'We had a wonderful time. Great weather. Great walking. And we are so appreciative of the detail and care that has gone into Bal Mawr. It is beautiful and comfortable.' Lucy and Rob, Oxford

'We've only travelled 40 miles from our home but it is like being in a very different world. The standard o the decor and finish to the cottage is outstanding. We're especially impressed by the "glass back door". What a great idea! The sound of birds chirping away and lambs bleating with absolutely no noise of traffic was very noticeable. We did very little walking but spent time visiting the local towns with which we are already familiar. The nearby Crown is a very friendly pub offering a warm welcome from the ever smiling waitresses and chatty landlord! Thank you both for deciding to offer the opportunity to others to enjoy this most beautiful of areas.' Gerry and Elaine, Glynneath

'We stayed here over the Easter break and had a fantastic time….it’s a very warm, comfortable and cosy place. Andy and his wife have done an excellent job with beautiful interior decoration, and attention to every little detail. Andy was also very helpful in pointing out the local walking trails. The barn is in a quiet, beautiful spot and you hear nothing but the birds chirping. All the appliances are brand new and modern, and all the utensils are very good quality. We enjoyed cooking while looking out the living room window. It is so well insulated that we only used the fire once, but it was lovely. The bed is very comfortable and we felt rested every morning. We loved it.' Laila and Emre, London