Bal Mawr Barn
Features | Map | Visitor comments
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some good things to do around Bal Mawr Barn NEAR ABERGAVENNY
- Visit Hay-on-Wye for bookshops, independent shops, galleries, boutiques and a very good deli
- Take a walk up the hill for some superb views, perhaps as far as Llanthony Priory for a pint in the cellars
- Take your rod down to the river for brown trout fishing
- Go riding, hiking, mountain-biking, or hang-gliding: details in information file in barn
- Visit some impressive Norman castles: White Castle, Grosmont and Skenfrith make a good trio; and Raglan, a superb Renaissance castle, is well worth the trip
- Shop at Crickhowell for some good independent shopping – Cashel’s, the butcher-cum-deli, is very good; and there is an off-licence with a good range of wine and beer. Webbs is a treasure for those who enjoy shopping for household products
- Abergavenny is a foodie mecca, the location for the famous annual Food Festival in September. There are good butchers, a farmers' market, and a really good deli called Marches, which specialises in excellent Welsh cheeses and award-winning salamis (the wild boar version is to die for)
- Excellent pubs, gastro-pubs and restaurants proliferate in this area, with top tips being The Crown at Pantygelli, The Hunter's Moon for the best Sunday lunch in the area, The Hardwick and the Michelin-starred Walnut Tree Inn. For a special treat, nothing can beat an elegant tea at The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny, but booking is essential
- Having stocked up from the deli in Abergavenny, Crickhowell or Hay, take a picnic up the hill to enjoy the inspiring views
- Stay in the barn, soaking up the peace, quiet and sunshine on a fine day; or, when the weather is inclement, snuggle up in front of the huge TV and enjoy one of the classic film DVDs supplied by the owner
The nitty gritty
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.
|1||Select length of stay||2||Hover over dates for prices||3||Click to book|
From the visitors book at Bal Mawr Barn
'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