- Splendid isolation (but short drive to local village)
- Epic views
- 5-star luxury for 2-4
- Beautiful contemporary interiors
- Warm and snug in winter
- Inside/outside summer living
- All mod cons
- In the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park
Set in a stunning, secluded location at the end of a long private track, Coed Barn is a contemporary, luxury barn conversion in the foothills of the Black Mountains. Designed by award-winning architect Anthony Hudson, the barn is situated on the side of a hill with woods behind, and fabulous views of both the Brecon Beacons to the west and the Black Mountains to the south-east. Superlative sunsets, wheeling Red Kites, and great walking straight from the door make this a very special place. The open-plan living area is light and bright, but in winter it is incredibly cosy and snug, with full length curtains, underfloor heating and a superb wood burning stove. What a pleasure it is to come downstairs on a winter morning and feel warm slates beneath your toes. Coed Barn sleeps 4 (plus an infant) in 2 very comfortable double bedrooms.
Coed Barn's large glazed barn doors flood the building with light, and open out onto the enclosed garden with its lawn and flagstone terrace. Sitting out on the terrace and enjoying sunshine very late into the evening (followed by a dramatic sunset), is a perk of staying in this lovely place. Garden furniture, a BBQ and a fire-pit make good weather outdoor-living great fun. At the bottom of the hill, a stream rushes down towards the market town of Talgarth, two miles away, providing a great place for splashing about on a hot day or for children to play in. The woods are perfect for games of hide and seek or making dens.
With high ceilings to the rafters, the spacious, open-plan, slate-floored sitting-room has comfortable L-shaped seating, a flat-screen TV with Free-Sat, DVD and Wi-Fi. The barn, which has been insulated to a high standard with both comfort and the environment in mind, is warmed by a contemporary and very efficient wood burning stove, as well as under-floor heating.
On the ground-floor, the kitchen area has a double oven with a five-ring gas hob, microwave, very large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier, a dining-table and six chairs. A selection of cookery books is provided, too - such a boon for holiday cooking inspiration, and helps make the most of this lovely kitchen. A stylish wet room leads off the half landing next to one of the bedrooms, and there is a beautiful contemporary bathroom upstairs. An upstairs galleried walkway looks over the ground floor – so the barn isn’t recommended for people whose small children like to climb. Upstairs, there is also a comfortable, snug sitting-area on the gallery, which has a sofa, a desk and chair, another Ipod speaker, and a bookcase with books and games - a nice place to relax, to catch up on emails, or to sit and read quietly.
Things to do around Coed Barn
There are miles of uninterrupted walks immediately from the barn, as it is situated on a network of footpaths, and close to the Rhos Fach Common. It is possible to walk to Hay-on-Wye or to Abergavenny over the mountains, accompanied only by wild ponies, sheep and Red Kites. The ancient woodland and waterfall of Pwll-y-Wrach is nearby. The nearby small hamlet of Llanelieu is a small church settlement with a preserved medieval church, no longer used for services, but with an impressive fourteenth-century rood screen and painted loft; just outside the church, set into an ancient Yew Tree, are the old village stocks.
Two miles away from the barn is Talgarth with its newly restored water-mill (complete with cafe/restaurant), pubs, restaurants and shops for supplies. Coed Barn is perfectly located between the vibrant town of Hay-on-Wye (9 miles) and Brecon (8 miles) at the heart of the Brecon Beacons. Crickhowell is about 10 miles away and Abergavenny, with its Food Festival and castle, is 20 miles away. There are several pony trekking centres nearby, and all types of outdoor pursuits can be arranged, from activities at the Climbing Centre, to canoeing and sailing at Llangorse Lake. Mountain bikes can be hired locally. The Gliding Club at Talgarth is the most beautifully situated airfield set right in the centre of the mountains. The dramatic walks of the Beacons are close by.
The nitty gritty
From the visitors book at Coed Barn
"Enjoyed exploring the area. Fantastic views from the barn, to the east at Y Das, and west towards Brecon. Tip: walk out along the track and explore. Birds are beautiful: buzzards have nests at the start of the track and Red Kites fly above the forest at Y Das. People in the area are very friendly. The Honey Cafe serves great teas." Brian and Debra, Somerset
"Had a lovely week. Fantastic views, lovely barn. So peaceful! Would recommend horse-riding at Tregoyd and a walk up Y Das. Love the wood burner and BBQ." The Blakes, Bath
"We enjoyed a very relaxing week in this beautiful house: breath-taking location, stunning views. Mostly days of glorious sunshine, when we had breakfast in the garden!" Martin and Desiree, Rotterdam, Netherlands
"We have had a very relaxing stay in this wonderful barn. We have loved the feeling that we are perched on the side of a mountain up with the buzzards." The Slaters
"The best holiday home we have ever stayed in. Wonderful views and countryside. The barn is beautiful, well equipped, cosy, clean and tastefully furnished. We've had a fabulous week." Dawn and John, Southampton
"Truly a piece of heaven. The barn and the fabulous views are medicine for the soul." Hussain family
barn is great. We love the living space, wood burner, and the views. We
wish we could pack it up and take it back to Manchester. We
can't wait to come back." Chris and Kristy, Manchester
"Amazing place, fantastic facilities, a wonderful week. After almost a month of relentless rain at home, we managed to get decent weather here. Like many before us, we leave with heavy hearts, full stomachs, replete with very happy memories of an idyllic location and hundreds of photos of Y Das and the view from the back garden. We will never tire of that view. The barn exceeded our high expectations of comfort and facilities - the shower was so good that the poor old bath was largely ignored! Had great food at The Griffin at Felinfach, and also at the Honey Cafe at Bronllys, where they started their TexMex menu an hour early to fit our schedule. Lovely people. Lovely food. An Awesome relaxing week. We will definitely be back." Gareth and Nic, Abingdon
"The best morning rise I have had in a very long time. Sitting here on the patio drinking tea, listening to the cows mooing as they make theiur way down to lower ground. Watching the early morning mist lift, revealing the stunning view from this beautiful barn - the mountains being the last to majestically show themselves. Last night was a treat - it's wonderful to see the night sky so full of stars. Saw a number of bats flying around. I feel so at peace here. The barn is stunning! The locals are very friendly. Couldn't have made a better choice." Melanie, Birmingham