The Cow Shed

Al fresco dining with fabulous view

IN BRIEF

  • Stylish, cosy cottage for 2 to 4
  • Heavenly views across to the Brecon Beacons
  • Day-bed for an extra child, if liked
  • Dog-friendly (2 good dogs welcome)
  • Lovely walks from the door
  • Close to the popular small town of Crickhowell

Your breath is quite taken away when you reach this lovely holiday cottage on a hillside in the Black Mountains, as the view is so amazing. It is as if you are in a glider floating towards the Brecon Beacons. The cottage is a converted cowshed, an outbuilding to a 15th-century farmhouse. This is a perfect place to escape to with a loved one for a romantic hideaway, or add two or three children for a family holiday. There is masses of space outside for children to run around and let off steam, and a horse-shaped swing under a big oak tree.
Sleeps 2 to 4, plus an infant, an extra child on a day-bed, and up to 2 good dogs.
20% discount for a couple staying outside the peak holidays (based on the use of one bedroom only). This option can be selected when you make a booking.

Spectacular setting for holiday let in rural Wales
Archway on cottage approach Views aplenty

The living-space is open-plan, with an L-shaped kitchen, a larder, a round oak table for eating at, and a cosy sitting-area with a wood burner. Pictures, artworks, and eye-catching pieces from the owner’s travels create an eclectic and uniquely stylish appearance to the interior. A glass door leads out onto a private flag-stoned terrace, where you can sit and lose yourself in the heart-stopping, inspiring view.

Living room
Living room fireside seating Sofa
Cosy stove
Living room Dining area and kitchen

The charmingly higgledy-piggledy lay-out of this ancient little building, means that you go upstairs and then down again to reach the beautiful master bedroom. A king-size bed lies under the apex of a high ceiling, and a richly decorative antique Kyrgystani robe adorns and defines the space above the bed. Lie back and enjoy the view across the valley when you wake up – a real tonic first thing in the morning.

Dining table
Cottage kitchen Cottage kitchen with wood worktops

On the first floor are the family bathroom (with bath and shower over, loo and hand basin) and the spacious twin room. The antique day-bed can accommodate a third child, if liked.

Winow with views Window

Outside are lawn and flag-stoned terrace with garden furniture and BBQ; and a field just the other side of the stone wall is for your enjoyment, too, whether for exercising the dog or for your children to run around in. A venerable, spreading oak tree has a horse-shaped swing hanging from it.

Bird Hallway Seed board feature

THINGS TO DO AROUND THE COW SHED

MARKET TOWNS: Crickhowell, a 10-minute drive away, has pubs, cafes, and good independent shops, including an excellent butcher/deli and an off-licence. In the busy market town of Abergavenny, you can visit the castle, the farmers’ markets, the excellent Art Shop which has a gallery upstairs and a sister gallery and restaurant in The Chapel, and the renowned Food Festival each September. Hay on Wye, Brecon, Hereford and Cardiff are all easily accessible. The Norman castles in this border area are superb, especially White Castle near Llanvetherine (a short drive outside Abergavenny on the Ross road), a strategically positioned fortress with views for miles around. The majestic Renaissance castle of Raglan is well worth a visit, as is Big Pit in Blaenavon – a really brilliant award-winning museum.

WALKING and CYCLING: The hiking and cycling trails are second to none (cycle hire available), with stunning trails up to Crug Mawr in the Black Mountains straight from the door, and great adventures in the Brecon Beacons National Park to be had. Nearby is Coed-y-Cerrig, an SSSI ancient wet woodland with boardwalks across the bog, where you can get up close to the really exceptional flora and fauna, serenaded by the noisy, beautiful birdsong.

RIDING and WATERSPORTS: There are pony trekking centres which operate between March and October, near Capel-y-Ffin and Llangattock Hillside. Offering trekking for all levels of experience, it is a superb way to explore the countryside. For year-round riding, the local equestrian centre, Triley Fields, offers lessons and pony activities throughout the school holidays. Day licenses can be obtained from The Bridge Inn Pub for fishing trout and salmon on the River Usk in Crickhowell. The River Cafe in Glasbury near Hay is a good place to rent canoes, particularly because of the excellent food. The Brecon and Monmouth Canal is in nearby Llangattock, and the tow-path makes a pretty cycle ride or an easy walk - the only flat ground in the area, with pubs en route to refresh you.

Cosy bedroom
Bedroom Bed

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (first two basketfuls included, with more available to buy)
  • TV with DVD-player, plus some DVDs
  • Wifi
  • Patchy mobile reception
  • Electric cooker and 4-ring hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Larder cupboard
  • Store cupboard essentials included (tea, coffee, salt and pepper, oil)
  • Heating, first two baskets of logs, hot water and electricity included
  • Bedlinen, towels, soap, and loo paper included
  • Master bedroom has a French-style king-size bed
  • Twin room upstairs has standard single beds, which can be pushed together to create a super-king-size bed
  • Family bathroom upstairs has bath with shower over (plus hand-held shower on taps), hand basin and loo
  • Information file in cottage
  • Games, magazines and books supplied
  • Baby-friendly (travel cot supplied)
  • Dog-friendly: up to 2 very well-behaved dogs welcome in the living-area (not in the bedrooms or on the furniture, please)
  • Please be aware that there may be livestock in the fields which must on no account be bothered by a dog
  • Garden has a stone-flagged terrace with table and chairs and a BBQ, a lawn, and a tyre swing (in the shape of a horse)
  • Track is a little bumpy at the end, so care should be taken in a very low-slung car
  • The owners live in the big house, but are very rarely in residence. The housekeeper lives in the next-door farm in case of need (her contact details are in the information file)
  • Shopping: Crickhowell is about 10 minutes away for good independent shops, pubs, cafes a tourist information centre and the award-winning Black Mountain Smokery. Abergavenny is about 20 minutes away for supermarkets (a big Waitrose, a small Tesco, and an Aldi) and a farmers’ market
  • Eating: The Felin Fach Griffin is a really good gastropub just outside Brecon, as is The Crown at Pantygelli. The café at the mill in Talgarth is very good for coffee, lunch or tea, and has excellent bread to buy. The Bear in Crickhowell has good pub food, and the best Sunday lunch in the area is to be had at The Hunters Moon Inn at Llangattock Lingoed, about half an hour’s drive from The Cow Shed. For a special meal, book into the Michelin-starred Walnut Tree Inn just outside Abergavenny.

Twin bedroom Spacious twin room with day bed
Day bed

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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Bathroom Bath/shower

Location map



Garden Amazing view

From the visitors book at The Cow Shed

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