The Cow Shed
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- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The nitty gritty
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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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