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- Superbly comfortable country holiday home for 2 to 4 (plus an infant) with amazing views
- Cosy and romantic for couples
- Lovely for honeymoons or minimoons (owner will supply special honeymoon hampers)
- Shepherds hut in garden is great for children, or as a nice quiet place to escape to
- Canoeing, cycling, great walks
- Close to Hay-on-Wye
- Discount for a couple available outside peak periods (based on the use of one bed)
This beautiful old oak-framed barn in the southern Welsh Marches strikes just the right balance between comfortable elegance and country simplicity. You feel right at home here: there is an extraordinary atmosphere of welcome and peace, as if only happy spirits have ever populated it. The distant rolling waves of the Black Mountains lend a backdrop of drama to this peaceful scene. Sleeps 2 to 4 (plus an infant) in great comfort.
Nibley Barn has a 10% discount available for a couple outside the peak periods based on the use of one double bed only (when you book for 2 adults, the price adjusts automatically)
The double-height flag-stoned entrance hall has a great big sofa, space for hats, coats and boots, and an upright piano. The farmhouse kitchen is lovely: spacious-but-cosy, with French doors leading out onto an outside sitting area with a well-filled flower border and views across fields to the mountains beyond. The sitting-room is generously furnished with two sofas, an armchair, a chaise longue and a big wood-burning stove. Snug in winter and deliciously cool in summer, this is a space for both conviviality and quiet.
Upstairs, two beamed double bedrooms lead off a landing, each with a bathroom (and one with an extra bed for a child). Pretty bedlinen, French wrought iron beds, vintage floral quilts, fresh flowers, tissues, piles of soft towels and good quality soap add a touch of luxury.
The garden comprises three lovely sitting-out areas on three sides of the barn, surrounded by flowers, and a nice expanse of lawn with a pond and a charming shepherd’s hut beside it. Children can play or sleep in here, or it can be a peaceful place to sit and read. Woodland and fields are all part of the owner’s small working farm, and she is extremely happy for people to explore. The owner lives in the farmhouse next door to the barn, so she is on hand for advice and help, if needed.
Things to do around Nibley Barn
Hay-on-Wye is 12 miles away via a stunning scenic route through the hills and well-worth a visit for quirky shops, boutiques, antique emporia, independent food shops, cafes and, of course, the second-hand bookshops which have made this lovely border town so famous. Hereford, with its cathedral, chained library, and extraordinary medieval treasure, the Mappa Mundi (a UNESCO World Heritage site), makes a good day out. Try the café at All Saints Church in the middle of the city for a delicious and nourishing lunch. The local village shop is wonderful – you will find just about everything you need there for your own cooking. But a trip to Rowlestone for their superb ice-cream would add something special to your menu.
The beautiful river Wye is a feature of this area, at its closest to Nibley Barn at Hay for canoe and kayak hire. Wild swimming at Bredwardine is fun, where there’s a beach for children to play; or simply walk along its banks and watch kingfishers dive or the swans glide by. Venture into the dramatic Black Mountains for superb walks, incredible vistas, wild ponies, flourishing birdlife, lovely churches and the famous Cistertian monastery, Llanthony Abbey (which eccentrically has a pub right within its walls). Alternatively, pack a picnic and stride off on some peaceful rural walks right from the doorstep – the owner will give you some insider tips. Drover Holidays in Hay-on-Wye (01497 821134) will deliver bikes for you to use during your stay, including trailer bikes, trailer seats and child seats, if you need them (helmets and all necessary kit – even a bottle of local spring water are included in the hire charge). Garden lovers will enjoy Abbeydore Court Gardens (and tea room) at nearby Abbeydore, where there is also a fascinating abbey.
There are some great places to eat in the area, from Toi et Moi, a little gem of a place run by a Frenchman and his British wife (follow signs from Abbeydore, but make sure you book first on 01981 240244), to the Bridge at Michaelchurch, picturesquely situated in the weeping willows by the Escley Brook in the shadow of the Black Mountain. Here you will find generous gastropub portions. The Hardwick and The Walnut Tree Inn, both just outside Abergavenny, are great places for a special meal. And people of all ages adore the prize-winning teas at The Angel Hotel in Abergavenny.
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.
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From the visitors book at Nibley Barn'Thank you for sharing such a special place. We have thoroughly enjoyed our week in the cottage and the gardens - it really is a magical place. I have finally found a lovely retreat to escape to. I can't wait to come back.' Shahista, Max, Isaac and Isabella, London
'This tranquil and aesthetic place gave us a unique and refreshing holiday.' Kevin and Val, Australia
'We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful place! So peaceful and so quiet and so wonderfully kept. Looking forward to our return already.' Brad, Rose and Sebastian, London
'The barn has been a feast for the senses and a nurture for the soul. A truly perfect and uplifting week..... we'll be back!' Minio and Alex, Italy
'We have holidayed in the Black Mountains for at least twenty years in umpteen cottages, but this is the best so far! Not great weather - only glimpses of the hills this time, but we were so cosy here that it didn't matter. Spent as much time indoors as out, a gorgeous treat. Lots of lovely touches taking us beyond "just a holiday cottage"!' Malcom and Jean Roberts, South Devon