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- Voted one of the Sunday Times Best Places to Stay in 2013
- Extraordinary views; wonderful countryside
- Lovely barn conversion for a couple
- Romantic place to escape to for honeymoons and minimoons
- Baby-friendly: one babe in arms welcome
- Child-friendly for a child old enough that the mezzanine won't be a danger
- Village with pub within walking distance and short drive to Crickhowell
- Superb scenic walks from the door
A situation to inspire you, to tuck you away from the cares of the world – or perhaps to revive you after the manic run-up to your wedding. This is a delightfully converted barn in a landscape of incredible unspoilt beauty. This elegant little barn is full of interesting decorative touches, peaceful pale colours, and lots of comfort. The king-size bed is deliciously comfortable, there is a sofa each, an oil-fired burner for cosying up in front of, and a private south-facing terrace for enjoying the stunning views. Sleeps a couple, plus a non-toddling baby or a child old enough that the mezzanine won't be a danger.
Pickle Barn is the place for inside-outside living in the summer months, but then converts very successfully to a cosy hideaway for off-season stays. The owner has travelled the world and brought back treasures with her from her trips to decorate the light-filled peaceful space: textiles, baskets, pictures, and interesting objects.
The inside living-room is one big open-plan space, but certainly not too big for a couple to be cosy. Light streams in from big glazed doors and roof-windows and is refracted by the opaque lime-washed walls, while arrow-slit windows frame enticing slices of view. The handmade kitchen, a pretty shade of blue, is tucked neatly under the mezzanine. Upstairs, on the mezzanine, the cosy bedroom has a superb view from the bed across the hills.
The shower room has a power shower, loo and hand basin, and another magical stripe of view through an arrow-slit window.
The stone-flagged terrace is both a sun-trap and viewing-point. Sit here on a fine day and watch the shadows of the clouds scud across the hillsides. Or sip a sundowner as the sun slides down behind the Darren. The Black Mountains themselves are your garden – just step out and enjoy! The owner has details of the best walks in the area to suit all levels of fitness.
THINGS TO DO AROUND PICKLE BARN
For those who enjoy nosing around a market town, Crickhowell won’t disappoint. It has a wide variety of interesting independent shops – a book shop, a visitors centre, two superb mini department stores, a great butcher-cum-deli, cafes, a wine store, 2 good pubs, an Indian take-away, and an outdoor adventure shop – and more. The prize-winning Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre is staffed by knowledgeable staff, who will give details of some excellent walks tailored to you. Pickle Barn is well-located between the Brecon Beacons and The Black Mountains, so you have a choice of a wide variety of places to explore, from pretty local walks to the drama of some of the great Beacons, such as Pen y Fan – and everywhere a view to be enjoyed.
Ten Good Things, as recommended by the owner (details in cottage)
1. 45 minute circular walk from the barn door which takes you through the village of Llanbedr (details in cottage)
2. Gliffaes Country House Hotel outside Crickhowell, set in 33 acres of stunning grounds . - enjoy a drink or lunch on large Italianate terrace above the river Usk
3. The Felin Fach Griffin, really good gastro pub between Hay and Brecon
4. The Walnut Tree Inn near Abergavenny presided over by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hill
5. Don't miss our local Black Mountain Smokery on the edge of Crickhowell. Delicious smoked salmon and other kinds of meat, such as duck breast
6. Abergavenny Covered Market…different kinds of markets most days of the week
7. Hay-on-Wye: there is loads to do in this famous book town
8. Churches with a wealth of history - Patrishow Church and Llanfair Kilgedin, for example (details in cottage)
9. Tretower Court: a fascinating medieval fortified manor house and garden west of Crickhowell
10. Veddw House Garden: a modern romantic garden near Chepstow
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 Pickle Barn
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