Ty Mawr Barn
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- Magnificent unspoilt views across the Usk Valley
- Luxurious architect-designed living
- Very flexible accommodation: 4 bedrooms have zip-and-link super-king/twin beds; 1 bedroom has a king-size bed
- Second kitchen/living space with 2 bedrooms above: flexible for an extra family, grandparents, au pair (see floorplan)
- Dog-friendly: up to 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
- Reduced occupancy discount outside the school holidays
A barn conversion is a really difficult thing to do well, but the owners of Ty Mawr have definitely succeeded. The building is pleasingly divided up to create comfortable and practical living areas, while maintaining some of the soaring space of an agricultural barn as well as visual allusions to its past. Decorated and furnished with a sense of pared-back luxury, there is a lovely use of different textures - limewashed stone contrasts with clean sweeps of ceiling; smooth oak contrasts with stone flags and panelling made of scaffold boards. And everywhere, ancient pegged beams make an appearance, reminding us of the building's origins. The size of this big barn reflects its importance in the landscape, and it really feels like the king of its view – an astonishingly beautiful and completely unspoilt outlook over the Usk Valley.
This luxury holiday let is great for family holidays, get-togethers, and anniversaries of all kinds, and would even make a wonderful honeymoon destination. Ty Mawr barn sleeps 2 to 10 in 4 bedrooms with zip-and-link super-king/twin beds, and 1 bedroom with a king-size bed (plus an infant and up to two well-behaved dogs). One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor. ‘Half-house’ discount of 40% available for the use of two bedrooms, sleeping up to 4, outside the school holidays. You can select this option when you book.
The ground-floor of the barn comprises a big light kitchen (with adjacent utility-room/shower-room), a dining-area, a sitting-area, a ground-floor bedroom with its own ensuite shower-room/loo, and a separate loo. Still on the same floor, at the end of the barn is an extra kitchen/dining/living-room with two bedrooms above (plus their ensuites). This creates a wing with its own front door which can be divided off and self-sufficient, making it perfect for a family who would like to be separated off, for grandparents, or perhaps for an au pair – see the floorplan for a visual explanation.
The master bedroom is at the end of the barn, on the floor above the downstairs bedroom. With its own staircase, its own super-luxurious ensuite bathroom and a heavenly view across the garden and the valley beyond, it makes a beautiful private ‘suite’ for a lucky couple.
The king-size bedroom has its own stairs up from the dining-area, and is beautifully located in the apex of the barn, with old pegged beams defining the space. This bedroom has its own adjoining loo and hand basin (the utility-room shower is accessible for use on the ground-floor just below).
Finally, there are two bedrooms above the second kitchen/living space at the other end of the barn. Luxuriously furnished, one has a shower-room with loo and hand basin; the other has a bathroom with bath, shower over, loo and hand basin.
The second living-room below has a really good sized kitchen, a place to sit and eat, and a cosy sitting-area with big TV. It also has its own entrance from the outside, and a dividing door from the rest of the barn.
THINGS TO DO AROUND TY MAWR SELF-CATERING HOLIDAY BARN
Ty Mawr Barn has 20 acres of land to enjoy, so you don’t even need to step off the property to enjoy great walks and games of hide-and-seek. But beyond this, local walking is wonderful, too, whether you walk down into the Usk Valley, or venture east into the Lower Wye Valley to enjoy the River Wye, the Forest of Dean, and all the sights that proliferate in that area. There is a great picnic area at Black Rock near Caldicott (part of the Welsh Coastal Path), where you can watch the ‘lava-net’ fisherman wading out and throwing out their nets to catch fish, a practice that has been going on for centuries.
Local activities include fly and coarse-fishing, cycling in Chepstow Park Woods or at Pedalabikeaway in the Forest of Dean, and natural swimming in the rivers. For sight-seers, the area is rich in important ancient monuments, such as Tintern Abbey, the Roman remains at Caerwent and Caerleon, and the magnificent castle of Raglan, and the strategically and picturesquely-positioned Chepstow Castle on the limestone river cliffs.
There is plenty of choice for eating out: close by are The Star Pub on Star Hill (great steaks) and The Carpenters in Llanishen, which serves good pub food in huge portions – great salads and fish, good beers and wine. In Chepstow, you will find The Riverside Wine Bar, a tapas bar on the river which is good for a snack and a drink; The Lime Tree, a good Mediterranean bistro, with jazz evenings on Thursdays; The Mythos Meze Bar, a good, informal, noisy-but-fun Greek restaurant. The St. Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club, in the countryside between Chepstow and Caldicott, is a resort with golf, pool, gym, spa, and a restaurant which serves good food. Raglan, 7 miles away, has two award-winning independent butchers, and The Beaufort Inn has excellent food. The owners recommend the Raglan Arms in Llandenny, or The Inn at Penallt for nice meals out. For fresh local produce, there is a good fortnightly farmers' market in Usk (the first and third Saturday of each month).
Shopping is good in the county town of Monmouth, about 15 minutes’ drive away. It has independent shops including two butchers and a really good greengrocer, but it also has a Waitrose, an M&S food and a Co-op. There are plenty of cafes, boutiques, a market, some good Indian restaurants, two Italian bistros and a Thai pop-up.
The nitty gritty
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From the visitors book at Ty Mawr Barn
'Had a fab time. Beautiful barn and amazing views. Loved Usk Castle - very quirky and tranquil. Raglan and Chepstow: amazing. Romain remains at Caerleon: excellent. Wonderful holiday.' Tony & Kathy, Leicester
'An absolutely fantastic place with absolutely everything we could have wanted. The barn, your welcome, the surroundings and accessible location has made it the perfect place for our family celebration. We really hope to return again.' The Hume Clan
'Had a fantastic time, the barn was lovely and spacious and the views were incredible.' The Boyle Family
'We love it here. Had a great stay. The barn is beautiful. Slept like a log.' Denise & Ian
'Super location - peaceful and stunning views. A family get together, great hosts, very helpful. Visited Tintern Abbey, climbed Sugar Loaf and Blorenge. Amazing places.' Bailey Family
'Thank you so much for the fabulous days we spent at your farm. The house is so spacious that the children loved playing while we relaxed in comfort.' Beatrix, Katherine, Paul & Richard
'A great time had, enjoyed cooking on the Aga - fantastic. View amazing.' Lesley & Chloe
'We have enjoyed a perfect week at Ty Mawr - a beautiful place to stay where we have spent each evening relaxing, looking at the view and watching the swallows flying. We have been blessed with a week of sunshine and have made the most of the BBQ and outside area. Our days out have been spent visiting Chepstow, Monmouth and Usk. We have made use of the books provided for lovely walks around Trellech, Usk and along the river from Tintern Old Station. Thank you Lynne and Mike, you have obviously worked hard to accomplish a fantastic conversion to such a high standard.' Lynda, Jim, Martha & Lucia
'This is a very impressive house. It was more like a home for a week for the two of us and Mr Brando the British Bulldog. We had everything we could want for a relaxing week in the countryside. Amazing food, long walks in the sunshine. Thanks for great hospitality and a homely stay.' John-Michael
'We came here with my parents and our 19 month old boy so it was a great place to relax and enjoy each others company. There are lots of great places to visit - we have been to Symonds Yat with a lovely pub on the east side overlooking the river - the steep descent down is worth it. The views from the table outside are unbelieveable. Thank you Lynne and Mike for making us feel so welcome - you truly have a wonderful tranquil sanctuary.' Justin & Susana