Ty Mawr Barn

Outdoor seating with views of Wye Valley

IN BRIEF

  • 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.

Sunset on Ty Mawr holiday barn

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.

Fabulous kitchen
Self catering barn Large dining table
Open plan living room and dining room

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.

Spacious living room Sunny living room
Living room with large TV and wood burner

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).

Bedroom with views of garden
Double bedroom Bathroom with shower
Rolltop bath

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.

Downstairs bedroom suite Beautiful beamed bedroom
Stunning bedrooms perfect for families

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.

Sunny bedroom with ensuite Ensuite bathroom
Bedroom with stable door
Kitchen Ensuite

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.

Second kitchen Second dining room

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.

Outside patio for dining al fresco Drinks on the patio!
Flowers in the sun BBQ!

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).

Sunny barn exterior Fork!
BBQ! Exterior

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.

Your view across the fields

The nitty gritty

  • Wood-burner (first basket of logs included in the price)
  • Wifi (intermittent at times)
  • Large flat-screen 40-inch HD TVs with Blu-ray DVD-player
  • Sony PlayStation 4 with games
  • Well-equipped kitchens
  • Main kitchen has:
    • 4-oven electric Aga with 2 cooking-plates, plus an extra 2-ring electric ceramic hob
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave/grill
  • Second kitchen has:
    • Fridge
    • Dishwasher
    • Electric hob, separate electric oven
    • Microwave/grill
  • Very practical utility room with sink, washing machine, airer for inside drying (plus washing-line outside) and shower
  • Separate downstairs cloakroom with loo
  • All 5 bedrooms are ensuite: 2 with shower, toilet and hand basin; 2 with shower, bath, toilet and hand basin; 1 with toilet and hand basin. Both bathrooms have heated towel-rails
  • 4 bedrooms have zip-and-link super-king/twin beds; 1 bedroom has a king-size brass bed
  • Electricity, heating, and hot water included (solar-powered)
  • Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor
  • Second living-area has large flat-screen 40” HD TVs with blue-ray DVD-player
  • Baby friendly – travel cot and high chair available on request (please bring your own linen for the travel cot), and stair gate for use at bottom of long staircase in living room
  • Local tourist information
  • Garden furniture: big table, chairs, parasol
  • BBQ
  • Dog-friendly: up to 2 well-behaved dogs allowed, but not upstairs or on the furniture. Please be aware of farm animals in the vicinity
  • Parents of toddlers please be aware that the ground floor has three levels, with steps up onto each, plus unguarded steps/uneven cobbled areas outside
  • Wonderful views
  • Plenty of wild-life and excellent star-gazing opportunities
  • Great walks from the front door, including on the 20 acres of attached private land for visitors' use (dogs on leads when sheep are in fields, please)
  • 15 minutes to the River Wye for riverside walks, fishing, canoeing, wild swimming
  • 15 minutes from the lovely county town of Monmouth with its good food shopping and plentiful cafes and bistros
  • 15 minutes to Chepstow and its race course
  • 25 minutes to Celtic Manor golf resort (with spa/gym)
  • Only 15 minutes from the M48 Severn Bridge
  • Walkable to pub (20 mins)
  • Owners live in the farmhouse behind the barn (and are on hand in case of need), but the barn has a nicely private aspect towards the view
  • Professional catering available for special events etc.
  • ‘Half-house’ discount of 40% available for the use of two bedrooms, sleeping up to 4, outside the school holidays

Sheep!

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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Sunset track to Ty Mawr

Location map



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