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Old Rectory Barn

Beautifully renovated 16th Century Barn with spectacular views

Old Rectory Barn is a 5 star, luxury self-catering converted barn in a quiet south-eastern corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The barn is set in five acres above the village of Maesygwartha and is an excellent base for exploring this beautiful and historic area, which offers a range of outdoor activities for all ages and abilities and is renowned for its excellent local produce and restaurants.

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The Barn has been renovated to the highest standards and retains many original features including a wealth of oak beams. When designing the barn 'green' principles where adopted and there is a rainwater harvesting system and solar water heating.

In reaching the Finals of the Wales Business and Sustainability Awards the judges said "Old Rectory Barn is an excellent example of 'Green Tourism' having been beautifully and ethically renovated with its environmental effects a priority".

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Accommodation

Old Rectory Barn offers flexible accommodation, available as one large property that sleeps up to ten guests or as two independent cottages – the Loft and Stables.

The Stables accommodates four people (twin and double bedroom) and the Loft sleeps four to six people (twin and large family bedroom).

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- All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms.

- Both cottages have their own kitchen/dining/living areas and the modern kitchens are fully equipped with fridge, electric oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave etc.

- TV with Freeview/DVD and hi-fi.

- Lovely garden and patio seating areas with BBQ facilities.

- Utility room with washing machine, dryer and freezer.

- Drying room for outdoor gear and secure storage for cycles etc.

- Welcome pack of local produce provided for all self-catering guests

- Wi-Fi internet access.

- Dogs are welcome

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In order to help guests explore the local area which has a fascinating history and includes the Clydach Gorge we have provided a collection of walks which start and finish at the barn. We also have information packs of local cycle routes and are close to a new SUSTRANS route.

Apart from walking and cycling other activities in the area include caving, horse riding, paragliding, golfing and canoeing.

We are within walking distance of the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal and good fishing rivers including the Usk and there are other fishing facilities nearby.

A number of interesting historic and market towns are all just a few miles away including Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Monmouth and Hay on Wye.

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is only an hour away by car but there is also a rail link. You can be at the seaside at The Gower Peninsula in one and a half hours. Alternatively explore the World Heritage site of Blaenafon which is on the doorstep.

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Our prices are inclusive of all heating and electricity and include linen and towels. A cot and high chair are available on request.

Our nearest village is Gilwern which has a small Spar shop, a wonderful cafe and four pubs some of which serve food. There is also an excellent fish and chip shop and new butchers and delicatessen

If you like really good food then within a few miles there is an excellent choice including previous winners of the Wales Restaurants of the Year and the famous Bear Hotel in Crickhowell - voted Pub of the Year 2011.

Guestbook Comments

'I don't want to leave! Gorgeous views everywhere you look, comfortable modern accommodation in an older setting. We got the children to walk every day and even admit they liked it! Discovered a waterfall walk in the village which was a surprise.' November 2012

'A wonderful cottage in outstanding location and a scrumptious welcome pack. Went down Big Pit and visited Talgarth Water Mill. Enjoyed walking over the fields to Llanelly Church. We have driven through this area many times but now we really know its charm we shall be back to stay at the Loft for another holiday. Thank you Hilary and Graham for sharing this lovely property.' October 2012

'Another relaxing stay in this wonderful barn. Thanks to Hilary and Graham for their hospitality - looking forward to our next visit.' Rugby, September 2012

'Extremely impressed with the excellent facilities and well thought out extras - absolutely love the 'green- ness' of this eco cottage. Highly recommended.' London, May 2012

'An absolutely beautiful cottage which has been the perfect retreat for us whilst exploring the local area. The hospitality you have shown has been superb and we will be recommending your cottage to friends and family and I am sure we will be back again too.' April 2012

Perfectly located to explore the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park, the rolling hills of Monmouthshire and the industrial heritage of the South Wales Valleys

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Tariff

  • Stables - £290 - £445 per week
  • Loft - £335 - £490 per week
  • 2/3 night Short Breaks- from £250
  • Joint booking - £550 - £845 per week

Facilities

  • Children Welcome
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Groups Welcome
  • Internet Access
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Are Welcome
  • Private Parking Available
  • Sustainable Tourism Award

Grading and Awards

Grading Wales 5 StarSelf Catering

Green Tourism Gold Wales walkers welcome Wales cyclists welcome

News and Special Offers

Green Business Tourism Gold Award 2012

Welcome pack of local produce provided for all self-catering guests

Mid week 3/4 night Short Breaks available at special prices

B&B available from November to March from £55 per room per night (buffet breakfast)

Contact Details

phone: 01873830244 fax:

Owner/Manager: Hilary & Graham Lipscombe

Old Rectory Barn

Maesygwartha Gilwern Monmouthshire NP7 0EY Monmouthshire
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