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The Bull Pens

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 27 reviews

The Bull Pens- Upper Decking

Barn | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 73 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Set in the most glorious countryside, surrounded by rolling fields, woodland and 180 acres of farmland with grazing cattle, red kites soaring overhead and a wealth of interesting trees, flora and fauna. Beautifully converted to an exceptionally high standard from the original 17th Century barns, the two cottages have a contemporary, yet comfortable and homely feel. The craftsmen builders have retained the original oak beams, and some of the stonework. The owners are very happy to help guests make the most of their stay and have plenty of local information and recommended places to visit in the area.

This is an ideal base for exploring the area. The market town of Brecon is only a 20 minute drive away; famed for its impressive Cathedral, a bustling town centre with cafes, shops and supermarkets, a Farmer's Market, an excellent cinema, theatre, museums and a leisure centre with indoor swimming pool. For guests wishing to go to the coast the wonderful Gower beaches are an excellent day trip option as would be a day out exploring Pembrokeshire.

Let as one.

Home delivery from Asda & Waitrose available.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Gower Coast 73 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 9 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Cardiff 93 km, Nearest railway: Abergavenny 44 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The barn has large dining and seating areas with comfortable sofas, flat screen TV and DVD. Wood burning stoves are located in both living rooms. The slate tile floor has cosy under-floor heating. Separate spacious kitchens with newly fitted shaker-style units. Plenty of work and storage space, fully equipped with the latest appliances; electric halogen hob and oven, washing machine, dishwasher and upright fridge-freezer and microwave. Front door leads out to terrace and large outdoor table and chairs and BBQ.

Tastefully decorated twin and double bedrooms with bath and shower en-suite.

An upstairs sitting room with a high ceiling boasts a magnificent oak A frame. The contemporary colour used on the feature wall enhances this cosy living space with oak floor and wood burner set in the hand-hewn fire surround.

Direct access onto a large decked area with outdoor table and chairs where you can sit out in the evening with a drink and admire the fine views of the surrounding hills. Hot Tub available with Upper Bull Pen.

Further details outdoors

Patio areas outside each entrance to catch the morning sun with ample outdoor furniture and BBQs. Two large decked areas are located in prime position (also with outdoor furniture) for the evening sun and views of the surrounding hills.

Hot Tub available with Upper Bull Pen, only available to Lower if Upper not occupied.

Further details

The Bull Pens can be booked weekly or for a short break. Week breaks commence on a Monday or Friday. Short Breaks are bookable Fri-Mon or Mon-Fri.

Please enquire to seek availability for Saturday start dates.

The first basket of logs is complimentary, subsequent baskets are £5.

For extra guests over 8 the cost is £12 per person per night

The Powys/Brecon Beacons region

There are many attractions to visit including a Norman Cathedral with its own heritage centre, two museums: the South Wales Borderers Museum, which contains memorabilia of the Regiment's defence of Rourke's Drift and the Brecknock Museum which is situated in the Town's elegant former courthouse and is packed full of fascinating exhibits.The magnificent Brecon Beacons, Brecon to Monmouth canal and Brecon Beacons National Park all play their part in the make up of this beautiful area.

The River Usk flows through the town and the promenade along the Usk is an ideal area for a gentle stroll, you can even enjoy boating on the river. New additions to the town are Bethel Square Shopping Centre and Theatre Brycheiniog.

There is a livestock market held every Tuesday and Friday and a craft market on the third Saturday of every month. Also a thriving Farmer's Market on the second Saturday of the month.


A championship golf course at Cradoc and a 9-hole course in Brecon are popular with both local and visiting golfers. Llangorse Lake for sailing enthusiasts and the Taff Trail for cyclists and excellent walking in the surrounding hills.

Main Events in the local calendar:

Hay-on Wye Literary Festival in May

Brecon Jazz Festival in August

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July

Llanfihangel Nant Bran has direct access onto the Epynt Way and there are marvelous cycle routes in the surrounding area.

The Green Man Festival in August

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Review 1-10 of 27

10 Sep 2014


"Incredible, 5 star all the way!"

My boyfriend and I along with two friends booked The Bullpens for a long weekend away - we arrived on Friday afternoon and left on the Monday morning. On arrival we were amazed, the whole property is … More

2 Aug 2014


"Wow, what an amazing barn conversion"

My wife and I stayed in the Lower Bull Pen with our 2 1/2 year old son for a 4 night break. This is a fantastic conversion and equipped to the very highest standards. The views from the terrace in the… More

18 May 2014


"A gem set in the beautiful welsh countryside"

This was the perfect place for a weekend away, catching up with mates. The accommodation was absolutely lovely- done to a really high spec and gorgeous surroundings. It had everything you'd want … More

8 May 2014


"A stunning location, amazing getaway, wonderful hosts"

We were a party of around 8 guests who hired out both sections of this converted barn, the Lower and Upper Bull pens. Imagine looking out over tranquil, green rolling hills, pastures, cattle and sheep… More

28 Mar 2014


"Secluded Splendour!"

Just back from a 4 night stay at the lovely Bull Pens. The location is tucked away in a secluded valley, extremely tranquil & no phone signal for total relaxation! The Bull Pens property itself is be… More

3 Mar 2014


"It pays to look until you find what you really want"

We like farm-style cottages, but this was the best so far. My wife searched for ages and eventually settled on this one; we're glad she did. We stayed 4 nights and found the fixtures and fittings… More

14 Jan 2014


"A relaxing break in a stunning venue"

I can't say anything bad about our stay at the Bull Pens. We stayed from Friday afternoon until midday on Sunday. The weather was awful and a storm meant the power cut out a few times during our … More

30 Nov 2013



My fiance and I stayed at the bull pens last week for a one night stay to celebrate our engagement. I contacted various cottages with log fires and hot tubs in the hope i could be accomadated at such … More

4 Nov 2013



Spacious accommodation. Layout and finishing touches well thought out, and warm welcome and help from the owners much appreciated. Beds and linen divine, kitchens large and well equipped and dining ar… More

5 Oct 2013


"Idyllic rural getaway with modern accommodations and a fabulous hostess!!"

We could not be more pleased with the lovely Fiona and her beautiful property, set in the countryside with lovely views all around. We booked this weekend getaway VERY last minute but Fiona was more t… More

Review 1-10 of 27

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