Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Pen Fistla Barns, in the village of Penllyn, near Cowbridge, were converted first in 2005, transforming a once working farm yard into a beautiful family home.
In 2008 a single story stable- type barn was also converted as part of the overall accommodation, providing a range of expertly restored rooms, with natural stone walls, oak flooring and exposed beams throughout.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Southerdown 8 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff Wales 15 km, Nearest railway: Bridgend 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The living area boasts a wood burning stove, leather suite, flat screen TV/DVD/ ipod station and dining suite. A fridge/freezer, dishwasher, separate oven/hob, microwave and toaster compliment the full range of kitchen units.
The two bedrooms sleep four people, one room being a twin room, the other a double. The 'wet room' bathroom has a large showering area, bath and built in oak shaker style units.
|Further details outdoors|
Outside, a natural stone terrace looks over a large lawned area and some of the most stunning views the Vale of Glamorgan has to offer. A host of walks through a range of open fields and woodland surround Pen Fistla.
An abundance of wildlife thrives in the rich country moors and woods. Two country inns, The Red fox and The Barley Mow, are within a five and ten minute walk, each boasting an open fire, real ales and excellent food.
Stunning views, within walking distance of 2 country inns. Near the beautiful market town of Cowbridge
Set within a court yard of 2 converted barns, the other being occupied by the owner and family, peace and tranquillity is assured. A range of terraces and open space is available for all.
A warm welcome is provided, starting with a small complimentary pack of essentials such as milk,, tea, coffee etc to get you settled in.
The South Wales region
South Wales has a rare combination of fine beaches, rugged scenery,historic castles, an industrial heritage yet top class sporting venues and a vibrant culture to boot. Cosmopolitan Cardiff, home of the Millennium Centre, Millennium Stadium, St David's Hall, CIA and renowned for its superb shopping including Victorian and modern arcades, is only a 20 minute drive away and is linked to Cowbridge by Express Bus - an ideal way of travelling into Cardiff for major concerts and sporting events.
Cardiff Bay is well worth a visit, hosting a range of walks, modern art and vibrant bars, cafes and restaurants.
Penarth is a quaint Victorian coastal town, boasting a seafront pier, shopping arcades and first class dining. Nearby is the Cosmeston Lakes and Medieval Village.
Furthrer urther a field- The Brecon Beacons offer stunning views over mid and South Wales. The Gower Coast is some of the most stunning coastline and finest beaches in the UK. The Botanical gardens near Carmarthen are gardeners favourite. The Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds are within an hour and a half drive. London is two and a half hours.
Pen Fistla is perched on an enviable ridge position in the shadows of nearby Penllyn Castle, surrounded by uninterupted views stretching 20 miles or so. The nearby village boasts two excellent country inns are within 3 and 10 minute walks.
The Barley Mow- A range of fine ales and home cooked food is served in either a restaurant or open- fired setting.
The Red Fox- The welcome is excellent and the food is currently amongst the finest on offer in the Vale. A range of home cooked food and daily specials are served in either the oak- floored Restaurant or flag- stone floored Bar.
Some two miles away is the market town of Cowbridge. Cowbridge (Y Bont Faen in Welsh) is unique and delightful, combining the character of a traditional market town with a superb range of individually owned, upmarket shops and boutiques and award winning cafes, pubs and restaurants and a farmer's market on the 1st and 3rd weekends of the month. The heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, Cowbridge provides easy access to both the sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs of the Heritage Coast but also to the capital of the Principality.
A range of good restaurants and bars await. By day, The Vale Inn and The Bear serve excellent pub lunches. Farthings and The Market Place are always good by or night and if you want something extra special try the silver service at Huddarts. For tapas, Bar 44 is very good. All can be found on the High Street. A range of coffee bars and tea rooms are available throughout the town. For oriental cuisine, there is an excellent Chinese restaurant at the side of the river, just behind the town Hall. On the Hill to the East of Cowbridge, along the A48 is one of South Wales’ best Indian restaurants, the Mughal Emporer.
More country inns can be accessed within a few miles drive.
The Glamorgan Heritage Coast stretches from Penarth in the East to Porthcawl in the West. A mix of rugged pebble and long sandy beaches are available along the way. Of particular note are:
• Southerndown- a small sandy cove, with ample car parking, toilet facilities and a small caffe open at busier times.
• Ogmore By Sea- a beach close to an estuary, with wide open fields for play and car parking. Life Guards on duty during the summer.
• Marcross- a small rocky cove, over looked by Nash point Lighthouse. Great for letting the children explore, but beware of the Cliffs and steep paths.
• Monknash- Our favourite and a little gem! Accessed through a nature reserve, a footpath takes you half a mile to the beach. Depending on the tide, bathing is possible on either the rocky flats or long interrupted sandy stretch. Car parking is available, but a mile or so from the beach. Note, there are no toilet or other facilities available- just peace and quiet on a deserted beach, no matter what time of the year!
• Merthyr Mawr sand dunes- a delightful drive through woodland brings you to the car park for what is believed to be Europe’s largest area of sand dune. A range of paths lead you to the sea. For the easiest route, follow the bank of the river Ogmore.
The ‘Designer Outlet’ is just off the M4 at Junction 36, Bridgend and boasts a range of top brand shops offering sales at bargain prices. M & S, Next, Levi’s, Nike, Ben Sherman, Helly Hansen and Jaeger are just some of the franchises.
Margam Country Park is signposted off the M4 at Junction 37. Excellent for children to play and see the occasional wild deer in the woods. Mum and Dad can visit the Abbey and Orangery, fine examples of ancient buildings.
The Welsh Folk Museum- See how the Welsh used to live, right through the ages! Free entry (and to all museums in Wales) takes you to a village of houses, shops and buildings recreated over centuries. Well worth a visit and can easily fill a full day if you are interested in culture and history.
You are surrounded by a network of public footpaths and bridleways, right from the front door! Circular walks can be 10 minutes or 10 hours. Please speak to us, and we can provide you with directions, maps, guide books and ideas. Oxygen not supplied!
Sport and Adventure.
In descending order of quality, price and challenge, several golf courses are available:
• Royal Porthcawl- A top class links course, home to many UK national championships. Tel 01656 782251
• The Celtic Manor- Home to the 2010 Ryder Cup. Under development, yet still boasts some of the best golf available in the region. Home to the annual Wales Open.
• Southerndown- Another links type course, set between mountains and the coast. Tel 01656 880476
• Pyle and Kenfig- A challenging links course, with a warm and unstuffy atmosphere. Tel 01656 783093
• The Wales National- An up coming and coming course, set to challenge Royal Porthcawl for its quality. Tel 01443 665899
• Cotterell Park- Two 18 hole courses on offer, with a range of early bird and twilight bargain golf available. Tel 01446 781781
• St Mary’s- An 18 and 12 hole (9 in winter) course. Good golf at a very reasonable price. Tel 01656 860280
• Pencoed Agricultural College- A true pay as you play 9 hole course. Municipal style golf over a par three and four course. Very informal. No need to book.
Top surfing beaches include Rest Bay, Southerndown and Llantwit Major.
Similar to walking, many greats routes can be recommended to you, just ask! For the more adventurous, the Afan Argoed Mountain Bike Centre is half an hour or so drive away. World renowned… apparently!
Several stables are close by; we recommend Ogmore By Sea. Run over many years by the Williams family, rides take you out over the sand dunes and to the sea beyond. Any stable that produces top jockey Christian Williams (2nd in grand National) must be good! Tel 01656 880856.