Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
On the Gospel Pass on the way to the enchanting Vale of Ewyas, you will see this pictureseque smallholding, hugged protectively by the fern covered hillside, looking out over the many farmland parishes below.
Caemarchog farmhouse and barn have recently been rebuilt using local materials and traditional building techniques whilst incorporating modern day technology and standards. The house and the barn are heated via a low temperature geothermal heating system.
Water is supplied via a natural spring located in the field opposite the house and is of exceptional quality. Water is filtered and treated as a safety precaution before entering the properties for domestic use. All the waste water is treated in a treatment plant before being reintroduced into the stream below.
Guests are encouraged to recycle rubbish into the six categories of bins provided. All refuse is transported to local green waste recycling collection points
There are three double bedrooms in the house, with plenty of storage and sumptuous duvets. In the barn, there are a further two double bedrooms which have large brass beds.
An impressive and spacious well-equipped kitchen includes state of the art cooking appliances, sleek granite worktops, a flat screen television and a traditional AGA for use on request. The barn has an open plan kitchen with lovely oak units and an induction hob and electric oven.
Eat in the kitchen or the dining room. Dining in the Barn offers spectacular views across the mountains.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff, Nearest railway: Hereford|
|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||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 11|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Relax in the living room in the cosy leather armchairs in front of a roaring log fire whilst watching a film on the flat screen television. Upstairs , find a comfortable seating area with an X box. The barn has a wood burner, cosy leather sofas and television with home cinema system.
Both house and barn are furnished with luxurious bathrooms, incorporating large walk in showers and traditional cast iron roll top baths.
Relax under the stars in the steaming hot tub.
Self contained laundry room with a washing machine and drying facilities.
|Further details outdoors||
We recommend to use a car 4x4 during winter season.
The Powys/Brecon Beacons region
Situated about an hour north of Cardiff, this mountainous region is largely known for its spectacular natural landscapes. And it's true that the peaks of the Beacons and the Black Mountains have views to take your breath away. Climb Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in South Wales at 886m/2,907ft, on a clear day and you'll be able to see as far as the Gower Peninsula to the west and across the lush Usk Valley to the English border to the east.
This stunning region also has a rich, eventful history and plenty of fascinating cultural sights to explore. The countryside is dotted with Neolithic standing stones, Iron Age hillforts, Roman roads and Norman castles. The spread of Christianity has left numerous churches, chapels and even a cathedral, while local Celtic saints are commemorated in the picturesque Welsh names of the villages.
The Industrial Revolution dramatically changed the face of the valleys to the south of the Brecon Beacons. Yet the coal seam stopped at Merthyr Tydfil, and in the Beacons themselves rural life continued much as before. Spared the effects of industrialisation, the Brecon Beacons National Park has retained its unspoilt landscapes of pasture, moorland and mountains that are enjoyed by so many visitors today.
More than thirty bookstores, many specializing in out of print or hard to locate titles, lure literary lovers to this market town of 2000, known as the Town of Books. Snugly nestled in the County of Powys at the English border, Hay-on-Wye is most popular during the annual Guardian Hay Festival during the last few weeks of May, when 80,000 visitors descend for readings and seminars. Hay-on-Wye, or Y Gelli as it is in Welsh, also has two Norman castles, a plethora of pubs and a pleasant stream.
There are a host of activities in the local area. The Brecon Beacons National Park and the Wye and Usk Valleys mean that most rural activities are available. These include:
Fantastic walks in the surrounding Black Mountains are straight from the door, you will be spoilt for choice.
The stunning walks surrounding you are also ideal for mountain bike rides, with a route for every level. Bikes can be hired from nearby Hay on Wye.
Local pony trekking centres nearby or bring your own horses and explore the trails-large paddock available.
For the more adventurous there is plenty to do; rock climbing, abseiling, gorge walking, rafting, canoeing, archery, caving and pot holing etc.
Something more sedate?
Thankfully there are plenty of options for quieter days, such as exploring nearby Hay on Wye and its countless bookshops, eateries and local stores. Try your hand at the potters wheel at Eastnorpottery.co.uk in Ledbury. Or spend the day in the Cathedral town of Hereford approximately 30 miles away.
The River Cafe is our favourite spot for delicious local food, it’s approximately 15 minutes away and well worth the drive down the hill!