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The House in the Hills (Caemarchog, Knightsfield)

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 5 reviews

Panoramic view of house and barn with the Black Mountains in the backround

Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

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
Nearest beach Tenby
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
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
Access Parking
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.

Hay-On-Wye

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:

Walking

Fantastic walks in the surrounding Black Mountains are straight from the door, you will be spoilt for choice.

Mountain Biking

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.

Horse Riding

Local pony trekking centres nearby or bring your own horses and explore the trails-large paddock available.

Something different?

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.

Top tip

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!

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20 Oct 2013

5/5

"Magnificent!"

We had a very pleasant stay there!Every detail of the cottage was beautiful. There was nothing you would need and couldn't find in the cottage. and the location is fantastic if you like green mou… More

17 Mar 2012

5/5

"LOVED IT!!"

I don't normally take the time to write a review, but my partner and I stayed in the barn conversion here for three nights and we absolutely loved it.I spent quite a lot of time researching where… More

18 Feb 2012

5/5

"Caemarchog. Most beautiful location, amazing house, luxury relaxation!"

This amazing house has the feel of real luxury, the contemporary decor compliments many original features. 10 of us including 4 teenagers stayed in the main house and barn and it still felt that the s… More

12 Feb 2012

5/5

"Log Fires, Hot Tub and Stunning Scenery"

This was an amazing weekend break with the girls. Fabulous house and barn conversion with everything you would wish to have in a holiday rental and more.Local horse-riding stables available nearby to … More

19 Dec 2011

5/5

"The perfect welsh farmhouse in a stunning location"

This is the perfect location to escape to . The house and barn are finished to standards rarely seen in a holiday home , the workmanship is second to none .Local area is breathtaking with lots to do ,… More

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