Esgair Berfedd (ESGAR)
Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Esgair Berfedd is one of our most remote and secluded properties situated in the heart of the Crychan Forest. This is a perfect retreat to just "Get Away From it All" light the fire, close the door and forget the rest of the world. The only likely visitors would be animals or perhaps the occasional mountain bike on the forestry track below - or once a year cars for the GB RALLY. This delightful house has been restored and designed by Jeannette Pritchard, who also interior styled the much acclaimed boutique New White Lion Hotel in nearby Llandovery. The same premium style and 'comfortable sophistication' is demonstrated throughout Esgair Berfedd and its furnishings creating a wonderful spoiling experience and giving you more than a few ideas when you return home! Jeannette was also commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales to provide illustrations and design for his new Welsh residence close to Llandovery.
Sleeps 7, 4 bedrooms. 'Voted in The Observer's top 50 UK holiday homes 2009'. A superb stylish and well equipped country kitchen with a 5 ring gas hob with large oven, large upright fridge with half freezer, dishwasher, Belfast sink, washing machine, a pine kitchen table and chairs. The dining room has an elegant beamed ceiling, dining table and chairs and a featured Victorian fireplace. A spacious sitting room with comfortable sofa, lovely old leather armchairs and several Moroccan rugs, cushions, lamps, interesting pictures and prints; a very large stone ingle-nook fireplace with a woodburning stove, complete with the original bread-oven and a heavy oak lintel beam. There is a TV, DVD, video and videos for rainy days, as there is no reception. A DOWNSTAIRS shower-room/wet-room, beautifully tiled with a smooth pebble floor, shower, handbasin and toilet.
Up a flight of the original farmhouse wooden stairs to the first floor
Bedroom 1: A pretty bedroom with a single bed covered with traditional Welsh quilt cover.
Bedroom 2: Has twin beds again with traditional Welsh quilts and a sofa perfect for admiring the wonderful views over the valley;
Bedroom 3: Has a double bed and also boasts a sofa in the window for the majestic views.
There is a family bathroom: With a hand held shower over the bath, handbasin and toilet.
Up a further flight of stairs to the attic
Bedroom 4: a stunning Moroccan double bedroom with bath and handbasin in the eaves of the farmhouse. A beautiful bed covered with Moroccan fabrics and rugs around the beams. Please be aware that they are low in this bedroom so may not be suitable for someone who is very tall as you have to duck to avoid the beams. The bath and handbasin are featured with Moroccan fretwork casing with attractive filigree lights behind. Perhaps the most stunning feature of this unique room is the free-standing bath, cleverly situated to allow you to enjoy the wonderful views up the valley while you are having a well deserved soak. The antique chaise lounge helps make this a most relaxing and romantic room.
Bedlinen and towels provided. Oil central heating, electricity and fire wood, first basket of logs free and £5 thereafter. One small pet only and to be kept downstairs - please clean up after your dog. Highchair availableLimited mobile reception. There is a sunny patio outside the house with garden furniture and a BBQ. Ample parking space and a large garden but also miles of wilderness and the Crychan Forest at the door.£40 fuel supplement on all short breaksLocation, Location, Location
The location of this unique 200 year old farmhouse is wonderful for anyone who is looking for complete peace and solitude; a perfect place to be able to just walk out of the door, watch the masses of wildlife going about their daily business, there are resident bats (that are protected) in evidence during the summer months. There are wonderful trails where you can mountain bike or ride completely undisturbed all day. The farmhouse overlooks the valley and is four miles from the nearest main road and reached down winding country lanes and up through the forest. Babel is the nearest hamlet.
The farmhouse has written on a stone plaque over the door "Built in 1806 at the expense of Sam Griffiths", whose descendants still live in the valley today. The house and barns were originally a farm but until fairly recently the house belonged to the Forestry - now the trees all around have been felled and the house has once again magnificent views across the valley. Inside the cottage many of the old features have been retained. The old oak floor boards, beamed ceiling, large fireplace, bread oven etc. The house now has electricity but this is only very recent. The present style of the house I would say is stylish antique with a touch of Retro. It is an incredible experience to hear your own voice echo three ways down the valley on a still night from the garden's edge. A truly superb location for walking directly from the house and an absolute wealth of wildlife at the door with red kite overhead - on the way home we saw eight red kite before we even reached Sennybridge. Over the years several famous people have found secret hideaways in this wonderful valley to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday living including the composer of the Welsh anthem 'O Guide Me Thou Great Redeemer' William Williams (1717-1791, father-in-law of Sam Griffiths). The small but interesting market town of Llandovery is approximately 6 miles, this being the closest place for shopping with several pubs, restaurants, a very good Heritage Centre, crafts shops and antique shops. Llandovery also has a railway station on the scenic Heart of Wales Line.
As one guest remarked recently "you won't ever want to leave this special place". Please note there is a £100 surcharge for the Wales GB Rally.
'Voted in The Observer's top 50 UK holiday homes 2009'
Llandovery 6 miles. Brecon 20 miles.
Learn more about Llandovery and Brecon here.
If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Ann, Sophie or Jessica
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2)|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The West Wales/Pembrokeshire region
Brecon is centrally positioned in the National Park and is a very popular base for walkers, mountain bikers and those who just enjoy being within the beautiful surrounding countryside with breathtaking views. The cathedral town boasts two museums - The Welsh Borderer's Museum and the Brecon Cathedral along with a shop and cafe. The bustling town centre is quaint with many individual shops and cafes. There is an annual world renowned Jazz Festival held in the town during August.
Crickhowell is a small, pretty and sheltered Georgian market town set between the lower slopes of Table Mountain and the backdrop of Llangattock Mountain with its great limestone crags. The River Usk, renowned for the good trout and salmon fishing, flows past spanned by an interesting buttressed bridge with twelve arches facing downstream and thirteen arches facing upstream. There are many excellent walks in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons and horse riding, fishing, and canoeing can all be arranged locally.
Abergavenny is a bustling market town with a large covered outdoor market and a busy cattle market; there are ample local producers, craft and antique markets and every September the famous Abergavenny Food Festival brings together a wealth of local food producers, celebrity chefs and an enthusiastic food loving audience. This area remains a favourite base for walkers, cyclists, para-gliders, fishermen and canal enthusiasts, and there are many outdoor activity providers.
Hay-on-Wye is a popular market town on the River Wye, sitting on the border between England and Wales, at the foot of The Black Mountains. Overlooked by the fascinating 11thc. Castle, the town has a wealth of interesting old buildings and the "largest second-hand bookshop in the world" in the old cinema- one of the 30 major antiquarian bookshops, each with their own speciality. Hay-on-Wye hosts the world famous Literary Festival.
Builth Wells in the Mid Wales countryside is varied with magnificent great reservoirs using the natural shape of the landscape - now established over many years and a natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife and flora. There are great expanses of open countryside where the Red Kite (which can be viewed at close proximity in several Red Kite Centres), buzzard, kestrel and sparrow hawks wheel and hover overhead.
The Upper Swansea Valley is an ideal location for those wishing to explore this area known as 'Waterfall Country',
Monmouth takes its name from the mouth of the Monnow River, which flows into the River Wye just South of the town. Monmouth is a bustling market town with many shops and supermarkets. The pubs and restaurants provide good food. All types of outdoor activities are available, there is excellent fishing on the River Monnow and the River Wye; golf is nearby at the Rolls of Monmouth; Hot Air Ballooning at nearby Raglan and pony trekking in the area; excellent walking in the Wye Valley and the Royal Forest of Dean, exploring the Welsh Borders and Offa's Dyke Path
On the western side of the Brecon Beacons lie the old market towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery. Both are charming market towns with excellent local shops and information centres, guiding people to the numerous local places of interest such as Carreg Cennen Castle.
On the western side of the Brecon Beacons lie the old market towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery. Both are charming market towns with excellent local shops and information centres, guiding people to the numerous local places of interest such as Carreg Cennen Castle
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