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Cottage | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

This beautifully renovated spacious self catering barn to sleep 10 guests is set in a spectacular location on the banks of the river Towy. Close to the pretty village of Rhandirmwyn in the Upper Towy Valley. The steeply wooded valleys, waterfalls and rivers of this area are stunning and known to the locals as 'little Switzerland.' The Upper Towy Valley is a gateway to the Cambrian Mountains which is a vast unspoilt rugged landscape that stretches down the spine of Wales.

It's incredible that an area of such natural outstanding beauty has no national recognition; but perhaps this has been its saviour. Visitors to Penrhyn can meander along serene, tranquil valleys and not meet a soul, or trek across open hill and moorland and find utter solitude. This amazing scenery can be explored from the doorstep. Near by is The Crystal Mountain where in ancient times Gold, Silver and Iron used to be mined; now adays the hillside is littered with quartz which catches the sunlight and sparkles. To the side of the property the river cuts it's way through the gorge - fascinating rock formations cut away by the river over the years - spot the al fresco bath tub in the rocks where visitors enjoy wild swimming!

A stargazers paradise with NO light pollution - so bring your telescopes. This is a lovely place for older children with the river to play in, the soft ball, volley ball, badmington and a large field to be able to kick a ball around.

Accommodation

Sleeps 10, 5 bedrooms. Penrhyn barn offers spacious accommodation for up to 10 people. The open plan lounge has floor to ceiling windows with amazing views of the valley. Comfy sofas, ancient oak beams, oak flooring and a woodburning stove set in a stone fireplace give the barn a warm cosy atmosphere. Sky freeview TV, DVD, Video and a CD player are provided for your entertainment. A selection of children's videos and family games are stored in a cupboard under the stairs. A large pine farmhouse table with matching chairs is perfect for dining with friends and family and the range in the kitchen with a six ring gas hob and double electric oven makes cooking easy. The well equipped oak fitted kitchen houses a microwave, double sink, fridge and dishwasher.

Also on the ground floor is

Bedroom 1: with a super king-size bed which can be converted, if preferred, to either twin beds or a single bed with wheelchair disabled access. A wet room with shower, toilet and handbasin adjoins the bedroom and is also suitable for disabled.

A separate utility room with a sink, large fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer adjoins the barn. It has a radiator and is ideal as a drying room for wet coats, boots, muddy dogs, fishing rods etc.

A flight of handcrafted oak stairs lead onto a landing with access to

Bedroom 2: double bedroom with an en suite shower room with hand basin and toilet.

Bedroom 3: king size bedroom

Bedroom 4: king size bedroom

Bedroom 5: twin bedroom.

All the bedrooms have stunning views of the valley with Crystal Mountain and the Cambrians to the north and the rapids and pools of the river to the south. A shower room with a double shower wash handbasin and toilet is situated next to the twin room and opposite is a large family bathroom with a jacuzzi bath with shower over, handbasin and toilet. The bath has fabulous views over the valley and mountains and is perfect to relax with a glass of wine after a strenuous day walking or cycling! All the beds have deep luxurious mattresses and cotton bed linen and towels are provided. The ground floor is heated by oil under floor heating and upstairs by radiators; all the heating is thermostatically controlled for your comfort.

Patio doors from the lounge open onto a large south facing patio with a gas BBQ and garden furniture. The patio has a ramp for wheelchairs and a portable telescopic ramp provides entry into the barn. To the rear there is a lawn with a badminton net and access to the utility room and stables with safe storage for fishing equipment, bikes and canoes. Stables and grazing for visitors with their own horses can be provided upon discussion with the owners. There is ample parking in the farmyard which has direct access through the front door into the lounge.

Useful information

Smoking outside only please. All linen and towels inclusiveNo mobile receptionAll electricity, fuel and wood are included. Well behaved pets are welcome but please note dogs are strictly not allowed upstairs (cream carpets) or on the furniture- PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A WORKING FARM AND THERE IS A DOG THAT ROAMS AROUND THE YARD. An enclosed dog run can be provided if required. Penrhyn is a 50 acre smallholding and some of the meadows can be used for walking and playing, there is a football pitch with two goals and lovely river walks, with a deep gorge and pebbled beaches to explore. Supermarkets that deliver here are Asda

Rhandirmwyn

Rhandirmwyn is steeped in history and in the 1800 and early 1900's once supported a thriving lead and zinc mining industry. The mines closed in 1932 and the remains can still be seen today. Indeed Rhandir-mwyn in Welsh means land of minerals and even gold can be found, just follow the valley road round the mallaen to the Dolaucothi Gold Mines which are owned by the National Trust.

Twm Sion Cati, (1530-1609) was a real life Robin Hood who was a master of disguise and trickery and robbed from the rich to give to the poor. He took refuge in the valley and hid from his persecutors in a cave over looking the Towy at what is now the RSPB reserve at Dinas. This year marks 400 years since his death and a festival is to be held from 21st August to commemorate his life.

Fishing

Visitors to Penrhyn can enjoy over 1/2 mile of private Salmon and Trout fishing on the Towy and the owners also have details of another private stretch of fishing upstream for which day permits can be purchased. The river flows through the farm with a spectacular gorge and a twenty foot pool, it is perfect for canoeists, and the very brave hearted who want to swim but please note the temperature of the water is freezing; it comes straight from the mountains and Llanbrianne reservoir.

The farm is reached down a track approximately ? mile long and the barn is across the court yard from the owner's farmhouse and is completely separate and private. There are miles of forestry tracks and quiet country lanes for cyclists and at Cwm Rhaeader, just up the farm drive, there is a mountain bike trail that has been described by visitors, as short, but very fast and technical. There are many mountain bike trails and cycling centers within close proximinity including Crychan Forest, Brechfa, Brecon Beacons and Coed Trallwm.

Rhandirmwyn has a village shop and a country pub that serves good food and a fine selection of real ales.

Cilycwm village is only 3 miles in the opposite direction and also has a lovely country pub that serves delicious home cooked food. Llandovery is 7 miles with a Heart of Wales Railway station, garage, supermarket, post office, banks, shops Farmers Market, Chinese and Indian takeaway, and many pubs.

Learn more about you stay in Llandovery and Llandeilo here.Book your break at Penrhyn Barn online or, alternatively you can book by calling our office on 01874 676446.

If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for:

Elizabeth, Sophie and Carolyn

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
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

Luxuries Internet access
General TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Cots (1)
Other High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Wheelchair users

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.

Llandovery

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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  • 3 Years listed

Calendar last updated:01 Oct 2014

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