3 (off peak)
Llangain Farmhouse and Barn sits in an elevated position on the Herefordshire/Wales border and offers the perfect tranquil retreat to escape the pressures of every day life. Sitting high on a hillside (some 1000 feet up!), the farmhouse and barn have undergone extensive restoration to provide self-catering accommodation with a great deal of character, along with exceptional panoramic views over the Wye Valley. When rented with Bullens Bank Cottage, large parties of up to 20 guests can be accommodated.
Surrounded by a courtyard in a sheltered position, the property has an extensive garden (half an acre) with outdoor furniture where you can relax during the warmer months in this beautiful tranquil setting away from it all. Approached via a track, there is parking close to the property within its boundary, or alternatively parking is available down on the road below should you not want to drive along the track.
A great deal of care and attention has gone into the restoration and furnishings to ensure the original character and charm have been preserved and enhanced with the perfect mix of traditional features including oak doors, flag stones and beams, along with a log burning stove for cosy nights in front of the fire.
The surrounding area provides plenty to see and do. For those who enjoy walking, there are wonderful walks from the front door taking you in all directions, along with great walks from Hay-on-Wye (the world famous second hand book centre) which is only three miles away. A little further afield, but still within easy reach and just half an hour by car is The Brecon Beacons National Park - a vast outdoor playground offering a host of pursuits and activities. The River Wye provides opportunities for swimming, kayaking and canoeing; boating and windsurfing can be enjoyed at Llangorse Lake and horse riding/pony trekking is on offer at a number of riding centres nearby. And for those feeling adventurous, why not take a birds eye view of the area and visit The Black Mountains Gliding Club near Talgart, Shobden Airfield for a flight in a microlight or Hay Bluff for more extreme parascending.
If all of that feels rather energetic, there are plenty of great places to enjoy a leisurely lunch.
Ann Gladstone joined Independent Cottages in August 2007
Farmhouse: You enter via the oak front door which takes you into the spacious sitting room with log burner, comfy seating, television and DVD player. The kitchen also has a log burner, along with an electric oven/hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, food processor and dining area with table and chairs. A hallway off the kitchen leads to the bathroom (with shower, bath, wash basin and WC) and ladder which takes you up to the third twin bedroom, along with door leading outside to the garden. On the first floor there are two additional bedrooms (a double and a twin bedroom). Both twin bedrooms have 2ft 6inch single beds that can be pushed together to form a 5ft double.
Barn: Open plan with accommodation laid out in an L-shape, comprising of a living/kitchen area with stone flag floor, farmhouse dining table with chairs, settee and arm chair, piano and log burner; kitchen is no longer equipped with crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. Electric cooker, under counter fridge with small freezer; double gallery bedroom accessed via a steep set of oak stairs, along with a shower room with wash basin and WC. The barn is normally rented with the farmhouse but may be available separately at certain times throughout the year - please enquire with the owner.
Additional information: Short breaks are available - please enquire with the owner.
Star Rating: 3 Star
This beautifully restored farmhouse and barn are ideal as a place for family or friends gathering. Three night breaks start from £490. Absolutely amazing views! Currently the barn kitchen is not equipped for use though there is a second fridge. There is no longer a TV in the barn There is no barbecue.
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