3 (off peak)
Madog Barn is a pretty converted 18th Century barn at the end of a quiet country lane in the heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Far from rustic, this lovely holiday cottage has a coveted 5-Star rating from Visit Wales and sleeps four people in two bedrooms. It's a favourite with couples, who love the secluded location in the Crai Valley, yet it is big enough for families. The views are incredible, and it'll inspire you to get out and explore no matter what direction you look.
Crai is a tiny village with sensational views, fantastic footpaths, bridleways and mountain bike trails, including those around the Usk Reservoir (eight and a half miles away). It's in the geographic centre of the national park and part of the Fforest Fawr Geopark. Head east to the peak of Pen-y-Fan, the highest point in southern Britain at 886 metres, or south to Waterfall Country. Local walking, climbing and mountain bike guides can plan a tour to your skill and experience, helping you make the most of your stay. Alternatively, book a walk with a miniature donkey or a pig, or learn a new skill like foraging, basket weaving, and sheepdog training. The Brecon Beacons is a working landscape, and activities like these help visitors really appreciate how wonderful it is.
The friendly market town of Brecon is less than half an hour's drive from the cottage. It has two supermarkets, a castle, a cathedral, a great choice of places to eat and drink, and specialist shops where you can browse happily for hours. Brecon is on the bank of the River Usk. Wander along to the Brecon Boathouse just outside of the town centre, and hire a paddleboard, canoe or pedalo, or brave the chill and go wild swimming.
Local attractions include the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, a great family-friendly attraction with shire horses, a dinosaur park, Iron Age Farm, and a subterranean world. There are castles galore, including Carreg Cennen, Tretower, and Dinefwr. The Brecon Beacons is famous for the quality of its food. Treat yourself to meals at local pubs where the menus are fresh and seasonal, or book your holiday to coincide with the award-winning Abergavenny Food Festival or the Brecon Beacons Food Festival. Swansea and Cardiff are all within easy reach for a day of shopping and sightseeing.
Alison Ross joined Independent Cottages in September 2021
Madog Barn has been part of the Crai landscape for two hundred years. The 18th Century barn has been converted into 5-Star holiday accommodation split over two levels. Peacefully located, the detached barn is at the end of a tiny lane, on a small holding where the owner lives and keeps pedigree Jacob sheep and chickens.
Outside: The patio has a teak outdoor table and chairs with a parasol (BBQ available), but it's the views that will keep you outside all day and into the night when the dark sky turns on a stunning performance with more stars than you thought were possible. There is a sloping lawn with a bench and more unbelievable views. A green lane leading to bluebell woods passes the bottom of the garden.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen and bath towels are all included with your booking. One or two well-behaved dogs are welcome with the owner's agreement - please mention pets when booking. Smoking is not permitted. Should you/a member of your party have mobility issues, please contact the owner to discuss your requirements before booking. Sorry but due to the layout of the garden, children under six cannot be accepted.
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Sat, 2nd Apr 2022 - Mon, 31st Oct 2022
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7
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The owners of Madog Barn are members of The professional association of self caterers uk.