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A beautifully renovated 16th century barn providing one large property or two independent cottages. Stunning views and ideally situated for an active or relaxing holiday in this unique corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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Rooms: Stables sleep 4 people in 2 bedrooms. Loft sleeps 4-6 people

prices from: £280

Meals: Nearest restaurant and pubs with food are in Gilwern, 2 miles away.
Open: All year including Christmas and New Year
Address: Old Rectory Barn, Maesygwartha, Gilwern, , Monmouthshire, NP7 0EY
Tel: +44 (0) 1873 830244
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Old Rectory Barn, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Old Rectory Barn, restored in 2007, dates from the early 16th century and is available as one large property (sleeping up to 10 guests) or as two independent cottages. B&B available on request.

Set in five acres above the village of Maesygwartha and the South-East corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park - with easy access to Cardiff or the Welsh Valleys yet still being in a splendid rural location with breathtaking views over the Blorenge and Sugar Loaf Mountains.

The Old Rectory Loft sleeps 4-6 bedrooms in 2 bedrooms spread across 2 floors and includes: a spacious open plan kitchen/living room, large bedroom downstairs with twin beds, en suite ‘wet‘ room and access to the garden. A second en-suite family bedroom, on the first floor, is large with a great wealth of wonderful old oak beams. There is a double bed, a single bed and an extra single bed if required.

The Old Rectory Stables sleeps 4 people in 2 double bedrooms (1 with twin beds) with ensuite shower rooms and access to an outside seating area with stunning views across the valley. There is also a spacious open plan kitchen/living room with well-equipped kitchen and patio doors leading to the garden.

Why is this a greener holiday? There's plenty of things to see and do during your stay. Try abseiling, gorge-walking, cycling, mountain biking, fishing and caving.

To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: the nearest train station is Abergavenny. From there, the owners are very happy to collect guests by prior arrangement. Alternatively a Stagecoach bus can be taken from Abergavenny Bus Station (10 minute walk from railway station) which takes 20 minutes to the nearest bus stop (Saleyard) from where the accommodation is a 5 minute walk away (request directions). Alternatively taxis are available at the rail station.

Onsite the owners have taken a number of green measures to reduce the environmental impact of their tourism business, and have earned Gold from the GTBS. Some of these initiatives include rainwater harvesting and solar water heating. The owners have an extensive recycling programme. The owners purchase locally where possible and grow their own produce. They have also planted wild flower verges and put up more nest boxes to encourage wildlife.

Reviewed by Nick Stewart: 

"A lovely self-catering property restored with comfort in mind & finished to a high standard reflecting its Visit Wales 5 star-rating. Old Rectory Barn’s garden is delightful meaning a lazy day sitting outside reading a book in peace is as appealing as heading out into the hills. The location in a quieter corner of Brecon Beacons National Park whilst being close to Abergavenny & therefore very accessible is a plus. The blend of wonderful countryside with the legacy of some interesting industrial heritage sites & stories makes for a distinctive mix".

>> Read Nick's full review of Old Rectory Barn

>> Hilary Lipscombe from Old Rectory Barn is a Brecon Beacons National Park Ambassador

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What makes Old Rectory Barn green?

  • Mixed traditional & modern methods of building so that the renovation of the barn had minimal effect on the environment

  • Rainwater harvesting

  • Everything that can be is recycled

  • Hosts purchase locally & grow their own produce

  • Solar water heating

  • Awarded Gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme



Old Rectory Barn, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Nearest train station: Abergavenny

Directions from station:
We are very happy to collect guests from the railway station, by prior arrangement. A Stagecoach bus can be taken from Abergavenny Bus Station (10 minute walk from railway station) which takes 20 minutes to our nearest bus stop (Saleyard) from where we are a 5 minute walk (request directions). Alternatively you can pick up a taxi from the railway station.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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