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Review and video of Merryfields Barn, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:03 on Thursday 30 January 2014

The most peaceful rural location you can imagine, right in the Brecon Beacons National Park, overlooking Crickhowell and the river Usk –  a "little touch of paradise". 

>> For prices and availability, see the full listing for Merryfields Barn

>> Merryfields Barn is featured in our Greentraveller Guide to the Brecon Beacons

Merryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales Photo:  Richard HammondMerryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales Photo: Richard Hammond

The Setting 
In the most peaceful rural location you can imagine, right in the Brecon Beacons National Park, overlooking Crickhowell and the river Usk, surrounded by the Black Mountains with Table Mountain and Sugar Loaf nearby.  Described by the owners as "a little touch of paradise", this lovingly restored barn is within walking distance of the bustling, picturesque Georgian market town of Llangattock and the Monmouthshire & Brecon canal – Abergavenny and Brecon are within a short 20-minute drive

Watch our Greentraveller video of Merryfields Barn:

 

The Accommodation 
Merryfields is a lovely, fuss-free barn conversion next to where the owner lives on-site. At the back of the barn are huge doors opening on to a large private patio with a barbecue, a small paddock perfect for the kids or fido, a little stream and wonderful views.  At the front of the barn is a gorgeous orchard, and a lawned area with views over to Llangattock village, Crickhowell, the Black Mountains and Usk Valley.  Upstairs there are two bedrooms with oak beams and floors and a Japanese square bath with a walk-in shower/wet room. Downstairs is a second shower room, dining room, living room and an oak kitchen and utility room.

Merryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales Hamper  Photo: Richard HammondMerryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales Hamper Photo: Richard HammondThe Food 
Regional food is going through a big rennaissance in this area and a welcome hamper is provided with home made bara brith and local chocolate, and free range eggs and produce from the garden. 

The Activities 
This is a great area for twitching – buzzards, red kites, peregrine falcons and sparrow hawks regularly flying overhead.  A short walk takes you to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, with its newly-refurbished footpaths, narrow boats, kingfishers and great swathes of bluebells in the spring. The pretty village of Llangattock, a short walk away, has recently been voted the ‘UK’s greenest village’, and it’s definitely worth an explore with its narrow alleyways, 13th-century church and village pub, The Horseshoe Inn. There are loads of outdoors activities in the vicinity including walking trails, bicycle hire, climbing centres, pony-trekking and fishing and golf. If you’re feeling really brave, there’s a huge complex of caves to explore at Llangattock Escarpment.

Less than a mile away, across the River Usk, is the charming Georgian market town of Crickhowell, renowned for its high-quality shops, galleries, pubs, restaurants and cafés. The town is a jewel in the crown of the Brecon Beacons National Park. 

Merryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales Sitting room with a view Photo: Richard HammondMerryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales Sitting room with a view Photo: Richard HammondThe Green   
Awarded a Green Tourism Business Scheme silver award, there is underfloor heating and fab thick insulation throughout, solar panels and a combi boiler boasting a 90% efficiency rating.

How to get there by public transport
It is possible to walk to Merryfields Barn from Abergavenny station along the Monmouthshire and Brecon canal path (about 6 miles), or there are buses from Abergavenny bus station (250 yards from station) and Ebbw Vale to Crickhowell town centre, which is a 20-30 minutes walk from the barn. If available, the owners can pick up from Crickhowell by car and taxis are available.

>> See our public transport journey planner

Top Tip
Walk to Crickhowell (where you can find great shops) and explore the canal and the river Usk. There are art galleries, a local butchers and bakers and a general hive of activities in the middle of the Brecon Beacons.  Known as “foodie capital” of the area, Abergavenny has a food festival and Hay on Wye is very close by with its annual book festival.

Merryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales View Photo: Richard HammondMerryfields Barn, Crickhowell, Brecon Beacons, Wales View Photo: Richard HammondVerdict 
A new, high spec renovation in a rural, quiet and secluded part of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Stay in a wonderful old barn and be assured of comfort with all the mod cons and wonderful views of beautiful Crickhowell.

>> For prices and availability, see the full listing for Merryfields Barn

>> Merryfields Barn is featured in our Greentraveller Guide to the Brecon Beacons

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