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Review of Trevyr Barn, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Posted by at 05:01 on Tuesday 14 June 2011

>> For contact details and to check availability, see our full listing of: Trevyr Barn

Trevry Barn's outer courtyard, photo: Tom WattsTrevry Barn's outer courtyard, photo: Tom Watts

The accommodation
Sleeping 6-7, Trevyr Barn is contemporary, comfortable and filled with natural light. The lounge area is large, with leather sofas arranged near the wood burner. The kitchen and dining area is open-plan while the small patio outside is a great place to eat on a sunny day. There were once plans for the master bedroom to be two double rooms both with ensuite - instead, the owners have opted for an impressively large master bedroom complete with exposed oak beam, chaise longue and huge windows. The bunk beds in the second bedroom are large enough for adults while the third bedroom is just a little smaller but has a walk-in wardrobe. All rooms boast stunning views of the surrounding countryside that includes 10 acres of land, an orchard and a brook. 

Trevyr Barn's spacious master bedroom, photo: Tom WattsTrevyr Barn's spacious master bedroom, photo: Tom WattsThe activities
If it's walking you're after, you can explore both the Three Castles walk route and the nearby Offa's Dyke - Trevyr Barn is even featured on Walking World. Cycling is also very popular among guests, and bikes can be delivered up to the barn for around £25 per day from Drover Holidays. The welcome pack includes a wealth of information on all the activities, routes and relevant companies, and there are several local cycling books to read through in the lounge.

The food
When you arrive, you'll receive a welcome pack, the content of which depends on the season. Options include local cider and apple juice from the Ty Bryn orchard, home-baked cakes, fruit bowls and maybe even some veg grown on site on by the land share cooperative. Also, there are a number of places to pick up food nearby. The Trevyr Barn team also co-own the Angel Inn in Grosmont, offering good pub grub and the nearby Gentle Jane tearoom makes almost everything on its menu on site. There are also numerous produce markets and a butcher nearby, and you can also get food delivered from supermarkets in Abergavenny and Hereford. You can find plenty of information on places to eat in the welcome pack.

View from the bathroom, photo: Tom WattsView from the bathroom, photo: Tom WattsWhat makes Trevyr Barn green
Despite its GTBS Gold rating, Trevyr Barn does not shout about being green. Having been converted around 2-3 years ago, the barn boasts very efficient insulation which, together with the wood burner in the open lounge, keeps the whole place toasty warm even in winter. They're also in the process of improving the efficiency of all the lighting in and around the barn. You'll notice three recycling bins together with a small compost bin in the kitchen. Probably most impressive is Trevyr Barn's commitment to the community. Owners Louise and Alex are involved in a land share cooperative with 7 other families and you'll most probably spy people tending plants and veg just opposite the barn.

How to get there
Take the train from London to Abergavenny (around 2 hours 30 minutes). Unfortunately, no buses run close to Trevyr Barn buy you can take a taxi from the station. Here are three useful local taxi numbers: Brians 01873 858597; Central 01873 850900; Abergavenny 01873 854140.

Top tip
For a really relaxing afternoon, run yourself a hot bath and soak while gazing out through the bathroom window at some stunning views. If you've got kids, take them down through the orchard to the brook where they can explore while you relax to the sound of the trickling stream.

Verdict
Owner Louise explained, "most people don't come here because it’s green." People come to Trevyr Barn because it is a luxury barn in a stunning location. There's a long list of cycling, walking and other activities, but you could just as happily spend your time lounging around and enjoying the views at your doorstep.

>> For contact details and to check availability, see our full listing of: Trevyr Barn

>> See all our Green places to stay in the Brecon Beacons

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