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5* WTB beautifully converted, light and bright Stone Barn set on a working farm

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, large farmhouse kitchen with courtyard garden and BBQ

The large floor to wall screen windows in the ground floor of this converted stone barn ensure it is flooded with light, and the under floor heating adds to a wonderful cosy feel. A large dining table seating 10 shares one half of the 30 foot kitchen complete with range cooker and dishwasher. The lounge with leather recliner sofas, 40 inch TV, wifi and woodburner make for a wonderful evening retreat.

There is also a games room/garden with suboteo football table and a 50 inch TV with Freeview channels, an XBox and a variety of games plus a DVD player and up to thirty films suitable for all the family. The two easy chairs convert in twin beds making it an excellent hideaway for any reluctant teenagers in tow.

If the beds in the garden room are required there is a supplement of £15 per person per night.

The garden is fully enclosed with a large decking area, a four burner gas BBQ, outdoor table and chairs for 8 and two benches. There is also full size fold away table tennis table for family competitions and a selection of ride on toys to keep the little ones entertained

More Details

Liz and Chris Bowen
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

About Liz and Chris Bowen

Chris is the fourth generation of his family to work the land on our family farm. We converted the Beast House Barn from it's former use as a rather beautiful cow shed into the stunning barn it is today. Chris played, and worked in this barn for many decades before making the decision to change its use. Having honed his skill on two other barn renovations on the farm he left what we consider to be the best till last. Every beam, where possible was reused and where the need for strength won over his love for originality, then only locally sourced oak was good enough for his discerning eye. The Beast House Barn is proud of its heritage, the working bones of the building shine through, the fine detail showing in the craftsmanship.

Liz and Chris Bowen purchased this barn in 2010

Why Liz and Chris Bowen chose Crickhowell

The Beast House Barn is situated on our working family farm here in the hear of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Property is cosy, homely and lends itself to family get-togethers, friends reuniting and the adventurers.

What makes this barn unique

The terracotta tiles heated from below warm you from the moment you set foot into this converted stone barn. The large range cooker and farmhouse kitchen make entertaining easy even after a hard day hiking in the hills. In the warmer months the private courtyard garden with 8 seater picnic table, decking and six burner gas BBQ invite you outside for a little al-fresco dining, and with the children playing in the stream 10 steps away from your garden gate you'll be free to enjoy a peaceful aperitif whilst the dinner cooks.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Crickhowell in Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite to the master bedroom with 'jack and jill' doorway
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , heated towel rail
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , downstairs wc, heated towel rail
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - Full Size Bunk Beds
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
  • All bedrooms have velux windows with blackout blinds. The bedrooms are accessed via two separate staircases. The master and bunk rooms are accessed via the stairs from the lounge and the other two double rooms have their own staircase accessed off the entrance hall, making the property ideal for two families holidaying together.
  • Books ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • autumn foliage
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
With exceptional hill paths, rolling green fields, the babbling brook and stone arch bridge right outside your door; you may not want to get back in your car for the duration of your stay. But if you do decide to venture further afield, the stunning landscape and bustling local towns will not disappoint.


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5* WTB beautifully converted, light and bright Stone Barn set on a working farm
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Lovely very well equipped property

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay together 2 families of 4. Very well equipped - games room, kitchen equipment, BBQ, lovely big kitchen to socialise in, the bedroom set up. Had everything we needed and more.

Would return. Thankyou

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely and comfortable place to stay near Hay Festival but far enough away as well

  • 5 of 5

This is a well converted barn in a beautiful part of the country. Lots of lovely walks and countryside nearby. It also was perfect to attend the Hay Festival as it is about a 20 minute drive away on excellent roads. It is always good to be able to leave the bustle of Hay for the quiet of the countryside. The accommodation is excellent, lovely well stocked kitchen. The hosts were on site but we hardly saw them unless we needed some kitchen equipment like a coffee maker. The only downside was the internet. It does not work!! It meant having to go outside and pick up the signal from the owners internet. There is no mobile reception so it was important for us to have the internet to maintain necessary contact with the outside world. This problem is small compared to the loveliness of the place. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Amasing conditions and spectacular view

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property in a gorgeous location with great amenities and friendly owners

  • 5 of 5

Downside - weather. Otherwise a wonderful family break. Couldn't fault the superb conversion or the fantastic farm setting. Everyone (including Samson our rescue Springer) loved the river, horses and farm dogs. The barn was great for a demanding gang who all need their own space. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay in our barn conversion, it was lovely to your daughter and Samson the Springer playing in the river and enjoying their holiday as indeed holidays should be remembered
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Amazing house, perfect for a family getaway

  • 5 of 5

We booked this house for my dad's birthday and had seven adults staying. The accommodation was just perfect, although we lucked out on the weather so spent nearly all of our time in the garden. The location is lovely with nice access to fields to walk the dogs. Would prefer a few more pubs in walking distance but a minor price to pay for peace and quiet and a beautiful location. Would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very highly spec'd holiday rental property with a relaxing and welcoming feel

  • 5 of 5

We hired the property to get together with old neighbours/friends, 3 families and we had a wonderful time. The accommodation was perfect for our needs, with everything you will need for a short break. Plenty of crockery, mugs, glasses and cutlery, together with extras such as lots of tea towels, hand towels in all bathrooms, liquid soap, washing powder and dishwasher tabs. Which many rental properties I have hired in the past do not provide.

You will certainly never go cold in this property as the heating is very efficient. The 3 dogs we had with us also loved the countryside and the kitchen and dining area was perfect for them as there was plenty of space for them.

The barn provided a selection of toys for our 2 year old, together with a wide selection of books to read, he particularly loved the Whale book and we must have read it about 6 times during the weekend.

The owners are close by if you need them, but leave you alone to enjoy your time away. The horses on the farm are very friends and the kids loved going to say hello to them.

Thank you for allowing us to rent your property and we will certainly come back in the future when visiting the area again.

Sarah, Chris, Jo, Jason, Kim, Anthony, kids and 3 dogs.


  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Farmers Arms, Cwmdu
Nearest Ferry
115 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
36 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: necessary

Property is situated in the middle of The Brecon Beacons National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. A tributary of the famous salmon fishing River Usk runs right past the door, as do the numerous footpaths that will take you into the surrounding hills and more demanding Black Mountains. The famous Pen-y-Fan favourite training ground of 'special forces' lie 12 miles to the west for those wishing to test their skills. A gentler 5 minute stroll following the Rhiangoll down stream will take you to the village pub for good food, real ales and roaring fires. For those looking for a little history, then the romantic setting of Tretower Medieval Court and Castle are just down the road, and indeed a wealth of other ancient monuments lie awaiting your discovery in the surrounding countryside. However if you prefer your history a little busier then the home town of the Industrial Revolution, Bleanavon, can be found 20 miles away over the heritage rich mountains to the south. And if hill walking, mountain biking, fishing, horse riding, caving, 'high-ropes', canoeing and fell running leave you exhausted at the mere thought, then you could always spend your days exploring the many unique market towns, including - Crickhowell, famous for it's 'totally locally' campaign to keep the multi-nationals at bay; or Hay-on-Wye 'book town' and home to The Guardian's Literary Festival; there really are some truly beautiful little towns and villages nearby. You'll not find many department stores or shopping malls around here just local artisans producing fine food, fare and country crafts. Or just wander the footpaths and pick blackberries, borage, wild garlic, watercress, comfrey, sorrel and a myriad of other free growing edible hedgerow and meadow plants (book by local author Adele Nozedar, is kept in the bookcase for referencing your foraging finds!) However if cooking is something you'd rather escape from on your holiday then try some of the many excellent restaurants and eateries in the area, many of which source the majority of their ingredients from the local farmers and small scale food producers.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £30
Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

No extra guests, house can accommodate max 8 + infant.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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