The Barn Annexe, Wales

Cefn-Yr-Allt, Crickadarn, Powys, Wales LD2 3AJ, UK

Your relaxing break at the Barn Annexe

Another sunny day at the Barn Annexe
Another sunny day at the Barn Annexe

On the south-facing slope of a peaceful green valley below the hill of Cefn Llwydallt in mid-Wales, there is a cosy stone cottage.

Sheep just outside the front door
Sheep just outside the front door

We — Dave and Jo — call it the Barn Annexe, Wales. It has a remote and "get away from it all" feeling, but is just three miles from the main A470 road.

The Barn Annexe is 1000 feet up, in a beautiful location at the eastern end of the Mynydd Epynt (the "mountains crossed by horse-paths"). All around are hills and green fields. The views are brilliant!

And the Barn Annexe is perfect for that relaxing break which you've been promising yourself.

Sunset at the Barn Annexe, looking westward along the Sgethwin valley
Sunset at the Barn Annexe, looking westward along the Sgethwin valley

Imagine it... you step out of the front door into the clean morning air, and you look westwards along the sparsely populated Sgethwin valley. To your north rises the sheep-grazed common land of Cefn Llwydallt; to the south are the Brecon Beacons, with Hay Bluff, Twmpa and the other Black Mountains as your backdrop; to the east are the Radnorshire hills on the far side of the hidden River Wye.

You might choose to spend your day unwinding, soaking up the tranquillity. Just watching the clouds drifting past until the sun sets in a blaze of colour behind green hills. Now it's time for something to eat. Maybe outside under the stars?

The evening passes and then it is time to fall asleep to the gentle sounds of sheep and the breeze in the trees.

Sleep well!

Walking on nearby Cefn Llwydallt
Walking on nearby Cefn Llwydallt
Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons
Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons

For more energetic days, there are lots of fine walks. Some start from the front door of the Barn Annexe.

You could make your way to the top of 'our' hill — Cefn Llwydallt — and from there, if you wish, continue to cross a hidden valley, then ascend to 'trig point hill' (great views, and you may see some semi-wild horses). Or stroll along leafy lanes down to the babbling Sgithwen Brook, and then up to the wide-open common land of Mynydd Fforest hill.

Whichever local walk you choose, your backdrop will be the magnificent sweep of the main peaks of the Brecon Beacons: Pen y Fan, Corn Du, and Cribyn. The Barn Annexe is just ten miles from the Brecon Beacons National Park. Which means that superb walks on these uniquely memorable peaks, and on the lesser-known Black Mountains, are only a short drive away.

Hay-on-Wye: the town of books. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Hay-on-Wye: the town of books

And if you prefer some gentler strolls, then the sparkling River Wye is just three miles away. How about trying some of the Wye Valley Walk?

But what if you've had enough walking, and need to do some shopping? No problem, close by are:

The Llewelyn mural in Builth Wells. Source: Julian Osley https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4922731
The Llewelyn mural in Builth Wells
Shops in Brecon. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Shops in Brecon

Other attractions and activities in the area include canoeing on the Wye, horse riding and pony trekking, sheepdog trials, historic sites, art galleries, theatres, music festivals, and more: click here for a list.

And if you feel that creative urge, then this is a great place for writing, painting, and musical inspiration.

But don't forget to look up from time to time: you'll see pipits, redstart, wagtails, nuthatch, house martens, swallows, kites, buzzards, maybe even wheatear and crossbill (we have!).

And if you've brought your telescope, then you'll love the darkness of our night-time skies.




From garage to cosy cottage

The Barn Annexe as it is now
The Barn Annexe as it is now
Inside the former garage
Inside the former garage
Jo in the former garage
Jo in the former garage
Dave inspecting the former garage
Dave inspecting the former garage

Nowadays, the Barn Annexe is a cosy self-contained stone cottage, which our guests love. But before we moved from Oxfordshire to this beautiful Welsh hillside in 2017, it was a rather dilapidated (and crowded!) double garage.

We decided to make it into a nice place for visitors. This took us over a year and involved a lot of hard work. We got there in the end, though.

The Barn Annexe is now as comfortable as we can make it. Just right for your self-catering stay!




The Barn Annexe inside and out

Up to four people can sleep in the Barn Annexe. It can be booked for just one night, a few nights, or for a month or more.

Inside is spacious but cosy, traditional in style but with modern amenities. And while there is pretty much everything that you need for a comfortable stay, the place is deliberately uncluttered. Take a look at these photos.

Downstairs is open-plan, with kitchen, dining and lounge areas, and a toilet. Upstairs there are two bedrooms (one with a double bed, one with two single beds) and a bathroom with shower and toilet.

Outside, there is parking for up to three cars. No parking hassles here! And we have a key safe (a lockbox) so that you can check yourself in any time after 2 pm on your day of arrival.

Just outside the front door is a picnic table for your use. This is next to our well-mowed grassy lawn, and next to a field — which sometimes has sheep in it — that leads down to a tree-lined stream.

Have a wander: you are welcome.

And while you are our guest, the Barn Annexe is all yours. We live nearby, in the Barn, but we will always respect your privacy. We're happy to chat if you are, tho' 😃




The Barn Annexe in Winter

Cosy on a winter's afternoon. Photo: Amir Pourabdollah
Cosy on a winter's afternoon. Photo: Amir Pourabdollah
Mist and sheep on a winter's afternoon: the view from a Barn Annexe window. Photo: Amir Pourabdollah
Mist and sheep on a winter's afternoon: the view from a Barn Annexe window. Photo: Amir Pourabdollah
Snow! The Black Mountains in the background, and the Barn Annexe middle right
Snow! The Black Mountains in the background, and the Barn Annexe middle right

In winter, the Barn Annexe has its own cosy charm. Shut the door, then make yourself at home and get warm: there is double glazing in every window and electric heating in every room.

A small stream near the Barn Annexe, in mid-February

Once you've warmed up, then venture outside again. You might find our valley wreathed in mist, white with frost, or glistening in the rain. Whatever the weather, it is always beautiful here.

If you go walking in winter then you are likely to have the landscape to yourself (but make sure you wear suitable winter clothing and take sensible precautions).


The Barn Annexe: Amenities

General

Drinking water is from our borehole (wonderfully fresh tasting) Wifi internet access throughout
One or more electric radiators in every room (set your own temperature) Double-glazed windows throughout
Hot water via immersion heater with boost Underfloor heating in upstairs bathroom

Eating and Drinking

Fitted kitchen with electric hob and oven Microwave
Fridge Freezer
Double sink with washing-up liquid, liquid soap Electric kettle
Four-slice toaster Filter coffee maker
Chopping boards Traditional wooden dining table with six chairs
Pots and pans (including wok) Cooking implements
Dishes, cups, and glasses Silverware and table mats
Oil, salt, pepper etc. Wastebin and recycling bags
Child's high chair (available on request)

Relaxing

Freesat satellite TV TV soundbar and bass box*
One settee, two armchairs (all comfy) Padded stool
Colour-changing table lamp Glass-topped tables
Books with a focus on local interest, Welsh crafts and history etc. OS maps

*You can also use this to play your own recorded music, via cable or Bluetooth.


Sleeping

One double bed in the main bedroom Two single beds in the smaller bedroom
Bedside cabinets with reading lights Skylights with room-darkening shades

Bathing and Clothes

Downstairs toilet and washbasin Upstairs bathroom with toilet, washbasin and shower
Heated towel rail in upstairs bathroom Hair dryer
Portable illuminated makeup mirror Wall-mounted clothes hangers
Soft towels Liquid soap, shower gel, toilet paper
Clothes-drying rack Iron and ironing board
Vacuum cleaner, dustpan and brush

Safety

iMist fire prevention system Fire extinguisher
Smoke detector Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit Child's stair gate (available on request)

Outside

Picnic table Well-kept lawn
A field (sometimes with sheep in it) leading down to a stream Walks right from your door

That's all, folks! If there's anything else you'd like to know then please contact us.

Next, how about seeing what our previous guests think of the Barn Annexe? Or if you are ready to book a stay, check availability here.

All the best!

Dave and Jo

PS Just one more thing: we love where we live. And we're glad that our guests can also enjoy this wonderful part of the world, along with us and our two cats.