Old Rectory Barn

Beautifully renovated 16th Century Barn with spectacular views

Old Rectory Barn is a 5 star, luxury self-catering converted barn in a quiet south-eastern corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Barn is set in five acres above the village of Maesygwartha and is an excellent base for exploring this beautiful and historic area, which offers a range of outdoor activities for all ages and abilities and is renowned for its excellent local produce and restaurants.

If you are looking for 5 star, family and pet-friendly self catering in Wales for between 4 and 10 guests then Old Rectory Barn is a fabulous choice.

Our prices are inclusive of all heating and electricity and include linen and towels and a welcome pack of local produce. A cot and high chair are available on request.

The Barn has been renovated to the highest standards and retains many original features. When designing the barn 'green' principles where adopted.

In reaching the Finals of the Wales Business and Sustainability Awards the judges said "Old Rectory Barn is an excellent example of 'Green Tourism' having been beautifully and ethically renovated with its environmental effects a priority".


Old Rectory Barn offers flexible accommodation, available as one large property (with an internal link) that sleeps up to ten guests or as two independent cottages – the Loft and Stables.

The Stables accommodates four people (twin and double bedroom) and the Loft sleeps four to six people (twin and large family bedroom).

All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms

Independently each cottage makes a wonderful place for a holiday retreat, while together, they are ideal for a fantastic family celebration or group holiday.

Both cottages have their own kitchen/dining/living areas and the modern kitchens are fully equipped with fridge, electric oven, hob, dishwasher, microwave etc.

TV with Freeview/DVD.

Wi-Fi internet access.

Lovely garden and patio seating areas with BBQ facilities.

Utility room with washing machine, dryer and freezer.

Drying room for outdoor gear and secure storage for cycles etc.

Welcome pack of local produce provided for all self-catering guests

Dogs are welcome

This is wonderful walking country and, in order to help guests explore the local area, which has a fascinating history and includes the Clydach Gorge, we have provided a collection of walks which start and finish at the barn. We also have information packs of local cycle and mountain biking routes.

Apart from walking and cycling other activities in the area include caving, horse riding, paragliding, golfing and canoeing.

We are within walking distance of the Brecon and Monmouthshire Canal and good fishing rivers including the Usk and there are other fishing facilities nearby.

There is also a drying room for wet weather gear and secure storage for equipment.

A number of interesting historic and market towns are all just a few miles away including Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Monmouth and Hay on Wye.

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is only an hour away by car but there is also a rail link. You can drive to the seaside at The Gower Peninsula in one and a half hours. Alternatively explore the World Heritage site of Blaenavon which is on the doorstep and the beautiful County of Monmouthshire with its rolling hills and wonderful castles.

Our nearest village is Gilwern which has a couple of small shops including a good butchers with delicatessen and four pubs some of which serve food. There is also an excellent fish and chip shop.

If you like really good food then within a few miles there is an excellent choice including previous winners of the Wales Restaurants of the Year and the famous Bear Hotel in Crickhowell - many times voted Pub of the Year.

Guestbook Comments

'I don't want to leave! Gorgeous views everywhere you look, comfortable modern accommodation in an older setting. We got the children to walk every day and even admit they liked it! Discovered a waterfall walk in the village which was a surprise.'

'A wonderful cottage in outstanding location and a scrumptious welcome pack. Went down Big Pit and visited Talgarth Water Mill. Enjoyed walking over the fields to Llanelly Church. We have driven through this area many times but now we really know its charm we shall be back to stay at the Loft for another holiday. Thank you Hilary and Graham for sharing this lovely property.'

'Another relaxing stay in this wonderful barn. Thanks to Hilary and Graham for their hospitality - looking forward to our next visit.'

'Extremely impressed with the excellent facilities and well thought out extras - absolutely love the 'green-ness' of this eco cottage. Highly recommended.'

'An absolutely beautiful cottage which has been the perfect retreat for us whilst exploring the local area. The hospitality you have shown has been superb and we will be recommending your cottage to friends and family and I am sure we will be back again too.'

Perfectly located to explore the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park, the rolling hills of Monmouthshire and the industrial heritage of the South Wales Valleys

Useful Information

Old Rectory Barn
Maesygwartha Gilwern Monmouthshire NP7 0EY Wales
phone: 01873 830244 fax:

News & Special Offers

15 % discount on short break stays during February


Grading and Awards

Grading Wales 5 StarSelf Catering

Brecon Beacons Ambassador Wales walkers welcome Wales cyclists welcome


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