We were raised and met in Swansea but in our late teens, sought adventure and fun in Australia where we were married. But it wasn't for us and eventually we made our way to London where we brought up our 2 children. Many years later, mortgage and children-free, we looked about for a country bolt-hole and the 'hiraeth' drew us back to the 'land of our fathers'. After several years of searching, we finally came across what was then a run down, cement-clad farmhouse, clearly in need of a great deal of love, attention and - another mortgage. We bought the house at auction and set about returning the house to some of its former glory while the semi-derelict barn opposite sat unwanted and decaying. We were lucky enough, a couple of years later, to be able to buy it and a few years after that, to get yet another mortgage to renovate it and turn it into the lovely accommodation you now see.
The barn is ideally situated between the Usk and Wye valleys. The Wye was recently voted the public's favourite river and no wonder - it winds its way through some of the UK's most spectacular scenery. In the 18th-century, visitors were lured to the Wye Valley by posters and etchings showing dramatic scenery and quaint villages, and thus this wonderfully beautiful area became known as the ‘birthplace of tourism’. The Wye Valley, covering parts of Monmouthshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, is today designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), containing stunning viewpoints, dramatic cliffs, tranquil woods, rolling meadows and rambling river paths that still casts a spell over its lucky visitors. Besides the countryside itself, there is an incredible quantity of major historical landmarks, such as Chepstow Castle, Raglan Castle and Tintern Abbey, as well as a thriving cultural scene. Our barn makes the perfect base to explore this very scenic part of the country.
If your passion is walking, cycling, canoing, rafting, crafting, riding, fishing, eating and drinking, history ancient and modern, or just lazing around, a holiday in our barn is just the thing for you. The barn manages to be both spacious and cosy - guests have commented that even rainy days were fun, toasting their toes in front of the blazing log-burner. It's the perfect place to celebrate a special birthday or for multi-generational holidays but equally is cosy enough for couples or small parties.