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Warmth and Wonder
Brecon Beacons National Park, England
4 people2 bedrooms1 bathroom
Whole space • Strong WiFi in every room • Birdsong

Welcome to Warmth and Wonder - a stunning self-catered barn nestled in the heart of 48 acres of expansive countryside and woodland.

The surroundings, teeming with wilderness and wildlife, are a substantial star of this most homely yet thrilling of shows, but so are the beautifully homespun interiors of the barn itself - the stone mounted rococo wood stove, with its ornately patterned frontage and firebox; the warm and open plan living area with its cosy sofas; not to mention the big luxurious main bedroom. Sitting on the southern slopes of Merlin's Hill (Mynydd Ferddin), this converted barn and outhouse offer incredible views of the holy mountain of Skirrid Fawr to the south and Black Hill (otherwise known as The Cat's Back or Crib y Garth) to the north. A simply glorious setting in which to spend meaningful time immersed in either contemplation or deep work.

The main bedroom boasts an exposed stone feature wall - a charming offering that only adds to the restful and welcoming atmosphere that suffuses the home - as well as a luxurious super king-sized bed that can also be converted to a twin. Together with a single day-bed and an innovative sleeping platform accessed by a ladder (also accommodating a super king-size bed/twin), the property grants flexible ways of hosting both individuals and small teams alike. A work desk can be provided along with the table in the dining area, each yielding fantastic options for engaging in focused desk work as you gaze out to the magnificent scenery fronting the property.

Add to all this the sublime stillness, supplemented by the quiet murmur of the nearby stream and the occasional mutter of wildlife, and Warmth and Wonder is more than worthy of its name - the perfect place to work, reflect and refresh.

4 people2 bedrooms1 bathroom
Whole space • Strong WiFi in every room • Birdsong
Flexible cancellation
Contemplation & Exploration
Comfy chair
Sofa
Windowseat
Hammock
Garden
Roof terrace
Forest
Hills
Mountains
River

FLOWN highlights

Read
Eloquent furnishings
Play
Space outside to stretch your legs
Workspace
Find your flow
Unwind
Breath-taking views
What we love about the property
  • The property is littered with carefully restored or preserved original features that add an extra layer of texture and character - everything from the vaulted ceilings to the more subtle details like the railing on the decking outside or the lovely headboard in the master bedroom, both built by the host using repurposed wood from the farm.
  • The garden surrounding the property is a special treat, neatly kept and punctuated by vibrant bursts of colour to provide a beautiful space in which to walk and reflect.
  • The outdoor wood shelter is another lovely bonus. A great spot to sit and enjoy the scenery or even work.
  • The property's electricity is sourced from 100% green renewable energy whilst the land and nearby woodland are managed for biodiversity.
What to bear in mind
  • Access to the property is via a stepped porchway and may be difficult for those who struggle with mobility.
Meet your host

Previously a cattle barn, Matt and Polly purchased and moved to the farm in 2014, trading the hustle and bustle of London in favour of the tranquil seclusion of this beautiful homestead in the heart of Herefordshire's countryside. Polly, a social worker, and Matt, who works for a not-for-profit organisation, both harbour a passion for wellness, mental health and work that has shaped their design of this astounding property - their aim from the beginning being to create an idyllic contemplative space in which guests can be encouraged to take time for themselves, explore and be inspired by the 48 acres of surrounding meadows and woodland.

Your FLOWN workspace
This property has a private workspace.
Okay mobile reception
Strong WiFi in every room (8Mbps)
2 desks
Location
Brecon Beacons National Park, England
The farm, nestled along a strip of land bordering Herefordshire and Wales, lies near to a host of storied and historic sites. Just 35 minutes drive to the west is Hay-on-Wye with its glut of distinctive independent book stores, a rural nook of arts and creativity and home to the Hay Festival. The town of Hereford lies a similar distance to the east, with Wye Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 40 minutes to the south. Whichever way you choose to turn, you'll be introduced to forests, castles and intriguing rock formations weighted with history, ensuring your stay here won't lack for options when it comes to taking sorties away from the work desk to refresh or be inspired.
Walking distance to
Grocery store • Bars
Exploration
Panoramas to discover
Exploration
Walk amongst the herd
Exploration
Arresting views across the countryside
Ways to play
  • Nature – There are 48 acres of hillside and woodland on the doorstep to explore, with stunning views at every turn. The awe-inspiring Black Mountains are a delight, with the calling of buzzards and babbling streams providing a soothing soundscape.
  • Inspiration – Abergavenny is a 20-minute drive away, with its much-anticipated annual food festival offering up a bounty of local foods alongside talks from celebrated chefs and masterclasses. A further 10 minutes in the car into Brecon Beacons National Park will take you to the charming Crickhowell, the high street of which in recent years was named the best in the UK. In the opposite direction is Hay-on-Wye, with its bookish charms and yearly literary festival drawing a learned crowd.
  • Discovery – Those with an adventurous spirit can head further inland into the Brecon Beacons to discover magical waterfalls, crumbling castles and sleepy canals. Designated as one of only a few International Dark Sky Reserves in the world, it is a stunning place to be out late to gaze at the stars.
  • Play – Being a national park, there is ample opportunity for adventuring, whether that’s learning to paraglide or hang glide, or taking a class in rock climbing along the keenly sought limestone belt to the south of the park.
Bedrooms
The maximum number of guest at this property is 4
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 2 single beds
Sturdy mattress, Sturdy pillows
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed, 2 single beds
Sturdy mattress, Sturdy pillows
Pricing
Season3 nights (Fri-Mon)4 nights (Mon-Fri)7 nights
Low season prices from£337£375£540
High season prices from£420£460£700

3-night minimum stay required, which increases to 7 nights in July & August.

Rates are subject to fluctuation and will be confirmed by the host at the time of booking enquiry.

Cancellation policy Flexible
Your booking is fully refundable up until 10 days before the start of your stay.
Practicalities
Things to know
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Parking: Yes
Accessible: No
Ambient noise: Birdsong
Safety features: Smoke detector, Carbon monoxide detector, First aid kit, Fire extinguisher
House rules: No smoking, No pets
Amenities
Essentials
TV
Heating
Air conditioning
Iron
Shampoo
Hairdryer
Coffee/Tea
Wardrobe/drawers
Printer
Kitchen
Washing machine
Dryer
Parking
Yoga mat
High chair
Pool
Gym
Hot tub
Garden
Outdoor dining area
Spa
Sauna