remote and idyllic 200 year old house with stunning views

remote and idyllic 200 year old house with stunning views




Jun 2012

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 7
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Esgair Berfedd ( we also call it EB!) Is a unique 200 year old farmhouse retreat that is wonderful for anyone who is looking for complete peace and solitude; a perfect place to be able to just walk out of the door, watch the masses of wildlife going about their daily business, there are resident bats (that are protected) in evidence during the summer months. There are wonderful trails where you can mountain bike or ride completely undisturbed all day. The farmhouse overlooks the valley and is four miles from the nearest main road and reached down winding country lanes and up through the forest. Babel is the nearest hamlet.

The farmhouse has written on a stone plaque over the door "Built in 1806 at the expense of Sam Griffiths", whose descendants still live in the valley today. The house and barns were originally a farm but until fairly recently the house belonged to the Forestry - now the trees all around have been felled and the house has once again magnificent views across the valley. Inside the cottage we have retained all of the old features. The old oak floor boards, beamed ceiling, large fireplace, bread oven etc. The house now has electricity but this is only very recent. The present style of the house I would say is stylish antique with a touch of Retro. It is an incredible experience to hear your own voice echo three ways down the valley on a still night from the garden's edge. A truly superb location for walking directly from the house and an absolute wealth of wildlife at the door with red kite overhead - there have been times on the way home when we have seen eight red kite before we even reached Sennybridge. Over the years several famous people have found secret hideaways in this wonderful valley to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday living including the composer of the Welsh anthem 'O Guide Me Thou Great Redeemer' William Williams (1717-1791, father-in-law of Sam Griffiths). The small but interesting market town of Llandovery is approximately 6 miles, this being the closest place for shopping with several pubs, restaurants, a very good Heritage Centre, crafts shops and antique shops. Llandovery also has a railway station on the scenic Heart of Wales Line.

As one of our guests once remarked recently "you won't ever want to leave this special place".

'Voted in The Observer's top 50 UK holiday homes 2009'

Llandovery 6 miles. Brecon 10 miles.

EB is not our main home but very much our Get away from it all retreat in the most Beautiful part of unspoilt Wales. It is secluded in the heart of the Crychan Forest. When we are there we spend hours on long walks, cycle rides, fireside games, taking in the views or curling up with a book. Located in the midst of 50 miles or so of country walks and cycle tracks you could wander for days without meeting another sole or depending on the time of year find yourself with prime viewing of the once a year GB off road racing car rally - truly an exciting watch!
We have restored the 200 year old farmhouse with a lot of tender loving care and though it has designer touches it is a real lived in home with loads of charm, character and quirks about it. EB is set in a large wild garden area with ample space for kids to wander and build dens etc. with no neighbours within a mile as you step out of the front door the unspoilt view really does take your breath away!

The house is equipped to a good standard with dishwasher, washing machine, and Belfast sink in the retro style kitchen

A separate dining room features a victorian fire place and beamed ceiling.

The sitting room is spacious with a large comfy sofa, old shabby chic well loved leather armchairs beside a very large stone ingle-nook fireplace with a woodburning stove, complete with the original bread-oven. We have put a TV with DVD player in the cottage just in case of rainy days but there is no TV reception so this is really for batton down the hatches movie time. There is also a walk in shower room also on this ground floor.

when you go up the original farmhouse wooden stairs you will find 3 bedrooms - One a really generous twin room with oversized single beds, the other a charming single room and the other a good size double, all with great views over the valley and tastefully decorated.

There is a family bathroom on this floor also with a hand held shower over the bath, handbasin and toilet.

Then when you discover the door which takes you up a further flight of stairs to the attic its a real surprise. This is always favourite guest bedroom when friends come to stay - a Moroccan style double bedroom with bath and handbasin is set in the eaves . The bath and handbasin we have designed with Moroccan fretwork with lighting behind which makes it a really unique room. It is also a very relaxing room where the free-standing bath is situated to allow you to enjoy the views up the valley while you are having a soak!

When we say get away from it all we really mean that! there is Limited mobile reception at EB - it is truly a secluded getaway!


More about us

  1. We are a family of 4. Mum JP, Dad Nick and two sons Finn age 9 and Sebastian age 7

  2. JP and Nick run our own Design Communications agency in London. We have a busy work life balance in London but love to get away for adventures with the boys whenever we can. We spend lots of our holidays at EB but love the idea of swapping our special escape in the country with likeminded families around the world

  3. Mum JP has been Creative Director on a number of designs, installations and interiors projects nationally and internationally. I holiday home in Wales reflects this but is also a real family him where muddy Wellys in the hallway are not a problem and a lot of redline and conversation has been enjoyed by the fireside!e

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
we designed the Interior of the local 'Mr and Mrs Smith' brand,boutique hotel and thats a great place to eat. There are other good pubs in the area but all require a journey by carl
Walks in the park
5o miles of walking, bridle ways and mountain biking tracks right outside your front door. If you want to explore further afield than that you have The whole of the Brecon Beacons range just 20minutes away by car or the ing tracks
Spot of exercise
long walks and great running terrain.... but not a Gym in sight......

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