Cosy Barn Cottage

Sleeps 4, 1 Double, 1 Twin, Downstairs Shower, Wood Burner, Free Internet

Gilfach translates from the Welsh as ‘nook’ or ‘hideaway’. This perfectly describes the farm, tucked away in a steep sided valley yet only 5mins drive from the A40. The farm dates back four hundred years, part of the original stone barn has been converted into the Barn Cottage. Just north of the Brecon Beacons national park and nestling in the folds of the hills. The cottage has a cosy wood burner and everything you need to enjoy tranquillity and rest.

The space

The Cottage benefits from all modern comforts to make it a warm and cosy place to snuggle into whatever the weather. The washroom has a power shower and the beds all have top quality wool duvets and luxury mattress toppers. There is a log burner in the lounge and a spiral staircase leads to the bedrooms. There is Freeview TV and WiFi. There is also a fair collection of books, DVDs and games.

Gilfach is a traditional Welsh hill farm. There are sixty acres of pasture, ancient woodland, larch plantation and rough bracken and wetland meadows. It is home five British White cows and five horses. Guests are welcome to explore the farm and beyond along the rights of way leading from Gilfach’s land. There are wonderful views of Pen-y-Fan from the top of the farm and a stream flowing along the lower border, there is a mass flora and fauna to see with red kites and buzzards circling up and down the valley. The area’s Dark Sky status and the lack of light pollution makes Gilfach ideal for great stargazing.

The neighbourhood

Gilfach is on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National park. This is a wild and dramatic landscape with steeped with fascinating geology and history. There are hills to climb, ridges to stride along and lakes to swim in. Castles to explore, beautiful gardens to visit, and rivers for canoeing and fishing. There are the show caves at Dan Yr Ogof and the famous waterfalls at Ysradfellte. There is mountain railway and industrial heritage still visible in the landscape and preserved in the Big Pit Coal Museum at Blaenavon. Easily within reach for a day trip, you can enjoy the world-renowned beeches of the Gower peninsula or even head to Pendine Sands (famous for land speed records) and further afield to Tendby and Pembroke.

The farm is twenty mins drive from Brecon where there are supermarkets, high street shopping, a cathedral and museums and leisure centre. In the opposite direction it is only slightly further to Llandovery – or for the nearest city it’s a fifty min drive to Swansea. The villages of Sennybridge, Defynnog and Trecastle are all just a few minutes from the farm. All have great places to eat and there is a very good fish and chip shop, a garage with café that serves a really good breakfast.

Guest access

The Cottage sits in the main farm complex in the end of the main barn. You have your own access and can come and go as you please. You can bring your car to the front door of the Cottage if necessary. Please note that a spiral staircase accesses the bedrooms so the Cottage may not be suitable for those with restricted mobility. Other things to note Gilfach is pet-friendly and well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay but are not allowed on sofas or beds!

  • Access to the farm is along an un-surfaced track. Please negotiate the track with care.
  • There is a laundry in the barn that guests are welcome to use. The barn can also be used for drying and storage of bikes etc.
  • Gilfach can’t offer horse riding, but there are three local riding centres.

Interaction with guests

Gilfach is owned and managed by Hugh. The farm has three holiday lets, each entirely self-contained and distinct from each other. Hugh, lives in the main farm house opposite the cottage and works on the farm during the day so is available most of the time and is happy for you to knock on the door if you have any queries, need some help or would like some more wood for your log burner!

Hosted by Hugh

Hugh maintains the farm and cares for the five cows, five horses, three ducks and a cat that that live on the farm. Hugh also runs the holiday business. His dog Oscar, the chocolate Labrador, accompanies him. Hugh has retired from working in London in IT. He is now fully committed to providing the best possible holiday experience for his guests. Hoping you will enjoy the beauty, peace and tranquillity of the farm as much as he does!

To make a reservation

  • £89 per night (Friday and Saturday £95). £20 cleaning charge. Discount for 7days.

If you would like to stay at Gilfach, you can book online below. Alternatively, you can simply email me at