Nearby : Snowdonia; Aberdovey beach
Location : 2 miles (3 km) NE of Llanbrynmair at end of private lane off road to Pandy; with ample car parking
Food : self-catering
Price Band : ££-£££
Rooms : barn sleeps between 14-16 people
Facilities : garden, indoor swimming pool, squash, sauna, sunbed
Credit Cards : not accepted
Children : welcome
Disabled : 2 ground-floor rooms
Pets : accepted by arrangement
Closed : never
Proprietor or Manager : Terry and Felicity Margolis
Llanbrynmair, SY19 7DY, Powys, 01650 521479
Perfect peace in self-catering barn
The only sounds to disturb the peace in Powys come from the sheep on the surrounding hillsides, and from the nearby brook. Barlings Barn is a rural idyll in Llanbrynmair, in the heart of Wales, with a garden full of roses and honeysuckle: a picturesque setting for the outdoor activities, such as walking, bird-watching, fishing and golf, that you can enjoy in the surrounding Powys countryside.
It is, in fact, the perfect peace of the place that keeps this in our listings despite the move a few years ago towards a self-catering set-up. Home-made biscuits await your arrival in the secluded barns adjacent to Felicity and Terrys Welsh farmhouse, one with an oak-beamed stone fireplace and wood-burning stove. Their latest project has been to enclose the spring-fed, heated swimming-pool in a stunning new building, so guests can now make use of it all through the year.
The barns are well-equipped with fridge/freezers, microwaves and barbecues even a dishwasher. Though its basically self-catering, the local baker will deliver delicious warm bread to the door. There's a colourful market every Wednesday in Machynlleth.