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Riverside Barn

(Ref. 905876)

Gilwern near Crickhowell and Abergavenny, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • helpful (20)
  • great (18)
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53 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent property, great owner very helpful and catered to all our needs."


    Reviewed by Samuel5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a great week at Riverside Barn."

    The owners were very helpful. The location was great for walking and exploring the local area. The little games room went down particularly well with our 2 boys.

    Reviewed by Clare3.8Feb 2024

  • "This was our second visit to Riverside Barn and I am sure it will not be our last."

    It is very clean and well equiped. The beds are so comfortable. Having 2 bedrooms on the ground floor is perfect if you have reduced mobility. The 1st floor bedroom is huge. Total peace and quiet with great hosts who are helpful but not intrusive. Just knock the door and they will help in any way they can. Lovely to watch the birds feeding in the garden. Perfect

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Nov 2023

  • "Loved our stay!"

    Lovely comfortable accommodation which is well equipped. Great base for exploring the. black Mountains. Would most certainly return!

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Nov 2023

  • "This is a nice quiet location with off-road parking."

    It is very spacious accommodation, which would suit a family. Facilities are good. The bed was really comfortable It is an easy walk into Gilwern. Simon, the host, is really helpful. Our only criticism is that the TV is old. While holidays are not all about watching TV it was such that text on screen could not be read as it "falls" off either side of the screen.

    Reviewed by Scott4.4Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful place to stay."

    Very spacious, we loved the high barn roof construction. Plenty of space in the twin room for adult guests. Only slight critism......not mine, my visitors like to chill out in the bath and this was sometimes awkward when older ones needed the bathroom in a hurry.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7Sep 2023

  • "This is the third year we have stayed at Riverbarn and just like the previous two years it was idyllic."

    Riverbarn itself is all you could want with plenty of room for a large family or group of friends, it is a perfect place to stay and tour South Wales or into Herefordshire. The garden area which you can use is peaceful and quiet with hardly a sound of any traffic The owners who live in the farmhouse on site could not be better hosts, friendly and very helpful As I said this was our third visit and my wife and I will most certainly be back as often as we can

    Reviewed by Allen5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent accommodation,good location for our needs,amiable host ,would book again and recommend."

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jun 2023

  • "We've already spoken to Simon about some items."

    New slow cooker is ordered after original proved dangerous. Wooden spoon requested but apparently these can harbour bacteria. Altogether a very good stay with comfort and warmth into the bargain. Friendly owners who did their best to help us get the best out of the holiday cottage. Brilliant all round, we would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Maggie4.7Mar 2023

  • "Great place to stay and a warm welcome"

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Feb 2023

  • "Great!"

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Jan 2023

  • "We loved the property, it was perfectly located and spacious."

    The property was very clean and comfortable for our family and was needed after our long travels.The host were very friendly and were on-hand to solve any issues. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jan 2023

  • "Very comfortable."

    Well equipped. Somewhere you would be happy to go back to.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Nov 2022

  • "Beautiful converted barn."

    Really well appointed and stylish but still comfortable. Everything provided for. The location is stunning. We were really well looked after.

    Reviewed by Samantha4.4Oct 2022

  • "The barn is beautiful and in a wonderful location."

    Unfortunately due to the high bath, making it completely inaccessible for my mother we left a day early as she was unable to shower. An additional toilet/en-suite would be a great addition to the property too.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Oct 2022

  • "Very friendly and helpful owner with lots of knowledge about the local area."

    The barn is in a great location and very peaceful. It was immaculately clean, spacious and comfortable for our stay.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Sep 2022

  • "A fabulous, very clean, spacious and comfortable cottage in a lovely setting."

    Very welcoming and helpful owners and plenty of grounds to enjoy. A great base from which to explore the Brecon Beacons and spoilt for choice for things to do in the local area.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay at Riverside Barn which was clean, comfortable & had everything we needed."

    Owner was warm & friendly & we appreciated his helpful recommendations of the local area. Amazing garden space & furniture to relax on. Was a perfect base for exploring the Brecons.

    Reviewed by Juliet5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    Riverside Barn is very comfortable with everything you can possibly need. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Laura5.0May 2022

  • "Had a lovely week , plenty of leaflets and information on where to visit, not ..."

    Had a lovely week , plenty of leaflets and information on where to visit, not enough information on recycling etc , also it said riverside but you couldn’t get to river at all , very quiet surroundings

    Reviewed by Glynis3.4May 2022

  • "Our stay at Riverside Barn was perfect."

    The additions of the Christmas decorations and a tree made it even more special. The barn was very cosy and warm and had everything we needed for our weekend away. The owners were very helpful and on hand if we needed anything but equally respected our privacy too. We'll hopefully be back next year!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Dec 2021

  • "This was a very clean, comfortable and generally well equipped cottage."

    It is well sited close to the Brecon Beacons and is easily accessible. The owner was helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by John4.7Oct 2021

  • "When listing appliances available it would be helpful to mention a hairdryer."

    I asked the owner when contacting him about keys, etc.

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Oct 2021

  • "Comfortable spacious accommodation."

    Quiet location with easy access to the surrounding area. A written information pack about the property and local amenities would have been useful.

    Reviewed by David3.8Sep 2021

  • "My wife and I both thought that the property was all we expected, great location excellent accommodation, quiet and peaceful The owners were really nice and very helpful and the standard of facilities in the property was second to none."

    We will definately be booking this property again

    Reviewed by Allen5.0Sep 2021

  • "Riverside Barn was a lovely clean, comfortable and well equipped holiday home, perfect for the four of us!"

    Simon, the owner was friendly, helpful and a great source of information - he gave us tips and ideas for days out which made our holiday extra special. We enjoyed lots of walks in the local area and further afield - there was certainly plenty to do and we didn't want to leave and go home!

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Aug 2021

  • "We had an amazing time and the host was so nice and welcoming!"

    The beds were very comfortable and the house was very clean. Would recommend and definitely re visit.

    Reviewed by Jacob5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, beautiful part of Wales."

    Thanks to Simon who was very helpful. Just a quick note - The directions are out of date as the road from the A40 is now closed, so we needed to access the cottage via the Heads of the Valleys road, through Gilwern village.

    Reviewed by Julia4.7Jul 2021

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location for exploring the area."

    Clean, comfortable and the owner next door for any issues or advice. Would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "We loved the area and Riverside Barn gave us a great base to explore from, as well as being a welcoming place to return to after a day out."

    Reviewed by Rosie4.7Jun 2021

  • "Shops 20 min walk not as stated 5min same for buses"

    Reviewed by Ian4.1Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful, quiet location with ample, easy parking."

    Friendly and helpful hosts. Walking distance of village facilities and canal walks. Short drive to major facilities in Abergavenny. High quality interior fittings and furniture in solid oak. Single bathroom OK for 4 but additional shower would help for 6 person letting. Similarly a dishwasher would help for 6 persons.

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.7Sep 2020

  • "We had a wonderful week at Riverside Barn."

    The accommodation had everything we could possibly need and more!! The rooms are spacious, light and airy and the kitchen is extremely well equipped. There is also a lovely garden to enjoy and the owner is welcoming and helpful. Riverside Barn is ideally located with plenty of nearby hills for keen walkers to tackle and the lovely canal towpath for a more leisurely stroll. We would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2020

  • "Just fab. Great location, beautiful barn, wonderful host, very happy."

    Situated just north of Abergavenny, this barn is fantastic. Spacious lounge combined with kitchen, comfortable bedrooms, and a games room. The host is fab, and it's wonderful to go for walks around the farm and down to the river. There are so many places to visit nearby. we had a wonderful holiday.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Aug 2020

  • "Simon was delightful, helping us find lots of interesting things to do in the area."

    There is so much to do especially if you enjoy being outside - beautiful part of Wales and well worth a visit. Cottage is really well equipt especially if you have children, loads of books and lovely games to play. Very warm and quiet - perfect. We will definately return - thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Stella4.7Oct 2019

  • "Perfect place for a family holiday - all ages catered for, and we were made to feel very welcome."

    The accommodation is fitted to a very high standard, and the setting is beautiful.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Sep 2019

  • "The holiday cottage was perfect for our needs with lots of space, good facilities and brilliant outdoor space for the kids to run about."

    Lots in the area to do with kids.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Aug 2019

  • "It’s a must!"

    What a beautiful cottage/barn you relax from the second you walk in. Everything is finished to the highest standard and there is everything you need (and more) at hand. Simon the owner was there to greet us when we arrived and talked us through a few things and to gave me his number if we needed anything, the farmhouse in just across courtyard but we never saw them after that. There is a lovely games room if you have children although my son and husband liked the air hockey. 3 lovely sized bedrooms, one with a stable barn door which added to the feel. Outside the back door there is a lovely sitting area where you can have a coffee or just relax looking out over the large beautiful tended garden. There is also a summer house for use with bbqs and swinging hammock etc with a large table and chairs for dining al fresco. A little walk up the lane takes you to the toll path inn which sits alongside the canal where we sat watching the barges come and go. One mile in the opposite direction is. ‘The Bell’ where we had a wonderful meal. Definitely one to try, we will be back.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2019

  • "Beautiful surroundings, lovely home from home and such welcoming people."

    .....this place is a must!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Mar 2019

  • "Incredibly warm and friendly hosts and a beautiful cottage and location."

    Absolutely loved it. Thank you SO much for a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Jan 2019

  • "The cottage is very good and comfortable."

    Only slight problem is the access roads very narrow but if used to driving on narrow roads then no problem. Very peaceful but need to mention the freezer is outside and shared.

    Reviewed by Lionel5.0Sep 2018

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage - much more spacious than it looks on the pictures."

    Lovely location - we walked into Abergavenny which was a little bit of road walking followed by miles of amazing scenery along the river. Only things I would say can be improved with the cottage- needs a dishwasher!! Softer pillows would be nice, and more kitchen provisions (there was no bottle opener, foil, very few knives etc) and toilet roll! All small things and was still amazing would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Heather4.1Sep 2018

  • "Fantastic well equipped and furnished cottage very comfortable beds and hosts ..."

    Fantastic well equipped and furnished cottage very comfortable beds and hosts that go the extra mile great games for the kids of all ages

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was great, it was nice and clean, only downside was the low ceiling in the bathroom which ment I could not shower standing upright but that is the only downside of this cottage."

    Reviewed by Roy4.7Jul 2018

  • "A very comfortable well equipped and well maintained barn conversion in a convenient location with spacious grounds."

    good local pub and shop nearby. Very easy access to Abergavenny, Crickhowell and the Brecon Beacons National Park, River Usk, Brecon - Monmouth Canal,also the excellent Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr and the homely and excellent cafe in the Market Cafe in Abergavenny. Ideal for walking , sightseeing or just pottering about

    Reviewed by Ralph5.0Mar 2018

  • "Your use of homeaway lead generator/SEO was extremely detrimental to the booking experience."

    I was livid to learn that they had charged me £30 purely for the lead generation and not made the booking as expected, causing me to have to repeat the whole process with less time to spare and causing more stress. If I had more time to spare prior to the holiday I would have walked away and Sykes would have lost the booking, all good will and any future bookings. Only my time constraint caused me to call and the helpful staff working on Sunday turned it around enough to retain the booking. You are doing yourself a great disservice with your business relationship with Homeaway. I can't recommend strongly enough that you end it and just do a bit of SEO work on your own behalf. Without Homeaway I should still have found the property via the Sykes website as it fit my criteria and there aren't that many which did. As it was, the booking process generated a lot of unnecessary stress and left a bad tase in the mouth.

    Reviewed by richard4.6Nov 2017

  • "Owners very accomodating, very helpful, couldn't have been nicer."

    the actual cottage was exceptional! Clean, tidy, plenty of storage and everything you would need. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2017

  • "The cottage was modern and comfortable and the location was ideal, with high-quality equipment, furnishings and bedding."

    There was plenty of space inside and out for us to relax in. We arrived to find flowers, milk and Welsh cakes waiting for us. The owner was helpful when we needed an extension lead and suggested places to eat locally. Along with the beautiful weather, all of this contributed to a relaxing holiday. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Apr 2017

  • "This accommodation was absolute beautiful and the pictures on the site didn't do it justice."

    Beautiful surrounding, helpful owner. Will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Mar 2017

  • "This is a beautiful barn conversion in a stunning area of Wales, the standard of the barn is top notch and cannot fault this place."

    Me and my family had a wonderful week here and would very much like to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Feb 2017

  • "70th birthday gift for my mother,she was delighted"

    Reviewed by Gwen4.8Nov 2016

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage."

    Perfect for our family with its beautiful outside space, great games room, flexible bedroom spaces, and spacious, well equipped and beautifully presented living area!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2016

  • "Lovely"

    Reviewed by Joanne4.8Sep 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x ground floor double, 1 x eaves twin (zip/link, can be super king-size double on request)
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Small games room with pool table.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Towels available on request
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Secure bike storage
  • Shared use of large lawned garden with patio and furniture, shared paddock with football goals
  • Free use of fishing river 300 yards away (please bring own equipment and fishing licence)
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Owners can store frozen foods in their freezer on request
  • Note: Due to the nearby fishing river, ensure children are supervised at all times when outside
  • Note: Max 6 people including infants
  • Please note: bookings must be from Friday to Friday or Friday to Monday only
  • Please note: neighbouring property Longside available to book from Saturdays (906403)

The property

Set in a village location in the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons), within large grounds, with an electric-gated entrance leading to two cottages and the owners’ home, this delightful Gilwern cottage is an extremely well presented holiday base.

Step into the spacious open plan living space with high apex beams and patio doors to the garden, and you will be delighted with your choice.

This room really is a superb place to gather together and cook, eat and relax before and after your varied days out in this beautifully scenic area.

Two double bedrooms, the family bathroom and a small games room complete the ground floor accommodation at this Gilwern cottage.

Then, head up the oak stairs straight into a large bedroom tucked in the eaves offering flexible sleeping arrangements, this is ideal as a hideaway for a couple or for the children to enjoy peaceful time together.

The owners, who live in the main house next to this Gilwern cottage, enjoy the outdoors and have provided a large paddock area with football goals for the young at heart to expend some energy with a game of football, cricket or rounders maybe.

Others, however, may prefer to simply sit and watch, soaking up the scenic backdrop of fields and hills.

Days out walking and cycling on countryside lanes, up the Sugarloaf Mountain, into the Bannau Brycheiniog (Brecon Beacons) or along the canal will be an absolute delight during your stay at this Gilwern cottage.

Play a round of golf, or travel a bit further to explore ancient castles, old mine museums and much more.

Visit the nearby market town of Abergavenny to sample local produce all year round, and especially when one of its food festivals are running.

A perfect Gilwern cottage in this breathtaking National Park where a holiday will be long remembered by all.

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About the location


Crickhowell 3 miles; Abergavenny 4 miles; Monmouth 20 miles.

Situated amidst the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons), the picturesque village of Gilwern offers visitors many amenities, including traditional pubs, shops and a great fish and chip shop. The National Park covers approximately 520 sq miles, and the whole area around Gilwern is surrounded by stunning countryside, and offers excellent walking, cycling and bird watching, as well as great salmon and trout fishing on the river Usk. The medieval market town of Abergavenny, the "Gateway to Wales", is nestled between the 'seven hills' and has something for everyone, with its many indoor and outdoor markets, magnificent castle and museums. The splendid mountain known as Sugarloaf offers fantastic walks for all abilities, as well as its own vineyard, while just a few miles away, the beautiful town of Crickhowell is a must for all visitors. With its fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery this really is a great place at any time of year.

Note: Max 6 people including infants
Please note: bookings must be from Friday to Friday or Friday to Monday only.