My partner and I always take a UK trip over the Easter break. We've had some interesting experiences in the past, and although there have been enjoyable elements, nothing has come close to how much we loved our stay at The Byre! During our search, we decided we wanted to visit Wales, and on searching rental cottages with the best reviews, we just kept coming back to the highly positive reviews for the Argoed Barns. I was delighted therefore when we managed to secure the Easter slot.
The first clue to how excellent Amanda and Barney are as hosts, was the lovely hand written card, Easter chocolate cake and a glass of freshly picked daffodils which greeted us upon our arrival. Everything thereafter lived up to the same standards. We bumped into the family a couple of times as we were either coming or going at the same time, and we were always said hello to with the warmest of smiles. That being said, we were given total privacy during our stay and felt relaxed and at home.
The barn itself was beautifully kept and furnished throughout, and little touches like our towels being bound with a ribbon and little pots of herbs, made all the difference. The gentle bleating of sheep in the morning and stunning views from the bedroom meant we slept so well, much needed respite from our busy London lives. An array of board games were supplied, for which we managed to fit in several games of Scrabble with the glorious wood burner warming the barn.
Amanda also kindly booked us a table at The Griffin, a pub just down the road, which did AMAZING food. Coming from two people who put fine dining firmly at the top of their list, I can honestly say this is the best pub meal I have ever eaten! You MUST go here, it would be criminal if you don't.
We had only two full days to explore, but we managed to fit in a hike up to Table Mountain and a guided tour around Penderyn Distillery. The following day we did the long drive north to Zip World where we did three very fast and daring zip wires as part of The Titan experience. If we came back, which we hope to, we would spend more time walking, definitely do another visit to The Griffin, and visit some national trust properties. This is a fabulous place, amongst fabulous settings and hosted by some truly lovely people and we shall be booking a return visit at some point in the future!