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“Wow, what an amazing barn conversion”

Review of The Bull Pens

The Bull Pens- Upper Decking
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47 reviews
The Bull Pens- Upper Decking
The Bull Pens
Upper Bull Pen kitchen
Lower Bull Pen kitchen
The  contemporary upstairs living room in The Upper Bull Pen
The downstairs living room
Double bedroom in the Upper Bull Pen
En-Suite Bathroom
King Bedroom
King Bathroom
Twin room with view of the farm and surrounding hills
En-Suite Shower Room
Dining Room area of Lower Bull Pen
Spacious dining area with the Upper Bull Pen
View of the barns
Our resident bull - Eclipse
The view at the top of the farm
Llanfihangel Nant Bran Village
The New Play Area
Upper Bull Pen Hot Tub
Upper Bull Pen Hot Tub
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Brecon, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

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Terence C
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wow, what an amazing barn conversion”
Reviewed 2 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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person found this review helpful

My wife and I stayed in the Lower Bull Pen with our 2 1/2 year old son for a 4 night break. This is a fantastic conversion and equipped to the very highest standards. The views from the terrace in the landscaped gardens across the valley are amazing. Our son particularly enjoyed visiting the cows and the tractor each morning and had a great time playing in the children's play area. Fantastic hosts and a beautiful property. Can't recommend enough and are looking forward to returning again very soon. A thoroughly well deserved 5 star rating and the bedrooms with en-suites are spacious and have the feel of a boutique hotel. Great for families, but would be beautiful location for a romantic break without the children! Terence, Anouska & Phelix

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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dan123411
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A gem set in the beautiful welsh countryside”
Reviewed 18 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
1
person found this review helpful

This was the perfect place for a weekend away, catching up with mates. The accommodation was absolutely lovely- done to a really high spec and gorgeous surroundings. It had everything you'd want there and more! The beds were also fantastic- possibly some of the best nights sleep I've ever had! Cradoc golf club is also really near by and is a very well kept course with a great range of holes and quite reasonable too! Would not hesitate to recommend the bull pens to anyone wishing to spend a nice tranquil break away in the beautiful welsh countryside. Thanks very much for everything Brian and Fiona!

Lee, Cardiff.

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Gregory C
Northampton, United Kingdom
1 review
“A stunning location, amazing getaway, wonderful hosts”
Reviewed 8 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We were a party of around 8 guests who hired out both sections of this converted barn, the Lower and Upper Bull pens. Imagine looking out over tranquil, green rolling hills, pastures, cattle and sheep grazing peacefully while you sip a cocktail while the sun goes down on a perfect stay in a perfect location. Imagine sleeping in stunningly comfortable beds under oak beams, warmed by a log fire and underfloor heating. A location so peaceful and "away from the maddening crowd" that you can fully recharge your batteries in a wonderfully converted barn, to a standard that can only be described as spectacular! Incredibly high standards of decor and furnishings, a wonderful mixture of modern and classic style accommodation, with no expenses spared on fitting these cottages out to an incredible standard. Then you have the hosts, Brian and Fiona who literally go out of their way to make sure their guests are well looked after. Friendly, hospitable and always keen to have a chat. I am an acoustic guitar player, but left my own one at home due to travelling there from a work assignment in Liverpool. When Fiona heard about this, she graciously loan me her son's acoustic guitar to use for the weekend for sing-alongs during the barbecue evening we had. They also joined us for a sing along on our last night, with their beautiful daughter Cloe. We can definitely now call Brian and Fiona our friends. A great stay with great company in a stunning place. Particularly loved the clear skies, we were able to see the stars clearly, with no light pollution. As for sleeping, I fell asleep cacooned in absolute delightful silence. Never slept better. The hot tub was awesome too. The barbecue area well furnished as well, with lovely views over the valleys and hills. Can't wait to come back in the summer for an annual pilgrimage next year and every year after that. Loved it!

Greg and Debbie Contell

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Liked best: The venue, the location, the high standards and the hosts - all amazing.
Liked least: The venue is tucked away, and only accessible via winding narrow roads
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Kate C
Bristol
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Secluded Splendour!”
Reviewed 28 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Just back from a 4 night stay at the lovely Bull Pens. The location is tucked away in a secluded valley, extremely tranquil & no phone signal for total relaxation! The Bull Pens property itself is beautifully decorated to a high standard & equipped with everything you could need. We visited with our 8 month old son & it was even perfectly equipped for him with a cot, change mat & high chair plus a slide & swing in the garden. It makes a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of busy daily lives - I would highly recommend it!

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Ascot, United Kingdom
1 review
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“It pays to look until you find what you really want”
Reviewed 3 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014
1
person found this review helpful

We like farm-style cottages, but this was the best so far. My wife searched for ages and eventually settled on this one; we're glad she did. We stayed 4 nights and found the fixtures and fittings first class, with everything you need. The style suited us perfectly, a mixture of classic and modern, from the lovely little log burner to the underfloor heating under the tiles, excellent use of natural light via large windows and sky lights, yet wonderfully warm in spite of the large size of the rooms. This, and the rather well insulated building, meant that 3 of us walked around indoors barefoot pretty much the entire time; my wife kept her slippers on as always. No internet the first night (thanks to a storm before we arrived) at first seemed an imposition, but they soon fixed that and we were back in touch with the outside world - what a pity! (and I'm referring to the amount of time we spent doing business and checking emails etc. in the evenings after they fixed it - not their fault but ours). On reflection, we agree that our best day/night there was when we had no access to internet & mobile signals. DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR... if you can, work it so that you are not required urgently at home or work and then book a few days at The Bull Pens - with just those you love and be "uncontactable"; you won't regret it. Fiona and Brian are wonderful. They leave you to rest and enjoy but are available should you need anything. Our children loved feeding the cows and Brian was great with our special needs son; he was delighted to meet the "Big Bull"

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Liked best: Style of property, warmth great service and excellent beds
Liked least: Tha it rained so much (which could not be helped)
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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