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The important stuff

  • Check in time is 3pm
  • Check out time is 11am
  • Only mobile signal for Vodafone is obtainable
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double


  • The tipi is self-catering and has gas hobs, crockery and plenty of workspace for cooking as well as all kitchen utensils


  • The shower (lovely and hot) and the loo (a modern composting design) are in a bathroom cabin a couple of yards from the tipi. The whole family were involved in locating the windows so that you can enjoy the view from the loo or the shower with a wow(er) vista...

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • There is no electrical supply to Serentipidy.
  • Bed linen, including snuggly toppers and duvets are provided along with towels and robes.
  • Candles provide light although there is a flashlight to aid your walk to the loo in the middle of the night if you’re caught short.
  • Heating comes from the open fire bowl in the middle of the tipi so brush up on your firelighting technique before you arrive.  There is another firebowl outside too.


Walking & Hiking 

The most obvious of things to do is to take advantage of the plethora of wonderful walking routes that surround Argoed Barns. Amanda and Barney have provided a good selection of books and maps and are a good source of suggestions as are the Visitors’ Books.  Further sources of walking books, maps and outdoor equipment are to be found at any of the outdoor shops in Brecon. Alternatively an excellent start would be to head to the Brecon Beacons Mountain Centre. Libanus, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8ER.
Tel:01874 623366 

Pony Trekking – Cantref Riding Centre offers numerous pony trekking opportunities in the Brecon Beacons. Upper Cantref Farm, Cantref LD3 8LR. Tel:01874  665223 

Mountain Biking – ‘Bikes & Hikes’ offer mountain and trail bikes for hire at competitive prices.  You can collect the bikes from their shop in Brecon or opt to have them delivered direct to your door. Lion Yard, Brecon LD3 7BA. Tel:01874 610071 

Water Sports – sailing boats, rowing boats and pedaloes can all be hired from Lakeside Caravan and Camping Park on the banks of Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in South Wales. Tel: 01874 658226 

Canoeing and kayaking – ‘Black Mountains Activities’ offer canoeing, kayaking and even white water rafting on the River Wye. Tel: 01497 847897 For those seeking a more relaxing pace, pottering on the Brecon Canal might be more appealing; ‘Backwaters’ will provide the equipment you need. Tel: 01873 831825.

Tretower Court and Castle – this takes you on a journey through history that dates back to Norman times and gives visitors an insight into the gracious lifestyle  enjoyed by the favoured few during the Middle Ages. Tretower, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1RD Tel:01874 730279

Dan yr Ogof Caves - also known as the National Showcaves Centre for Wales, is a 17-kilometre long cave system in south Wales, five miles north of Ystradgynlais and fifteen miles south west of Brecon within the Brecon Beacons National Park.  Abercrave  SA9 1GJ Tel 01639 730284

The Big Pit & National Coal Museum -  an industrial heritage museum in Blaenafon, Torfaen, South Wales. A working coal mine from 1860 to 1980, it was opened to visitors from 1980.  It is a privilege to be given a guided tour by one of the ex-miners.  Blaenafon NP4 9XP  Tel:029 2057 3650 

Penderyn Distillery – the only distillery in Wales and home of the award winning Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky and other premium spirits; Brecon Gin, Vodka and Merlin liqueur.  Tours of the distillery culminate with a tasting session.  Penderyn, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF44 0SX.Tel:01685 8810651

Talgarth Mill – as featured on BBC 1’s ‘Village SOS’ - guided tours provided by a dedicated team of volunteers offering an insight into the history of milling. 
The Mill House,
The Square,
LD3 0BW. Tel:  01874 711352 


Brecon Jazz Festival – held in August at various venues in Brecon with renowned Jazz musicians such as Jools Holland and Acker Bilk among the head-liners at this year’s popular annual event. 

Hay Literary Festival – held at the end of May/Beginning of June in Hay ‘One of the World’s biggest book festivals …a literary extravaganza that is now firmly established as the biggest book event in Britain..’ 

The Green Man Festival – held on the Glanusk Estate in mid August. Wales' leading award winning contemporary music and arts festival

NGS Gardens Open to the Public – if you’re keen gardeners, we’ll be able to tell you if there are any gardens open in the local area during your stay. 

Crickhowell Walking Festival -  This takes place over nine days in Feb/March with a wealth of guided walks to suit all ages and abilities. Thoroughly recommended…. 

Food & Drink

At Argoed Barns

Argoed Shepherd's Hut is run as a B&B. Breakfast is served in the main house up until 10.00am. Amanda is aware that some guests are keen walkers and would like to make an early start whilst others have come to unwind and relax and take the day at a more leisurely pace.  To that end she would be grateful if you would let her know the night before what time you are likely to surface. 

Serentipidy is entirely self-catering. The kitchen unit inside the tipi has two gas hobs and the tipi platform makes a great al fresco dining area.   A bucket barbecue is provided but feel free to bring your own or disposable ones.

From either space you have access to the veg garden and the eggs laid by the chickens, when you can find them!

Pubs & Restaurants

The Griffin - Twinned with The Gurnard's Head and the Old Coastguard in Cornwall, The Griffin is a fabulous place combining a warm bar and good ales with an understated restaurant serving fantastic food. BOOK AS FAR IN ADVANCE AS YOU CAN! Don’t forget to let them know you are staying with Amanda to qualify for a complimentary local drink (be warned, the cider is loopy juice!)

The Castle Inn - Llangorse; another firm favourite of the Barnett’s with a great range of homemade pies, sharing platters and steaks etc in a local pub near to Llangorse Lake.

The market town of Brecon is three miles away and provides a range of eating places. 

Tipple ‘n’ Tiffin (01874 611866) is adjacent to the Theatre on Canal Wharf and is another favourite of the Barnett's for lunch and evening meals.

The Castle Hotel (01874 624611)was taken over a few years ago and has an extensive menu. Good bar snacks and  Sunday lunches.

The Gurkha Corner - 12 Glamorgan Street (01874 610871), where excellent Nepalese food is served at lunchtimes and from 5.30 onwards for evening meals.

Heading to Hay on Wye? You'll pass The Honey Café (01874 711904) in Bronllys which has Texmex food.

Talgarth Mill (01874 711125) was the subject of BBC1’s ‘Village SOS’ where the inhabitants gave their time to restore the old mill with the help of a Lottery Grant and set up a cafe.  The place offers tasty cakes, coffees and teas as well as healthy lunches using local seasonal produce.  They even bake bread there using their own milled flour which is available to buy.

Foyle’s Restaurant - Glasbury (01497 847550 ).  The new kid on the block and strong competition for The Griffin

This is by no means an exhaustive list and there are plenty of other great places to dine which are further afield beyond this 5 mile radius…

Meet your hosts

The Barnett family decamped from Surrey in search of a little piece of welsh countryside and a more tranquil lifestyle. After extensive renovation of their land above Felin Fach, they have made their home a beautiful spot which they are ready to share with guests. The construction of the tipi and the shepherd's hut site has been a family affair with everyone pitching in. Son Ben doing most of the construction work, Amanda decorating and planning and dad Jonathan doing the landscaping. No one knows what the bouncy springer spaniel Loki thought he was doing, but his contribution was undoubtedly invaluable.  

Getting there

Argoed Barns, Talachddu, Brecon, Powys, LD3 0UG

By public transport

The nearest train station is Abergavenny.  For buses use Stagecoach Route 43 to Brecon; Bus from Brecon to Felinfach (Stagecoach Route T4); Mile Walk to @Argoed.

By car - LD3 0UG in your SATNAV will get you to Brecon

Head for Brecon! You may be taken on the M4 over the toll Bridge  (card or cash is fine).  Once you are across the Bridge, as a general rule of thumb, the final stretch takes approximately one hour.  

Pass through Abergavenny, Crickhowell and then Bwlch before you reach the roundabout on the outskirts of Brecon.  At the roundabout take the third exit towards Hereford and Builth Wells on the A470 and continue along this road for four miles until you see a left turn for Felinfach (Satnav might try to make you turn left  before then but suggest you ignore this to avoid getting lost in the country lanes). Once you take the Felinfach turn, switch your Satnav off and follow these directions: 

  • Pass the aforementioned 'The Griffin' on your left hand side.  
  • Continue along the road as it bends round to the right,  passing the 'Plough & Harrow' on your right hand side.  
  • Continue up the road out of the village,  ignoring the first right turn at triangular junction.
  • Continue up the hill passing two more houses on your left  - Y Neuadd and Talachddu Farmhouse. 
  • Take the next right turn which will bring you  in front of the church on your right hand side and the old school house on your left hand side.  Continue along this country lane (looks a bit like a farmyard) descending a hill and then steeply ascending  the other side.  
  • About 50m after the sharp right hand bend, take the first turn on your left and drive straight up the steep driveway to Argoed Barns. 

Drive straight up to the large barn and park in front of the goat pen in the marked bay before strolling over to the house to make your presence known.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.