Local Attractions

CASTLES HOLD A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN WELSH HISTORY AND TAKING SOME TIME OUT TO EXPERIENCE AND MARVEL AT THEIR ARCHITECTURE AND UNIQUENESS IS A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY IN ITSELF. THE LARGEST CASTLE IN WALES, CAERPHILLY IS AN INSPIRATIONAL VISIT AND HAS A SERIES OF MOATS AND AN AMAZING LEANING TOWER! YOU MAY WISH TO VISIT OTHER CASTLES INCLUDING CARDIFF, CHEPSTOW, CALDICOT, RAGLAN AND PENHOW. THERE IS ALSO A VERY UNUSUAL ‘FAIRYTALE CASTLE’ SOUTH OF CAERPHILLY. IT IS IN FACT A FOLLY, WHICH IS CALLED ‘CASTLE COCH’ – THE RED CASTLE!
IF YOU DECIDE TO LEAVE THE COSY RETREAT OF THE OLD BARN INN, THERE ARE MANY WELSH HERITAGE SITES, WHICH PROVIDE A VERY SPECIAL DAY OUT. BROCHURES ARE AVAILABLE FROM OUR RECEPTION AREA OR YOU MAY WISH TO LOG ON TOWWW.CADW.WALES.GOV.UK
OTHER NOTABLE VISITS ARE TINTERN ABBEY, TRETOWER COURT, CAERLEON ROMAN BATHS AND AMPHITHEATRE, BLEANAVON WORLD HERITAGE CENTRE, BIG PIT NATIONAL COAL MUSEUM, THE ST FAGANS WELSH FOLK MUSEUM, LLANTARNUM ABBEY, TREDEGAR HOUSE, LLANCAIACH MANOR AND DOZENS OF GREAT MUSEUMS PROVIDING A FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO PAST HISTORIES. THE MAJOR CITIES, SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRES OF NEWPORT AND CARDIFF BAY ARE WITHIN EASY REACH.
IF YOU LIKE WALKING YOU WILL LOVE SOUTH WALES! FROM JUST LEISURELY STROLLS ALONG CANAL BANKS OR MORE ADVENTUROUS HIKES, THE WELSH VALLEYS AND MOUNTAINS ARE COVERED IN WOODLAND TREKS THAT RISE AND FALL PROVIDING GLORIOUS VIEWS. IT’S ALSO A PHOTOGRAPHERS OR PAINTERS PARADISE! COUNTRY PARKS, LAKES, RESERVOIRS, COASTAL PATHS AND WATERFALLS MAKE FOR THRILLING AND AWE-INSPIRING HIKING. IN FACT ‘THE CELTIC TRAIL’ TAKES YOU ACROSS SOME OF THE MOST DIVERSE AND STUNNING SCENERY IN SOUTH WALES – AND YOUR NEVER TOO FAR AWAY FROM A LOCAL VILLAGE PUB! YOU MAY WISH TO LOG ON TO WWW.WALKINGWALESVALLEYS.COM
COME RAIN OR SHINE THERE IS PLENTY TO DO LOCALLY INCLUDING CYCLING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, GAME FISHING, COURSE FISHING, SEA ANGLING, SAILING, SURFING, WINDSURFING, CANOEING, ARCHERY, SHOOTING, HORSE RIDING, GLIDING, BALLOONING, PARAGLIDING, ORIENTEERING, DRY SLOPE SKIING, KARTING AND QUAD BIKING.
ARTS AND CRAFTS ABOUND, AS DO ANTIQUE SHOPS, MARKETS, MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVALS, COUNTRY-FAYRES AND TRANSPORT RALLYS. SOUTH WALES CAN OFFER ITS VISITORS A HUGE AMOUNT OF HISTORY AND CULTURE. THE OLD BARN INN IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO EXPLORE THE WONDERFUL HERITAGE THAT IS SO EASILY ACCESSIBLE.
SO WHETHER YOUR INTERESTS ARE OLD BOOKS, OLD PHOTOGRAGH’S, OLD RAILWAYS, OLD RUINS, OLD ANTIQUES OR JUST SIMPLY GOOD OLD-FASHIONED SERVICE; LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE OLD BARN INN – IT’S YOUR GUARANTEE OF A GREAT STAY IN WALES.


Welsh Golf - The Ryder Cup

THE CELTIC MANOR RESORT, HOME OF THE ‘RYDER CUP’ IN 2010 IS UNDER TEN MINUTES AWAY FROM THE OLD BARN INN LLANMARTIN. FURTHERMORE, THERE ARE NUMEROUS CHAMPIONSHIP COURSES WITHIN A TWENTY MINUTE DRIVE – OUR OWN COURTESY COACH IS AVAILABLE FOR OUR CLIENTS.
YOU COULDN’T BE IN A BETTER PLACE TO PLAN YOUR ‘GOLFING EXTRAVAGANZA’. THE REGION BOASTS SOME OF THE BEST GOLF COURSES IN WALES; WITH MANY RIVALLING ANY IN THE UK.
IN FACT ‘THE CELTIC MANOR RESORT’ CAN BE SEEN FROM THE REAR PATIO OF THE OLD BARN INN! THE COMPLEX HAS THREE CHAMPIONSHIP COURSES AND APART FROM HOSTING THE RYDER CUP IN 2010 IT HAS ALSO BEEN THE VENUE FOR THE WELSH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MANY YEARS.
OTHER NOTABLE ‘MUST PLAYS’ ARE MARRIOTT ST. PEIRRE GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, ROLLS OF MONMOUTH, NEWPORT GOLF CLUB, WHITCHURCH (CARDIFF) GOLF CLUB AND THE VALE HOTEL ‘NATIONAL’ GOLF COURSE AND COUNTRY CLUB.
OTHER INTERESTING LOCAL COURSES ARE BRYN MEADOWS GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, MONMOUTHSHIRE GOLF CLUB, WOODLAKE PARK GOLF CLUB, PONTNEWYDD GOLF CLUB, GREENMEADOW GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, DEWSTOW GOLF CLUB, PONTYPOOL GOLF CLUB, PETERSTONE GOLF CLUB, ST. MELLONS GOLF CLUB, CARDIFF GOLF CLUB, GLAMORGANSHIRE GOLF CLUB AND WENVOE CASTLE GOLF CLUB. THE LIST IS IN FACT ENDLESS WITH OVER 60 COURSES WITHIN A FORTY FIVE-MINUTE DRIVE!
IF YOU LIKE ‘LINKS GOLF’ WHY NOT TRY ROYAL PORTHCAWL, SOUTHERNDOWN OR PYLE AND KENFIG GOLF CLUBS. WITHOUT DOUBT SOME OF THE MOST TESTING COURSES IN THE SOUTH WALES AREA AND WHEN THE WIND IS UP, A PLAYGROUND FOR ONLY THE VERY BEST PLAYERS!
THE OLD BARN INN IS A RYDER CUP NOMINATED HOTEL AND HOSPITALITY PARTNER. WE ARE INVOLVED WITH THE ‘GREENS OF SOUTH WALES GOLF CAMPAIGN’ AND ARE ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS WITH LOCAL ‘GOLF CLUSTER’ PROMOTIONS WITHIN THE ‘VISIT WALES INITIATIVE’.
GOLF PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE BY SPECIFIC PRE ARRIVAL REQUEST AND FEES WILL DEPEND UPON WHICH COURSES YOU WISH TO PLAY AND ON HOW MANY NIGHTS YOU WISH TO STAY. YOU MAY ALSO WISH TO BOOK YOUR GOLF AND BUGGIES SEPARATELY, WHICH CAN BE FACILITATED BY GOING ON-LINE TO ACCESS THE FOLLOWING WEB SITE WWW.GREENSOFSOUTHERNWALES.COM PLEASE NOTE THAT HANDICAP CERTIFICATES WILL BE REQUIRED.
APART FROM OUR COURTESY COACH, WE ALSO HAVE OUR OWN GOLF EQUIPMENT DRYING ROOM AND LARGE SECURE STORAGE. THE WHOLE SITE HAS A STATE OF THE ART SECURITY SYSTEM! PLEASE NOTE THAT NO GOLF EQUIPMENT IS TO BE TAKEN INTO THE ACCOMMODATION COMPLEX.