Cottage in Myddfai nr Llandovery, Offroad secluded location, footpaths to mountain & village at door
Beiliglas Barn is a recently refurbished two bedroom converted barn in a quiet part of the Beacons. Sleeps four. It is comfortable and light, with many character features including flag floors, white stone walls, oak beams and vaulted ceiling. Underfloor heating and wood stove ensure it is cosy in winter.
The barn is in a rural setting 100m from a minor road. It is across the yard from the owner's house, but is quite private. There is a secluded garden in the rear. A public access path from the door leads across farmland directly to Myddfai Mountain and the ranges of the Brecon Beacons beyond. The historic village of Myddfai is a 15 minute walk on quiet roads or across fields (or 3 minute drive). The nearby town of Llandovery is 3 miles away with a supermarket (open till 10PM) and a good range of specialty shops and services. Ideal for couples, and families wanting to mix a lovely rural location with visits to local attractions. The cottage has been graded 4 stars by 'Visit Wales'. See note on dogs below. Cottage is no-smoking.
Guests have said that they appreciate flexibility with booking, as I am able to offer two and three night breaks. I also offer late 'checkout' IF no guests coming in straight after your visit, so time for a relaxed breakfast and walk before heading home on a Sunday afternoon.
Dogs are welcome in the cottage. There are stone floors in the main rooms.
Please note, the cottage is next to fields with sheep, and there is a large unfenced pond on site. The garden is not enclosed, so dogs need to be on a lead. As is common with holiday lets, pets are not to go on beds or sofas, or be left alone in the cottage. Please also bring bags to clean up dog mess.
There are a few woodland walks nearby where dogs can go off their leads.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
We purchased the property in 2010. We spent a year refurbishing the holiday cottage, combining modern convenience while retaining the cottage's character. We live in a farmhouse on the property, but have designed the cottage to give privacy and a quiet experience for the guests.
We are happy to offer advice about the area. We are keen walkers, and have prepared a series of walks from the cottage. Let me know if you are interested in anything in particular, and I will see if I can point you in the right direction.
We have stayed in many holiday cottages over the years and hope we have put our list of 'likes' and 'dislikes' to good use: comfy beds, sharp knives, hot showers, warm when the weather turns cold, and flexibility with booking dates.
The local community hall in Myddfai Village is becoming very popular for weddings, as well as other celebrations and events. Lesley and the team do a great job getting the word out about what a great venue it is, and many guests stay in the cottage. Do mention when booking if you are with a wedding for a special luxury bath gift from Myddfai Trading Co - a local social enterprise giving work opportunities to adults with learning difficulties.
From February to April 2016, the cottage was managed by our friends and housesitters - Lia and Ray while I visited my home country of Australia. I am sure the guests who stayed during that time were well looked after - and congratulations to the newly engaged couple!
This year, I have been happy to donate short cottage stays to a couple of great charities, and very pleased that considerable funds were raised for 'Freedom from Torture', 'Cancer Research Wales', and Earthquake relief in Nepal. Guests who bid or won these prizes will be visiting in 2016.
Please make a general enquiry to find out from me the best way to proceed with a booking.
Guestbook comments from the owner
From the guest book...
We had a wonderful time staying in the cottage. A very warm welcome...The cottage is beautifully presented. We look forward to returning.
Family of five from Gloucestershire
Cosy, comfortable and everything we needed. Beautiful and quiet part of the world. View from the mountain top is worth the hike.
Jake, Susan and family, East Sussex
Perfect weekend break!
Nick and Emma, Cardiff
A reminder of how quiet the world can be. Thank you for the welcome and the cottage – one of the best we’ve ever stayed in.
A group of walkers from Barry and Cardiff
I really want to come back for more of everything this area has to offer. The walk along the top of Myddfai Mountain is awesome. Gary & Sharon, Somerset
5 based on 20 holidaymaker reviews
Beautiful cottage with every comfort you could want. We were made to feel very welcome. The cottage is in a beautiful area with lots to see and do. It's within easy driving distance of the Pembokeshire and Ceridigion coasts. We can recommend the Old Printing Office café in Llandovery.
Beautiful house in a stunning location
The house is a fantastic base for exploring the Brecon Beacons - my partner and I took my parents-in-law on a 3 day trip and we couldn't have asked for a more perfect place to stay. Janice was an incredibly welcoming and friendly host, and gave us loads of information on the local area and places to walk. We were fortunate enough to enjoy 3 days of dry, sunny weather and hiked Pen Y Fan, as well as Llyn Y Fan Fach - both of which are spectacular. On our last day we visited Carreg Cennen Castle, as recommended by Janice and we were totally blown away by the scenery, history and majesty of the location and castle itself. The house is incredibly comfortable and well equipped, and there are even walks straight from the garden. I'm sure we will be back in the future - great stay!
A beautiful peaceful location. Warm generous welcome. Hope to return in the future.
A very well equipped cottage. Beautiful decor. Gorgeous toiletries which you can purchase in the village. A lovely peaceful location. Janice surprised us with a homemade loaf of bread which was really thoughtful. We went on some great scenic walks with amazing views. Watched red kites being fed. Took a boat up the canal at Brecon really pretty. Saw some great waterfalls. An all round fantastic bank holiday weekend break. Would love to return to do it all again and more.
Lovely house in a beautiful setting
We had a very good time. Everything was there, very comfortable. Very good beds, always good to know! Janice is very nice. She baked us welsh cakes and a tasty brown bread. The barn is in beautiful surroundings and is the perfect place for exploring the South of Wales esp the Brecon Beacons, a stunning area! Don't forget to visit the Muddfai village hall for a very good high tea.
So yes highly recommended by us, family of four!
Fantastic bolthole in Beacons
Beautifully presented Barn with amazing views. Well equipped kitchen and clean throughout. Great location for Gower peninsula, Brecon Beacons and Hay on Wye. We will definitely return.
From the Owner
“We love this part of Wales, which combines beautiful countryside, clear skies, peace and tranquility. While you feel far from crowds, it is easy to get to, being a short drive from the A40 and nearby Llandovery. It is also well placed to visit the Welsh coast, castles, the Brecon and Cambrian mountains, Hay-on-Wye, the Gardens of Carmarthenshire, and many other attractions. It is a farming community where both Welsh and English are heard. Welsh learners are made welcome too. The area has a fascinating history in the 'Physicians of Myddfai' and the legend of the 'Lady of the Lake'. The local village hall has lots of information about the area, and friendly volunteers in the cafe/craft shop. For those that want a bit of city life, Swansea is 1 & Cardiff 1.5 hours. Cinema in Carmarthen”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Ideal for walkers, and those wanting a quiet rural escape. Clear nights give exceptional stargazing opportunities. Also suit families wanting a rural holiday, yet with reasonable day trip access to local attractions such as castles, gardens, waterfalls and spectacular caves.
The area will also be of interest to those wanting to explore the local history of the 'Physicians of Myddfai'. Information boards and knowledgeable staff at the Myddfai community hall, cafe and local craft shop.
The whole area is popular with birdwatchers and there is a red kite feeding station three miles away in Llanddeusant with daily afternoon feeding you can watch from a hide.
Lots of choices for day trips to the beach. One hour drive to New Quay, Aberaeron and the Ceredigion coast; one hour to Pendine, Pembrey, and Laugharne in Carmarthenshire; and just over an hour to Tenby and the Pembrokeshire Coast. The Gower with some of the best beaches in the UK is also about an hour.
1.3 hrs drive from Cardiff and M4 via A470 to A40. 1.5 hrs Cardiff Airport, 2.5 Bristol Airport.
Nearest train is 3 miles at Llandovery, served by the 'Heart of Wales' line - runs from Shrewsbury, and Swansea with direct trains to Cardiff, Bristol and London. Also bus links from Brecon and Carmarthen.
Owner can usually pick up from Llandovery, but two local taxi firms operate from town (approx £8.00 fare)
A car is recommended to fully explore the area (but not absolutely essential if you bring in your supplies)
Llandovery for all shopping and services is 3 miles.
There are many local attractions - castles, gardens, outdoor pursuits, RSPB, CADW (Welsh Heritage welcomes English Heritage members), and National Trust sites, waterfalls, and lots of walking.
Llandovery has most of what you might need, inc Coop supermarket (7am-10pm Mon to Sat, 10-4 Sundays) Also a good butcher, bakery, organic food shop, post office, and Barclays, Lloyds and NatWest branches. There is an excellent Tourist Information Centre. The Red Giraffe is an internet cafe/craft shop in the Castle Hotel.
Dining options include pub meals, Indian, Chinese, through to the excellent Castle Inn hotel, offering fine dining using locally sourced produce. The Kings Head in Llandovery has good local lamb and fish dishes, as well as good vegetarian and vegan options. The Carlton Riverside Restaurant in Llanwrtyd Wells (20 mins) is a magnet for fine diners.
About 50 minutes to Hay Festival (May/June), and 30 minutes to Brecon Jazz(August). Please contact local tourist board in Llandovery, or Janice for information about other activities such as quad biking, horseriding, etc.
Popular attractions include Aberglasney Gardens and National Botanic Gardens of Wales, and several National Trust and Cadw (Welsh Heritage) properties and castles within an hours drive.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
Autumn & Winter
29 Aug 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Xmas and New Year
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter and Spring
3 Jan 2017 - 19 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Additional pricing information
Cottage is no-smoking. Guests required to sort waste for usual Council recycling (bins and bags provided)
A 25% deposit by cheque or bank transfer will be required to hold a booking, and full payment six weeks before. If less than six weeks till visit, full payment will be required. In the case of cancellation six weeks or more before the booking, I will refund deposit less £25. If cancellation less than six weeks I will try to re-let the cottage and refund the tariff, less £50, when possible. If HEAVY SNOW full refund or re-book!
Please call or email if you have any special requirements.
Changeover usually Friday or Saturday but I can often be flexible with this. Weekends and short breaks mid week too. The cottage is available from 3.00PM. Vacate by 11AM but guests may be able to stay later if the cottage is not booked.
Notes on prices:
Price includes underfloor heating, all bath and bed linen, electricity, basket of logs, cleaning, BBQ fuel, and wi-fi. Breaks from two nights minimum are available. Please contact me if you are interested in a short stay.
Early/late check in/out is often possible in the quiet season.
£10 extra for dog/s. UK Bank transfer, cheque, paypal available (International paypal fees apply)
Guests will be sent terms and conditions after initial enquiry. If booking is made, assume they are accepted.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“If you enjoy walking or cycling, you have some fantastic countryside on your doorstep. The cottage is close to the village. The Myddfai Village hall/cafe is open 6 days a week (5 in winter) to pop in for tea or lunch. It is ideal accommodation for those attending weddings, receptions or parties in the village. The Hall was featured in the recent BBC 'Village SOS' series. There is a lovely craft shop which features unique local crafts for all budgets. The property has underfloor heating, so is comfortable in winter and will be warm on arrival. Guests can programme heat themselves. The wood burning stove in the main room makes it extra cosy. Welsh wool quilts are provided in the bedrooms. The cottage is all on one level, with parking at the door if you like.”
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- Tourist Attractions
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- Washing Machine
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- suitable for elderly or infirm
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- botanical garden
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- whitewater rafting
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- One bathroom with separate bath and separate shower enclosure, wc, basin, mirror. Guests are provided with toiletries for use from the Myddfai Trading Company range of products inspired by the 'Physicians of Myddfai'.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Can be set up as two single beds or one large double
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/ 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has king size (5') double bed; bedside tables, wardrobe. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds (3') which can be converted into super king (6') bed. Dresser, wardrobe, bedside tables. A temporary single bed can be provided in the twin room. A portable travel cot is available but need to bring babies blankets.
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- 1 bicycles
- Notes on accommodation: Accommodation comprises two good sized bedrooms, with good quality beds and linen. The cottage can be set up with two double beds, or double and two singles. Each bedroom has a wardrobe, and there is a large five drawer dresser in the twin room. There is space in the twin room for another single bed at no extra cost. The bedrooms are at the rear of the property and look out onto the private garden with lovely views to fields, a small wood and mountains beyond. French doors from the main room also lead out to the garden The location is very quiet and peaceful. Note on dogs: Well behaved dogs are welcome, but there is easy access from the unfenced garden to adjacent fields where sheep usually graze. There is also a large but not deep pond on site. So the property would not be suitable for unleashed dogs or dogs that like to explore. As is common in holiday lets, no dogs please in the bedrooms or on soft furnishings; and mess should be cleaned up. Outside: Paved patio with bistro table and two chairs leads to a shaded private garden with full size wooden picnic table. Portable BBQ and herb garden for guests use. Rotary clothes line. There is a large pond and stream on the property. The cottage is close to a stile leading to public right of way across fields. The cottage looks out onto grazing sheep, with lovely views of the ridge of Myddfai Mountain beyond. Secure locked storage for bikes is available. Also a tap and hose for cleaning bikes. There is plenty of parking. It is dark at night as there are no street lights or neighbours. You may hear owls or other small night creatures. I don't keep chickens so no foxes to worry about. Sensor lights are activated upon approach, and there is a light outside the front door. However, possible to see very starry skies on clear nights. Utility Room: There is a small annexe attached to cottage for recycling, BBQ and other equipment storage. A secure lock up for bikes is also available. Plenty of coat racks and space for muddy boats on the quarry tiled hall entrance in the cottage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bath and hand towels, and good quality bed linen included. Property cleaned between guests, included in cost. Extra towels and linen can be provided for those staying over a week. Travel cot. Basics such as dishwasher tabs etc. provided. Other: French doors from the main room lead to patio with bistro table and private garden. Large shaded picnic table in the garden. Guests are welcome to sit by the large pond. Children can 'pond dip' or run around the 'maze' herb garden.