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The Byre at Fforest Cwm

Certificate of Excellence 2014

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 60 reviews

Barn | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

We've been described as "a priceless gem on the Welsh border'" and "the jewel in the crown." We are delighted to have received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor! So before you choose your cottage in the Hay On Wye area, please read our reviews to see why our guests are consistently award us 5 stars- so far 100% of our guests are delighted!

Although not a bed and breakfast, you'd be forgiven for thinking we are since our welcome pack includes lots of goodies for breakfast- including our own home made bread and preserves, local butter, granola, good coffee, organic tea, fruit juice and eggs from our own hens!

Close to the Brecon Beacons National Park- with its recently acquired Dark Sky Status and fabulous walking-The Byre offers the perfect romantic getaway for two people. Peaceful seclusion within a glorious rural setting yet only two miles from Hay on Wye with its great bookshops and fabulous independent shops as well as excellent pubs and restaurants nearby. The oak framed conservatory is the perfect place for watching wildlife or sipping a gin and tonic whilst our horses and sheep graze below. There are superb night skies for stargazers- and we supply binoculars for keen birdwatchers too. We have a barbecue on hand for those long, sunny days and a cosy log burner (with all logs supplied) should you wish to curl up on the sofa!

Should you feel more energetic, we are less than two miles from the River Wye and The Black Mountains and Offa's Dyke are a short drive from Clyro.

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest railway: Leominster 28 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 3, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The Byre is set amidst fields and hills, once part of the famous Baskerville Estate. The barn has retained its original oak beams and has been restored sympathetically to reflect its 300 year history. The Welsh Oak kitchen- hand made by a local craftsman- is well equipped with granite sinks and worktops, fridge, electric oven and hob. The cosy shower room has a heated towel rail as well as bath robes. The locally hand made Welsh Walnut bed has an organic cotton and wool mattress as well as a Welsh Wool Duvet. The beautiful oak wardrobe is craftsman made with local timbers. As well as a welcome pack we provide all essential staples for the kitchen and our own fresh herbs when in season. We can also provide a laundry service as well as looking after items in our deep freeze. The Byre is stocked with books, the local paper and DVDS and we can provide local maps for walking and lots of ideas for places to visit! Bikes- and horses- can be hired locally and fishing on the Wye as well as kayaking prove to be very popular with guests. On arrival- in the cooler months- you will find the log stove lit, and The Byre will be cosy and welcoming for your stay. There is always a home made cake to tuck into or we can provide canapes for special occasions. Our welcome pack ensures you'll have enough for your first breakfast at least- we can even tell you which hens have laid your eggs!- and whenever possible all our produce is local, including bacon, and Steve makes the bread too!

If it is a special weekend (we have had three proposals of marriage here! ) let us know. The champagne will be chilled and the lights will be low. We are nearby should you need us but we will always respect your privacy. Read our reviews- our guests think we are really special.

Further details outdoors

Fforest Cwm is a haven for wildlife and during your stay you might see foxes, badgers, squirrels, hedgehogs and numerous birds such as the red kite and buzzards, occasional hen harrier on the moors nearby and skylarks from January onwards. You will have a totally private terrace and garden with furniture as well as feed for the birds and a barbecue- free fuel also provided. The views across our valley are glorious so you may want to just relax and chill out- but for the more energetic there is fabulous walking very close by and in the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, just a short drive away.

Further details

We have been voted in the top 40 of cottages throughout Wales as well as receiving the Certificate of Excellence 2014 from Trip Advisor- and we are constantly working hard to ensure we stay there! So why not join us and see why all our guests award us with five stars!

The Powys region

The Welsh Borders has a rich history. Clyro was a popular stopping off place for drovers moving cattle and sheep from Wales to England. The Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains were used predominantly by hill farmers and sheep and wild ponies were kept on the hillsides for centuries. Today, the area is a very popular tourist area, especially for walkers, cyclists, canoeists, climbers and people who love the outdoors. The scenery is very varied with towering mountains, glorious valleys hugging the Wye River and interesting villages such as Hay on Wye, of course, famous for its many bookshops, but also English villages close by, built in Tudor times, with superb oak framed houses.


Hay is small with only 1,500 people- but it has a big heart! There is a superb weekly market, fabulous food and clothes shops and, of course, amazing bookshops. There are often concerts held in Booths Bookshop, for example- and everyone flocks to us for the fabulous Hay Festival. There's a great castle and we also have a cinema! There are numerous places to eat in Hay itself but also in Clyro and Painscastle- and there are several Michelin starred restaurants within reasonable driving distance. Clyro is a hamlet but still has a shop, a pub and a good garage- you can buy everything you need locally! We have three food festivals a year- so marvellous for foodies. If you enjoy Jazz, check out the Brecon Jazz Festival- probably one of the best in the world!

Hay is simply a great place- don't take our word for it. Come and see for yourselves!

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8 Dec 2014


"cosy, peaceful, relaxing location."

We arrived to a lovely warm welcome with the log fire burning. The byre is a wonderful place to stay if you enjoy the peace and quiet. It is well equipped with all the essentials and more! There was… More

We look forward to seeing you again for that anniversary in May. There will be a glass of champagne on arrival...thanks for choosing us and we are so glad you enjoyed your weekend. You are our 60th five star review. We work hard to get it right so it's so lovely when guests appreciate that! Thanks again.

18 Nov 2014


"A relaxing and cosy weekend away"

We stayed at the Byre for two nights for our anniversary in November and had a lovely weekend. The Byre is cosy, comfortable and spotless and everything has been thought of - from dressing gowns in t… More

It was lovely to meet you-especially your lovely little boy. We are so glad you enjoyed your special weekend and hope to see you again before too long. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It is much appreciated.
Warmest wishes to you all.

12 Nov 2014


"Cosy country cottage"

This is a great place to unwind with lovely views and yet close to Hay-on Wye. The barn is spacious and the owners have thought of everything to make it comfortable. The welcome pack was also lovely a… More

We hope you had a relaxing stay. Thank you so much for choosing to stay at The Byre and for taking the time to write a review. We really do appreciate it. We hope to see you again. Warmest wishes to you both.

15 Oct 2014


"Absolutely perfect - wonderful hosts."

We came across this property by chance whilst looking for something in the general area. How lucky we were to find the Byre. We had the most wonderful welcome, were provided with goodies including l… More

We hope that you return really soon- we are missing you already! The perfect guests. Thank you for your kindness!

14 Oct 2014


"Absolutely Stunning- Perfect!!"

We had a lovely stay here, was perfect for us as a couple, lovely welcome and and amazing welcome basket with homemade bread and cake!! The views were amazing and we enquired about a new year stay, sadly they were already fully booked which didn't suprise us as its so lovely but we will 100% be back, my boyfriends family live in hay so it's perfect for us when visiting!! Thank you for a lovely stay :)

We're sorry we are already booked for new year! It's quite a popular time- we serve canapes and champagne on New Year's Eve! Better luck next time.
Warmest wishes to you both!

5 Oct 2014


"Perfect Weekend"

Cant fault this lovely cottage ,a warm welcome and a fantastic welcome pack . It's equipped with everything you need .The converted Byre as been done to a high standard is warm and cosy with plen… More

You were the perfect guests so we are delighted that the weather was kind and that you hope to return. We would be more than delighted to see you!

15 Sep 2014


"Absolutely Perfect"

It was a pleasure to stay at the Byre, everything was delightful. Michelle and Steve should be so proud in what they have produced. It was our 25th Wedding Anniversary and we were made to feel so welc… More

We were delighted that you chose to stay at The Byre for your 25th wedding anniversary. We try hard to make every visit to The Byre special and we hope that you return to us very soon.
Warmest wishes to you both for the next 25 years!!!

27 Aug 2014


"Idyllic; a truly special find"

We had a lovely stay here celebrating our "legal moon". The Byre was an amazing conversion project that Steve and Michele had clearly invested a lot of love and care into. As such we were ma… More

We were glad you chose us for your honeymoon and especially glad that you loved it! We look forward to welcoming you back. Warm wishes to you both!

21 Jul 2014



If you get the chance to stay here its a must, perfect location, perfect hosts. A little gem hidden away.Delicious homemade Lemon Drizzle Cake on arrival. Barn is amazing, only thing wrong is we didnt… More

Thank you for your lovely review! We look forward to your return visit when hopefully you will stay longer!!

24 Jun 2014


"Unique experience"

I dont often fill these things in however thought I'd share my views on this occasion. I decided to treat my girlfriend to a weekend away for her birthday and decided on the Byre given the positi… More

Thank you for taking the time to complete this review! Thank you also for your lovely comments- we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again.

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