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The Byre at Fforest Cwm

Certificate of Excellence 2014


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Excellent 5/5 52 reviews

Peaceful seclusion awaits you at The Byre- a hidden gem close to Hay On Wye

Barn | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

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

We've been described as "a priceless gem on the Welsh border." 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!

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, Fridge
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, Shared 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/Brecon Beacons 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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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.

18 Jun 2014


"Beautiful place to stay"

The Byre is a perfect base for exploring the Welsh borders & Herefordshire. With Hay on Wye on your doorstep and the Black Mountains around you it's a great location for a relaxing break. The acc… More

I am sorry we didn't get to meet you this time due to family commitments but we hope very much that you will visit us again soon. Thank you for your lovely comments- we are nearly up to 50 five star reviews.

13 Jun 2014


"Homely tranquility in beautiful rural setting"

This is our second stay at this exceptional, beautifully converted "Byre". Exceedingly comfortable, very well equipped with fabulous attention to detail.
The Byre is charming place to stay in a quiet, rural location with easy access to Hay on Wye and surrounding National Trust and National Park landscape.
Michelle and Steve are wonderful hosts, where nothing is too much trouble and who always ensure our stay creates fond memories.

It was lovely to welcome you back to The Byre- we feel you are two of our most special guests and we treasure our memories of your visit. Thank you for your comments- our 50 th 5 star review!

3 Jun 2014


"Loved it"

This beautiful 300 year old Byre is resorted beautifully but still retains it character. However it is the added extras, which make this a stay to remember. It is outstanding value for money in a very pretty location, which I would recommend to anyone.

Thank you for your lovely comments- we would love to welcome you back if (or hopefully when) you return to Wales! Warmest wishes to you both!

20 Apr 2014


"Felt like Home"

The only unfortunate thing was the fact that we were only able to stay for 2 nights.
There is one way that I can best make the point as to how great "The Byre" is. On our last night we went to The Radnor Arms for a meal as recommended by our hosts. When we returned after a lovely evening we walked through the door & said to each other "It's great to be home" !!!!! That sums it up.
Superb accommodation & Steve & Michele are superb hosts.

Thank you once again for choosing us. You were lovely guests and when we met you for the first time, we felt like we were greeting old friends- so we really do hope to see you again! Warmest wishes to you both.

19 Apr 2014


"A fabulous hideaway to suit all needs"

The Byre is an exceptionally comfortable place with a lovely ambience. Upon arrival, one is met with a warm welcome and a generous selection of local and homemade treats. After settling in to the semi-open plan living space (which is furnished in welsh timbers), we let the stresses of modern life ebb away over a cup of tea in the garden. There is a charming view across the valley, where farm animals and birds roam carefree.

The Byre has all modern conveniences, and we found cooking meals very enjoyable: the conservatory makes an excellent dining room. We are resolved to return in deep winter, for an excuse to use the log burner!

The Byre benefits from a very rare combination: it is secluded, but very close to a ample range of activities. One could easily while away a week there, reading and lounging with a glass of wine. For the more adventurous, there is fine walking to be had in the Black Mountains and in the Brecon Beacons. Views of the peaks may be had from rewarding routes starting only a few minutes from the Byre itself.

We can recommend the Cat's Back walk (your hosts will advise you); canoeing down the river Wye; a coffee at Booth's books; and a pint at the Globe and Blue Boar pubs in Hay.

Gosh- what a detailed review! Thank you so much for choosing to stay at The Byre. It was lovely to meet you both and we very much hope that you will indeed choose to return in the winter when you can be sure of a very warm welcome and a cosy stove! Warmest wishes to you both!

19 Mar 2014


"A fabulous place to escape to for a weekend away in beautiful Wales"

We loved everything about our stay in the Byre, the hospitality, the comfort, the views, the lemon drizzlecake :) We will definitely book again as it's so convenient for exploring the book shops and for fitting in some invigorating walking up on Hay Bluff.

We were so pleased that you chose to stay at The Byre- we're delighted that you enjoyed your break and we look forward to seeing you again hopefully. It was really lovely to meet you!

14 Mar 2014


"Stunning location, well equipped warm and cosy cottage!"

I stayed at The Byre for 3 days in March - the location is superb with far reaching views but also close to lovely Hay on Wye. It is well equipped, warm, cosy, and extremely comfortable especially with the log burner roaring! The owners are wonderful, helpful, knowledgable and on hand if need be. The surrounding area is magnificient - there is so much to do hiking the mountains and Offa's Dyke, exploring the lovely towns and villages, the Waterfall walk and shopping for locally produced products. The welcome hamper is not too be missed for tasty treats!

We were delighted to meet you and the fact that you were a keen walker like us meant we especially wanted you to love The Byre and its location! Thank you for your lovely comments- we can't wait to see you again.

26 Feb 2014


"Couldn't ask for anything more. PERFECT"

We stayed at The Byre for 3 nights in February. Firstly we were blown away by the beautiful setting and peacefulness of the whole area. On arrival Michele and Steve were very welcoming and gave us a … More

Thank you for your kind thoughts. It was good to meet you! We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Let's hope the weather improves for your next visit to the area.

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