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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 5
  • No pets allowed
  • Car advised

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 special deals out of season- usually a free night for every booking. (Two nights minimum). The garden is shared with the owners but the terrace is totally private for your own use. We are on hand to offer advice, help or provide more eggs, for example, but we will always respect your privacy.

Special offer throughout February- it's been a tough winter. Why not treat yourself? Book in for any two nights and get a third night free! NOTE: Applies for FEBRUARY only.

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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Review 1-10 of 45

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.

23 Jan 2014


"Perfect for two.."

My boyfriend and I had the perfect mini escape at the Byre. I was looking for a short get away to hay on wye, with the comfort of our own hideaway to shed some winter blues. The place was perfect! Steve greeted us with the keys and a brief guide on how to use the log burner! (it was already roaring!) The property was clean, beautifully decorated (no pictures can capture how lovely!) and stylishly open plan with a corridor that links the whole cottage. A few home made surprises made us feel utterly spoilt! The attention to detail, beautiful views, lovely owners and complete seclusion if wanted, made this a true home from home. We look forward to staying again and would recommend to any couple looking for a special retreat!

Thank you for choosing to stay with us at The Byre- we're glad we helped to chase away some of those winter blues. We do enjoy welcoming lovely people to stay here- and you were so lovely! We hope you will return- we will do our best to ensure the sun shines when you do return. Warmest wishes to you both.

22 Jan 2014



In a picturesque setting, this beautiful quiet retreat overlooks typical farmlets in the Welsh countryside. It is located in the hills just outside the tiny village of Clyro and a three minute drive from the town center of Hay on Wye. The Brye has been converted into an extremely comfortable self catering cottage with a modern well equipped kitchen, bedroom with en-suite, spacious lounge and conservatory, all spotlessly clean. Being winter, we found the cottage comfortably warm with the added bonus of a fuel fire in the lounge. Parking was easy and wi fi was available. Our hosts, Michele and Steve, were more than welcoming and were able to give advice on the various district activities. For our arrival Michele had baked bread, a cake and stocked the kitchen with sufficient food until we were able to shop the next day. As we arrived late, Steve had the fire going; truly a friendly, thoughtful and considerate couple. We loved our stay and would not hesitate in recommending "The Brye" to other travelers.

It was lovely to meet you and we are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay here on the Welsh borders- you certainly made the most of your time. We hope very much to meet you again! Thank you.

2 Jan 2014


"Honeymoon in our own little haven"

After an unbelievably stressful few months we wanted somewhere tranquil and calm to spend our honeymoon and after visiting Hay a few times previously The Byre seemed perfect. It has been built to extr… More

We were delighted that you chose to stay in The Byre for your honeymoon- and that you enjoyed your special time with us. Three couples have now chosen to get engaged here and we feel Fforest Cwm and The Byre have their own special magic that makes people want to return- we certainly hope that you do! Enjoy your new life together...

29 Dec 2013


"A fabulous Christmas at the Byre"

We stayed at the beautiful Byre from 24th to 27th December 2013 and I have to say we've had the best Christmas ever !! Cosy evenings in, sat in front of the roaring log burner and superb walks by day, with the Begwns and Hay Bluff close by.

The cottage itself is simply stunning and finished to an extremely high standard. The attention to detail is amazing and you are provided with everything you could possibly want.

Finally, the hospitality and warm welcome received from the owners Michelle and Steve is really special, with a stunning lemon drizzle cake and home made loaf on arrival, along with canapés, champagne, marmalade and fresh eggs !!

We would thoroughly recommend this property for a stay in the Hay-on-Wye / Black Mountains area.

As we live alone in our farm house next door to The Byre Christmas can become a really special time if we have lovely people to stay- and this year we felt truly blessed! You were really great guests! Thank you for your kind comments. We just hope we see you again...

2 Dec 2013


"Perfect escape! Loads to do or perfect spot to relax"

This was our second trip to the Byre, we loved it just as much again. The cottage is beautifully renovated and furnished with lots of wooden beams, fireplace and comfy sofa and bed. The kitchen is equ… More

So glad you enjoyed your second visit and that this time you chose to get engaged whilst staying with us- we like to think that The Byre creates the perfect atmosphere to pop that question!!! You are the third couple who have chosen to do just that in the past year. We look forward to hearing about the wedding...

7 Nov 2013


"Second time's a charm..."

We made a return visit to The Byre at the end of October, just as a storm threatened to wipe out Britain. We didn't need any excuses to remain inside and stay warm and cosy but the wind and rain … More

Thank you for returning to us! We look forward very much to seeing you again but hopefully the weather will be rather less dramatic...and I'm sorry, we didn't find that earring!

4 Nov 2013


"The warmth of a log burner and a friendly welcome"

The Byre provided the perfect tranquil setting for a relaxing weekend away. The silence was absolute and the dark undiminished. The peaceful sound of wood burning in the stove provided the perfect sou… More

You certainly needed the Welsh blankets- gosh, what a wild weekend. It was wonderful to meet you and we do hope that you visit The Byre again so that we can hopefully improve on the weather! Warmest wishes to you both.

Review 1-10 of 45

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