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The Byre at Fforest Cwm- hidden gem near Hay – Home 252380 Barn

  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The Byre at Fforest Cwm- hidden gem near Hay – Home 252380

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  • Barn
  • 1 bedroom
  • 2 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Barn / 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom / sleeps 2

Key Info

  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Situated in a peaceful, private and very picturesque rural valley this is the perfect get away from it all cottage, in an elevated position with fabulous views and set in the grounds of the owners' property. We've been described as "a priceless gem on the Welsh border'" and "the jewel in the crown." So before you choose your cottage in the Hay On Wye area, please read our reviews to see why our guests consistently award us 5 stars.

We are never complacent and we are constantly seeking ways to make your stay more memorable.There are fabulous walks in the area. Steve can supply

you with detailed maps and lots of advice.

The Wye is also a wonderful spot for kayaking or canoeing. We can point you in the right direction for centres that offer canoe hire- you can travel from pub to pub on the water- and the bird life on offer on the river is exceptional. Look out for kingfishers and also otters. The Offa's Dyke national trail is close by and the area is rich in cultural

Situated in a peaceful, private and very picturesque rural valley this is the perfect get away from it all cottage, in an elevated position with fabulous views and set in the grounds of the owners' property. We've been described as "a priceless gem on the Welsh border'" and "the jewel in the crown." So before you choose your cottage in the Hay On Wye area, please read our reviews to see why our guests consistently award us 5 stars.

We are never complacent and we are constantly seeking ways to make your stay more memorable.There are fabulous walks in the area. Steve can supply

you with detailed maps and lots of advice.

The Wye is also a wonderful spot for kayaking or canoeing. We can point you in the right direction for centres that offer canoe hire- you can travel from pub to pub on the water- and the bird life on offer on the river is exceptional. Look out for kingfishers and also otters. The Offa's Dyke national trail is close by and the area is rich in cultural history.

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

Close to the Brecon Beacons National Park- with its recently acquired Dark Sky Status and fabulous walking- and the Black Mountains, with the magnificent Hay Bluff amongst the peak definitely worth exploring, 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 free of charge) should you wish to curl up on the sofa! Welsh blankets and beautiful bed linen will help you to enjoy a great night's sleep.

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 always working hard to ensure we stay there! So why not join us and see why all our guests award us with five stars! We can provide maps, lots of advice about the local area, suggestions for eating out- or we can book a local restaurant on your behalf.

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 luxury bath robes and toiletries . The locally hand made Welsh Walnut bed has an organic cotton and wool mattress as well as a Welsh Wool Duvet. There's a roomy oak wardrobe, again craftsman made with local timbers. Our welcome pack is legendary and we provide all essential staples for the kitchen and our own fresh herbs when in season. We also provide a free laundry service. The Byre is stocked with books 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 will 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 five 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. I AM SORRY BUT WE ARE ALREADY FULLY BOOKED FOR HAY FESTIVAL 2017.

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. If you are a keen horse rider we can arrange riding locally for you or suggest where you might try out canoeing or kayaking. 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 close by- Offa's Dyke path is of course a favourite- whilst the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons are just a short drive away.

Location description from owner

The Wales 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.

Clyro

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 fabulous cinema, with comfortable seating and a chance to enjoy a glass of wine. 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'take our word for it. Come and see for yourselves!

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Families

  • Suitable for children over 5
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • 1 Double Bed
  • 1 En suite

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:15:00, Check out time:11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
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About the owner

Michele C
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
04 Dec 2016
Years listed:
4
Based in:
United Kingdom
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French


This Barn has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and sleeps 2. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 26 Jul 2012. Located in Clyro, it has 104 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £450 to £490.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 04 Dec 2016.

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“A peaceful get away in comfort.”

Reviewed 21 Nov 2016

Thank you so much for a wonderful time in a marvellous setting. A warm welcome on arrival and with your local knowledge it was all simply perfect. The only down side was we couldn't have stayed longer!

Thank you for taking the trouble to write a review! We look forward to seeing you again.

“Home from home”

Reviewed 13 Oct 2016

We had a lovely relaxing week in this stylish and comfortable cottage set in a beautiful location. Michele and Steve were very welcoming and attentive without being intrusive- a difficult skill they have mastered. We also loved the homemade lemon drizzle cake! Lots to see and do locally with walks up on the Black mountains and Bedwyns.

Thank you both very much indeed for choosing to stay at The Byre. It was lovely for us to see you really enjoying our beautiful part of the world. Thank you for taking the time to write a review too. We do hope to see you again!

“Book Now!”

Reviewed 6 Apr 2016

The perfect place to stay - excellent accommodation and Michele and Steve are the perfect hosts, providing 5* touches that make The Byre the perfect holiday retreat - we can't rate it highly enough.

Thank you so much for this lovely review. We just want to make The Byre better and better for our guests. We look forward very much to seeing you again. Best wishes to you both.

“A wonderful escape”

Reviewed 5 Jan 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Bryre it was like a home from home. Cosy and warm on arrival with the log fire burning away. We stayed for New Years and we were spoilt with a welcome hamper, a glass of champagne and canapés to start the New Year off. The hospitality was lovely and the scenery is beautiful we will definitely be planning another trip soon.

Thank you for your lovely review. We were glad you found it to be a home from home. We do our very best to ensure that you have a warm, cosy retreat in which to recharge those batteries. Best of luck for 2016 and we hope to see you again before too long.

“Another Outstanding Stay”

Reviewed 29 Oct 2015

This was our return visit to the Byre and it did not let us down. If you need a break away from a hectic lifestyle or peace and quiet from the city, then this is the place for you! As always, we were very warmly welcomed and we were not disappointed with the goodies left for us on arrival - compliments to both bakers! Many thanks to both Michele and Steve! I am certain that we will be returning in the near future!

Thank you both for a return visit. We are always delighted to see guests but especially when they want to keep coming back...I've just finished making the cake for the next guests. Hope they like it! Many thanks.

“Exceeded all our expectations , supremely relaxing , cracking location, lovely hosts .”

Reviewed 25 Aug 2015

I would resist the urge to plan to much in advance, the weather in these a parts is very unpredictable . Go with an open mind and some ideas but be ready to chill. Ithe cottage is just willing you to get settled in with a book and a bottle of wine. It's super cosy and we were almost willing the temperature to drop enough to justify using the log burner. There are some fantastic and fairly easy walks resulting in spectacular views . Get yourself an OS map of the Brecon Beacons / Black mountains and find a route dependant on the weather. Do be careful, the mountains are grassy and rounded but you could come very unstuck if you chose a long high route on a day without settled weather. Hay on Wye is a great little village if a bit pricey . The owners contacted us early on with directions and a welcome message. They are very good at what they do and obviously love the place . Whilst being totally unobtrusive , they are always available for information , or just a chat. The welcome pack of fresh made bread , home made jam, lemon drizzle cake and everything for a fry up was just brilliant.

What a lovely review! We wanted you to chill out and relax and you seemed to have done just that. We would dearly love to see you again. With every best wish for your future.

“So good, that we want to come back”

Reviewed 14 Jul 2015

Michele and Steve made us very welcome at The Byre, which is very well equipped and situated in a wonderful landscape. Michele also provided us with goodies like a welcome cake, home-produced eggs, bacon, home-made bread .... Much more than one would normally expect. Nearby (5 minutes' drive) are The Begwns, a fantastic hill and heather landscape for beautiful walks, Hay on Wye (10 minutes' drive) has the highest concentration of bookshops per square meter, and plenty to explore along Offa's Dyke and the Brecon Beacons. We had a wonderful time and can only recommend it.

Thank you both for your lovely review! We would really love to see you both again before too long. Cake awaits!!

“Absolutely amazing”

Reviewed 12 Jun 2015

A lovely cottage with everything you need for a break. Brilliant location with many places to explore. Gorgeous cottage and the owners are so lovely and provided us with milk, eggs, bacon, homemade cake and bread. The layout of the cottage is just superb and beautifully decorated with lovely home furnishings. Did not want to leave such a peaceful setting.

We hope The Byre provided you with the peace and rest you deserved and needed. We admire anyone who manages to keep a dairy herd- such hard work. We do hope you will return. All the very best to you both. Warmest wishes.

“A perfect place to stay”

Reviewed 9 Jun 2015

Staying in the Byre for my birthday was all I had hoped for. The food hamper was amazing and the Byre just as described. The conservatory was our favourite place to sit enjoying the views and planning our next walk. There were just too many great walks and places to visit in the 6 days we were there. Thank you Michele & Steve.

Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we really do look forward to welcoming you again. Warmest wishes to you both.

“The Perfect Weekend Retreat”

Reviewed 5 May 2015

The Byre was absolutely everything we were hoping for. It's a beautifully restored and furnished property in a wonderfully peaceful setting. The owners had though of everything and we were particularly grateful for the delicious welcome basket which seemed particularly generous, as we were only staying for two nights. We were looking for peace and quiet in a beautiful environment and that's just what we got. The owners were extremely welcoming and helpful whilst giving us all the peace and privacy we were looking for. We will definitely be back!

We look forward very much to your return visit! Cake awaits!

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