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This is a brand spanking new barn conversion finished in July 2009 to a very high standard.

Sleeps 5, Double room and family room (3 single beds).Both bedrooms have ensuite shower with toilet & hand basin.

The Lounge/dining & kitchen area is open plan with original A frames visible,with high cealings a large window to the front & 3 high level windows to the back giving plenty of light to give a spacious feeling.

There is a large corner sofa. The dining table is extendable to adapt to your requirements.There is also a 32 inch LCD Tv with freeview.

The Kitchen is finished to a very high standard & includes everything you will need for your stay & includes fridge/freezer,dishwasher,washer/dryer,electric hob & oven.

The barn is centrally heated by state of the art electric radiators (not storage radiators) & look just the same as conventional radiators.

The price includes heating/electric & bed linen but you do have to bring your own towels.We also have a cot & high chair available on request.

There is ample parking outside the barn with entrance gates & fully fenced off area with flat parking & sloping grass area.Garden table & chairs are also supplied.Mobile phone signals are not great here and you will have to move around to find the best signal. Wifi available within property

The Location
The cottage is situated in Abbey Cwm Hir (abbey in the long valley), a picturesque village tucked away in the Radnorshire hills with character and history, including the ruins of a Cistercian abbey where it is beleived the headless body of Prince Llewellyn (the last native Prince of Wales) is buried.The cistercian monks founded the abbey in 1143 and always liked to build in secluded places thus the village sits hidden away from the "outside world" nestling amongst the tree covered hills.
Glyndwrs way national trail and national cycle route 25 pass through the village making it a perfect base for walking/cycling and exploring mid wales and seeing nature at its best.The market town of Rhayader and the Elan Valley is 6.5 miles and the spa town of Llandrindod Wells is 9 miles. The coast is 40 miles.

The Local area is a perfect destination for anyone seeking all year round activities, whether its a gentle amble or energising mountain biking across the rugged hills, the spectacular countryside provides an inspiring backdrop for it all.

The surrounding area
The nearby 70 square mile estate of the flooded Elan Valley is spectacularly beautiful and is home to some of Britains most rare wildlife and plants along with magnificent engineering to create a fantastic experience whatever your choice of activity.
Scenic hills and valleys that are criss-crossed with footpaths, make it ideal for walkers who appreciate the unspoilt beauty of the magnificent mountain scenery, natural history and calming peace of the countryside.
Hundreds of miles of bridleways and quiet lanes, makes this the ideal base for cyclists of all ages and abilities to explore the area. Cycle hire is available and allows you to explore the spectacular views including the 13km (8mile) Elan Trail which runs through scenic countryside around the Elan Valley reservoirs. It is a safe and dedicated trail for all visitors, from walkers, cyclists to wheelchair users and children.

Hanging oak forests, rocky outcrops and unpolluted farmland make this the best place in the country to watch rarities such as red kites, peregrines, pied flycatchers and redstarts.

The surrounding countryside is home to the famous Red Kite and daily feeding can be seen at the UKs leading Red Kite Centre, Gigrin Farm just six miles away. Over 150 kites gather for the daily afternoon feeding sessions at Gigrin Kite Centre, not to mention scores of buzzards and ravens.

Amongst the other activities nearby why not visit the local Leisure Centre which is fully equipped with a gym, squash courts, pool and solarium.
For many years Welsh Royal Crystal has drawn in crowds from far and wide . Along with its on site showroom you can observe the skills of glass blowing by the nearby Elan Glass Studio.

Fifteen minutes away is Gilfach Nature Reserve where you can enjoy a unique wildlife experience set in 200 acres of dramatic countryside with a tumbling upland river, sessile oak woodland, meadows and upland moorland. The reserve provides an opportunity to explore natures rich diversity, from otters to polecats, and discover a lovingly restored Welsh longhouse


New barn conversion with original timbers,spacious light interior, stunning historic village with ruins of a Cistercian Abbey and mansion house open to the public.


Property type: Lodge

Room details


2 bedrooms, sleeps 5

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 cot
Room for 5 in the dining area
Room for 5 in the living area
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet (WI-FI)
TV Languages in English, Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Clothes drier
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Outside lighting


Suitable for

Sports and activities

Horse Riding
Sports Center

Sights and attractions


Prices and availability

Last updated 11.03.2015

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Minimum stay (nights)
18th April 2015 to 12th June 2015 5
20th June 2015 to 17th July 2015 5
8th August 2015 to 4th September 2015 5
12th September 2015 to 19th December 2015 5

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st February to 31st December 15 Days 10%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 14 Days 10%


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This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 75km
  • Nearest bar: 0.1km
  • Nearest restaurant: 12km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Brecon Beacons: 60km
  • Elan valley: 25km
  • Builth Wells: 25km
  • Llandrindod Wells: 15km


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11 out of 11 people recommend staying here
Stayed Sunday 20 April 2014 with Family
Yet another fantastic stay at this holiday home. We all thoroughly enjoyed our second holiday here. The cottage is very well equipped and is a real home from home. Theres so much to see and do in the area for all ages. Our hosts were very welcoming and the cottage is a real credit to them. Im sure that we will be returning again in the near future.
Stayed Thursday 17 October 2013 with Family
We had a great time at The Barn. It felt like home from home, had everything we needed. The Barn is spacious and homely and Karen and John were around if we needed anything or information. Even though it is its quite remote you can still get to a supermarket/shop etc easily enough as its a short drive away. Great location to go walking, running and mountain biking from. Unfortunately, we had to leave early and didnt get around to doing as much as we would have liked. We would definitely return as wed like to explore the area more.
Stayed Saturday 25 May 2013
Fantastic holiday cottage, a real home from home situated in a picturesque village. The cottage was very well equipped with everything that you could possibly need for an enjoyable and relaxing holiday. The owners were very friendly and could not do enough for you. We will definitely return in the near future.
Stayed Friday 15 March 2013
Warm and cosy and very clean.The owner was very pleasant and helpful. Liked the little extras.
Stayed Sunday 04 December 2011
Myself the wife and the five kids all loved the week we spent at the stables. The only thing better than the great views and the wonderful stables is the great and friendly people of the village who all made us welcome in the local pub. We can not thank John and Karen enough for a great week. THANKS FROM THE WRIGHTS
Stayed Saturday 24 July 2010
The best place we have ever stayed !!!!! We stayed at this cottage so that our daughter could attend Pony Club camp locally. It is set in a picturesque little village and the cottage itself far exceeded our expectations. It is finished to a very high standard with outstanding facilities, we couldnt believe it when even dishwasher tablets were provided. The owners are very kind and helpful, and showed us around upon arrival. It was a very nice touch to find fresh flowers on the table along with a Bara Brith, butter, and even milk in the fridge. The pub is next door but very quiet and although I didnt get a chance to visit, my husband spent a couple of pleasurable evenings there. Our 2 daughters didnt want to leave, definitely plan to go again.
A truly spectacular setting for a getaway holiday (nestled in a tiny village in its own valley with abbey ruins a small church and a smaller pub) and an excellent jumping-off point for walking and cycling. The accommodation is spacious with all modern conveniences (dishwasher etc...) in a converted stables with all the beams and brick still retained. Each room effectively has its own ensuite and the lounge and dining area are relaxing with plenty of room. The owners are very friendly and run the nearby pub which is a bonus at the end of the day. Great value.
We enjoyed our time at Happy unio n Stables when we went at Easter this year. It was very good value for money and was a good base for exploring the surrounding area.
This property was the best of the 6 self catering properties we stayed in within the U.K. It was spacious and yet cosy, and contained everything we needed . What really made it the best was attention to detail, and the added thoughts of fresh flowers, and a delicious loaf of Bara-brith. We thoroughly recommend this cottage as a perfect home for a relaxing and restful holiday. Well done!!
This is a lovely property in beautiful area. We had such a relaxing time in this quiet setting. Would recommend it to anyone who would like to recharge their batteries!
A gem of a property in a wonderful location. Ideal for a relaxing break with lots to do in the surrounding area. Lots of local walks and great for bike-riding. The stables were lovely - everything we needed (except for a bath!). Lovely and warm too. Would certainly recommend this property and area for anyone looking for a relaxing break or a base for a more active holiday.


About the owner
We have owned and run this business since 1995,which comprise of the village pub,shop + post office together with our holiday cottages.We also farm 170 acres with sheep.All of this was first purchased by my Grandfather in 1937 and has been run by the family ever since.
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