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Owl Barn - Wow - lovely, and what great views

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2 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
5 guests
2 nights minimum
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Owl Barn is a fantastic recent conversion of an old stone and slate building on an upland hill farm in Carmarthenshire, Wales. With its stylish decor and amazing views this romantic and quirky spacious barn will both wow and cosset you. There are 2 large double bedrooms and 2 shower rooms; The master bedroom has a super king size (6 foot) double bed and an en-suite shower room. The second bedroom has a king size double bed, and there is the option to have a fifth temporary bed provided in either bedroom, or the lounge. So we can accommodate up to 5, easily. You will have ample parking spaces, a sheltered outside space and a little bit of peace and quiet. Owl Barn is well stocked; with basics such as teas, coffee, and other simple cooking needs etc, to wide screen TV, DVD, radio and 6 meg...Owl Barn is a fantastic recent conversion of an old stone and slate building on an upland hill farm in Carmarthenshire, Wales. With its stylish decor and amazing views this romantic and quirky spacious barn will both wow and cosset you. There are 2 large double bedrooms and 2 shower rooms; The master bedroom has a super king size (6 foot) double bed and an en-suite shower room. The second bedroom has a king size double bed, and there is the option to have a fifth temporary bed provided in either bedroom, or the lounge. So we can accommodate up to 5, easily. You will have ample parking spaces, a sheltered outside space and a little bit of peace and quiet. Owl Barn is well stocked; with basics such as teas, coffee, and other simple cooking needs etc, to wide screen TV, DVD, radio and 6 meg Wifi, books and magazines to browse. Whether your stay (minimum of 2 nights) is for family, friends or a romantic weekend get away, you could not ask for a more delightful retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life, and you are within seconds of quiet countryside walks which can be as challenging as you wish; a stroll around the farm or on sheltered roads and footpaths, or up to the trig point on the top of Fforest, the nearest hill top of the Cambrian range at about 1300 feet. All without getting in the car. This is a stylish warm and peaceful building with underfloor heating throughout, supplied by an air source heat pump. It is well appointed, quiet and has lovely extensive countryside views and a sheltered terraced outside area to eat al fresco or just sit quietly. There is parking for numerous cars. Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms with the option of a 5th bed in the lounge or either bedroom. + short breaks (2 night minimum) + Romantic? Most definitely! + Two couples? Ideal. + For a group of friends? Perfect. + A family? Oh yes. - Smokers? Sorry, definitely not inside the building. - Pets? Not allowed at all, sorry. - Hen or stag parties? Sorry, definitely not; this is a quiet place, so no noisy groups please. The main shower room is spacious and has room for a wheel chair. There is a very quiet minor road running past the barn so walks with great views and without getting your shoes dirty are possible on the doorstep too. Owl Barn has under floor central heating with oak flooring in the main, tiled floor in the kitchen, and the shower rooms. There is plenty of room in the lounge for the fold-up bed, or it can go in either bedroom. The master bedroom with en suite shower room is at the end of the barn, and so would be quiet for a child using the fifth bed, if they needed to be in bed earlier than the rest of the group. Linen is provided for the extra fold up bed on request in advance. The second bedroom has a comfortable king size double bed. There is a communal shower room, which is spacious, and has a loo and spacious wetroom type shower with no step into the shower. A fold-up bed is provided for occasional use and linen is provided to make the bed up with, when requested. The kitchen is a chefs paradise; large with a breakfast bar island that seats 4. Stylish and well fitted, equipment includes; electric double oven, grill and ceramic hob with extractor fan, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster, cafetiere and all the usual cooking utensils and pans etc. Superb views over the surrounding countryside. Ironing board, iron (and even soft water for the iron) and a hairdryer are all provided. A fold-up bed is provided for occasional use and linen is provided to make the bed up with, when requested. Living Room: Spacious sunny lounge with lovely outlook, 2 comfortable 3-4 seater sofas. WiFi, TV with DVD player, CD/radio, mP3/iPod connection. Extending dining table that can seat up to 10. A beautiful room with exposed stone wall and beams that is very relaxing. The corridor leading to the bedrooms and main shower room/ loo is pleasantly wide as befits the space. Towels and linen; Laundered, quality cotton sheets, duvet covers, and towels are provided at the start of your stay, and changed weekly for longer stays. Hand soaps also. Cleaning; The property is cleaned prior to your arrival, and weekly, with a linen change, for longer stays. Amenities/Facilities: hob oven fridge/freezer microwave dishwasher washing machine washing line and drying rack iron & ironing board smart TV and compact HiFi, internet access (ethernet & WiFi) central heating board games books CD's DVD's Guest Access Guests have the whole of Owl Barn and the terraced outside area with tables and seating to themselves, along with several parking spaces. You are welcome to roam across the 160 acres of the farm (maps provided), which has several delightful spots for picnics, farm walks and some wonderful views. So bring your wellies, walking boots, coats and binoculars. You will see Red Kites, buzzards, sparrow hawks, starlings, swallows, wagtails, cuckoos, woodpeckers, crows, finches and probably lots of other birds and even, perhaps, the owl we named the barn after! Squirrels, badgers, hares, sheep and cows as well as the occasional fox and feral cat too. Maybe the odd low flying fast jet or a Hercules, possibly even below where you are standing, which is always impressive, if loud! Interaction with Guests I live on the farm in the main house across the yard, but I am often away too, so you may well not see me at all.... You will be given instructions by email about accessing the keys a couple of days prior to arrival. However, I am always available on the phone/email/WhatsApp etc. The Neighbourhood Llandovery is a pleasant market town, only 10 mins by car, along the leafy lane that leads down to the main road. Take your time along here; there are many blind bends and 20 mph is quite fast enough! Many shops, including a medium size supermarket, bakers, butchers, delis, cafes Post office, gift shops etc. A great Chinese takeaway, and the Three Horseshoes fish and chip restaurant and takeaway, both on the main street are recommended, and there are Indian and other fast food outlets. There are several good places to eat out; The Old Printing Office cafe (daytime) is my favourite, behind the shop. The Kings Head and Castle Hotels do good food, as does the Three Horse Shoes restaurant and takeaway. The town used to have over 30 pubs! But now there are approximately 10, and there a several country pubs in the Towy valley that make a good welcome and do food. I provide a detailed list in my welcome pack and handbook. Llandovery is the home of the Llandovery Drovers, a semi professional Welsh Premiership rugby side, and the centre of the small town is occupied by the famous Llandovery College, where many sporting greats have come to the notice of talent spotters, especially on the rugby field. There is a swimming pool, tennis squash and raquetball courts, bowls and croquet adjacent to the delightful Castle Fields cricket ground, next to the car park in the centre of town. A visit to the livestock market, beyond the town car park, on Tuesday mornings or most Fridays could be an interesting excursion. This lovely rural area is fantastic for the outdoors with walking, cycling, both on road and off, and we even have a great MTB trail within easy cycling range of the farm, Cwm Rhaeadr MTB forest trail; cycle over into the next valley, 30 mins, ride the trail, 45 mins /lap, dine in the Neuadd Arms in Cilycwm and ride back to Owl Barn at Penygaer. Phew! Or put the bike in the car to get there..... There are many other cycle and walking tracks through Crychan forest on the opposite side of our Bran valley, or ride/ walk out onto the hills of mid Wales or the Brecon Beacons, only 30 mins away. Visit; Lyn y Fan; the most fantastic spot....it is a delightful lake nestling in the cwm of Fan Fawr, the mountain in the view from the kitchen door; 35 mins in the car, then 40 mins walk to the lake. Magical with mystical stories about the Lady of the Lake! On to the top of Fan Fawr is a good hike, but what a view...yes, that is Somerset you can see from there! Gold Mines at DolauCothi 30 mins away by car Upper Towy valley, Cilycwm, Rhandirmwyn and on to the Lynne Brianne dam, the largest of it's type in Europe, walking/cycling, very scenic 35 mins to the dam Aberglasney; world famous gardens, 40 mins National Botanic Garden of Wales, Nantgaredig 45 mins Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli, home of Scarlets rugby 60+ mins Cardiff and the Millenium Stadium 80+ mins Swansea (football and Ospreys rugby) and The Gower peninsular, beaches, walking, etc 90 mins Llandeilo; shopping and architecture 30 mins Brecon; shopping and architecture 35 mins Laugharne; home of Dylan Thomas 65 mins Brechfa forest/Abergorgech; superb MTB trails, 35 mins Dan yr Ogof show caves open to the public 40 mins Ystradfellte; amazing walks in wonderful sheltered wooded valleys with waterfalls and caves Horse riding at Cae Iago Riding Centre, Ffarmers 35 mins Llangose lake; sailing, canoeing etc. beyond Brecon 40 mins Rallying; many events throughout the year, on the Eppynt military range or in Crychan and Halfway forests, 25 mins The area has fantastic roads for motorcyclists, and you will notice many of them visit the town for a cuppa on their travels in summer. Golf; there's a nine hole course just beside the river Towy. 10 mins Builth Wells has a good 18 hole course. 35 mins Getting Around It is best to arrive under your own steam by car, motorcycle (or even bike), although there is a train service to Llandovery which is on the Heart of Wales line, between Swansea (connects with mainline to London) and Shrewsbury. Buses run to Brecon and Carmarthen from Llandovery. There are several local taxi firms that would happily collect and return you to the farm. It's a steady climb of around 500 feet in 3 miles to the farm from Llandovery, so keep a bit in reserve to get back if you are going out for a cycle ride! More info in my welcome notes, that I will email you before you arrive, and in the folder in the house, along with local maps etc. Other Things to Note All the main UK mobile networks have pretty good 3/4G coverage, but you may find the odd dead spot inside, due to the thickness of the stone walls. O2 is the worst for that, but has a good signal in most rooms, and outside, of course. The WiFi speed is healthy enough to stream videos etc, and we have a Netflix subscription so you will be spoilt for choice with films & iPlayer etc Sky Sports may be possible on request, and for a small charge (~£15per week). A recent guest said this; 'It was a real sense of awe we experienced staying at Owl Barn. What you achieved in the juxtaposition of modern/new against the rural backdrop is spectacular. The floor-plan, the use of white, natural and gray tones; the exposed beams, and the way you seamlessly incorporate modern conveniences and comforts all worked so well. And the lighting -wow! The lighting. Everything from the variety of fixtures, mix of colour-temps, angles/spotlighting. Amazing. And that’s just the artificial lighting. The way you brought in natural light was equally impressive. The variety and positioning of windows/doors/skylights and their dimensions, not only let the light in but also the surroundings. Glimpses of nature from different angles, the main farmhouse, the sky. The choice of interior light-colour flooring, white walls serve to accentuate nature and the natural light. ' More
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About the Owner
Jon L
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:October 2010
Interaction with guests
If you are booking within 2-3 days of your intended arrival date please contact me first, as I may need to check with the housekeepers and others that we are able to accommodate you. I will respond promptly.
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

We were working at The Royal Welsh Show and although Owl Cottage was a bit of a distance from there it seemed an ideal choice as a base for our filming and editing. This is a quality conversion and the place was well equipped. It...More

Date of stay: July 2017
Thank Snowdoniatraveller
2010jl, VR Owner at Owl Barn - Wow - lovely, and what great views, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Thanks John; it was a pleasure to host you at Owl Barn. It is indeed a lovely quiet spot and is only 2.5 miles from the main road, the A483, along a quiet lane, and is a 10 min drive to Llandovery, our nearest town....More

Reviewed 1 November 2015

We have had an excellent time exploring Wales. The cottage has every modern convenience you could ask for, including wifi which is a plus in terms of keeping little ones entertained in the evenings. It is also furnished to a very high standard. The views...More

Date of stay: October 2015
Thank Sara C
2010jl, VR Owner at Owl Barn - Wow - lovely, and what great views, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2015

That's fantastic Sara; I'm so glad you had a good time, and hopefully you will indeed return. We may have the farmhouse available for rent soon, so you can come with a larger or two groups, as that will sleep up to 7 or 8...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
DVD Player
Grill
Suitable For Children Under 5
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Refrigerator
Washer
Dishwasher
Towels Provided
Freezer
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Stereo System
TV
Hiking Trips
Parking
Microwave
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Balcony
Mountain Views
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Wi-Fi
Garage
Kettle
Internet Access
Terrace
Toaster
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Rural green hills and mountains
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Best by car but you can get a taxi from the rail station.
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