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Owl Barn - wow! A fantastic stylish modern barn conversion for 4+1 Great views

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,130 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Owl Barn sleeps 4+1 in peaceful comfort & style with views & walks you'll love

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 (book for 5 people for this- £15 pn) 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 cooking needs in the well equipped kitchen, smart TV, DVD, radio and 6 meg Wifi, books and magazines to browse.

All the mobile phone networks have pretty good coverage here.

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 (£15 p/n) 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 wet room 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 large kitchen is a chef's paradise, 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 Hi Fi, internet access (ethernet & WiFi) central heating board games books CD's DVD's

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!

The dark night skies are a treat for city dwellers; you can easily pick out the Milky Way on a clear night.

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!

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.

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 notes.

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 racquetball 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.


Lyn y Fan; 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 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

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, along with local maps etc

More Details

Jon Lodge
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Jon, Thank you so much for letting us stay in your property. We have had a great family break, made even better by the surroundings of "Owl Barn". The facilities were fantastic and we couldn't have asked for more ( except maybe a dustpan and brush, although I'm sure there is one here, but we just haven't found it!) Furthermore it's situation is breathtaking. We would highly recommend the accommodation and the area. Best wishes, Shaun, Lianne, Haydyn plus Harry xxx
Aug 2016
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Llandovery Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1130 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • En suite shower room to master bedroom - toilet , shower
    Shower room - toilet , shower , Large enough for a wheel chair
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , Super King size double bed 6ft
    Second bedroom - 1 queen , 1 child bed , King size double bed 5ft. Optional fold up child bed £15 pn
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Owl Barn - wow! A fantastic stylish modern barn conversion for 4+1 Great views
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Owl barn was perfect for our trip. It is very comfortable, stylishly furnished and very well equipped with a high end finish.

Didn't really want to leave. Great to come back to after a day in hills.

Many thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend the Owl Barn if you are visiting Wales. The property is absolutely gorgeous. It is beautifully decorated, spacious, clean and comfortable. The kitchen is fully equipped, the bathrooms are clean and have brilliant water pressure and the bedrooms have lots of storage and comfortable beds. The location is brilliant! Secluded and quiet! And Jon is really helpful and friendly! Loved our stay at the Owl Barn.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Melissa; that's a great review. You have picked out points that we tried to acheive with the design. Jon
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Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK.

Very modern and stylish in a quiet and relaxing rural environment.

  • 5 of 5

Very swish and well appointed, we felt pampered. With 2 generous double rooms there was plenty of space and flexibility. The option of a fold-up bed for our grown up daughter who stayed for most of the holiday was less easy to fit into the space and being very open plan it was difficult for her to have much privacy, but this is a minor grumble. The only other niggle was that we weren't allowed to have any candles in the property, although it seemed every other cupboard and storage space had lots of candle- and tealight- holders! However, the whole property was full of various lighting options, so this again was a minor issue.

The property had all the appliances one could think of (apart from a coffee machine, but did had a caffitiere), and all worked faultlessly, though the toaster took a few moments to figure out.

Some items of cutlery & crockery in the kitchen were a bit grubby (presumably left by the previous occupants), but mostly all was clean and very presentable.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Owl Barn and can highly recommend it as a very comfortable place to stay with plenty to do within driving distance.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: is a two bedroom property, and the bedrooms have king and super king size beds. There is adequate room for the extra bed in both bedrooms, and in the lounge. The extra (fold up) bed is really meant for children or folks who are willing to share a room. Candles are not allowed as they are a fire risk, and wax often gets spilt. I can only apologise for cutlery etc. that wasn't clean. It's a great review for Owl Barn, so thank you, and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Jon.
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Perfect house, perfect location, perfect host

  • 5 of 5

Owl Barn was renovated to an excellent standard, obviously with a lot of love and care. A perfectly balanced mixture of an old barn and modern interior design. Well done Jon.

Located near Llandovery, it is a very quiet location with great views. We enjoyed it and loved to be there.

Owl Barn is perfectly situated to discover the south of Wales. During our 10 days stay we made a lot of excursions and hikes (Beacons horseshoe, Showcaves, waterfalls near Ystradfellte, Lyn y Fan, Carreg Cennen, Dolaucothi gold mines, Marloes and Rhossili).

If we travel to this region again, we will definitely book Owl Barn.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a lovely review Markus. You were great guests.
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A fantastic property in a quiet location

  • 4 of 5

A really lovely barn conversion, the master bedroom especially was gorgeous. Very quiet and peaceful with lovely views over the farmland, but only a short drive down into Llandovery.

The owner welcomed us in arrival - he was very helpful and friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. The property was very clean and tidy with all mod cons.

The only reason I haven't given 5 * is due to the lack of a boot room or somewhere to put our very wet and muddy walking gear, and lack of drying facilities - we had an extremely wet week! We could have done with extra drying racks or better still a drier, as I really struggled to dry all our wet clothes.

Other than that, I have no complaints at all, a fantastic area - lots of tracks for walking and going off road. We travelled all around the Brecon Beacons, loved the Usk reservoir, the old Roman road near Trecastle, the waterfalls, spectacular views everywhere. Also went to Hereford and the Mumbles.

I'd certainly recommend Owl Barn.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review illustrates why this is such a great place to visit; lots of outdoor stuff to do, even though these guests had to endure a very wet week in August. There are a couple of towel rails in the shower rooms that could be used for drying wet gear, a drying rack, a clothes line (not much help in wet weather, I agree!) and underfloor heating, but I am considering installing a washer with a tumble dryer. A box for muddy footwear will be provided, but I can't see how we can add a boot room! So thanks for staying and for your constructive review and I do hope you will return soon. Jon
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Herrlich ruhige Lage - Traumhaftes Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Ca. 10 min von Llandovery ernfernt in herrlicher Lage mit super Ausblick auf die umliegenden Felder und Hügel.

Das Haus selbst sehr geschmackvoll renoviert und ausgestattet mit allen erdenklichen Annehmlichkeiten.Wir haben die Zeit bei Jon sehr genossen. Kann man nur empfehlen.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A Google translation; Approximately 10 min from Llandovery, in a beautiful location with great views of the surrounding fields and hills . The house itself is very tastefully renovated and equipped with every conceivable amenity. We enjoyed at the time Jon . You can only recommend .
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The Old Printing Office
"Great cafe and gift/clothes shop"
Llandovery RFC
"Welsh Premiership Rugby Club; see the stars of tomorrow play here"
Neuadd Fawr Arms
"Good pub, and nice food too. The best place for a meal out. My local."
Castle Hotel
"Nice beer, pretty good food."
The Kings Head
"Good beer, nice beams, but mind your head, ok food."
Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Bristol or Cardiff ~1.5 to 2 hrs
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Llandovery College 9 hole Course
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Llandovery from Swansea or Shrewsbury
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
M4 or M50 and then A483 or A40
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Llandovery Barn Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Xmas & New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
Jan & Feb
Jan 2 2018 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $19 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $129.36
Cleaning and laundry $77.62

There are two king size beds (one is a super king, 6ft wide) in the property.
These cannot be split.
A temporary, fold up bed for a fifth or a single person can be provided, subject to the additional charge of £15 per night.
If you require this extra bed please adjust your group size to 5.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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