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Cwm Steps Barn

Longtown (2.4 MLs NW), Herefordshire
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Increased accessibility
Working farm
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

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  • A traditional barn conversion set deep in the Olchon Valley within a working farm
  • A great base for walkers with access onto Black Hill, The Cats Back, and Hatterrall Ridge
  • Explore the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park
Property code: 88510

Located in a quiet valley high in the Black Mountains, this traditional barn conversion makes an ideal base suitable for couples wanting to enjoy the outdoors and explore the Brecon Beacons.

The Olchon Valley is situated on the Herefordshire/Welsh border within the Black Mountains on the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It’s an area of special scientific interest, with a profusion of birds, plants, and animals, some rare, along with no light pollution – it is a great place for stargazing. Here, you can leave the car behind and head into the Black Mountains, climb onto the Hatterrall Ridge to join the Offa’s Dyke Path where you can walk out to the Hay Bluff and Twmpa, or enjoy the ruins of Llanthony Priory. There is also canoeing, pony trekking, and climbing available within the park. For a more cultured day out, you can visit one of the many market towns including Hay-on-Wye (12.5 miles), Abergavenny (13 miles), and Crickhowell (21 miles).

Set deep in a valley across acres of farmland, here you can step back in time and relax within the grounds of a working livestock farm. This traditional barn situated within the heart of the farmyard offers spacious accommodation with many original features. Step inside and leave your boots within the utility area, you will find a Belfast sink which is great for rinsing muddy boots along with a WC. From here you will step into the lounge/dining area, a charming space with low ceilings, exposed beams, and stone walls. There is a deep windowsill perfect for a lazy afternoon with a good book, comfortable seating, a wood-burning stove, and a TV. For dining a generous table that will easily seat 4 guests. There is a well-equipped kitchen with an electric oven and hob, microwave, and fridge with an ice compartment. From the lounge, there are a couple of steps up to a spacious bedroom with a king-size bed. There is an en-suite shower room with a shower and WC.

Outside guests can make the most of the enclosed gardens to the front and rear of the barn. There is space for dining with a table and chairs, along with a dedicated area to cook on the BBQ. There is off-road parking for two cars and storage for bikes.

  • 1 bedroom – 1 king-size
  • 1 shower room - shower and WC, 1 separate WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, and fridge with ice compartment
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Wood burner (First basket of logs included)
  • TV in lounge
  • Enclosed garden with table and chairs and BBQ area
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Storage for bikes
  • Pubs and shops 2.5 miles
  • Arrival: 16:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Samantha Weatherstone

This property is personally managed by Samantha.


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Reviewed by Roger 8th July 2022

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We had a very restful and relaxing week at The Steps Barn, a very recent and comfortable barn conversion. The owners, Sara and Richard are friendly and helpful. The property is on a rural working farm, in every sense of the word, so expect to see sheep, goats and the owners border collie dogs on your doorstep at any time of the day. We found the anRead moreimals to be very endearing! There are lovely views across the fields and farmland from the 2 enclosed gardens. A good base to visit local attractions Hide

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The Brecon Beacons is a vast, mountainous and rural region of Wales. Stretching 42 miles from east to west and covering an area of 520 square miles, the Brecon Beacons is dominated by the National Park of the same name. Split into three main areas, the Black Mountain in the west, the Brecon Beacons National Park and Fforest Fawr in the middle, and the Black Mountains in the east; each is a wild, bold and inspiring place to visit on holiday. With 1232 miles of public trails which includes the 95-mile-long Beacons Way, it’s a wayfarer’s delight. One of four Dark Skies Reserves in the UK (and one of 11 in the world), stargazers can delight in the open night sky, to enjoy the darkness in full splendour. The Fforest Fawr is a UNESCO Global Geopark because of its important geology and a need to conserve and protect the area from negative over development.

Stay at a self-catering cottage in the mountains and cascading woodlands or out on the moors; you can also stay in one of the Brecon Beacon’s lovely towns like Hay-on-Wye, Crickhowell, Llangorse or Brecon. Outdoor lovers will enjoy a choice of easy to challenging treks up and around Sugar Loaf Mountain, Carn Pica, Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad, Pen y Fan, or Hatterall Ridge (and many more besides). Take in uniquely Welsh attractions like Dan-yr-Ogof (the National Showcaves Centre for Wales), The Big Pit Mining Museum, Llanthony Priory, Carreg Cennen Castle, Fourteen Locks, and the Brecon Beacons Mountain Railway. Wildlife abounds in the Brecon Beacons, and it’s a great place to spot red kites and discover the successful story of their reintroduction to the UK’s skies at the Red Kite Centre. There’s so much to do for outdoor lovers and extreme sports fans here, so why not book your self-catering holiday in the Brecon Beacons today?

Our holiday cottages across the Brecon Beacons have been carefully selected. From dog-friendly cottages in the countryside to large farmhouses on the mountainsides and everything in between, we have a holiday in the Brecon Beacons to suit you.

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