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Llys Faen

Llyswen, Mid Wales
Visit Wales - 4 star rating
Sleeps 8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Waterside views
Open fire / woodburner
Hot tub
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Fishing onsite / nearby
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Quaint 18th-century barn conversion within easy reach of the Wye Valley Walk and Brecon Beacons
  • Perfectly placed for exploring Hay-on-Wye, the literary ‘town of books’
  • Sit back and relax in your very own indoor hot tub
Property code: BN225

Dating back to 1832, this converted stone barn by the banks of the River Wye offers bags of traditional character, with an unexpected modern twist

Located in the riverside village of Llyswen, a stay at this delightful property puts local amenities on your doorstep, with a shop/garage, cafe and pub all within easy walking distance. You are also less than 500 metres from joining the long-distance Wye Valley Walk, with the river also offering excellent opportunities for fishing and canoeing. Further afield, Brecon Beacons National Park is less than 10 miles away, where mile after mile of mountain trekking, cycling and horse riding awaits, or for a more sedate excursion you could head 8 miles east to Hay-on-Wye to browse bountiful bookshops, independent boutiques and antique stores, before relaxing in one of the many excellent eateries.

Stepping into this renovated property you are greeted by a fusion of old and new, with ancient oak beams offsetting contemporary comforts. The open-plan living space features a polished oak floor and underfloor heating, with a contemporary style wood burner making it warm and cosy on chilly days. This leads seamlessly into a farmhouse-style kitchen with all the modern conveniences you need, as well as a generously sized dining table that comfortably seats eight. You will also find a useful utility room with a washing machine and storage space, plus a large boot and coat room that can be used to store bikes safely indoors. A downstairs shower room provides one of the property’s washrooms and leads on to a truly decadent spa room with hot tub. Upstairs, you find four bedrooms, consisting of a ‘master’ room with king-size bed and en-suite shower room; a second king-size room with an adjoining door to a twin room containing one standard and one 2’6” single bed; and a further twin room. There is also a family bathroom with a bath and hand-held shower.

Outside, an enclosed patio provides you with a private outdoor space.


Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 4 bedrooms – 2 king-size, 2 twin (1 twin room has 1 standard single and 1 small 2’6” single bed)
  • Please note the second king-size room has an interconnecting door to the twin room with one standard single and one small 2' 6'' single
  • 3 bathrooms – 1 en-suite with shower, 1 with bath and hand-held shower, 1 with shower
  • Range electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer
  • Utility room with washing machine
  • Wood burner with logs provided
  • TV, DVD
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Good mobile reception
  • Enclosed patio area
  • Hot tub
  • High chair and cot available on request
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Storage for bikes
  • Fishing available within 100m of the property (to be discussed with the owner)
  • Meals available on request by local caterers - further details available from owner
  • 8 miles to Hay-on-Wye; 10 miles to Brecon; 12 miles to Builth Wells
  • Pubs and shops within 8 miles
  • Off road parking

Sarah Greenwood

This property is personally managed by Sarah.

Guest comments

Reviewed by Mrs Chouglay October 2020

Beautiful comfortable cottage. Loved the hot tub, especially as it was indoors, so could be used at any time/any weather.

Reviewed by Mrs Parkinson October 2020

Exceptional finish to cottage.Great care has been taken in the renovation of a barn to accommodate modern day living. Central to the village, amenities within 5 minutes stroll and easy access to transport routes for mid Wales. It is adjacent to an A route which was a little noisy and busy during weekdays....so plan a full agenda of sightseeing.

Reviewed by Mr Mountford September 2020

Great accommodation - everything is fantastic.

Reviewed by Mrs Holiday August 2020

Llys Faen was a beautiful converted barn equipped with everything we needed for our holiday. There were four adults and four children in our party and there was plenty of room and seating for all of us. Liz and Steve were friendly and welcoming and on hand to offer advice when we needed it. Thank you for a wonderful week!

Reviewed by Mr Kujawski August 2020

Really nice cottage finished to a very high standard. Great hot tub. Owners were very friendly and made every effort for us to have a relaxing stay. Additional covid cleaning measures meant that we had a slightly earlier departure than normal which was a shame but hardly the owners' fault. Will definitely be back for another visit.

Reviewed by Miss Gowling November 2019

Wow this cottage is stunning ! The pictures looked lovely on the website and it was even more beautiful when we got there in person, it was spotless, warm and cosy and had everything we needed. The owner Liz was so welcoming and friendly we will definitely be returning, i cant recommendations this cottage enough, we had an amazing time.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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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