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Byres Cottage

Lower Chapel

Bedrooms: 3 Sleeps: 5 Bath/Shower Rooms: 1 Toilets: 1
3 Star Rating


Woodburner / Open Fire

Woodburner / Open Fire

Walks from the Door

Walks from the Door



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Byres is a charming, renovated barn ideal for a break for either two people or for a family holiday for those with slightly older children.  Offering the best of both worlds - Byres enjoys a peaceful setting on the owner's smallholding, and good access to Builth Wells and Brecon at the heart of the National Park.  An ideal base for visitors to the Royal Welsh Show.

Inside, this converted barn there is a double bedroom and bathroom downstairs.

Upstairs two open-plan 'bunk' bedrooms rooms, reached up a very steep set of ladder stairs - exciting for slightly older children but perhaps not ideal for very young families.

The setting for Byres is a delight and a children's paradise, with plenty of space for play and exploration, a swing in the garden in the great oak tree and mown graasy tracks through the meadows and down to the stream below. There are walks further afield from the cottage door over the surrounding hills and the Eppynt Hills and then come back to a warm cottage with a wood-burning stove to welcome you on your return. There is also plenty of safe storage for mountain bikes.

Self catering accommodation

Sleep 5 in 3 bedrooms:

One Double bedroom on the ground floor

Upstairs to a bunk bedroom and a single bedroom

The bright and airy open plan living room at Byres has a galley style kitchen with electric cooker, hob and fridge.

There is use of a washing machine and freezer in a separate shared utility room.

There is a dining table and chairs, sofa and comfortable chairs, an efficient woodburning stove and TV. This room has lovely views and the whole property enjoys a wealth of character beams and exposed stone work.

Bedroom 1:  This room has a double bed.

The bathroom:  Has a bath, shower, handbasin and toilet.

Up the very steep ladder stairs to two balcony sleeping areas,

Bedroom 2: Twin beds

Bedroom 3: Single bed

Useful Information

  • Bedlinen provided.
  • Towels on request
  • Electric heaters
  • Wood-burning stove.
  • Travel cot available.
  • Enclosed garden with furniture and a BBQ.
  • Not suitable for pets - by owners choice
  • Ample farmyard parking.
  • No smoking.
  • Variable mobile phone reception.

    A pretty barn

    Byres is a pretty barn of stone and slate. Downstairs has a light and airy open plan kitchen, living and dining room and a double bedroom and bathroom. Steep ladder stairs led up to an open plan loft which houses 3 single beds, arranged as a twin room at one end and a single at the other, each with a curtain to section off the area. The whole property enjoys a wealth of exposed beams and stone work. Byres boasts fantastic views of the surrounding hills, and an enclosed garden.

    A child's paradise

    Situated on the owner's smallholding, Byres offers plenty of outdoor space. Older children will love the meadows below the barn. Bring the wellies and plenty of outdoor clothes because the meadows lead down to a lovely stream and woodlands. There is plenty to keep the kids amused here but Byres is also encompassed by great walks over the Epynt and surrounding hills.

    Your horse or pony is welcome too

    Fields surround Byres and stabling is available. The owners of the cottage are more than happy for visitors to bring their horse or pony with them - please call to discuss this. There is superb riding straight from the door - what a wonderful way to explore Epynt Mountain whilst saving on those horse-sitting/livery fees!

    Explore Brecon 

    The centre of Brecon with it's mixture of well-known shops and small boutiques is just 5 miles from Byres. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and pubs to discover, and a small cinema. Take a stroll up to the canal wharf and visit the acclaimed Theatr Brycheiniog providing a theatre auditorium which plays hosts to many well-known acts, an art gallery and renowned restaurant with terrace. Sit beside the wharf and you'll find it's the perfect spot to watch the comings and goings on the canal. Watch boats bob by or enjoy an ice-cream from the theatre cafe and feed the ducks and swans. Make sure that you take a boat ride to see the canal from a completely different perspective - the tow-paths provide miles of easy cycling too. Alternatively, head through the cathedral grounds to the Priory Groves, some very pretty woodland bordering the River Honddu.

    Brecon 5 miles, Llandovery 22 miles, Abergavenny 25 miles.

    If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth and Lucy.


  • A friendly cathedral town in the lee of the mountains with the rivers Usk and Honddu running through. For a small town, there's a lot going on. A leisure centre with a pool, 1930s style cinema, excellent theatre and plenty of shops and cafes. On the outskirts of the town are popular villages including Llangorse with it famous lake, Cantref with its popular adventure farm, Talybont, well known as a walking and cycling hub and Felin Fach, home of The Griffin, a highly acclaimed pub and restaurant. Read more about Brecon