The Hafod

Beautifully restored holiday let
IN BRIEF
  • Situated in the dramatic Black Mountains with stupendous views and the best hill walking available
  • Close to Hay-on-Wye and 15 minute walk to local pub
  • Superb family and dog-friendly barn conversion
  • Partial underfloor heating and Clearview woodburner
  • THE place to come for a 'digital detox', although the owner has wifi and a landline if you really need to contact the outside world
  • Sleeps up to 2 couples (plus a child or an infant)
  • 20% discount for a couple outside school holidays (use of one bed)

The Hafod is dramatically situated near Hay-on-Wye on a small Welsh farm-holding of 50 acres of pasture, woodland and river meadows. High up in the beautiful Black Mountains, the views from this extremely comfortable self-catering holiday cottage are magical and life-enhancing. This is a rare thing: a masterly barn conversion which has been beautifully designed, authentically restored, and stylishly furnished. Spacious, but cosy for a couple on their own, too. This is the location for a proper Digital Detox: find out how restful this can be by revelling in each other's company and conversation; playing games; staring at the flames in the wood burner; enjoying a good book, a stroll to the pub, or a mountain walk with an unbeatable view. The Hafod sleeps up to 2 couples (4 adults) or a couple and 2 children, plus an extra child or an infant. Up to 2 good dogs very welcome.

This lovely barn can be rented by a couple at a discount of 20% outside the school holidays based on the use of one double bed only (you can select this option when booking). 

Holiday barn conversion

Set on a farm in a beautiful, tranquil location, this lovely holiday cottage in the Black Mountains of Wales has direct access up to the mountain and Offa’s Dyke path. Just twenty-five minutes from Hay-on Wye, The Hafod is perfectly placed for exploring, walking or riding. The farm surrounding the property is part of an environment-friendly Countryside Management Scheme: a mixture of mature woodland, newly planted broadleaf woodland, ancient pasture-land and hedgerows, providing a haven for wildlife. The farmhouse is a traditional 15th-century 'longhouse', which the owners occupy. The Hafod next door is quite separate and private with uninterrupted views up the Llanthony Valley. 

Open plan living space - holiday barn conversion
Dining table Kitchen
Wood beamed ceiling

The Hafod was originally a shelter for sheep and cattle, and has been beautifully converted to make a comfortable and calming place to stay. Local oak has been used in the impressive oak roof timbers, the oak-panelled screen and floor boards of the galleried bedroom, and the walls have been lime-plastered. Large glass doors let in natural light and fabulous views up to the top of the valley; and the original 'arrow slit' windows are intact, framing enticing slices of view across the valley. The Hafod, with its spacious sitting/dining area, richly decorated master bedroom (the former stable) with ensuite luxury shower-room and loo, galleried bedroom (with double bed and a single bed), kitchen, and separate downstairs shower-room with loo, sleeps up to 2 couples (plus one child or one infant).

Living area with wood burner
Log burner Chairs in living room
Sofa (with tea and biscuits!)

The downstairs area comprises a beautiful airy sitting-room and dining area, open to the barn roof, giving a feeling of peace and space. There are comfortable sofas and chairs, antique furniture, and a super-efficient Clearview wood-burning stove in the sitting area. There is a beautiful oak dining table, solid oak floorboards are laid with lovely Turkish rugs.

Large four-poster bed
Large bedroom Cosy four-poster
4 poster bed for self-catering guests

The kitchen is open to the main sitting/dining area, and has Travertine stone flooring, a Welsh oak dresser, gas hob with electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, and big fridge/freezer. All the basics are provided so that you don’t have to bring them with you – washing-up liquid, cloths, tea-towels, oven-gloves, cleaning-stuff, bin bags, washing powder etc. Outside the main glass doors is a terraced area with barbecue, garden furniture and a view to die for.

Bathroom with shower
Bedroom Bathroom with shower

The downstairs shower room/loo has beautiful Travertine stone on the floor, and underfloor heating to warm your toes – and its own view up to the top of the valley. The first floor galleried bedroom is accessed via a lovely steep stone staircase and has a really comfortable double bed. There is also a single bed in the room for a child.

View from landing

The farm's original cobbled stable, now incorporated into the barn as the master bedroom, has been sympathetically converted, retaining its authentic character, with the original oak roof timbers and oak posts for storing tack. Now painted in a warm earthy lime wash, it has a pretty antique brass four-poster king-size bed, an ancient oak coffer, some comfortable chairs and a table, and underfloor heating. A fabulous luxury en-suite shower room with hand basin and loo completes the picture.

Perfect countryside for walks

Things to do IN AND around The black Mountains

The Black Mountains have so much to offer visitors, from all the obvious outdoor pursuits to beautiful country churches, abbeys and castles. The Hafod is a particularly special Welsh holiday cottage near Hay-on-Wye, with its bookshops and antique shops - ideal for visiting the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival. The barn is perfectly placed for riding and horse trekking and the owners can help to organise this. You can even walk to a trekking centre across the fields. There are also great pubs and restaurants in the area. Guests are welcome to walk and explore the farm's woodland and fields, and the meadows by the river are a perfect place to picnic. Depending on the time of year, the owner is very happy to take visitors on foraging expeditions if she is available. Rachel, one of the owners, is an excellent cook, and will give you some lovely wild food recipes. Some nourishing nettle soup could make a warming lunch, or perhaps some wild garlic pesto stirred into pasta; and a gleaming jar of hawthorn or wild damson jelly makes a great souvenir to take home.

The neighbouring farm (The Broadley), holds some excellent art and photography courses, see www.llanthonyart.co.uk. For further details give Clare Whitehead a ring (01873 890343).

Local sheep! Gate
Exterior with parking area Outside seating with stunning views

The nitty gritty

  • Superb Clearview woodburner (logs supplied)
  • Underfloor heating in living-room
  • TV with DVD-player/radio
  • CD-player/iPod dock
  • Digital Detox location
  • Good-sized fridge/freezer
  • Gas hob, electric oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Bedlinen and towels and all basics supplied (loo paper, soap, cleaning materials etc)
  • Hot water, heating, elec and gas included
  • Beautiful soft spring water
  • Home-cooked meals or bespoke hampers for any budget can be ordered - speak to the owner once a booking has been made
  • Washing machine situated in a stone built extension to the barn, accessed from outside
  • There is no mobile reception, so you can enjoy the peace of the countryside, but the owners have a phone and wifi in case of need
  • Up to 2 very well-behaved dogs welcome (be aware that there are sheep, ponies and chickens in the vicinity)
  • Dog cage available on request
  • Beautiful walks straight up onto the mountain from the barn, offering astounding views
  • Close to the famous 'book town' of Hay-on-Wye
  • One mile from a good pub: 1/4 hour's walk down a pretty country lane
  • Rachel will take guests on foraging trips in the hills in season, when she is available
  • Parking for a maximum of 2 cars
  • 20% discount for a couple outside the holidays (based on the use of one bed). When you book for a couple, the price will be discounted automatically

Fantastic views from The Hafod

Live online booking

Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.

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Outside of The Hafod holiday let

Location map



From the visitors book at The Hafod

"The barn is perfect - somehow both luxurious and 'natural' at the same time." Ruthie and Jonny

"...the perfect holiday. A lovely, peaceful place to stay in." Vanessa and Paul

"Great welcome and fantastic location. Beautifully decorated and very well equipped." Christina and Kevin

"A beautiful barn, great location." Lynda, Carl and Emily

"A fanstastic barn in a beautiful location, the perfect place for James' (5 1/2 months) first holiday." Mike, Erin and James

"I don't want to leave!" Catherine

"...A wonderful few days in the loveliest place." Christopher

Via email: "Hello Caroline, 
Thank you for getting back to me so promptly on the email below. I'm sorry it was so last minute, so really do appreciate it.
Our stay was absolutely fantastic. We loved the cottage and the area, and will without a doubt be back. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year :-) Thank you again for helping us find such a fantastic holiday!
Kind Regards, Tierney Maude"
Keighley