Up in the Woods

Outdoor seating with views of Wye Valley


  • Beautiful architect-designed contemporary space (winner of Local Authority Building Excellence Awards 2016)
  • Highly eco-friendly credentials
  • Good access to all kinds of holiday fun: activities, the coast, and the Brecon Beacons
  • 12 acres of meadow and woodland to roam around in and enjoy
  • Large play area for children of all ages
  • Enclosed garden
  • Discount for a couple outside the school holidays
  • 2 well-behaved dogs welcome

The adage that good design can make you happier is made real in this lovely cottage. Once an old farm building high above the Swansea Valley, the owners have lavished their attention and commitment on it, creating an absolute gem of a holiday cottage. Superbly comfortable, stylish, eco-friendly, interesting, bright and airy, this lovely space makes a great getaway for a couple, or two couples, or a small family. Sleeps 2 to 4, plus a baby and up to 2 well-behaved dogs.

17% discount for a couple outside the school holidays (based on the use of one bedroom only). You can select this option when you book.

Special introductory prices for this year as Up in the Woods is newly available.

Doors to great outdoor space
Hall Living room with comfy sofa

The living area is the upper floor, and you reach it via a lobby from the front door. The hallway walls are decorated with a delicious leafy green wallpaper, connecting you visually to the woodland outside and setting the theme for the whole property. The living room is all open-plan, open to the eaves and light and airy. Glass doors from the dining-area take you out into the private outside space, stylishly furnished with a garden sofa and armchair – a great place for a BBQ, a drink, or a peaceful breakfast.

Living room in self-catering Swansea cottage
Coastal cottage living room Sofa
Open plan living room and kitchen

The bedrooms are downstairs, and you go down a flight of wooden stairs, cleverly under-lit so as to light your way, but also creating what looks like a piece of contemporary art. The two bedrooms are mirror image to each other in their lay-out, with king-size beds and their own fabulously luxurious ensuite bathrooms.

Dining room

The outside space comprises an enclosed gated area with a generous parking space and a gateway out into the woods; a sitting-out area with bench and brazier at the front; and a private sitting-out area to the back, looking onto ancient woodland. There's also a play area with treehouse and rope bridge leading to a viewing-platform, swings, and a trampoline - something for all ages.

Self catering kitchen Self catering kitchen
Kitchen with breakfast bar Lit stairs


You can stay put perfectly happily here: children will love splashing about in the stream and exploring the woods, where there are trails to follow. Or you can take a picnic, even a BBQ, up into the high meadow and enjoy the far-reaching views.

Bedroom with TV
Cosy bedroom Bathroom with bath/shower

Being only 10 minutes from the M4 (2 3/4 hours from London, 45 minutes from Cardiff, 1 hour from Bristol and 2 hours from Birmingham) makes this an easy escape for a relaxing short break. And its accessibility to beaches and other fun outdoor activities makes it a great place for a family holiday. The owner knows all the best places to visit, including some good beaches.

Second bedroom
Bedroom with ensuite Ensuite bathroom

Other great things to do include surfing at Rhossili, picnicking at Pwlldu beach, dining out at the Pen-y-Cae Inn, climbing Pen-y-Fan mountain in the Brecon Beacons, spending the day at St. Fagan’s National History Museum, relaxing on the waterfront in Mumbles, hunting for antiques in Trecastle, going to the pictures, 1950s-style, at Brynamman, following the Nant Llech Waterfall Trail, visiting the fantastic Big Pit museum at Blaenavon, exploring the cave beneath Carreg Cennan Castle, marvelling at the most spectacular show caves in Northern Europe, Dan-Yr-Ogof, and much, much more. The cottage is only 10 minutes from the Sustrans Route 43 (traffic-free) National Cycle Network along the Swansea Valley between Ystalyfera and Swansea. You can cycle down to Swansea, along Swansea Bay to Mumbles, finishing with a delicious ice-cream in Verdi's or Joe's ice-cream parlour.

Patio for dining al fresco with barbeque and rattan furniture

The nitty gritty

  • Wifi (we can unplug if you'd like a digital detox!)
  • Some mobile reception
  • TV with Freeview and DVD
  • DAB radio, CD and Bluetooth
  • Underfloor heating downstairs (adjustable)
  • Electric oven and induction hob
  • Fridge with icebox
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Store cupboard essentials included: coffee, tea, sugar, salt and pepper, olive oil etc)
  • The two bedrooms downstairs have a king-size bed in each with beautifully comfortable mattresses
  • Owner can provide a camp bed if children can’t share a bed
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included: soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc
  • Two ensuite bathrooms each with bath, shower over, loo, hand basin, and heated towel-rail
  • Electricity, heating, and hot water included
  • Charging point for electric cars
  • Baby-friendly: travel cot, high chair
  • Garden furniture
  • BBQ
  • Local information
  • Eco-friendly: electricity is fully solar, there is a bio-mass wood-fuelled boiler and lighting is LED
  • Play area available to use: treehouse and rope bridge leading to a viewing-platform; log swing, swing-set with swing, baby swing, rope-ladder and see-saw; an embankment slide for older children and a smaller slide for little ones; and a trampoline
  • Stables and turn out if you would like to bring horses/ponies
  • Horse-riding stables in the local village (discount for cottage guests)
  • Masses to see and do in the local area
  • Easy access to the coast and the Brecon Beacons
  • Winner of Local Authority Building Excellence Awards 2016 (category: Best Change of Use or Conversion)
  • Excellent food pub a 7-minute drive away
  • 12 acres of ancient bluebell woods and meadows with views to explore
  • Situated on the edge of a village. The owners live nearby in case of need
  • 10 minutes from the M4 (2 3/4 hours from London, 45 minutes from Cardiff, 1 hour from Bristol and 2 hours from Birmingham)
  • 17% discount for a couple outside the school holidays (based on the use of one bedroom only). Select this option when booking
Exterior of cottage conversion for holidays in Swansea valley Bench and firepit

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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Trampouline Play area
Treehouse platform Platform and swing rope
Play area

Location map

Nearby fields Stone wall and local town
Local woodlands to wander through in the Swansea valley
Horses in attached field Friendly horse

From the visitors book at Up in the Woods

'What an absolutely fantastic place, and a fantastic holiday! We've loved every minute of our stay here and explorations of the local area. Oxwich bay and Three Cliffs Bay both great for kids. Three Cliffs is breath-taking as you walk down the beach. Willow absolutely loved the horses. We'll definitely be back!' Sam, Suzie, Willow & Harriet, from Birmingham

'Thank you for such a warm and friendly welcome! Up In The Woods is a little gem! The cottage has everything you need and is so cosy - perfect for those rainy days! The woodland and meadow are great for exploring – Penny (the collie) loved her walks. The children loved the ponies - as did I! If we return, I'll remember to bring my riding gear. With best wishes Fiona, Richard, Matthew, Abbie and Penny. PS Thanks for the welsh cake recipe - will be trying this out very soon!' The Bowen family, Birmingham

'Thank you so much for a fantastic mini break! Up In The Woods is a stunning conversion and has everything you could possibly need. We enjoyed going for a muddy walk and meeting your lovely horses. We would highly recommend your wonderful barn and we will be back to visit soon, I am sure. Thank you for everything.' Fiona & David, Lydd

'Thanks Leah and Lee, A wonderful time was had by all! Thanks for such a lovely welcome, the bread was delicious, brilliant reading material and DVDs around too, we felt at home straight away. Sad to leave, so much on your doorstep - Brecon (train trip or drive through) is amazing. Rhosilli, Oxwich and all those bays are beautiful. Tenby Castle beach was gorgeous and worth the short journey. So much more we didn't see...but we will be back! We've loved staying in this fantastic barn, comfortable and clean and so well thought out.' Julian & Suzy, Maidenhead

'We had a wonderful time in this fantastic barn. Very well thought out and everything you could possibly need was provided. The warm bread and welsh cakes were a great welcome.' Sonya, Alex, Nathan, Ellie, Alfie & Lola, Flintshire

'We all have been suitably impressed by 'Up In The Woods' and wished we could have stayed longer (we'll have to come back when the sun shines!) Despite the horrendous weather, the beaches were still fantastic; especially the bay bistro at Rhosilli is worth a mention as a welcome respite from the rain and wind! Many Thanks Leah and well done on creating such a fabulous transformation the barn - it would be good to see some 'before and after' photos on the walls...and thanks for accommodating us all!' Teresa, Martin, Thomas, Jonty & Ella Kate, Esher

'First guests to stay in 'Up In The Woods', over the moon with the whole experience. Great owners and lovely family spirit. We will be back.' Mohsen & Natalie, London