As featured on BBC1's "I Escaped to the Country" The Old Bike Shed is bijou but beautiful - a cosy, vintage styled snug for 2 - just perfect for couples and/or honeymooners but also great for solo guests. A romantic base to explore the beautiful Brechfa Forest and stunning Carmarthenshire countryside. And you can bring your dogs! It's all geared up for self-catering but fabulous home-cooked farmhouse food can be served to your table too plus the option to spend an evening in our new BBQ Hut!
As featured on BBC1's "I Escaped to the Country" (Feb 2017) The Old Bike Shed is one of 3 cosy mountain top retreats at Brechfa Forest Barns - each with INCREDIBLE VIEWS in the heart of the stunning Carmarthenshire countryside, the Garden of Wales. At the edge of the Brechfa Forest and at 1000 feet, we boast unrivalled views of Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion and are perfectly placed to explore the delights of these 3 counties. Search for Brechfa Forest Barns in your internet search engine - you'll find our site with prices, availability and online booking.
We are totally DOG FRIENDLY! With plenty of WALKING from the door along forest trails and with West Wales offering over 260 miles of coastal paths you will never run out of places to ramble. We also have some of the most amazing dog friendly BEACHES within a short drive.
For MOUNTAIN BIKERS the Brechfa Trails are world renowned and just a stones' throw from us plus almost unlimited fire tracks start opposite the property entrance. Our award winning sister company MudTrek Mountain Bike Breaks offers fantastic fully-catered, all inclusive mountain bike breaks based in all 3 of our accommodation with “off piste” guiding. See the website for full details.
The Brecon Beacons is not far away and there are plenty of popular ATTRACTIONS nearby including Aberglasney House and Gardens, Carreg Cennan Castle, Oakwood Theme Park, The National Botanical Garden of Wales and many more.
Our accommodation is well equipped to self-cater however there are some lovely PUBS and restaurants nearby and we also offer a mouth-watering menu of HOME MADE MEALS cooked to order on site and delivered to your table at a time to suit you (£18 per person for 2 courses - minimum 2 guests). If that's not enough you can choose to hire our AMAZING BBQ HUT for an evening - "The Fire House" is a fantastic experience and is exclusively yours from 7.30pm-11.30pm. On arrival you'll find the music on, the candles lit and the fire roaring and ready to cook on plus we provide a big BBQ platter of food to cook in your private piece of heaven - just bring beer & wine! It's a very special, romantic night for 2 and ideal for celebrating special occasions. (£35 per person - minimum 2 - this price is for exclusive use, full BBQ pack with burgers, sausages, chicken, sweetcorn, salad, sauces, rolls & pudding. It will be set up, ready to go on your arrival and we will clear up the following day). NB: Dogs are not allowed in the BBQ Hut however we provide a baby monitor to ensure your dogs are not distressed if left in your cottage which is just a stone's throw away. Alternatively you can book one of our dog sitters who will stay in the cottage with your dogs for the duration of your evening.
DOGS are VERY WELCOME and there is NO LIMIT ON NUMBERS providing a) there is room for them and b) owners are respectful of the accommodation and leave it in the same clean and tidy condition in which it is presented to them. Pets are charged at £15 each per week/part week.
OPTIONAL EXTRAS: Fabulous home-cooked meals, exclusive use of our BBQ Hut (includes BBQ pack), mountain bike guide, mountain bike hire, dog sitting.
THE OLD BIKE SHED sleeps 2 and is open plan with a cosy mezzanine "crog loft" sleeping platform accessed via a ladder. Zip linked mattresses means you can choose from twin beds or a king size double. This "tiny house" is just 210 sq ft (plus 168 sq ft patio) but there's everything you need including views to die from!: There is a small wet room complete with shower, basin and WC. The kitchen is fully equipped and has a cooker/hob, fridge with ice box and microwave and guests have access to a freezer, washing machine & dryer in a nearby outbuilding.
There is full central heating and the living area also has a very attractive PROVENCE STOVE/FIRE together with Free Sat TV & DVD, music system and FREE WiFi as well as a 2 seater leather sofa, armchair, coffee table and COUNTRYSIDE VIEWS. The dining area has a table with seating for 2.
The Old Bike Shed is an annex of the owners' farmhouse but is totally separate with it's own entrance and enclosed, gravel mini-courtyard (with 3 ft picket fences). We are here if you need us but will whole-heartedly respect your privacy during your stay.
Linen, towels, tea towels and dog towels are provided. Heating & electricity are INCLUDED in the price.
The Old Bike Shed has it's own ENCLOSED MINI COURTYARD/PATIO with garden furniture to enjoy the incredible views and sunsets. There is ample PARKING right outside, bike/dog wash and totally secure storage should you require it.
DOGS are VERY WELCOME and there is NO LIMIT ON NUMBERS providing a) there is enough space and b) owners are respectful of the accommodation and leave it in the same clean and tidy condition in which it is presented to them. Pets are charged at £15 each per week/part week.
Brechfa Forest Barns - totally dog friendly holiday cottages has over 250 x 5 star reviews!
Guests will have access to fabulous walking from the door over Llanllwni Mountain and into the 18,000 acre "sheep free" Brechfa Forest. They will also have access to an outbuilding utility room with freezer, washing machine & tumble drier - everything else required is in the property.
The owners live on-site which is handy should there be a problem but we are very mindful of guests' privacy. If meals are ordered they will be cooked in the farm house and delivered to your door at a mutually convenient time - all you need to do is set the table! Should you decide to book our fantastic BBQ Hut we will meet you there (it's a stone's throw away) and show you how it works and then leave you to your unique, romantic evening.
Nearest beach: Llansteffan or New Quay
Nearest amenities: 4km
No smoking inside
Self-catering with optional meals
Our incredible, romantic BBQ Hut is available to hire complete with food!
Free wi-fi available
Parking right outside
Central heating, linen & towels included
Mountain bike hire & guiding available on site
Secure storage & bike/dog wash down
We offer 3 night weekend bookings (Fri-Mon), 4 night mid-week bookings (Mon-Fri) and weekly or fortnightly holidays. Our changeover days are Fridays and Mondays. If you meet these requirements you can use Instant Booking.
A baby (under 2 years old) is welcome when we are advised in advance. Please bring your own travel cot. It is essential, for safety reasons, that the infant is not allowed on the crog-loft sleep platform. The cot can be set up downstairs.
Dogs are very welcome here and we have no limit on numbers but please bear in mind this is a small property. We have had 3 large and 5 small dogs in The Old Bike Shed before without issue. Please check the size of the property (in the main description) suits you and the number/size of dogs you'd like to bring. Dogs are charged at £15 each, payable on arrival.
We expect our guests to behave with respect for the owners and other guests which may be renting our other two properties.
The Old Bike Shed will be beautifully presented and we expect guests to leave the property in the same clean and tidy condition when they leave. Everything required to do so is available.
Smoking is not permitted inside the property.
Fireworks are not permitted at the property.
In May 2009 my husband Jason & I purchased Blaen Nant Gwyn, a traditional Welsh long house with a large barn and incredible views in stunning rural Carmarthenshire. The property is 1000 feet up on Llanllwni Mountain, on the edge of Brechfa Forest and was chosen specifically for its location – close to the world renowned mountain bike trails based at Brechfa. With Jason a keen mountain biker and my love of cooking our plan was to build a business which would allow us to combine our 2 passions.
Within 1 year we had divided the barn into 2 and completed enough work to open 1 side as a self-catering holiday let - Bay Tree Barn. Brechfa Forest Barns was born. We offer totally dog-friendly self-catering holidays with optional catering in beautiful accommodation in an absolutely stunning location. We also offer mountain bike guiding and bike hire.
By the Summer of 2011 Jason had qualified as a MIAS Mountain Bike Guide and so we moved onto Plan B of our venture - to offer something unique to the UK but which is very popular elsewhere in Europe - fully catered, guided mountain biking breaks along the lines of a ski-chalet type holiday including awesome riding, free guiding, great accommodation and fabulous food. Guests would be offered weekends, mid-week breaks or full weeks plus “secret” trail guiding too - a chance to ride “off piste” with “from the door” guiding allowing guests to benefit from Jason’s knowledge of some the best local natural single track around. This then left the fabulous local trails at Brechfa for guests to tackle on their non-guided days.
We completed our second accommodation, The Hay Barn by August 2011 and MudTrek Mountain Bike Breaks became a reality. Finally, in Sept 2014 The Old Bike Shed, our 3rd property was finished. Both businesses have proved an overwhelming success and we now run them alongside one another. The 2 businesses have achieved (to date) over 500 x 5 star TripAdvisor & reviews.
We offer optional fabulous home-cooked meals plus our amazing BBQ Hut is available for guests to rent exclusively for an evening (complete with all the food!) - perfect for a romantic treat for 2 or a party for up to 12.
We are a really friendly couple and are delighted to share this stunning slice of country life with our guests, many whom have become our friends and return often. We have 3 lovely, rather naughty beagles, Woody, Cookie & Oscar who are mainly interested in food! :)