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A Haven of Peace in the Heart of the Welsh Borders

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,668 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Sympathetically converted barn, with many original features in secluded location

Drovers Retreat is our sympathetically converted 19th century stone barn at Graig Farm, in the Welsh Marches. The 4 star (Visit Wales graded) self-catering accommodation can sleep up to six people. A travel cot and high chair are available on request.

People have lived in this tranquil rural landscape for many hundreds of years. The farmhouse was built in Queen Elizabeth 1st's reign. The barn lies above a medieval Drovers Road, a few hundred yards from a Roman Road.

Feel close to this history and tranquil landscape. Walk the green lanes and footpaths; bring your bicycle and explore the Green Lanes and forest tracks; listen to the sounds of nature and livestock, or just breathe the clear upland air. Red kites and buzzards circle above on the thermals with their evocative cries, whilst sheep graze in the fields below. Just sit and absorb all nature's sounds.

Relax and unwind to soak up the solitude and majesty of nature at her best at our exclusive and unique location.

Recharge and destress from the bustle and demands of modern life, whilst still enjoying all the family luxury and conveniences you require in a haven of peace.

This is Welsh Border Country at its natural, idyllic best.

We believe in working with the history of the building and have retained as many period features as Building Regulations allow to keep its story alive. Conveniences of contemporary living sit comfortably within the location of the barn and reflect our life in Africa as well as our rural roots.

ROOMS

Drovers sleeps up to 6. All rooms lead from the spacious living and dining room; these comprise a kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms - 1 double, 1 twin.  (For extra guests the comfortable, double sofa bed sleeps two, or indeed anyone wanting to escape a snoring partner!).

The impressive living room, with vaulted ceiling, beams and original flagstones, has a dining area, Freeview tv, cd player, radio and a selection of games and reading material.

The whole building is well insulated, cool in summer behind the stone walls and extra cosy in a Welsh winter, with the log burner for added comfort. 

A refurbished butler sink sits happily in the traditional farm kitchen which is fully equipped with electric hob and oven, under-worktop fridge/freezer, plus additional freezer, washing machine, and dishwasher. There is an energy-efficient electric clothes drier, perfect for damp coats or a full wash.

 The bathroom has a thermostatic shower, and a large bath, heated towel rail and Victorian-style wash basin and wc. There is an electric shaving point and a hairdryer. 

Flagstones can be cold and hard, so we provide 'Flag-flop slippers' for your comfort and use during your stay

Drovers Retreat is a no-smoking property.

GAMES ROOM

The adjoining original stone and timber barn is a wet weather haven with table football, snooker, darts and plenty of space.

SUMMARY OF FACILITIES AT DROVERS RETREAT

FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN

oven

hob

fridge/freezer

freezer

dishwasher

washing machine

electric clothes drier (plus outside washing line and pegs)

electric iron + ironing board

toaster

microwave

cafetière

full crockery and cutlery

original flagstone floor

Electric radiator

BATHROOM

bath

shower

wc

basin

heated towel rail

sets of towels

hairdryer

BEDROOM 1

double bed (4'6" - 1.37m)

vintage wardrobe with mirror

bedside tables and lights

duck feather and down or anti-allergy micro-fibre pillows

duck feather and down duvet

luxurious cotton mattress and pillow protectors

slippers

oak floor

electric radiator

BEDROOM 2

two twin beds (3' - 0.9m)

vintage dressing table with mirror

bedside tables and lights

duck feather and down or anti-allergy micro-fibre pillows

duck feather and down duvet

luxurious cotton mattress and pillow protectors

slippers

oak floor

electric radiator

LIVING ROOM

double sofa bed

three lounge chairs

log burner (first basket of logs free)

original flagstone floor

vintage sideboard

vintage dining table with 6 dining chairs

wall mirror

bookcase with selection of books and games

flatscreen tv with Freesat channels

DVD player

radio/CD player

2 electric radiators

INFANT FACILITIES

high chair available on request

infant travel cot available on request

GAMES/WET DAY BARN

large, traditional stone and timber barn connects from kitchen

Table football, snooker and darts available

DOGS

We welcome up to two well-behaved dogs for an extra charge, but please keep them off beds and furniture. We are surrounded by sheep farms, so please keep your dogs under strict control, both on our farm and out and about locally.

We supply a large dog bed, and stainless steel food and water bowls.

Our woodland area is a great place to let the dog (and children) exercise.

GENERAL FACILITIES

Welcome Pack of: Welsh Cakes, milk, tea, coffee, sugar, wine

Free 4G Wi-Fi (based on mobile signal, with download limited to 14GB/week)

good 4G mobile phone signal for EE

pure spring water, treated with uv filter

100% renewable electricity from Ecotricity

access to private woodland area, and private right of way to Radnor Forest

BBQ facilities

outside furniture - bench, table and two wooden chairs

Weatherproof, secure storage for bicycles

washing line

large car park

smoke detectors

carbon monoxide detectors

fire sprinklers

Drovers Retreat is a No Smoking establishment

NEARBY FACILITIES

horse riding stables (1/4 mile)

pub (2 miles)

petrol station, cashpoint and Nisa store (5 miles)

Heart of Wales Line railway station (2 miles)

market towns of Llandrindod Wells and Knighton (both 10 miles)

Overwhelmingly, visitors to the farm comment on the peace and tranquility. Set well away from the main road, Drovers Retreat backs onto a wooded valley with a stream. it is a perfect place to escape the stresses of the modern world without compromising on comforts. We live in the farmhouse, tucked away at the far end of the yard and are here to help and advise when needed but otherwise you can easily feel you are the only people for miles.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

A couple of local pubs (2 and 4 miles) are great for a drink, whilst several first class eating places are about 30 minutes away, including the Harp Inn at Old Radnor.

Local visitor attractions include the Elan Valley dams and reservoirs, which supply Birmingham's water; Presteigne's Judges Lodgings enable you to experience a Victorian courtroom, complete with cells; and of course, superb walks in all directions from Drovers Retreat.

The gloriously picturesque Heart of Wales railway line has a station 2 miles away at Dolau. Head north towards Shrewsbury, or south towards south Wales and Swansea, through some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in Britain.

Eight miles east and you are across Offa's Dyke into England, with its pretty Black and White villages, and market towns. Head west towards the Cambrian Mountains, and the most spectacular scenery. The Brecon Beacons are not far away. Everywhere is walking country, and castles, country pubs and picturesque market towns await you either side of the Wales/England Border.

There are many attractive small towns within easy access, including Knighton (10 miles), Llandrindod Wells (10 miles), Presteigne (12 miles), and Rhayader (14 miles). Many of the market towns on the Welsh/English border are picturesque and full of interest. Places such as Ludlow (29 miles) and Leominster (26 miles) were developed on the wealth of the Medieval wool trade. Hay-on-Wye (30 miles), famed for its annual book festival, and its many second-hand book shops is about 40 minutes away.

The nearest seaside is at Aberystwyth (55 miles). For larger towns, we are about equi-distant from Hereford (39 miles) and Shrewsbury (44 miles), both an hour or so away.

KNIGHTON

Known as the Town on the Dyke, Knighton boasts the Offa's Dyke Visitor's Centre.

A traditional Border Country market town, Knighton, which straddles the English/Welsh border, is certainly worth a visit. A busy livestock market, as well as a Community Market, with plenty of local produce, independent shops and some great coffee shops are amongst its attractions. If you haven't been to a livestock auction, Knighton's is well worth a visit. There are auctions every Thursday (Finished Lambs and Cull Ewes) and the first and third Friday in every month – Store Cattle and Store Sheep.

LLANDRINDOD WELLS

Some of the Victorian architecture of Llandrindod Wells

Llandrindod Wells (known locally as Lllandod), developed as a Victorian Spa town. The legacy of this is some fine Victorian architecture. Now the County Town of Powys, it hosts the main Powys County Council buildings.

The town developed from the mid-19th century as a fashionable spa around its mineral springs, which can still be taken today. This was boosted by the arrival of the railway in 1862, which gave visitors an easy way to access the town. The railway also remains, and the Heart of Wales line connects Swansea with Shrewsbury, and is one of the country's most scenic routes. One station, Dolau, lies just over 2 miles from Drovers Retreat.

PRESTEIGNE

The one-time capital of the old county of Radnorshire, Presteigne is an attractive Border town, with plenty of activity.

Together with many independent shops, cafes and restaurants, Presteigne is worth visiting for the Judges Lodgings, with the audio conducted tours, ending up in the dock of the old courthouse.

RHAYADER

The series of dams which supply Birmingham with its water are just outside the small town of Rhayader at the Elan Valley. A fantastic engineering feat of the late 19th century and early 20th century, at close quarters the dams are staggering.

More Details

Property Manager
Bob and Carolyn Kennard
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
September 9, 2018

About Bob and Carolyn Kennard

After some years working in African agriculture, we moved to Graig Farm in 1988. Our initial aim was to produce chicken that tasted like chicken, just as it did before intensive production of poultry took over. In the end we established what became a pioneering and multi-award winning organic food company at the farm. The company was sold in 2009, and continues to operate under the Graig Farm Organics name, although we have no connection with it now.

We also started an organic livestock farmers' marketing co-operative at Graig Farm, to create a structure to give farmers a stronger voice when dealing with the UK's major supermarkets. The co-opweative, which developed into having over 400 farming members across the UK, was merged with a larger group in 2012. At its peak we employed 20 people on the farm.

In 2014, Bob's book 'Much Ado About Mutton' published to great acclaim. It tells the fascinating story of mutton in the UK and beyond, A discount for a signed copy is available to Drovers Retreat guests.

We live across the farm yard from Drovers Retreat, far enough to not be noticed by guests, but near enough if needed.

Bob and Carolyn Kennard purchased this cottage in 1988

Why Bob and Carolyn Kennard chose Llandrindod Wells

This secluded haven in the superb Welsh Borders landscape offers privacy and escape from the hustle and bustle, but the little luxuries which make up modern life.

Walk out of the front door and breathtaking walks are there for you to enjoy. Rare Red Kites and Buzzards abound, and you are surrounded by history; medieval drovers roads, Roman roads and local prehistoric settlements, as well as centuries of sheep and cattle farming make for a stunning landscape. You can hear the stream below Drovers Retreat, and at night the owls. The sky is unpolluted at night by lights.

Two local market towns are within a 10 miles drive and the picturesque Heart of Wales railway is accessible from the station 2 miles away.

The staggering feat of Victorian engineering which built a water pipeline from nearby Elan Valley reservoirs to Birmingham runs under the farm, and the dam area, 25 minutes away, has a fascinating visitor centre, with many miles of fabulous walks..

Overall, a haven of peace in the Welsh borders.

Amenities

Llandrindod Wells Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1668 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please do not allow dogs on beds or furniture, and keep them under control when walking near livestock
  • Electric cars may be charged via 3-pin socket at £4 per day
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Fully equipped spaceous bathroom with combined shower and bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Two bedrooms, one with twin beds, the other with a double bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

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Map

Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Birmingham or Bristol
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Severn Arms
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Llandrindod Wells or Knighton
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Dolau station, Heart of Wales Line
Nearest Motorway
56 Miles
M5, Worcester
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Severn Arms, Penybont
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
Aberystwyth
Car: necessary

The area is perfect for walking or cycling, with many routes starting at the front door.

For wet days (we have a few in Wales), the adjoining games barn is ideal for children and adults, with table football, snooker/pool and darts. A couple of local pubs (2 and 4 miles, Bleddfa and Penybont) are great for a drink, whilst several first class eating places are about 30 minutes away, including the Harp Inn at Old Radnor.

Local visitor attractions include the Elan Valley dams and reservoirs, which supply Birmingham's water; Presteigne's ‘Judges Lodgings’ enable you to experience a Victorian courtroom, complete with cells; and of course, superb walks in all directions from Drovers Retreat.

The gloriously picturesque Heart of Wales railway line has a station 2 miles away at Dolau. The line heads north towards Shrewsbury, or south towards south Wales and Swansea, through some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in Britain.

Eight miles east and you are across Offa's Dyke into England, with its pretty Black and White villages, and market towns. Head west towards the Cambrian Mountains, and the most spectacular scenery. The Brecon Beacons are not far away. Everywhere is walking country, and castles, country pubs and picturesque market towns await you either side of the Wales/England Border.

There are many attractive small towns within easy access, including Knighton (10 miles), Llandrindod Wells (10 miles), Presteigne (12 miles), and Rhayader (14 miles). Many of the market towns on the Welsh/English border are picturesque and full of interest. Places such as Ludlow (29 miles) and Leominster (26 miles) were developed on the wealth of the Medieval wool trade. Hay-on-Wye (30 miles), famed for its annual book festival, and its many second-hand book shops is about 40 minutes away.

The nearest seaside is at Aberystwyth (55 miles). For larger towns, we are about equi-distant from Hereford (39 miles) and Shrewsbury (44 miles), both an hour or so away.

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $33.17

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.