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The Reading Room

Llandovery near Brecon Beacons, South Wales & Pembrokeshire (Ref. 983941)

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


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1 Customer Review(s)

  • Dorothy

    “Everything was wonderful.”

    The situation, really peaceful. The hosts, friendly with nothing too much trouble. The accommodation, very comfortable. High spec without feeling precious. A wonderful place to birdwatch, with some great walks straight from the front door.

    The situation, really peaceful. The hosts, friendly with nothing too much trouble. The accommodation, very comfortable. High spec without feeling precious. A wonderful place to birdwatch, with some great walks straight from the front door.

    - Dorothy, September 2020

The property

Llandovery 4.5 miles.

Situated on the outskirts of the pretty village of Cilycwm, close to the thriving market town of Llandovery, is this superb converted hayloft in a 19th century stone barn, part of a traditional farm courtyard.

Accessed via twelve stone steps leading up to the front door, be welcomed into a spacious split level, open-plan living space.

It is furnished with a mixture of antiques and original quirky features, including exposed A Frame beams and has been Graded as four stars, by Visit Wales.

Relax and unwind into the evening, curled up in the chesterfield armchairs catching up with your favourite shows, spinning 78s on the original 1920s gramophone, spending some quality time together.

Enjoy mountain views and sunsets from the south facing balcony.

This is a designated dark skies area and you stay cosy in front of the outside wood burner, enjoying the starry night sky.

The kitchen is well-equipped with everything you could need to rustle up some delicious meals, to be enjoyed at the dining table over a sparkling glass of wine whilst you plan the days ahead.

Once the evening draws to a close, retire to the quirky hand carved double sized luxury cabin bed located towards the rear of the room, and get some much needed rest for the day's ahead.

There is a beautiful stained glass window in the cabin bed, overlooking the barn below.

The hayloft was converted by a previous artist owner so that she could keep an eye on her mare in the foaling barn below – but you can now enjoy this retreat to yourselves as there are no longer any animals in the barn.

The original country house style large bathroom has hand painted wallpaper, original tiles and an elegant bath so you can have a relaxing soak at the end of a tiring day.

There are miles of walks from the door across the owners’ private land to waterfalls, hidden river valleys and into the Cambrian Mountains beyond.

There’s a short walk from the property to the local village pub.

While you're in the area, make sure to visit the market towns of Llandovery, Llandeilo and Brecon which offer a large selection of pubs and restaurants for that fine dining experience, as well as a number of independent shops and supermarkets for picking up any last-minute essentials.

For a spot of history, visit Llandovery Castle, a late 13th century castle, also a Grade II* listed building and is well-worth a visit.

Carmarthenshire is home to more castles than the Royal Family and the Reading Room is a short drive from The Botanic Gardens of Wales, Aberglasney, and National Trust properties Dinefwr, and the Dolaucothi goldmines.

Just a short drive away are the stunning beaches of the south and west coast.

You are just three miles from the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park for a range of countryside sites, where you can walk, cycle and take some stunning drives into beautiful mountain wilderness.

Also nearby are many lakes and rivers where you can get involved with some watersports activities.

The Reading Room is an excellent base for couples seeking a rural escape.

There are three large stone barns in the traditional courtyard, including the owners’ farmhouse next door.

The farm is non-working.


  • Split-level property
  • Open-plan studio-style living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with 1 x double bed
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC.
  • Gas central heating with outdoor woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Designated parking space
  • Enclosed decking area with furniture and woodburning stove
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles and pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: There are 12 steps leading up to the front door and may be unsuitable for those with limited mobility

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About the location


Llandeilo 13 miles; Carmarthen 28 miles.

This pretty market town sits on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. This area is popular for walking, fishing and cycling with the Black Mountains, Crychan Forest, Cwm Rhaeadr and the River Towey waiting to be discovered.
A walk up to the castle is a must as from here you enjoy the views out across the town to the neighbouring River Bran.
After a day spent walking through the beautiful countryside there are many cafés, tea rooms, delis and patisseries for you to relax in. Not to be missed is the annual Sheep Festival which is held every September and celebrates droving, sheep farming and the wool industry. Llandovery is in a fantastic location with something to suit everyone on the doorstep. The village of Llandeilo, a twenty minute drive away, is a pretty market town with a lovely selection of unusual gift shops, eating places and pubs, whilst visits to the medieval Dinefwr and Carreg Cennen Castles add to the charm. Nearby, explore the ruins of Talley Abbey, The National Botanic Garden Of Wales, an array of historic castles, plus a large selection of beautiful sandy beaches and the famous coastal path all within comfortable driving distances.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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