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Woodpecker Barn

(Ref. 1021868)

Hensol near Pontyclun, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "My very positive feedback can be found in the host's Guest Book."

    It is an extremely well-appointed and comfortable property (an excellent barn conversion). Great location - well placed for the varied attractions that the Vale of Glamorgan has to offer.

    Reviewed by KarenNov 2023

  • "Very clean and well-equipped cottage."

    Thank you very much.

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2023

  • "One of the best holiday cottages we have stayed at, and the only one we are returning to next May."

    It’s in a lovely quiet location, with lots of places nearby to visit. Hosts were very friendly and on hand if needed. Our last holiday here was only 4 days but next years will be 7 days as there are other places we did not get time to see. The cottage was spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you would need.

    Reviewed by PatriciaSep 2023

  • "A fabulous property - roomy, comfortable, very well equipped and in a good location to access the attractions of the South Wales area."

    Good secure area of lawn and patio to keep the dog happy, as well.

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2023

  • "Absolutely wonderful cottage."

    Immaculately clean - which is rare for a lot of dog friendly cottages. The farm is wonderful and peaceful. It was lovely watching the Woodpeckers on the bird feeder. The weather wasn’t kind to us but the spacious cottage made sure we were comfortable being inside all day. We brought our 8 month old baby with us and the main bedroom had so much space that it made it so much easier to navigate bath times, bedtime etc. The cot was a brilliant size and our daughter was super comfy every night. Tim and Sally are wonderful hosts and we will definitely be rebooking!

    Reviewed by RebeccaJul 2023

  • "Fabulous property, wonderful location and super friendly hosts."

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2023

  • "A fabulous welcome, thank you!"

    The property is beautiful, clean, light and spacious. Very comfortable bed! A brilliant nights sleep. Loved the carpet on the top floor too, so thick and lovely to walk on haha A beautiful location on the farm, great views of the woodpeckers on the bird table outside. Lovely walks around the countryside yet still so close to the M4. Highly recommend and would definitely stay again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by RuthJul 2023

  • "Woodpecker barn was very comfortable and homely."

    Spotlessly clean and well equipped. Spacious and in a lovely rural setting. Very peaceful and quiet. Host were friendly and helpful, gave good recommendations for where to go and for restaurants. When the fridge was not working properly it was replaced instantly. We had a great fortnight and can highly recommend Woodpecker Barn

    Reviewed by JeremyJun 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in Woodpecker cottage."

    Tim and Lucy were very helpful and were always available and happy to let us know where to go in the surrounding area. The cottage was immaculate and very comfortable

    Reviewed by KathJun 2023

  • "Perfect location for us, ideally located close to places of interest let and good places to eat close by."

    Very quiet and the owners are helpful and available when needed but not intrusive. We hope to return, this was our second visit and just as wonderful as the first.

    Reviewed by MartynMay 2023

  • "What a lovely property woodpecker barn very clean beautiful furniture."

    Owners very helpful and friendly. In a very lovely area , a lot to do and see in the area. Easy reach to shops and restaurants. Garden very safe for my dogs. Will go back.

    Reviewed by LorraineApr 2023

  • "Thank you for lovely stay for the week, friendly welcome by Tim & Sally."

    Great location with Pontyclun down the road, and short drives over to Barry Island & Porthcawl. Talbot Green nearby for local amenities too. Woodpecker Barn was as described and everything thought of with everything you needed. Had lovely rest during our stay. Once again thank you for pleasant stay. Les,Stuart, Charlotte & Jazz(Dog)

    Reviewed by LeslieApr 2023

  • "Fantastic property, would highly recommend and hope to return soon"

    Reviewed by LouiseApr 2023

  • "We loved our stay in the woodpecker barn."

    Tim and Sally greeted us on arrival and spoke with us whenever we passed in the yard. They made sure we had everything we needed and the barn was well stocked with everything. Special thanks for the prosecco. It went down well when our friends came over for dinner. A special treat was the woodpecker being a regular visitor to the bird feeder in the garden. Well placed accommodation for what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by AngelaMar 2023

  • "Perfect holiday property with everything that we needed and more."

    Excellent location, close to everything and everywhere that we wanted to visit, but also very quiet to give us the peace that we needed as well.

    Reviewed by RyanFeb 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay in Woodpecker Barn, Tim and Sally looked after us like we were old friends!"

    The Barn was spotless and cleaned and maintained to a high standard, we had everything we needed, the countryside was beautiful, even though it was winter and frosty, the underfloor heating kept it warm, we would have no hesitation in coming back! Our dog loved it too! Thanks Tim and Sally

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2023

  • "Woodpecker Barn is a wonderful place to stay."

    It is in a quiet area and the quality of the conversion is excellent. We have felt really at home here. Tim is an excellent host and nothing was too much trouble. We will definitely be coming back here when we next come to the Cardiff area.

    Reviewed by MargaretJan 2023

  • "Lovely converted barn."

    Extremely comfortable and owners very helpful. Good location for walking, access to Cardiff, coast and mountains. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2022

  • "Great place to enjoy a relaxing holiday loads of places to shop eat and ..."

    Great place to enjoy a relaxing holiday loads of places to shop eat and sightseeing,the barn itself was a luxury loved every minute of our stay and we were looked after by tim who is a lovely man with lots of information about where to go if we needed to,I think the holiday would be great for any age group

    Reviewed by GailOct 2022

  • "Well located for Cardiff, countryside & the coast."

    Spacious, well equipped & spotlessly maintained. Extra bonus for dog owners is having access to empty, securely fenced fields straight from the door, as well as local walks. What really makes the difference is how friendly and helpful Sally & Tim are - even driving our son & his partner to the local train station when needed. They invite suggestions for improvement in the visitors book but we struggled to come up with any!

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2022

  • "The cottage is in an ideal location to explore coast, country and city."

    It was so charming and relaxing. Meeting the owners was a pleasure as they were so friendly. As our first holiday with our new puppy we were so pleased to have chosen this cottage as Lucy had a great time.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2022

  • "Sally and TIm were the perfect hosts in a lovely property."

    Woodpecker Barn was the perfect basasm 5

    Reviewed by PatsyJun 2022

  • "Very pleasant and comfortable."

    Friendly hosts. Please add a butter knife to the inventory.

    Reviewed by Gerrard PeterMay 2022

  • "Barn. Conversion done to a high standard was very clean and spacious."

    Our hosts were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Very quiet spot but within walking distance of the shops and some very good pubs/ restaurants. Cardiff and beaches only half an hour away. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by HeatherMar 2022

  • "Great cottage and very easy to find, just off the M4."

    Cottage was immaculate and well maintained, owners helpful and nothing was too much trouble. 1 bit of feedback maybe a lamp in the upstairs hallway so when you wanted to use the bathroom you would not have to switch all the hallway lights on. Overall an excellent cottage..

    Reviewed by KateFeb 2022

  • "Really great cottage and lovely owners."

    Everything was well thought through, with all the amenities you could need. We really enjoyed our staff and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by SophieJan 2022

  • "Great stay."

    Very sunny property with big patio doors and beautiful views. Loved hearing and seeing all the birds and squirrels. Really warm and welcoming hosts. They left a bottle of drink and chocolate and thought of all those little touches that make your holiday homely. Very tastefully decorated. Open plan space and gorgeous farmhouse/ country kitchen with everything you could need. They even had a dishwasher there. Brilliant hosts, the underfloor heating was a real treat and the location was pretty countryside but very easy trips into Cardiff etc. Both bathrooms clean and warm and had some very cosy baths. Peaceful setting and you instantly feel relaxed and on holiday. We will be back again!

    Reviewed by FernNov 2021

  • "Everything about the property was excellent."

    Thank you Tim and Sally.

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2021

  • "We had a wonderfull time during our stay at Woodpecker barn the owner's Tim and Sally were brilliant and very helpfull the area was good for places to visit especially St Fagans near Cardiff where you could easily spend a full day,we do intend to return next year."

    Reviewed by LorraineOct 2021

  • "A beautiful and well maintained cottage."

    Tim & Sally were on hand but never intrusive. Really lovely couple, cottage and location. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by SamOct 2021

  • "The owners were lovely and helpful, the welcome pack was a nice surprise, the farm is in a rural and quiet location."

    Overall, well worth the visit.

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2021

  • "Fabulous location for sightseeing local area."

    Relaxing, well equipped and modern. Exceptionally clean and very friendly hosts Highly recommended stay.

    Reviewed by ClaireSep 2021

  • "Everything about Woodpecker Barn was just perfect!"

    Could not fault it at all. The owners Sally and Tim were on hand for all our needs. Very welcoming and had exceptional local knowledge. The Barn itself was equipped with a complete range of essentials. We would highly recommend this property!

    Reviewed by JacquelineSep 2021

  • "Very comfortable stay the hosts were lovely and perfect location for visiting places definitely recommend"

    Reviewed by NicolaSep 2021

  • "Great holiday and fantastic house"

    Reviewed by JamesAug 2021

  • "Excellent Farm Barn."

    Everything you need with Dog friendly garden Very quiet and clean Perfect location to visit the local sites. Cardiff, Beaches, local towns. Bridgend Shopping. Plenty of parking

    Reviewed by TroyJul 2021

  • "Woodpecker barn was outstanding!"

    A great location and very well presented and clean. The owners were so lovely and accommodating. I will be 100% recommending to our family and friends.

    Reviewed by AbigailJul 2021

  • "Delightful new barn conversion on a working farm with everything you need for a warm, comfortable stay."

    The owners live next door on the farm, were friendly and helpful which added to our enjoyable holiday. A welcome pack was sent by email beforehand giving details of the house, which was spotlessly clean and fresh for our arrival.

    Reviewed by MarkMay 2021

  • "Woodpecker Barn is a gorgeous property set in a beautiful location."

    It was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and welcoming. The owners are very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely stay there again and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by SarahApr 2021

  • "Woodpecker Barn was a high quality and well speced cottage offering everything we wanted."

    It’s a beautiful space in a wonderful location.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and living area
  • Oil fired central heating and underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, grill, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, WiFi and a selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Rear multi-level enclosed lawn and patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.4 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: This property is located on a working farm
  • Note: This property has a minimum of 3 night stay and can not accept a Sunday changeover.

The property

Pontyclun 1.5 miles.

Woodpecker Barn is a wonderful holiday cottage for those wishing for a remote setting in easy reach of both coastal and countryside attractions.

A beautiful stone-built barn with a contemporary interior, this property is wonderfully suited to couples, friends or families looking to explore Wales at any time of year.

Step over the stylishly patterned hallway and make your way into the open-plan living space where you will first see the sleek kitchen area letting you pour yourself a warming cup of tea whilst admiring the wide range of fantastic appliances on offer.

Pull up a chair at the dining table for an evening of family-fun board games, the patio doors open to let in the fresh countryside air, or snuggle up together on the plush corner sofa and watch your favourite film on the television.

Spend time together in the multi-level garden where your canine companion can enjoy running around the enclosed lawn as you kick back and relax beneath the sun after a day of adventure.

Move upstairs to find the two equally as inviting double bedrooms, both making lovely spots to rest your head after a fun-filled day, firstly choosing from either the ground-floor shower room or the bathroom to refresh before unwinding and catching up with your rest.

Explore the local area of Hensol by foot, with both a pub and the River Ely running by, it makes a lovely location for an evening walk, or follow the river to nearby Pontyclun where you can find even more pubs and eateries to choose from as well as shops to pick up your own ingredients for a homemade meal, you'll also find the railway station with direct links to Cardiff and Swansea.

Llanerch Vineyards is just next door with its café/restaurant and farm shop, you’re also just 1 mile from The Vale Hotel and Golf Course and the Miskin Manor, both with their restaurant and spa facilities.

Local historic towns of Cowbridge and Llantrisant, with their leisure centre/swimming pool, and The Royal Mint Visitor Center, are well worth a visit.

Be sure to explore the Welsh capital of Cardiff too, just a scenic car journey away, here you will find attractions such as its Gothic castle, museums including the National Museum Cardiff and the science museum Techniquest, or simply choose to ramble along the beautiful bay, taking in the seascapes as you enjoy some fish and chips for a delicious dinner.

For a day out with a difference the Cardiff International White Water Centre is a must, or head to Bridgend for a game of golf followed by wonderful shopping experiences at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.

Surrounded by so many coastal attractions, there's no better choice than Woodpecker Barn for your next holiday.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 1051827, together sleeping six guests.

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About the location


  • Bridgend 10.9 miles
  • Cardiff 12.1 miles
  • Swansea 32.6 miles

A charming village and community resting within the County Borough of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Pontyclun is the perfect choice for an escape to Wales. The iron ore and coal mining industries alongside the introduction of the South Wales Railway changed this quaint village from a 20 acre farm to a bustling Victorian industrial town, which now attracts visitors from all over the world. Alongside its great railway connections, the village also benefits from a good range of shops, perfect for picking up any essentials on a self-catered stay, as well as wide selection of eateries varying from traditional pubs to Indian takeaways, offering something for every taste. Explore the independent shops scattered around before taking a stroll through the picturesque Ivor Woods and along the River Ely. A scenic car journey from Pontyclun will bring you to Wales' capital; Cardiff. Here you can find a wide range of attractions, with the most popular including a trip to its imposing Gothic castle, exploring its beautiful bay and the Cardiff Central Market where you can roam the dual-level Victorian structure houses showcasing a variety of traders, from fresh produce to homeware, tools and even records. For a day out with a difference visit the Cardiff International White Water Centre, offering the only white water rafting course in South Wales, or explore Bridgend, Barry, Port Talbot and beyond, making Pontyclun the ultimate base for exploring the coast of Wales.

Note: This property has a minimum of 3 night stay and can not accept a Sunday changeover.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas