When life gets hectic with the noise of the working week with its deadlines, emails, calls and commutes, sometimes you just need a weekend of stillness, silence and no mobile signal. A few years ago, I discovered just the place. And that place is Beudy Banc.
Nestled outside Machynlleth in mid-Wales lies Beudy Banc; a beautifully isolated converted cowshed high up on a hillside. The winding drive up a track fills you with a sense of expectation and then you are greeted by the sight of the barn with its sun faded pink gable end. Nothing quite prepares you for what lies inside.
In the true sense of this website, as you wander in you are struck by the wonder of this place.
Inside Beudy Banc
Key features of Beudy Banc include a mezzanine floor with a bedroom above the lounge, a gigantic map above the kitchen, a huge dining table looking out to a veranda, and a sunken bath with a window that looks across the valley. All of this is set off by an eclectic interior and the owners have clearly spent a lot of time collecting unique items for the property.
Finding the bedrooms that are hidden away in corners and up spiral staircases are an adventure in itself. Over the years we have stayed here countless times, be it as a large family group or just as a couple. It sleeps 8 and at £90 a night for the whole place, it’s a bargain.
The space is ideal for families – there are two downstairs bedrooms, one with a cot and one with twin beds suitable for younger children who may be better suited to sleeping at ground level rather than tackling unfamiliar stairs should they wake in the night. There is also a wetroom with a WC and shower. Outside there is a veranda (with a barrier) which looks out to sprawling fields, perfect for children to explore whilst parents watch from the deck. There is parking for several cars and an outdoor table which can be used for dinner during the summer months.
Additional places to stay on site
In addition to Beudy Banc, this family run business also has 6 self-catering places dotted across their farmland. Most of which, are unique cabins on the other side of the valley that the family have designed and built themselves. Everything you could need from a self-catering perspective has been provided. The cabins may seem off grid but all have electricity, gas and hot water. A new addition to their offering has been a recent conversion of an outbuilding adjorning the owners home. This property is also great for families alongside Beudy Banc.. A full list of bookable properties on the land include:
Beudy Banc – a rennovated cow shed that sleeps 8, plus several cabins included:
Caban Coch – sleeping 2 (family friendly)
Caban Crwn & Caban Copa – each sleeping 3
Caban Cader & Caban Cadno – both sleeping 4
Cwm Llywi Bach – sleeping 6 across 2 beds and 1 sofa bed (family friendly)
During the summer months Bell Tents can also be provided.
If you’re looking for a unique weekend away with friends or partners then the cabins are perfect. All of the accommodations have scenic views and are pet-friendly.
We’ve stayed in one of the cabins, Caban Coch on two occasions now prior to having children and spending the evenings on the decking as the firepit crackles is something very special.
The family has grown since our last stay in the cabin, and the idea of leaving work on a Friday, packing up the car and returning to bring my sons here for the weekend once they’re a little older is something I can’t wait to do.
The cabins sleep between two and four people and cost between £60 and £80 a night. All are self-contained with the home comforts you need: big double beds, warm showers, log burners, and fitted kitchens. On the times we have visited we’ve loved seeing the tokens of welcome left by the owners: fresh flowers, small chocolates or freshly baked welsh cakes. A lovely touch.
Family Options at Beudy Banc & Co
For parents wanting to get away from it all with their kids, Beudy Banc and the newly launched Cwm Llywi bach are the most family friendly offerings the site has to offer.
Both properties have baths, cots, numerous bedrooms and ample space for the family to relax after a day exploring.
Cwm Llywi Bach is most suitable for younger families who want to enjoy the peace and outdoors but may need use of some of the usual comforts such as a fridge/freezer and microwave plus, a TV With dvds to borrow and free wifi. As mentioned families with older children however won’t need any of this and will love exploring the wide open space surrounding Beudy Banc until bed.
All accommodations are set out in such a way to encourage its vistiors to spend good quality time together in the common spaces they provide – whether that be reading from the book shelves, listening to the radio, drawing or completing puzzles together.
What to do
There’s lots to do in this area too from beach walks, mountain biking trails from your door to following the owner’s homemade map and going for sunrise hike/trail run around the valley.
When we visit we tend to spend some time doing the various walks surrounding the accommodation (each cabin contains maps and information on routes from your doorstep). We tend to wander into Machynlleth which has some great cafes for brunch, a few nice pubs for tea and a range of antique and independent book shops to look round. It also houses an art gallery and an eco-park just on the outskirts of town.
For supplies, we recommend grabbing what you’ll need for the first couple of meals on the way so you can set up and relax from arrival. However, on the outskirts of Machynlleth there is a well stocked Co-op with everything you and your family could need during your stay from nappies to beer to local cakes. Each of the cabins do come with a log burner and essential supplies for a fire but these can also be easily picked up in town too.
Further afield we tend to jump into the car and head for nearby towns and beaches. Our favourite beach to visit is Aberdovey. It’s a short drive away from Beudy Banc but there’s plenty to see from a beach, a playground (with donkey rides in the summer!) a small town with a few independent shops and coffee shops, a lifeboat station, sand dunes and a jetty that is packed with families crabbing during the summer.
How to book
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