Why not try a Creative Package and make a holiday with a difference, especially if you are coming from further afield. We have quite a variety of different options to choose from!
Or just spend time relaxing here, or walking and exploring the amazing countryside around us. We can provide a range of evening meals as well as picnic lunches for days out. However you choose to spend time here we aim to make your stay fully relaxing and contented.
Carno is right in the middle of Wales so we are well placed for exploration to all points of the compass. The Snowdonia National Park to the North needs little introduction and starts just 30 minutes drive away. To the East there are little treasures such as Montgomery with old castle ruins and the most amazing Hardware Store filled with everthing from Dolls Houses to farming requisites. Southwards towards the Brecon Beacons National Park are the quirky towns of Llanidloes and Rhayader, among very many other fascinating places. To the West lies the sea with everything from touristy towns like New Quay and Barmouth, Tywyn with acres of sand and dunes, the University town of Aberystwyth, and little ports like Aberdovey. Magnificent scenery is all around - a day's driving can leave one, at the end, with a surfeit of "oohs" and "aahs". And after a hard day relaxing there's our spacious comfy Guest Room to look forward to with a well stocked tea trolley. The list of wildlife seen in and around our garden is significant; a Mink, Herons, Woodpeckers, Owls, Hares.... the list is endless.
Facilities - Up to four people can be accommodated in three beds in our large Guest Room. We have two divan beds that can be made up as singles or put together to make a king size bed. There is also a sofa that makes a comfortable double.
Towels, bedding, soap, and toilet paper etc are provided, as is hanging space and hairdryer. A well stocked tea trolley should have all you need.
Wi-Fi internet access is available.
A couple of heaters are provided for the cooler months.
House Information - Cerniog is partly "off grid" - we have mains electricity and phone line - so some things, such as drains, need special care (wipes and sanitary products not to be flushed - drains are "off-grid" - bins are provided). We have a comprehensive folder with information about the barn facilities in your room so please take a few minutes to review it. We are always pleased to answer any questions you may have.
Please use slippers / indoor shoes upstairs (it can be muddy getting here). We try to minimise our "world footprint" and encourage our guests to do the same. We can re-cycle most things for you, including plastics.
Hafan (Welsh for Haven) Cerniog is a recently converted stone barn, surrounded by farmland, set in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales. We are through 2 gates (*please leave gates as you find them*), about a mile from the village of Carno.
Afon (= river) Cerniog runs through the wild garden and provides a very tranquil setting with mature trees and steep hills. Most of the garden is still in the process of being created after all the building work and is a perfect haven for wildlife. We have developed an area of garden for growing vegetables, herbs and fruit bushes which give us fresh produce a lot of the year.
The barn, probably dating from the late 17 hundreds, nestles 300 metres above sea level and, within a short walk, has wide views over exquisite countryside. Freedom to roam and the sound of the river is what drew us here. There is no sound of roads, no street lights to obscure the stars, just animals grazing peacefully in the fields nearby. (We do get some low-flying training jets, which can be a surprise.)
We have converted the barn, mostly by ourselves, to be comfortable and energy-efficient with Ground Source heating and plenty of insulation to keep us warm.
The large comfortable guest room, with en-suite shower room, looks out over peaceful fields. A river tumbles through the garden.
The track to the barn can seem longer than it really is and is not tarmacked. We are near hundreds of acres of Common Land - stout waterproof walking boots (or wellies) necessary, especially in wetter months!
Guests are welcome to explore our garden, such as it is (a work in progress!), but note that this is at your own risk. There are still building materials around and piles of rocks (ready for wall building). Some areas are steep and could be slippery.
Our water comes from a borehole in the back garden and is filtered but has no chlorine or fluoride etc. It is tested and certified 'potable' by the local council.
Although we have 3 cats here they are semi-feral and live permanently outdoors. In 2012 a very sad looking cat was found eating rice from the bird table so we gave her some more appropriate food - and she's been here ever since (still quite feral). The next summer she emerged from the woodpile with 2 kittens!
Your breakfast, included in the price, can be a traditional cooked, using local quality produce where possible, or a lighter version with cereals, toast etc.. Evening snacks and meals can be provided if you arrange it with us, as well as picnic lunches for days out.
Getting about - Carno is roughly the geographical centre of Wales so is well placed for exploring. A bus service is available at the bottom of the lane, in Carno, with buses every two hours roughly. The nearest train station is Caersws, less than 7 miles away, with (peak) hourly services to Birmingham and Aberystwyth or Pwllheli. We will be pleased to collect you from the station or bus stop, by arrangement, as well as helping you decide where to explore. A car is definitely recommended to make the most of the area though.
Sorry but we can't take dogs.
We are a non-smoking household.
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If you are looking for peace and quiet then Hafan Cerniog is hard to surpass. We are in the middle of fields and a river runs through the wild garden. Sitting by the river with little else but the sounds of water and wildlife is very soothing.
The sea, mountains and activities are all around us and we can also offer a range of unusual workshops and activities here at the Barn.
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