Old Oak Barn

St Clears, Carmarthenshire

Light-filled, simply furnished - great family kitchen - next to a woodland playground, this barn is a treat for outdoorsy families


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


You are in the heart of Dylan Thomas country but your back garden will tempt you to stay home. Slip out of the door, across a stream and into 40 acres of woodland, criss-crossed with tracks, teeming with birds, flowers and wildlife, it’s one big adventure playground. There are tree-rope swings, a space for fires and outdoor cooking and the Robersons’ will take you for a spin around the woods to all the secret corners in their 4×4. Tired, dirty and happy children will reluctantly return to your solid, welcoming stone barn tucked in this quiet valley. Light-filled and open-plan, with underfloor heating and exposed beams, there’s a spacious well-equipped breakfasting-kitchen, and a large, wood-floored living room with French doors to a sun-trap patio; perfect for barbecues! Bedrooms are light and simply furnished; the pretty bathroom has a toasty slate floor. With heaps of children’s toys, swings in the small garden, eggs to collect from the family’s free-range chickens behind the house, you might never leave, though beaches, steam railway, gardens and castles are less than an hour. Unpretentious, outdoorsy fun.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: We have 2 4 night breaks during Feb Half Term for £250 each. Stay from the 24 Feb or from 28th Feb

Booking information

Check in
From 2.30pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in low season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurant 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £60
Weekly price
from £275
Damage deposit
Short breaks £150 for 2 nights, £180 for 3 nights.
1 Barn for 4
From £603 beds2 bedrooms


What an absolute gem of a place to stay - we had a lovely few days here with our 3 and 6 year old children, and could happily have had much longer. The barn is fantastically well equipped for kids, and very comfortable for adults too. Our two loved the woods behind the house, with the special fairy door (and treats left by the thoughtful fairies!) as well as the swings and chickens! We really enjoyed exploring the nearby beaches - Saundersfoot and Tenby, and had a great day out on our bikes at Pembrey (beach, bike trails, fab playground!) Highly recommended.

Helen, Bristol

We had a really great stay here. We all loved exploring the woods, sitting in the sunshine while the kids played on the swings, and relaxing in the cosy comfort of the barn playing board games (lots there!). Charlotte was very welcoming and has really thought about what families with kids enjoy. We loved Laugharne as well and everyone enjoyed Folly Farm, not too far away! A perfect place to spend time together away from the hustle and bustle.

Ailsa, Bristol

We had a great stay at the Old Oak Barn, which is in a stunning location. The barn is a lovely space, nice and warm and well equipped, with a good views out to the woodland. The woods are great fun, and Charlotte was a welcoming and friendly host. We'd thoroughly recommend it!

Ben, Scottish borders

Perfect family friendly bolthole with stunning scenery, swings, a stream, woodland walks & a secret fairy door (keep a look out). Can't recommend enough if you're looking to escape the hustle & bustle of city life for a short while.

Josey, London

We had a great week at the Oak Barn. The cottage is very clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The Barn is very child friendly and has plenty of books and games and in a lovely woodland setting. We enjoyed visiting the local beaches and the sourounding area. The owners Charlotte & Jerry are very friendly and welcoming and ensure you have all the information you need on the area.


We had a wonderful time at Old Oak Barn! The barn has everything you need- and more! We loved being shown around the woodland by Charlotte and Jerry, exploring places nearby such as Tenby and coming home to a cosy, warm, homely barn. A really peaceful, relaxing weekend in the country- cannot recommend enough!


We had such a relaxing stay at Old Oak Barn! It was wonderfully cosy with underfloor heating, and were welcomed with fresh eggs from the hens on arrival! Charlotte and Jerry were the perfect hosts; we had such fun on our spin round the woods with them in the 4x4! We just wish we could have stayed longer!

Florence, Bristol

Old Oak Barn is nestled in and around forestry with a small stream running at the bottom of the garden. Our boys had plenty of outdoor adventure and explore time. This meant we could spend quality time preparing our evening meal in the extremely well equipped kitchen. The accommodation itself is lovely. It has a large open plan vaulted living space, with plenty of seating, a dining table and the added bonus of heated wooden floors. Our boys were thrilled to have a visit to see the chickens. We were all also delighted to get the ‘grand tour’ on our hosts 4x4 to see the farm in all its glory.

Richard, Bristol

We had a fabulous time at Old Oak Barn. Charlotte and Jerry are kind, welcoming and relaxed hosts. The barn was exactly what we'd hoped for and our three children loved the stream, rope swings in the wood, collecting eggs, riding in the 4x4 - wonderful. We enjoyed relaxing in beautiful surroundings, hearing birdsong and visiting nearby gems such as Colby Woodland Gardens (a great National Trust). Thank you!


The Old Oak Barn is a wonderful, tranquil place to spend a few days in peace. The accomodation is incredibly warm and cosy. Our hosts looked after us beautifully. A lovely spot......


Nothing that can be written or photographed can do this wonderful barn justice. It is so peaceful, homely and cozy that we are ready to move in! The facilities are perfect for both and adults and children with plenty to do both in and outside in the private woodland with Tree house, swings, bonfires, toasted marshmallows. You also get a fun ride in their 4x4 to survey the land available during the stay (and meet some of the animals!) We stayed 3 nights and it wasn't nearly enough - we want more! and will be back soon :)


A very rewarding and welcoming stay with a relaxing stream and a forest to play. Thank you charlotte for your warmth and care. Lovely break away.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Charlotte Roberson

  • Old Oak Barn is a beautiful Award winning holiday cottage in Carmarthenshire adjacent to our 40 acre bluebell woods. Now taking bookings for 2019.
  • Laugharne is 10 minutes away and the estuary is visible from the top of our woods. Dylan Thomas penned some of Under Milk Wood while living in Laugharne. Several good pubs, restaurents and a deli can be recommended.
  • The many beautiful beaches of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire are only a short drive away and provide some of the most stunning coastal walks in Wales. Tenby and Narberth our firm favourites for shopping too!
  • Bird watchers paradise - you will be able to see many birds from the barn and lots more in the woodlands too which have several kilometers of maintained tracks to wander.
  • Two ancient dwellings have been traced in the woods and on the 1841 census (the first ever census) two familes are recorded as living here. The farmhouse and barns were rebuilt in 1906 from stones recovered when the first dwellings were demolished.
  • Swallows will still swoop into the barn if windows are left wide open to reclaim their old nesting sites despite Old Oak Barn being open for 12 years! You have been warned!