Drovers Retreat

Llandrindod Wells, Powys

Restored stone barn on the edge of Radnor Forest, with walking trails, glorious countryside views and lots of wildlife


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


A Grade II-listed barn that’s won the Green Tourism Silver Award. It sits on the edge of a steep wooded gully dropping down to a stream on the edge of a forest; you’ll feel miles away from civilisation but Bob and Carolyn live in the farmhouse nearby if you need anything.

All the basics are here along with a homemade cake, milk, apple juice and an ‘honesty freezer’ so you can cook from scratch or simply heat up a home-cooked meal. There are plenty of good books, maps and games to mull over in front of the wood-burner, and a games barn has a pool table, table football and darts.

Views are of farm buildings and some magnificent old trees, and a small gravelled area has seating and a barbecue. Plenty of walks along forest tracks and footpaths leave from the door; the nearest restaurant, the Lion Hotel at Llanbister, is a 20-minute drive.

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We think you'll love

  • Being surrounded by nature and tranquillity
  • Bringing your dog and going for walks in the forest
  • The games barn on a wet day
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You should know

  • You are fairly remote although roads here are easy to drive
  • It is surprisingly dark – you’re in a Dark Sky area
  • Some mobile networks not available


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • 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

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 10.30am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs 5-10 miles.


Nightly price
from £90
Weekly price
from £630
Extra bed/sofabed available at no charge.
1 House for 4
From £903 beds2 bedrooms


If you love trees, nature and walking in unspoilt countryside with barely another soul in sight, this is your place. A fabulous eco conversion has made a truly homely place to retreat from the hurly-burly of modern life. If lured away there are delightful market towns in every direction, plus castles, gardens and local attractions. Delightful owners are deeply knowledgeable about the area. Special.

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The neighbourhood

A gate at one end of the barn leads off to trails that soon emerge onto high upland, with Radnor Forest above and the imposing outline of a local landmark, Black Mixen, a peat bog plateau at 2,130 feet. Glorious views stretch out over largely unspoilt countryside, and you can walk for hours and never see another soul. There’s no traffic noise, just the calls of red kites and buzzards wheeling overhead. There are plenty of deer and foxes, badgers, polecats, pine martens and rabbits.

Local points of interest from Carolyn Kennard

  • Endless walks right from the door in and around the Radnor Forest. Miles of footpaths, bridleways and ancient green lanes abound where red kites and buzzards soar and sky larks sing. A real wild space to explore with dark skies and star-spangled nights.
  • Don't miss the stunning Elan Valley Dams with Visitor Centre and café - open all year, just a short drive away, from here the impressive 73-mile Victorian aqueduct stretches to Birmingham! Then trace its route in our woodland, 300 feet beneath your feet.
  • Rain? We'll suggest days out. Visit the Judge's Lodging, Presteigne then indulge yourself with a hot chocolate (Carolyn's favourite!) & lunch at the Workhouse Gallery. Or stay and set up a table football tournament in the barn or just relax with a book.
  • Nearby Hay-On-Wye is a must for book-lovers but music and festivals are all around us, whether it’s May Bank Holiday and The Green Man Festival in Clun, The Presteigne Music Festival in August or a Medieval Xmas Fayre in Ludlow in late November.
  • From our flower-filled station take the little train to meander across the dramatic Knucklas viaduct to Knighton, the 'Town on the Dyke'. Stand with your feet in two countries, listen to the babble of the livestock market then buy organic goodies for tea.
  • Bring your bike and ride the Radnor Ring https://cycle.travel/route/radnor_ring/guide Explore the St Michael churches which guard our sleeping dragon in the Radnor Forest. Canny children will spot his back and maybe hear his roar!


Carolyn Kennard

Bob and Carolyn are gentle, kind, and passionate about nature, people and food. As newly-weds in the late 1970s, they yearned for adventure and worked in Swaziland and Malawi for years, then back in the UK, they ran a pioneering organic food business from the farm. Bob's book 'Much Ado about Mutton' is a bestseller. They are currently researching local history but love to walk, write and sing.