Stephen and Lynne welcome you ...
... to their 4star, Bed & Breakfast Accommodation at the Old Radnor Barn,
STOP PESS.....OLD RADNOR BARN BED AND BREAKFAST 2012 and 2013 TRIPADVISOR AWARD WINNER
STOP PRESS.....ZERO CARBON TRANSPORT IN THE BRECON BEACONS.
WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE OUR MEMBERSHIP OF THE ECO TRAVEL NETWORK AND HAVE OUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR-'TAFFY' THE TALGARTH TWIZY. We are offering our guests discounted room and 'Taffy' Packages. Click on the following link: Accommodation and Eco Car Hire Packages For longer hire deals, please ask at the time of booking.
Croeso! Welcome to the Old Radnor Barn where we are committed to being more environmentally aware, by taking part in the Green Business Tourism Scheme. Many aspects of Green Tourism are integral to how we all live nowadays, so working towards a Green Tourism award has provided structure and aims. The GBTS is an environmental accreditation organisation that independently assesses and grades tourism businesses such as ours.
Our intention, is to work in a more sustainable way, reducing our carbon footprint, minimising our impact on the environment and encouraging our guests to do the same. This does not mean that we compromise on the comfort or the 4-star quality of our accommodation. We endeavour to raise awareness of environmental matters by giving information in our blue books in the guest bedrooms, and maps and timetables in the guests’ lounge. We have a wealth of ideas for walking and cycling in the local area.
Here are some actions we take:
We recycle newspapers, cardboard, glass, cans and plastics, food waste, egg shells etc.
We garden organically, using no chemicals or pesticides.
We use Fairtrade products wherever possible, tea and coffee at breakfast for instance.
We shop locally for much of our food. Our bacon, sausages and free-range eggs come from Brian - Cashells, of Crickhowell , a family run butchery business, that sources all their meat from the small farms within the Black Mountains.
We are changing over to low energy lighting – all new bulbs fitted will be energy saving.
Small capacity kettles are supplied in guest bedrooms to reduce the amount of electricity needed to boil the water.
We ask guests to save water by not leaving taps running.
Low flush toilets throughout.
New double glazing throughout.
A new fuel efficient condensing boiler.
Most of our electrical appliances are A rated or above, it is our policy that any replacements are AAA rated.
We are currently investigating the installation of solar thermal and solar within our garden. As a grade 2 listed property in a conservation area, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority are absolutely against roof panels.
All radiators have thermostatic valves. They can be turned up or down to suit guest preferences, and we ask if these can be turned down whenever possible.
We have begun a towel change policy and thank guests who help to save water & electricity.
We have a varied menu for breakfast, so allowing guests to choose their own breakfast creating less waste.
We have a large organic vegetable/fruit garden and when in season use the fruits of our labour in both our breakfasts and evening meals. We have a plentiful daily supply of fresh eggs from our chicken’s. We have an abundance of fruit trees and bushes, from which make our and preserve our own jams, marmalades and chutneys. We also make and bake our own bread.
Excess fruit from the garden is frozen for later use. All jam jars are recycled.
We ask cyclists if first they would use the bucket and sponges provided before using the hosepipe for rinsing their bikes.
We promote Walkers are Welcome, and have walking books, maps, leaflets etc. to borrow.
We promote car-free days with suggestions of where to go and what to see. We also have our own electric car, which we either hire out to our guests or just let them use it foc, when they are on longer stays.
Use recycled toilet rolls and kitchen rolls.
Tips for guests:
Conserve energy – switch off room lights when you go out. If you feel hot, turn down radiators.
Save water – don’t leave tap running.
support our towel change policy.
Help look after the National Park by not littering and guarding against fires.
Support Green Tourism Businesses
Turn off standby on your TV when not in use.
Set within the Brecon Beacons National Park, the area is renowned for its scenic beauty and is an ideal base for holidays in Mid Wales, South Wales and the border towns of the Marches.
Old Radnor Barn is designated a grade 2 listed building by Cadw and dates back nearly 300 years. Retaining many original features It was sympathetically renovated between 1998 and 2002. Formerly a stable building belonging to the medeival hall house by the name of the Old Radnor Arms, the barn dates from the mid 18th century, it has a stone roof, and an octagonal mullioned windows.
Situated on the western outskirts of Talgarth, the barn, not so long ago was an overnight resting place for stallions traveling to stud on the Great Western Railway. The railway has now gone but the small market town of Talgarth nestles peacefully in the foot hills of the Black Mountains.
A geographical gateway, Talgarth is an ideal base to explore both the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park ...
Opportunities exist for most outdoor activities: walking, climbing, cycling, mountain-biking, pot-holing, horse riding, gliding, hand-gliding, together with the full range of water sports including fishing, kayaking canoeing, sailing and windsurfing in the reservoirs and rivers of the area. The magical and tranquil lake of Llangorse (the largest natural lake in Wales) lies three miles to the west. The river Wye is only three miles to the east at Glassbury while the river Usk lies six miles to the west at Brecon.
Talgarth itself, is one of the five Brecon Beacons National Park designated cycle hubs with five routes, all of which start within 50 metres of our accommodation. They are: Talgarth Green, Talgarth Red 1, Talgarth Red 2 and Talgath Black. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced mountain biker, whether you prefer to ride, or carry your bike. Talgarth is is the place for you!
Talgarth also proudly boasts it's very own nature reserve at Pwll-y-Wrach. On a leisurely stroll through the woods, you can absorb its calming influence while listening to the gentle running water of the river Enneg. You will find a variety of birds and wildlife, including otters, badgers, look out for our very own pair of nesting red kites. At your desination, you can marvel at the forty foot waterfall. Dip your toes in and cool off, shut your eyes and let the world and its troubles pass you by.
The latest attraction in Talgarth is its fully restored water powered flour mill Mill. Funding for the mills restoration was provided by the Big Lottery Fund and its progress watched by millions on BBC's Village SOS hosted by Sarah Beeny. During the past year the mill has gone from strength to strength, with the addition of a purpose built cafe and restored gift shop. The cafe bakes all its own bread, cakes and pastries, while the gift shop display's a wide variety of local art and craft works.
Stephen is a former teacher of A Level Art, Photography and Ceramics. He now spends his time taking photographs in the beautiful and rugged landscape of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, using them as subject matter for his watercolour paintings and limited edition prints. Lynne has a background in community care but now uses her skills looking after and attending to the needs of her guests, making sure that your stay will be a memorable one. Have a look at what their guests have said, click on the guestbook tab at the top of the page. They both enjoy gardening and cooking, using the fruits of their labour for the benifit of your mouth watering Welsh breakfasts and evening meals. Both are members of Hay Walkers, a local walking group who meet every weekend of the year. Why not join them on a walk? They have been married for thirty one years and have three children, two boys and a girl.