- Blue Tit
- Chiff Chaff
- Song Thrush
- Wood Pigeon
- Great Tit
- Nut Hatch
- Black Cap
- Pied Wagtail
- Greater Spotted woodpecker
- Coal Tit
- Mistle Thrush
- Herring Gull
- March Tit
- Red Kite
- Field Fare
- Long Tailed Tit
- Tree Creeper
- Bull Finch
- Willow Warbler
- House Sparrow
- Canada Geese
- Feral Pigeon
- Grey Heron
- Black Headed Gull
- Lesser Black Backed Gull
- Sparrow Hawk
- Greylag Goose
Walking in Wales 2017
This part of Wales has some fantastic walks and provide those keen to see what’s around with a huge variety of landscape both coastal and inland. The National Trust has put together lots of information for keen walkers who want to go walking in Wales. The fourth walk is at Dinefwr which is only half an hour away. It is perfect in the winter! To celebrate the Year of Legends 2017 in Wales there are others who are offering themed walks some of which are in Carmarthenshire or the neighbouring counties of Ceredigion and Pembrokshire. Since the New Year several news stories have appeared explaining what the Year of Legends is all about. Read this one for some added insight!
We have two specific walks in Carmarthenshire one on the theme of Twm Sion Cati and the second on The legend of the Lady of the Lake at Llyn Y Fan Fach.(see pic above)
Click here to watch a short film of the wonderful walk to the cave of Twm Sion Cati. It starts at the car park to the Dinas Nature Reserve and I myself completed this last summer. The highlight for me was seeing a single yellow hammer being fed on the bird table, some meadow pipits and then two dippers in the fast flowing River Towy.
Click here to watch a short film of the Llyn Fan Fach walk which includes some great aerial shots of the walk. Stunning views will greet those who do this walk. The road to the car park seems to go on for ever but its well worth the effort of getting there!
If interested you could do either walk accompanied – see the leaflet below which has been put together to celebrate Wales Year of Legends 2017. The first is in April and the second in August 2017 – both walks are about 7 miles.
If staying at Old Oak Barn we can give advice and tips on where is good for walking and also provide you with standard OS maps to borrow. The coastal walks around Laugharne and Llansteffan are always popular. If convenient we will drop you off so you can walk back to your car at a pre arranged suitable place. This will save you having to do a circular walk.
The diversity of birdlife is valued by many visitors who go walking in Wales and if for example a rare bird is spotted it soon reaches the headlines! See below a picture of the never before seen in the UK the masked wagtail which arrived in Pembrokeshire in November 2016. Sadly I was out walking in a different part of West wales and was unable to catch it!
Oakwood Theme Park has now been open for over 25 years and is set to open once again on 2 April. Without doubt many visitors go to the park to have a go on Megafobia which is considered one of the wildest wooden coasters on the planet and it has been been voted the best ride in the UK and the third best ride in the world by coaster enthusiasts from the Roller Coaster Club of Great Britain. In 2010 it was listed as one of the Top Ten rides in the world in a poll conducted for Cheapflights.com
Oakwood Opening Times and Prices are clearly outlined and although not a cheap day out for a family it will almost certainly be a day to remember.
Visitors to Old Oak Barn have great fun at the park and are impressed with the wonderful setting overlooking the beautiful countryside of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. We think you too will enjoy a visit!
St Clears Vintage Tractor Run 2014
S4C were there filming the event as over 80 tractors of all shapes and sizes congregated in Pwll Trap before heading off to the village of St Clears main car park. Then off they went up Station Road turning right up Gibeon Road and going right past Old Oak Barn towards Bancyfelin. Through Wern farmyard and then on the back road back into Meidrim where we got our fourth and final view!
In Meidrim some went back into St Clears and some chose to go up the hill past the church and back down Salem road to end up at The White Lion in Pwll Trap.
New photos of Old Oak Barn self catering holiday let in Carmarthenshire – open this winter for short breaks!
We have some great new photos of Old Oak Barn taken in November on a crisp sunny afternoon. They complement the new Old Oak Barn 360Virtual Tour which was taken on the same day.
The first photo shows how sunny the south facing patio is at any time of the year. The highly scented white jasmine was still in leaf and will need a good trim soon!
The photo above of the kitchen shows how spacious this room is. With two windows and a stable door it is always light and airy.The large main room is a wonderful space to relax and enjoy company of friends and family. The hand crafted alder floor was sawn from timber grown in the woods on the farm. Wifi is available in every room and so far has been very reliable and visitors appreciate the fact this is included in the price.
Two bedrooms are more than comfortable and both are simply furnished too. Both have veluxes and high ceilings but are warm and cosy all year round with underfloor heating from the biomass boiler which uses sustainable wood we produce ourselves from managed woodlands either here or in Carmarthenshire or Pembrokeshire.
The delightful bathroom overlooks the shrubbery and down to the little stream at the back. In May you can almost smell the bluebells if the window is open. Warm floor to hop on after a shower or a bath is lovely and there is plenty of space in this room for extra bits and bobs.
The views from every room are magnificent and give an indication of the lovely rural setting of Old Oak Barn.
Down at the bottom of your private garden is a patch of lawn with a washing line and two small swings suitable for little ones. We are open all year round for holidays and short breaks including long weekends out of the main season. Currently we have a few days available between Christmas and New Year for those wanting to get away and discover Carmarthenshire for themselves, 26 December until 30 December – please phone.
We are very child friendly and can promise there are lots of good books, toys, games and puzzles for all ages. A small selection of DVDs and CDs is also available.
Wales Coast Path
The Wales Coast Path is proving to be a great asset to the Welsh tourist industry and visitors to Wales have increased in numbers since it opened.
Both Old Oak Barn and Puffin House are well situated for those who want to walk the path. A few years ago we had visitors from England who stayed in each property while they undertook their mammoth walk around the entire coastline of the UK. Each day their planned route took them between 10 and 20 miles on the path before a bus ride back to base! This required some imagination and creative planning and of course oodles of patience.
Stay at Old Oak Barn or Puffin House to walk the coast path in 2014!
If you are wanting to holiday in Wales next year and are looking for a base from which to walk the Wales Coast Path then come and stay in one of our self catering holiday lets. We are open for short breaks now until Easter. Please phone 01994230716 for more information. If we don’t know the answer to your query we shall point you in the direction of someone who does!
Click on the above to see what’s on in the new series which visitors to Puffin House in Broad Haven will be interested in no doubt!
The Wales Coast Path
Why is it so special? Watch the programme to find out!
With its dazzling beaches and secret coves, the Pembrokeshire coastline is the programme reveals a recognised gem within the Welsh tourism industry and is rated as one of the top two coastal destinations in the world. Last year when the Wales Coast Path was officially opened a fresh wave of praise and appreciation came its way!
But for the many different people who live and work along the stunning coastline of Britain’s only coastal national park, life here is more than just about beach holidays and weekend breaks as this new BBC Wales series is about to reveal.
Birdlife at Old Oak Barn near Carmarthen
We had a detailed bird survey undertaken a few years ago with 45 different species counted over a 2 day period 31 march and 1 April. And this was before the majority of summer migrants had returned. That particular night 3 chiff chaffs arrived and were clearly heard singing and sounded very happy to be back in Wales.
Many visitors are overwhelmed by the sound made by the birds in March and April which echoes across the valley. We are so fortunate to have so many birds living nearby. The list above does not include many of the summer visitors for example swallows and house martins who make an appearance around the second or third week in April. Inside the barn we have a selection of bird books for you to borrow. For keen photographers we can hang extra bird feeders up in the copse beyond the barn so you can try your luck at photographing too!
Cwmpalis woods managed to high standards
Visitors can wander freely in the woods which we own and manage to a high standard adhering to strict woodland good practice. Licenses always sought for any work and over the past 25 years the woods here have been improved massively in that they continue to thrive and provide a wonderful habitat for wildlife and birds.
The log cabin was built over 20 years ago and is a base for the picnic area. Although now getting old we are this winter going to do a bit of a refurb on it! Look out!!
The small area in the middle of the woods is sunny in mid summer but can be enjoyed by visitors staying at any time of the year. Please get in touch with us if you would like to come and stay.
Other useful bits of interest about Old Oak Barn.
Short breaks offered out of the main holiday season. Children always welcome too.
We have a new virtual tour on the website now which gives an honest and true picture of the barn! Why not check it out for yourself here at Old Oak barn.
in 2013 we started offering g visitors a ride in the back of the truck 4×4 around the woods and to the top fields on the farm! Just ask if you would like a rIde.
Behind Puffin House is a lovely walk which goes round the “Slash Pond” – this is the only evidence remaining of a coal industry in the area many years ago. The the large pond is inland from Broad Haven beach. This is referred to as ‘the Slash pond’ and was formed in the 19th Century by colliers digging for culm. The amount of coal produced in the Little Haven area was fairly small compared to the large amounts mined at the areas. It is an easy walk including with pushchairs and if you want to you can take a detour to the wonderful broad Haven playground. Children will love the great variety of play apparatus up there suitable for all ages too.
The wood is being managed by Jerry and last year we felled 20 acres of softwood which was at risk of getting disease – very little ash in this wood. The felled acreage will be replanted next winter when decisions have been made for species type etc. It is a fantastic spot and one of our favourite haunts in Pembrokeshire.