Brochen Farm is a ring-fenced small-holding with 2 separate holding numbers for stock movements.
It has 8 acres separated into 2 main blocks of land on either side of the entrance drive and a separate Green Lane (formerly an old Drovers Road). It has post and rail fencing to the schooling arena (approx. 0.5 acre) and post and sheep fencing to the rest of the field areas. Fencing is in reasonable condition except for North and East boundaries of the schooling arena where it is in need of replacement. The fencing is supplemented with hedging on boundary lines. Land is in good heart and drains well. Most areas have functioning land drains into neighbouring land. The bottom field has a number of active springs which drain into wetland and wildlife area (fenced off from livestock).
On the ground floor of the main farmhouse there is a 30ft Living/Sitting room, a new 21ft kitchen/breakfast room, dining/family room, study/office, a downstairs WC and a utility room.
On the first floor there are four double bedrooms, an en-suite shower room and a family bathroom. There is a balcony to the master bedroom, a galleried landing area. There are many original features around the property and there is some updating required.
The outbuildings offer an opportunity for holiday lets, with the original farmhouse that dates back to the 1500s, a large stable block, large workshop, separate barn, hay barn and several storage areas.
Located close to local amenities in Newbridge-on-Wye, schools and transport links. The Elan Valley & Llandrindod Wells are a short drive away.
Rooms & Dimensions
+ Entrance Hall: 11' x 9'
+ Living/Sitting Room: 30' x 16'
+ Kitchen/Breakfast Room: 21' x 11'
+ Dining/Family Room: 14' x 13'7
+ Study/Office: 13' x 11'
+ Utility Room: 10' x 4'
+ Bedroom One: 15' x 13'
+ En-suite Bathroom: 8' x 5'
+ Bedroom Two: 13' x 14'
+ Bedroom Three: 13' x 10'
+ Bedroom Four: 13' x 10'
+ Bathroom: 8' x 6'
Three of the buildings have planning permission to convert them into 3 * 2-bedroomed holiday cottages. All services are on site and plans are available for inspection
· Hen Brochen Llysdinam Newbridge-On-Wye Llandrindod Wells Powys LD1 6nd Ref. No: P/2018/0045 | Received: Fri 05 Jan 2018 | Validated: Thu 01 Mar 2018 | Status: Approved)
· Brochen Isaf Llysdinam Newbridge-On-Wye Llandrindod Wells Powys LD1 6nd
Ref. No: P/2018/0044 | Received: Fri 05 Jan 2018 | Validated: Thu 01 Mar 2018 | Status: Approved
Planning permission was granted in March 2019. Holiday rental cottages are projected to have 70-80% occupancy rates (based on other local properties) as this is a popular “get away from it all” location for
walkers, riders and cyclists and during the Royal Welsh Show week weekly rates for properties are usually more than 3x normal summer rates.
Powys County Council
Council Tax Band: F
Oil Fired Central Heating with addition of wood burners, mains electric and septic tank.
Newbridge-on-Wye is in the heart of rural Wales on the A470 halfway between Rhayader and Builth Wells. The Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground is at Llanelwedd near Builth and about 6 miles from the village. There is a village school and post office, together with a few other shops. Secondary schools are in Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells. We have plenty of churches and chapels and a goodly number of eating, drinking and merry-making places to enjoy.
Within 0.5 mile of the farm there is access to the remotest regions of Powys and the start of the Cambrian Mountains. For horse riders, there is unrestricted riding over considerable areas of common land as well as longer routes by track and unclassified roads as far as the outskirts of Aberystwyth via the Elan Valley and over the hills towards Nant-y-Moch reservoir. (Approximately 50 miles in each direction - takes about 5 days there and back). This is the heart of Wales and one of the last great wilderness areas of Britain. Walkers and cyclists, particularly those doing Offa’s Dyke and the long-distance cycle track were frequent visitors and B&B guests.
Tourism is a major industry, particularly with the draw of the Royal Welsh Showground which has many events throughout the year. For the main agricultural show in July over a quarter of a million people descend on the area and every room within a 50-mile radius is booked as well as camping grounds, caravans and stabling. The long-distance rides and treks proved particularly popular with horse riders.
The area is very rich in wildlife and the farm supports many species of bats, birds (including Red Kites, Buzzards, Curlews, Goldfinches, Redstarts, Firecrests etc) as well as badgers, foxes, stoats, voles, shrews, squirrels and hares.
Private water supply from bore hole and private sewage and slurry systems via septic tank. (No water bills). Telephone, Broadband and Electricity. Postal services to the door and rubbish collection weekly. There is additionally a clean water well approx. 5ft in diameter and 65 ft deep which has never been known to go dry or freeze.
Powys County Council
Council Tax Band: F
Brochen Farm has been run as a 3* tourist Bed & Breakfast location which has year-round occupation due to the nearby long-distance cycle track, the local riding and cycling events and the walking trails. In addition, it ran under the name “The Nag’s Bed” as a Bed & Breakfast for horses and riders who are participating in trail riding, which is popular in this part of Wales and as stabling and grazing for horses and riders visiting the Royal Welsh Showground for any of the many events which occur there throughout the year. We provide livery either on a diy basis or on a more active basis for riders wanting somewhere local for their horses as well as additional grazing for local farmers.
30' x 16'(max)
2 x double-glazed single opening windows facing East, 1x Double Glazed double opening window facing South, 1 x Double Glazed double Patio doors facing South overlooking panoramic view across Wye valley to Mynydd Epynt (approx 15 miles) and beyond to Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons (approx 40 miles), opening onto patio area surrounded by lawn with fruit trees and snowdrops, crocus and daffodils in the spring. Chimney and fireplace with decorative fire surround and modern wood-burning stove on a slate fireproof base. Fitted carpet. 2 x built in floor to ceiling double door cupboards either side of the fireplace with drawer above and double glass-fronted bookshelf cupboards above. 2 x 4ft double radiators, 1x 5ft double radiator. Hidden safe. Door into Dining Room, double half-glazed doors into Hall and Door into Office, 7 x double power points.
21' x 11'
2 x double glazed windows facing North. Oil Boiler cupboard. Double Belfast sink and drainer. Bosch dishwasher under. Lincar Italian styled log burning range with whole surface hob plus 1 oven and 1 warming oven (large enough for small lambs). Gas hob and extractor above.
Modern Howdens kitchen units (light grey colour). High top run of cupboards with fitted microwave oven. Approx 1 x 20ft and 1 x 10ft runs of Granite work surfaces throughout. Granite window sills. Extractor fan. Pull out larder unit. Double door larder unit. Double Neff electric oven /double grill. High rise modern radiator. Genuine riven Slate floor (slabs vary in size but are approximately 2ft 6ins * 3ft 6ins in size and 4-6 inches in depth, weighing approx. 0.25 tonne each). Door to Dining room. Original door to Hall with carved wooden lock together with original key. Part-glazed door to Utility Room.
13' x 11'
1 x Double-glazed single opening window facing East. 1 x Double-glazed single opening window facing North. 3 x walls of bookshelves and desking. Single stone wall. 4ft single radiator. Power points. Telephone/broadband.
14' x 13'7
1 x Double glazed single opening window facing West, 1 x double glazed single opening window facing South. Chimney with original cast iron range with hot water cistern, fire grate, oven, trivets and boiler (full working chimney); built in floor-to-ceiling old pine cupboards and drawer. Power points. Genuine riven Slate floor matching the kitchen. Door to Sitting Room. Door to Kitchen:
Double glazed widow facing West. Plumbed for washing machine and utility sink with high-top Howdens kitchen cupboards above and matching under-sink unit below. Black melamine counter top. Ceramic tiled floor. Power points. High-line modern heater. Stable door to outside. Part-glazed door to kitchen.
Original door into Hall from Porch: 12ft x 9ft (at widest). Window to sloping roofed double height hall, staircase to Gallery Landing with cupboard under. Double half-glazed doors into Sitting room, single door into Kitchen
A double glazed side window facing West, modern front door with 2 panes double glazed. Slate floors. Hand-made wooden door to downstairs loo with wash basin and double-glazed frosted window (North facing), white low-level toilet and basin, electric towel rail and usual fitments (brushed satin).
Galleried Landing, carpet. Power points. Hatch into large loft 5 doors into:
15' x 13'
With double-door to walk-in wardrobe with sloping roof. Carpet. Double glazed single opening window to South with 5ft radiator beneath. Double-glazed double veranda doors to Juliette balcony Facing East. Door to en-Suite. 4 x 2 gang power-points.
8' x 5'
With double power shower, low-level loo and hi-top white ceramic washbasin with wall-set modern mixer tap. Slate-effect flooring and marble-effect wall panelling. Modern appliances. Heated towel rail. Extractor fan. Built-in hidden cupboard for bathroom
14' x 13'
A double glazed single opening window to South. Double glazed single opening window to West. Decorative fireplace. This bedroom is set into the west gable so has sloping ceilings Loft hatch to insulated loft. 3 x 2 gang power-points. Double radiator.
13' x 10'
A double glazed single opening window to North. This bedroom is set into the north gable so has sloping ceilings. Radiator. Small hatch into gable roof area. Wood flooring, 3 x 2 gang power-points.
13' x 10'
A Fitted cylinder / airing cupboard with power shower water pump/ immersion heater/ security system alarm box. Built in double wardrobe with cupboard over. Radiator. This bedroom is set into the south gable so has sloping ceilings. 3 x 2 gang power-points Double glazed single opening window facing south. Polished original floorboards.
8' x 6'
White bath with shower over, washbasin and toilet. Tiles around bath/shower. Vinyl floor. Door to Landing.
Double width, full height doors to stone-built stables with green box-profile roofing and including a clear Perspex box profile sheet for natural daylight. 2 additional wooden doors for small animal access and a larger stable door access at lowest level of walkway for emergency exit.
American Barn style stables containing 4 loose boxes (3 up to 17hh and 1 x pony box) all with rubber matting over concrete. All boxes include a built-in drainage channel directly into shit pits at back of stables. Electric and water.
Storage bay and open access bay at top end of stables near double doors (has been previously fitted with a 12 ft gate to make another loose box) at north end of stables (these could be easily combined to provide a 12ft x 18ft foaling box).
This building provides summer nesting for swallows, redstarts, robins, wrens, 3 types of bats, hunting territory for foxes, badgers, stoats and weasels. Occasional home to other wildlife including hedgehogs, lizards, a stray buzzard and frogs/toads. Year-round home of feral cats.
Hay loft over with vacuum water tank and separate electricity consumer unit.
Original door to a tack room block built with box profile roofing with feed bins and racking for tack and double rug racks. Stable type door to outside walkway giving wheelbarrow access to shit pits. Electric and water plumbing for rug washing machine.
2 x Pig Styes with concrete base and farrowing lean-tos. Heavy hog doors
Former Farmhouse (unused since 1869)
Original Brochen Farmhouse dating back to approx 1530 according to cadw. Sadly, it hasn’t been decorated since. Dressed stone walls under what remains of a slate roof with planning permission for conversion into a 2 bedroomed cottage. Plans available for inspection.
Downstairs main room (currently used as a coal cellar) with large fireplace and bread oven. Dressed stone walls. Red Marley tile floor (remains of). Window facing south (no frame or glass). Window facing north currently covered by corrugated tin. (no frame or glass) Door to stable yard. Loft access to 2nd floor.
Room 2 - stabling for 3 large horses with oak stabling panels and cobble floor. Hay racks (disintegrating)
Upstairs two rooms which are currently inaccessible due to the dodgy state of the floor.
Former stone built milking parlour / blacksmith / farrier’s range, slate roofed double height with Planning permission to convert into 2 x 2-bedroomed cottages. Solid sturdy building. Plans available for inspection. Currently used as a workshop and store rooms. Left hand side has mezzanine flooring. Right hand side is floor to roof open. Backs onto small copse and wildlife area with former ponds and access into bottom field. Outside there is a concrete and stone hard standing which used to support a calf shed but has been incorporated into the planning permission to provide a full-length veranda with sloping roof at the back of the building with views to the West and facing the small wood.
Triple bay hay barn: Electric lighting, storage for up to 95 large bales or approx. 1000 small bales.
Single Bay equipment shed with brick flooring for equipment maintenance, electric.
Triple bay Dutch barn currently used as container storage and woodshed. Needs attention as bay supports need replacing. Electric
Approximately 2/3 acre left as a wildlife area with access to ponds (silted and need clearing) and continuation of Green Lane.
The former drover’s road which is marked as a Green Lane gives separate access to Brochen Isaf and the bottom paddock.
Door from tack room at back of stables onto wheelbarrow width concrete path leading to roofed shit pits and storage bays with 4 bays and open access from front for tractor. Steps down to Green Lane and access to fields and wildlife areas.
Approximately 3.2 acres with sheep fencing and shelter hedging on two sides and sheep fencing on the other two sides.
4 x 12 ft galvanised gates at strategic points around the field.
1 x 4ft wooden gate for single person/single horse access.
A mixture of palatable grasses, plantains and herbs. Contains harebells. No ragwort
Water via extended hose from the stables.
Cae Pant - Schooling arena
Currently overgrown with grass; approximately 40m x 30m 2 x12 ft galvanised gates
Cae Pant - Storage paddock
At East end of schooling arena. Approximately 0.25 acre set to grass with trees and used for equipment storage. 12ft galvanised gate into top field – needs new gate post.
Approximately 3.75 acres with sheep fencing and shelter hedging on 3 sides. And sheep fencing on the fourth side. Some stakes need replacing.
2 x 12 ft, 1 x 10 ft, galvanised gates into the field. 1 x 8 ft gate at the West end of the field with access into the dingle.
Log built field shelter in top west end of field.
Water to field tap
Contains a mixture of sweet grasses, herbs and coarse grasses. Small amount of marsh grass in bottom edge of field. This is an old ley and has not been ploughed since 1945. No ragwort.
2 former ponds (which need clearing out) surrounded by a self-set copse of goat willow, ash and sycamore. Wildlife spotted here includes numerous woodpeckers, herons, weasels, grass snakes, badgers and foxes. Bumble bees nest in the stonework
Small woodland area with a mixture of hardwood and softwood trees. Bluebells and white bells in the spring as well as wood avens and wild garlic.