Philip and Barbara Brown, owners of The Barn B&B in Margam, South Wales have diversified into self-catering holiday cottages, creating 7 holiday cottages and a community hall supported by Barclays.
The £540,000 investment has converted a former barn, stables, granary and milking parlour into 7 Visit Wales four star graded units able to accommodate 24 additional guests.
Philip Brown, owner of Tyn Cellar Farm said:
“We started the Barn B&B six years ago and it has proved extremely popular, running consistently at around 80% occupancy, so we decided to create some additional holiday cottages. After finishing 4 months ahead of schedule we have created 7 luxury units which we hope will attract visitors to the area. We have also invested in a biomass boiler which will heat the cottages ensuring we do everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint.”
John Curtis, Barclays Business Manager, said:
“Barclays research identifies the significant role “entrepreneurs” play in the local economy and is committed to supporting such propositions. By using our knowledge and experience within the local market, Barclays Business has been delighted to support Tyr Cellar Farm and wishes the business every success for the future. The self-catering units offer luxury accommodation in beautiful surroundings and would be a welcome break for any visitor.”
Philip Brown continues:
“We are really excited about this new venture and demand has already been higher than expected. 70% of our business now comes from online boking platforms and combined with repeat business we never need to advertise. Great service and customer recommendations have allowed us to expand the business. The cottages are already fully booked for the next two months and we have been able to create 3 new jobs. Running a business is tough with no respite and being tied to the business 24 hours a day but the rewards far outweigh the downsides even after working long hours. The joy of seeing our efforts appreciated or simply a big smile from one of our customers makes it all worthwhile.”
For further information please visit www.tyncellarfarm.co.uk