The Old Stables

This project is for funding towards a feasibility study to look into the possibility of creating a community supported enterprise in a historic grade 2 listed building. It is hoped that the building will be the creation of a bunk house providing inexpensive accommodation for individuals, families and groups. Targeting walkers and cyclists on the four major walking and cycling routes that converge in the town, National Cycle. 

There is no other similar accommodation within 600 square kilometers for walkers or cyclists undertaking Owain Glyndwr’s Way, Cambrian Coastal path or NCN cycle routes which converge in Machynlleth. There is an unmet need for group accommodation generated by the two cycle businesses in the valley and the proposed horticultural course to be run by Gerddi Bro Dyfi. In addition, Machynlleth is increasingly promoting itself as a festival venue. There is a Comedy festival, Enduro cycle event, Machynlleth motorcycle festival, Classical Music festival and a number of other festivals which take place which sees a large number of visitors to the area.

The Dyfi Valley and Machynlleth are developing a cycling and festival venue identity, this is in keeping with the Welsh Governments focus on increasing public goods provision derived from natural resources. This project will help brand Machynlleth as a walking, cycling, festival town.

The bunkhouse would be a hub for a planned expansion into the adjacent council owned west car park providing hard standing pitches for camper vans and mobile homes, charge points for electric vehicles and then camping in the adjacent field, also owned by the town which would further cater for festivals.

Once the building has been renovated, the project plans to provide employment and sheltered employment for educational and physically challenged members of the community encouraging them to gain basic qualifications associated with hospitality and hotel management. We would also offer this opportunity in cycle maintenance with the proposed bike hire facility which would include adapted bikes for physically challenged citizens.  The project also intends to link with Mach Maethlon, who have expressed a desire to run educational courses in the bunk house and base their veg box scheme there as well.

Time is limited as the building having been empty for ten years is on the verge of rapid deterioration. 


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Louise Nicholson
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