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Pen Y Braich

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Llwydiarth, near Welshpool, Powys
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Traditional cottage with exposed beams, woodburner and a large garden. Beautiful countryside to discover from the doorstep.

Quietly situated in the heart of mid Wales, close to Lake Vyrnwy, Pen Y Braich is completely detached, with its own large garden area. Surrounded by exquisite countryside, the property has many traditional features, including exposed beams and a snug living room, with a woodburner, and a piano room for additional seating. This is a very pleasant area to tour and there is a wealth of opportunities to enjoy much sightseeing. Shop within a mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams. Utility room. Piano room. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, 1 single, each with beams.

Woodburner in living room (logs £2 per basket). Oil central heating and electricity included. No TV. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Natural unspoilt gardens. Private parking for 4 cars. Natural water supply from spring/well. No smoking. Please note: There is a small spring in the gardens.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 12/08/2017
    Had a great holiday in this lovely house. The garden is fantastic but it does get a bit boggy after it's rained.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 05/08/2017
    Wonderful, relaxing and a breath of fresh air.

  • 5

    Confirmed guest, 27/05/2017
    This is a nice property in a lovely location and great for families. However considering it was the start of the holiday season there were many things that let it down. We were told that no one had been in the property the week before our stay so it should have been clean but there was mouldy bread in the bread bin. There were several things that were not up to standard. A smoke detector had the battery removed and the front cover was missing. The emergency ladder could not be found as there was no signage as advised in the welcome pack. However, when eventually found in a cupboard it could not be used as the anchor bracket was in the cupboard and not fitted to the wall. Also, there was only one in one half of the building not in the second half. A chair in the kitchen fell apart when moved. Also in the kitchen was a missing cupboard knob at knee height but the self tapper screw had not been removed and was sticking out. The garden table fell apart when moved. The toilet seat in the bathroom was broken and hanging off. There was no toilet paper. Luckily we managed to get some from the local shop. She had just shut up and re-opened for us. The shower room was grubby with broken tiles. The welcome pack lacked full instructions for the oven which was gas. We use electric so are not used to gas. We were unable to get the oven to light at all. The washing machine had no instructions it was trial and error.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner :- It’s a long list, for which I sincerely apologise. Many of the issues raised have in fact already been remedied. There is also a major rewrite of the information pack in the pipeline which will address the perceived lack of instructions for operation of appliances (they are in the cottage, but perhaps not in an obvious enough place). There are a couple of important issues which I am grateful to have had highlighted and which I will get on with sorting out.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 13/05/2017
    We absolutely loved staying here. Minor complains include extremely limited WiFi (We were on a work trip and were told Wifi would be available). We had Wifi for only moments during the day. In addition, we had to clean when we arrived to remove spider webs draped over the corners of walls over beds and two mouse droppings on one of the beds. But the location was wonderful, the company was good, and Powis Castle was stunning.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 06/05/2017
    I've stayed at Pen y Braich on several occasions and think the cottage's location is second to none. The views, the local scenery and all of the nearby landmarks and attractions never ever get boring, and there's always just so much to see and do. You would never have to cover the same walking trail twice, and there's plenty of shops, tearooms and pubs, and places to eat in the surrounding area that cater for a wide variety of tastes. Snowdonia is a 10 minute drive a way, the cottage is close to the Welsh Borders and lots of Shropshire towns and villages. Dolgellau, in Snowdonia, is definitely worth visiting. It always has an exciting buzz about it. The Coed-y- Brenin is a must for walks and mountain-biking and for viewing the amazing waterfalls such as the Pystyll Cain and Rhaeadr Mawddach. The Cardigan Bay coastline is within a reasonable distance and coastal towns such as Barmouth, Criccieth, Porthmadog, Fairbourne and Aberdyfi are well worth checking out. Lake Vyrnwy is just down the road from the cottage and is very pleasant to trek around. To visit some of the most exciting castles and landmarks in the area, will usually involve a relatively short drive - such as the Mary Jones' Chapel, near the Cader Idris, and the neighbouring Castell y Bere. It is a rarity in Wales, because it was one of the few fortresses actually built by the Welsh - or Llewellyn the Great in this instance - in the Middle Ages. The Montgomery Canal can be found at Welshpool, where people can trek along the towpath, more commonly known as the Severn Way. Offa's Dyke runs along the Welsh borders near Montgomery to Clun and down towards Knighton. It's surprising, that when you think you have a stretch of footpath atop some glorious rolling hills all to yourself, that a procession of walkers can often appear out of nowhere. People have now got to know all the best, quiet walking spots. Mid Wales and the Borders are now attracting a lot of attention. They're not one of the UK tourism industry's best kept secrets anymore. The word has finally got out ...

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/02/2017
    Great stay in this lovely cottage. We wanted isolation and that's what we got. Very peaceful and relaxing.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 28/12/2016
    Excellent cottage. Very clean and spacious. Away from it all, in a good way. Would definitely go again

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/10/2016
    Pen y Braich is a wonderful cottage, hidden in away in a secluded location in Mid Wales. It's a very short drive to the considerably-sized, local reservoir of Lake Vrynwy, and the unparallelled scenery of the formidable Snowdonia National Park. There are a myriad of wonderful historic towns, villages, monuments, castles and natural landmarks, all within a reasonable distance of the property, which has no near neighbours, and therefore allows people to experience a holiday that is second to none. The bustling market town of Dolgellau is within a thirty minute drive, and perhaps could be said to be the unofficial capital of Southern Snowdonia. The commanding Cader Idris mountain towers above the town, that is a great favourite with tourists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. There are a profusion of cafes, traditional pubs, modern restaurants and country house hotels in the area that provide delicious, locally sourced food for all tastes and requirements. (Cross Foxes, Dolgellau; Mawddach Restaurant and Bar, Dolgellau; Portmeirion Village, Porthmadog; Penmaenuchaf Hall, Penmaenpool; Grapes Inn, Maentwrog; Dylanwad Da Restaurant, Dolgellau) The town is fortunately next to the magnificent outdoor haven, the Coed y Brenin, or Forest of the King, which is one of Britain's top mountain biking destinations. There are masses of biking trails for all levels and abilities, and a wonderful, eco visitors' centre that's renowned for its excellent flapjacks and warming mugs of coffee and tea. Bikes can be hired from the visitors' centre. It's also an excellent oasis of peace and calm for walkers who really want to drink in acres and acres of mountain summits where relatively few people choose to roam. The Mawddach River cuts through the forest, which also contains a myriad of amazing waterfalls that just have to be seen - chief among them being the Pystyll Rhaeadr and the Rhaeadr Mawddach. Both are within a very short distance of each other. And if you're into water sports or the beach, the cottage is within a reasonable distance of Cardigan Bay that provide some of the cleanest beaches and swimming waters in all of Wales. Aberdovey, Criccieth, Fairborne, Barmouth and Harlech are among local areas well worth checking out. There's lakes aplenty close to the cottage with Lake Vyrnwy being among the closest. It is allegedly around four and half miles in length and has many secluded picnic spots along its edge for visitors to enjoy at their leisure. There's also a tea room at the dam end and the Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for more in way of fine dining. There's also sculpture park at the dam end, which was brought together by local artists and specialists in their field from Eastern Europe in a series of workshops around the time of the millennium, in a bid to add a new and exciting visitor attraction to the lakeside. Bala Lake is some miles further away, and abutts the market town of Bala, which has a wonderful leisure centre and a fantastic new cafe at the town's opposite end. Betws-y-Coed is also near Pen y Braich and is close to the renowned Swallow Falls and other beautiful forests, tracks and trails that Snowdonia is famous for. And the cottage is also fortunate to be within an easy drive of the Welsh borders and guests to the property can readily take advantage of all the visitors' attractions and landmarks that can be found there. A must on anyone's travel itinerary would be a visit to the border town of Welshpool (about a thirty minute drive away), which has expanded significantly in recent years to include a modern Tescos, Sainsburys, and other high street names that are usually the preserve of larger towns or cities. An attraction well worth visiting in the town is Powis Castle, which has sumptuous grounds that contain herds of deer, specialist gardens and all important tea rooms. The Montgomery Canal also runs through Welshpool and its lengthy towpath, part of the Severn Way, provides easy strolls for the less adventurous and can be integrated into more challenging circular walks. The Old Station shop is also worth visiting for souvenirs, teas and a classic range of clothing and other ecletic range of specialist items. Further afield and about an hour's drive away, is the central Shropshire town of Shrewsbury. It's an historic haven of enchanting delights and contains many iconic landmarks such as Shrewsbury Cathedral and a castle of the same name. It's a foodies' delight and the town contains many cafes, restaurants and eateries that again cater for a variety of tastes. More modern shopping can be found at Meole Brace Retail Park. Other enchanting towns worth visiting in Shropshire include Bishop's Castle, Clun, Churckstoke (for Harry Tuffin's retail store) and Montgomery, which is actually in Wales and close to the Offa's Dyke Path. The path closely follows the ancient earthwork of Offa's Dyke, which was constructed by Mercian King Offa in the late Dark Ages or eighth century to be precise, in a bid to create an official border between the Welsh and the English kingdoms of Britain. It stretches for some one hundred and seventy seven miles from Chepstow in the south, and finishes in Prestatyn in North Wales. There's so much more to see and do, but all of the above should hopefully provide potential guests with some helpful inspiration on how to plan their ideal holiday. The cottage itself has been repeatedly improved in recent years, and is a comfortable and cosy base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and local attractions. Wifi has recently been provided at the cottage and there have been renovations to the bathrooms, heating system with the inclusion of a wood-burning stove - all of which massively improve guests' overall holiday experience. There's a local shop about a mile away at Llwydiarth and a cashpoint and larger shop at the nearby town of Llanfyllin. Walkers will enjoy the myriad of walking trails that can be found throughout the area. Glyndwr's Way can be found very close to the cottage and Ordnance Survey online mapping and sketchmap, a free, online, public resource, should also help people map out the walks they wish to venture on, before they arrive. There's so many trails to uncover and explore. A favourite walking spot in the area can be found at Dolanog where people can follow a circula trail including the Ann Griffiths' Walk. The Pennant Melangel Trail can also be picked up close to the cottage or further afield at Lake Vyrnwy. There's a myriad of trails in and around Gwynedd and Powys where most people will have the routes very much to themselves. The Wales Coastal Path can also be enjoyed along Cardigan Bay.

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