Kilsby Cottage is next to the owners country home and bed & breakfast, which was originally built as a school by the Rev JR Kilsby Jones in the 1850’s. This semi-detached holiday cottage sits on the edge of 21/2 acres of garden and private woodland, with an abundance of wildlife and spectacular views. Reduced rate wild trout fishing on upper Irfon beat is available (licence required). Evidence of the original 19th century planting and terracing is still apparent with a great diversity of mature trees and shrubs in the grounds and where the extensive views and the abundant local wildlife were a source of inspiration. Today the views remain just as grand and the wildlife is still prolific. Apart from the wonderful bird life, you might see slow-worms, common lizards, badgers, hedgehogs, polecats, wood mice and bank voles in the garden during your stay.
Kilsby Cottage is a bird-watchers paradise with many varied resident species, as well as a number of notable summer visitors. Garden seating and strategically situated feeding stations and nesting boxes allow visitors to view many different bird species in comfort and within close proximity to the house and cottage. In addition to the garden birds, various raptor species such as red kites, buzzards and peregrine falcons are frequently seen soaring overhead.
For walkers, lovers of outdoor pursuits or fishing, Kilsby Cottage is ideally situated for the Wye Valley, Cambrian Mountains or Brecon Beacons, or you can leave the car at the cottage and walk miles from the doorstep; explore the hills and photograph the birds or fish the River Irfon. The owners can give you comprehensive advice on chosen routes. Just over a mile from the cottage you will reach the town of Llanwrtyd Wells with several welcoming pubs and restaurants. Llanwrtyd is famous for hosting the World Bog Snorkelling Championship, the Man vs. Horse Race, the mid-Wales Beer Festival and a host of other events. The town also has its own tourist information centre, several shops and even a pub with its own micro-brewery, which has previously produced the Champion Beer of Wales.
Cyclists will appreciate the many miles of on and off road routes and Route 8 of the National Cycle Network passes through here. Bikes can be hired locally in Llanwrtyd and Builth Wells. Horse riding and guided pony trekking, for both novices and experienced riders alike, are available from established stables in nearby Llanwrtyd Wells. For the enthusiastic golfer, there are 3 excellent 18-hole courses all within a 45-minute drive and set in breathtaking scenery.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales is only 35 miles away, while the National Trust’s Abergwesyn Common is on the doorstep. Delightful Hay-on-Wye on the England/Wales border, famous for the annual Hay Festival and its book and antique shops is only 32 miles away. Swansea and Shrewsbury are at opposite ends of the Heart of Wales Railway Line which stops at Llanwrtyd station on the other side of town. Llandrindod Wells, an elegant Victorian Spa town is 20 miles away with its picturesque lake, and Builth Wells, a small market town where the Annual Royal Welsh Show is held can be found 13 miles away, and is where you can enjoy the excellent Wyeside Arts Centre for cinema and live performances. Shop, pub and restaurant 11/4 miles.
Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.
Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre of natural grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small, raised, unfenced pond and sloping banks in grounds.