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Powys

Powys is a tranquil and peaceful county situated in Mid Wales. The county is mostly made up of smaller towns and villages and has plenty of rural space for the ultimate quiet getaway.

Though Powys is a quiet and relaxing place to spend a holiday, this doesn''t mean there is a lack of things to do while you''re there. It is the largest county in Wales, hosting plenty of attractions. For example, there are a number of cave systems located in Powys, including some of the most extensive in Wales. Various tours allow you to explore these caves for yourself and to see the unique and awe-inspiring beauty of these natural formations.

If you have an interest in history, you will have no trouble filling the time while holidaying in Powys. The area now covered by Powys includes five historic counties, giving it a varied past which today has given birth to plenty of heritage sites and other attractions. For instance, there are six castles within Powys''s borders. These range from Aberedw Castle, which lies in ruins, to Powis Castle, which still stands as a grand and imposing country manor. The county also has a number of museums, including Brecknock Museum, which hosts artefacts dating back as far as the Stone Age and occupies a Grade II listed building.

Nonetheless, the quiet rural beauty of Powys is one of the biggest draws, and this itself provides visitors with plenty to do. In most parts of the county the scenic walks are absolutely delightful. There are several wonderful set walks and trails in the county which provide excellent views of local scenery and of nature.

For those looking to take in the beauty of nature but wanting something more spectacular, the breathtaking lakes and waterfalls make for ideal sightseeing. A number of scenic lakes can be found in Powys. The amazing waterfalls, meanwhile, include the mighty Pistyll y Llyn, which is one of the highest in Wales.

If you would like to book a relaxing break in Wales, please take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Powys today.
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  • Fairoaks

    Felindre, nr. Knighton

    Grade
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    Ref: W42484

    These two lodges are located in the tranquil village of Felindre, amidst the stunning countryside that Mid-Wales boasts. Both are ground floor lodges and offer a great holiday base from which to explore this beautiful area. A haven for walkers with wonderful walks direct from the doorstep, as well as Offas Dyke, Britain’s longest archaeological monument, built in the 8th century to mark the boundary between Wales and England, and Glyndwe’s Way, a national trail, running through Mid-Wales, from Knighton on the English border to Machynlleth on the Dovey Estuary, and then on to Welshpool on the English border. Activities such as cycling, fishing and golfing can all be found in the surrounding areas. A fabulous location for bird watchers with many Red Kite feeding centres to be found. Within easy driving distance of both the charming market town of Newtown and Knighton with its many individual shops. Crabtrees (ref. W42483) and Fairoaks (ref. W42484) can be booked together.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Shared use of owners’ washing machine and tumble dryer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Searle

    Near Rhayader

    Grade
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    Ref: CC624020
    Situated on a beautiful stretch of the Upper Wye Valley, Searle is one of five properties which have been created by the imaginative conversion of a 19th century inn, although the original stone cottages have a history going back to the 18th century when they were occupied by an agricultural worker, a blacksmith and a coffin maker. The “Middleton Arms” as it became, was owned by landowners whose seat was at Llyn Parriad and later it changed its name to the “Vulcan Arms” in homage to the Vulcan God of Fire, god of the blacksmiths. It sits on the old Cambrian railway line and was an important hostelry for those using Doldowlod Halt station until the line was closed in the 1960’s. Today the holiday cottage offers every modern comfort whilst still retaining the best features of the old inn. Searle is an end-terraced cottage which is spacious and characterful. It offers easy access to the A470 via a slip road; Sustrans cycle routes, the River Wye which is right on the doorstep, Wye Valley Walks and the Red Kite Centre. A very short walk from the apartment will bring you to a shop, post office and café. A stop for buses to Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader is nearby.

    The town of Rhayader is 7 minutes drive away and the area is home to the spectacular dams and reservoirs of the Elan and Claerwen Valleys. There are events on throughout the year and this is the perfect base for the whole family to experience stunning outdoor attractions including fishing, and discover rich and rare wildlife in the rolling Cambrian Mountains.

    Searle has use of a large garden, shared with the other cottages, with plenty of outdoor furniture including tables, benches and umbrellas, and there is storage for cycles as well as a jet wash and repair kits, or you can even arrange to hire a bike. Searle can be booked with Woodman (CC624017), Faulkner (CC624018), Tudor (CC624019) and Middleton (CC624021) to accommodate up to 21 / 23 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Beamed with large stone inglenook, electric wood burner, 30" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player, iPod dock and radio.
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    Kitchen: Spacious with breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and single bed.
    Shower room: With large shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair on request. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.

    Shared, enclosed garden and furniture. Shared BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Indian Hut

    Felindre, near Knighton

    Grade
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    Ref: UK6071
    Hidden away in a most evocative setting up in the Cambrian Mountains is this gem of a property. As the name suggests, Indian Hut is a little part of India in the heart of rural Wales. Situated on the Llethrau Estate, an 18th century smallholding up in the mountains, it allows you to get in touch with your spiritual side around a camp fire. The area surrounding it is fantastic walking and cycling territory, and if you’d rather stay on site, you have 24 acres of natural grounds to explore. There’s Wi-Fi available in the on-site internet café and unbroken views from the property. Shop and pub serving food 3 miles. Indian Hut can be booked together with Nadine (UK6070) to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    Ground Floor: 4 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner (no TV).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric hob and microwave/oven/grill combi.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With double shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included, remainder at cost. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi in on-site internet cafe.

    BBQ. Shared 24 acre natural grounds with terraced areas and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a bore hole and the grounds are uneven and sloping with streams, steps and steep areas.

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  • Ty Bach Shepherds Hut

    Franksbridge, near Builth Wells

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: UK6073
    If you’re looking for a romantic retreat with a difference then look no further; Ty Bach (meaning ‘little house’) is a lovingly crafted western red-cedar shepherd’s hut approached by a private pathway leading to its own garden overlooking pretty Powys countryside.


    Inside this cute hut, there’s a comfortable sofa by day that converts into a full-size double bed by night with a sprung mattress. Light the wood burner, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine in cosy comfort all year round. There’s a fold down table and a small kitchen area with sink and single gas burner to make a cuppa or a quick breakfast. In days gone by, a shepherd’s hut wouldn’t have had the luxury of electricity or showers, but Ty Bach has both, and at one end of the hut, you’ll find an en-suite shower room with an eco-toilet. Electricity is provided by means of a battery and solar panels, so there are lights, a double socket and 12-volt power point. With no TV or Wi-Fi, there’s nothing to distract guests from getting back to nature in this most tranquil setting. The owners live adjacent, so help is always at hand. In the nearby shed you’ll find a large insulated cool box that the owner will keep cool with fresh ice blocks, so that your provisions, wine and beer will stay chilled throughout your stay. With a barbecue and garden furniture, guests can enjoy dining al-fresco style, whilst admiring the beautiful surroundings.


    If you can drag yourself away from Ty Bach, guests are advised to explore the beautiful county of Powys. The area is a paradise for outdoorsy types with walking, cycling and mountain biking, canoeing, fishing and horse riding available nearby. Delve into the rich history of Wales’ last prince, Llewellyn, who was killed near Builth in 1282. Today the interesting market town, which is just 8 miles away, hosts Wales’ famous Royal Agricultural Show in July annually, along with other shows and fairs throughout the year. Also nearby are the historic, vibrant towns of Rhayader and Llandrindod Wells, with their independent shops, cafes and restaurants. There’s also the spectacularly stunning Elan Valley Dams, 500² miles of breathtaking scenery in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and Hay-on-Wye, which is cited as the ‘second-hand book capital of the world’. Shop 8 miles, pub serving food 1½ miles.

    Ground Floor: 3 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner (no TV).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With single gas burner and small fridge.
    Bedroom area: With double sofa bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and eco-compost toilet.

    Gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and logs for wood burner included.

    Lawned garden with garden furniture and BBQ. Shed with ice box. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Smithy

    Pilleth, nr. Knighton

    Grade
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    Ref: ROO5

    On the edge of a small courtyard of barn conversions, 1 mile from the small village of Whitton and equidistant between Knighton and Presteigne, The Smithy is stylishly furnished providing a relaxing break in the heart of Radnorshire. The detached holiday property is set on the ancient historic settlement of Pilleth with views towards the tiny white church of St Mary. Open fields, views over the Lugg Valley and the Radnor Forest make this ideal for walking, riding or cycling, also with Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwr’s Way only a stone’s throw away. There are plenty of NT properties and gardens to visit including Hergest Croft, Berrington Hall and Croft Castle. Try the Michelin Star restaurant at Titley or the many restaurants, bistros and eateries in nearby Ludlow. Shop 2 miles.

    Beamed living room with electric ‘pebble-effect’ fire, sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only) and tiled floor. Kitchen/dining room with breakfast area and tiled floor. Separate toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity ‘pebble-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD/radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone
    • Small enclosed lawned garden, patio and furniture
    • First floor decked area
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Fenced stream

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  • Pentre Herin

    Dolanog near Welshpool

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC624029
    This barn conversion, set on a working farm, is the ideal getaway for couples who are looking to explore the areas around the west Wales coastline, north Wales, Snowdonia and neighbouring Shropshire. Lake Vyrnwy and Bala, famous for their watersports and white water rafting, are a short drive. There are excellent walks in the area with the Glyndwr’s Way passing through the farmyard to open moorland, forest and lakes and the seven mile Ann Griffiths Walk is just a short distance away. Coed-y-Brenin mountain bike centre and forest are on route to the coast, and Snowdonia and attractions are around an hours’ drive. There are four National Trust properties nearby; Powys Castle, Chirk, Erddig and Attingham park, and the market towns of Welshpool and Oswestry are home to some great restaurants and bars.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With Sky TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and dishwasher.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer available on request.

    Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. No smoking.

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  • Ithon Barns - Polly’s Cottage

    Cwmbrith Isaf, nr. Llandrindod Wells

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 10790

    Set in a tranquil valley

    Fishing on the River Ithon

    This stone built granary and barn date from about 1675, sympathetically converted into two attractive, semi-detached cottages, with many interesting features, including spiral staircases, original timbers and gallery bedrooms with extensive views of the valley. Situated adjacent to the owner’s home, reached by a short track, but separate from farming activity. Set in a tranquil area of valley and hills, with over 800 acres of farmland and 2 miles of Single and Double Bank fishing on the River Ithon, for guests exclusive enjoyment. Excellent walking country, yet only 3 miles from Llandrindod Wells with shops, pubs and restaurants.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Spiral staircase to first floor: Galleried area with double (5ft) bed.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating included (£20per week November-March, £10 per short break). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Gravel and grassed area with picnic bench. Parking.

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  • Ty Bach Tan

    Talgarth, nr. Brecon

    Grade
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    Ref: 30333

    This Grade II listed former fire house has been put together to create a special environment to relax, indulge and unwind in. The unique Ty Bach Tan (Little Fire House), has interesting history dating back to the 19th century. The building once housed the fire station office for Talgarth with the appliance being kept in the garage of the Tower Hotel opposite. The renovation to the cottage was completed by the owners, retaining as many original period features as possible. They have enhanced the buildings character through careful use of stone, slate and wood to create a unique and very comfortable property, making this a perfect holiday retreat. It is conveniently located in the small town of Talgarth, where there are shops, pubs and local bus services. For the more active guests why not try canoeing down the River Wye, or climb the Black Mountains. Hay-on-Wye and Brecon are both nearby, or further afield are Hereford and Abergavenny. Shop, pub and restaurant 10 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors and slate floor. 1 step to kitchen. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included.) electricity oil-filled heaters, electric heater, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. NB: No children due to spiral stairs and unenclosed forecourt.

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  • Crabtrees

    Felindre, nr. Knighton

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W42483

    These two lodges are located in the tranquil village of Felindre, amidst the stunning countryside that Mid-Wales boasts. Both are ground floor lodges and offer a great holiday base from which to explore this beautiful area. A haven for walkers with wonderful walks direct from the doorstep, as well as Offas Dyke, Britain’s longest archaeological monument, built in the 8th century to mark the boundary between Wales and England, and Glyndwe’s Way, a national trail, running through Mid-Wales, from Knighton on the English border to Machynlleth on the Dovey Estuary, and then on to Welshpool on the English border. Activities such as cycling, fishing and golfing can all be found in the surrounding areas. A fabulous location for bird watchers with many Red Kite feeding centres to be found. Within easy driving distance of both the charming market town of Newtown and Knighton with its many individual shops. Crabtrees (ref. W42483) and Fairoaks (ref. W42484) can be booked together.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Shared use of owners’ washing machine and tumble dryer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Annies Cottage

    Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 19190

    A charming character holiday cottage in the heart of the Welsh village Llanrhaedr-Ym-Mochnant home to Rhaedr Waterfalls, one of the seven wonders of Wales. Available locally is fishing, horse riding and walking at Berwyn mountain range. Easy access to the market towns of Oswestry and Welshpool, Erddig, Chirk and Powys Castle are just a few National Trust properties nearby. Llanfair light railway and canal cruises are available from Welshpool. Shop 200 yards, pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available. Dishwasher. Garden. Parking (2 cars). NB: Steep steps between levels in garden.

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  • The Cwtch

    Newtown

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: OS7

    Enjoying stunning countryside views, this detached single-storey holiday cottage is the perfect romantic hideaway for two. The Cwtch, meaning a hug or cuddle, welcomes you from the moment you step inside the door. It has its own hot tub on the bedroom veranda, a double-ended slipper bath in the large bedroom alongside the double-sided wood-burning stove, which is a cosy feature to both the bedroom and the open plan living area. To further enhance the romance and relaxation, there is a path leading from the veranda to a sauna hidden amongst the trees; spa and beauty treatments are also available by arrangement (at cost). The borderlands of England and Wales have a fine selection of historic market towns to explore with Newtown being the closest and offering a good selection of pubs, restaurants excellent shopping and is famous for arts and music galleries, museums and a theatre. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Step to entrance. Step to spacious, beamed kitchen, open-plan with living/dining room with double-sided wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Utility. Double bedroom with double-sided wood-burning stove, TV and double-ended slipper bath with waterfall tap. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally. Electricity and full electric central heating (by wind turbine), bed linen and towels included
    • Two satellite TVs (full package)
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Lawned garden, patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Hot tub
    • Outdoor sauna
    • Spa and beauty treatments by arrangement at cost
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge - to be kept on a lead (sheep country)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Raised patio. Pond in grounds

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  • Nadine

    Felindre, near Knighton

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: UK6070
    Occupying a secluded location on the Llethrau Estate, this fantastic, French-style shepherd’s hut provides unique holiday accommodation in a romantic setting. Nadine features sublime, unbroken views over lush greenery and rolling hills. Situated in the Cambrian Mountains, walkers and cyclists will be spoilt for choice, as the area has an extensive network of walking paths and trails, way off the beaten track. Alternatively, sit back and relax with your other half, pour a glass of wine, and watch the world go by as the sun sets. Shop and pub serving food 3 miles. Nadine can be booked together with Indian Hut (UK6071) to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    Ground Floor: 4 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: (no TV).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric hob and microwave/oven/grill combi.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With double shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi on-site in internet cafe.

    BBQ. Shared 24-acre natural grounds with terraced areas and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a bore hole and the grounds are uneven and sloping with streams, steps and steep areas.

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