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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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  • Coity Bach Farm Cottages - Peacock Cottage

    Talybont-on-Usk, nr. Brecon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 25129

    Beautiful views

    Within the Brecon Beacons National Park, these semi-detached holiday cottages within the owner’s grounds, just a mile to Talybont village with pubs, café and the Monmouthshire to Brecon Canal. There are bridle paths, footpaths and the Taff Trail within 1/4 mile, a registered cycle trail within 100 yards, and fishing and riding nearby. A breakfast hamper containing produce off the farm can be ordered before arrival for £5 per person per day. Brecon is approx 4½ miles. Hereford, Monmouth and Abergavenny are all nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants 4½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Beams throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floor. Shower room with bidet and toilet. Paddle stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with additional double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping), beams and sloping ceiling.

    Oil central heating and solar central heating £21 per week (£3 per night for short breaks). Dishwasher. Courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

    Both properties: First £5 electricity included, remainder by £1/£2 token meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared fields and woodlands. Barbecue. Cycle store. Cycle and boot washing facilities. Private water supply. Two pets welcome (working farm/sheep country). NB: Sloping banks and farm machinery in grounds. Brook 50 yards. Each property has a security deposit of £50.

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  • Madog’s Wells - Swallow Cottage

    Llanfair Caereinion, nr. Welshpool

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 31031

    Situated in 8 acres of beautiful countryside with woodland walks and plenty of wildlife, these disabled friendly, detached holiday properties (refs 31030, 31031 and 31032) are wonderfully situated for bird watching, walking or touring mid Wales. They are located in a great area for exploring Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales Borders. All three cottages are wheelchair friendly. There are bed-guards and bed-blocks available for some of the beds, a wheeled shower chair/commode with removable arms, a free-standing toilet frame and chair-blocks available for guests use, as well as a hoist (at cost). There is a children’s play area, a games room and a basketball ring in the grounds. Try our scaled solar system walk up a mountain to Pluto, or the woodland walk which skirts a pond, crosses bridges and makes its way around an acre of mixed woodland, with bluebells, primroses, wild roses, broom and gorse. Local places of interest include the National Trust Properties, Powys Castle and Gardens, Chirk Castle, Erddig and Attingham Park, as well as the Welshpool to Llanfair Steam railway, the Montgomeryshire Canal Lake, Vyrnwy and Lake Bala, Glasevern Hall and Gardens, Dingle Nurseries and Gregynog Hall. For those wishing to partake in activites, theres plenty of excellent walks, cycling, quad trekking, clay pigeon shooting, paintballing, go-karting and watersports available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ramp/level access. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 2 twin. Wet room with walk-in shower/bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating included. CD. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Dishwasher. Balcony.

    All properties: Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared payphone. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Shared grounds. Ample parking. Shared external games room with pool table, table tennis and darts. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Rhiw-Y-Gog Lodges

    St Harmon, Nr. Rhyader

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: HW7733

    This warm and very comfortable lodge sits with the owners home surrounded by working hill farms above the hamlet of St Harmon with its good pub and between Llanidloes with its arts centre, and regular markets, and Rhayader with its spectacular Red Kite feeding station, pottery, crystal factory and indoor pool. This unspoiled area is known as the Lakeland of Wales and has picturesque, almost alpine scenery. Close by is a stunning nature reserve which even has a hide for watching otters. A wonderful location for mountain biking, birdwatching and walking (Glyndwrs and Cistercian Way, Offas Dyke). There is fishing on the River Wye and on Elan Valley Nature Reserve’s magnificent waters. The Royal Welsh Showground, Victorian spa town of Llandridod Wells, and the book town of Hay-on-Wye are close by.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor and French doors. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), both with wooden floor, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Wet room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). First £36per week and £5 per short break electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Four Freesat TVs. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Children’s play area. Parking. Cycle store. Privte hot tub.

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  • The Farmhouse

    Merthyr Tydfil

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 26668

    This detached holiday property is situated within the grounds of the Morlais Castle Golf Course, in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons, with stunning scenic views. Fabulous area for exploring, with walking, cycling, sailing, riding and fishing, which can all be found locally. A complimentary round of golf per person per break is offered by the owners on the 18-hole course (by prior arrangement with owners) and use of club facilities, which include bar, restaurant, snooker room, also indoor and outdoor golf practice areas. Enjoy a trip on the Brecon Steam Railway. Visit the towns of Brecon and Hay-on-Wye, both close by. Shop 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Dining room/conservatory with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freesat TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed patio with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Madog’s Wells - Blackbird Cottage

    Llanfair Caereinion, nr. Welshpool

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 31032

    Situated in 8 acres of beautiful countryside with woodland walks and plenty of wildlife, these disabled friendly, detached holiday properties (refs 31030, 31031 and 31032) are wonderfully situated for bird watching, walking or touring mid Wales. They are located in a great area for exploring Shropshire, Cheshire and North Wales Borders. All three cottages are wheelchair friendly. There are bed-guards and bed-blocks available for some of the beds, a wheeled shower chair/commode with removable arms, a free-standing toilet frame and chair-blocks available for guests use, as well as a hoist (at cost). There is a children’s play area, a games room and a basketball ring in the grounds. Try our scaled solar system walk up a mountain to Pluto, or the woodland walk which skirts a pond, crosses bridges and makes its way around an acre of mixed woodland, with bluebells, primroses, wild roses, broom and gorse. Local places of interest include the National Trust Properties, Powys Castle and Gardens, Chirk Castle, Erddig and Attingham Park, as well as the Welshpool to Llanfair Steam railway, the Montgomeryshire Canal Lake, Vyrnwy and Lake Bala, Glasevern Hall and Gardens, Dingle Nurseries and Gregynog Hall. For those wishing to partake in activites, theres plenty of excellent walks, cycling, quad trekking, clay pigeon shooting, paintballing, go-karting and watersports available nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ramp/level access. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Wet room with walk-in shower/bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating included. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared payphone. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Shared grounds. Ample parking. Shared external games room with pool table, table tennis and darts. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Mill Farm Holiday Cottages - Pool Cottage

    Heyope, nr. Knighton

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: 30204

    Occupying an enviable position in the village of Heyope and overlooking the rolling countryside, these pleasant detached holiday cottages (refs 30201, 30202, 30203 and 30204) all stand within their own grounds on a small exclusive site, with sole use of their own hot tubs, undercover patio areas and enclosed gardens. The village itself is close to the popular town of Knighton, which occupies a unique position; part of the town is in Wales, and part in England – a truly unique character border town. Made famous by one of Owain Glyndwr’s most famous victories against English invaders, it now warmly welcomes tourists from all over Europe and beyond. Steeped in history with sloping, winding streets and 17th century half-timbered houses, this is a good place to stay for visiting Offa’s Dyke and the Glyndwr Way, or exploring the beautiful and fascinating Teme Valley. Throughout the year, there are some lively fairs celebrated, and all year round, you will find an array of antique and gift shops, tea rooms and old inns with character, good food and friendly locals. Local attractions include Offas Dyke Heritage Centre, Powys Observatory with Planetarium show, golf, clay pigeon shooting, game and coarse fishing. Due to its special location, the tourist attractions of Shropshire and mid Wales are all within easy driving distances, as are the likes of Clun with its castle, Ludlow, Church Stretton and Longmynd. Ironbridge Gorge, Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth would make great day trips, and over the border into Wales, you have Welshpool with its steam engine, canal and Powys Castle. Shop 5 miles, pub 1½ miles and restaurant 1¼ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 single. Separate toilet.

    Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with patio. Barbecue. Ample parking. Hot tub. Shared games room with pool table and table tennis. Natural water supply from bore hole. No smoking.

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  • Ash Lodge at Lon Lodges

    Nr. Rhayader

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: HW7442

    Stylish, well-equipped, warm and comfortable with a green air-conditioning unit, this lodge, one of a pair, has its own private hot tub and enclosed garden. Situated on a family farm, 4 miles from the market town of Rhayader, Ash Lodge is in the beautiful countryside and runner up in the Wales Tourism Awards 2010 and finalist in the Wales Tourism Awards 2013. There are farm walks and nature trails from the door. Easy road access with the spectacular Elan Valley, 5 miles, for walking, cycling, fishing, bird watching and pony trekking. Red kite feeding station, Welsh Crystal Factory, cycle hire, indoor pool and play barn all within 4 miles. Visit museums and art galleries or the coastal nature reserve of Ynyslas Sands and the dolphins of Cardigan Bay. Decorations and tree are provided for Christmas bookings. Shops 4 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, both with patio doors, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. Z bed available (for alternative sleeping only). Wooden floors throughout.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Sky Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Electric car charging station. Enclosed garden with decked area and furniture. Parking. Private hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • The Bakehouse

    Rhayader

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC624027
    Built in 1902, this traditional Victorian style building originally accommodated officials tasked with engineering the six magnificent Elan Valley Dams nestled in the nearby hills. The glorious reservoirs brought further prosperity to Rhayader and with it, first a butchers and then The Bakehouse, occupying the first floor. Using a rope and pulley to lift the flour, the old hatch can still be seen on the property. The Bakehouse has been meticulously converted to capture the spirit of a bustling mid Wales market town. Standing in the heart of Rhayader, this generous first floor apartment offers convenience and comfort as standard as well as flexible accommodation with its zip and link bed options.

    The Bakehouse gives you the perfect base to explore Rhayader and the Elan Valley. The rolling Cambrian Mountains on the doorstep are yours to enjoy in all seasons. Exploring Rhayader is simple, all amenities are within walking distance as are lots of independent shops, a leisure centre, museum and a choice of traditional places to eat and drink. Equally as simple is your access to the spectacular mid Wales countryside. Just two minutes from The Bakehouse is the Elan Valley Trail, an old railway which has been adapted for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Two pristine riverside parks either side of the apartment are also accessible. Whether you’re here for walking, cycling, mountain biking, pony trekking, astronomy, bird watching, fishing or looking to take the pace of life down a notch, let The Bakehouse be your base to make Mid Wales memories.

    The Bakehouse can be booked together with The Old Drapers (CC624026) and The Cwtch (CC624028) to accommodate up to 17 guests.

    First Floor: The property is all on the first floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space: With laminate flooring.
    Lounge area: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freesat TV, DVD player and sofa bed (for two).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link king size bed (which can be made to 2ft 6in twin beds - please advise when booking).
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link king size bed (which can be made to 2ft 6in twin beds - please advise when booking).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.

    Parking (1 car). Cycle store on request. No smoking.

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  • Mill Barn

    Knighton

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: HW7684

    This attractive and stylish barn sits on a small lane overlooking watermeadows and beside a babbling brook – a delightfully tranquil setting yet within walking distance of the shops, pubs and visitor attractions of Knighton. Great walking starts at the doorstep, the surrounding landscape affords scenic cycling on numerous waymarked trails and the town itself offers a good range of leisure facilities including an indoor pool, the Offa’s Dyke Centre and Spaceguard Centre. Opportunities for canoeing, horse riding, fishing and spotting the famous Red kite abound. Shop and pub under 0.5 miles.

    Steps to entrance. 4 steps (no handrail) down to lower ground floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed and patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (family package). iPod dock. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Decked area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking. Double hammock. No children under 4 years except babes in arms. NB: Fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Hirros Hall Longhouse

    Llanerfyl, nr. Welshpool

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: 28876


    This stunning Welsh longhouse, linked to Hirros Hall, has a delightful crux frame dating in parts to around the 16th century. It nestles high on the hills overlooking the Banwy Valley, an area with outstanding scenery which is excellent for walkers, cyclists and mountain bikers, being only 15 minutes from th Dyfant Forest. The Welshpool Golf Club is close by as well as Powys Castle. The owners have two paddocks, stabling and plenty of parking for horseboxes for guests bringing their own horses. Other attractions include the steam railway at Llanfair Creanion and the Cambrian coast. Fishing lakes are 10 minutes’ walk and the area is an artists’ paradise. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/Kitchen. 3 steps to double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Galleried area with double (5ft) bed. 1 double bedorom with limited headroom. Shower room with toilet. Low doorways in property.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher in owner’s utility room. Wi-fi. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. Games area with badminton and table tennis. Natural water supply form spring. No smoking. NB: Ponds in grounds.

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  • Glan Wye

    Rhayader

    Grade
    6
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: JTW


    Nestled among lush countryside in an idyllic location, Glan Wye is a homely barn conversion offering an ideal base to explore the delights on offer in the surrounding area. Rhayader lies in the very heart of Wales, situated 700ft above sea level in the beautiful Upper Wye Valley, and is sheltered by the Cambrian Mountains and cupped by hills rising to over 1500ft. Rhyader is also the first town of the River Wye, and the river is renowned as being the canoeing capital of Europe. Water has always played an important role in the town, and today it is known for the spectacular beauty of the flooded Elan Valley, where Victorian engineers created a series of magnificent dams and reservoirs as a water supply for the city of Birmingham, some 70 miles away. It’s truly a walker’s haven with The Wye Valley Trail running alongside the property and splendid cycling opportunities are available. The area is home to the majestic red kite, and with a bird feeding station within walking distance, it can be a popular sight. Guests are welcome to roam the owner’s 270-acre farm. Excellent fishing, riding and golfing can all be found locally. Today, the population of the local villages and countryside surrounding Rhayader is only a fraction of what it used to be a couple of hundred years ago, but the village communities are still very strong, with a variety of rural shows and events throughout the year. The larger spa town of Llandrindodd Wells is within an easy drive. Shops ½ mile.

    Living room with wood-burning stove and doors to patio. Fitted kitchen/dining area. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms with wash basins, one with en-suite toilet. Two single bedrooms, one with wash basin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Oil central heating included (£25per week September - May)
    • Electricity and bed linen included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-Fi
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Cycle store

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  • Woodside - Woodside Cottage

    Llandadarn Fynydd, nr. Llandrindod

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 13563

    These delightful adjoining cottages lie in the picturesque Ithon Valley. Conveniently situated on the A483, allowing access into the heart of this unspoilt region. Originally built in the 19th century, their tasteful refurbishment retains much original character and feel of this tranquil setting whilst providing all modern amenities. Woodside Cottage has a large patio area, whilst The Old Smithy has a conservatory overlooking the river. The shared gardens extend 200 yards along the riverbank where guests enjoy private fishing rights. Otters, a kingfisher and other wildlife often visit the garden. The river is fenced but at certain times can be fast flowing - care should be taken with small children. The two cottages have interconnecting sound-proofed doors, which once removed, form one large cottage for 10 people. The Old Smithy has a very large kitchen and dining room with a farmhouse table that will seat 10. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 twin leading to 1 double, 1 single with additional futon. There is open access to the stairs from the twin bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Shared gardens. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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