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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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  • Ty Bach Tan

    Talgarth, nr. Brecon

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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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  • Great Cantal Granary

    Llanbister, nr. Llandrindod Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: OX8


    Great Cantal Granary, converted to detached holiday accommodation, was built in early Victorian times as the grain store for the adjoining Great Cantal Mill, which itself dates back to the 17th century. The mill, which last operated in the late 1940s, had a wooden overshot mill wheel on its east wall, powered by water from the River Aran. The mill served as the ’court mill’ for the parish: local farmers brought their grain to Great Cantal, where it was stored in the Granary until it was milled, with the miller retaining some of the flour as payment for the milling. Most of the mill machinery had been removed by the 1980s but one of the bedstones, made of French burr stone, dating from about 1830 and weighing over a ton, was still in place when the present owners, already resident in the old farmhouse opposite, acquired the Mill and Granary a few years ago. This bedstone was carefully removed and is now on display at Talgarth Mill, which is about 30 miles away, between Hay on Wye and Brecon. Since 1989, the Granary, Mill and Farmhouse have been in separate ownership to the farm. A network of tracks crosses the farm, giving easy access to Maelienydd and Little Hill Commons. Overlooking the farm to the north is Beacon Hill Common, 5000 acres of open moorland across which runs Glyndwr’s Way, a long distance footpath running from Knighton to Machynlleth. All three commons are access land on which there is the right to roam.
    The River Aran, which rises on Beacon Hill and flows down through Great Cantal to join the River Ithon near Penybont, and thence the Wye a little north of Builth Wells, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation, where a variety of wildlife can be found. The owner has fishing rights for 3½ miles on the River Ithon which is located a 25-minute drive away (£10pw, licence required). Maelienydd, itself a SSSI, is a breeding ground for redshank and curlew and Beacon Hill still hosts the rare ring ouzel, as well as red grouse. One of Radnorshire Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves, Tylcau Hill, lies about 2 miles from the Granary and is open to visitors all year round. The spa town of Llandrindod Wells is 15 miles. Shop 8 miles, pub and restaurant 4½ miles.

    Open-plan, beamed living room with electric woodburner, stable door and farmhouse-style kitchen/dining area with Rayburn (for cooking/heating) and electric cooker. Utility. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Staircase from living room to first floor: Double bedroom (no door) with additional single bed (for +1).

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, partial oil radiators, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • 32" Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Oil Rayburn included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed front garden with furniture
    • Rear garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge - to be kept on a lead, sheep country, working farm
    • No smoking
    • NB: Ford in grounds. 8 steps between gardens

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  • Annies Cottage

    Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant

    Grade
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    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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  • Church Lane

    Llanidloes

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 17536

    A quaint end of terrace cottage set in a quiet residential area of the popular mid Wales town, Llanidloes. Enjoy the modern conveniences on your return from a day exploring the local area. The property provides an ideal base for those who like to be close to the attractions of Wales and the borderlands. The town itself boasts plenty of good quality restaurants and bars and has splendid walks along the banks of the River Severn. Typically a market town, local goods and produce are readily available just a short walk away. The cottage is decorated with a Christmas theme during the festive season. Horse riding nearby. Fishing and golf within 1 mile. Shops and pubs 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with beams. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed garden. Car park 20 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Oak Cottage

    Old Hall, Llanidloes

    Grade
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    Ref: 27220


    Barn View Cottages are a group of three holiday cottages, tastefully converted from a stone and timber clad barn. The cottages are situated opposite the owner’s house in an elevated position with fantastic views, and all three have been refurbished to a good standard, for a comfortable and relaxing stay. The properties have use of a shared resource room which contains tourist information, detailed maps, DVDs, toys and games. In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there are a large number of places of interest to visit, suitable for all the family. Enthusiasts of outdoor activities will find plenty to do nearby, including walking, mountain biking, canoeing, horse riding, golf and angling to name just a few. The cottages are home to a bird watcher’s paradise. Visitors have a great opportunity to observe nesting ospreys just ten minutes away, attracting admirers from across the country. Just miles from the historic 16th century market town of Llanidloes in Powys, and only 40 minutes from the coast, they are an ideal base for your stay in mid Wales. The Hafren Forest, Clywedog Dam, the slopes of Plynlimon Mountain, the Elan Valley, Lake Vyrnwy, the Victorian seaside resort of Aberystwyth, or the old fishing hamlet of Aberdovey, just north of Aberystwyth, are just some of the places of interest within easy reach. Trout fishing and yachting hire available in the lake at Coywedog about 4 miles away. The cottages make an ideal choice for those who are walking part of Glyndwrs Way, which passes through Llanidloes and Llyn Clywedog. Shop, pub and restaurant 2.5 miles.

    External stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating included (£20per week, £12.50 per short break November-March).

    All properties: Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone on site. Shared landscaped garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared hot tub, sauna and shower at cost. No smoking. Please note: No children under 16 years. These properties have a security deposit of £50.

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  • Stevannah

    Bishops Moat, nr. Bishops Castle

    Grade
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    Ref: E5287

    From its rural setting, this lovely converted barn enjoys panoramic far reaching views over the delightful Shropshire countryside towards the Welsh Borders. Comfortably furnished it lies close to the owners working farm and offers an excellent base for exploring this area, with wonderful walking and fantastic bird watching opportunities with red kite being a regular feature. The charming market town of Bishops Castle, 2 miles, is home to two breweries, interesting shops, pubs and restaurants, whilst Ludlow and Shrewsbury are both easily accessible.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams and wooden floor throughout.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. CD. Microwave. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Natural water supply from spring. 3 pets allowed, under strict control. No smoking.

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  • Ty Twt

    Pontsticill

    Grade
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    Ref: 25891

    One of three, this holiday cottage is perfectly located within the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park, with its stunning scenery, wonderful walks and outdoor activities in abundance. Dolygaer Outdoor Pursuit Centre is close by with a great selection of activities including white water rafting and canoeing. A popular area for mountain biking or gentle cycling along the canals, fishing, canal boating, sailing and golfing with two 18-hole courses are available within the local area. Take a trip on the Brecon Mountain Steam Railway and enjoy the ambiance of the hills and valleys in this picturesque destination. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and flagstone floor. Kitchen with flagstone floor. Winding stairs (narrow at the top) to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    First £5 electric heaters and electricity included, remainder by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. NB: Drops and 1 step down to garden.

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  • Arch Cottage

    Llanidloes

    Grade
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    Ref: CC624013
    Arch Cottage lies in a quiet side street in the centre of pretty Llanidloes, which was once the heart of the ancient medieval kingdom of Arwystli. It is the first town on the River Severn and is an ideal spot to take a short break or longer holiday. Easy to reach, Llanidloes is situated only a 2-hour drive from Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff, with the national rail network running close by. Yet ’Llani’ as it is often referred to locally, is far away from hustle and bustle of modern life and the perfect place to relax amidst some of the most unspoilt and undiscovered scenery Wales has to offer, surrounded by soft mountain scenery which makes it very popular with wildlife enthusiasts and hikers. The Celtic Saint Idloes laid the foundations of a church on table land overlooking the Severn and today the layout of wide streets formed in the shape of a cross form the heart of the town. The Old Market Hall, the only half timbered hall of its kind in Wales and still in its original position, was constructed on the centre of the cross in the early 1600s. Llanidloes has an array of interesting independent shops, cafes and no less than nine pubs, so no shortage of places to eat and drink. There are over 30 separate walking routes and national trails around the town which are clearly marked and signposted. They link Llanidloes with the smaller surrounding villages of Llangurig, Llandinam and Trefeglwys and range from just a few miles to a good day’s walk. Many of the roads and tracks around the town are ideal for cyclists and the Lon Cambrian Sustrans routes pass through the town. In this beautiful Mid Wales region you will find castles, country houses & gardens, wildlife and nature reserves, small market towns, lakes, mountains and the beaches of the Ceredigion coastline are within easy reach. After days out enjoying the area, Arch Cottage is the perfect place to come back to with its cosy living room, wood burner, courtyard terrace, and all that the lovely town of Llanidloes has to offer right on your doorstep!

    Ground Floor: This property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 30" Freeview TV (Sky available, please bring your own card), DVD player and CD/radio.
    Dining room/kitchen: With tiled floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over short bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi (payable to BT Openzone).

    Enclosed courtyard garden with furniture. Public car park foc, 20 yards.

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  • Cosilea Cottage

    Welshpool, nr. Powys

    Grade
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    Ref: W41797

    Central location

    A cosy terraced holiday cottage, ideal for couples, situated in the heart of Welshpool - a historic market town and home to the impressive Powys Castle and parkland. Guests can relax in the knowledge that once here you can park up and walk to local restaurants, pubs and shops, plus there are plenty of attractions which don’t require driving to, such as a trip on the steam train over to Llanfair Careinion, Powysland Museum, canal barge trips and a Powys Castle tour. Local to the area you will find golf, fishing, horseriding and plenty of beautiful walks through stunning countryside. Shops, pubs and restaurants 40 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Patio. On road 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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  • Llofft Stabal

    Llanerfyl

    Grade
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    Ref: 19041

    A tastefully converted stable loft, adjoining another smaller loft, situated in the picturesque Banwy Valley in the heart of mid Wales on a well maintained working family farm. The holiday property has easy walking access, which may be suitable for those who are less mobile as there are no steps or stairs. Within easy reach of the areas main attractions, Lake Vyrnwy, Powys Castle, Welshpool and Llanfair light railway, Coed-y-Brenin forest and mountain bike centre. Good walks and cycle tracks. River fishing on the farm. Hotel with bar 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen, each with beams and wooden floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with beams and sloping ceiling. Wet room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Video. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Garden area. Large decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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  • The Old Smithy

    Beguildy

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
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    Ref: W43279

    This cosy, period, holiday cottage is situated next to the owners’ home in this delightful rural area of the Welsh Borders, on the road between Knighton and Newton. The property offers a cosy base, complete with a woodburner. The area is a walker’s haven with Offa’s Dyke Path and Glyndwr’s Way being close by and also the Radnor Cycle Route for those who enjoy cycling. There are many places of historical interest in the surrounding towns and villages, visit Ludlow, Leominster, Newtown, Knighton, Kington and Brecon, all within easy driving distance, also enjoy Builth Wells, home to the renowned Royal Welsh Show. Shop next door, pub serving food 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: Landing area with single bed. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Large shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. NB: Stream in garden.

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