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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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  • The Cwtch

    Newtown

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    2
    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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  • The Smithy

    Pilleth, nr. Knighton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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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  • Ty Bach Shepherds Hut

    Franksbridge, near Builth Wells

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • 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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  • Ithon Barns - Polly’s Cottage

    Cwmbrith Isaf, nr. Llandrindod Wells

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Pentre Herin

    Dolanog near Welshpool

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Church Lane

    Llanidloes

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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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  • Arch Cottage

    Llanidloes

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    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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  • Llofft Stabal

    Llanerfyl

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    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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  • Llanerchydol Lodge

    Welshpool

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: HW7335

    This delightful, unspoilt detached Victorian gate lodge, with exposed beams, flagstone floor and antique furnishings, lies just a short stroll from the center of the charming market town of Welshpool, with its fine selection of shops, inns and restaurants. Situated opposite the towns train station for the Llanfair Heritage Steam Railway, running alongside the A458. Its location affords easy access to the beaches of Cardigan Bay and the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. Pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Conservatory/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over roll top bath and toilet. Steep ladder stairs to first floor: 1 single (cabin style) bedroom.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Solid fuel central heating (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. CD. Range. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Gravelled patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • Cosilea Cottage

    Welshpool, nr. Powys

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    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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  • Ty Twt

    Pontsticill

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    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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