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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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  • Mill Farm Holiday Cottages - Oak View Cottage

    Heyope, nr. Knighton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30202

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Shared washing machine in reception room.

    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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  • Ty Hapus

    Machynlleth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29505

    This well positioned, 18th century, terraced town house is set in a quiet area of the handsome, historic town of Machynlleth, within walking distance of shops, pubs and restaurants. This holiday property is surrounded by rolling hills, the Cambrian Mountains, River Dyfi and the Cambrian coast. Visitor attractions nearby include King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Corris Craft Centre and mines, Owain Glyndwr Centre and Cors Dyfi and Ynys Hir nature reserves. Further afield, visit Snowdonia and Llyn Clwedog, plus numerous historic houses and NT properties, including Powys Castle and Gregynog Hall. Aberdovey beach, 20 minutes. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with laminate floor. Kitchen with laminate floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 single bedroom with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park 50 yards (foc). No smoking.

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  • Faulkner

    Near Rhayader

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC624018
    Situated on a beautiful stretch of the Upper Wye Valley, Faulkner 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 property offers every modern comfort whilst still retaining the best features of the old inn. Faulkner is a corner-terraced cottage and 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.

    Faulkner 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. Faulkner can be booked with Woodman (CC624017), Tudor (CC624019), Searle (CC624020) and Middleton (CC624021) to accommodate up to 20 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Three steps to...
    Lounge: With 32" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player, iPod dock, radio and French doors to decked balcony.
    Kitchen/dining room: Spacious with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Three steps to both bedrooms.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link 2ft 6in twin beds (which can be made to king size - please advise when booking).
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size - please advise when booking).
    Shower room 1: With shower and WC.
    Shower room 2: With shower and WC.

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

    Decked balcony. Shared, enclosed garden and furniture. Shared BBQ. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Bryngwanoff Cottages - Dan y Deri

    Howey, nr. Llandrindod Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30004

    Each property boasts countryside views
    An ideal family holiday base
    Located in the Elan Valley

    Boasting attractive views, these four comfortable cottages (refs 30004, 30005, 30006 and 30007) offer an ideal base for family holidays. Set in a little row of four, they enjoy rural tranquillity, 5 miles from the lake, swimming pool and leisure centre of the Victorian spa town Llandrindod Wells, host to the many events of the Royal Welsh Showground. The Elan Valley’s stunning reservoirs for fishing and mountain biking are the area’s main attractions and with red kites soaring above, this is also superb bird watching and walking country – Glyndwr’s Way, Cistercian Way and Offa’s Dyke are all nearby as are an indoor activity centre, cycle hire and riding. Dolphin spotting in Cardigan Bay makes an excellent day trip. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 3½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 NSH included. DVD. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Parking (2 cars). Shared cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Crowlwm Chalet

    Llanidloes

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43084

    Crowlwm Farmhouse, generally acknowledged as the first house in England and Wales to have held a Sunday school, has long been the choice of artists and sculptors to get away from the crowds. Crowlwm Chalet is a purpose built, detached, timber holiday chalet, situated in the grounds of the former farm and is surrounded by breathtaking views offering peace and tranquillity. Within walking distance of the property is the heritage site of the Bryntail lead mine. Clywedog reservoir is nearby and offers fishing for brown and rainbow trout, sailing or just walking in the countryside. The chalet is well located as a touring base, being in mid Wales, with routes through the mountains to the sea, and towns such as Aberystwyth, Machynlleth, Borth and Aberdovey. Snowdonia National Park and the Brecon Beacons are also within easy reach. The cities of Swansea and Cardiff are just over a 2 hour drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for children). Kitchen. 1 double (zip and link) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Large garden. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Bronhaul

    Dolfach, nr. Llanbrynmair

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43143

    A delightful, terraced holiday property in the small village of Dolfach just a 1.25 miles outside of Llanbrynmair. The area is popular with walkers and cyclists and is within easy driving distance of Machynlleth and the Centre for Alternative Technology, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, and a large part of the west Welsh coastline, complete with sandy beaches. Machinations is a family attraction in Llanbrynmair, and the market town of Newtown is a short distance away. Shop, pub and café 1.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. Small garden. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in garden. This property has a security deposit of £100.

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  • Pine Lodge

    Pontsticill, Brecon Beacons

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 10603

    Hill and valley views

    Set in the 21/2 acre grounds of the owner‘s country house, about 1 mile from Pontsticill village and reservoir, built in log cabin style with high specification insulation and heating and attractive pine interior. The surrounding area which is within the National Park, is scenic, peaceful, with mountains, valleys, forests, all providing walkers of varied abilities with unlimited choice. Sailing, fishing, canal boating and a steam railway are also nearby. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating from NSH and convector heaters included (£30per week, £20 per short break November-March). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. Video. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Patio. Small verandah. Garden and furniture. Sun loungers. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Bryngwanoff Cottages - Heddfan

    Howey, nr. Llandrindod Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30006

    Each property boasts countryside views
    An ideal family holiday base
    Located in the Elan Valley

    Boasting attractive views, these four comfortable cottages (refs 30004, 30005, 30006 and 30007) offer an ideal base for family holidays. Set in a little row of four, they enjoy rural tranquillity, 5 miles from the lake, swimming pool and leisure centre of the Victorian spa town Llandrindod Wells, host to the many events of the Royal Welsh Showground. The Elan Valley’s stunning reservoirs for fishing and mountain biking are the area’s main attractions and with red kites soaring above, this is also superb bird watching and walking country – Glyndwr’s Way, Cistercian Way and Offa’s Dyke are all nearby as are an indoor activity centre, cycle hire and riding. Dolphin spotting in Cardigan Bay makes an excellent day trip. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 3½ miles.

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

    Gas central heating included. DVD. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Parking (2 cars). Shared cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Cedar Cottage

    Old Hall, Llanidloes

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27218


    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.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). Travel cot. High chair. CD.

    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: Couples and family booking only. No children under 16 years. These properties have a security deposit of £50.

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  • Kilsby Cottage

    Llanwrtyd Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 31238

    Kilsby Cottage is next to the owners country home and bed & breakfast, which was originally built as a school by the Rev JR Kilsby Jones in the 1850’s. This semi-detached holiday cottage sits on the edge of 21/2 acres of garden and private woodland, with an abundance of wildlife and spectacular views. Reduced rate wild trout fishing on upper Irfon beat is available (licence required). Evidence of the original 19th century planting and terracing is still apparent with a great diversity of mature trees and shrubs in the grounds and where the extensive views and the abundant local wildlife were a source of inspiration. Today the views remain just as grand and the wildlife is still prolific. Apart from the wonderful bird life, you might see slow-worms, common lizards, badgers, hedgehogs, polecats, wood mice and bank voles in the garden during your stay.

    Kilsby Cottage is a bird-watchers paradise with many varied resident species, as well as a number of notable summer visitors. Garden seating and strategically situated feeding stations and nesting boxes allow visitors to view many different bird species in comfort and within close proximity to the house and cottage. In addition to the garden birds, various raptor species such as red kites, buzzards and peregrine falcons are frequently seen soaring overhead.

    For walkers, lovers of outdoor pursuits or fishing, Kilsby Cottage is ideally situated for the Wye Valley, Cambrian Mountains or Brecon Beacons, or you can leave the car at the cottage and walk miles from the doorstep; explore the hills and photograph the birds or fish the River Irfon. The owners can give you comprehensive advice on chosen routes. Just over a mile from the cottage you will reach the town of Llanwrtyd Wells with several welcoming pubs and restaurants. Llanwrtyd is famous for hosting the World Bog Snorkelling Championship, the Man vs. Horse Race, the mid-Wales Beer Festival and a host of other events. The town also has its own tourist information centre, several shops and even a pub with its own micro-brewery, which has previously produced the Champion Beer of Wales.

    Cyclists will appreciate the many miles of on and off road routes and Route 8 of the National Cycle Network passes through here. Bikes can be hired locally in Llanwrtyd and Builth Wells. Horse riding and guided pony trekking, for both novices and experienced riders alike, are available from established stables in nearby Llanwrtyd Wells. For the enthusiastic golfer, there are 3 excellent 18-hole courses all within a 45-minute drive and set in breathtaking scenery.

    The National Botanic Garden of Wales is only 35 miles away, while the National Trust’s Abergwesyn Common is on the doorstep. Delightful Hay-on-Wye on the England/Wales border, famous for the annual Hay Festival and its book and antique shops is only 32 miles away. Swansea and Shrewsbury are at opposite ends of the Heart of Wales Railway Line which stops at Llanwrtyd station on the other side of town. Llandrindod Wells, an elegant Victorian Spa town is 20 miles away with its picturesque lake, and Builth Wells, a small market town where the Annual Royal Welsh Show is held can be found 13 miles away, and is where you can enjoy the excellent Wyeside Arts Centre for cinema and live performances. Shop, pub and restaurant 11/4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre of natural grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small, raised, unfenced pond and sloping banks in grounds.

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  • The Loft

    Bryngwyn, Kington

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC623002
    Situated in the pretty rural hamlet of Bryngwyn set amongst glorious countryside, ’The Loft’ at The Old Rectory has been converted into a most welcoming holiday retreat boasting spectacular views of the Black Mountains and overlooking the National Park. The apartment is attached to The Old Rectory but has its own entrance, and offers a spacious open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area, together with two bedrooms with further sleeping facilities and a good bathroom. The beams and oak flooring gives a wealth of character and cosy feel, providing a perfect base for exploring. The gardens and views are idyllic for a restful evening in the summer sun! The property is situated within a riding centre.

    First Floor: Property is accessed by external stairs with hand rails
    Living Room: With satellite TV and radio/CD, electric flame effect fire. Additional single bed; a cosy and well presented room
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric double oven and electric ceramic hob, microwave, fridge and freezer, dishwasher and use of owners washing machine. Dining furniture.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet. Heated towel rail and shaver point
    Bedroom 1: With two 3ft single beds, (zip n link to make a double bed please request when booking)

    Second Floor: Bedroom 2: With a 4ft 6 single bed

    Oil fired central heating and electric heaters, fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. No children under the age of 7 years.

    Front wooded garden with lawn. Garden furniture and benches. Parking for2 cars. Secure storage for bicycles etc.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Berriew, nr. Welshpool

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29521

    This charming, detached holiday cottage is located within the Rhiewport Hall estate close to the village of Berriew. Berriew is home to 2 local pubs serving good food, a village shop and the Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture, all within walking distance. Welshpool, Powys Castle, Llanfair light steam railway, Montgomery Canal, Offa’s Dyke and Gregynog Hall are approximately 3 miles. Visitors to this area will have easy access to the Shropshire border towns of Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Bridgenorth and Iron Bridge, as well the attractions of North Wales and Snowdonia. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (3 steps down), 1 twin (1 step). Step to bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Fenced patio. Ample parking. Cycle store. Pets must be kept on lead at all times. No smoking.

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