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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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  • 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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  • Llethrau Long Barn

    Felindre, nr. Knighton

    Grade
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    1
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    1
    Ref: OF6


    Two 18th-century converted stone barns set in a private valley, 1200ft up in the Cambrian Mountains, and situated on a smallholding with 24 acres of forest, ancient trees, little streams, natural gardens and adjoining 2000 acres of heather-clad moorland. The properties are situated in the grounds of the old farmhouse, in which the owners live. A haven for nature lovers, walkers, those seeking tranquillity and couples looking for a romantic hideaway. This is a private and peaceful setting, far away from the noise of traffic and the stress of city life. Surrounded by the border towns of Knighton, Presteigne, Ludlow, Leominster and Hay-on-Wye, this is a wonderful base to explore this diverse and flourishing region. There is also a great folk and country music scene locally. The coast can be reached within 1 hour 20 minutes.
    Llethrau Barn (0F2) is a stunning ’chalet barn’, which boasts atmospheric interiors, a beautiful greenhouse/garden breakfast room and a writers desk. Llethrau Long Barn (OF6) is a beautiful converted barn which has a large oak dining table, antique chairs and a writers desk with inspirational views. Both properties include a variety of books and board games, and have shared use of an undercover area for storing bicycles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Two steps to entrance. Living/dining room with wood-burning stove, vaulted beamed ceiling, countryside views, Persian rugs and compact galley-style kitchen area with wood-burning range/cooker and small elec cooker. Double bedroom with zip and link kingsize bed (can be 2ft 6in twin beds on request), vaulted ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two steps within property.

    • Convector heaters included
    • Freeview TV
    • Enclosed cottage garden with patio and furniture
    • NB: Step and drops in garden

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD and small library
    • CD and small library
    • Book library
    • Board games
    • Payphone
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer
    • Wi-Fi on site in internet cafe (computer provided)
    • Shared 24-acre grounds with terraced areas and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Uneven, sloping grounds with streams and steep areas. Access via single track lane.

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  • Fairoaks

    Felindre, nr. Knighton

    Grade
    2
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    2
    1
    Ref: W42484

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

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

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

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  • 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
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    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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  • The Old Smithy

    Beguildy

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    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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  • Ty Twt

    Pontsticill

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
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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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  • Madog’s Wells - Wrens Nest

    Llanfair Caereinion, nr. Welshpool

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31030

    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/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Wet room with walk-in shower/bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters and Wi-Fi included. Gas cooker. Washing machine in external laundry room. 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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  • Llofft Stabal

    Llanerfyl

    Grade
    3
    2
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    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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  • Stevannah

    Bishops Moat, nr. Bishops Castle

    Grade
    3
    2
    3
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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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  • Cosilea Cottage

    Welshpool, nr. Powys

    Grade
    3
    2
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    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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  • Llanerchydol Lodge

    Welshpool

    Grade
    3
    2
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    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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