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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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  • Oak Cottage

    Old Hall, Llanidloes

    Grade
    2
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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: Couples and family booking only. No children under 16 years. These properties have a security deposit of £50.

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  • Honeypot Cottage

    Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 17587

    A charming, cosy, 170 year old, Grade II listed holiday cottage in the centre of the village in the beautiful Tanat Valley. Ideally placed for walking, fishing, mountain biking and horse riding in both the nearby Berwyn Mountains, but also within easy reach of Snowdonia. Pistyll Rhaedr, England and Wales highest waterfall is 4 miles outside the village and a walk to the top affords wonderful views of the surrounding hills. Lake Bala, Lake Vyrnwy, Llangollen and several National Trust properties including Powys Castle and Chirk Castle, are all within an hour’s drive. Shops and excellent pubs serving food 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with beams. Narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity and bed linen included. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small garden and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: 11 steps and unfenced slopes in garden.

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  • Tudor

    Near Rhayader

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC624019
    Situated on a beautiful stretch of the Upper Wye Valley, Tudor 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. Tudor is a detached cottage which is spacious and characterful, and has wheelchair access. 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.

    Tudor 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. Tudor can be booked with Woodman (CC624017), Faulkner (CC624018), Searle (CC624020) 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:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV, DVD player, iPod dock and radio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, double sofa bed (for two children) and en-suite wet room with 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. Wheelchair access.

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  • Nadine

    Felindre, near Knighton

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UK6070
    Occupying a secluded location on the Llethrau Estate, this fantastic, French-style shepherd’s hut provides unique holiday accommodation in a romantic setting. Nadine features sublime, unbroken views over lush greenery and rolling hills. Situated in the Cambrian Mountains, walkers and cyclists will be spoilt for choice, as the area has an extensive network of walking paths and trails, way off the beaten track. Alternatively, sit back and relax with your other half, pour a glass of wine, and watch the world go by as the sun sets. Shop and pub serving food 3 miles. Nadine can be booked together with Indian Hut (UK6071) to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    Ground Floor: 4 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: (no TV).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric hob and microwave/oven/grill combi.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With double shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi on-site in internet cafe.

    BBQ. Shared 24-acre natural grounds with terraced areas and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a bore hole and the grounds are uneven and sloping with streams, steps and steep areas.

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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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  • Searle

    Near Rhayader

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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.
    Three steps to...
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stevannah

    Bishops Moat, nr. Bishops Castle

    Grade
    3
    2
    3
    1
    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
    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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