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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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  • Y Dderwen at Brynglas Farm

    Llanfair Caereinion

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28629

    This semi-detached barn conversion, situated within a working farm and adjacent to the owner’s home, has excellent views from the rear down towards the Banwy Valley. This is a central holiday location with plenty of tourist attractions, including Powys Castle, Powys Land Museum, the Montgomeryshire Canal, Llanfair steam railway and Lake Vyrnwy. Head west towards the Cambrian coast, or visit King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Machinations Visitor Centre, for alternative technology, and Borth Animalarium. Golf, horse riding and mountain biking are all available locally, or for fun seekers, white water rafting near Bala lake and quad trekking near Welshpool. Free fishing available in lake. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 step to 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared garden. Patio with sitting-out area. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lake in grounds.

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  • Molly’s Cottage

    Knighton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: RJL

    Situated in the heart of the small and picturesque medieval border town of Knighton, this pretty half-timbered cottage, built in 1678 retains many original features and has oak beams throughout. The holiday cottage is one of a row, backing onto The Narrows, and there is a sunny sitting out area, adjacent to the private paved parking place at the front. It is within easy walking distance of several pubs, restaurants, a golf course, the Offa’s Dyke Visitor Centre and Footpath. Historic Ludlow, Hay with its antiquarian bookshops, and Presteigne, all of which host cultural festivals during the summer months, are just a short drive away. Shops 50 yards.

    Five steps to entrance. Living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace. Fully fitted kitchen with dining area. Steep stairs to first floor: Spacious double bedroom with oak beamed ceiling and walls. Twin bedroom with view across wooded Shropshire hills. Bathroom with walk-in shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - logs included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV/video/DVD/radio
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer (in cellar)
    • Telephone - incoming calls only
    • Shared sitting-out/garden area adjacent to parking area
    • Parking (1 car); public car park 100 yards
    • Secure cycle storage (cellar, external access)
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for people with mobility problems

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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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  • 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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  • Chalet 51, Caer Beris Holiday Park

    Builth Wells, Powys

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC622008
    Set within the most peaceful and well tended grounds of Caer Beris Holiday Park, close to the bank of the River Ithon, you will find ’Chalet 51’. This spacious timber lodge offers well equipped and comfortable accommodation for four people. The setting is beautifully rural yet very close to the town as Builth Wells is only a mile away - a few minutes in the car, or a pleasant 20 minute walk when the weather obliges. The lounge offers a large and comfortable sofa and armchair and there’s a flatscreen TV with satellite Freeview, along with a cosy flame effect fire for the chillier nights. Large picture windows which adorn its well designed living area, not only flood the space with light but invite effortless appreciation of the beauty of the natural surroundings. The French doors open onto a large veranda across the front of the property providing an ideal spot for dining in the sunshine. The dining area has circular table and four chairs, and next to this is the kitchen, which has full size fridge and gas cooker, and a full complement of what you would expect in a kitchen. There’s a double bedroom and a twin, a bathroom with full size bath and separate WC. Outside the lodge has its own private parking space and room for a further vehicle. Pets are welcome at the site- there’s a large riverside area for dog walking and miles of footpaths nearby. There’s one ’rod’ on the river included with the rental in the fishing season. (A rod license would be required). This lodge offers a holiday with peace and relaxation - you’d be forgiven for never wanting to leave such tranquility behind.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has an electric fire and heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD and radio/CD. Large picture windows with beautiful views; a light airy and well presented room.
    Dining: With dining furniture and French doors leading out onto the large Veranda.
    Kitchen: With gas cooker and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With two 2ft 6" single beds.
    Separate cloakroom: With WC.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and wash basin. Wall mounted fan heater.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included but £1 coins are required if the immersion is used.

    Large veranda with patio table and chairs. Spacious open grounds, laid to lawn with mature shrubs and trees. Designated dog-walking area. Parking for two cars.

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  • Bryngwanoff Cottages - Awel y Bryn

    Howey, nr. Llandrindod Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 30007

    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.

    Gas central heating included. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times.

    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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  • Bryngwanoff Cottages - Delfryn

    Howey, nr. Llandrindod Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30005

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

    Economy 7 NSH included. 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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  • Cefn Colwyn Barn

    Trefeglwys, nr. Caersws

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 28198

    Situated amidst tranquil countryside, this holiday property, adjoining the owner’s home, is within easy reach of Clywedog Reservoir and Powis Castle. It is an ideal spot for birdwatching, cycling and walking and the west coastline is only an hour’s drive. Attractions include Elan Valley, Lake Vyrnwy, Source of the Severn, Hafren Forest, Plymlimon Hills and Devils Bridge. Activities in the area include clay pigeon shooting, golf, quad biking, laser shooting and pony trekking. This is also a great base for the Royal Welsh Show and the Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Dining room with wooden floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 twin (zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi included. Enclosed garden with patio. Shared 4-acre grounds. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Brook in grounds, 40 yards.

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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 21 / 23 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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  • 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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  • Llethrau Barn

    Felindre, nr. Knighton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: OF2


    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.

    Three steps to entrance. Beamed living/dining room with Persian rugs, wood-burning stove and patio doors opening onto a private patio. Kitchen with electric Aga (for cooking) and breakfast area. Utility. Sun room. Twin bedroom with 2ft 6in single and 2ft 6in pull out (can be double on request). Shower room with toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with zip and link kingsize bed (can be 2ft 6in twin beds on request), washbasin, sloping ceiling. Galleried landing.

    • Electric heaters included
    • Satellite TV
    • Electric Aga included
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed patio garden
    • Barbecue
    • NB: 3 steps, uneven surfaces on patio.

    • 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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  • Beech Cottage

    Old Hall, Llanidloes

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27219


    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. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk.

    Oil central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break November-March). 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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