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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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  • Highbrook Cottage

    New Radnor

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: JJS

    Peace and tranquillity are the order of the day at this isolated holiday cottage in an idyllic setting with small country garden bordered by a stream. Cosy and very comfortable, it has been furnished and equipped to the W.T.B. ‘4 Star’ standard, in pretty cottage style. Approached by a good farm track at the side of a field, the cottage is set between Radnor Forest and Offa’s Dyke Path – a superb area for walkers and nature lovers. Riding is available locally. Golf 6 miles. The popular inland resort of Llandrindod Wells, once a famous spa, with its many holiday and sporting attractions, and Hay-on-Wye (famous for its bookshops) are both 14 miles distant. Shops 1½ miles.

    Living room with fire in stone hearth and surround, overlooking a stream and fields. Kitchen/dining room with fitted light-oak units. Bathroom with over-bath power shower and toilet. Steepish stairs to first floor: Large double bedroom. Smaller double bedroom. Landing area.

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel at cost
    • Electricity, electric heater and full NSH by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • NB: Stream in garden

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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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  • Dolgenau - The Barn

    Llawr-y-Glyn, Caersws

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: JDU

    Originally built as a barn and cottage in the 17th century, these delightful holiday properties, one a barn and one a cottage, have been carefully converted, combining their interesting features with comfort, and making good use of pretty cottage-style prints, soft furnishings and some antiques, in keeping with their period character. Each has its own entrance with sloping gardens, and both these charming holiday properties are tucked away from it all, offering peace, tranquillity and lovely south-facing views across the valley. This is magnificent walking and bird-watching country (many different species spotted in the garden). The nearby Clywedog Lake provides good fishing and sailing, whilst excellent mountain biking facilities can be found a little further afield at Machynlleth.
    Five miles away is the pretty market town of Llanidloes with golf, tennis, bowls, swimming, leisure centre and the newly opened Red Kite Centre, which boasts live transmission from nests in the Hafren Forest. The town’s fine architecture includes the town hall, the market hall, built on timber stilts, and two imposing 19th-century chapels. Good selection of pubs and restaurants nearby.
    The coast at Cardigan Bay is only 45 minutes by car, a spectacular journey through glorious scenery across the Plynlimon mountains to the university town and lively seaside resort of Aberystwyth with its cliff railways and various cultural and entertainment diversions, or further north along the Dovey estuary to Aberdovey. Here, the coast with its sandy beach offers opportunities for canoeing, windsurfing and swimming, and beautiful walks can be enjoyed amid the nearby Plas Penhelig Gardens. There are miles of sand and shingle beaches to enjoy, backed by dunes along the coast to Tywyn. The slipway at Aberdovey makes it a popular sailing centre, also good for surfing, water-skiing and fishing trips. Golf and horse riding within 5 miles. Shops 1¼ miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Built at a slight angle to The Cottage. The open-plan living room has a wood-burning stove; there are steps down to the cottage kitchen/dining room which has fitted units and stable door to garden. Double bedroom with French door to patio. Small twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs at cost

    • electricity, Calor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • TV (Teletext)
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Drying service
    • Dishwasher
    • Coffee maker
    • Slow cooker
    • Wi-fi
    • Level sitting-out areas with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for the infirm
    • NB: Slopes in grounds

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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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  • Penybont Cottage

    Pen-y-bont, nr. Oswestry

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 27294

    A superb holiday base in the quiet village of Pen-y-bont on the mid-Wales/Shropshire border. This lovely ground floor apartment has been thoughtfully furnished throughout to provide a great base from which to explore mid and north Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire. The nearest town is Oswestry where you will find a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Tourist attractions nearby include Llanrhaedr Waterfalls (one of the 8 Wonders of Wales), Erddig, Chirk Castle, Powys Castle, the Berwyn mountain range, Bala Lake and Lake Vyrnwy. Horse riding nearby. Pub 20 yards.

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

    Electricity heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared outhouse. Fridge/freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Ithon Barns - Sophie’s Barn

    Cwmbrith Isaf, nr. Llandrindod Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 15332

    Set in a tranquil valley

    Fishing on the River Ithon

    This stone built granary and barn date from about 1675, sympathetically converted into two attractive, semi-detached cottages, with many interesting features, including spiral staircases, original timbers and gallery bedrooms with extensive views of the valley. Situated adjacent to the owner’s home, reached by a short track, but separate from farming activity. Set in a tranquil area of valley and hills, with over 800 acres of farmland and 2 miles of Single and Double Bank fishing on the River Ithon, for guests exclusive enjoyment. Excellent walking country, yet only 3 miles from Llandrindod Wells with shops, pubs and restaurants.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. 2 staircases (one spiral) to first floor: 2 gallery bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating included (£20per week November-March, £10 per short break). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Gravel and grassed area with picnic bench. Parking.

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  • Coity Bach Farm Cottages - Tŷ Fferm Hen

    Talybont-on-Usk, nr. Brecon

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 25130

    Beautiful views

    Within the Brecon Beacons National Park, these semi-detached holiday cottages within the owner’s grounds, just a mile to Talybont village with pubs, café and the Monmouthshire to Brecon Canal. There are bridle paths, footpaths and the Taff Trail within 1/4 mile, a registered cycle trail within 100 yards, and fishing and riding nearby. A breakfast hamper containing produce off the farm can be ordered before arrival for £5 per person per day. Brecon is approx 4½ miles. Hereford, Monmouth and Abergavenny are all nearby. Shops, pubs and restaurants 4½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and slate floor. Beams throughout. Stone spiral staircase to first floor: 1 double bedroom with Velux, 1 single with additional pull-out single on landing area separated from bedroom with curtain. Bathroom with slipper bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room providing hot water (initial fuel included). Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: First £5 electricity included, remainder by £1/£2 token meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared fields and woodlands. Barbecue. Cycle store. Cycle and boot washing facilities. Private water supply. Two pets welcome (working farm/sheep country). NB: Sloping banks and farm machinery in grounds. Brook 50 yards. Each property has a security deposit of £50.

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  • Craftsmans Mews Cottage

    Presteigne

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W41354

    Craftsmans mews cottage in heart of Presteigne


    Situated in the centre of the small historic market town of Presteigne, this cottage is converted from a range of former craftsmen’s workshops and lies in a quiet mews with peaceful garden 22 yards from the property. While having a central location it retains privacy and peacefulness, ideal for a couple on a romantic break. Presteigne is a pretty border town formerly of Radnor county, ideal for exploring the Welsh Marches and visiting historic sites and gardens. These include the award winning Judges Lodgings Museum. Being an ancient border town it has ten walks radiating from it. Offa’s Dyke is close by and the Heart of Wales Railway is a must as it meanders from Swansea in the south and Shrewsbury in the north, taking in 120 miles of glorious and varying countryside. There is fishing on the River Lugg and many trails to explore in Radnor Forest. Ludlow has some remarkable eating places or visit Hereford or Hay-on-Wye. Visit Hergest Croft Gardens, Berrington Hall, Ludlow Castle or Dunkerton’s Cider Musuem, or follow the cycle trails through the renowned black and white villages. You could even enjoy a special treat at a Michelin Star restaurant within 3 miles. Properties W40409, W40410, W41354 and W42756 can be booked together and are ideal for larger groups. Shops, pubs and restaurants within 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with double sofa bed. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. 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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  • 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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  • Woodside - The Old Smithy

    Llandadarn Fynydd, nr. Llandrindod

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 14268

    These delightful adjoining cottages lie in the picturesque Ithon Valley. Conveniently situated on the A483, allowing access into the heart of this unspoilt region. Originally built in the 19th century, their tasteful refurbishment retains much original character and feel of this tranquil setting whilst providing all modern amenities. Woodside Cottage has a large patio area, whilst The Old Smithy has a conservatory overlooking the river. The shared gardens extend 200 yards along the riverbank where guests enjoy private fishing rights. Otters, a kingfisher and other wildlife often visit the garden. The river is fenced but at certain times can be fast flowing - care should be taken with small children. The two cottages have interconnecting sound-proofed doors, which once removed, form one large cottage for 10 people. The Old Smithy has a very large kitchen and dining room with a farmhouse table that will seat 10. Shop and pub 2 miles.

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

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Shared gardens. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Piano.

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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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