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Porth Elenydd


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Devil’s Bridge, near Aberystwyth, Cardigan/Ceredigion
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Enjoy a taste of luxury at this beautiful period house, with one bedroom even enjoying its own private conservatory!

The colonial style Porth Elenydd dates back to 1912 and was built on land belonging to the nearby Hafod Estate (which occupies about 500 acres of the Ystwyth Valley), and was part of the parsonage. It was decreed by the Estate that a house of no lesser value of £450 be built; a great deal of money by today’s standards! The house was built in its own grounds as the residence for Miss Marles Thomas the headmistress of an Aberystwyth boarding school for the children of diplomats and missionaries. The school children came to stay at Porth Elenydd during the holidays if their parents were away. Miss Marles-Thomas holding assembly in the reception sitting hall. A small dormitory was created upstairs for the children and downstairs bedrooms for the parents when on furlough. It’s reported that regular elegant afternoon teas were served on the verandah and many Rolls Royce’s were often seen parked outside as the well-to-do parents enjoyed themselves!
Many original features are evident, from the original doors, some beamed ceilings, quirky atrium in the sitting hall, imposing canopied fireplace in the main living room to the black and white shiplap on the exterior and outside buildings. The present owner (only the third to have owned the house since it was built), has added contemporary comforts and the house now comfortably sleeps 11 people across 5 bedrooms. As you enter through the large central heated conservatory you will be struck by the amount of space you will have to enjoy and spread out in, all rooms have lovely views across the mountains and the well-kept gardens. The living room is warm and inviting with a large sofa and a wood burner in the feature fireplace. There is a spacious first floor family master suite with two interconnecting bedrooms and a large en-suite shower room. On the ground floor there are three further bedrooms (two en-suite), and a family bathroom. One bedroom has the bonus of its own private sun room with sofa.
The Hafod Forestry Commission Estate itself can be explored on foot (maps are available for the five way marked walks of varying length and difficulty), where there are streams, waterfalls, grotto, dam, ice house and rustic bridges to discover. The area provides an excellent base for exploring and taking part in activities such as canoeing, mountain and quad biking, horse riding and walking. Almost right on your doorstep you have the famous Devil’s Bridge, first built by the Strata Florida monks in the 11th-century and a walk down to see the plunging 300ft waterfalls is a must. There’s a hotel within walking distance where you can get meals or a drink, and a little artisan chocolatier where you can buy the perfect gift to take home. The station and café for the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway is also here and the line meanders through the valley to the Victorian seaside town of Aberystwyth. Here you can find lots of shops, cafés, and restaurants, as well as the castle, pier, promenade and the 1896 funicular railway to the summit of Constitution Hill, where you will have the most magnificent views over Cardigan Bay as you enjoy a coffee and cake and visit the Camera Obscurer. Being a university town there’s a large arts centre and you may catch a show or visit the cinema.
Visit the Silver Mountain Experience an 18th-century silver-rich lead mine next to the Bwlch Nant y Arian Kite and trail centre; the Magic of Life Butterfly House, or take a trip passing 11 century Strata Florida Abbey to the old drovers’ town of Tregaron and stop for a meal at the award winning Talbot Hotel and Pub. You will truly have a beautiful, amazing and comfortable holiday experience. Beach 12 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Step from veranda to entrance.
Sitting room: With atrium and beams leading to....
Living room: With wood burner, 42" Freeview TV, Blu-ray player, beams, wooden floor and French doors leading to...
Sun room:
With wooden floors and French doors leading to patio.
Dining room/conservatory:
With wooden floor and patio doors.
Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
Boot room: With drinks fridge.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and conservatory with seating area and French doors leading to garden.
Bedroom 2: With double bed, dressing area and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bedroom 3: With double bed, single bed, seating area, French doors leading to garden, and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
Bathroom: With bath and toilet.
Bedroom 4: With kingsize bed, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, balcony with outdoor furniture and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet, leading to ...
Bedroom 5: With twin beds.

Oil central heating (electric underfloor heating in en-suites), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included, remainder by honesty box. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Telephone - for incoming calls only. Welcome pack. External utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 8 cars. No smoking. Please note: The boundary fence in the garden may not be secure for small pets. This property has a security deposit of £250.

Show amenities 


  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Bungalow
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Telephone
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
    Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 09/08/2018
    What an exceptional hostess. Heather couldn't do enough to make us comfortable. Lovely large cottage with everything you could think of and wonderful gardens. We had a fabulous time and highly recommend it.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 22/06/2018
    Porth Elenydd is a lovely, and very much unique house. It is something of a rabbit warren of rooms, and there is plenty of space. The setting is lovely - a large amount of garden space, with lots of trees. It rained during our stay so we didn't use it, but there was a very nice looking set of outdoor furniture on a patio. There is a lot of equipment in the kitchen, which is great for a holiday house - lots of plateware, glasses, pots and pans etc. The dining room is a fairly long way from the kitchen, but is a large space with a lovely long glass window, a nice spot to sit and eat in. There is a table in the kitchen that seats four. The porch (mud room) was very useful for keeping wet clothes and boots out of the house. This is a house that contains a lot of stuff, so is not a place to stay if you're a minimalist! The upstairs bedrooms do share a bathroom, and that bathroom doesn't have a door, so that absolutely needs to be taken into consideration if you're a large group of people thinking of staying there! The smaller of the two rooms upstairs has two single beds, and not much other space, with a sloping roof. Very much a room for only sleeping in, and better suited to children. A great bonus was that a hot tub was installed just prior to our visit, and we enjoyed making use of that on several occasions. It was very hot, so not something you'd sit in for very long, but certainly enjoyable! Our main problem with this house is that whilst it is advertised as having wifi, which is technically does, it was incredibly weak and basically didn't work. It was enough for the occasional text message, but even things like emails and messages via facebook messenger weren't downloading at the house - they all flooded in when I connected to wifi at the pub down the road. One of our party had an important skype meeting set up for during our stay, and had to go elsewhere to do that, which was very inconvenient. I think that having the property advertised as having wifi is misleading, as it was ineffective for us.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 01/06/2018
    The property was ideal for our large family group ranging in age from 5 to 73. Lovely large garden and excellent location for walking and visiting the local nature centres

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your review. I’m so glad you found it was an ideal large property with even more fun to be had now that we have a small lazy spa hot tub.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 19/03/2018
    Brilliant. Hassle free booking and payment. We had a very peaceful and comfortable stay in this amazing house. Everything is so well organised, and the owner very helpful with information about the house and the local area. We will definitely be returning. Thank you.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you, nice to hear that everyone enjoyed themselves. Next time, even more fun to be had in the small new hot tub.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 18/02/2018
    Heather is a warm and welcoming host, calling a few days beforehand to let us know about local walks and things to do in the area. The house was warm, the beds were comfortable and the kitchen was equipped with everything you need to cook. The showers were hot and had great pressure. Heather left us with a welcome hamper, which everyone appreciated. There were 5 of us - 2 adults and 3 children (14, 12 and 10) and our elderly dog. It is a peaceful location (especially since there is no mobile reception and the WiFi is quite poor). If you have young children, there are a lot of fiddly bits in the house (ornaments / clutter) that I would worry that young curious children could destroy. The garden is not enclosed or secure. The ad says that the boundary fence in the garden may not be secure for small pets. It definitely wasn't as a ram kept visiting the property daily causing a bit of stress for our dog. The kitchen table only allows 4 to sit at it. For more than that, you can use the dining room / conservatory, but you have to carry your food through the house to get to it, which is on the other side of the house. There is a washing machine and a dryer to use. The owner asks for a discretionary charge of £2 / wash and dry. The wood burning fireplace was cosy and easy to use and an lovely feature. We had a lovely peaceful time.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. Kitchen table extends to 6 7, enough for 6/8 persons, in and outdoor dining both sit 16 and 12 respectively. Over the winter, repositioning of the main gate back from the road for safety, along with a new drive allowed a ram to enter and mow the lawn. He refused to be caught obviously; Porth Elenydd has a wide appeal. Boundaries are still not dog proof ... noted and in hand.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 04/02/2018
    This was a beautiful cottage and superbly equipped with everything you could need for a relaxing holiday... Plenty of books, games, T.V Wi-Fi to keep a our party happy. The cottage was very warm and welcoming..just like arriving to a second home... The owner was extremely helpful and always on hand to give advice and support if needed. This is a must for large families or group of friends...I would highly recommend the place to both family and friends.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you. When you recommend tell your friends that a small hot tub has now been installed, even more fun to be had.

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9.1 out of 10 – based on 11 reviews collected by Reevoo
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