Four stars again!

Visit Wales re-assess the grading of self catering cottages every two years, to make sure that standard are maintained. We are delighted that we have been awarded four stars again, with the assessor commenting on our high standard of housekeeping! We have also been included in the Cyclists Welcome and Walkers Welcome schemes – we will be posting more about that soon.

Severn 23rd June 2018

What a great find. The cottage exceeded our expectations. Extremely clean & modern has everything you need. Great location – amazing views. The area has a lot to offer – great walks for our pup Ziggy who got to go in the local rivers & streams and the sea. Grace & Adrian were great hosts – friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. Thanks for the eggs – best tasting and so yellow!

We love this area and hope to return again.

Thanks for the great week – we have certainly relaxed & recharged our batteries. Ziggy appreciated his yummy treat bag!

Sarah & Grahame & Ziggy 🐾.

Severn 4th June 2018

Back once more to our favourite retreat Having never stayed at Severn before (we have stayed at all other 3 cottages) we now have decided this is the cottage for us! It is simply wonderful!

Found Aber’s best kept secret on this stay – the back yard barbecue – fabulous food in a quirky quaint setting. We also recommend the curry house in Rhayader – bhajis built like cricket balls!

As always we will return home with our objective achieved – fully recharged, blisfully rested and probably half a stone heavier than when we arrived due to fabulous local fare!

Great hosts. Great food. Great time.

– it doesn’t get better than this –

🙂

Glen & Siobhan

Elan 2nd June 2018

Such a fantastic, cosy, comfy cottage. We have had a really lovely week here and even the weather played ball. The welcome tray was a lovely touch, the cake went down a treat.

Adrian and Grace were great hsots and were very kind to leave a bottle of water, lighter and a kettle when we woke up to a power cut and no water.

Will miss the beautiful views.

Also thank you for the bag of dog treats for Domino 🙂

Abby, Adrian, Ross, baby bump + Domino

Hafren 29th May 2018

What a fab little cottage! It made a brilliant base for us as we visited the Eisteddfod in Builth Wells. We had a lovely welcome from our hsots, and the kids especially liked going to see the chickens and roaming around the garden. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting outside with a glass of wine in the sun watching whilst our children played.

The cottage has everything we needed, and more! We will definitely be back! <3 🙂

Lots of love,

Siân, Nigel, Seren, Cai.

 

Elan 19th May 2018

We returned for another round of Elan cycling and it was even better than 2017. The weather! We had blue skies and no wind all day. Beautiful. Thank you for the lovely accommodation with lots of little comforts; well-equipped kitchen, snacks, TV, fluffy towels and sheep alarm clocks. We’ll be back.

Tom, Jack, Tim & Dan

Elan 1st May 2018

This, our second visit here, was just as warm and welcoming as our first.

A very welcoming hospitality tray, including dog’s nibbles and help and information from Grace & Adrian.

Cottage spotless & whole accommodation worth the 4 stars it has been awarded. Plus the eggs!

Beautiful surroundings and great walks within a fairly short distance.

We may well be here again, inshallah!

Geoff & Janet, Portia.

Elan 10th April 2018

A lovely cottage with stunning views. Grace took our daughter to see the chickens and she came back with some eggs 🙂

Excellent condition and extremely clean.

Elan dam was beautiful and a drive to the others is well worth a trip.

Local pubs are good for food too!

Will definitely be back in the summer.

Thank you.

Norah, Simon, Martha & Francesca

Severn 7th April 2018

Best self catering we have stayed in. Facilities and welcome by great hosts in Grace and Adrian with lots of information about the area.

Lovely location and views from the windows.

Hosts and facilities could not be improved.

See you again later in the year.

Mike & Debbie + “Peanut”

PS Peanut says thanks for the yummy treats.

Elan 3rd April 2018

Thank you for a very comfortable stay in a beautifully kept cottage. Amazing views over the valley! A bonus to wake up to a “snowy” scene in April!!

A special thank you for looking after Bonnie whilst we ventured to Corris for a trip to King Arthur’s caves.

We will definitely recommend “Wye View”.

Kate, Chris, Luke, Daniel and Bonnie the dog.

PS: it was very warm and cosy – Daniel.

Elan 25th March 2018

Dear Adrian 7 Grace,

Very many thanks for a wonderful weekend. The cottage was a lovely surprise – spotlessly clean, comfortable beds & a much appreciated welcome pack of tea, coffee, biscuits & milk – thank you!! We’ve enjoyed seeing the birds and sheep (and hens!) outside our windows.

We can highly recommend Hafod for walks (turn left at Devil’s Bridge) & the Angel Hotel in Llanidloes for dinner – it was fabulous but book a table!!

It’s been a really great visit – thank you!!

Sue, Paul, Jonny & Esteban.

 

Severn 26th February 2018

Lovely spot you have here on the edge of the Elan Valley – often an area we have passed thorough on the South to North journeys. We are glad we did indeed make a point to spend a couple of nights here.

A welcome break from Cardiff and we hope to come back to the area again. We will certainly recommend your cottages here.

Claerwen Dam was a particular favourite – amazing views from the top. Can recommend gentle slopes and path around Craig Goch dam for a more “leisurely walk / hike.”

All the best for 2018,

Emelyne & Guy.

Wye 13th February 2018

Once again we return as “frequent flyers”. Another fabulous stay, wonderful snow & scenery you just can’t beat! Inner & outer peace now fully regained – just a shame we couldn’t get snowed in and not have to go home! …we shall return again later in the year.

(P.S. can we have the whistling kettle again – even if you just have that & the choice of the ‘leccy one! We love the old-school traditional whistle of “tea’s ready!”)

Glen & Siobhan.

Severn 30th December 2018

We had a lively New Years stay at Wye View. The cottage was perfectly equipped and is the ideal size for the two of us. Elan Valley was a recommendation from Adrian on arrival and it’s a must visit, beautiful scenery & a lovely walk / drive.

Grace & Adrian couldn’t have been more helpful & we’ve loved every minute.

Thank you XX

James & Emily.

Elan 20th August 2017

Adrian and Grace were very welcoming and we really enjoyed the eggs!

The cottage was spotless and had everything you could possibly need.

We would recommend Hafren Forest walk to the source of the river Severn. Elan Valley walks are also nice.

Also recommend Roberts Coffee shop is Dolgellau, a bit like stepping back in time. Gret cake selection.

For a great meal go to The Brigands Inn at the junction of the A470 & A458 near Mallwyd.

Julie, Dean & Jess.

Elan 11th August 2017

Wow! We’ve had the most fantastic few days.

Elan Valley was gorgeous and worth a visit.

Harry’s birthday request was to climb a mountain – so off we went to Pen y fan. We got to the top and the views were stunning.

Snowdonia is also amazing and worth the drive.

Adrian & Grace are so very kind and helpful and the cottage is gorgeous.

We’d love to come back 🙂

Chris, Corinne, Harry (7) + Isabelle (3).

Wye 31st July 2017

As always a fabulous stay – peace and quiet beautiful surroundings – arrived to bara brith – first step tea and cake!

Adrian & Grace have got this rural idyl just perfect – we will be back again (as usual) later in the year & quite possibly once again without the kids!

The perfect place to recharge your batteries.

Thank you.

Glen & Siobhan.

Elan 15th July 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely welcome to us, cake, eggs & treats for Bailey & Milk. We had a lovely week staying here. The cottage has been so comfy (home from home) with everything we could have needed + such a wonderful spot + amazing views.

Bailey made a new friend with Ryan & looked disappointed if he wasn’t in the garden to say hello.

Thank you Grace & Adrian for a lovely stay.

David, Pip, Zoe & Bailey.

Elan 7th July 2017

Arrived on a sunny afternoon to this lovely cottage and beautiful part of the world. The views from the cottage are stunning! We were made most welcome by Grace & Adrian, such lovely helpful people. Our week remained dry and mostly sunny. We were so lucky with the weather and managed some great walks with our dog Macey – Elan valley & reservoirs, Hafren forest and Hafod are all worth a visit.

Would recommend these holiday cottages to friends.

Thank you both and a big thank you for our welcome pack – and Macey’s too, such a nice touch!

Dave + Andrea + Macey.

Elan 10th June 2017

Clean & cosy cottage – didn’t miss home at all!! Loved the welcome goodies, especially the dog treats. Bara Brith was delicious 🙂 Cracking views!!

Weather not ideal, but sunshine when it mattered. Glorious Elan Valley – once in the rain and then on bicycles in the sun!! Complete with ‘baby’ trailer for the dogs!!!

Devil’s Bridge and Mynach Falls were a great day out and it was good to see the sea at Aberystwyth – as well as a little shopping!!

The Hafod Estate has some wonderful walking, waterfalls too. Powis Castle, Mansion and gardens was a real treat.

Lovely part of the country, would definitely come back.

Sue & Mike with Scoobie & Millie.

Elan 21st May 2017

As everyone else has already said in varying words, Elan Cottage is a pure delight. We did the “home from home” sigh when we first stepped through the door. The biscuits and bara brith for us humans was a lovely touch and ‘Chin’ our dog was made up with his own goodie bag!

There are so many nice places to visit. Our most favourite place was Hafod. The walks are just magical with surprises at every turn. Definitely a “I wasn’t expecting that” place. Remember to take some supplies with you.

Aberystwyth is a brilliant town and for a driving experience the mountain road after Staylittle from Dylife to Machynlleth is pure bliss. The best road in the UK by far!!

Thank you Grace and Adrian for making our stay so memorable.

P.S. If you have a dog, don’t forget to visit Sophie Bach Coffee shop in Aberystwyth. Biscuits galore and they photograph your dog and put it on the wall.

Paul, Martina & Chin

Elan 7th May 2017

What a peaceful yet dramatic part of the world. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The ride through Elan to Machynlleth and back over the mountains was world-class! The kites … the dams … the views … the lovely people. Thank you for letting us use your lovely place as a base.

Tom, Dan, Tim, Jack.

Elan 15th April 2017

Well, what can we say, “what a find!”

Lovely, warm, cosy place to stay.

A big thank-you to Grace & Adrian – your attention to detail is second to none! Everything we needed in terms of household facilities plus more. It felt like home from home.

Will definitely be here again, thanks again. Just perfect.

🙂 Great hosts. 10/10.

Kate, Carys + Nana + Chewie the pup!

 

Hinterland Filming Location Map

Are you a fan of the Hinterland (Y Gwyll) series on BBC Wales and S4C? The third (and final) series returns to BBC Wales on Wednesday 5th of April at 9pm. If you live outside Wales, tune to channel 964 / 976 (HD) on Freesat, or 952 / 978 (HD) on Sky.

The series is shot in and around Aberystwyth and the Cambrian Mountains, and many of the stunning rural locations are shown on this interactive map of the area – it has been updated for the new series.

Hinterland Location Map
Hinterland Location Map

Many of these locations are within a 30 minute drive of Wye View, and this map provides a great excuse for a drive through the Cambrian Mountains!

Virtual Walk Around Bwlch Nant yr Arian

Natural Resources of Wales have spent many hours carrying the Google Street View Trekker backpack around the paths of Bwlch Nant yr Arian. The result is a high-quality 360 degree Streetview of the paths around the site, so you can see the fantastic views of the Cambrian Mountains and plan your visit!


There is a gallery of all of the Natural Resources of Wales Street Views or you can go straight to the map for Bwlch Nant yr Arian and drag the yellow man from the bottom right corner to one of the trails on the map.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian features walking, mountain biking and running trails, and new this year is an MTB skills track – opens 4th March 2017.
It is also worth planning your visit around the 2pm (3pm during British Summer Time) Red Kite Feeding – down by the lake you can typically see 80 or more Red Kites diving down to pick up food. The feeding only lasts around 15 minutes though, so make sure you are on time!

Maintaining and Improving

We have been busy making some changes to the cottages to help maintain our high feedback scores and improve our guests’ experience. Here’s what we have been up to.

Last year we renewed the slate roof over Wye and Severn Cottages. This was to install insulation and repair broken slates, and where possible level out the bumps & dips in the roof. Most of the slate was reused, but we did have to purchase reclaimed Welsh slates for around 15% of the roof to match. The result is much cosier and more energy efficient cottages.

We have also begun pointing the walls – in some cases they are in their original 150-year old state, so this is well overdue!

Throughout all four cottages we have replaced the carpeting with a more neutral, tweed beige carpet. We think it looks great and hope that you agree!

We have updated the WiFi network with new equipment to improve link stability.

In Elan, Severn and Wye Cottages we have repainted the skirting boards, architrave and banisters, which we think lightens the rooms. We have also redecorated the walls and ceilings upstairs in Hafren, Severn and Wye – and we will be doing the rest in Spring / Summer 2017. While we were decorating, we spotted “1847” carved into a roof truss in Severn Cottage – this is almost certainly the year that the barn was built.

Part of our 4 star Visit Wales grading is based on an assessment of the look and feel of the cottages; we hope that you agree that the changes we have made are positive and will help us maintain our standard.