Elan 17th June 2022

Day 1. Fabulous day at Red Kite feeding centre in Rhayader & visit to Elan Valley visitor centre to plan cycle trip.

Day 2. Cycled Elan Valley. One day not enough so will do more later in the week.

Day 3. Aberystwyth via Devil’s Bridge. Nice day and the cliff railway is essential. Or if you are energetic walk up the path.

Day 4. Gilfach nature reserve walk. Look for rock carvings, picnic at old farm building. Take plenty of water if hot, about 3.5 miles. Llandrindod Wells in afternoon for a relaxing cuppa and piece of cake and Victorian fronted shops. Call at Aldi for food and wine.

Day 5. Back to Elan Valley 20 mile circular cycle ride to top of valley and return via Rhayader. Lovely day and finished at Elan Visitor Centre for tea and a piece of cake.

A lovely holiday in a fantastic location. Thank you to Adrian & Grace – perfect hosts & accommodation is superb.

Carol & Greg.

Severn 17th June 2022

A lovely comfortable cottage.

Sadly, Hugo wasn’t well for the 1st few days but it was no hardship staying in. We still managed to visit Elan Valley, although the water wasn’t flowing due to maintenance. Had scenic drive round the valley and the mountains.

The Black Lion pub in the village is tiny but friendly, had a lovely meal in there on Sunday. Also visited the Hafren forest & lake and the lead mine. How people worked those conditions is difficult to imagine.

A drive to Aberystwyth and then on to Corris stopping for a delicious meal at the Wildfowler, very friendly and dogs are welcome.

We have had a lovely week Adrian & Grace are wonderful hosts by generous with the eggs.

We hope to come back soon.

Derek, Pat & “Hugo” 🐾

Severn 10th June 2022

Had a lovely holiday, Rob relived his childhood memories of being here. Such a lovely cottage and such a comfy bed.

We were out most days Elan Valley, Devils bridge which killed us and Mitzy. Found a lovely pub & great food, Halfway House. Wondering half way to where?

Went on steam train to Aberystwyth. Great views looking out. Saw dolphins out at sea, so lovely to see them jumping.

For Rob he hadn’t done this since he was 8, now 68 and relived again. Last day had rain.

Thank you for the cake & eggs.

Thank you for your friendship, see you next year.

Susan, Robert & Mitzy.

Wye 5th June 2022

What a fabulous little cottage this is! I literally want it.

Fantastic hosts, so friendly and accommodating – the bowl of fresh eggs were a great touch and they tasted amazing – thank you!

Also, that is the best shower in the world – LOVE IT!

Cottage was so clean and simply beautiful. Thank you, too, for the Triangle Inn suggestion, amazingly cosy place for food.

For walks we recommend the Lady’s Walk at Hafod, the Elan Valley Trail and going to watch the kites being fed! And Devil’s Bridge.

All the best both,

Rachel & Adam.

Elan 14th May 2022

Great stay and thank you for making us feel so welcome in this super cottage. Grace & Adrian went the extra mile, lovely eggs, dog treats & bara brith. Thank you.

We spent the week walking in Elan Valley & surrounds – stunning.

Grace suggested we visited Gilfach nature reserve – what a place – dog (on lead) friendly.

Take care if you attempt the walk at Llangurig out of the Kittiwake book – signs have gone & 3 farms with dogs.

Thanks again for everything.

Mike & Sue.

Severn 9th May 2022

Thank you for providing such a beautiful, comfortable and well equipped cottage with stunning views. We were only here for a few days but were able to walk and and enjoy the stunning Welsh landscape. We plan to return for a longer visit if possible as soon as we can. Thank you Adrian and Grace for providing everything we needed and being so helpful, and for the delicious eggs.

Glynis & Roger.

Severn 29th April 2022

Very pleasant stay here with excellent weather. (Temperature lower than further inland.)

Can recommend Powis Castle and Elan Valley and dams. If you’re feeling adventurous try “Silver Mountain Experience” – not good for those who don’t like dark and enclosed spaces!

Lots of various eateries in Rhayader, can recommend the Elan Hotel for v. good Sunday lunch.

Lovel cottage, imacculate and with a cofortable bed. Adrian and Grace are great hosts and kept us supplied with eggs which we loved.

This is our second visit to Mid Wales and will definitely not be our last. Highly recommended. 🙂

David & Christine.

Severn 15th April 2022


We have had a wonderful week here. It has been cosy & very comfortable.

We had everything we needed & more. Best place we have ever stayed in! Thank you so much for all extras & Rocky loved the treats left him.

We visited Aberystwyth, the Pistyll waterfall, Devils Bridge/ waterfall (lots of steps) Bwlch Nant yr Arian – highly recommend watching the feeding of the Red Kites!!! Newtown has a lovely walk along the river & lots of shops.

Thank you for the jump start Adrian & the fresh eggs! The views are stunning.

Alison & Andy (& Rocky too!)

Elan Valley Dam Open Days 2022

The Elan Valley is a great day out at any time, but on open days you can visit the inside of one of the dams between 10am and 4pm.

The dates for 2022 are as follows:

  • Tuesday 12th April
  • Thursday 14th April
  • Tuesday 19th April
  • Thursday 21st April
  • Tuesday 31st May
  • Tuesday 19th July
  • Tuesday 26th July
  • Tuesday 2nd August
  • Tuesday 9th August
  • Tuesday 16th August
  • Tuesday 23rd August
  • Tuesday 30th August

This is your chance to venture into the Pen y Garreg Dam and up to the central tower. You’ll enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Reservoir wall – and learn about the feat of engineering that made Elan.

Tickets must be bought in advance, there will be no option to buy tickets on the door. Please print or download your confirmation / ticket beforehand as there is no mobile signal at the dam and you will be required to show evidence of booking. (We can print our guests’ tickets here at Wye View.)

Entry is £5 for adults and £1 for those aged 16 and under, with half of all proceeds going to WaterAid. 

Park at Penbont car park (adjacent to the Penbont  House Tea Room) and take a walk through the woodland, up the steps to the dam entrance.
There are steps inside the dam which may be wet and in some areas there are low light levels. Children should be carefully supervised at all times.

Please check the Elan Valley events page for any late changes to this schedule.

Severn – 23rd October 2021

This was our 2nd visit to Wye View, we last stayed in Severn Cottage in Oct 2018. The place is like a home from home. Grace & Adrian work hard to make sure visitors have everything they need, plus all those extra special touches. The new bed is so comfortable “I struggled to get out of it”! This was only a short visit, spur of the moment thing to view a house. (Thank you so much for booking us in at short notice.) The cottage is always so clean and well equipped, wouldn’t dream of staying anywhere else in this area.

Julie, Pete & Dotty 🐾.

Elan 16th October 2021

Thank you Grace and and Adrian for the welcome treats and for being so helpful.

We’ve enjoyed the the cottage, which is excellent. So well equipped; and and love the view thru our kitchen window and the daily visits of the sheep.

The area around is absolutely superb: the Elan dams spectacular, the Llyn Clywedog dam & lead mine ruins were very interesting. Lots of tearooms in the area. Lovely historical buildings in Llanidloes. We found people about were so friendly. Several trails on the Wye Valley walk, where we spotted a red kite soaring above us, were favourites.

Our last day here was spent at Gilfach Nature Reserve towards Rhayader & was unforgettable. Well worth a visit. The views from the top were superb! The weather has been unbelievably good for October. We’d definitely like to return to this lovely part of Wales.

Love – John & Marion.

Wye 8th October 2021

Fabulous week – a beautiful area. A big thank you to Grace and Adrian; fet very welcomed and well looked after. Dillan says thank you for the treats. 🐾❤.

We managed to get to Pen Y Garreg dam* and Claerwen reservoir and enjoyed Hafren Forest and especialy Hafod Estate walks – an absolute must for long or short walks. Don’t miss the kite feeding centre if you’re into twitching!

Thanks again and we’ll be back.

Dawn, Ian & Dillan.

*Forgot to say – if you’re following on from us the Pen Y Garreg reservoir is overflowing at the moment due to works on one of the other reservoirs – its very spectacular so worth prioritising (noisy, vast, crashing water – awesome).

The repair work on Craig Goch is now complete. With heavy rain in the autumn / winter the reservoirs will fill up in about 48 hours – and if the rain continues they will all overflow the tops of the dams with water cascading down the dam faces and the spillways on each side. As Dawn and Ian say it is spectacular and well worth a visit with your waterproofs on!

Grace & Adrian

Elan 17th September 2021

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time at Elan cottage. Everything has been lovely. The cottage is cosy and comfortable. It is ideally day situated for exploring the local area.

We went to Gigrin to see the red kites being fed. We also went to the Elan Valley. On the last day we went to Brecon, then up in the National Park where we saw several more Red Kites, always an inspiring sight.

We shall return home with many happy memories, Maria to Plymouth and myself to the Staffordshire Moorlands.

By the way, we do have a very few red kites in the moorlands and hope they will increase in time.

Thank you for everything.

Mary and Maria.

Elan 11th September 2021

Such a lovely Cottage in lovely surroundings. Thoroughly enjoyed our week here!
Very welcome tea, coffee, cake & milk provided on arrival. Beautiful fresh eggs too which were a treat. Buddy loved his doggy pack treats too!

We visited Elan Valley – stunning + very close, Hafod Estate, Hafren Forest and Gilfach Nature reserve. All beautiful with amazing walks and views to behold.

We had takeaways from Raj Mahal & Evans Fish & Chips – both delicious & stayed hot. Drinks at the Mount Inn of an evening were good.

Overall a great time had – thank you so much! 🙂

Anna + Marc + Buddy.

Hafren 4th September 2021

What an awesome spot for a family holiday Wye View Cottages is! We three have thoroughly enjoyed our week here to round off the summer holiday. Montgomery Castle, Elan Valley Dams, Hafren Forest, Gilfach Nature Reserve, Devil’s Bridge & Aber and the Hafod Estate made our week and outside of food we have spent about £10!!

Huge thanks to Grace, Adrian & of course the gorgeous Ryan. We will be back!!

Clare, Reelzn & Ilze

Hafod Estate is an absolute must do! There are a number of prescribed walks but we combined sections of the blue, green and red walks and enjoyed the beautiful changing vistas. A shorter walk could easily be coupled with the Devil’s Bridge walk – the cheaper one is the best one to see the bridge – the drive to Hafod from Rhayader is gorgeous too – take the road to Cwmystwyth and enjoy!

Thanks for a great week Powys.

Elan 4th September 2021

We have had an absolutely fantastic stay at Elan Retreat & have fallen in love with the cottage. The cottage is lovely & clean and has everything you need.

We enjoyed exploring the local area & can recommend visiting Merlin Meirion Mill, Bryntail Lead Mine buildings, a highlight was visiting all of the Dams! Amazing views! Devil’s Budge & waterfalls is also stunning… not far on is Aberystwyth and is well worth a visit to see the Castle & have some lovely seafood.

Thank you so much Grace and Adrian for a lovely peaceful stay and we hope to see you again some time soon.

Jez and Rachael & Daisy 🐾

Wye 30th August 2021

Thank you for a comfortable stay. We have enjoyed our week in Wye Cottage. Callum and Aiden loved meeting the chickens, especially feeding them. Thank you Adrian. The eggs were delicious and enjoyed by us all. Perfect location for excursions. We had glorious weather so enjoyed Ynyslas & Aberdyfi beach. The boys had a fantastic day at Small Breeds Farm Park & Owl Centre plus exploring Hafren Forest walks. Thank you again Adrian & Grace.

Joanna, Matthew, Callum & Aiden.

Elan 28th August 2021

Thank you for a comfortable stay in Elan Cottage. We appreciated the lovely details and having the sheep & birds for company.

Places we explored were: Elan Valley, we will have to return in the winter to see dams overflowing. The open day was interesting, thanks for the tip, Adrian! Great biking and play area.

We loved the gardens at Powis Castle and the interiors are very impressive. The Yew Walk is amazing.

The Centre for Alternative Technologies near Machynlleth was an interesting diversion for half a day – great vege café and the kids loved the funicular. We stopped at the beach at Borth at low tide to explore the petrified forest.

Gilfach nature reserve was beautiful today with heather and harebells at their best.

Wye 22nd August 2021

Ditto the last comments, we want to come back if you will let us. Road from Llanidloes to the reservoir, fantastic views. Further afield Cadair Idris spectacular you may even see the RAF!

Got lost on many small roads and the scenery was superb. Hafren Forest walks our favourite, what could be more peaceful after the last 18 months but a tranquil walk with the accompaniment of the source of the Severn.

Despite the weather, the cottage is so well equipped it’s a home from home! So rain or shine, indoors or outdoors a great stay.

Diolch yr Fawr.

Peter, Sharon, Bethany and Lola 🐾

Elan 7th August 2021

Two mad Marilyn baggers enjoyed a good holiday at this cottage. Thanks to Adrian and Grace for a comfortable and well equipped cottage to rest our weary legs. Some excellent walks in better than expected weather. A highlight being the ascent of Pumlumon Fawr from the Nant-Y-Moch reservoir. A recommended walk for moderate level hiking (small amount of navigational skill could be required in poorer conditions). The ill-advised extension to Banc Llechwedd-Mawr only recommended to those of stern disposition and a high threshold for pain! For those who enjoy a full body-taxing fight through waist-high bracken, tackling Carn Gefallt will tickle that particular urge. More sensibly an ascent of Garreg-Lwyd gives nice views of both the hills and valleys and for wind turbine enthusiasts (I joke not – it was quite interesting and a straight-forward road most of the way). Overall a very enjoyable holiday and unusually for Wales, no requirement for waterproof trousers!

Peter and Angharad.

Wales is now at Alert Level 0

From Saturday 7th August legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors and holiday together have been removed.

All business premises can now open – there may still be additional procedures to help keep visitors and customers safe, for example table service or pre-booking of attraction tickets: always check before travelling.

Note that the rules on face coverings in Wales are different to those in England: you must wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places, for example supermarkets and public transport, with the exception of hospitality premises (e.g. pubs and restaurants).

You can read a summary of the current restrictions on the Welsh Government website.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic we have changed our booking policy to give our guests peace of mind. Read more about Our Covid Promise.

Grace & Adrian.

Updated 7th August 2021.

Hafren 6th August 2021

A beautiful cottage set within the hills of Mid Wales. The cottage had everything we needed for the base of out holiday. The cottage was extremely clean when we arrived.

During our stay we visited the Vale of Rheidol railway form Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge which offered amazing views and a relaxing way to view Mid Wales. Whilst in Aberystwyth we also viewed the castle ruins.

We also visited Quackers indoor play centre in Newbridge on Wye to let the children burn off some energy.

On Wednesday we cycled around Elan Valley. It was an amazing place to visit and take in the stunning surroundings. After the cycle ride we drove to Craig Goch dam for more amazing scenery.

Finally, we plan to stop off at the small breeds farm park and owl centre so that the children can see different animals and break up the journey home.

Mid Wales has been wonderful!

Jen, Lee, Phoebe & Louie

Severn 6th August 2021

We have had the best time staying in Severn Retreat. Our stay has been very relaxing and credit for this must go to Grace & Adrian for the most perfect “home from home” we have stayed in. Their attention to detail is first class *****. The bed is extremely comfortable affording us both some great nights’ sleep.

A good location for trips out to Barmouth, a great seafront town. Aberystwyth, Newtown for a lovely riverside walk and supermarket shop. Clywedog reservoir & forest walk were worth the visit as was Hafren Forest.

Grace very kindly left us some fresh eggs from her chickens. A big bonus was how many places and beaches are dog friendly around and about.

Would highly recommend Wye View for a relaxing holiday in a perfect location.

Fran & Ian + Marshall (cocker)

We are open again!

We have now reopened to accommodate guests travelling from Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Note that under the Welsh regulations, up to six people can holiday together in self catering accommodation.

All outdoor visitor attractions were allowed to reopen from the 26th of April, and the majority of indoor attractions are now also open. There may be additional procedures to help keep visitors and customers safe, for example table service or pre-booking of attraction tickets: always check before travelling.

Note that the rules in Wales are different to those in England: you must wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places, for example supermarkets and public transport.

You can read a summary of the current restrictions on the Welsh Government website.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic we have changed our booking policy to give our guests peace of mind. Read more about Our Covid Promise.

Grace & Adrian.

Updated 17th July 2021.

Severn 17th July 2021

A great base away from home to explore Mid-Wales. Spotlessly clean accommodation and lovely hosts. The welsh cakes & milk on arrival were appreciated and Harley was very happy with his dog treats.

Red Kite feeding station at Bwlch Nany Yr Arian visitor centre is well worth a visit as is the Elan Valley Reservoirs. The weather was kind to us all week and we will be going home ‘recharged’. Will definitely be coming back again to explore further.

Phil & Liz (+Harley)

Elan 10th July 2021

What an amazing cottage! Well equipped and very cozy. Beautiful views framed from the windows.

Lots to see and do in the surrounding area. Really pretty countryside, even in the rain – so much better in the sunshine!

Elan Valley a must, and a great day in Aberystwyth.

Thanks to Grace & Adrian who are the perfect hosts.

Millie our border collie enjoyed her stay and thanks for the treats left.

Jenny & Allan, & Millie 🐾

Hafren 29th June 2021

We had a wonderful 3 days staying at your lovely cottage. We felt very welcome from the moment we arrived & felt at home. The cottage was thoughtfully prepared, spotlessly clean & very cosy.

Adrian & Grace are excellent hosts who always made us feel comfortable – we particularly enjoyed the eggs from their hens.

During our three days we were in awe of the breathtaking views of the Welsh countryside, especially Elan Valley, Hafod Estate & the Devils Bridge waterfalls. The third days was rainy but we still managed to drive to Aberystwyth to see the coastline and enjoy some delicious fish & chips. The Lamb & Flag restaurant in Rhayader was also lovely.

Thank you
XXX

Jennie, Georgy & Sheryl.

Elan 12th June 2021

Thank you for a great week at Elan Cottage – we felt very well looked after and really loved the eggs!

Beautiful surroundings ad amazing field to the side, and gorgeous flowers around the cottages.

We loved Rhayader – very nice pool, park and shops (and ice cream!) The kites were great.

Aberystwyth not far away with lots to do, and pony trekking was a highlight (Lion Royal Inn).

Thank you!

Wye 12th June 2021

Well, what can I say! Such a beautiful cottage and renovated keeping such character (latch doors). Lovely decoration & furnishing and well equipped with everything you need. The hosts Adrian & Grace have thought of everything you need, the cottage is outstandingly clean. We were greeted with such a warm welcome, and fresh eggs to to have for breakfast were gorgeous.

Waking up in such idyllic surroundings with the birds eating from the feeders, such varieties. They should be proud of themselves for taking so much pride in delivering such amazing accommodation to guests as no doubt it is hard work. I have had a great time, enjoying the Elan Valley, cycling, walking, BBQs, visiting Devils Bridge and the views are stunning, such a great place to be and will return. Not to mention an problems nothing was too much trouble, Bless you both, I rate this place ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Kathy XX.

Nature News June 2021

A week of glorious weather at the end of May brought all of the trees and shrubs into full leaf and the rhododendrons are all in flower now. We currently have a wonderful display of bluebells around the top bench, and the woodlands have a blue carpet of them as you drive past Cwm Belan on the way to Llanidloes.

Sightings in and around Wye View in June:

  • Chiffchaff
  • Cuckoo
  • Great tits
  • Pied wagtails – a pair are nesting, we think that they have eggs.
  • Red kites
  • Tawny owl (heard, not seen)
  • Great spotted woodpecker

Elan 29th May 2021

A quiet relaxing break (and to celebrate a birthday) away from Birmingham. Weather has been mixed although oddly our best day was probably our first tour of Elan Valley when it was pretty miserable. We are very Covid conscious so brought all our food with us and didn’t eat out anywhere although we had an ice cream at Ynyslas (Borth) and got a delicious wholemeal loaf from the PO + shop at Llangurig.

We’ve had a lovely stay in a warm, comfy home from home with everything we could need. Thank you Grace & Adrian for the delicious eggs! I’m going to miss the clean air!

Laurence, Heather & Jo.

Elan 15th May 2021

Thank you Adrian & Grace for your warm welcome. The cottage is very well equipped and spotlessly clean with such attention to detail, we so enjoyed the welcome pack especially the bara brith – yum!

We enjoyed exploring the local area , we loved the Elan Valley, Gilfach nature reserve, river walks to Rhayader and the beautiful gardens at Powis Castle. There’s loads more to explore and we would have to come again as the cottage is perfect, even having its own wildlife with birds feeding by the windows all day – fabulous!

Paul & Wendy.

P.S. Thanks for the eggs too!

Vale of Rheidol Railway Reopening

We are delighted to hear that the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge steam railway will be reopening from the 24th of May 2021. Initially there will be two trains a day, with four trains on busier days. They have published a timetable for 2021, although the railway reserves the right to vary the published timetables with or without notice.

All trains start and finish at Aberystwyth, it isn’t possible to join the train elsewhere (not even Devil’s Bridge) and only return tickets are available.

Face coverings are required indoors, on platforms and on the trains (unless exempt), with a maximum group size of six from up to two households.

Tickets should be pre-booked using the link on the Vale of Rheidol Railway website.

Nature News May 2021

After nearly three weeks of mostly dry but cold weather we have had a couple of heavy rainstorms and the stream has filled up again. All of the trees are either budding or in leaf and flowers are beginning to open on the rhododendrons.

Our daffodils finished flowering at the beginning of the month and have been replaced with many self-set yellow primroses. Our bluebells are also starting to open along with a few tiny orchids.

On the subject of bluebells, there is now a good display of them at the RSPB Ynys-Hir Nature Reserve on the Dyfi valley. Check the website for opening times and recent sigtings. There are also osprey nesting at the near-by Dyfi Osprey Project, and there is a live stream of their nest.

Sightings in and around Wye View in May:

  • Chiffchaff
  • Cuckoo (heard, not seen 11/05/2021)
  • Great tits
  • Pied wagtail
  • A whole squadron of sparrows
  • Five red kites
  • Buzzard
  • A pair of thrushes
  • Male blackbird
  • Tawny owl (heard, not seen)

Severn 8th May 2021

Had another fantastic 2 weeks in Severn Retreat, lovely cottage everything we could wish for. Yummy eggs and Bara Brith from our hosts Grace & Adrian. Cottage spotlessly clean and lots of local and historical info from Grace & Adrian which added greatly to our stay making us feel welcome.

Going home feeling rested & relaxed. Beautiful sunny weather. Stunning scenery and great walking in Hafren Forest, Elan Valley and Hafod.

Many thanks.

Debbie & Dave.

PS Gilfach nature reserve is just up the road great walks and wildlife.

Wye 28th April 2021

Wonderful stay in this cosy, well-equipped cottage and very welcoming hosts.

Enjoyed cycling the Elan Valley Trail from Rhayader (Clive Powell Bikes were really helpful, and good quality bikes). Fortunate to have tea and cake at the Penbont House tea rooms on the way back – first day business allowed to open outside!!

Lots of great hiking within 15 minutes, and the Gilfach Nature Reserve was enjoyable on the day we arrived.

Thanks for a lovely stay,

Ed & Suzanne.