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 3rd July 2021

We had a fantastic week here at Severn Cottage. Everything we needed was here. Very comfortable and a great base to visit many places in Mid Wales. Had lovely coffee and cake at the Lost Arc Rhayader. Plenty of great walks for all abilities in the area. Thank you Grace and Adrian and their son who are lovely hosts.

Gareth & Rita.

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 26th June 2021

Great week stopping @ Elan Cottage. Warm welcome from Grace with a bowl of freshly laid eggs – a superb cottage with everything clean & comfortable.

A great base to explore – days out @ Aberystwyth, Elan Valley & the Dams. Great food @ Red Lion Llanidloes and Lamb & Flag Rhayader.

Great views from the cottage window on a relax day.

Andy, Maureen, Riley.

Wye 22nd June 2021

As Etta James said – at last!

Such a relief to be back at our little bolt hole.

As always and exceptionaly warm welcome and an immaculate cottage.

Bara brith, proper teabags (not forgetting the whistling kettle) & a fabulous view. The tea always tastes better here!

Thank you for having us 😀

Siobhan & Glen.

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.

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!

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

Hafren 5th June 2021

(Another comment from one of our junior guests, we love it when we get these.)

Thank you very much for letting us stay. The view was amazing and beautiful. We spent all our days outside in the lovely weather and did a lot of fun activities like walks, went to see the kites, went to see the impeccable waterfalls. And more.

Thanks we will be coming back.

from Iola, Erin, Stu, Sarah. XXX

Elan Valley Dam Open Days 2021

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 2021 are as follows:

  • Tuesday 13th July
  • Tuesday 20th July
  • Tuesday 27th July
  • Tuesday 3rd August
  • Tuesday 10th August
  • Tuesday 17th August
  • Tuesday 24th August
  • Tuesday 14th September
  • Tuesday 21st September

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.

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.

Wye 29th May 2021

Enjoyed the stay in Llangurig and the week here was just what was needed after months of not going anywhere.

Plenty of hill walking opportunities (“Source of the Severn Walk” from Hafren forest is recommended).

Cottage was ideal for what was required. Would consider coming back – the best recommendation available!

Brian.

Hafren 16th May 2021

We’re walking the Wye Valley and having got to Newbridge we drove past Wye View and both said we should stay there when doing the Rhayader to Llangurig leg.

What a great decision the cottage is fantastic and we’ve enjoyed being here very much.

Thanks Grace and Adrian for providing us with such a great holiday.

Jean & Graham.

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)

Wye 8th May 2021

Another lovely week at Wye View. The cottage was lovely & clean as always with all the lovely touches from the hosts as well.

Did some lovely walks with the dog and especially enjoyed the amazing views from the top of Llyn Clywedog reservoir just up the road.

Thanks for a lovely stay and look forward to returning soon.

Wayne, Veronica & Bella the dog.

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.

Wye 23rd April 2021

Couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay for our first trip back into Wales following lockdown. Grace & Adrian are the perfect hosts too. The welcome tray is such a welcome treat and Jackson absolutely loved his little biscuits. 🐾

The cottage has everything you could need and is in the perfect location for visiting some stunning places. Elan Valley, Bwlch Nant Y Arian forest, Hafrod Estate and also Borth Beach.

Thank you so much for your hospitality.

Cheryl, Mark & Jackson the Springer 🐾

Elan 10th April 2021

How fortunate I was, to discover Wye View and Elan Cottage was open to visitors after a long spell of going nowhere:- what a perfect place to spend some time away from ‘it’ all and in the most hospitable of circumstances.

Myself and my 2 grandchildren (10 & 5) have thoroughly enjoyed EVERYTHING that Adrian & Grace have to offer here. Thank-you both so much, for such a warm and heartfelt welcome.

I am fairly certain we will visit again.

Linda, Mackai & Aran.

Hafren 10th April 2021

A much needed break in this magnificent part of Wales that we have driven through on countless occasions to and from Snowdonia on the A470 but after this week we have fallen in love with. Easter Day on the summit of Pen Pumlumon which Nick has been waiting to climb for years; a bitingly cold day on Esgair Penygarreg with Cadair to the north and the Black Mountains to the south seeming to be within touching distance; dodging snow showers at Strata Florida Abbey; cycle rides along the Elan Trail and around the Hafren Forest and every journey accompanied by the majestic beauty of red kites soaring effortlessly overhead. This delightful, cosy and well equipped cottage was the perfect base.

Thank you!

Emma, Nick, Milly.

PS – The stars were incredible! Milly.

Reopening after the Alert Level 4 Closure

Wales entered alert level 4 on the 20th of December 2020 to control the spread of coronavirus.

The Welsh Government has announced that provided that Covid-19 rates do not increase, on Saturday the 27th of March stay local restrictions will be lifted to allow people to travel within Wales.  Self-contained holiday accommodation will re-open for one household for guests travelling within Wales. 

We will now accept bookings for arrivals from the 27th of April, but only for guests travelling within Wales.

We hope that from the 12th April guests from England will be able to travel to Wales. It is not yet clear what the rules will be with regards to household restrictions, and we will update this page when we have more information.

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.

You can read the reopening announcement on the Welsh Government website.

Grace & Adrian.

Updated 13th March 2021.

Alert Level 4 Closure

Wales entered alert level 4 on the 20th of December 2020 to control the spread of coronavirus.

All accommodation businesses are required to close for the duration of the alert. We have contacted the guests we had booked for the alert level 4 period and made arrangements to re-schedule their stays or refund.

We hope to re-open and welcome guests in April 2021. There may still be restrictions on travel to and from Wales when we re-open; we will discuss this with our booked guests as and when announcements are made.

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.

You can read the most recent statement from the First Minister on the Welsh Government website.

We look forward to welcoming guests, old and new, to Wye View as soon as permitted.

Grace & Adrian.

Updated 24th February 2021.

Reopening After The Firebreak

We are delighted to announce that on the 9th of November 2020 we reopened Wye View following Wales’ firebreak lockdown.

We are now able to welcome guests from across Wales to stay in our four self catering cottages. There are no travel restrictions within Wales.

From Friday December the 4th our English guests are permitted to travel between Tier 1 and Tier 2 locations in England and Wales, but travel from Tier 3 locations is not still allowed.

Travel between the whole of Northern Ireland and Scotland’s Tier 3 and Tier 4 locations is not permitted.

All travel restrictions within the UK will be suspended between 23 and 27 December to allow people to meet members of their Christmas bubble. People travelling to and from Northern Ireland will be able to travel the day before this period starts and the day after.

You can find answers to frequently asked questions about the new rules on the Welsh Government website.

We look forward to welcoming returning and new guests – book now for Christmas and the New Year!

Coronavirus Firebreak

A short, sharp firebreak will be introduced across Wales to help regain control of coronavirus. This means that a series of restrictive measures will be in place from 6pm Friday 23 October until 12:01am Monday 9 November 2020.

All accommodation businesses are required to close for the duration of the firebreak. We have contacted the guests we had booked for the firebreak period and made arrangements to re-schedule their stays or refund.

We plan to re-open and welcome guests from Monday 9th November. There may still be restrictions on travel to and from Wales when we re-open; we will discuss this with our booked guests as and when announcements are made.

You can read more about the firebreak on the Welsh Government’s Coronavirus firebreak: frequently asked questions page.

Wye 9th October 2020

Wow! A home from home only smaller, but feeling spacious too.

A cosy cottage, clean, fresh, tastefully decorated and well equipped to the smallest detail. The perfect antidote for staying at home. We were incredibly impressed by our stay here and will absolutely recommend it to all our friends and family. We have Wye View earmarked for future visits. Thankyou Grace & Adrian for all the work you’ve put into making us feel welcome.

Michele & Chris.

Hafren 1st October 2020

Had such a lovely time here and although we were only here for 2 days we loved Hafren Forest (although the drive up to it isn’t for the faint hearted). We also went to a Nature Reserve + saw the Red Kites – good walks too.

The cottage itself is spotlessly clean with lovely touches such as drink sachets + biscuits. Very nice utensils, crockery etc. It’s cosy, welcoming + ideally located to explore the area.

I’d certainly return here when I’m in the area again.

Thank you so much.

Jo, Sophie + Daisy.

Elan 26th September 2020

Thank you so much for a wonderful cottage. Elan is comfortable and cosy and very well equipped.

We’ve had a fantastic stay, exploring the Elan Valley, Devils Bridge and walks along the Wye river.

The views from the cottage are amazing and we loved seeing the birds whilst we washed up.

Jenson loved the doggy treats you left for him.

Fiona, Matthew & Jenson (the cockapoo).

Hafren 20th September 2020

Brilliant cottage, everything we’d hoped for and backup up by brilliant sunny weather the whole week.

Been out quite a bit. Nice day at New Quay being hot & sunny.

Super walks around Elan Valley and reservoir, Hafren Forest, Gilfach Nature Reserve, Hafod.

Devil’s Bridge is well worth a visit but not if you have a heart condition!

Although Powis Castle itself was closed under present conditions, gardens were brilliant.

Last but not least a visit to Rhayader to see the feeding of the Red Kites is well worth it.

Eating Out

We ate at Mariner’s Café, New Quay (very good); The Crown, Rhayader (average); Hafod Hotel, Devils Bridge (lovely trout); Red Lion, Llanidloes (average); Blue Bell (OK).

Nigel & Stella.

Elan 16th September 2020

Thank you very much for a wonderful cottage to enjoy our stay in Mid Wales. Walk to the source of the Severn, Gentleman’s Walk and a long walk around one of the reservoirs made the stay memorable. The fantastic weather helped. But returning to a cottage was the icing on the cake.

It was the small things in the cottage like the torch which made it extra special.

John & Karen

And Izzy (I loved the garden and field and the biscuits you put out for me. XX)

Elan 12th September 2020

Thank you for all you have done to make our stay so enjoyable. Arriving at a spotlessly clean cottage immediately made us feel at ease. Everything you could need is here and extras like milk, biscuits, cake etc. were a lovely surprise and so tempting we ate them all!

We will definitely recommend Wye View Cottages to anyone who asks about accommodation in Mid Wales. Thank you for housing our bikes in a safe place too.

John and Veronica.

Elan 5th September 2020

Thank you both for a wonderful stay at Elan Retreat. The cottage is lovely, clean and comfortable with everything you could need. A nice touch is to have a few basics on arrival like milk, tea, coffee, biscuits etc.

We have not been to visit Mid Wales before but we have had a fabulous time exploring Elan Valley, Aberystwyth.

Our dog Ralphy has also had a great time exploring Wales. We would definitely recommend Wye View to our friends. A great choice for all!

Thank you once again!

Louise, Iain, Elanor & Ralphy – cockerpoo!

Severn 2nd September 2020

Wow!! From the moment we arrived – met by our lovely host Adrian who gave us such a warm welcome and helpful info on places to visit, he also brought us some freshly laid eggs – when we opened the door to our cottage we were so impressed by the cleanliness and all the lovely extras – such thoughtful gestures . We really enjoyed the bara brith cake and have bought some to take home.

Thankyou Grace and Adrian for making our stay so special – you are both such lovely people.

We have been so luck with the weather which enhanced the stunning scenery of this beautiful part of the country. We visited many fantastic places with unforgettable views – so many pictures taken!

So sorry to be leaving, will miss the beautiful views from the window and watching so many different birds feeding from the feeders.

So peaceful and relaxing. Hopefully will be back again someday.

Many thanks yet again.

Eric and Pauline X.

We loved the Elan Valley and did a couple of lovely walks and Hafren forest was also stunning.

Elan 22nd August 2020

We all fell in love with the cottage, well-equipped and absolutely spotless.

Enjoyed The Devil’s Bridge and Gilfach nature reserve – the dog trotted up the hills and steps like a mountain goat!

Our favourite day out was the Aberdyfi beach; a real unspoilt gem and we even had some sunshine whilst watching a storm at sea.

Good meal at the Crown Inn Rhayader and also a tasty takeaway from Mirchi (but huge portions!)

Had a windy kayaking tour at Elan Valley, hard work but well worth it to get so close to the dam.

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Wye View.

Rebecca, Neil, Isabella & Noah (and Nettles the dog)

Wye 14th August 2020

We have had a lovely time here. The cottage is great and we really enjoyed watching the birds on the feeders. We even saw a woodpecker! The area is beautiful and we particularly enjoyed exploring Hafren Forest and Gilfach nature reserve. The “Great Days Out” folder was very useful. Thank you for your warm welcome, we hope to return one day.

Cleo, Lee & Ludo.

Severn 2nd August 2020

What a wonderful cottage! Thank you to Adrian for a lovely welcome.

The cottage is beautiful, perfect location.

We were able to visit so many great places and a trip down memory lane for me growing up in Hereford.

Visit:

  • Rhayader dams (Elan Valley)
  • Powis Cstle (National Trust)
  • Nature reserve down the road – beautiful walks.

Will definitely be back! Beautiful beautiful place.

Sue & Rob.

Wye 1st August 2020

Amazing location, loved the scenery of Mid Wales!

Cottage very comfy and cozy! Very friendly hosts! Would love to come back to the area – so many rides (bike) to discover. Loved too the farm reserve nearby.

Thank you for the hospitality and extra care taken on Covid measures.

Terese & Antonio.

Amazing TV. Really loved Incredibles 2. Thank you very much.

Antonio.

Severn 25th July 2020

Firstly I must comment on the incredible effort Grace & Adrian must have put into make Severn completely prepared following relaxation of Covid-10 restrictions. Absolutely clean and impeccably well organised. All credit to them!

It has been an amazing week with the typical range of “Mid-Wales” weather variations.,

We would love to return, mostly because it’s a lovely “home” for the week – but also I am one day determined to prise the ball from Ryan’s mouth – you’ll meet Ryan – a charming dog.

Advice: Get up early, put the kettle on (it takes a while!!), enjoy a well kept pint of ale at the Lamb & Flag, Rhayader and appreciate the local beauty.

Thanks Grace & Adrian.

Dave & Janet.

What’s Open, What’s Not

Updated Thursday 20th August 2020.

We are seeing a gradual re-opening of tourist destinations and hospitality businesses across Mid Wales. This is a short list of what we know to be open, and what is still closed at the moment. Please tell us of any changes, and please call ahead or check social media before travelling, because opening times may change at short notice.

Please remember that here in Wales the 2m social distancing rule remains in force and we ask you pay extra special attention to respecting others when out enjoying these activities, including in the car park areas where it is so easy to forget!

To find out more about the rules in Wales:  https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance

Vale of Rheidol Railway

The Vale of Rheidol Railway will not be reopening this summer. It should be re-opening in 2021.

Website.

The Elan Valley

The valley is open for visitors, and parts of the visitor centre have reopened:

  • The Visitor Centre cafe is now open for indoor seated table service.
  • The playground has re-opened.
  • There is a new Grab and Go section in the gift shop with snacks and drinks. 
  • The main toilets remain closed, but Temporary toilets are available at the Visitor Centre and at Claerwen Dam and Craig Goch Dam.
  • There is a a catering trailer ‘Y Gegin’ at the visitor centre, currently cash only.
  • Bike hire available for advanced bookings only. Call 01597 810 880.

The car parks are now all open, but you must book your car parking ticket here: https://eola.co/w/939/activities/car-park-charge You will need to print out your receipt and display in your vehicle: we can print our guests’ tickets at the farmhouse.

The dam open day dates have been changed, for more information see our post.

Website.

Penbont House Tearooms

The tearooms have reopened, with all seating outdoors on the picnic benches, but under a gazebo. The menu is limited, and afternoon teas are pre-ordered and takeaway only.

Website.

Great Oak Cafe

Great vegetarian cooking! Open 10am to 2pm, outside seating at rear.

Facebook page.

Aisha’s Cafe and Restaurant

A new restaurant in Llanidloes, serving Moroccan cuisine and tapas. Lunch time 10am to 4pm Tuesday – Saturday and evening opening Thursday / Friday Saturday. Order for takeaway or outside seating.

Facebook page.

Powis Castle

The castle, garden, courtyard and cafes at Powis Castle are now open daily. The Clive museum remains closed. You will need to book your visit in advance. Check What’s On for the latest information and to book. You may be turned away if you arrive without a booking. We can help our guests with printing their ticket.

Website.

Hafren Forest

The car park, trails, picnic area and toilets have reopened.

Website.

Hafod Estate

The car park and the walks are now open again.

Website.

Gilfach Nature Reserve

Open but with the following restrictions:

  • The Byre and the toilets are closed.
  • The bird hide is closed.

Website.

Bwlch Nant Yr Arian

Currently open:

  • car park
  • walking trails
  • running trails
  • mountain bike trails and skills park
  • horse riding trail and corral
  • orienteering trails
  • picnic area
  • play area
  • bike wash

Still closed:

  • visitor centre building and external decking area
  • café (but there is a limited takeaway service 11am-4pm)
  • toilets (temporary toilets are available in the meantime)
  • bird hides
  • red kite feeding at 3pm (they will not be feeding the red kites at a specific time each day to help prevent large crowds of visitors)

Website.

Centre for Alternative Technology

Now open for pre-booked visits.

Website

We’re Good To Go

The easing of the Covid-19 restrictions in Wales has progressed at a slower, more cautious rate than in England, but the Welsh Government has told us to prepare to re-open self catering accommodation from Saturday the 11th of July, subject to a final decision on Thursday the 9th of July.

We have been working hard to make sure that we are ready to reopen. Here are some of the steps we have taken:

  • Carried out a risk assessment based on specific guidance for self catering accommodation.
  • Adopted new cleaning protocols for deep cleaning between each let, including correct use of disinfecting products approved to EN14476, safe disposal of waste, and a minimum gap of 24 hours between lettings.
  • Provided additional cleaning materials and hand sanitiser in each cottage.
  • Moved to a contactless arrival and departure system.
  • Updated our welcome guide and local information for guests.

We have applied for and been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard and consumer mark to reassure our guests that we adhere to Government and public health guidance.

We have also committed to Airbnb’s enhanced cleaning protocol – a rigorous set of cleaning standards developed by Airbnb with leading health and hospitality experts for the times of COVID-19 and beyond.

We are now taking bookings for all of our cottages for arrivals from Saturday the 11th of July 2020.



Covid-19 Statement

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020 came into force from 4.00p.m. on Thursday, 26 March. They require us as a holiday accommodation provider to close until permitted to reopen by Welsh Ministers.

The closure or “lockdown” has been extended twice and currently runs up to and including the 3rd of July 2020. Welsh Ministers may decide to extend it further. Note that the regulations are not the same as those in force in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

We have contacted our guests booked to stay with us during the closure period offering them alternative dates later this year or in 2021. We will continue to review the situation, and our forward bookings, as the situation changes.

Guests booked through our agents will be contacted by the agency concerned and offered alternative dates. Guests booked through Airbnb will have their bookings automatically cancelled by Airbnb.

If you are affected, and would like to discuss your booking, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by telephone on 01686 440205, by email to bookings@wyeview.com or by using our contact form.

Statement from Wye View concerning non-essential travel

We have reviewed relevant guidance from the UK government, Visit Wales and Powys County Council, and sought advice from our booking agencies and our insurers to determine our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last night, the UK government published a document Guidance and advice to avoid non-essential travel in the UK for people planning to visit holiday premises during the pandemic, stating that “Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays.”

In line with policy announcements from other members of our industry we have stopped taking new bookings for the period to Thursday 4th June 2020 and we are asking that any guest with a booking in one of our cottages due to arrive between now and Thursday 30th April 2020 defers their booking and moves it to a date later this year or to some time in 2021.

These dates may, of necessity, be extended, in which case we will make a further announcement.

We will contact all booked guests individually to discuss this decision in the next few days.

For Wye View Limited,

Adrian & Grace Ince.

Wye 14th March 2020

Loved Wye Cottage at first sight. We had a very warm welcome and tour of the cottage as well as treats. The cottage is super clean and comfortable. We came to meet up with family so the non stop Welsh rain did not upset us.

Will definitely recommend and hope to visit again.

Thanks for your hospitality.

Brian & Andrea, Canada.

New Year, New Website

Happy new year to all of our guests!

We started the new year with a new website; a fresher look and feel, plus a new booking system which shows you the full price of your stay when you make a booking enquiry.

We always want our guests to get best value for their stay, so we have introduced short break pricing for stays of three or more nights – starting any day of the week. Remember that if you book direct with us here at Wye View there are NO BOOKING FEES!

We would welcome any comments or suggestions for the website – leave a comment or drop us an email.

Grace & Adrian.

Wye View Receives Four Stars Again!

On the tenth of December our cottages were inspected by Visit Wales for our grading renewal – a little earlier than expected, but the Quality Advisers try to fit their visits into the quieter periods before Christmas and Easter.

We had just finished some changes – all cottages now have cooker hoods and brand new gas hobs in the kitchens, and we have updated the satellite TV receivers too.

We are delighted to report that once again we have achieved a four star self-catering award for all four of the cottages! We have also been re-awarded the “Walkers Welcome” and “Cyclists Welcome” certificates.

Visit Wales Four Star Self Catering Accommodation

Visit Wales assess the quality of every aspect of the business on a scale of 1 to 5; these scores are totalled and a score for the whole business is calculated. The Quality Adviser also checks for consistency in key areas of the business, to ensure that excellence in one area alone doesn’t give an artificially high grading. Finally, they check that all of the facilities and services required to meet the grading level are present; that’s everything from the quality of the mattress to the number of teaspoons!

Sometimes we are asked by guests why we aren’t awarded five stars – after all, we get a lot of five star reviews. Visit Wales do score us fives on quality, cleanliness, etc. but five star cottages are expected to be bigger, and have full sized bathrooms – so unless we undertake some significant building work, we can only achieve a four star award!

We are looking forward to another year of hosting our lovely guests here at Wye View.

Grace & Adrian.

Severn 14th October 2019

Perfect few days in this beautiful, cosy perfectly equipped cottage. A lovely warm helpful welcome from Grace. Thanks for the delicious eggs. Views are beautiful.

We will be recommending to our family & friends and will be returning very soon.

Loved every minute. Enzo loved his treats, thank you.

We highly recommend the Mirchi Indian in Rhayader. We collected a takeaway, excellent food.

Thank you X 🙂

Louise, Darren & Enzo.

Elan 14th September 2019

Thank you Grace & Adrian.

We had a very enjoyable stay in Elan Cottage again, as we have stayed here several times.

This being our 40th Wedding Anniversary was a very special stay, revisiting places like Elan Valley, Gilfach nature reserve and Corris Craft. Loved to see the chickens outside the kitchen window, and they lay fantastic eggs which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Elaine & Phil (+Breeze & Wilfred).