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.
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.
This wonderful “home” – every detail above all expectation, comfort, décor, fittings & equipment, sparkling everywhere as if new. A welcome retreat to return to each evening after a hard day’s walking.
The locality, views, walks, nature reserves & above all the friendly welcome of Grace, Adrian & Ryan, made this a holiday to remember.
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.
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.
Yet another lovely stay! Enjoyed walks at Gilfach nature reserve, Devil’s bridge and Aberystwyth. Had a trip ojn a steam train from Llanfair to Welshpool too. Perfect location to explore. Thanks again for letting Maisie play with frisbee with Ryan; one of the best parts of her holiday!
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.
Great walks, stunning views and overall an incredible stay in Elan Cottage. Devil’s Bridge is the place to check out, lovely walk with a preceding flight of stairs and a curving bridge. And a beautiful waterfall.
Had a lovely stay! The cottage is comfortable and well equipped. We enjoyed walking in Gilfach nature reserve, Hafren Forest and a bike ride from Rhayader to Elan Valley (Wye Valley Trail). Enjoyed Fresh eggs from the chickens! Great location, definitely be back to explore more. Emma, Matt + Maisie.
Fabulous cottage, all of the comforts of home, spotlessly clean, well maintained, brilliant surroundings, very relaxing. A place where you can really chill out. Hope to come back again in the near future, will really look forward to that. Hosts very friendly and welcoming and very attentive to any needs.
Thank you for allowing us to stay and our dog Maxine (Brilliant).
We spent a very nice Xmas in Elan Cottage. Thank you Grace and Adrian for your hospitality. You made our stay really special with all the nice seasonal touches. Thank you, merry Christmas and happy new year.
We had a wonderful stay, thank you Grace & Adrian for being such excellent hosts & for looking after us during storm Arwen! We loved exploring the local area including Gilfach nature reserve, Bwlch Nant Yr Arian & now off to the Elan Valley. Such a comfortable stay in your very lovely cottage.
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.
This is our second trip to Hafren Cottage, it doesn’t disappoint you. Everything you need is here, it’s clean, comfortable and a great central point to visit the area. Thank you Grace & Adrian for such a lovely place to stay.
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.
Thanks again for for a wonderful week on the craggy hillside in the middle of nowhere. We managed to survive against the odds and mostly by catching and eating our own fish. Dad and I will be back for another week of hillside survival skills soon…
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!
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.
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.
Thank you Adrian & Grace for your warm welcome and a lovely cottage. We enjoyed visiting Elan Valley and the dam at Llyn Clywedog but the highlight of our stay had to be the boardwalk near the picnic site in Hafren Forest it was stunningly beautiful.
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!
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.
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.
What a beautiful place to stay! We were so impressed by all the lovely little touches and attention to detail! We will definitely be returning with our families! Make sure you visit Gigrin farm while you are here, you will see many beautiful red kites!
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.
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.
Although we’ve only been able to stay for a couple of days we have had an amazing time. The cottage certainly had the wow factor from the minute we opened the door. Had a lovely last evening with a family film & amazing views no matter what the weather.
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!
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).
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.
Lovely cottage. Great place for some R&R. The hosts have thought of everything. Plenty of great outdoor activities – Elan Valley, Gilfach Nature Reserve, Hafren Forest as well as the coast. An enjoyable stay.
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.
Thank you! An excellent base for the first couple of days of the Wye Valley Walk, source to sea. The hottest days of the year! But fabulous views from Plynlimon. A very well-appointed little house, everything thought of, great kitchen, comfy bed, plenty of space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So nice to finally be able to go on holiday & what a find this pace was! Grace & Adrian have literally thought of everything & made it a real home from home. Fantastic location, would recommend a visit to the tearoom at the end of the road in Llangurig. A lovely relaxing week. 😀
We have 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.
Thank you for providing a lovely clean cottage and for all the little extras such as a variety of teas, milk, doggy treats and hand a shower washes. It has all been very comfortable. Would definitely recommend.
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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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:
Pied wagtails – a pair are nesting, we think that they have eggs.
(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.
A beautiful week at Wye View. Adrian and Grace such wonderful welcoming hosts. The cottage is everything you could wish for. Visited some stunning places. Sorry to leave (thank you for the beautiful eggs).
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!
Adrian & Grace such welcoming hosts. Cottage thoughtfully equipped. Welcome tray very welcome. We really enjoyed the nature reserves and exploring the towns around. Really enjoyed our stay in this amazingly beautiful area.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Debbie & Dave.
PS Gilfach nature reserve is just up the road great walks and wildlife.
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.