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.
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.
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.
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.
The cottage stay has been super chilled. The hosts were super helpful before and during the stay. The cottage was clean and well stocked. The views are amazing too. Watching the sheep on the mountain has become a pastime.
Fabulous cottage, perfectly clean and lots of extras. Beautiful area – lots of visits to Elan Valley (free car parks available), loved the red kites at Gigrin (sat in field, great views) + trip to the seaside at Aberaeron.
Really enjoyed ourselves worn out now + need another holiday!
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)
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!
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.
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.
We’ve had a fantastic stay. The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped. We really enjoyed watching the sunset behind the hills. We’ve done lots of walking and cycling and even had a dip in the sea!
Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable, it was just what we all needed.
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.
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.
A relaxing stay, the cottage was immaculately clean and all the welcoming extras were a lovely touch. The local nature reserve is worth a visit with well marked routes. The Elan Valley is stunning with some excellent walks.
Happy New Year and thank you to our hosts for a lovely stay.
We booked a last minute break here for some much needed family time. We love the cottage and Grace and Adrian were perfect hosts. We especially loved being able to feed the chickens. We really hope to be back soon. Thank you. XXXX
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.
Thank you for a lovely few days away! The cottage is well equipped and we had great information about what to do and where to go. Having the travel cot and highchair were such a great help so we didn’t have to travel with them 🙂
The bed is VERY comfortable!
The cottage is set in lovely surroundings. We visited Aberystwyth, Elan Valley, Llandrindod Wells, Gilfach Nature Reserve and Rhayader.
Thank you for a lovely break. You supplied everything one could possibly need. Loved the scenery around the reservoirs. Enjoyed the red kites and ospreys. Saw the red kites at Aberystwyth – much nicer although we did see more at Rhayader farm – felt it more suited to young children.
Thank you Grace – what a perfect place to stay! Your attention to detail left us wanting for nothing. We used this lovely cottage to explore the Elan Valley + will certainly recommend Elan Cottage to our friends and family. The level of quality was spot on, lovely comfortable beds, nice linen, carpets + towels. Kitchen has everything needed for a 3 night stay.
We really enjoyed the Vale of Rheidol train to Aberystwyth – spectacular views through the stunning countryside. This was matched by the scenery and views through the Elan Valley and the 5 reservoirs / dams – another MUST SEE for all.
Ate at the Triangle Inn twice for dinner and LOST ARK cafe for lunch – both highly recommended. All in all a perfect 3 days despite all the rain in Mid August.
We had a great stay in the cottage. Grace gave us a lovely welcome and information about the area. We had a great walk at Elan Valley, with a nice lunch at the tearoom. The kite feeding at Bwlch Nant Yr Arian was impressive, the birds stayed for a long time after the feeding. Grace suggested Hafod for a nice walk and great views and it was fabulous!
My two teenage sons and I have just completed a four night stay in Hafren Cottage. It was really lovely and cosy, and it was spotlessly clean. The shower had good pressure and was lovely and hot. The beds were really comfy and all three of us agreed that the duvets were super snuggly (in fact I invested in some as soon as we got home!)
The cottage had everything we needed in a really beautiful location. The added bonus of sheep in the field next to us, and seeing a chicken or two peering in at us through our cottages window, made for some fabulous photo opportunities!
Thank you Grace and Adrian for having us and being so accommodating.
What a lovely area to stay, cottage is just what you need, equipped with all you could possibly want. We have visited the Elan Valley, walked to the dams, found a lovely tea room just reopened at Easter.
The information centre at Elan Valley was very good, the people very helpful.
Managed to avoid cooking all week there are lots of places to eat and the local takeaways as well that Grace has left details of.
What more can I say, lovely place and lovely people.
Lovely cottage and very welcoming & peaceful place. We had a wonderful time here & would love to come back one day. Butterfly farm at Aberystwyth was amazing and Triangle Inn (16th century pub) was lovely and had great meal there. Thanks so much!
It was wonderful staying at Wye View and exploring beautiful Mid Wales! The places which stand out (which we will take in our memories to our parts of the world) are: Aberystwyth, Elan Valley and the Red Kite story at Bwlch Nant Yr Arian .
Thank you Grace and Adrian for your recommendations and your hospitality!
Very many thanks to Grace & Adrian for making our stay so enjoyable. We greatly appreciated the milk, tea, coffee and biscuits that you provided for us. The cottage was lovely and just what we wanted – so comfortable! … Your advice, both person to person and in your guide book was so helpful. Thanks so much for everything.
The attention to detail, numerous generous surprise extras and warm welcome received by Grace and Adrian after a long journey have made this by far the best holiday cottage we have stayed in. From start to finish nothing was too much trouble and we will certainly be recommending it.
We will be leaving with very happy memories including being here on the coldest Bank Holiday recorded in May. Woke to discover snow on high ground on Sunday!!
Many thanks again Grace and Adrian for all your kindness.
Thank you for our host Grace & Adrian – The cottage was just perfect – spotlessly clean with all the things you could need for your stay. The area is beautiful. On your recommendation, we visited Elan Valley, Devil’s Bridge & Bwlch Nant yr Arian to see the kites feed. Thanks again.
I stayed in this beautiful cottage for two weeks during my elective placement as a third year student midwife. Grace has been extremely generous and accommodating throughout my stay and has made me feel so welcome. The cottage is lovely and in the most beautiful location.
The cottage has everything I needed for a comfortable and cosy two week stay. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would love to return here for a holiday someday!
A perfect stop-gap on our way to Snowdonia. My wife and I both went to university in Aberystwyth and met there 20 years ago. Have travelled this road 100 times but it is the first time we have stayed here to appreciate its beauty fully.
Elan Valley is a must – water like mirrors. And our 5 year old son loved playing in the stream.
We’ve really enjoyed our stay here – Grace is a great host, the views are amazing but not too far from the shops, pubs, etc. We particularly enjoyed the circular walks in Hafren Forest 25 minutes away. We would definitely recommend this cottage, thank you!
Another fabulous stay, complete rest & relaxation with beautiful scenery & the best curry house on the planet on the doorstep (Mirchi Rhayader). Once again we must return later in the year & possibly with the little people!
A million thanks from two fully recharged parents 🙂
Thank you so much for having us in your beautiful cottage for the weekend. It’s a fantastically furnished little place and if we are back fishing this way I’m sure we will be booked back in here. Shame about the weather making the fishing poor but waking up to the snowy Cambrian Mountains was wonderful.
Great base for exploring Mid Wales and the coast. The walk by Llyn Clywedog (as per leaflet in folder) was lovely – about the right length for our 7 + 10 year olds.
Elan Valley visitor centre was a warm haven in between nature trails. Aberdovey beach was busy on New Year’s Day. It was bright and relatively warm, even mild enough for ice cream.
Elan is cosy and well equipped – thank you for your hospitality.
Gill, Jimmy, Anna, Zeb.
Old Swan Cafe in Rhayader really good for food and cakes. Nice curry at Raj Mahal. Glengower Hotel at the North End of Aberystwyth was great. We only went in because we were so cold but good food & beer. Druid Inn at Goginan on the way to Aber is a good pub. 43 years in the Good Beer Guide!
Here, the kitchen is the best equipped of any self-catering place I’ve stayed in.
Super stay in Elan cottage comfy beds and great places to explore. The Triangle in Rhayader does the best hot chocolates. We also went to Rhayader swimming pool which was great fun and walking around the dams it was a bit chilly but still amazing views.
My favourite place we went to was Aberdovey beach where we had ice creams even though it was cold.
We received a lovely welcome from our hosts even though we arrived a little early. The cottage was scrupulously clean with little extras like towels, shower gel and cleaning products. We had a lovely welcome pack with our favourite choccies and Strudel our dog had a bag of surprises too. We were given excellent information on the area which are highly recommended to future guests. We both slept like logs in the really comfy bed and the whole ambience of Severn Cottage was delightful. 3 cheers to two excellent hosts, and a big woof from Strudel. X.