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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😀
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.
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.
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 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).
(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 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!
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.
Booked on impulse as soon as things started opening up after lockdown and so glad I did! Beautiful cottage, lovely hosts – very helpful when needed. Puts the “treat” into retreat. I’m sure I’ll be back. Thank you for such a lovely stay.
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.
A very pleasant surprise to find a gem of a cottage, everything perfect and really appreciated the beverage tray & fresh eggs – had great days out in Elan Valley, the kite feeding park and Aberystwyth. Hope to return in the future.
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.