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.

Elan 12th June 2021

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

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

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

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

Thank you!

Wye 12th June 2021

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

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

Kathy XX.

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

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.

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.

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!

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 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.

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 🐾

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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).

Elan 5th September 2019

Thank you Grace & Adrian. Perfect place to stay while we have been supervising a Girl Guide DofE Gold Expedition.

Everything we needed in the cottage. Have discovered non-existent footpaths and been to places I doubt few have ventured! Apart from that we all have enjoyed the magnificent scenery and red kites.

Hope to return again.

David, Rachel & Rachel.

Wye 26th August 2019

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.

Thanks again – Diolch.

Rob, Becca & Millie.

We will definitely be back again!

Elan 17th August 2019

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.

Will be back!

Keith & Val.

Elan 9th August 2019

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!

Thanks for everything.

Wil, Sjaak, Jan & Gianne.

Hafren 8th August 2019

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.

Lisa

Severn 13th July 2019

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.

Thank you.

Nick & Tina.

Hafren 25th June 2019

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!

Penny, Craig, Colin, Gergina.