Wye 8th October 2021

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!

Grace & Adrian

Elan 17th September 2021

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.

Thank you for everything.

Mary and Maria.

Elan 11th September 2021

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.

Overall a great time had – thank you so much! 🙂

Anna + Marc + Buddy.

Elan 4th September 2021

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.

Jez and Rachael & Daisy 🐾

Hafren 4th September 2021

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!

Thanks for a great week Powys.

Wye 30th August 2021

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.

Joanna, Matthew, Callum & Aiden.

Elan 28th August 2021

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.

Wye 22nd August 2021

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.

Diolch yr Fawr.

Peter, Sharon, Bethany and Lola 🐾

Elan 7th August 2021

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!

Peter and Angharad.

Hafren 6th August 2021

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.

Mid Wales has been wonderful!

Jen, Lee, Phoebe & Louie

Severn 6th August 2021

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.

Fran & Ian + Marshall (cocker)

Severn 17th July 2021

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.

Phil & Liz (+Harley)

Hafren 17th July 2021

A fabulous week in a part of Wales that I have never visited before, the countryside and views were stunning, and spent most of our time our exploring, we were completely blessed by the weather.

The cottage was fantastic, spotlessly clean and contains everything that you could possibly want.

Everything has been fantastic and would definitely come back.

XX

Elaine & Stuart.

Elan 16th July 2021

We’d wanted to thank you dearly for our wonderful cosy stay with fantastic views from the windows!

It’s a great location for visiting central Wales, but also close enough to explore places further afield like Snowdonia and Aberystwyth. We’ll remember this place for a long time.

Isabela & Archie

Elan 10th July 2021

What an amazing cottage! Well equipped and very cozy. Beautiful views framed from the windows.

Lots to see and do in the surrounding area. Really pretty countryside, even in the rain – so much better in the sunshine!

Elan Valley a must, and a great day in Aberystwyth.

Thanks to Grace & Adrian who are the perfect hosts.

Millie our border collie enjoyed her stay and thanks for the treats left.

Jenny & Allan, & Millie 🐾

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.

Wye 3rd July 2021

Lovely to be back again for a second visit to this special place – all the treats again which we thoroughly enjoyed!

Thank you both we have had a special holiday again – this time with out 15 year old grandson – a special treat for us, Lovely weather, lovely walks.

Wendy and Graham + grandson.

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 exceptionally 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.

Severn 19th June 2021

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.

Gareth & Rita.

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.