Parc-yr-Hebog offers 5 Star boutique self-catering in the Ceredigion countryside, a few picturesque miles from Wales’s sea of dolphins, Cardigan Bay.
There are two exquisite cottages, each offering luxurious comfort and convenience with no expense spared. They are eight miles inland from the Georgian seaside resort of Aberaeron, glorious beaches and the dolphin, porpoise and seal-spotting territory of New Quay. The Sunday Times lists them among its ‘100 coolest holiday cottages in the UK’ and they feature in the Rare Hideaways Guide.
Parc-yr-Hebog’s converted stone barn teams Scandinavian style with Welsh character to provide alluring accommodation for four people. The Barn has a light, bright lounge/diner on a mezzanine floor above the kitchen and sleeps four people in two bedrooms. The master double has an adjoining bathroom with a huge shower and roll-top bath. The twin bedroom has an en-suite shower and the ultimate indulgence, an integrated sauna.
Nearby, The Cottage is a romantic one bedroomed haven with assets including underfloor heating, a lounge/diner overlooking the Cambrian Mountains, a hand-crafted kitchen and a bathroom with a rainwater shower. The splendid bedroom includes a super-king-sized bed and outside, a private patio makes the most of the stunning views.
Owners Bryan and Wenda Thomas have poured love into these holiday properties and it shows in every walker and cyclist-friendly crevice.
Madog’s Wells provides three wheelchair accessible, well equipped holiday cottages in eight acres of unspoiled Mid-Wales countryside. Rich in woodland and wildlife – especially a diverse range of birds – they can together accommodate 15 people plus babies and pets and they are the perfect low cost self-catering accommodation for unwinding and connecting with nature.
One converted property sleeps three people while the others are purpose built for six. They are available separately but are popular together for extended family groups and parties from elderly people’s care homes and organisations supporting people with disabilities. All have roll-in showers, wide doorways and level access. Additional mobility equipment is available to borrow or hire as needed.
Visitors love the enchanting walks nearby, including those around the nearby Lake Vyrnwy reservoir and RSPB nature reserve, including the picturesque Ann Griffiths Walk through the River Vyrnwy valley and gorge.
Run by Ann and Michael Reed, the cottages are excellently placed for touring Mid-Wales by car. Many visitors visit the vibrant town of Welshpool. In addition to shops, markets and amenities, Welshpool attractions including Powis Castle and Gardens, Montgomery Canal and the Welshpool & Llanfair heritage railway. In nearby Newtown, the Robert Owen Museum provides a fascinating insight into the wealthy Victorian reformer who helped to inspire the co-operative movement with his vision of a utopian society.
Newbridge Farm Cottages
Superb river fishing and panoramic views are just two of the relaxing reasons guests love taking their self-catering getaway breaks at Newbridge Cottages, in the wildlife-rich Vyrnwy Valley of Mid-Wales.
Set on a working farm in Powys, the cottages are far distant from the noise, traffic and chaos of urban living. Gentle sounds of lowing cattle and bleating sheep provide a soothing backdrop while the cottages themselves provide a warm, welcoming base from which to explore a fascinating area.
The beautiful farmhouse cottages – one with one twin or double bedroom and the other with two – are traditionally and comfortably furnished, with central heating. The larger property has a log burner and each has a double sofabed downstairs. They share a garden, utility room and games room with pool and darts. Friendly owners John and Eirian Williams happily provide education about farming, the amazing local wildlife and interesting places to visit.
The cottages stand only a few minutes’ walk from the River Vyrnwy which, like the River Banwy, rushes through the Newbridge farmland. These are idyllic surroundings in which to fish for salmon, trout and other species, occasionally perhaps alongside an otter or kingfisher. Walkers also enjoy this spot in the very heart of Wales. The Glyndwr Way is very near, as is the picturesque village of Meifod with its welcoming country pub.
Award-winning Cob Cottage sits in a rural Welsh landscape so vast that holidaymakers can escape the concrete and traffic of the Midlands and relax with nature while still enjoying the comfort and conveniences of a 21st century home.
This extraordinary place of peace is on a working sheep farm near the village of Llanddewi Brefi, Ceredigion. The dog friendly cottage is attached to the owners’ farmhouse and has been beautifully renovated to make it a snug hideaway sleeping five people in two en suite bedrooms or six with use of a downstairs sofabed.
Amenities include a lounge, dining area and conservatory overlooking the sheep fields and River Teify. Outdoors a decked area leads to a patio with barbecue and furniture from which to enjoy the visiting wildlife including red kites and buzzards. There is ample parking space.
Cob Cottage won a prestigious Rural Retreat of the Year title in 2016. Owners Gwynne & Linda Davies pride themselves on providing everything guests need to thoroughly enjoy their stay, including guided tours of the farm.
Llanddewi Brefi, 1½ miles away, has a shop, two pubs and a church. Local attractions include Tregaron Red Kite Centre and Rhiannon Gold Centre offering jewellery workshops, Welsh crafts, a Celtic art museum, art gallery and café. Coastal towns Aberystwyth and Aberaeron are about 20 miles away.
A warm welcome awaits you from Alice and her team at the Railway Inn in Powys, an independent country inn with a restaurant and en suite rooms. This highly hospitable holiday base is just a short walk from the popular Offa’s Dyke National Trail, Powis Castle & Gardens and Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway.
The Railway sits on the outskirts of Forden, a village near Welshpool. Frequent guests include shooting parties, walkers, cyclists, golf groups, wildlife watchers and many other people with special interests, as well as general holidaymakers and coach parties. The restaurant can accommodate up to 55 diners and be booked for private functions.
Overnight guests can expect hearty breakfasts and the Railway also provides homemade lunches, dinners, bar snacks and cream teas. Real ales and fine wines are among the many quality offerings for people to enjoy.
The pub currently offers an enticing Christmas menu and is running Friday night Christmas parties until December 21.
The 3 Star Railway Inn can accommodate families in its five guest bedrooms and has a large garden. All the rooms are comfortably furnished and have TV.
Business owner Alice Cardwell-Hodges says: “There are lots of things to enjoy nearby, including a heritage railway, several golf courses, beautiful gardens and fascinating museums. Powis Castle has magnificent gardens and is famous for its collection of Indian and Far Eastern memorabilia.”
Contact details: The Railway Inn, Forden, Welshpool SY21 8NN; tel 01938 580661, email firstname.lastname@example.org