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A Peaceful Hideaway With Stunning Views



Updated: 10-Nov-2016
2 Bedroom One Ensuite, Separate Bathroom Stone Cottage With Views Over Valley

2 double bedrooms upstairs, one en-suite. Downstairs there is an additional bathroom with shower and bath, lounge and kitchen. The kitchen has electric cooker, fridge, plenty of storage, and seating for four. The lounge is heated by a log/multi fuel burner. Electric heaters in every room. Small entrance lobby for coats, boots etc. Garden picnic table to enjoy the views. WiFi available. Parking for 2 cars.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I am an animal/wildlife photographer and run photographic workshops from the cottage in the spring. Based in Dunsfold, Surrey I travel extensively to take images which are published in books, magazines etc.

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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Brilliant get-away-from-it-all cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time at John's cottage. Andy the farmer and co. were brilliant and we ❤'d the peace and quiet. I'm very allergic to burning coal but love a wood fire - John was super nice to ensure the coal was all cleaned out for us which meant we were nice and toasty in the evenings :) . Will definitely be back. Thanks again John!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This is a relaxing, comfortable cottage in a delightful location. Spent a peaceful few days here in a suprisingly sunny October ! We didn't even venture beyond the garden as had just wanted to rest and relax and already know the are quite well.

The cottage was warm ( despite having a beyond owners control 3 hour power cut one morning !) and well equipped. Watching numerous birds is always entertaining.

The only things that could be improved is an updated internet that was quicker and more reliable and a better TV in the sitting room. What is it with holiday cottages that have ancient televisions ?!

We would love to stay again and experience a different time of year there.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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lovely cottage in an amazing position with extensive walking from the front door

  • 4 of 5

what a fab place to stay. the owner has taken great care to make this feel like a home from home and in such a beautiful and peaceful location too.

the nearest town LLanidloes is only 10 minutes away and very nice with not bad pubs, a good supermarket and various shops but there is nothing within walking distance. you need a car unless you are serious about hill cycling. amazing weather just made it better.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy cottage, lovely views, clean and well equipped.

  • 4 of 5

Really quiet location in lovely setting. Walks from the door onto the hillside and Glyndwr's Way, and plenty of attractive circular walks within a 30 minute drive of the cottage, on hillsides, by streams and near reservoirs. Tourists well catered for in the Elan valley and at the Gilfach nature reserve; limited elsewhere and signposting and maintenance of footpaths was sometimes poor.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quiet cottage in gorgeous Welsh countryside

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was just what we needed and what we expected of it.

It is situated in a quiet corner of the hills between Llanidloes and Rhayader. We enjoyed the stunnig views from the garden and went walking on Glyndwr's Way. The location is very secluded, which we found very restful.

The cottage itself had everything we needed, even quite reliable Wifi, and was spotlessly clean.

An added bonus were the birds: they are fed regularly so we had our daily visit of a woodpecker, several jays, chaffinches, etc.etc. as well as rabbits and squirrels.

Andy Owen, the neighbour who takes care of the practicalities, was most helpful.

I would certainly recommend Cwmbys to anyone who needs a restful time in a beautiful spot.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy and private 'hideaway' in wonderful Wales

  • 4 of 5

If you are looking for a place to stay that is quiet, private and tucked away from the towns and villages then this would be ideal for you. It was warm, modern and comfortable and the kitchen had most of what you'd need for simple cooking. The fire was easy to get going and when the weather outside was wet and windy it was pleasant to simply stay in. We did have a little trouble with the shower and supply of hot water but that perhaps is to be expected in such a property and location. The surrounding countryside is, indeed, stunning and lovely for walks, even in wet weather! We were hoping to cycle more but the landscape is very hilly and a bit of a workout, which is fine in itself but cycling to the nearest towns of Llanidloes or Rhayader wasn't an easy ride. Ideally we would have liked not to use the car so much and be able to walk or cycle to the nearest shops and towns so this might not be convenient for some people.

On a practical level then, be aware of the location and stock up on provisions before you arrive. Much of the garden and surrounding area was waterlogged at the time of our visit (late December) so bring wellies, and the path/lane leading to the cottage was tricky to traverse: you would be better off with a 4x4 but we managed it in a VW T4 and some capable driving!

We did not meet the owner but the neighbours were lovely and helpful and the birds also prevented us feeling lonely!

Overall a pleasant stay and I would recommend Cwmbys if you want to get away from things for a few days in the heart of beautiful Wales...

  • Review Submitted: Jan 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

I bought this property from friends who were also keen bird and nature lovers. I had stayed there several times and when the opportunity came to purchase it I jumped at the chance to own this beautiful cottage. The bird feeders are topped up regularly by our neighbours and since 1991 76 different species of birds have been recorded there.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

The cottage is secluded and quiet being situated at the end of a track. The Elan Valley & Gigrin Kite feeding centre at Rhayader are about 25 minutes away, Gilfach nature reserve is 20 minutes away and several other nature reserves are close to Newtown. For walkers the cottage is on the Glyndwr's way


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From the Owner

Stunning views over the peaceful valley. The cottage sits in a one acre wildlife garden with a stream.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking


  • Ensuite Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Downstairs Bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • The ensuite bathroom has a heated towel rail, vanity unit, electric heater, and bath with shower attachment. The downstairs bathroom has a heated towel rail, pedestal basin, bath with electric shower and shower screen


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom I has an en suite bathroom plus a built in wardrobe, a built in cupboard., bedside unit and flat screen TV. Bedroom 2 has a bedside unit, wardrobe, two chairs and chest of drawers


  • Garden


  • Self-catering

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