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Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking


About the property


4 STAR RATED WITH VISIT WALES plus Walkers and Bikers AWARD. Opened in July '16 ~ Phone 075 8851 8174 for last minute offers check FACEBOOK - 266 Heart of the Valleys Cottage. ''266'' is Cosy and wood beamed. All Facilities are PRIVATE and SHELTERED Kingsize Master plus 2 twin rooms which can be changed to 2 x Superkingsize, {Cot/highchair available if needed.} Bathroom PLUS a separate Shower Room. {Beds for everyone, no fold down divans.} New, fully equipped kitchen, with a cosy living room with dining area, featuring a stone wall with a set in log fire, retaining beautiful original features. Large private Terrace with a Hot Tub and Cyprus Style Stone Barbecue. Large Gazebo over hot tub area so as to be able to enjoy the facilities all year round. Hot-Tub is emptied, cleaned and refilled after each group. Private, large rubber/resin all/weather floored adventure playground with 2 climbing frames, swings and 2 slides. Covered bicycle lock-up with bike-wash for 7 cycles. Lock-up is also suitable for surfboard, beach equip etc. Stays of 5 nights and less add £50 to quote ~ Totally unlimited Free Wifi ~ Free Parking outside. Sorry no pets. Smoking allowed outside only.

Situated in the Heart of the Valleys. Enjoy the local attractions and come home to relax in front of a cosy log fire, or soak in the Hot Tub with a glass of wine. You can also light the log fire, and enjoy the warmth while using the barbecue in the winter months., toast mallows or roast chestnuts. Very near Bike Park Wales, We are only twenty minutes from the Beacons, 38 mins from Swansea, Porthcawl, Barry, Penarth, Cardiff Bay/Marina, Ogmore, Llantwit Major Beaches, Dan yr Ogof Caves, Stunning Waterfalls.

20 mins from the Mountain Railway, and 15 to the Welsh Whisky Distillery visitor centre,

Less than 5 mins away is a New State of the Art Leisure Centre with lots of facilities including snooker, Swimming pool., with babies pool and diving pool., also the Dare Valley Country Park with Horse Riding and laser shooting, amazing trails and walks and stunning mountain views. Aberdare Park is only a few minutes’ drive, with a large lake filled with wildfowl, large Swan and Dragon Boats, a massive children’s playground, bowling green, tennis and lots of walks. Make sure you take a picnic and plenty of bread to feed the ducks, swans and squirrels.

A large, established Snooker Club, convenience store, Italian, Indian Restaurant, Post Office, Doctor, Pharmacy etc, some only minutes walk.

See our website for more details and many more attractions not too far away:

More Details

Diane Arif
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Turkish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Diane Arif

South Wales Homes has been renting private homes since 2000. 266 is our first Holiday Cottage venture. We have done our utmost to make this cottage a Haven for your enjoyment. We have been extremely privileged to have lived in this area most of our lives to enjoy the mountains and scenery and the many places to visit which are all close at hand. We live locally, and will always be accessible. We all speak English, but one of our team can converse in Turkish.

Diane Arif purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Diane Arif chose Aberdare

266 captured our hearts the first time we walked through the door. The charming wood beams, the stone wall and the old stone staircase to upstairs. This cottage was different, and we fell in love with it straight away. Since purchase we have completed many renovations, including new wood staircases, but retaining the 'olde worlde' stone staircase, although you can't use it. We're sure 266 will capture your heart as it did ours.

What makes this cottage unique

Once you go through the front porch you leave the rest of the world behind. Yet you're only minutes away from any amenity you could need. Light the log fire, jump in the hot tub, get in a takeaway and a bottle of something nice!!! oh!!! Sheer bliss


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Aberdare in Aberaman

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Children under 12 aren't allowed in the Hot Tub... {remember this is water, children have to be constantly supervised where parents take them in}
  • No Fireworks. If you've had Spray tan, pse bring own towel.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath with shower, toilet and handbason
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shower Enclosure, Toilet and Handbasin
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , This toilet and handwashbason is on the Terrace
  • Both Bathroom and Shower room have tiled floors and are heated. Toilet Tissue and hand-wash are provided but clients need to provide their own toiletries
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Third large Kingsize Bedroom has wardrobe, next to bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , First bedroom , twin or superking beds-zipnlink and wardrobe
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , 2nd bedroom is twin or superking beds -zipnlink and wardrobe
  • There is an extra full-size - low single bed in Bedroom 2. The twin bed which is also in bed' 2 can be changed into a super-king
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 7 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
If you can tear yourself away from the Log fire and Hot Tub, there's a Snooker club 30 seconds walk., New state of the Art Leisure Centre and Swimming pool 3/4 mins drive away. Two Golf clubs - one 5 mins away the other 10 mins away. Bowling indoor and outdoor 5 mins for one and 10mins away for the other. For Bicycles we have a covered lock-up. 15 mins away from large complex with Cinema, swimming pool., many restaurants etc and 25 mins away from diff large complex which also includes tenpin bowling, cinema etc.


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Perfect Family Chillax!

  • 5 of 5

Diane is an awesome host who has thought of every detail for your stay!

We lived in the hot tub and went home wrinkly! We will be back for sure! :)

The Wastall-Bears

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Trudy, It was lovely to meet all your family, your children were so grown-up and polite! We have to give you ''THE AWARD'' for the quickest person to jump in the Hot-Tub after arrival! We do, sincerely appreciate you and your family travelling such a long way from the Isle of Wight to visit South Wales, and really hope to welcome you all again very soon. Our very Best Wishes, Diane, Bill and th "266" Team
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Blissful stay

  • 5 of 5

My parents had stayed at 266 for their anniversary, having stayed there for their honeymoon in 2017, and they were so kind as to come home to Birmingham to come and pick myself, partner and a friend and share their holiday with us.

It isnt our first time at 266, but our stay was just as perfect as the first.

The cottage was immaculate, with everything you need right there; hot tub and log fire being the obvious highlight. Bad weather meant we ended up running out of firewood, and we couldnt leave the cottage. However, Diane made sure we had all we needed by coming out in the bad weather to bring us some more firewood. She always goes above and beyond to make out stay amazing. Having to stay in the cottage was not an issue in the slightest, as there is entertainment in the cottage also. We fully enjoyed our stay and will be back! Thank you so much!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic place. Cosy and homely yet surprisingly spacious ( its like the tardis!!) The hot tub is a genius idea and was used a lot! The house had everything we could possibly need and more. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into making their guests comfortable. The children adored the playground and there was so much to do in the area although you could quite happily snuggle up and not leave the house for a week!! We enjoyed our break that much that we have already booked a return visit. Diane is a fabulous host who is extremely attentive and a joy to deal with. We made lovely memories and can't wait to make some more in the summer. Couldn't recommend it highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's been our pleasure to host your two beautiful families, how gorgeous are the children? Mia and Morgan were so sweet and two handsome young lads. We're looking forward to the wine and nibbles in August. Our Best Wishes, Bill and Diane and the 266 Team
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Wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at 266 cottage twice and have booked again we think it has everything needed for a lovely relaxing stay,our son loves the play area and its very spacious with a lovely hot tub. We very much recommend this cottage to anyone..Diane is a lovely lady and always makes us feel welcome

We love visiting wales it holds a special place in our hearts through having welsh great grandparents. Aberdare is a lovely part of wales and 266 the cottage is a beautiful place to stay. We can't wait to be back again

Thanks again Diane.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for writing such a beautiful review Jennifer, we're looking forward to seeing you all again in March, especially young Ashley, he's growing so tall! We just love having our guests return, it's more like friends visiting, see you all soon. It'll still be the right weather to fully enjoy the log fire. Our very best wishes, Bill, Diane and the 266 Team
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Perfect retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Just everything you need - home from home! Quiet and cosy with amazingly helpful owners! Lots of personal touches. Going back next month!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to Review Kelly, I know how busy you all are. This is your third time to be with us! We're so thrilled to see you and your friends returning time after time, Really hope you'll all keep coming. Best Wishes Diane, Bill and the "266" Team
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We had a amazing weekend at this beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Amazing place

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: "Thank you Nadine, We are certainly looking forward to welcoming both your families again, and to seeing the children enjoy themselves again in our playground. Hoping Travis and the other lad are out of the wars now and getting better. Please come back soon, Best wishes for the New Year , Bill, Diane and the "266" Team"
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Brecon Beacons National Park
We are just 10 minutes drive from the edge of the Brecon Beacons national Park. Amazing Sc...
Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Cardiff - CF62 3BD - 13m from Junct 33 on M4
Nearest Barpub
Across the road
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Aberdare plus Mountain Ash
Nearest Train
1.7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Dual Carriageway in diff't directions
Nearest Restaurant
1.7 Miles
Turkish 2 mins walk, other restaurants 3 mins car
Nearest Beach
32 Miles
Cardiff Bay, Swansea, Penarth, Barry, Porthcawl
Car: recommended

Our property is 3 mins from Aberdare Town Centre and is well positioned to reach lots of attractions in South Wales. Stay with us and visit everywhere!

45 mins from the Airport. Swansea City, Cardiff City, Newport City, 38/40 mins,

Beaches: Swansea, Porthcawl, Barry, Penarth, Cardiff Bay/Marina, Ogmore, Llantwit Major 35/45 mins away, The Gower Peninsula follows on past Swansea and is Stunning!

The edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park is barely 10 mins away. The visitor centre – LD3 8EP is 25 mins away

Penderyn Whisky Distillery is 14 mins from us and has a Visitor Centre where you can see the product being made and have tastings at the end of the tour - CF44 0SX - 01685 810651


The Brecon Mountain Railway, located in Pant, Merthyr -20 mins from us - CF48 2UP

This is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty {also has a Steam museum} - 01685 722988

The National Showcave Centre for Wales – Dan yr Ogof Caves is only 35 minutes away and mustn’t be missed – This will give your family a full day out - SA9 1GJ - 01639 730 284

Visit Craig Y Nos Castle and grounds. A beautiful Lake with wildfowl and a café, near caves.

Visit the Waterfalls in Glynneath. Walk starts behind the Angel Pub in Pontneddfechan - SA11 5NR

Call back in the Angel for refreshments before or after

Check out:-

{photographs on this page} ‘’In my view this is the best waterfalls walk in Great Britain. Having walked to many of the fabulous waterfalls in Northern England including High Force in Teesdale, the Ingleton waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales and the best of the Lake District and also some iconic Scotland ones such as Eas a Chual Aluinn, Falls of Glomach and Grey Mare's Tail I can speak with some experience.. ‘’ {quote from the above website}

After walking this so many times myself, including jumping in the river in the summer, I totally agree – THESE WATERFALLS ARE NOT TO BE MISSED

ABERDARE in the Cynon Valley is called the Queen of the Valleys and the Centre of the South Wales Valleys.

Our Property is:- 3 mins away from Aberdare Town by car, and 3 bus-stops {Bus stops right outside} from Aberdare Train Station {Aberdare train station runs trains regularly to Cardiff., connections from Cardiff to all over the country}

Large Snooker Club 25 yards down the same road

Turkish Restaurant, Takeaways/ convenience store, post office, Pharmacy, Doctor, Church, Pubs, Club, Hairdresser, Betting shop, Motor spares, Repair garage all local – within a few mins walk.

Right opposite Aberdare Railway station is a State of the Art Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool, with separate children’s and diving pool., plus a massive slide that takes you outside and brings you back in.

Football fields, running track, a new Skate Park, 3G sports pitch and lots more

{new Athletics Stadium hoping to be built by summer 2017}

Aberdare hosts a few large supermarkets, an Indoor Market Hall., of course McDonalds and Kentucky Fried.

Aberdare Park in Trecynon is 5 mins from us and is a wonderful place for a family day out. Walks, tennis courts, bowling, boats on the massive lake, large children’s play park., outside paddling pool, shop selling snacks and burgers/chips/ices etc

Soft Play Centre, 3 mins from us - CF44 6DA

The Dare Valley Country park is 6 mins from our property.

Interactive Visitor Centre / Café., Countryside walks/trails. Variety of wildlife/birds. Spectacular Views.

Within the Dare Valley Country Park is:-

A Horse-riding Centre which also caters for disabled riders and riders of all ages and capabilities

Ride over the mountains of South Wales and see the views as you’ve never seen them before - 01685 874 961

You can also enjoy laser tag shooting in the Dare Valley Country Park Mixed Terrain Combat Zones - Enquiries: 07780438749

500 acres of countryside, walks, lakes, waterfalls, trails and family fun., with amazing mountain views, all no further than a mile from Aberdare Town Centre

Lots bike trails in our area., fairly flat plus challenging mountain rides.

Dare Valley Cycles - 01685 886797

Bike Park Wales is 20 mins from us - CF48 1YZ

Cynon Valley Indoor and outdoor Bowls Centre with 8 rinks, Restaurant/Carvery/Bar - CF45 4DA 6 mins from us - Excellent Facilities, service and food - 01443 474960



Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

CANCELLATION BY THE HOLIDAYMAKER The Holidaymaker should notify the owner immediately in writing by email to if he/she wishes to cancel the Booking. The cancellation only takes effect when the owner has received written confirmation from the Holidaymaker. {Ok by email} If the booking is cancelled after the deposit {1st Payment} has been paid none of that amount shall be refunded. If the Booking is cancelled after the balance {2ND payment} of the Rental Charge becomes payable, i.e. less than 50 days before the arrival date, 25% of the whole amount shall be refunded provided the cancellation is more than 30 days before the arrival date. After 30 days before the arrival date no refund will be given on the cancellation of a Booking by the Holidaymaker. However the security deposit of £100 will be repaid. This agreement shall be binding on, and enure to the benefit of, the parties to this agreement and their respective personal representatives and successors, and references to any party shall include that party's personal representatives and successors.
Therefore the owners strongly recommend the holidaymaker to take out an insurance policy to cover the cost of the holiday against reasons for cancellation and against accidental damage.
The maximum number of guest is limited to six persons. This is with the exception of 2 very small children or baby in a cot, which would be arranged with the owner so that a travel cot, or a small blow up bed cot for an older infant could be provided. Either of these would be provided free of charge with the holidaymaker providing bed linen and towels. Damage Policy:-You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay whether accidental or deliberate. This property requires a three night MINIMUM STAY. Stays of under 5 nights add £50 to shown quote. We can't be responsible for damage or theft to property {bikes} left in lock-up

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.