Cottage in Llangadfan, Welshpool, Mid Wales - Peaceful Rural Location, Walking, Biking Off Road, Canoeing, Fishing, Bird Watching From The Door
Dolpebyll means place of tents, rumour has it Henry Tudor camped here on his way to the battle of Bosworth 1485 and Beudy in Welsh means calf-house. Now a beautifully converted barn to make a cosy cottage, full of character yet contemporary. It has its own tree-lined drive and is on the far side of the artists studios, separated by a dry stone wall covered in roses. Situated on the banks of the river Banwy, surrounded by 5 acres garden and river meadow, with an abundance of trees and wild life. 1 mile from Llangadfan on the A458, 16 miles from Welshpool and 22 miles from Machynlleth, once the capital of Wales a market town. In Machynlleth there is the tabernacle an art centre where there are changing exhibitions and in the last week of August a music festival, cafes abound and every Wednesday there is a market day. There are several festivals in Machynlleth, the comedy festival in May and the Victor Hara festival in the summer It has a sports centre many unique shops and nearby is C.A.T, the centre of Alternative Energy.Two beautiful towns are Dolgellau and Montgomery also 22 miles away.Near to Dolgellau is Cadair Idris (3000ft mountain). There are footpaths, biking and fishing from the door and mountains, sea and cultural venues within 1/2-1 hours by car.Beudy is private with its own approach, garden and river meadow. We have fishing rights on 400 metres of double bank, 400 metres of single bank fishing.Beudy is 1 mile from Cann Office Hotel (dates back to the 14th century) where they serve fantastic food. In the last week of June there is the Cann music festival which goes on for two days and is folk, jazz and contemporary music. There is a restaurant just outside of the village called the Dyffryn which has excellent food.Llanfaircaereinion is 7 miles away and has a unique cafe, open on special days called the 3 Drops where you can get champagne and homemade chocolates, lunch and evening meals, or a delicious cappuccino and opposite is the library,In Llanfaircaereinion there is a sports centre, a health centre and dentist.If you like knitting there is the Colinette yarns factory and shop internationally renowned where you can purchase unique hand dyed wool, silk yarn etc. The little Llanfaircaereinion steam train goes to Welshpool where there is Powys Castle which is worth a visit for its gardens, castle and tea rooms. Welshpool is 18 miles away from us and has a market on Mondays a sports centre called the flash and canal rides.There is a farm shop at the Derwen garden centre, just outside Welshpool which is also famous for its plants and trees. Newtown is about 20 miles away and has the Memorial Davies centre and cafe and bookshop,renowned for it's contemporary exhibitions.In memory of the Davies sisters who were innovators , collecting early on impressionist paintings, sculptures and this significant collection is now housed in the National Museum Cardiff. They were advised by their governess's boyfriend who was an artist and so in the collection are Cezannes, Monets, Manets, etc.They lived in Gregynog, a large house outside Newtown where there is the Gregynog music festival at the end of June.
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About the Owner
Shani and Stephen West are artists (Shani as Shani Rhys James). We have lived at Dolpebyll since 1984 since our children were very tiny. We moved to Dolpebyll after leaving art school in London. We created a life for ourselves as artists in the country side and renovated the house and barns and converted the cottage in 2001. We love our 5 acres of river and fields and consider mid-Wales the most idyllic setting. Shani has become an important welsh artist, even receiving an MBE for services to Welsh art and Stephen has worked for many years promoting other artists through galleries and public art organisations. Shani's next shows will be in London and Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Stephen's last show 'Love Dogs' was at Machynlleth Museum of Modern Art and will show in Oriel Glyn y Weddw soon.
Guestbook comments from the owner
April 2011 we have had a wonderful five days-castles, lakes, gorges, mines and waterfalls and that was just on the first day! The cottage is perfect with a magnificent backdrop-the boys all loved the river and mini beaches up stream. A truly magnificent time maybe even life changing-thanks Shani! Henley on Thames.
August 2010 just what the doctor ordered after a very busy year for our family. The cottage is a perfect base for exploring this part of wales and snowdonia. We had a couple of days kayaking on lake vrnwy and the national white water centre at bala and will definitely bring our boats again. We recommend the local cann office hotel for its food. The local lamb steak was delicious and the service friendly. I hope all subsequent visitors have as relaxed a time as we have had!, Essex
April 2010, this was one of the best holidays we have had with the breath-taking views and the gorgeous cottage; not to mention the local experiences like the Penny Falls in Barmouth, York.
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We arrived late afternoon to this beautiful idyllic little cottage. It was so quiet & peaceful, it felt like a retreat. We spent 3 nights here, it was warm & cosy, especially once we'd mastered the wood burner. It's very well appointed with equipment. It reminded us of a gite in France the exception being the Welsh weather, really nicely decorated. The atmosphere was one of calm. We really didn't want to leave & although a short break we felt as though our batteries had been recharged fully. Shani & Steven were attentive, friendly hosts. We hope to go back.
From the Owner
“We had stayed at Shani's parents smallholding nearby as students at Saint Martins art school London and when we had children we decided to give them a country childhood. Llangadfan is as remote from the city as you can get, it is a small community with a strong sense of togetherness and culture. It is a small-scale farming area with traditional methods and crafts still remaining. It is also an area where many artists come to live and there are very good cultural venues,music festivals, galleries, theatres and national institutions. The property is an old farm complex with beautiful old stone buildings which were unrestored at the time of buying and it is set in its own land with the river Banwy flowing past. We came here to paint and sculpt and turned the 100 foot barn into two studios.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
By special arrangement stone carving sculpture workshops led by Stephen West are available for small groups - stone and tuition and tools provided and mid-day meal. Stephen received a first-class honors degree from St Martins School of Art and Masters degree from Royal College of Art London. He has exhibited widely. Prices by arrangement with owners. Local trails Mountain-bike guiding with Anton West.
30 miles to Ynys Las sand-dunes, nature reserve and beach (40 minutes drive) or 32 miles to Aberdovey seaside town and harbour and many more beaches and dunes as you go up the coast.
Nearest airports are Liverpool or Manchester about 88 miles or 1 3/4 to 2 hours drive. Trains from Midlands or London via Shrewsbury to Welshpool 16 miles or 20 minutes drive. Taxis from Welshpool station or we may be able to meet you by special arrangement. Use of car is recommended although its fine to be without a car if you get food delivered from Graig Farm - local organic and whole food suppliers - or Asda deliver. 1 mile to village shop and cafe and local pub with food. Occasional buses.
Nearest pub and restaurant Cann Office Hotel 1 mile. Nearest small town is Llanfair Caereinion with tapas bar and chocolaterie, cafe, library, steam railway terminus and chip shop at 7 miles. Nearest town is Welshpool 16 miles, which also has Powys Castle and gardens and tea room and park, Llanfair Light Railway terminus, indoor market hall, canal, museum and usual supermarkets. Fishing or canoeing from the door. 3000ft mountain Cadair Idris 20 miles. Lake Vyrnwy sailing, bike hire 10 miles
In Llangadfan we have pub, cafe/shop, car repair. Nearest shops, small supermrkets and banks Llanfair Caereinion 7 miles. Nearest restaurants Cann Office Hotel 1 mile, The Dyffryn 1.5 miles, Brigands Inn in Mallwyd 7 miles, Dylanwad Da in Dolgellau 22 miles, Wynstay Arms in Machynlleth 22 miles. Market day in Machynlleth Wednesdays with mountain bike shop and trails + Centre for Alternative Technology and Museum of Modern Art Wales. Coarse fishing at Bluebell Woods 3 miles. Carriage driving and biking in Dyffryn Forest 3 miles. Arts Centres/theatres in Aberystwyth (40 miles) or Newtown (20 miles)
- Booking Notes:
We require a 25% deposit to confirm a booking and the balance 1 month before your holiday, we have prices for weekend breaks, 3 or 4 days or week holidays which usually run Saturday to Saturday. (see below). You may pay by sending a cheque or by BACS international transfer or by bank transfer in the UK.
Saturday changeover, guests are asked to leave by 10am to give time for thorough cleaning before new guests arrival at 3pm. Other days or times by special arrangement. Generally we can't change the changeover days in peak times July and August.
Notes on prices:
Prices given are for full weeks Saturday to Saturday. Generally shorter breaks are charged at 50% for 2 nights, 65% for 3 nights and 80% for 4 nights. 5 or 6 night stays are charged at the full rate.
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From the Owner
“The benefits are the River Banwy with its fishing rights and abundant wildlife and birds abound. The peace, quiet and seclusion of a farmstead a mile from the village and the access to the moors round about and snowdonia and the coast not far away. The Cann Office Hotel a mile away, the best pub in neighbourhood and in walking distance. The cottage is the end of a long stone barn renovated and having central heating, wood burning stove, washing machine, clothes dryer TV, DVD, CD player and wifi internet access Local activities include, mountain bike tracks across the valley, Glyndwer's Way footpaths from the door. Lake Vrnwy is 12 miles away and is good for cycling around.Here there is a sculpture park and a birdwatching hide. Also there are cafes around the lake and canoe hire.”
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- children welcome
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Upstairs bathroom with cast iron Victorian-style bath, a Velux window set in a pitched ceiling, basin and WC with wooden seat and a wooden painted stencilled floor. Downstairs shower-room with large walk-in shower, basin and WC and stencilled floor.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 in 3 Bedrooms a double, twin and a single Notes on bedrooms: Cottage styled bedrooms. Bedroom 1 with new king size double bed, chest of drawers, mirror, built in wardrobe. Bedroom 2, 2 antique iron framed single beds, built in wardrobe, chest of drawers. Bedroom 3 single, built in wardrobe, chest of drawers
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Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: The bedrooms are cosy and quaint with pitched roofs and beams, quilted patchwork coverlets. They are well-appointed and light and have wardrobes, chests-of-drawers, mirrors and side lights for the beds. Wooden floors throughout. The little bedroom has a Velux window and is loved by children because it has little furniture as well as large. Upstairs is the bathroom off the twin bedroom, a short step across the hall to the other 2 bedrooms. So it is suitable for either a family with 2/3 children, two beds being in one room, and the little single bedroom is next to the parents double room. Or it could be for 4 to 5 adults, or just a couple wanting a romantic weekend and using the spare rooms for dressing rooms. Each room has a built in cupboard or wardrobe. Ground floor shower room. Downstairs is light and airy open-plan with two light oak beams and decorated with original works of art. A large arched window faces east from the dining area views of morning sun and bird-table. Outside: The property is set in its own grounds of 5 acres. Beudy has exclusive use of the river meadow(one and a half acres beside the Banwy) and garden overlooking the river and river meadow and drive. It is very secluded and private from the owners property and guests are welcome to fish on the 400 metre of double bank fishing and 400 metres of single bank fishing. Outside the property there is a garden with flowers, small fruit tees and lilacs The slate paved area has two stone steps up to a little grassed bank. There is a slate and cobble path winding round the house to the garden, a dry stone wall covered in rambling roses divides the cottage from the owners' courtyard. The garden has a bank and access to the river meadow and river surrounded by a circle of ancient trees. Outside there are table and chairs, garden benches, love seat and barbecue and a lockable shed, the old goose shed, for bikes or canoes (let us know if you need this) There are badgers, otters, herons, hares and birds. Utility Room: Between the downstairs shower, bathroom there is a built in washing machine, dryer and airing cupboard. A large cupboard under the stairs contains all the cleaning equipment, iron, ironing board, hoover, broom, mop etc and coat hooks. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed Linen supplied, beds already made up on arrival. Tea towels, table cloth and napkins supplied, towels on request. Cottage cleaned thoroughly every change over by professional cleaner, sheets changed once a week. Floors mopped and vacuumed each week. Other: The cottage is part of a 100 foot barn, divided by a dry stone wall from the artists owners studios. It is full of character, light colored oak beams, stencilled painted stairs and bathroom floor, a mixture of antique and modern. Cosy yet light and airy.