Welsh stone cottages (2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms) in unspoiled Radnor Forest
Hidden at the top of a secluded valley in mid-Wales, these pretty stone cottages are a lovely place to enjoy a relaxing holiday in unspoiled Welsh border country at any time of the year. Our cottages are in Radnorshire, the least populated area in England and Wales. Great for walking or mountain-biking in the Radnor Forest, or just relaxing in the garden while enjoying the peace and quiet, and freedom from TV and mobiles! Further afield, explore wild Elan Valley (21miles), Offa's Dyke Path at Knighton (11miles), Llandrindod Wells Victorian spa town (14miles), Builth Wells Royal Welsh Show (21miles). Originally a medieval 'hall house', the Old Farmhouse with its 3ft thick stone walls is one of the oldest properties in the area. The Lodge was added in Victorian times as accommodation for grouse hunters. Both cottages have traditional Welsh slate floors, oak beams, and a wood-burning stove. The large shared garden has lovely views across fields to the Radnor Forest beyond.
Details for holiday cottage Lodge Cottage, sleeps 4-6 (2 bedrooms), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate WC
Spacious master bedroom with double bed, lovely south-facing views across valley. Second bedroom with 2 bunk beds. Double futon sofabed in sitting room (sleeps additional 2 people). Upstairs bathroom with electric shower above bath, washbasin, toilet. Second toilet and washbasin up two stairs from sitting room. Sitting room with oak beams, slate floor, woodburning stove (logs included in rent), dining table seating 6 people. Modern kitchen with oven, hobs, fridge with freezer box, toaster, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine. Cottage is heated by electric night storage heaters in sitting room and on upstairs landing (cost included in rent) . Additional convection heaters in each room. Electricity for cooker, hot water, fridge, additional heaters is paid for by putting £1 coins in meter. Picnic table and benches in shared garden. No TV, but there is a CD player/radio, and lots of books and games at the cottage.
Top Traveller Review
perfect week away.
About the Owner
The cottages are owned by siblings Alison Muldal, Chris Lock and Rossy McLaren who inherited the property from their parents, Michael and Averill Lock in about 1995. Although we are all busy working people living in different parts of England, we visit the cottages as often as we can for holidays, and for painting, gardening and 'fixing' sessions. The cottages and garden are well cared for in our absence, by our wonderful local cleaner and gardener.
Guestbook comments from the manager
Julia Jones, Feb 2012
"Seeking Peace and Tranquillity? Look No Further!"
We have stayed at The Lodge Cottage with friends on two occasions and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an antidote to the stresses of modern life! Set in a beautiful location the cottage is cosy and well equipped. There are an abundance of walks in the area for beginners through to experienced hikers! Heavy snow on our last visit transformed the valley into a Winter Wonderland! It was refreshing to see our children away from their phones and games consoles! We have many happy memories of this place and would visit again.
Andrea Allan Apr 2012
We have been going to the Old Farmhouse and Lodge Cottage for 7 years and will continue to go for many years to come. It is easy to book. There is no TV, no reception for mobiles, just peace and quiet. There is a landline if needed. It is at the end of a 2 mile track. It has all the facilities that you need.
4.8 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
We booked both cottages for a family weekend away.
Kids had plenty of space to play inside as well as outside.
They loved running up the small grass patch outside with sheep and horses grazing next door.
Lovely quiet location and a character cottage. We definitely did not miss computer or television. Perfect if you want a getaway to relax and unwind.
perfect week away.
We loved it and would love to return. Isolated in the best way but close enough to the villages. The surroundings are great for walking from your door or spending a day exploring right around the cottages. The house was well equipped and very clean and welcoming. Our small children loved it, and it was perfect for them. Thank you.
We love this cottage
This was our second stay, this time the kids didn't even ask to bring a playstation. The stone living room (with fire) is really the central feature of the property and we had some great nights talking by the fire, singing and relaxing. The walks from the door are easy (ish) and offer access to wonderful countryside from the first step out. Looking forward to more trips in the near future.
A lovely place to stay
We have stayed here with our dogs several times. The house is warm, clean and very practical. The garden is neat and a delight to sit out in to enjoy the fresh air. We go for the walking and peace and quiet - it would be hard to find a quieter and more remote place to stay.
There is a footpath into the forest from the back door and a bridle path from the front. You can stay a week without ever crossing a tarmac road!
The surrounding area is full of old castles, ancient monuments and places to visit.
Its not the place to go if you are addicted to the internet or television but the radio works and there are lots of books to read - either in the warmth of the garden or sitting in front of the blazing log fire.
Bring some bird food if you want to see the nuthatches, tits and masses of other birds.
We were delighted with Lodge Cottage. It is beautifully set and guests' needs are meticulously addressed. Thank you very much for providing such splendid accommodation; we have stayed in many great self-catering properties, but this is the best yet.
Outstanding, as always
We have been visiting Lodge Cottage for around 8 years now and it is definitely our favourite holiday cottage in Wales (we have stayed in many!). The location is perfect - peaceful, with excellent walking straight from the front door. The cottage is just lovely, tastefully decorated and well-maintained, with everything you need for a relaxing break. We stay here more than anywhere else, despite it being less than 60 miles from home. We tend to stay close and walk in the Radnor Forest, with occasional trips out to Knighton for provisions. Wildlife on your doorstep - red kites, hares, deer. We love to sit in the large garden and just observe this beautiful landscape. Don't visit if you are expecting a television, noise and bustle but for those wanting a relaxing holiday in a beautiful historic property this is for you. Just please don't book it when we want to go!
From the Owner
“The Lodge Cottage and Old Farmhouse has been in our family since 1968, when my parents bought the property from the Forestry Commission in order to escape from their busy working lives and civilization. Over the years, we have lovingly renovated the cottages whilst maintaining their traditional features and character, so as to be able to offer other people the chance to stay in well-appointed self-catering holiday accommodation in the delightfully secluded Cwmygerwyn valley.”
Activity and Interests
Walking and mountain-biking trails start from the cottage front door. Or walk the Offa's Dyke National Trail or Glyndwr's Way National Trail at Knighton (9 miles).
Nearest train stations: Llanbister Rd (4 miles), Dolau (4 miles), Knighton (9 miles). There is no public transport to the cottage.
Bleddfa (Bleddfa Centre for the Creative Spirit): 1.5 miles
Knighton (Offa's Dyke Centre): 9 miles
Llandrindod Wells (Victorian spa town): 14 miles
Rhayader and Elan Valley (mountains, reservoirs, spectacular dams): 21 miles
Builth Wells (Royal Welsh Show): 21 miles
Ludlow (castle and historic town): 28 miles
Hay on Wye (literary festival, 2nd hand books): 39 miles
Brecon Beacons: 41 miles
Bleddfa (1.5miles) has good food at the newly renovated and friendly Hundred House Inn. Note: closed for renovation summer 2015 - check website https://hundredhousebleddfa.wordpress.com/ The Bleddfa Centre is a gallery exhibiting work of local artists and craftsmen (closed summer 2015). You will be able to find most things you might need in Knighton (9miles), which has a range of shops including the wonderful Harry Tuffins supermarket, or in Llandrindod Wells (14miles) which has a Tesco supermarket.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
We ask for a £50 deposit for each cottage to confirm the booking, with the balance due 1 month before your stay.
Saturday - for weekly bookings. Arrive after 3pm, and leave by 11am on date of departure. We also take short (minimum 3 nights) mid-week and weekend bookings during off-peak times of year.
Notes on prices:
25% discount on cost of Lodge Cottage rent, if you rent both cottages together.
Rent is reduced by £12 per booking, if you bring all your own bed linen and towels.
Midweek and weekend short breaks - contact owner for price.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room
- Telephone ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- bird watching
- horse riding
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Downstairs toilet and wash basin
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Bunk beds
- Bedroom 1: Large double room with views across fields to the Radnor Forest. Bedroom 2: Small bedroom with 2 bunk beds. Double futon sofabed in living room.
- Garden ...
- Barbecue ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Perfect for larger family groups and friends, the Lodge Cottage and the Old Farmhouse can be connected via the door (normally locked) between the Lodge Cottage sitting room and the Old Farmhouse porch. Sleeps up to 12 when both cottages rented together. Linen and towels for the master bedroom in each cottage are included in the rent. Linen and towels for additional beds charged at £12/double bed, £10/single bed. The spacious lawn in the enclosed garden, makes the cottages perfect for children of all ages. Pets allowed by prior arrangement. Outside: There is a large enclosed lawn shared by both cottages, which is great for children (and dogs) to run around in safely. A little gate takes you out of the garden to a bridleway through several fields and then up into the Radnor Forest. Picnic tables and garden benches have been provided for the use of occupants of both cottages to enjoy the view down the Cwmygerwyn valley, with just ravens, buzzards, and the birds at our feeders for company.