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Luxury Farmhouse In Wild And Untamed Cambrian Mountains Nr Brecon Beacons



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
Beautiful farmhouse in Rhandirmwyn, Nr. Brecon Beacons, Carmarthenshire, Wales

The house was completely renovated and the adjoining cowshed converted to a luxurious standard using traditional materials in 2010-11. The quality of the conversion has been recognised with it winning the best conversion award in Carmathenshire in 2011. Commensurate with the natural environment, great care has been taken to adopt a sustainable approach to the conversion. The house is heated by a ground source heat pump with underfloor heating throughout. The ground floor had slate flagstones and quarry tiles and the first floor has beautiful oak floor boards. Troedrhiwgelynen is in a spectacular area of countryside – a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and at the heart of the Gwenffrwd-Dinas RSPB bird reserve. Troedrhiwgelynen is ideally located to explore the wild and remote Cambrian mountains - whether by foot, pony trekking (with two centres nearby) or mountain bikes (the Cwm Rhaeadr trail is spectacular).

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are 2 doctors living in London and bringing up a family of four. To renovate a historic property like Troedrhiwgelynen requires a passion for beautiful old buildings and a love of an extremely special area.

My husband Michael is a great researcher and has payed a huge amount of detail to authenticity as well as cutting edge technology. We both love the aesthetic and have taken an uncompromising approach to doing the best just once so that the property is set up to endure and stay beautifully simple and luxurious in the longer term.

I am a farmer's daughter brought up not far from Troedrhiwgelynen and have been very touched by the locals' response to the renovation and the return of Troedrhiwgelynen to its former glory.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"We have just had a luxurious stay away from it all, high in the Cambrian mountains; the views around the property were stunning with autumn colours visible from every window; the nearest neighbours are across the valley and the only sounds are the stream, the birds and the sheep. Wonderfully remote.

The property itself was of the highest quality, right down to the smallest detail; a welcome basket of organic welsh foodstuffs awaited our arrival, handmade soaps were left in the bathrooms; the beds were incredibly comfortable; the kitchen so well equipped that cooking was a pleasure (all herbs needed grew in the trough outside the kitchen window); underfloor heating throughout and a lovely wood-burning stove in the sitting room.

If you need a break from a stressful life, with wonderful walks, this is the place.
Sep 2013
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Fabulous luxury in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Visited with friends - what a total treat to stay in this beautifully renovated cottage. We hadn't visited the area before and were blown away by the tranquility and beauty of the valley. The cottage is fantastically appointed - beautifully decorated and we didn't want for anything during our stay. The perfect combination of total seclusion, peace and luxury! We will definitely all be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely feedback.
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“High class accommodation in idyllic setting”

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent the most fantastic 12 days at this exceptional holiday house in spectacular surroundings and splendid isolation, with our grown up children and 3 young grandsons. It suited all three generations, plenty of activities in the play barn, lots of exciting adventures down at the nearby river and bracing walks up the majestic local mountains and stop offs at local pubs and tea shops for refreshment. We were blessed with brilliant weather and so made full use of the the wonderfully tranquil garden for reading , playing games and just relaxing listening to the birds and the river and wondering at the views.

The house is very spacious and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need especially in the spendid kitchen where all the appliances are of high quality. The next door utility room proved invaluable for washing and drying clothes - playing in rivers can be a very muddy occupation !

Evenings relaxing in front of the wood burning stove in the beautiful sitting room were cosy and peaceful with an unlimited supply of wood in the yard opposite.

All the bedrooms are so tastefully and simply furnished with extremely comfy beds and us grandparents particularly enjoyed our beautifully quiet bedroom and bathroom in the cowshed at one end of the busy house !

The surrounding countryside is stunning, the hegdrows full of wild flowers and it really is a bird watchers paradise with frequent sitings of red kites gliding overhead, buzzards, tits, wagtails tree creepers and we even saw the cuckoo whose call we constantly heard in the garden. Two ponds in the grounds provide yet more interest. No need to venture far from the house to see and hear an abundance of wildlife. An honesty box is also just up the road which is filled daily with delicious fresh farm eggs handy for any meal.

Further afield Llandovery is a lovely little town with all amenities and selling good local produce at the butchers, deli and vegetable market. We had a good trip from there up high into the Brecon Beacons to Llan y fan Fach lake and high ridge with the most spectacular views. Nearer to home the RSPB Dinas reserve is a marvellously varied walk with bird sightings aplenty.

This is the best holiday house we have rented in every way. We would all love to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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northern territory

leave the 21st century behind

  • 5 of 5

As a proud Welshman I have stayed and visited most places in Wales however the Towi Valley is without doubt the prettiest in Wales. The walking is fantastic, you have a choice of hill, mountain, riverside even along the beautiful lanes virtually traffic free. There is an abundance of history and vistas which take your breath away , friendly pubs and locals.

The crowning glory is troedrhiwgelycen, a handsome house which is so beautifully restored, it's charm is overwhelming. As a large family it has been so comfortable and a real home from home as it is so well equipped. The outside space is fantasticfor exexploring whether young or old, the valley and home as made a greatIimpression and I will definately be back oneday.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Hidden away in the wild and beautiful Cambrian Mountains Troedrhiwgelynen was an authentic Welsh farmstead, looking a little sad. but handsome none the less with its beautiful stone work and Georgian windows and occupying a commanding position in an extremely beautiful valley. We bought it at auction from the RSPB and spent 3 years bringing it back to its former glory and on in to the 21st century - a legacy for the future. I was brought up near Llandovery but my husband is equally passionate about the amazing beauty of the Cambrian Mountains and the Beacons.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary


Aberaeron is a beautiful Nash sea side town on the Ceredigion coast line and is 28 miles away (one hour by car). It is a lovely day trip and has gained a reputation as a foodie destination – the Harbour Master is outstanding. The long distance Wales Coast Path also passes through Aberaeron and it is easy to follow the path for a beautiful walk along the coast.


Nearest airport: Cardiff 80 miles, Nearest railway: Llandovery 10 miles. Use of a car is recommended.


The nearest villages are picturesque Rhandirmwyn (4 miles) and Cilycwm (4 miles). The area abounds in places to visit including several national trust properties, beautiful gardens and the outstanding mountains.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn Halfterm
21 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
February Half Term
10 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
8 night minimum stay
Easter Holidays
31 Mar 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
May Halfterm
26 May 2017 - 1 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer Holidays
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please visit our own website for current availability and then email the owner.
The property is pet free as we have a highly allergic child.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Friday but flexibility is possible.

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From the Owner

Troedrhiwgelynen is a magical place to stay. The house has an enduring quality particular to historical dwellings but with luxurious simplicity and top of the range "everything"! It is accessible all year round, off the beacon track enough to be incredibly peaceful but near to the Heart of wales Line, the Beacons, the market town of Llandovery and an hour from beautiful coastline. Best of all it is uncrowded. You can take off from your doorstep on a walk or cycle and literally not bump in to a soul. And yet you will be aware of the farmers gathering their sheep, laying their hedges or making hay. It has a real and living quality about it. There are amazing mountain biking trails, horse trekking, bird watching and walking opportunities - quality family time, fresh air and relaxation.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Television


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs there is luxurious ensuite to the master bedroom with wet room walk in shower, jacuzzi bath and wc Upstairs there is a bathroom with cast iron roll top bath. There is a second wc upstairs.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Downstairs master bedroom with Simon Horn 6ft double bed. Upstairs there are two twin bedrooms and one double bedroom with 5ft beautiful brass bed.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Troedrhiwgelynen is situated at the foot of the Mynydd Mallaen which forms the southern end of the Cambrian Mountains. These mountains lie between the Brecon Beacons to the South East and Snowdonia to the North. This is a wild and remote area. Whilst the main parts of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia are overwhelmed with tourists, Troedrhiwgelynen is an ideal base from which to explore the quieter undiscovered western area of the Brecon Beacons. The seaside is just over an hour away with the beautiful coastal resort of Aberaeron on the Ceredigion coastline with its quiet, secluded beaches, sandy coves, bird, seal and dolphin watching. The Welsh county of Carmarthenshire is known as “The Garden of Wales” and with reason. Attractions in the county include Aberglasney House and Gardens. Spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi valley of Carmarthenshire, Aberglasney features one of the finest gardens in Wales. Outside: The house is located in 12 acres of fields surrounded by an RSPB bird reserve. The views are idealistic. An orchard has been planted in the terraces behind the house with a hammock and bench to enjoy the views from. A beautiful teak table and benches allows for al fresco eating. Two ponds contain a myriad of wildlife. The original rickyard has a large trampoline. Utility Room: There is a separate utility room with top of the range washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave and separate sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Luxurious towels and linen are included and the property is cleaned prior to your arrival. Other: The house has its original outbuildings with a barn used for games including table football and table tennis.

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