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Self - Catering Cottages With Stunning Welsh Mountain Views - Ty Mari



Updated: 22-Oct-2016
Cwmystwyth, Nr. Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales SY23 4AD - Peace At Last! Away From It All In A Walkers Paradise And Yet Only A Short Drive To The Sea

These attractive possibly 17th Century cottages are seventeen miles inland from Aberystwyth along a mountain road and although off the beaten track there are neighbours so there is not complete isolation. The Ystwyth valley is one of the RSPB's successful breeding sites for red kites and there is fishing, and pony trekking nearby along with wonderful cycle tracks. Sandy beaches are just over half an hour away and there is a narrow gauge railway from Devil's Bridge to Aberystwyth. The area is one of the most beautiful in mid-Wales and there are glorious walks along by the river with spectacular waterfalls at times. The river is just three minutes walk from the cottages. Devil's Bridge Falls, three miles from the village is a famous tourist attraction. The cottages are cosy and extremely comfortable at all times of year. A detached heated garden room for those staying in Ty Mari has glorious views. Family games in front of the fire, or sitting in the window seat with a good book and red kites circling overhead soon recharge the batteries. Heating is night storage but the gas-burning stoves make each cottage warm enough even in deep winter and are lovely to sit around. The windows are double-glazed and furnishings are to a high standard. Downstairs there is one large room in each cottage with a kitchen area along one wall, a dining area and a cosy living area around a stove. There is a good selection of books, puzzles and games in both cottages. The local store at Pontrhydygroes sells essentials. Newspapers and alcohol are on sale in Devil's Bridge Easter to October and in Ponterwyd through the winter months..

For both cottages sheets and towels are changed weekly at your request and they are fully serviced on your departure. The garden area is shared between the two cottages, Ty Mari's front door leads onto a track between cottages off the mountain road.

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Details for holiday cottage Ty Mari, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 1 Bathroom

There are 3 bedrooms upstairs, one with a double bed (Vi-Spring mattress), and two with twin beds. Duvets, pillows, blankets, sheets and towels are provided. One bathroom with bath and separate WC. Drying cupboard. The kitchen is well-equipped to include a washer/dryer, microwave, twin oven cooker and ceramic hob. A four drawer freezer means fewer trips to the excellent Spar at Rhayader or Morrison's at Aberystwyth. The store room has the freezer and microwave, Sebo cleaner and room to store food and drink. The open plan living room has a dining area by a picture window and window seat. There is a very comfy leather sofa that seats 5 adjacent to the fire (Vermont gas) with a low table for games and papers. The Samsung 42 inch T.V also has Sky and DVD player. There is a wonderful selection of DVDs, books, games and puzzles to enjoy too. The staircase is open plan. Landline UK phone calls (as on property website) included as is unlimited internet. All heating and lighting included.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We live in Kent but our heart lies in Cwmystwyth! We visit as often as we can and love our two adjoining cottages as if they were our own permanent homes. Ty Mari has been in the family since 1969. We have steadily improved it over the years.

Penroc has been in the wider family since 1974. In 2006 it was completely refurbished and extended to include a large balcony and panoramic living area below. There is a soundproofed intercommunicating door between the cottages.

We have full lives and just love to go to these cottages to unwind and enjoy complete 'away from it all' peace. Four generations of our large family have enjoyed the cottages too!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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Dec 2015
  • 1 of 3

6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


beautiful cottage in lovely location

  • 5 of 5

We spent here 4 days end of the August. The cottage is clean and have everything you need. It is set in beautiful location with great walks nearby.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful 3 night stay in this cottage which is in a middle of a valley. All but half a dozen cars came through the village each day which made it a lovey quite area. Just up the mountain road was elan valley dams & opposite way was Devils bridge. Cottage had everything needed to make stay very comfortable. Even the caretaker "Alan" rang to see if we are ok & had everything. Would recommend & will definitely be booking up again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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it was a beautiful warm cottage

  • 4 of 5

The cottage had everything we needed, and we could tell that the owners had gone to a lot of trouble to ensure visitors needs were adequately met. It was very homely and comfortable. My only small gripe was the single mattress being a little hard for me, but other than that it was perfect.

We would definitely return again.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very cosy

  • 4 of 5

Very cosy, a welcome retreat from snow flurries and hailstorms!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Warm, comfortable and well-placed

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for us - a group of friends catching up at the end of the winter. Well-placed for exploring the valley on foot, and following the river down from the plateau through the wooded gorges and old mine workings. We spent the evenings cooking big meals and working our way through the film library. The cottage is really well-equipped, a lovely place to relax, and the sun pours in across the big kitchen table. It's very well organised, from the labels on the plugs to the documentation and getting the key. The neighbours are nice, and The Miner's Arms and the cafe in Pont-Rhyd-y-Groes were favourites too.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wunderschönes, liebevoll eingerichtetes Haus in spektakulärer Landschaft

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt, auch durch das freundliche Willkommen-heißen der Nachbarn. Viele schöne Wanderungen in unmittelbarer Umgebung, sorgfältig ausgearbeitete Beschreibungen stehen zur Verfügung. Die Küche ist mit allem ausgestattet was man zum kochen benötigt. Auch bei Regenwetter kann man sich im Haus gut aufhalten.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

In 1969 Gareth's mother was dying and had £2000 to leave to her 2 sons. Amazingly we were able to buy Ty Mari for that amount and have been improving the property year by year. Gareth bought his brother's share in 1984 and together we were able to take out a mortgage and buy the adjoining cottage in 2006. Having a large family, we thought it best to open up sound-proofed door so the cottages now interconnect internally. That works brilliantly and the cottages are let separately or as one, when 10 people can stay in comfort. We feel better as soon as we start the 4 1/2 hour drive from Kent to Cwmystwyth! The sheer beauty and 'away from it all' peace of the Ystwyth valley is so restoring. After 44 years, we are still discovering new walks!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Cardiff at 100 Miles Nearest Barpub : Devil's Bridge at 4 Miles Nearest Ferry : Fishguard at 72 Miles Nearest Train : Aberystwyth at 17 Miles Nearest Motorway : M4 at 120 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Devil's Bridge at 4 Miles Nearest Beach : Borth at 19 Miles Car: necessary


Borth is the most popular sandy bathing beach and is 35-40 minutes drive away. The property website has a video of the coastline and details of other beaches nearby. The famous Elan Valley reservoirs are about 20 minutes drive away and offer wonderful picnic areas and walks


A car is essential. Nearest airport is Bristol, 2 3/4 hr drive away. 21/2 hours driving time from M4 at Severn Bridge


Aberystwyth 17 Miles. Rhayader 14 Miles. Devil's Bridge narrow gauge railway 3 miles. Elan Valley 10 miles.

Further Details:

Some of the many places of interest are listed on the owner's website.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Autumn
29 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter 2017
4 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Full booking details on owner's website. Minimum booking is for 3 nights. PayPal, cheque and online payments accepted. £40 deposit per cottage per week secures the booking and full payment is due 4 weeks before commencement of the holiday. Two well behaved dogs are welcome but the garden fence is not dog proof.

Changeover Day:
Arrivals from 3pm, departures by 10am and changeovers can be on any day apart from during August when it is Saturday to Saturday only.

Notes on prices:
See owner's website for current pricing which also shows discounts when those apply. People booking twice within a calendar year are entitled to 10% discount.

All guestbook entries are recorded on the owner's website: www.welsh-hideaways.co.uk

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The cottages are in the village of Cwmystwyth yet the quietness of the place is overwhelming. Just the sheep and the river down below break the stillness. On a clear night you will probably see more stars than ever before because of the darkness outside and the lack of light pollution. You can walk for miles from the door, climb a hill nearby to see the sea, exercise dogs safely in the surrounding forests, go cycling, riding, fishing or just learn to 'be'! The Garden Room is a wonderful feature for those staying in Ty Mari. A real 'place apart' with heat, comfort and a view to die for! We greatly enjoy having one of the cottages to ourselves and inviting friends to stay in the adjoining cottage. That way we all get some space but also have great times together.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • library
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower head on bath taps. Separate WC Drying cupboard


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, Vi-spring mattress for a great night! USB sockets provided


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: Ty Mari has sole use of the Garden Room. The only shower in each cottage is a hand held attachment to the bath taps and volume is not great. The balcony of Penroc has table and chairs and a breath-taking view over the valley. With internal intercommunicating doors open, the properties provide ideal accommodation for 2 families wanting to holiday together. Photos of every room and the locality are on the owner's website. There is no fence between the garden areas of Ty Mari and Penroc. (www.welsh-hideaways.co.uk) Outside: The garden is shared with Penroc adjoining although each cottage has a defined area. There are sun loungers, a table to eat out and stunning views to enjoy. There is plenty of space to park cars, barbecue or just sit and take in the scenery.

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