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

Bedrooms 3
Space 344 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



Ty Mari

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 in Rhayader or Morrisons or M&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

About the property


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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Gareth Tuckwell
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

About Gareth Tuckwell

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!

Gareth Tuckwell purchased this cottage in 1969

Why Gareth Tuckwell chose Ystrad Meurig

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. The cottages are now owned by our children but Gareth still runs the lettings.

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 47 years, we are still discovering new walks!

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Absolutely lovely. Cosy and warm especially as it was snowing outside one of the days. Very well equipped. Big squishy corner couch and the bed was lovely and comfortable. The log burner effect real flame fire was bliss. Everything we needed. Great walks near by for our two dogs. They had a great time. Parking area just outside the cottage. Garden area is shared with Penroc adjoining cottage, so if you are taking dogs please be aware of this as we could not let ours off in the garden. If you have well behaved dogs that are not nosey like ours, you should be fine. Thank you to the owners for making this available and pet friendly. We had a lovely break.
Apr 2017
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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:


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ystrad Meurig in Ysbyty Ystwyth

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 344 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower head on bath taps. Separate WC and Drying cupboard
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Vi-spring mattress for a great night! USB sockets provided
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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. ( 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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Ty Mari
average rating of 4.611111 based on 22 reviews

Lovely clean cottage with amazing views!!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage itself was beautiful along with the views!! We had a brilliant weekend an the hot weather made it even better, we loved our time at Ty Mari and we will definitely be coming back at some point, many thanks Gareth!

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Christmas 2017

  • 5 of 5

Had a fabulous Christmas in the cottage.Ty Mari is so cosy and comfortable that you never want to leave, love it, love it, love it!! Can't wait for the next visit ☺

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks SO much for your review. We so hoped Christmas would be a special time for you all. Shame the snow did not last long!! All the very best for 2018
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Cozy cottage in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Ty Mari is a quaint cottage in a beautiful rural setting. We enjoyed the comfortable, inviting setting of the cottage. We also were able to take some walks in the area and enjoyed the serenity of the location. The cottage is kept clean and had the amenities we needed for our stay. We also appreciated the friendliness of the groundskeeper. I highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks SO much for taking time to write a review. We so want our guests to have a great time and to enjoy the stunning, largely undiscovered Cambrian mountains. We feel we have stepped off the world when we get there and begin to slow down!
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  • 4 of 5

The cottage is charming and the location is idyllic. Great walks from the door. We walked for hours without seeing anyone. When you do meet people they are very friendly and willing to chat. Would really recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house, amazing location

  • 5 of 5

This place was a real home from home with comfy beds (with electric blankets), loads of board games and big TV/ dvd/ sky. The location is amazing with glorious walks from the doorstep and red kites soaring above in the sky. I look forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lynnville TN

A very cozy cottage, but.......

  • 3 of 5

The cottage is located in a very tranquil area. It is very cozy and is really well equipped. There is plenty of good information supplied with the rental. All in all, it was just what we were looking for. But..... The single beds were awful! A child might not complain, but people, like us, in our 60's need a comfortable bed for a night. A lost night's sleep completely ruins the following day. Please consider investing in some new beds. If this issue has not been raised before, I would be surprised. A good night's sleep should not be a painful experience! Your double bed was not too bad and it's use was rotated by the guests to ensure that, at least one person had a comfortable night.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this review. We are so sorry about your experience. No one has mentioned this before and three guests have asked about our King-sized bed so they can buy the same (Vi-Spring). We sleep in all the beds to check them and had noted the twin beds at the front were not up to standard. We will take action!
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Devil's Bridge
Nearest Ferry
72 Miles
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Nearest Motorway
120 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Devil's Bridge
Nearest Beach
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