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Self - Catering Cottages With Stunning Welsh Mountain Views - Penroc

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking




Penroc is cosy and comfortable throughout the year. One double bedroom (Vi-Spring mattress) has a balcony for sunbathing! The twin room is equally comfy. Heating is night storage but the gas-burning stove makes the cottage warm enough even in deep winter and is lovely to sit around. The windows are double-glazed and furnishings are to a high standard. For added winter luxury there is underfloor heating. Downstairs there is one large room with a well-equipped kitchen area along one wall with freezer & microwave. There is a spacious sitting area with double-glazed picture windows and a cosy living area around an attractive gas stove. There is a Flat-screen TV, Sky HD FreeSat and DVD player with plenty of prerecorded DVDs to enjoy. A selection of books, puzzles and games are provided as well. Internet is good at around 20Mbps. 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:
22 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

Penroc is the perfect place to relax and really get away from it all. Cosy, warm cottage with all needs catered for.

After our long walks out or visits to local towns and villages we sat and watched the birds or just took in the fantastic view. Even a woodpecker graced us with his presence every day.

Lots of games are supplied, books, jigsaws etc so never short of something to do rather than watch the tv.

All the extra touches and well thought through equipment supplied in the cottage made us feel right at home.

Many thanks
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.


Accommodation and facilities for Penrocin Ystrad Meurig in Ysbyty Ystwyth

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • 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
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
  • The bath tap has an integral shower attachment for hair washing!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • 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. (www.welsh-hideaways.co.uk) Outside: The garden is shared with Penroc adjoining although each cottage has a defined area. There are sun loungers and stunning views to enjoy. There is plenty of space to park cars, barbecue or just sit and take in the scenery. The fencing is not dog proofed!


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average rating of 4.818182 based on 14 reviews

Lovely cottage getaway with everything you could possibly need

  • 4 of 5

The property had everything you needed and was clean and done to a high finish. Both slept really well and could relax on the balcony in complete peace and quiet

  • Review Submitted: 05-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Really well thought out cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Cottage has amazing views and is designed to take full advantage of them. Would expect it to be cosy in the winter. Everything you need is here. Parking a great bonus.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for this review. Yes, with the underfloor heating and the stove alight and the overnight electric blankets you will be warm even when the snow is deep outside!
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Love it!

  • 5 of 5

I love the place. Cottage house magical so is the scenery. I normally spend my holiday quite active traveling all over the places doing as many things as possible- I felt that good in the house that I wasn't bothered going anywhere at all lol. Spend most of the time just relaxing, enjoying the scenery and comfort of the house. Definitely will recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property in a beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

Looking for a place to stayfor three nights at very short notice and were very lucky to find Penroc. Very warm and cosy for a Winter visit and reasonably priced. Would love to visit in the Summer as the setting is beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quiet, well-appointed, dog-friendly get-away in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

Stayed as a family with our dog. Cozy place to stay with lots of lovely local walks on the doorstep, 30 minutes into Aberystwyth to enjoy the coastline as well. The whole area is beautiful and this cottage is a great place to be based. All arrangements were well organised, the cottage is well appointed with the extra little touches like the disk for the dog collar, local information and all the games and DVDs making all the difference to a relaxing holiday. Would be happy to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning location and very comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

Set in a great location, with beautiful scenery and it's very peaceful. There are lots of opportunities for walking and cycling straight outside the cottage. The cottage itself is full of character and is well equipped. We had a very relaxing week here.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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 www.welsh-hideaways.co.uk