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Converted Hill Top Barn With Stunning Views Over Irfon Valley

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Converted Barn/Cottage in Builth Wells, Powys, Wales - Peaceful Rural Spot With Access To Woodland And Open Hill

Hafod-y-Blodau (Hafod) is a self catering holiday cottage 3 ½ miles from Builth Wells, Powys (home of The Royal Welsh Show) in the heart of mid Wales. This delightful converted barn sleeps four in two bedrooms and is perched at the top of a hill at one end of a small farming estate with breathtaking views over the Irfon valley and 20 miles or more into the Cambrian Mountains. A birdwatchers paradise, the house and garden is on a level with the red kites, ravens and buzzards that circle high above the valley. It is surrounded by pasture land and extensive woodlands criss-crossed with footpaths and tracks leading down into fields alongside the River Irfon and behind, up onto open hill land. It is a perfect base for active holidays or peacefully relaxing away from the stresses and strains of every-day life.

Rosalind Nutting
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Builth Wells in Cilmery

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • One bathroom, with bath/shower over, handbasin, wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Large Master bedroom with twin beds can be made as double, hand basin. Smaller second bedroom with twin beds can be made as double.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
Notes on accommodation: Accommodation Upstairs Main bedroom - twin beds made as double with hand basin. Second bedroom - twin beds. Bathrooms with over the bath shower basin and w.c. All linen is provided. Downstairs. Large comfortably furnished sitting room, with TV, DVD Player and wood burning stove - (logs provided). French Window giving access to a terrace. Kitchen / dinning room, well equipped, with electric cooker, microwave oven, fridge-freezer, and dishwasher. Night storage and convection heaters to supplement wood stove. Entrance hall with washing machine, ample space for coats and boots. Downstairs w.c. with hand basin. Garden furniture and barbecue stored in the garden shed at the side of the cottage. Outside the cottage is a fenced garden, there is space for parking. Outside: The cottage has a fenced dog proof garden with a terrace on which there is a picnic table, extra picnic chairs, umbrella and BBQ are stored in shed at the side of the cottage. Utility Room: Washing machine in lobby/porch where there is plenty of space for Coats and boots. Separate Downstairs WC with hand basin Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included


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Converted Hill Top Barn With Stunning Views Over Irfon Valley
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

The cottage is in a fantastic location

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was as described and very clean. It had all that was needed for our 2 week stay. The view from the property was to die for and we were especially lucky with the weather. The walking from the cottage gave our dogs more than enough exercise and stimulation.

Unfortunately, 6 days into our holiday the cottage was surrounded by foxhounds and men on quad bikes with guns. The foxhounds were completely out of control and we had great difficulty in keeping them out of the cottage garden. We saw 3 foxes being chased but cannot say if they were caught because they ran out of our sight.

Also the Sennybridge artillery range is within earshot and it was in full use during our stay and we had 2 nights when loud artillery fire went on into the early hours of the morning.

Given these 2 negative points if we had known them before booking we would not have stayed at the cottage. No amount of fantastic views can make up for seeing fox hunting in our back garden. If this isn't a concern then the cottage is a nice place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you liked our cottage and its wonderful views. It was very unfortunate that the end of your holiday was spoiled by coinciding with an infrequent visit by the local farmers hunt. They do not visit more than three times a year and if you wish to return to Hafod I can ring the hunt and make sure the dates do not clash. The north end of the Sennybridge range is not used for firing during the normal course of events, I am afraid the fates conspired and chose the later part of your holiday. I do hope that you will come back to Hafod again when I can check that the circumstances are more favourable.
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Remote, peaceful, comfortable, heaven.

  • 5 of 5

Do not let two and a half miles of single track road put you off. It is more than worth it when you get there. The view speaks for itself, we ventured out twice during our eleven night stray because everything we wanted in our holiday was right there. Comfy beds, nicely furnished, well equiped, plenty of hot water, dishwasher and washing machine and most important plenty of dog walks from the cottage. Our hosts made us welcome and we loved their cottage. Diva the pony who lived next door was a delight.We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb location and views

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location for getting away from it all. Red kites flew above our heads every day. Good walks from the door. Log burner much appreciated and wood provided (great bonus!). Very accommodating owners who allowed our three well behaved dogs. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Special interest holidays:

Builth Wells (3 miles) hosts the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in July and the show ground has many other activities during the year.

Hay on Wye (16 miles) is widely known for its book shops and has a world renowned literary festival at the end of May.

Brecon (16 miles) at the centre of the Brecon Beacons National Park has a Jazz festival in early August.

Rhayader (12 miles) is the gateway to the Elan Valley Dams.(see photos)

Fishing on a privately owned 3 miles stretch of The Irfon River is available by arrangement with the owner.

Extensive tracks through the woodlands which run down to the river can be used for walking or mountain biking.


3 miles from Builth Wells

10 miles from Llandrindod Wells

16 miles from Hay on Wye

16 miles from Brecon

Further Details:

Builth Wells is a small market town, which provides 2 grocery stores, a post office/spar as well as a hardware store, florist, pet shop, library and clothing shops. There are also has a number of browsing gift stores. There are two Petrol stations.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Builth Wells, Wales

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Mid Season
13 Apr 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
20 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
31 Aug 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Autumn Half Term
19 Oct 2018 - 1 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas and New Year
21 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

Booking Notes:
Please check with the owner for availability as the calender is not always up to date, I will answer booking requests by email and attach booking form if dates are available. Dates then reserved until client returns the filled out booking form and deposit to secure booking.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is FRIDAY, except over the Christmas/New Year period which varies depending which day Christmas falls on.

Notes on prices:
From £300 to £450 with low season short breaks at £75 per night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • -1% refund for cancellations more than -1 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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