2 (off peak)
Hafod-y-Blodau is a charming self-catering converted barn in mid-Wales. Its name loosely translates into "summer dwelling in the flower meadow", capturing the essence of this lovely property perfectly. Panoramic views over the Irfon Valley towards the Cambrian Mountains give way to spectacular starry displays at night. Just over three miles from Builth Wells, the cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is great for couples or families and dogs are also welcome.
Builth Wells is a busy rural market town with a variety of amenities. Its history is long and impressive. Llewelyn the Great, the last Welsh Prince of Wales, lost his life fighting for independence two miles away across the river Irfon. A monument to mark the site where he fought and fell stands in the nearby village of Cilmeri. Builth hosts the Royal Welsh Showground, where The largest agricultural show in Britain is held each July. Stroll around The Groe Park and over the Georgian Wye Bridge that crosses the river after which it is named. Go shopping for antiques and homewares, or pull up a chair at a cafe and tuck into a slab of cake and a pot of tea. Alternative places to visit include Llandrindod Wells, Hay-on-Wye, and Brecon.
From the cottage you can walk in the surrounding woodland and on to the open hillside. Powys is renowned for the beauty of its landscape there are endless miles of footpaths, bridleways and byways for exploring on foot, horseback or by bicycle or mountain bike. Equipment hire and guided tours are readily available for guests who don't want to go it alone. The Brecon Beacons National Park is only a few miles south of Hafod-y-Blodau, while the dramatic scenery of the Elan Valley is a few miles north. You are also within reach of the seaside town of Aberystwyth leaving you in no danger of running out of places to explore. The owners can arrange fishing on a two mile double bank beat of the river Irfon, whilst other activities to enjoy include kayaking and paddleboarding on the River Wye, climbing, caving, wild swimming and outdoor pursuits like clay pigeon shooting.
Holiday bookings are available all year round to give you a welcoming bolthole where you can escape and unwind, uninterrupted by schedules, bustle, or the other irritations of modern-day living.
Rosalind Nutting joined Independent Cottages in October 2021
Hafod-y-Blodau is a traditional cottage with accommodation spread over two levels.
Outside: The cottage has an enclosed garden with parking. There's a shed for storage of wood for the log burner, outdoor furniture and barbecue.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, fuel for the wood burner, bed linen and bath towels are included. Children and well-behaved pets are welcome. Guests are asked to smoke outside.
Star Rating: 4 Star
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