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“Wonderful!” 5 of 5 stars
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Trallwm Forest Cottages
Abergwesyn | Trallwm Forest Lodge, Llanwrtyd Wells LD5 4TS, Wales   |  
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Launceston, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

Having read one of the reviews on here I was a bit worried as we had already booked 'Tawny Owl' for a week - however we found it to be perfect! We were aware this was a working woodland so expected some disruption - but during the whole week we actually saw one land rover go past! Apart from that (and two people on mountain bikes) we didn't see another soul – it was perfect isolation and peace.
There is no TV reception - a real blessing we didn’t miss it at all. The children actually played outside and made camps in the woods, we walked miles, the area is outstandingly beautiful. The mountain roads compare with the lake district – but with no people!! We drove the Devils Staircase and took the mountain road to Aberystwyth – highly recommended.
I already miss my morning coffee outside, overlooking the forest and the mountains from the cottage in perfect isolation with only the birds for company. If you want to get away from it all and find some peace and solitude – this is the place to be.
The cottage itself is well equipped, clean and comfortable. If there was a down side it would be the midges – take insect repellent!
This is a fantastic base for exploring Mid Wales – I had no idea the area was so beautiful – a well kept secret. See photo’s attached 

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Thoroughly recommend the cottage, charming and well fitted, no phone reception or internet access so no excuse not to relax. No DAB reception but we enjoyed the cricket throught through Sky connection. The location is beautiful, being sited in the woods next to a stream. You can walk from here or drive out to find others, we did both. All are worth it, go to the tea rooms and watch the birds feeding whilst recovering after a good walk. Suggest all have sufficient anti mozzy cream!
Imagine it will be very cozy in the winter, we couldn't find an excuse to light the stove!
We will be back.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

This is our third visit to trallwm and we love it. We first stayed at the siskin in march 2010 which is a cottage which accommadates two people and dogs which was great for us as we took along our dog alfie.Siskin is really well equipped with everything you need. There is a lovely log burning stove that is great to snuggle up to on cold nights.We have just returned from our second stay at the nant gareg which accommadates four people and dogs also,great cottage very well equipped we love it.Now to the location its our little bit of heaven if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle its the place for you. Total peace and tranquility! If you enjoy bike riding, mountaing biking,walking, bird watching or totally doing nothing its the perfect holiday or short break. Trallwm have got a forest cafe which serve yummy chocolate and lemon drizzle cake which we frequented quite often as our kids could'nt get enough of it! very friendly staff .helpfull if you have any questions about the local area.So what more can i say great location perfect cottages top holiday.
Lee Whittall family West midlands

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011

The cottage was in a great location for accessing places for days out and provide you with exciting mountain bike trails BUT the cottage came with a lot of problems.

Firstly, the forest the cottages are situated in, one big demolition sight. Right behind our cottage, (Tawny Owl) all we could hear was the forest being destroyed and machinery coming and going past our doorstep. (See photos) So the peace and quiet that we were expecting didn't come. Also the poor forest looked a state where the diggers had been working and wildlife was rather hard to find as a result.
We then had the unfortunate pleasure of meeting Christine, the owners mother, which we found to be lacking customer service skills considerably. She was rude, short and unfriendly and we felt very awkward when trying to acquire information about trail routes. The owner Mary, well when we did see her, just looked and walked away, like she wasn't interested in speaking to us at all. We would have liked an introduction and a friendly face and chat.
The cottage was left for us in a dusty, cobweb state, not pleasant at all. The toilet was disgusting and to top it off there was a family of mice living above the bedrooms. When we tried to get to sleep, they constantly were chewing and running around above our heads.

We thought the cottage had so much potential but because of the problems above, left us feeling glad to be leaving :(

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Trallwm, Owner at Trallwm Forest Cottages, responded to this review, August 6, 2011
We are very upset to read these comments. The cottages are certainly not situated in ‘one big demolition site’. The cottages are actually situated in a family run 400 acre private working woodland with an abundance of wildlife, as commented on by a countless number of guests in our visitor books.

We always describe this as a working forest and it is managed to a plan approved by the Forestry Commission and the Forestry Stewardship Council. It is a first generation forest planted in 1967 with a view to providing a utilisable crop of timber. Thinning has been carried out at 5 yearly intervals since it was 20 years old. The stand in front of Tawny owl has twice won a gold medal in the conifer class Royal Welsh Show Woodlands Competition. 100 years ago timber was extracted by horse, 50 years ago by chainsaw and tractor winch and currently we rely on Harvesters and Forwarders. Over the next 10 years the forest will be restocked both by planting and natural regeneration. The comment ‘the poor forest looked a state’ is absurd, considering the woodland is an award winning forest.

I am sorry you did not get the peace and quiet you wanted. The guests who stayed before you commented in the visitor book – ‘We thought Siskin was good last year but Tawny owl is even quieter’.

There is an abundance of wildlife at Trallwm Forest Cottages, the guests who stayed before you commented in the visitor book –‘we have seen Red Kite, Raven, Buzzard, Redstart, Flycatchers, Siskins, Jays, Male and Female Greater spotted Woodpeckers, Green Woodpeckers, Grey wagtail, Male and Female Chaffinch, Dippers, Wood warblers…’

I’m sorry I didn’t formally introduce myself, I did wave and say hello. As you can understand we have 8 holiday cottages, a café, mountain bike trails and we were building a new playground area so I was probably a bit rushed off my feet. Also you mentioned in the visitor book that you spoke to George who you found ‘pleasant and friendly’ (as written in the visitors book).Our business is very much a family business where we all pitch in together.

I apologise you found the cottage in a poor state, this is rare to our usually high standards and this will be addressed immediately.

Our holiday cottages have been operating for over 30 years, with most of our guests being returning customers.

Kind Regards
Mary and family
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2010

Stayed here in November 2009. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Its a great location if you want peace & quiet plus beautiful surroundings. Perfect for walkers and dog lovers. The cottage was just perfect. We particularly like the wood burner in the living room. On our arrival there was a lovely romantic hamper waiting for us, this was arranged with our hosts Harri & Mary. Fabulous place, great location, you have to see it. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2010

A very comfortable cottage, bright, warm and clean. A perfect base for exploring the stunning countryside on the doorstep. The trails and bridlepaths are great to walk with some breathtaking views from the higher ground. The cottages all seemed well positioned to enjoy a sociable family trip or to get some much needed peace and quiet. Siskin was in a lovely spot with private garden area. It was great to know the owners were near and have the visitors centre if needed but even greater to hardly see another person for the whole week. Definately booking again and will recommend to all our friends.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wales
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2010

We stayed at Trallwm with our toddler & baby, and 2 other couples with their little ones. It was good to find a 3 bedroomed cottage so we could all be together for the weekend. We went for walks in the daytime & enjoyed chatting in the evening by the woodburner. We'll definitely be back again & recommend to other friends. Even our little 13 week old baby managed to sleep through one night! Must've been the country air.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Abergwesyn | Trallwm Forest Lodge, Llanwrtyd Wells LD5 4TS, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Llanwrtyd Wells
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Llanwrtyd Wells
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Trallwm Forest Cottages Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales - Powys

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