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The Searle Lounge is cosy yet spacious with dining for four.
Vulcan Lodge - Searle
Searle Lounge
Searle kitchen
Dine in Style
The Searle's stylish Bedroom
Lots of Space
Drift from bed to garden on warm summer days!
Rhayader: market town and gateway to the Elan Valley
Mountain Bike Centre, Rhayader
Penycareg dam after rain
The beauty of Penycarreg Lake
Castle Mound, Rhayader
Winter Sun from Rhayader Bridge
Sledging in the Park
Rhayader by Nature
Waterfall in Rhayader
The splendour of autumn in the Elan Valley
Carreg Du Reservoir
Canoe on the Wye in Rhayader
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Llanwrthwl, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Wales

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442Steve
Wellington,United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Even better the 2nd time around”
Reviewed August 30, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

This was our second visit to the Vulcan Lodge following our previous stay in September 2012 (see prior review). What was especially pleasing was the fact that the minor issue that I had commented on during our first stay had been acted apon and that there were now gates in situ in the garden which meant we could relax when the dogs were outside with us.
Having enjoyed recommended drives from the guide provided we re-visited one route and also took the scenic route to Aberystwyth which as promised was absolutly stunning.
The accomodation was again to a high standard and my wife commented on the high quality of the laundry facilities which we believe are an addition from our last stay.
Overall I have nothing but praise for the Vulcan Lodge and will be planning another visit in 2014

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Liked best: Quality accomidation
Liked least: Nothing really
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Sep 15, 2013
We were very pleased to welcome you back to the Searle cottage in Vulcan Lodge. I'm glad you appreciated the addition of the gates and the laundry unit. Thank you for posting such a positive response about your visit. We look forward to seeing you and your wife - an of course the dogs - again at some time in the future.
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Cazzy62
Newbury, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Marvellous Mid-Wales Property”
Reviewed August 28, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

We have just returned from a four night stay at Searle. This is a spacious, modern, clean and comfortable holiday accommodation. We concur with everything that the previous reviews suggest. The welcome pack including a bottle of wine and Welsh cakes was a lovely touch as were the fresh flowers. The outside garden area is usefully fenced in though our dog managed to get out through the gas tank area, she only wandered into the caravan club park at the back. Through a gate at the back of the plot and a short way down a track there is a stile and path to the banks of the river Wye. We found a lovely and quite challenging local walk from Llanwrthwl Turn and plenty of other walking opportunities within a short drive. In all the standard of this property, the scenic location and the attention to detail mark this out as a special place to stay.

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Liked best: Spotless, spacious and the extra little details.
Liked least: Next to the A470, when sitting outside traffic noise could be a bit of an issue perhaps at busy times.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Aug 30, 2013
Thank you for posting such a positive appraisal of our Searle cottage. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. The area certainly has a wonderful variety of walks to choose from and to suit all requirements. As far as the gap in the fencing is concerned I'm on the case! We look forward to seeing you again some time in the future should you choose to visit us again.

Elaine Zamroz
Owner
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
Reviewed June 27, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

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Liked best: Being able to have the freedom to do what you wanted to do.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 12, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review the Searle. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and in particular the Searle cottage. We very much look forward to seeing you again at some time in the future.
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed April 16, 2013 for a stay in April 2013

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Liked best: The kitchen
Liked least: Wireless internet only allowed two devices to be linked (we have two iPhones and an iPad between us)
Traveling group: Young Children
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Management Response
Apr 17, 2013
Thank you so much for posting a comment about your stay with us recently. We are very pleased indeed that you enjoyed your stay. You are right - in warmer weather it is a beautiful place to be. We know that we are very lucky to live in such a lovely part of Wales and we enjoy sharing its beauty with our guests. Thank you again for taking the time to comment on your stay with us.
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Sheila B
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
1 review
“Very Very Good”
Reviewed March 11, 2013 for a stay in January 2013

If one is looking for a friendly good accommodation in a beautifyl area this is for you. The shop by the cottages was very well stocked and the benefit of having a cafe close means that you do not have to cook if you do not wish to. Plus beautiful scenery, good area for walking and the setting of the cottages is excellent.

Would certainly stay stay there again.

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Liked best: Friendly, cosy atmosphere, staff very friendly
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
Mar 16, 2013
We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us in the Searle cottage. You are right: it is a very beautiful part of the world and we are lucky to be able to live here. We are always pleased to share the natural beauty with our guests and doubly pleased when they express a wish to return at some point. Thank you for taking the time to review the Searle cottage on TripAdvisor.
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Kazza8865
Newquay, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful Christmas Stay”
Reviewed January 2, 2013 for a stay in December 2012

We arrived late afternoon on Christmas eve, we were given a a lovely cup of coffee in the cafe which is part of the facilities here. The owner arrived about 5 mins later and took us over to the cottage which was warm and inviting. We were thrilled to see that a Christmas tree and fairy lights had been put up in the beautiful inglenook fire place.
The cottage had everything that you will need and all of excellent quality. It is clean and very well maintained and we felt very comfortable there right through the Christmas week.
We had our small dog with us and felt happy to let her out in the gardens which have gates to ensure she couldn't escape, although we did watch her just in case she decided to explore this beautiful area.
Whilst there was no signal at all for 02 network there is full and free wifi throughout the cottage so it wasn't a problem for us to communicate with home.
It is set in a beautiful area with plenty of walks and lots of information is placed in the cottage about the area. We took a trip to Aberystwyth which is about 40 miles away and saw some amazing scenery on the way.
We also tried a couple of the pubs in Rhaydar which were very friendly with good food and drinks at a reasonable price. Local Indian was nice but no delivery service but only 3 miles away so not a problem.
Overall we had a fabulous stay and felt welcome by the owner and all staff in the nearby facilities. This is a well priced cottage stay and great value for money as it has been fitted out with quality contents and attention to detail.
We definitely intend on staying here again!

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Liked best: The cosy feel to the cottage and cleanliness
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 4, 2013
we are really pleased you had such a lovely Christmas especially since it was the first time you had been away for this festive season. It is very kind of you to post such positive comments. I'm glad the gates worked! We have only recently added these as a previous guest with 2 dogs had advised it would be a good idea.

As you say, the area has some outstandingly beautiful scenery and it seems the adverse weather did not spoil your enjoyment!

I hope you will be able to visit again some time in the future and in the meantime we wish you both a healthy and happy New Year.
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442Steve
Wellington,United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Excellent accommodation - highly recommended for visiting mid Wales”
Reviewed September 9, 2012 for a stay in September 2012

Excellent accommodation at least as good or better than shown on the website.
Spacious and well equipped modern utilities including Wi-Fi and 3D TV.
Location is convenient for trips to nearby towns and attractions including Rhayader , Elan Valley and coastal resort areas such as Aberystwyth and Borth.
We also used one of the excellent guides provided by the hosts for a recommended route to Machynlleth taking the mountain route and stopping at Llyn Clywedog for some breathtaking views.
Our one minor niggle was the lack of gates at the cottage entrances but fortunately our dogs did not feel the need to venture beyond the garden.
Overall we would highly recommend staying at the Vulcan Lodge

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Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
Oct 12, 2012
Thank you for your very positive comments about the Searle cottage. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return visit next year. I am glad you found the scenic drives information useful. We really do have some spectacular scenery around us.

It was helpful to get your advice about looking at pet safety and we are now doing this. Perhaps something like a child guard on the entrance door would be beneficial - especially in the warmer weather when guests may want to leave the entrance door open.

Thank you again for taking the time to review our Searle Cottage.

Elaine
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