Beautiful countryside and lovely cosy cottage. Friendly owners who lived next door and were always willing to help. The cottage was well heated throughout with large log fire and radiators. Beds very comfortable. Good WIFI connection and phone reception.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage which was extremely well equipped. Our daughter especially enjoyed playing on the trampoline and the swing in the shared garden. Maggie was a fantastic host and the little details in the cottage, such as the rubber duck by the bath, really helped to make our holiday extra special.
The cottage is in situated in a beautiful location and the surrounding scenery is absolutely stunning. We returned home feeling well rested and will definitely return. Thank you, Maggie!
Love the cottage, love the area and owner made us feel very welcome. Great place to stay with beautiful views of the beacons a few minutes away. Lovely log fire for cosy evenings in and all the amenities you need in the cottage for a holiday stay. Elan Valley Trail was stunning and the back roads through Garth, Upper Chapel and Lower Chapel to the Brecon Beacons where amazing. Would definitely come back here, fabulous!
A perfect place in the middle of the nature.
Quiet, with sheeps around the cottage.
Departure of several walks.
The inhabitants of the villages are very nice.
I booked this Llangammarch Wells property a couple of weeks before my stay for a week in February and paid in full. The owner was excellent at replying to messages and the reviews looked good so I was looking forward to a long overdue break.
On arrival (I got lost but that wasn’t the fault of the directions given- for some reason I decided to go left at the post office and not right and my satnav was not co-operating!) the place was clearly worth the very reasonable hiring rates. It was nice to see ecological products provided in the kitchen and bathroom and plenty of high quality, thick towels. It was smaller than the photos suggested but no issues on presentation at all. Very clean throughout and thoughtfully/ simply/ tastefully arranged. Because of my late arrival a pre lit fire in the woodburner was most appreciated! There is central heating, and generous heating settings by the owners, but it was barely needed as the woodburner heated the whole cottage very well.
The garden was good for my two dogs and the views are fab but two small peeves- there is no direct access to the garden from the cottage (you have to go back out of the front door/only entrance, round the side and through a gate, no fun in the middle of the night in the rain when you have two dogs who you have to put on leads- you’re right on the road (quiet though it is) with no drive gates- and who need the loo!) and it was described as enclosed but it isn’t- there’s no gate by the (well stocked, all the wood is free to visitors) woodshed from where you can get your logs and my puppy would have been out of that in a flash so had to keep her on the lead for the entire time we were here once I realised this. In fact she made a break for it three times, which was a little stressful. My older dog was fine, but she’s super obedient and has road sense! Knowing this before I came would have helped and from the pictures it did look like you could get straight into the garden.
The bedrooms are Spartan and not overcluttered with trinkets or cheesy art, which I liked. The bed was extremely comfortable (though a little short- I’m 6 foot and found my feet hanging off the end by morning) and the linens and the duvet of a supreme standard; the pillows especially were top notch. I was not cold once! And in the other room (set up as a twin) there was plenty of storage space in built-in cupboards/ wardrobes- a perfect room for kids. In fact the whole house was simply decorated which suited the cottage well. I had an excellent night’s sleep every night and the bedside lamps were spot on for reading.
There are plenty of books (surprisingly eclectic), games, DVDs, leaflets on what to do and see in the area and so on and a comprehensive folder of cottage guidelines and operating instructions for the appliances. The woodburner was easy to light though without instructions; there weren’t enough firelighters (or newspaper/kindling) for a week but I’d brought my own firelighters and more are easily and cheaply purchasable at the post office-cum-corner shop two minutes away.
In the kitchen there are high quality and clean appliances throughout- from spoons to glasses to pans to the oven, and the filter-kettle is great: I want one! The water is clear and with no taste, just as proper water should be. The water pressure was great (unusual in rural hires.) Could have maybe done with an actual freezer but there was a good sized fridge. Good to see a washing machine, dishwasher, clothes horse and iron/ironing board provided as standard. The rubbish/recycling was clearly explained before I arrived and was in the guidelines folder. As very much an eco-friendly person, this was important to me. The kitchen bin is massive (great for a family staying) and there was a good-sized bin for card/paper/bottles too. Food (not meat) and ashes went in the compost in the garden, which was gratifying to see. The kitchen and bathroom were both amply sized and both had nice and simple blue/teal colour schemes, which were calm but not cold. The shower was excellent.
The lounge was very cosy. The sofa is high quality as is the TV/DVD player, with plenty of channels on the freesat. And having proper wood floors (no laminate here thank you!) made it easy to wipe up dog paw prints. I did keep dog towels down that I’d brought but they kept getting stuck under the door! There was a dustpan and vacuum cleaner but no mop I could find, though I’m sure the owners would have provided one.
There were walks from the door (if you go up the hill there’s a great public footpath about 5 minutes up on the right which takes you on a low key walk across the fields, perfect for those who can’t walk miles and who bring dogs and indeed people of all ages) and the no through road the cottage was on was pretty much quiet and deserted for the week. Parking space is described as for two cars but there was only space for me that week (the one closest to the cottage was considerately left clear), I imagine they’d move one of their vehicles if you hired the place and needed two spaces as they were very friendly hosts but not in your face- and queries were answered fast too! I tended to text as I did not want to bother them by knocking on their door. There are more demanding walks for hikers and so on, again from the door, or from the village, and are described in some depth in the folder. The views on such walks are superb and I took many photos!
Phone reception is surprisingly good though better outside, and the wifi excellent- fast and only disconnected once, but was solved fast by the owners. Apart from on the day you leave, you’d not really need to know the time, but if you are the type to need a clock, take one with you as there are none there, apart from on the microwave that you programme for use (instructions in the folder.) In fact they kindly left my leave time open, which I greatly appreciated.
Though I’d booked the place as a get away to write, work and dog walk, and had not planned many excursions out and about, its location made it perfect for such things, no matter what part of Wales you wanted to go to. Even places in the marches like Leominster and Ludlow were not too far away. I came down from the north of England and noted many places of interest along the way. It was a part of Wales that was new to me (I’d gone through but never stayed) and it did not disappoint. If you prefer eco-friendly and local produce rather than supermarkets, I advise you to stop at Ludlow farm shop if you’re coming from that way first. I stopped at my usual Hawarden Farm Estate Shop as I was coming from the north. There was a Co-op within easy driving distance though, handily combined with a petrol station, and a Tesco and Aldi a little further afield.
The cottage actually adjoins the owners’ home and there’s a (locked) connecting door but it wasn’t a problem.
I am still staggered at the excellent value for money of the place, a real hidden gem, and I am sure the small niggle I had about safe/direct access to the garden would not be an issue to many visitors. Overall I was very pleased with the cottage and would not hesitate to book again if the small area in front of the cottage porch was fenced/gated for extra security for dogs as tbh that was the only issue for me of the entire stay. I was in no hurry to leave at all, and highly recommend this property as it’s one of the best I have stayed in in over 20 years of self-catering in Wales.
This cottage had everything you need it's a lovely place to stay and the owners are lovely , also very helpfully on arrival the log burner was roaring and was as warm as our welcome only down side was we could only stay for 2 nights
Lovely little cottage great place for a base in mid wales so peacfull the owners go out off their way for you i would recommend this cottage nice location lovley garden to relax in.