Thank you Karen for a fabulous week at your beautiful cottage. It is in such a quiet location and we loved waking up to the sounds of just sheep bleating, birds twittering and red kites calling. There are stunning views across the valley from the bedroom windows. A dead tree in the field opposite is a favourite perch for a pair of red kites and it was wonderful to watch them swooping around.
The weather was kind to us most days and we enjoyed breakfast and evening drinks on the little terrace in the garden. The cottage is up a narrow but quiet country lane and we only met oncoming cars three times in the week so its not a problem.
The cottage is well furnished, homely and comfortable. With a Rayburn in the kitchen and a wood burning stove and open fire in the sitting/dining room its very cosy in the cooler evenings. The staircase is quite steep so not great for anyone with mobility issues. The rooms are all good sizes - surprising for a cottage! There isn't any WiFi but two of us were fine with 4G via Vodafone. The BT internet signal was non existent in the cottage and most of the surrounding area. The kitchen is well stocked with all utensils/pots/china etc that you need.
Gwarcae is well located for visiting the Elan Valley and Rhayader - both just minutes away in the car. We had some lovely walks and bike rides around the reservoirs, into Rhayader and along the River Wye; we also visited Grigin Red Kite Feeding Centre, Hay on Wye (wonderful stationery shop called Bartrums) and Powis Castle (a National Trust property so had to be booked ahead).
Overall, it was a wonderful holiday and we cannot wait to go back.
We spent a week at Gwarcae cottage. The location was perfect, surrounded by beautiful countryside and walks. The cottage had everything we needed and felt like a home away from home. We would definitely return.
Family of four, greatly enjoyed our week staying in Gwarcae
We found the cottage comfortable and plenty spacious for us as three bedrooms was a bonus
I enjoyed using the Rayburn and keeping it going all week for hot water and occasionally cooking with it. Also enjoyed having the real fireplace and plentiful supply of logs in the barn.
We found the nearby lanes, paths and bridleways absolutely perfect to get out and take in the views, admire the many Red Kites flying around.
I found the location a perfect base for mountain biking (note: there are some challenging climbs around here!)
Local town of Rhayader pleasantly surprised us with enough local shops, pubs, a restaurant and coffee shops. Good bike shop was a bonus and we liked the sweet shop / coffee shop too! Worth a day walking around and going down to the riverside walks.
Elan village is picture postcard quaint with sheep wondering around the preserved buildings, a nice riverside walk and tea & cakes at the visitor centre - right on your doorstep from Gwarcae.
We also had a fab time pony trekking at the nearby riding centre (within walking distance)
Not many downsides really - if you’re expecting a modern villa with ensuits in every bedroom, air conditioning a pool and WiFi satellite tv you shouldn’t be considering this destination, however if you want to de-stress in a virtually silent rural cottage surrounded by sheep and welsh valleys then book here!
Negatives: steep stairs, teenager complaints no WiFi (we got 4G on EE so got around that easily), narrow lane makes driving a little nervous but we never met any oncoming traffic as it’s a dead end lane, bin bags need to be taken to end of lane. These are not complaints just part of the character of a properly rural cottage.
Had great stay with friends. This place have everything you could possibly need for peaceful and relaxing holiday. Keen to come back here in winter.