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Unusual places to stay Mid Wales -Padarn's Hut

Make sure your next holiday in Mid Wales is a memorable one by choosing an unusual and unique holiday cottage.

Mid Wales is Wales’ rural gem; encompassed by the Brecon Beacons National Park and bordering the Shropshire Hills AONB, it offers stunning and challenging hill walks, as well as picturesque coastline and bustling market towns to explore within the Ceredigion and Powys regions.

What better way to end each day of exploration than by heading back to your own unique Mid Wales holiday accommodation? From secluded shepherd’s huts to incredible lodges with hot tubs to stunning farmhouse conversions that perfectly blend the traditional with the contemporary; you are sure to find your ideal place to stay.

Discover 8 unusual places to stay in Mid Wales…


1. Mountain View (Ref. 976810), Rhayader

Mountain View

Our first unusual place to stay in Mid Wales is this one-of-a-kind lodge, surrounded by picturesque countryside in the market town of Rhayader.

This charming studio-style accommodation is welcoming with a cosy ambience, perfect for a couple looking to escape the hustle and bustle in the countryside.

The luxurious hot tub makes the most of the pretty views, and provides a relaxing end to a day of exploring Rhayader, home to a selection of tearooms, pubs, restaurants and little boutiques, as well as scenic walks along the River Wye and Elan Valley.


2. Groes Heol (Ref. 1040432), Mallwyd

Groes Heol

This attractive farmhouse conversion can be found in the southern part of the Snowdonia National Park and is a welcoming and unusual retreat for a family or group wanting to get together for a special occasion in the Welsh countryside.

Surrounded by views of the spectacular Aran Mountains and accessed via a private driveway, this spacious property boasts a beautiful farmhouse-style kitchen, a quaint sitting room packed with traditional features such as exposed brick and wooden beams, as well as a charming snug area, should you wish to enjoy a peaceful moment to yourself with a good book.

Head out on foot or bicycle to explore the surrounding countryside, and venture into Mallwyd village, which boasts several wonderful pubs for dining and enjoying a drink or two. The market town of Dolgellau, resting in the foothills of Cader Idris, is also a short drive away with plenty of attractions and things to see and do.


3. Middle Hivron (Ref. 933958), Bleddfa

Middle Hivron

This unique lodge is surrounded by stunning greenery, thanks to its close proximity to Radnor Forest, in the quiet hilly village of Bleddfa.

The idyllic location of this lodge happens to be one of the few places in the UK that doesn’t have light pollution, and you can spend days exploring and discovering the abundance of wildlife that inhabits the area, or sit out on the large decking as you soak up your peaceful surroundings.

Inside this unique property is a spacious and contemporary space with an open-plan living area complete with large dining table for the group to gather around and enjoy a meal together, as well as a delightful open fire to snuggle up in front of at the end of each day.


4.  Padarn’s Hut (Ref. 936278), Llanbadarn Fynydd

Padarn's Hut

Padarn’s Hut is our next unusual place to stay in Mid Wales, offering a secluded and quaint getaway for a couple to relax and reconnect.

This unique shepherd’s hut rests amongst the rolling countryside of Powys, and offers snug, studio-style accommodation for two, with a charming, wood-pannelled interior.

The outside space is equally delightful; not only is the property surrounded by glorious countryside, there is also a delightful hot tub to relax in to add a touch of luxury to your stay.

The centre of Llanbadarn Fynydd is a short walk away, with a shop and a fantastic pub that serves food, while plenty of walking and cycling opportunities are available right from your doorstep, and the Shropshire Hills AONB is within easy reach and definitely worth exploring.


5. Bausley Chapel (Ref. 955735), Halfway House

Bausley Chapel

The unique Bausley Chapel is a converted Methodist chapel, dating back to 1875, set on an acre of land and overlooking the picturesque Wales/Shropshire border.

This unusual property is a wonderful blend of traditional and contemporary features, with several original characteristics, high ceilings, stylish furnishings and a charming log fire, as well as an impressive mezzanine bedroom with super-king-size bed.

Dine alfresco in the garden area as you take in your lovely setting, and be sure to take advantage of the nearby Offa’s Dyke, a National Trail that’s extremely popular with walkers, as well as paying a visit to the impressive medieval Powis Castle and Gardens, cared for by the National Trust.


6. Ty Camlad (Ref. 17187), Churchstoke near Montgomery

Ty Camlad

This magnificent barn conversion is as visually appealing as it is unique. Set on private grounds, adjacent to the owner’s B&B and three acres of land, Ty Camlad is a stunning 16th century detached property, ideal for a romantic getaway.

This quirky cottage has an inviting and contemporary interior, thanks to the warming underfloor heating and woodburning stove, as well as boasting impressive vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling picture windows and uninterrupted views of the Camlad Valley.

Explore the owner’s acres of land, as well as the nearby towns of Churchstoke and Bishop’s Castle. Walkers and cyclists will relish a chance to discover the Shropshire Hills AONB, Offa’s Dyke and the Shropshire Way.


7. Shepherds Rest (Ref. 980067), Llandyssil near Montgomery

Shepherd's Rest

This unique Mid Wales property is a newly built lodge in an isolated, rural location in Llandyssil near Montgomery, close to the Wales/Shropshire border.

Set off a quiet country lane and surrounded by rolling hills, Shepherd’s Rest is a luxurious wooden lodge that’s ideal for a small family or couple wanting a relaxing and tranquil escape to Wales.

The interior of the property is bright and spacious, thanks to an open-plan living space and large bi-fold doors that allow in plenty of natural light. Admire your setting on the decking area outside, where you can enjoy lunch at the picnic bench, while the sun loungers will come in handy on a summer’s day and the hot tub ensures a relaxing end to each day.

Take advantage of the acres of countryside that surrounds the property, as well as being within close proximity to the Offa’s Dyke trail, a 9-hole golf course, plus the historic town of Bishop’s Castle and its host of attractions, including a nature reserve and the House on Crutches Museum.


8. Chapel House (Ref. 1053647), Tycrwyn near Llanfyllin

Chapel House

Our final unusual place to stay in Mid Wales is Chapel House, a charming detached cottage set within the Powys countryside in the village of Tycrwyn near Llanfyllin.

The large garden and peaceful setting makes this a wonderful retreat for a family holiday, while the characterful features such as exposed beams, exposed brickwork and a stone fireplace make this a unique and unforgettable holiday cottage.

Visit the nearby town of Llanfyllin, nestled in the Cain Valley, as well as Lake Vyrnwy and Pistyll Rhaeadr, Wales’ highest waterfall, all of which are within easy reach of this fantastic Mid Wales cottage.


Inspired to book a Welsh holiday with a difference? Take a look at these unusual places to stay in North Wales or these unique places to stay in Pembrokeshire and find your ideal holiday cottage in Wales.

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