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The Courtyard

Gladestry, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay (Ref. 983813)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing

9 Customer Reviews

  • "I spoke to the owner whilst I was at the property about the bed being extremely uncomfortable, far too soft, and creaky."

    He is aware that because of this I was in severe pain throughout and ended up sleeping on the recliner chair in the lounge. The access to the property is bad...there is a very narrow path between the owners building and the surrounding wall so you have to squeeze through the gap to get to the property in the picture. The steps are very steep inside and out. There are cobwebs and dust everywhere, and I had to clean the en-suite before I would use it. If this had been my first Sykes property I would not use the company again, thankfully I have never had a problem before. On a plus...the owner was friendly and helpful with luggage and information about the area.

    Reviewed by HelenMay 2022

  • "Michael was very friendly and helpful, pub down the road served great food, and a wonderful area for exploring and walking."

    Reviewed by KateApr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time at the Courtyard!"

    Our hosts, Michael and Betty are lovely, interesting and very helpful people. We had a delightful and very comfortable week in this exceptionally beautiful area, with lovely days out walking; enjoying the history of the area and the amazing, ancient churches and medieval villages which were a delight to visit. We thoroughly recommend this property and this lovely area.

    Reviewed by PatriciaSep 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a very rural setting."

    Mike and Betty were excellent hosts and it was great to be surrounded by Mike's books for a week. A nice pub in the village and only a 10 minute drive to Kington where you can get any groceries you need. Plenty of local walking and lots of places to visit both sides of the border. Red Kite feeding site a short drive into Wales. Hay on Wye with all its bookshops a half hour drive away and a similar drive to the Historic town of Ludlow. A beautiful part of the country.

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2020

  • "Michael and Betty are very friendly hosts."

    The cottage was lovely just as described. Michael has left laminated instructions in the property, and there are some information leaflets on places to visit. The kitchen was spacious and the cooker was easy to use. Would definitely book the cottage again if holidaying in Wales. The Royal Oak pub is definitely a place to visit.

    Reviewed by JessAug 2020

  • "This converted barn, which is very comfortable & spacious, is in a perfect location for exploring the local area, particularly for hikers."

    There are walks straight from the door and several more only a few minutes drive away. The owners were very welcoming and helpful with information on where to go & what to see (still limited as Lockdown measures were in the early days of being eased). The owners had also provided a useful range of cleaning materials as well as hand sanitiser immediately inside the front door; all very useful for Covid-19 hygiene requirements. The covered area in the courtyard was a bonus as, on hot or damp days & evenings could still enjoy sitting outside.

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2020

  • "We loved our "home from home" holiday cottage in Gladestry."

    Beautiful village, beautiful surroundings and lovely hill walking (such as part of Offa's Dyke Path over Hergest Ridge to Kington). In the village there are no shops, only one pub which served nice meals using local produce. We met a few of the villagers and were invited for coffee a few times. Our hosts, Michael & Betty, were fantastic. Very helpful and informative. Michael mapped us out some walks, and even took us out on a short walk between showers. The Courtyard Barns is a lovely place to stay. Very roomy and comfortable. We would be delighted to return one day (soon). A car is a necessity there, as there are no buses - nearest buses are in Kington.

    Reviewed by EvelynSep 2019

  • "The couple renting out this cottage are new to this and while being very nice and helpfull will need to up there game to compete with other properties near by We felt the ensuite bathroom was to small and very difficult to use."

    The cottage it's self is very dark inside mainly due to the decor. The cottage was comfortable and the courtyard was a nice area to sit and enjoy the sunshine. Wishing them all the best for future bookings.

    Reviewed by MalcolmAug 2018

  • "As the hosts were novices it was early days for them, it was impossible to avoid contact with them due to the fact you had to access the cottage through their property."

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2018

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  • One bedroom: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with electric fire
  • Central heating, electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Lockable storage
  • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 1 mile, shop 5 miles
  • Note: No children allowed at property.

The property

The Courtyard is a delightfully converted barn resting among the wondrous countryside of the Welsh Marches, within the village of Gladestry in Powys.

Its warming interior, beautiful garden and superb countryside location make it a desirable stay for couples seeking that long-awaited cottage holiday.

Upon entering this cosy holiday home, discover its lovely dining table which leads into the spacious yet snug sitting room, this warming layout offers comfortable seating, an enticing electric fire and an impressive library of fascinating books to sit and read at your leisure.

Adjacent to this is the splendid, well-appointed kitchen, lined with fresh wooden units and providing you with a thoughtful welcome pack to sit in front of the TV and enjoy of a night-time.

Admire the fine artwork before taking the stairs to the first floor, here you will find a stunning shower room which sits close to the tranquil double bedroom, enhanced by attractive exposed beams and a convenient en-suite to complete the interior in fine style.

To the back of The Courtyard you will find a glorious enclosed garden, a truly serene spot to deservedly unwind when you're not out trekking the fabulous surrounding countryside.

Gladestry is a welcoming holiday base encompassed by breath-taking countryside to walk or cycle through.There is local pub The Swan 1 mile away in Huntington, and the beautifully scenic The Harp Inn at Old Radnor, just over 2 miles from Gladestry.

This location is fantastic for lovers of the outdoors, as well as the Welsh Marches valleys and the Offa's Dyke Path, you can also easily reach the magnificent Shropshire Hills AONB which also plays host to the capturing market town of Hay-on-Wye with its quaint amenities and castle.

Other popular spots include Leominster, Kington and Llandrindod Wells.

The Courtyard is the base for publisher and bookseller Scorpion Press.You will find on display a selection of signed leather bound first editions, author material and empheria by many famous authors that have published including Dick Francis, Colin Dexter (author of Inspector Morse) Ruth Rendell, Ian Rankin and Bernard Cornwall.

In the lounge are to be found shelves of collectible 1st editions which are offered for sale.Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, book lovers and couples seeking a rural retreat.

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About the location


Kington 6 miles; Hay-on-Wye 10 miles;

Gladestry is a pretty rural village nestled in undulating valleys of the Welsh Marches on the Offa's Dyke Path. Surrounded by popular thriving villages, close to the quaint little market town and centre for walkers, Kington. There are a variety of tourist attractions close by including the Kingswood Small Breed Farm Park and Owl Centre, the pretty blooms at the Hergest Croft Gardens, the Mortimer Trail and not to mention the renowned Offa's Dyke Path. Bradnor Hill, which boasts England’s highest golf course, is close and also within easy reach and well worth a visit is the delightful town of Hay-on-Wye with its numerous book shops, craft and antique shops, canoeing and kayaking, along with hosting the famous Hay Festival during the Spring Bank Holiday. The ancient city of Hereford, with its impressive Norman cathedral and famous Mappa Mundi, a 13th century cartographer's interpretation of the world, offers a great day out. A delightful holiday location to suit all ages and tastes.

Note: This is an adult only property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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