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Painscastle near Hay-on-Wye, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay (Ref. 927636)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing

12 Customer Reviews

  • "We booked the cottage because of its size and location and more particularly because of its eclectic, homely appearance."

    We were delighted with every aspect. We had glorious weather for the first half of the week, one rainy dai and several overcast though warm days. However, this was far from a disappointment as we got to view the area in different ways. Its proximity to Hay on Wye was good and I found the town to be delightful. With specific regard to the cottage, the decor and personal effects made it feel extremely homely and comfortable. We would recommend it highly and hope to visit again.

    Reviewed by CarolAug 2019

  • "A lovely retreat in the welsh hills, beautiful views and a very comfortable cottage."

    More than enough space for the eight of us! Not far into hay on wye and literally out the back of the property are the Begwyns and lovely views of the beacon beacons.

    Reviewed by KerrynAug 2018

  • "What an amazing place!"

    The photos don't do it justice. Tucked away in the countryside, fantastic views, peaceful and quirky. Spent a weekend here with 5 friends and all had a wonderful time. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by LesleyJun 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage would recommend"

    Reviewed by AlineMay 2018

  • "Firstly we had beautiful weather."

    There were 5 adults and 3 children in our party. The cottage was perfect in every way, large enough for all of us, eating, sitting and sleeping. The position of the cottage was spectacular, the view was magnificent. Plenty to do in surrounding area. Talgarth woods and waterfall a must. Would definitely go again and would certainly recommend. Tolley family.

    Reviewed by SusanMay 2018

  • "The house was very spacious and comfortable and easily accommodated our group of 7 adults."

    Although generally very well equipped there weren't really enough wine glasses or mugs. We loved the area and that we could walk out on the hill from the house. We would all recommend this quirky cottage.

    Reviewed by CatherineApr 2018

  • "Penrheol was wonderfully situated, backing onto the Begwyns and with glorious views from all the rooms of the Black Mountains."

    It was quiet and peaceful, and surrounded by wildlife which made for interesting spotting. The property was spacious enough to accommodate a family of 7 and allow us to be together, in groups or separate as we wished, although we often congregated in the cosy kitchen around the Rayburn. There was plenty of food storage space, with two fridges and a freezer, ample cooking equipment and a much-used washing machine and dryer - home from home, in short. We loved sitting up in bed in the morning with a cuppa and just gazing out at the spectacular views!

    Reviewed by SusanMar 2018

  • "Penrheol was a lovely long house, with stunning views from the doorstep of the Black Mountains."

    Everything was provided in the cottage, with the kitchen becoming the focus at meal times and then everyone relaxing in the lounge with the open fire. Could not find a fault and would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by MattMar 2018

  • "The house was beautiful as was the location."

    It was clean, warm very spacious and comfortably furnished. There were only 3 of us staying although it sleeps 8, even then there would be lots of space for everyone. We couldn't fault it. Our only tiny complaint is that there was no mention in the details of the extremely generous welcome 'goodies' (bread, eggs,welsh cakes, milk, strawberry jam and crisps) and tea towels, washing up liquid, soap in all the basins etc which meant that we took items with us which were unnecessary. (Hardly a criticism!) We had a lovely time exploring the local area then coming back to our fabulous accommodation. Thank you to the owners for letting us stay in their property.

    Reviewed by ChristineMar 2018

  • "The position of the cottage and the views were amazing."

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2017

  • "This cottage is fantastic - amazing views in a beautiful location."

    Clean and tidy. Treats left by hosts. Really enjoyed- came last year and returned this year and did not disappoint

    Reviewed by ElizabethAug 2017

  • "This is a lovely home in a lovely spot."

    We stayed here with two other families and we were all really impressed. Hay on Wye is close by. Our 15 month old daughter loved feeding the horses, we enjoyed having a BBQ and our 8 year old god son liked kicking a football around. It was a very clean and well maintained property. We'd really recommend it.

    Reviewed by TomSep 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 2 x double (one with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC), 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast area (seats 6)
  • Utility
  • Sitting room (seats 7) with woodburning stove
  • Snug with electric fire
  • Conservatory with dining area.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove and electric fire
  • Oil AGA, combi microwave/oven, electric convector hob, fridge, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, pub 2 miles
  • Note: Horses welcome, but outdoor grazing only available
  • Note: The bedrooms and first floor shower room have sloping ceilings
  • Note: Property accessed via a short private lane, and the gateway to the house is narrow, therefore larger vehicles may need to park in the additional parking space situated 25 yards from the front entrance
  • Note: Check-in 4pm.

The property

Painscastle 2.5 miles.

A delightful, traditional detached Welsh longhouse with fabulous views sweeping across the valley to the Black Mountains in the distance, on the edge of the popular National Trust moorland of The Begwns, between the popular villages of Clyro and Painscastle.

This stylish cottage is perfect for families or friends looking to relax in the stunning border countryside of the Welsh Marches.

Set over two floors, there are four light and airy bedrooms, all benefiting from glorious countryside views, including one that has en-suite facilities, and there’s two shower rooms available.

Downstairs there’s a well-equipped, countryside kitchen, with the benefit of a little snug room, a sitting room with cosy woodburner, and a separate dining area in the conservatory, meaning that there’s plenty of light and space for larger groups to be able to relax.

Outside, you can sit in the slightly elevated garden, which sweeps across the cottage’s fields, perfect to enjoy a sunny day’s picnic or simply soak in the beautiful views across to the mountains.

The Begwns, a peaceful undulating heathland that borders the property, offers fabulous walking and horse riding and the chance to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of huge swathes of the Brecon Beacons National Park, including Hay Bluff and the Black Mountains.

Just over two miles in each direction are the pretty villages of Clyro and Painscastle, both benefiting from popular local pubs, and you’re a short 3.5 mile drive from the famous literary town of Hay-on-Wye.

The area offers numerous outdoor activities, such as enjoying days on the River Wye with the chance to go fishing, boating or white water rafting.

Alternatively, perhaps try some local gorge walking, pony trekking, hang gliding or a more sedate round of golf.

Slightly further afield, you are just a 15 mile drive from Builth Wells, home of the Royal Welsh Showground that offers a selection of annual events, and also within driving distance is the popular cathedral city of Hereford.

A perfectly secluded retreat with walks from the doorstep and a number of places to visit in the area.

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About the location


Hay-on-Wye 5.5 miles; Builth Wells 12.5 miles; Hereford 25 miles.

The pretty village of Painscastle lies just five and a half miles from the famous town of Hay-on-Wye, and takes its name from its ancient fortress, where today only large earthworks remain. Standing only three miles from the England/Wales border, the village boasts a charming real ale inn serving good food, and is surrounded by scenic countryside. Under six miles away is the historic market town of Hay-on-Wye. Settled beside the River Wye, it’s renowned for its world-famous Hay Festival of Literature and with its many specialist bookshops, antiques shops, restaurants and cafes, it’s a popular destination for holidaymakers wishing to enjoy the leisure activities and beautiful scenery of the Wye Valley. Builth Wells can be reached within a pleasant drive, and is home to an 18-hole golf course, a pony trekking centre and a selection of amenities, plus each July it plays host to the Royal Welsh Show. The surrounding countryside provides excellent walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing and canoeing opportunities, amongst many more, together with a variety of tourist attractions, including the Black Mountains, The Three Castles Walk, Offa's Dyke pathway, the Mortimer Trail and the lovely walk to Hergest Ridge, which is said to have inspire the music of Elgar. The ancient city of Hereford, the epitome of picturesque England, lies just over half an hour’s drive away, with its magnificent cathedral housing its famous chained library and Mappa Mundi, and medieval bridge set over the winding River Wye. A supremely appealing area, and a perfect year-round holiday destination.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season
  • Christmas