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Happy Union Stables

(Ref. 3605)

Abbeycwmhir near Rhayader, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful comfort accommodation in a quiet location situated next door to the local pub which is very welcoming by all the locals and is also ran by the hosts Karen and John who are both and very helpful."

    There is some lovely places to visit around the area this visit was actually our second as stayed in Karen and John's other cottage in September and enjoyed it so much we returned within a few weeks and will definitely return again.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Nov 2023

  • "Perfect place to do some family/clan building!"

    Very quiet.

    Reviewed by Robin5.0Jul 2023

  • "A spacious and very comfortable property with lovely views."

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely and comfortable week's stay in this very clean and well-appointed cottage."

    It is in an extremely pretty situation in a very quiet village with some good local walks and interesting activities such as the Red Kite Feeding Centre at Gigrin Farm and the Elan Valley. We enjoyed a very relaxing week and the family inn next door is very well worth a visit or three!

    Thank you Claire & Chris for your lovely comments. It was our pleasure to host you and we wish you all the best with your own business venture. John & Karen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire & Chris5.0Sep 2022

  • "Very comfortable beds!"

    Several cobwebs lurked, one had huge spider, which spooked the wife! Found it very quiet & peaceful in a lovely setting.

    Reviewed by Rodney4.7Sep 2022

  • "Although the stables were reasonably equipped we found the cooker in a poor state, I think this was due to its age however; we did not use the oven as it was not very clean."

    Would have visited the inn but opening at 8pm was a put off. We got a couple of days with torrential rain but found things to occupy us during this time was limited to puzzles with pieces missing and an old children's game again with pieces missing. We enjoyed our holiday but sorry to say the stables were not for us.

    We are sorry that you were unhappy with some aspects of the cottage. We try to please our guests and will look at the cooker and replace if necessary, though we were not aware of any issues. We are always very thorough with our cleaning regime but seems we fell below the standards expected this time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert3.4Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location well equipped ."

    Plenty of parking at the front with garden furniture but over looked Great sized rooms Disappointed no back garden to enjoy the views A full length mirror would be a great addition Lovely welcome with tea coffee milk and bara brith

    Reviewed by Catherine3.4Jul 2022

  • "Excellent cottage in a beautiful location with great views."

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Jun 2022

  • "A lovely spacious and well equipped property, beautiful setting."

    Owner welcoming and helpful and a real bonus had made us a very tasty cake.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely spacious cottage with everything we needed apart from hair drier for the wives(unless we didn't find it)."

    All in all a lovely break in a beautiful area. Thank you Karen and John The Bara Brith and supplies were much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4May 2022

  • "Quiet , comfortable venue."

    Ample space ( only 2 of us ) . Bara brith and milk plus tea and coffee portions left for us. Delightful view through picture window. The owners small pub next door was also very welcoming. We felt very relaxed and comfortable here for our weeks stay.

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful barn conversion in a lovely little village in Powys."

    The property was exceptionally clean and extremely well equipped, warm and comfortable. Much appreciated bara brith, tea,coffee sugar and milk on arrival. We were aware of slight remoteness so took enough provisions for a couple of days and there is a good sized Tesco and Aldi in Llandrindod Wells. Elan valley was lovely but trails are steep and narrow not suitable for anyone with mobility problems. We really enjoyed the red kite feeding at Gigrin farm (website still advising pre booking). All in all a perfect peaceful getaway. Thank you so much Karen and John for your hospitality.

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a really enjoyable and relaxing time at The Stable cottage."

    It was very warm and comfortable and just sitting and taking in the views was a real tonic. Karen and John ensured every home comfort and the welcome Bara Brith, butter and tea and coffee is a great touch. It's a great base for touring the beautiful surrounding countryside, we didn't want to leave and hope to return again. An absolutely first class cottage.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Oct 2021

  • "An excellent location for us to meet up with our friends."

    The accommodation is rather remote, well it is very remote! We each took different routes into the village, and both wondered where we were heading! The church was being decorated for Harvest Festival when we arrived and the people doing the decorating were very friendly and pointed out some unusual fungi in the churchyard. We knew we might be a long way from shops so had taken food and drink with us so it was fine. The only down side, as mentioned before, was the limited space in the fridge - but we managed. Lovely places to visit - don't miss the Red Kite feeding !

    Reviewed by John4.7Oct 2021

  • "Happy Union Stables was perfect in every respect!"

    The accommodation was extremely comfortable with plenty of storage and all mod cons. John and Karen, the owners were very accommodating and having their pub next door was a bonus. Thank you Karen for the lovely home made Bara Brith and other welcoming goods. Definitely plan to return as even the surrounding area exceeded our expectations including the lovely village of Abbeycwmhir.

    Reviewed by George5.0Jun 2021

  • "Generally well equipped property in beautiful setting."

    Only thing this property lacked was a decent sized fridge and freezer given that it's catering for four people and that the nearest supermarket is a good 12 miles round trip.

    Reviewed by Maldwyn4.7Jun 2021

  • "Lovely quiet place with lots of space ."

    Great place to go walking. Owners nearby in case of any issues. The cottage had everything I needed and it was beautifully clean.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2021

  • "Absolutely loved our stay here - such a relaxing, peaceful place."

    The cottage was clean and comfy and we spend a long time just appreciating the birdsong. Can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by Esther5.0May 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The house was very pleasant adn the open plan living area, and huge window were great. The location is so quiet but within easy reach of good walking and cycling, and the nearby abbey ruins are beautiful. All in all a great holiday. Many thanks

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and the home made loaf was a lovely welcome."

    The area was beautiful with access to great walks and various activities and experiences within easy access.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2020

  • "Yes they provide plenty of towels on your website it doesn't mention this"

    Reviewed by Alan3.8Sep 2020

  • "A delightful place to stay, all the home comforts that you could wish for in beautiful surroundings."

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Aug 2020

  • "A rural location in a friendly village - birdwatchers dream location with kites ..."

    A rural location in a friendly village - birdwatchers dream location with kites and buzzards and many other species - a hidden gem

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2020

  • "Really comfortable stay and everything we could want from a holiday let."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Aug 2020

  • "A perfect place for a get away from it all holiday."

    Beautiful scenery, peaceful hamlet. Ideal for walking. Not too far from local small towns to get provisions. A lovely part of Wales to explore and a great cottage to come back to and relax in. Lovely outdoor space to sit and enjoy the scenery and watch the red kites, swifts and swallows with a glass of wine and a bbq. Perfect.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jul 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage and a wonderful holiday!"

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2020

  • "We've just got back from spending new year at the happy union stables and we were blown away."

    Such a beautiful little villiage and the accommodation was absolutely stunning. Will definitely book again. Thank you so much for your hospitality

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Dec 2019

  • "The Happy Union Stables is a great place to stay, tastefully decorated and comfortable."

    Karen and John are lovely and the cake on our arrival was a welcome touch as we had a very long journey. The pub is welcoming, as are the locals - we bumped into a couple of them in Aberystwyth by chance and they stopped to say hello! Everything for our immediate needs was provided (milk, tea, coffee etc). It is a great base to use to visit other places and Karen and John were mines of useful information with recommendations for places to go. We would certainly recommend the waterfalls at Devil's Bridge (not for the faint-hearted), as well as the steam railway (stunning scenery), the Elan Valley Dams and Reservoirs (magnificent scenery) and, if you want to travel that far, Caernarfon Castle (fantastic and fascinating history) and its surrounding quaint streets are well worth a visit! We were unlucky enough to have bad weather for most of our trip, but it certainly did not spoil our holiday - far from it, it made us think outside the box for places to visit. We would certainly recommend it to others and if we go back to Wales, would certainly visit again.

    Reviewed by Nicole5.0Sep 2019

  • "Situated in a pretty peaceful village, spacious, clean, fully equipped accomodation."

    Locals friendly.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2019

  • "The surrounding area is amazing."

    The walks we took were great. A very peaceful break. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0May 2019

  • "Amazing place, fantastic hosts, idilc location."

    Perfect, would definitely go back. Simba the beautiful, friendly cat that visited was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very welcoming, clean and cozy."

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.4Mar 2019

  • "We had a lovely time at your home and we loved the cake you baked for us!"

    It was a very warm welcome. We are definitely coming back for our next holiday!!

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2018

  • "Really appreciated the cake on arrival - thank you."

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0May 2018

  • "Everything about this holiday cottage was great."

    It was extremely clean and had lots of extra bits in the kitchen that were useful. The pub next door is lovely and very welcoming and our kids loved the pool table. There's loads to do in the area, the Abbey, Hall and church are worth a look around the village and there is a good footpath directly opposite the cottage which is great for a walk or run. If visiting with kids then there's a great play area at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre a short drive away. I would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Feb 2018

  • "Zo laat in het jaar (november) is het belangrijk om voldoende profiel op de autobanden te hebben."

    Het bereik van de mobiele telefoon is minimaal. Houd je van rust, de schoonheid en stilte van de natuur, prachtige sterrenhemelen, vriendelijke hartelijke mensen boek dan Happy Union Cottages!

    Reviewed by Riks5.0Nov 2017

  • "Total chill out property."

    Lovely village & church. Only disappointment was the fact that the pub did not do meals & it was quite a trip up narrow lanes to find a pub that does meals

    Reviewed by Margaret4.8May 2017

  • "The cottage is very clean and well equipped, ideal if two couples are staying together."

    Only drawback is, it's a bit off the main road and it's impossible to buy basics without a 20 minute journey. Lovely woodland walks from the door. Would definitely recommend for a peaceful retreat.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.6Oct 2016

  • "Comfortable cottage amid amazing scenery."

    Visit to the hall ( just over the road ) was really good, and the pub next door was very friendly and just like pubs were 30 years ago. Great !!

    Reviewed by Hugh4.2Sep 2016

  • "We had a lovely stay at Happy Union Stables."

    The owners were very friendly and location was great, very peaceful and tranquil. Also, great hiking routes nearby, Elan Valley was a 30 minute drive away.

    Reviewed by Rabia4.8Aug 2016

  • "Beautiful situation ."

    .. within in easy reach many 'must visits' such as the Rheidol Railway and Elan Valley.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Aug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x family room with 3 singles
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with sofa bed.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with basic satellite, DVD, WiFi
  • Electricity inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair by prior arrangement
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Large enclosed front yard with furniture and views over village and wooded hills
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 5 miles
  • Owner's quiet village inn 30 seconds' walk
  • Note: Superfast WiFi.

The property

A delightful detached barn conversion in the centre of the small, peaceful village of Abbeycwmhir, in the lovely Radnorshire Hills of Mid Wales.

This spacious Wales cottage has been successfully renovated, retaining some original wooden beams and trusses, which combine with contemporary fixtures and fittings to create welcoming, quality accommodation.

Glyndwr's Way national trail and Cycle Route 25 run through the village, both offering beautiful scenery on the doorstep.

A short drive away are the Cambrian Mountains and the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons), which provide even more of a walking challenge.

Enjoy a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway through breathtaking scenery, the beautiful lakes of the Elan Valley or the Red Kite Feeding Station at Rhayader.

At the end of an exciting day, enjoy a quiet drink in the cottage owner's village inn, which is next door.

The perfect Abbeycwmhir cottage, and an ideal location for a relaxing family holiday or romantic break.

Note: This cottage is next door to Ref. 11414, together they sleep 12.

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About the location


Rhayader 6 miles; Llandrindod Wells 10 miles.

Abbeycwmhir ('abbey in the long valley') is a peaceful, picturesque and historic village, which nestles in the lovely Radnorshire Hills and stands on Glyndwr's Way national walking trail. This tranquil village is home to the well known ruins of a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1176, with its local CADW Interpretation Centre, The Hall, an impressive country mansion with lovely gardens, which are all open to the public, and the Happy Union Inn, which is an old fashioned ale house. There is wonderful walking and cycling from the village, with trails and paths meandering their way through woodland and along rivers, or for more challenging terrain, simply drive the short distance to the nearby Cambrian Mountains or the spectacular Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons). Visit Llandrindod Wells, Rhayader or Builth Wells to find a variety of shops, museums, craft centres, pubs, tea rooms and restaurants. Visit the Red Kite Feeding Station at Rhayader, which offers a fantastic opportunity to see these beautiful birds at close range, take a trip to the peaceful Elan Valley Lakes, the Gilfach Nature Reserve or test your nerve at the Phil Price Rally School or the Underhill Farm Horse Riding School. A perfect base for a family holiday or a romantic break in a lovely peaceful location.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas