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School House

(Ref. 985582)

Builth Wells, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay Show on map


  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Thank you for a lovely stay."

    Thanks for the welcome hamper.We really enjoyed our stay and it was ideal for us as we were competing with lambs at the RWAS winter Fair looking forward as we rebooked to come and stay next year 2024.Thankyou

    Reviewed by Meryl5.0Nov 2023

  • "Spacious and comfortable cottage."

    Road traffic did not disturb us due to thick walls. Great location close to shops but nice and peaceful. Brilliant area for outdoor activities. Only downside was the dire standard of cleanliness A superficial clean had evidently been done but the property was generally very dirty, with thick accumulations of dust and hair underneath and behind furniture, and on other surfaces. It was difficult to clean the property ourselves to an acceptable standard as there was no hoover or mop. We'd have liked to have been able to clean up after ourselves during our stay even if the property had been cleaned properly before we arrived. We did not report these problems during our stay. Reading other reviews of the property highlighting issues with cleanliness suggested to us that it was not likely that the property would be cleaned properly for us anyway. It's a shame the property was so dirty as it was otherwise very good. I would have highly recommended the property if it was clean.

    Reviewed by Lee3.4Oct 2023

  • "A thoroughly enjoyable stay in this beautiful cottage."

    The owner provided a good welcome pack and information regarding sites and the cottage. There were good local shops with good pubs within walking distance that are dog friendly that serve enjoyable. food. Some small criticisms - would have been nice to have some cleaning products and a small vacuum cleaner as the cottage is dog friendly and hair can be an issue. There was a sweeping brush and a dustpan. The garden is a great space for dogs but an adventurous dog can escape through the archway attached to the school and into the school car park next door which is open to the main road. Those with small dogs need to be aware that they can escape to the road under the large gate. I would happily return to this delightful cottage

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Oct 2023

  • "Excellent stay."

    Cottage was as described , excellent welcome pack. A real hidden beauty

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jul 2023

  • "A nice, clean, homely, comfortable, warm cottage with a generous welcoming pack from the owners."

    However, for us personally as dog owners it was completely unsuitable, the garden which was a good size, hadn’t been mown, consequently the grass was literally a foot high, but most importantly there was inadequate fencing, leaving the whole garden open to the main road, as a result our dogs could not enjoy the garden as it was unsafe to let them off the lead. The provision of some garden furniture would have been nice in addition to the picnic bench which was located to the rear of the house in the shade next to the school.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.4May 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay ."

    The house was clean and tidy and verry warm, excellent for us.Many Thanks,

    Reviewed by Meryl5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely house."

    We really enjoyed the kitchen with its rustic table and comfortable sofa. The beds were extremely comfortable with excellent quality bedding. The riverside walk to Builth Wells is delightful especially in autumn with all the gorgeous trees. The school house is solid spacious and very homely and makes a great base for exploring the area. It is right next door to a primary school which surprised me as I thought the house was a converted school whereas it is actually the old headmasters house. It was great to meet the owner who is friendly and helpful. There was a lovely welcome tray when we arrived which was wonderful.

    Reviewed by Nancy4.4Oct 2022

  • "Our second stay in two years, so there is not much to add to my first review."

    Perfect for us and ideally located on outskirts of Builth. Quarry on hill above the house seemed noisier than I remember, but, given the time of year, this wasn't really a problem. Not a lot had changed, except TVs had been upgraded. Comfortable accommodation, but with a rustic, farmhouse feel, (stone/wood floors) so if you are expecting wall-to-wall carpets and hi-tech facilities, you would be better looking elsewhere. Would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Oct 2022

  • "This was a very pleasant holiday accommodation with a welcome pack that exceeded many we have stayed in."

    There was no stinting on basics such as tea towels, washing up liquid and soap in the bathroom. However, the oven and cooker hood didn't work and it was difficult to stop the shower from dripping. A vacuum cleaner or even a broom would have ensured we left the property clean.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.4Sep 2022

  • "What a lovely place!"

    Fabulous house, quiet, clean & well presented. Great place to relax after a long day out sightseeing. Garden fabulous for the dog, but had to keep her on a long lead as gate & fence too open & next to a main road. Well situated for both local facilities & trips further out. We highly recommend this property!

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Sep 2022

  • "Great property for dogs though be careful if you have small dogs as they could get under the gate."

    Lovely river walk across the road and route 8 biker route .

    Reviewed by Lucy3.1Aug 2022

  • "The school house was a lovely property to stay in, lots of extras were provided which makes your break so much easier ie kitchen roll, dishwasher tabs, foil etc aswell as a welcome tray."

    Beds very comfortable, plenty of space for everyone especially the garden, our dogs loved it. Worthing noting though it is enclosed although not secure if you have small dogs, this never caused an issue for us as we were with our dogs whenever they were outside and we wouldnt hesitate to book again. Fantastic property in a beautiful areas with advice from the owners for lots of places to explore. Thanks for a great stay.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Aug 2022

  • "We loved the house and its position, especially the proximity to the river for walking in the evenings."

    There was everything we needed in the house. The only draw back was the garden was not secure for dogs and being close to the road was a worry.

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful property which is just opposite the river and a quaint little church, beautiful!"

    As was the house and garden. I’d love to revisit in the future.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2022

  • "We loved the School House."

    We are a family of 4 with a dog. On arrival there where fresh flowers and a pack of creme eggs which the kids where very grateful for! This property has everything you could need and more. The garden was a lovely space to enjoy the sun. Its a short walk to some lovely shops and the river just across the road. We absolutely loved it here and can't wait to come back.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely chocolate box cottage with rustic charm Great garden and wood for 3 dogs ..."

    Lovely chocolate box cottage with rustic charm Great garden and wood for 3 dogs Excellent wi fi for those cinema nights with Netflix Beds - best night sleep for years Lovely week Walking and eating and resting in lovely surroundings Nearby walks along river Can walk into town and merrily walk home

    Reviewed by Deborah4.7Mar 2022

  • "We had a great stay at the School House, the layout was really dog friendly, bedrooms furnished in a modern and clean way."

    Fantastic boot room area and washing room that was warm enough to dry wet shoes etc. Walking distance from Builth with lovely river walk. Garden was on the whole dog friendly, ours did go under the gate but luckily we were nearby and being a garden we didn't know we wouldn't have left him out there alone. Would definitely recommend this house for families (we were family of 4 + dog).

    Reviewed by Jillian4.7Oct 2021

  • "I was a little disapppointed that we were not able to access the property until 5 pm and that we had to leave at 9 am on the day of departure which we were informed of in the additional Covid-19 note sent to me a few days before we were leaving which caused us some concern as my daughter has ME and an early departure time does have its complications."

    This has been the only holiday home where we have had to leave at this unusually early time. I have been to quite a few since June this year and they have maintained their 3pm to 10 am throughout, especially when you are having to strip the beds etc and we were not aware that the school next door was an active school until after we arrived. This was a bit of a concern due to the noise coming from the school during outdoor activities although we had to work round this especially as we had a couple of dogs. I felt too frightened to let our small dog out into the garden which unfortunately did spoil the house for me somewhat. I would also just say that the property was looking a bit tired and could do with a touch of paint in a few places but other than that it was in a brilliant location and overall the property was nice and comfortable and the beds were so comfortable - really recommend the beds. The area of Mid-Wales was so unbelievably beautiful with so many beautiful nature reserves parks that you would be hard pressed not to enjoy a stay in this area.

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Oct 2021

  • "Enjoyed our stay here, the beds are indeed superbly comfortable."

    The cottage is cosy and the kitchen is a great place to relax with friends around the table. The boot room is so useful for drying coats and shoes and wet dogs etc. Local river walks and a lovely park we all enjoyed

    Reviewed by Martha Rose4.1Oct 2021

  • "The kitchen area was not up to a cleanliness needed the tiled floor was really ..."

    The kitchen area was not up to a cleanliness needed the tiled floor was really dirty not acceptable for children a dreadful fishy smell was there all the time could have been the drain in boot room cupboards smelt inside not a pleasant place to sit at all and the enclosed garden was no such thing our dog could get straight out onto main road so two sides of garden not fenced upstairs was fine comfy beds and nice shower was glad to leave

    Reviewed by Cynthia2.5Sep 2021

  • "This is the second visit to school house, fabulous little set up, very accommodating and a perfect little spot for some lovely walks and visits into the town itself."

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Aug 2021

  • "Every thing you could need was provided, excellent quality mattress made for a brilliant nights sleep"

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay, despite the weather."

    The house was fully equipped, very clean and homely. Philip, the owner, was extremely helpful. The only thing we would say is that the garden is lovely and spacious, we took our small dog with us but needed to keep him on the lead when he went out due to the gaps in the gate. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2021

  • "Had a good week in this nice cottage."

    Weather was very hot and cottage was surprisingly nice and cool downstairs (tiled floors) but hot upstairs Positives - Large rooms, comfy beds, good shower & facilities. Great kitchen & garden. Nice walking distance to the lovely river Wye & town of Builth Wells Minor Negatives - Due to heat had to have windows open at night and the noise from the local Quarry and traffic from adjacent road adversely affected my sleep. In normal welsh weather conditions this may not have have been a problem. Rear bedroom door would not close and needs easing & adjusting

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great location and surrounding area’s."

    Ideal for walking and nature lovers. Pubs & shops within a short walk. The river wye is directly across the road with a wooded walk through which is delightful. The house is very well equipped with everything you need. All the beds are super comfy with excellent quality mattresses. We found everything was spotlessly clean. Owner communication was really good with recommendations on places to visit if you need. The garden is very large and really well enclosed, we have a golden retriever but there are some gaps which small dogs could get through. The road is a busy one outside but although I say that we didn’t really notice the traffic much at all. We would really recommend this cottage and we would definitely return again.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jun 2021

  • "We arrived expecting to see a nice clean cottage but this was not to be."

    The bedding had not been ironed. The towels were marked and smelt. The cottage was unacceptably dirty. The shower broke while showering. The frying pan and baking sheet was unusable The floors were dirty. I had to wash the towels before use and went out to buy floor cleaner and washed the floors. The shower was mended the next day and the offer of different towels. Our holiday was reined because of all these problems.

    Reviewed by Jane1.9Jun 2021

  • "Perfect location for us."

    This property is located over the bridge from the main town of Builth Wells very close to the Showground. The local Co-operative/petrol station is within easy walking distance (under 10 mins) and the main town only a little further over the bridge. Lovely park in town which runs along the River Wye. Another nice walk, also along the River Wye, just over the road from the property, behind the church. The house is located right next to a Primary school (used to be the headmaster's home), but other than that, it is away from other properties. Quiet, apart from a little road traffic noise, which died down at night anyway. The property is quite old and has a farmhouse feel, with large kitchen with wood burning stove, stone/wood floorboards and rush type mats. Heating (oil) excellent and we didn't need to use stove at all. Tumble drier is provided (not spin drier as described) and washing machine - both in a little outhouse accessed from a "boot room", the latter being extremely useful for hanging up wet anoraks, rubbing down dogs etc. The garden is quite large with a fairly steep slope and essentially rough grass. It is fenced, although I would not go so far as to call it dog proof, as much of it is post and rail, easily penetrated by smaller dogs. Nice area for doggy games though. Appreciated the little touches, such as the tea and milk provided, and the owner, Philip, was very friendly and lives quite close, so was always available if there were any minor problems or queries. A very enjoyable stay and I would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Oct 2020

  • "School house is beautiful."

    Beds are so comfy, has everything you need to cook/clean. Garden is huge. My dogs enjoyed running about in the garden. Had a wonderful week there with plenty of places to go. Builth Wells is a lovely little town to walk into.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2020

  • "Although towels are provided for the shower cublcle could do with a shower mat."

    Bit slippery. Otherwise everything else ok.

    Reviewed by Terence4.7Jul 2020

  • "The School House was a beautiful cottage."

    It was spotlessly clean and the welcome pack was gratefully received. The WiFi works perfectly anywhere in the cottage. The sofas in the living room were so comfortable to relax on in the evening. The kitchen was very well designed and had everything needed to cook up a feast. The massive bed was so comfortable and we slept like babies every night we were there. If you bring your dog there is a beautiful dog walk across the road which takes you along the river. Will definitely be back and would recommend to everyone SANDRA (BIRMINGHAM)

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2020

  • "The house was perfect!"

    Clean and welcoming. It was a lovely touch that along with some essentials we were left a box of chocolates. We couldn't fault anything at all. We had the best stay and would recommend to anyone!

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Dec 2019

  • "Just returned from a fantastic family holiday, house was full of character and charm, immaculately clean and decorated to a high standard, it was so warm and cosy."

    Friendly owners left a lovely welcome pack and lots of essentials which made for a comfortable stay. Walking distance to the beautiful town of Builth Wells, with its great pubs, restaurants and quaint shops, great base for exploring mid and South Wales. We hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2019

  • "On arrival at the School House, we were delighted with the spacious kitchen with its comfy sofa and cosy log burner."

    We appreciated the thoughtful touches of fresh flowers and tea, coffee, milk and Welsh cakes. We were very happy with the rest of the house too. The beds were extremely comfortable and the shower was just right. These issues can make or break a holiday; here they definitely made it. The house felt very loved and the layout really worked. We found the location to be excellent as there were a variety of places to visit all within easy reach. Builth Wells is pleasant and the walk along the river is lovely. Philip, the owner, emailed us before the holiday with extra information about the house and area, and then after. This was also very much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Oct 2019

  • "Loved the cottage."

    Well stocked, clean, comfortable

    Reviewed by Grace5.0Oct 2019

  • "We enjoyed a very relaxing and comfortable holiday in a 'home from home' that was spotlessly clean and complete with all mod-cons and included all of those little everyday items that you don't really think about, but are incredibly useful."

    School House is a delightfully tasteful and cosy holiday home. The owners were on-hand to welcome us on arrival and happy to give us any assistance that we required. Equally importantly, they were happy to leave us alone to just 'get on with it', but the offer of help was always there. Thank-you so much for a much-needed, restful break!

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Jun 2019

  • "Warm, cosy and very comfortabl with lots of character."

    Beds exceptionally comfortable and the two double beds were huge. Kitchen very spacious. Our dog enjoyed the garden but the gap under the gate, close to the main road, meant it wasn’t completely secure. Views across to the mountains. Would definitely recommend and go again.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Apr 2019

  • "Excellent location for touring."

    Lovely house with very comfortable beds. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Jan 2019

  • "Every thing was as described."

    Lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Sep 2018

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and felt at home almost immediately, location ..."

    The cottage was very comfortable and felt at home almost immediately, location was good, but think the garden could do with a bit of talc, and all though there was a table and benches, these were in the shade and to heavy to move, some garden cheers would have been nice

    Reviewed by Michael3.8Aug 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x super king-size zip/link (can be twins on request), 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan kitchen, dining and sitting area (for 5 people) with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room.
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed garden with furniture, and BBQ
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Two well behaved dogs welcome
  • Shop and pub 15 minute walk.

The property

School House is a characterful cottage placed just outside of the lovely Powys market town of Builth Wells.

Surrounded by marvellous outdoor opportunities and stunning scenery, this is a fine spot to bring together your loved ones for a break in Mid Wales.

When you're not out exploring this wonderful region, put your feet up in the warming, traditional-style living areas on the ground floor.

The sitting room comes with snug leather seating for the group to relax on, while the period kitchen/diner benefits from a quieter sitting area including a stunning woodburning stove for the chillier evenings.

Enjoy your meals around the rustic, wooden dining table after a delicious meal has been prepared in the charming kitchen, amply appointed and lined with fresh cream-coloured units for a pleasant effect.

Head upstairs to discover three comfortable bedrooms, two of which provide flexible zip/link beds for adaptable accommodation, with the other hosting a single bed perfect for a child or an extra guest.

The bedrooms share access to a delightful shower room.

In the summer months, take a seat in the enclosed garden with an ice cold drink and a BBQ on the go.

The property boarders the Royal Welsh showground which hosts events throughout the year, it is a picturesque location which allows easy access to so many local attractions.

There is even handy lockable storage for your bikes to be kept.

Lovely Builth Wells can be reached by foot, this market town benefits from a choice of fine spots to enjoy a tasty meal or a relaxing drink, you can also enjoy the challenging 18-hole golf course.

This is a superb location for making the most of the activities available in the area, idyllic walking and cycling can be enjoyed throughout the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons) which sits within easy reach.

Slightly further afield are the gorgeous Shropshire Hills AONB, here you can also find the fabulous towns of Knighton, Bishop's Castle and more.

Base your Mid Wales break at this enticing Builth Wells cottage.

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About the location


  • Llandrindod Wells 8 miles
  • Hay-on-Wye 10 miles
  • Brecon Beacons 22 miles
  • Elan Valley 22 miles

The market town of Builth Wells (Welsh spelling: Llanfair-ym-Muallt) is located in beautiful, unspoilt countryside and makes an interesting base for a Mid-Wales break. Home to interesting craft stores and many collectors’ fairs, this is also the ideal location for walking, pony trekking and mountain biking. The town offers a challenging 18 hole golf course, a sports centre, and the Wyeside Arts Centre, which includes a cinema as well as many live shows. Across the River Wye lies the Royal Welsh Showground, home to the famous Royal Welsh Show, which brings an explosion of colour to the town every July, along with many other events taking place throughout the year. With the spa town of Llandrindod Wells just 8 miles away, and the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and spectacular Black Mountains within easy reach, this wonderful location is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts or those just wishing to relax amidst wonderful scenery. Builth Wells is an excellent base offering a gateway into Wales.