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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Made extremely welcome, had a lovely comfortable holiday, thank you, hope to see you soon"

    Reviewed by TonyNov 2023

  • "All as described."

    Spacious,cozy and well equipped.stunning location, in easy reach of local attractions.

    Reviewed by JoannaOct 2023

  • "One of the best stay ❤️ Enjoying everything around Very peaceful place ..."

    One of the best stay ❤️ Enjoying everything around Very peaceful place Thank you very much for having us We will be back soon

    Reviewed by DanielOct 2023

  • "Hendre what a lovely bungalow just perfect if you are looking to relax unwind and recharge amazing place."

    It is very spacious, clean and comfortable well equipped with everything needed for a great stay. Ursula met us on arrival showed us around the bungalow and left us with a bottle of Prosecco and wonderful treats made by her daughter Ela. [ thoughtful and very much appreciated}. We arrived late in the evening so to wake up in the morning to the most amazing view from the bungalow looking across the lake was stunning with plenty of wildlife to observe. Ursula and family were very kind and accommodating nothing was to much trouble thank you for a great stay we shall definitely be returning in the future... Barry and Debbie. xx The view from the bungalow over the lake is stunning with much wildlife to

    Reviewed by BarrySep 2023

  • "The bungalow itself far exceeded our expectations and met our every need and our host was always available if anything required and greeted us on arrival."

    The setting it’s in gives an amazing view of the hills and birds that visit the lake. Even with unsettled weather it didn’t take away from the beauty of the setting and the peace it gave. Would certainly visit again.

    Reviewed by KayJun 2023

  • "Cottage in a delightful setting with wonderful bird life We especially enjoyed ..."

    Cottage in a delightful setting with wonderful bird life We especially enjoyed seeing the Kites Cottage comfortable Ursula the host was very welcoming and on hand for any minor issues Would certainly recommend this place if you want a quiet place to enjoy the local area bird and wild life Thanks

    Reviewed by JacquelineJun 2023

  • "This was our second stay at Hendre and we will no doubt be back again in the near future."

    It's such a tranquil stay. The lake is beautiful and the surrounding area and walks are lovely. So much wildlife to appreciate. Ursula is really accommodating without being intrusive - she will welcome you you the cottage (we were generously treated to lovely cakes, flowers and a bottle of bubbly!) and see you off at the end. The cottage itself is so comfortable and spacious, and well-equipped with everything you need. The fireplace is lovely and warm, and plenty of logs are supplied. Definitely worth staying at Hendre!

    Reviewed by AntonyApr 2023

  • "Hendre Is the perfect antidote to the stress of city life."

    It is exactly what we needed, and we thoroughly recommend it to anyone. Ursula and Huw made us feel at home and you can count on them for anything you need. Thanks to them both and we hope to be able to come back soon.

    Reviewed by UlisesApr 2023

  • "A birders Paradise, We stayed at Hendre for 2 weeks and cant wait to go back, the birds in the garden was simply amazing, Dabchicks in the lake, Siskins, Redpolls, Great spotted Woodpeckers on the feeders, we had to keep filling the feeders up because the amount of birds was unbelievable, Red kites and buzzards everywhere in fact if i lived there i would have a Raptor bird table as well, also in the garden was Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, , Sand martins, House martins ,Swallows, Goosanders, In the surrounding area we seen Hen Harriers Male and female nearly every day, Goshawk, Sparrow hawks, Tree pipits, Skylarks, Bullfinch, we couldn't find Ring Ouzel or Merlin but they are in the area and we were a bit early for the Ring Ouzels."

    The Railway pub is a short walk away across a bridge over the River Tanat and then across a field and does excellent food including Vegan also the local shop is very good as well, it was a bit chilly on a nighttime but the Log fire kept us so cozy, we would sit there watching the Bats flying outside the windows. Thanks to Ursula and her family for making our holiday so special, Mark and Emma.

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2023

  • "Problem contacting owner due to no mobile signal available."

    But everything else was first class.

    Reviewed by DavidOct 2022

  • "Fantastic stay in a great place."

    With both me and ma dad having mobility problems the owner was fantastic in helping us settle in including unload the car for us. Can not fault the place, lovely garden and views, very comfy and big beds. nice kitchen. 10/10.

    Reviewed by StuartSep 2022

  • "Met by the owner and showed around ."

    This is far better than a "keysafe" collection for the keys. Property was spotless and comfortable. Perfect place for a peaceful break. Owner was very friendly and helpful throughout. All facilities were used apart from the outside bbq. Left "Hendre" fully rejuvenated after our stay .

    Reviewed by BernardSep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with spectacular views."

    Ursula and Elle have gone to great lengths to furnish and equip Hendre thus ensuring a home from home.

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful holiday time, the place is amazing and very clean with beautiful views."

    Many things to do around the area. We felt very welcome by Ursula the owner. Definitely we'll come back for our next holidays. I highly recommend this place!

    Reviewed by Jorge IvanAug 2022

  • "Such a relaxing holiday, well equipped property in an amazing location."

    Loads of places in the area to visit and then there was the wildlife to watch in the evening as we looked out over the lake to the mountains beyond. Would definetly recommend and would not hesitate to return again. Ursula was very welcoming and helpful and the welcome gift of home made cakes and Prosecco was a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by DoreenAug 2022

  • "A brilliant place with outstanding views over the lake, plenty of bird life, little grebe, moorhen , kingfisher, buzzards etc, saw the tiny frog migration hundreds of minute froglets making their first trek onto land."

    A truly magical place of peace and tranquillity.

    Reviewed by IanJul 2022

  • ""Total bliss - just perfect."

    " Quite simply, the best place we've ever stayed. The kindness and warmth of Ursula is felt throughout Hendre. The location and views are magical and the lake attracts a breathtaking abundance of birds and wildlife. Locally, you can enjoy fabulous food at the Railway Inn or if you fancy using the BBQ, visit Izzy's Butchers in the neighbouring village for exceptionally good meat. We so very much look forward to staying again.

    Reviewed by TraceyJul 2022

  • "We had a very relaxing time , the bungalow has everything you need and more ."

    Ursula was very kind and helpful , we had a bottle of Prosecco and lovely home baked goodies and flowers as a welcome . We can thoroughly recommend Hendry , thank you for a very nice break .

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2022

  • "What an awesome place Hendre is was met by Ursula who was very welcoming and shown around this superb bungalow in a stunning area."

    The property has everything you could wish for size and space cleanliness and with all modern amenities we couldn't have wished for a more peaceful quiet relaxing place. The lake attracts a lot of bird life spotted fly catcher. Woodpecker. Hobby. Swifts. Swallows etc which we loved watching sat out on the patio the views are stunning. The weather was excellent allowing us to do some local walks with stunning scenery. Lake Vyrnwy and Bala Lake are a must we kayaked on both the walks and scenery also stunning. Ken and Susan at the railway Inn very welcoming also. We had a wonderful time at Hendre and would very much like to thank Ursula for a wonderful week at this superb property ps the wife didn't want to leave thank you Ursula xx

    Reviewed by AnthonyJun 2022

  • "This property, its owners and its surroundings are all equally wonderful."

    Ursula met us on arrival and we were treated to a bottle of bubbly and delicious home-made treats. The first thing to catch our attention was the huge private lake which sits right outside the property. With dozens of species of birds, including the moorhen, the pied wagtail and a grouse, the place is constantly buzzing with wildlife. The layout and setup of the property are great - you can sit at the kitchen window, looking out onto the lake, or get cosy in front of the fire. A handy utility room and a garage that you can use for storage make the stay even more convenient, as do all of the kitchen utensils - we wanted for nothing! There are some beautiful footpaths in the area, mostly all of which are very accessible. This included a bridge over the local river just down the road. Other than the background noise of the nearby main road, the place is absolute tranquillity. At the end of the stay, Ella (Ursula's daughter) saw us off with a smile. We will definitely look to come back to Hendre again sometime soon.

    Reviewed by AntonyMay 2022

  • "Anyone looking for a quite and peaceful holiday out in the country will not find a better property than this one."

    The hosts are wonderful. On arrival we were met by the owner Ursula, who showed us around the bungalow, and gave us a bottle of Prosecco and some cakes, which were made by her daughter Ela which were absolutely delicious. We met Ela later on. Both of these ladies are so accommodating and kind. The bungalow has every facility you would need and was exceptionally clean and in all respects very comfortable. There are seats available in the garage which we used on occasion to sit out in the garden where you can overlook their private lake When we were there we had a lot of rain but that did not spoil our holiday as we were decidedly in need of a rest and we enjoyed reading and having to stay in the property was a bonus. We did get out at times and we visited the Dingle Gardens and the Derwent Garden Centre both of which are near Welshpool and are worth visiting. We also went to Bala which we have been to many times before and we can recommend Y Cynfod, an Italian Cafe - Restaurant where we had lovely meals. Could we recommend other people making a booking at Hendre? Absolutely!!

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2022

  • "Excellent bungalow with all we could wish for."

    Pleasent and very helpful hosts.Lovely home made cake to greet us.Private lake in front of the property a huge bonus with moorhens ,little grebes,martins dipping and an occasional heron.Semi-tame pheasant on the doorstep A wonderful and restful holiday In fantastic surroundings

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2022

  • "We were met with the most rapturous of smiles from our lovely hosts Ursula and her daughter Ella who also presented us with a bottle of prosecco a huge bunch of flowers and some lovely home made welsh chocolate cake courtesy of Ella Everything has been well thought out and the views from the lounge and kitchen diner are simply awesome."

    .. It was a perfect location for us with some lovely local walks from the doorstep with both Oswestry Shrewsbury and Welshpool nearby and the coast within a 1 hours drive to barmouth and a little further to llandudno...Lake Bala and Lake Vrnwy and the biggest waterfalls of Wales are very close and easily accessible. Amenities include locally cooked takeaways, local pub, post office and general store with daily freshly made sandwiches and cookies on offer... Ursula and Huw who are the owners have gone to great lengths to ensure you get a 5 star service and their attention to detail is simply magical. The lake views comes with a resident pheasant who comes to the door...we nicknamed him Percy. At the lake there is an abundance of bird species such as Siskins, Chaffinches, blue tits, long tailed tits, great tits, an owl which we heard only and red kites over the hills to the left and front of the house, a robin and wren and the most melodious blackbirds and more.. Water fowl visitors included a Canadian goose, mallards some small coots and small red billed chicks. The cottage oozes love and warmth and is a reflection of its owners eye for detail and their own love and warmth too. Ursula, thank you for making our stay so special...We will be returning again soon..Eli and John..xx

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "We had a really, lovely, relaxing holiday at Hendre."

    Ursula the owner was so welcoming and friendly on our arrival and the bottle of bubbly and delicious chocolate cakes made by her daughter Ella was a lovely treat to start the holiday. The cottage itself was very spacious,beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and had everything we needed. The lake in the grounds is spectacular we took our 5 year old foster son and he loved pond dipping for tadpoles, identifying the many birds that came to the lake and watching the lambs in all the surrounding fields. The highlight of his holiday was when Ursula and Ella brought one of their lambs and a bottle of milk for him to feed it with. We would definitely recommend a stay at Hendre and hope to return.

    Reviewed by JeremyApr 2022

  • "Hendre was all we hoped for and more."

    The peace and views are wonderful and just what we needed. The weather wasn’t as kind to us and we weren’t able to make use of the outside space as much as we would have liked plus we had the fuel crisis while we were in Wales but thankfully it did not impact us and we were able to do our sightseeing. We forgot to pack our binoculars which was annoying as we were sure we were watching red kites and buzzards soaring daily over the mountains. Ursula and family have made a wonderful holiday home and are on hand if you need anything. We will be back and hope we have the weather to sit outside and watch nature do it’s thing. Ella’s baking is a lovely touch which was very much enjoyed by us.

    Reviewed by AnnemarieSep 2021

  • "MAGIC ! We recently spent a week’s holiday at “Hendre”, Penybontfawr, Powys, and it was idyllic."

    On arrival, we were given a very warm welcome by the owner, Ursula, and her daughter Ela, and very much enjoyed the bottle of Prosecco and tray-bakes (home baked by Ela) which awaited us in the dining kitchen. The cottage itself is very spacious, ideal for 4 but there were only 3 of us so lots of room. It is set in its’ own grounds overlooking a lake with a lovely patio and table and chairs where we spent many hours, relaxing, talking, bird-spotting and enjoying the antics of the ducks and coots on the lake. The interior of the cottage is very pretty, attractive, and comfortable and contains absolutely everything one could want in a holiday home. The surrounding countryside is lovely and ideal for walking as is the village. Lots of places to visit nearby, including the British Iron Museum and Port Meirion. On three evenings during our week, we walked down the lane into the village (0.7 miles) where we were served delicious meals and received a very friendly welcome from the staff at the Railway Inn (give them a call to reserve a table). Everything was charming. Our lovely stay at “Hendre” was a very welcome break from the Covid traumas of the last 18 months. Many thanks to Ursula and her family. It was simply magic.

    Reviewed by ASep 2021

  • "We had a lovely week, thoroughly enjoyed sitting out watching the lake with a glass of wine ."

    The fire was most welcome by our son. There was a warm welcome when we arrived with some lovely home made tray bake and a bottle of fizz. We visited snowdon, the Welshpool and Llanfair train, British iron works centre, Owestry, Barmouth beach, Powis castle and Lake Vyrnwy.

    Reviewed by VictoriaAug 2021

  • "Peaceful cottage set in beautiful surroundings."

    Ursula was very welcoming and the welcome Prosecco and treats very well received, Thank you! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by LisaJul 2021

  • "Fantastic stay at Hendre, great house perfect for a family."

    Lots of space inside and out. Beautiful location to escape the pressures of busy life. Great walks, runs and cycle routes straight out the door. Beautiful country side all around. We had a fantastic stay and very much recommend the property

    Reviewed by ColinJul 2021

  • "The booking of the holiday was made very easy by Sykes."

    Our tow weeks stay at Hendre was perfect, couldn't fault anything, would highly recommend staying there.

    Reviewed by JohnJul 2021

  • "Lovely holiday house in a fantastic setting, perfect place to relax and unwind."

    We're already looking to book again.

    Reviewed by DuncanJun 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at Hendre and would thoroughly recommend it."

    The house was exactly as described, very well appointed and spotlessly clean. The outside setting was perfect, with it's own lake in the garden and views of the countryside and welsh mountains beyond. It was well situated in a quiet area just outside the Snowdonia national park and most of Snowdonia could be reached within an hour or so's drive. We visited, Bala lake, Port Merrion, The Fforrest Coaster (great fun if you don't brake), and some nice off road cycle trails. There's a friendly pub in the village which has an excellent well priced menu (walking distance if you're feeling energetic and it's light). The owners were very welcoming and friendly. Thank you so much Ursula and family for a great stay. We really hope to return at some point. Jerry & Wendy

    Reviewed by JeremyMay 2021

  • "The man made lake that is on site provides a beautiful and tranquil environment around a beautiful part of the world"

    Reviewed by MatthewMay 2021

  • "Amazing holiday home, everything we needed."

    Stunning area.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2021

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  • Single-storey
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) with TV, 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, range cooker, fridge/freezer, fridge, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Smart TV with Netflix and Amazon, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking available
  • Private garden on grounds with lawn, gas barbecue and fire pit available, patio with furniture, lake with jetty
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: Lake area not enclosed, please ensure children are supervised at all times
  • Note: No mobile phone signal, calls can be made by connecting to the WiFi with EE
  • Note: If the super-king-size bed is required to be set up as a twin, please give prior notice
  • Note: Check-in 4pm, check-out at 10am

The property

Hendre, a splendid, detached bungalow enveloped by the surrounding hills of the Berwyn Mountains and Welsh countryside, welcomes a family or group of friends for an idyllic retreat.

Approaching the property, you’ll be greeted by a sweeping driveaway that leads to the cottage’s entrance, as well as a lush lawn and delightful patio with seating, perfect for sipping wine by the fire pit while tucking into a barbecued feast.

Inside, discover the inviting sitting room, complete with a woodburning stove, two plush sofas and a Smart TV, whilst the kitchen/diner is ideal for sociable gatherings, with a breakfast bar that looks out onto scenic countryside views.

A convenient utility and cloakroom are also at your disposal.

One of the highlights of the property is access to your own private lake, providing a serene backdrop and escape from day-to-day life.

When the day draws to a close, rest in one of the two charming bedrooms, one with a super-king-size (zip/link) bed and the other with a double, serviced by a family bathroom where you can indulge a soak or revitalising shower.

In the morning, a stroll from your doorstep will lead you to the local Post Office with a shop, and a 500-year-old pub, the perfect spot for a night away from the kitchen!

Venture to the nearby village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, offering a wealth of convenience stores, a local pub, restaurant, art gallery and the highest waterfall in Wales.

Nature enthusiasts will relish exploring the Berwyn Mountain range, while Lake Vyrnwy offers a tranquil escape with the option of afternoon tea or spa treatments at the nearby hotel.

For those seeking adventure, there are opportunities for mountain biking in Dolgellau Mountains and whitewater rafting at Lake Bala, or if you’re wanting some relaxed sightseeing, head to Powis Castle, Shropshire Sculpture Park or the historic city of Chester.

Hendre promises a peaceful retreat, all year-round!

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About the location


Oswestry 15 miles.

The traditional Welsh village of Penybontfawr lies in breathtaking countryside amidst the beautiful Berwyn Mountains and surrounding wooded hills and valleys. Only 2.5 miles away is the popular walking village of Llangynog where you can find the Revolution Mountain Bike Park. The area has a history of lead, silver and slate mining dating back to the 17th century. Today it is a renowned location for climbing, birdwatching, walking and cycling, with famous mountain bike trails near Dolgellau, and a mountain bike centre at Llandegla. Penybontfawr village has its own pub, whilst Llangynog boasts two pubs, both of which serve good food and are perfect to relax in after an exciting day out. Enjoy Lake Bala, a wonderful beauty spot, with excellent fishing, a variety of watersports including white water rafting and a lakeside steam railway, or visit Lake Vyrnwy, which has a RSPB centre, bike hire and a sculpture park. Also within easy reach is Pistyll Rhaedr waterfall, the tallest single drop waterfall in England and Wales. This is a beautiful part of Wales and is perfect for touring the rest of North and Mid Wales and even Shropshire.