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Cwm Derw Cottage

Llanafan Fawr near Builth Wells, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay (Ref. 2186)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely, well-equipped property."

    The views from the decking are extensive making it a great place to relax. Hosts are very welcoming. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by JeremyJul 2022

  • "Wonderful hosts, cottage beautiful."

    Serene location, friendly dogs that are well behaved. Location and views amazing

    Reviewed by NeilMay 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely."

    There is everything you need there and more. It is very clean and so comfortable. As soon as you walk through the door you relax. Rob and Liz are the perfect hosts. If you didn't want to leave the cottage you could just stay there as the grounds are beautiful.

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2022

  • "This is a beautiful cottage, very relaxing with a really warm welcome from both the family and the dogs in a stunning location."

    We would heartily recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2022

  • "The property was very comfortable and also in a great location."

    It was really good to have such friendly hosts with a wealth of local knowledge. We would thoroughly recommend the cottage. Thanks Rob and Liz for a great stay. It was a fantastic area for mountain biking and Rob's knowledge on this was really useful.

    Reviewed by MarkApr 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Cwm Drew cottage."

    Loved having the dogs welcome us back each day, lots of wagging tails and excitement. Managed to go out walking most days despite the weather being a bit mixed & found some local routes so did not need to use the car. Rob and Liz the owners were friendly and on hand should we have had any queries. The bed was a bit soft for our tastes but the cottage is otherwise very comfy, has everything you need and a really good shower. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by GailApr 2022

  • "Cwm Derw Cottage, what can I say!"

    Fantastic, cozy, romantic, perfect for two. It has everything you need to not go out and it’s a great base to go out and explore. Scenery is wonderful and the landscape is stunning with kites flying, lambs bleating, pigs grunting and chickens clucking (chickens and lambs nearly came home with us)! Rob and Liz are very friendly and make you feel very welcome. Would recommend this place to anyone and would love to go back again in the future.

    Reviewed by KeithMar 2022

  • "Really lovely, owners were as well."

    Only 2 things to mention the skylight would be better with a blind and the settee although very comfortable was hard for us oldies to get up from!!

    Reviewed by RoyMar 2022

  • "Excellent stay Rob and Liz very friendly and lmformative couldn't be more pleasant."

    This was our second stay here and we will be going again.

    Reviewed by RaymondFeb 2022

  • "What a beautiful spot!"

    Superb customer care that catered for all our needs. Property very comfortable and great attention to detail.

    Reviewed by LesleyNov 2021

  • "Beautiful property, location and last but not least, friendliness and hospitality from Rob and Liz."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by RoxanaNov 2021

  • "What a great place to stay, We have just spent 6 nights in the cottage and enjoyed all of it."

    It started with a warm welcome from Rob and Liz our hosts with flowers, wine and Welsh cake and continued all the way through, although both hosts are busy they were always happy to spent time to tell us about the area and where to visit. The cottage and location is quiet and piece full, great to sit out on the deck and relax after a day of exploring. We look forward to going back.

    Reviewed by BrianOct 2021

  • "Lovely home to be welcomed to."

    Delightful hosts and brilliant animals surrounding you!

    Reviewed by NathanielAug 2021

  • "Absolutely fabulous The cottage exceeded all expectations."

    Very comfortable and relaxing. The owners went out of their way and were so friendly and helpful. We will be going back!

    Reviewed by JanetJul 2021

  • "We enjoyed every minute of our holiday CWM DERW Cottage was so beautiful with amazing views we arrived to a wonderful welcome from Lizz & Rob, there's so much to see and lots of wonderful walks all with amazing scenery our holiday was just perfect."

    Thankyou Lizz & Rob for all your tips on places to visit and once again thankyou Sykes Cottages. Xx

    Reviewed by JackyJul 2021

  • "Quiet and tranquil place to stop and unwind, I have never slept so good ."

    Rob and Liz were welcoming guests and very pleasent, giving information where to visit and see the sights. Really enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by DarrenJun 2021

  • "The cottage is fantastic, the bed is so comfortable, everything you need is there for the perfect stay."

    Rob and Liz are great hosts, very friendly and helpful with all you need. All the animals add an added attraction to the holiday. It is perfect for a walking holiday as there are so many places to go around the area.

    Reviewed by LindaMay 2021

  • "Great place to stay, very comfortable and everything available that you could want for a perfect stay."

    Our hosts are very friendly and helped in advising us on places to visit in the local area.

    Reviewed by AdrianMay 2021

  • "The friendly hosts were very helpful and took time to explain everything and the ..."

    The friendly hosts were very helpful and took time to explain everything and the cottage was beautiful loved watching the wild life and their 4 lovely dogs plus the chickens and the early wake up call of the donkey we had a very restful time pity the weather was not so good but did get out and about Rose and Peter Pares

    Reviewed by RoseMay 2021

  • "It was so good I have already booked for next year"

    Reviewed by KennethMay 2021

  • "We were greeted warmly by Rob and given useful information about the area and possible walks and driving routes."

    A bottle of wine, Welsh cakes and flowers had been kindly left for us. The accommodation was excellent, comfortable, warm and spotlessly clean; moreover nothing was lacking. The shower was superb and there was always an abundance of very hot water (in fact so hot that one needs to take care). The mattress was too soft for our liking though this is a matter of personal taste; in any event we slept well. The choice of TV and radio stations on Freesat was amazing, the WiFi worked flawlessly and there was even a good phone signal (O2 network). It was nice to have a DVD/CD player and we used this a few times; an instruction in the information pack on how to change the media source on the TV would have been useful. A large basket of wood had been provided but, despite cold weather, we found no need to light the log burner as the central heating was more than adequate; in fact we didn’t even need this on much of the time as the building is so well insulated. The large wooden deck is great and offers lovely views across the valley to the distant hills. Sadly it was too cold to sit there most of the time but in warmer weather this must be a delightful place to spend some time. We did some very pleasant walks directly from the accommodation and also some touring through the beautiful countryside; we were surprised how hilly and scenic this is, especially to the west. Unfortunately the Red Lion, 0.75 mile away, at which we had hoped to eat, is closed for renovation so unusually we didn’t eat out at all. The Lakeside Café at Llandrindod Wells is a nice place to have a snack or drink. In conclusion this was an excellent holiday with lovely accommodation in a beautiful, peaceful setting and charming and helpful hosts; highly recommended!

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2021

  • "The Cottage was very warm and cosy and the terrace is lovely to sit and enjoy the amazing views."

    (weather permitting!) The bed is very comfortable and the Shower is superb,Especially after a long walk through the countryside! The hosts are a lovely couple and are very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend this cottage and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by RachelMar 2021

  • "Cwm Derw was most comfortable, and in a beautiful setting."

    Really lovely cottage.The hosts made us feel very welcome. We will certainly go back.

    Reviewed by ColinOct 2020

  • "We had a really great week exploring the beautiful area."

    Then coming back to the cottage which was warm and comfy. The owners and the gorgeous dogs were very welcoming. We cannot recommend this cottage enough.Everything about our stay exceeded expectations.

    Reviewed by SandraOct 2020

  • "We have stayed in holiday self catering for many many years and this cottage ranks right at the top."

    We think the reason why is that Rob and Liz built this cottage and have put a lot of time and effort in getting it right .They make you feel welcome and nothing is to much trouble.

    Reviewed by JeffSep 2020

  • "The location of this cottage is lovely with fantastic views and setting."

    The owners ensured we had a warm welcome and were available . Easy to reach and many places to visit in Powys and the Wye valley. Cottage warm, cosy and well equipped.

    Reviewed by PhilipSep 2020

  • "Wow what a lovely retreat, the cottage was Beautiful, the views was Lovely the ..."

    Wow what a lovely retreat, the cottage was Beautiful, the views was Lovely the peacefulness was just what me and my Husband needed,the Host Rob and Liz was so welcoming and friendly and their four dogs a most Beautiful place, will definitely be returning

    Reviewed by LauraSep 2020

  • "The property was not only set in a most beautiful place but had many friendly animals on it which greeted you and made you feel very welcome."

    The owners were also very friendly and welcoming giving us information which was helpful to our stay. We had an amazing welcome too with wine, flowers and biscuits. Everything was lovely. We wish the owners all the very best in building the business for more amazing cottages to let.

    Reviewed by NicolaSep 2020

  • "Absolutely amazing place."

    Such an amazing place to stay with excellent views. Owners we truly amazing so happy to chat.. Beautiful place to stay and we will be going back ..

    Reviewed by DianeAug 2020

  • "The accommodation is comfortable and well-furnished in the heart of Wales with lots of diverse walks in the region."

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2020

  • "The accommodation was well equipped, comfortable and peaceful as described."

    The owners lived nearby and were very friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by RichardMar 2020

  • "Lovely area, quiet."

    Cottage really warm views are beautiful. Owners very friendly and helpful. Plenty of space in cottage for two. Phone reception not always available, due to weather TV reception was a little off but that can happen anywhere. Great to have a washing machine in the property.

    Reviewed by PatOct 2019

  • "We had the most amazing holiday, the cottage and surroundings were second to none it was perfect in every way, also the owners are so lovely and really helpful, we wanted for nothing."

    Highly recommended

    Reviewed by ColetteSep 2019

  • "The owners Rob and Liz were very friendly and welcoming."

    What a lovely spot too with wonderful views and it was entertaining seeing the antics of the dogs chickens pigs ducks and wildlife. The cottage was much better than we expected, very comfortable.

    Reviewed by RichardAug 2019

  • "We had a lovely comfortable stay in Cwm Derw."

    Beautifully fitted out with lots of extras. Everything you needed was there including a luxury shower. Great views from the decking and my partner loved sitting here being greeted by all the various animals, especially the dogs. The host Rob and Liz were very friendly and helpful. We will visit again.

    Reviewed by AnitaJul 2019

  • "The location of the property is idyllic."

    The cottage is very comfotable and charming.we spent a very enjoyable week watching all the wild life and the animals on site.

    Reviewed by ValerieJun 2019

  • "The holiday cottage was much better than the photos represented on the website."

    The owners were friendly and helpful. The location and views of the countryside were marvellous. We would recommend it for a cosy retreat.

    Reviewed by AndrewMay 2019

  • "The hosts were lovely and welcoming from the beginning to the departure and the whole family were personable."

    They run an immaculate two cottage business and their own also immaculate small holding which meant we could observe their daily activities feeding chickens, ducks, horses, pigs and their well trained (stay at door) cute dogs at our leisure as we relaxed and enjoyed the scenery and general ambience of the location. We saw a woodpecker, starlings and red kite as well as others giving us a fly by and would love to return and try the other cottage too! Thanks both for all you provided by being so attentive to detail and good decor taste! Warm regards from Mark & Barbara x

    Reviewed by BarbaraApr 2019

  • "Lovely compact cottage set in very beautiful scenery."

    The owners were very friendly and eager to ensure our stay was as good as possible. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting all the animals.

    Reviewed by RichardApr 2019

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful location, is extremely comfortable and spotlessly clean."

    In addition, Rob and Liz were the perfect hosts, so friendly and helpful, they made us feel at home even before we'd arrived! The cottage was warm and welcoming, we were only sorry that we hadn't booked for a week - we'll definitely be back.

    Reviewed by LisaFeb 2019

  • "Very comfortable stay."

    Rob our host was welcoming and helped with a couple of things we had forgotten.

    Reviewed by MarkJan 2019

  • "The cottage was furnished and decorated to e very high standard and had everything you need."

    Rob and Liz the owner's were very welcoming and happy to help. The location was very picturesque and so quite and relaxing. We stayed over Christmas and we were treated to Xmas tree fully decked and proseco and chocolates. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by DeborahDec 2018

  • "Warm welcome on arrival by Rob and 3 dogs, some chickens, ducks and not to forget the Red Kite."

    Everything was ready for us and we walked into a arm welcoming holiday home. Rained all week but we did try out the decking one evening.

    Reviewed by AnthonySep 2018

  • "The cottage was fantastic, everything you needed was there just like home from home."

    Rob and Liz were friendly and great hosts, we will be going back as soon as possible. brilliant week.

    Reviewed by LindaSep 2018

  • "We were made to feel very welcome by Rob and Liz in this fantastic holiday cottage ideally located in the heart of Wales."

    Reviewed by StephanieJul 2018

  • "The owners Rob and Liz were extremely friendly and welcoming and made our stay enjoyable."

    The accommodation was perfect with every facility we could need. If heaven exists, it's here in Wales where you will probably find it. Thanks Liz and Rob

    Reviewed by JeanJul 2018

  • "Beautiful scenery."

    Although little disappointed that we were next door to the family home, our privacy was respected by the owners.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2017

  • "My Husband and I highly recommend this holiday property."

    The owners have thought of everything, it is truly lovely, very friendly people. This is definatly one we will be visiting again.

    Reviewed by TJun 2017

  • "Lovely cottage with panoramic views set within walking distance of the fells and easy access to the cycle routes."

    Proprietors very friendly and helpful. An excellent holiday.

    Reviewed by JillMar 2017

  • "Family made us very welcome indeed and directed us to places of interest in the area - it is a very pretty part of the world."

    Reviewed by JoannaOct 2016

  • "Found your booking fee rather high, a little excessive I thought."

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2016

  • "Having been to this cottage two years previous, we knew what a fantastic place it is."

    Both Rob & Liz made us feel very welcome. Excellent cottage surrounded by beautiful countryside. Cannot fault the place & no would I want to. It's simply fabulous. We will return................. :-)

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2016

  • "Very cosy cottage and welcoming owners, made for a lovely break in mid Wales."

    Plenty of mountain biking and walks in the local area, and I'd be amazed if you don't see loads of Red Kites wheeling around in the sky everyday!

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2016

  • "Rob and Liz were fantastic in every respect and could not have been more friendly and helpful."

    The accommodation was top quality and the pet dogs were a delight nad well behaved. The quality of furniture and fittings was excellent and Rob runs a quality inspection system after guests have gone and ensures all aspects down to the last light fitting have been checked and all is ready for the next guest. A truly lovely and professional set up, many thanks.

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburner and French windows to decked patio area
  • Shared external utility.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge (no ice-box), washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer in utility, TV with Freeview, DVD, WIFI
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Enclosed garden with decked patio area, summerhouse, ornamental pond, garden furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Due to the pond, this property accepts babes-in-arms only

The property

A delightful, 19th century, stone and timber-clad barn conversion, close to the rural village of Llanafan Fawr, 6 miles from Builth Wells.

Carefully renovated to provide the perfect blend of original features and modern amenities, this lovely property features a charming, open plan living area with vaulted ceiling, cosy woodburner and delightful French windows leading to an attractive, decked area, perfect for dining alfresco.

The surrounding countryside provides superb walking, fishing and mountain biking opportunities amongst breathtaking scenery.

Visit Powys's oldest pub in Llanafan Fawr, peruse the fascinating craft shops at nearby Builth Wells, or explore the famous Wye and Elan valleys.

The Brecon Beacons National Park, the striking Black Mountains and the lovely coastline of Cardigan Bay are all within easy reach, making this a superb base for a wonderful, relaxing holiday.

Note: This property can be booked with Ref. 924207, together they sleep 4.

Cwm Derw Holiday Cottages

Llanafan Fawr 1 mile. Two charmingly individual cottages on the owners’ 14-acre smallholding in stunning countryside where peace is only disturbed with bleating lambs and wild birdsong. Both properties are beautifully and uniquely presented and ideal for a romantic break away. Both cottages are character properties with warming woodburners, spacious open plan living rooms and private outside seating areas plus shared gardens with a summerhouse, ornamental pond, seating and barbecue; perfect holiday properties to discover this superbly beautiful countryside. Walks, bike rides or drives take you through wondrous valleys with idyllic places to enjoy a picnic or pop into local villages for lunch, afternoon tea or an evening meal. From warm summer days to cooler months, these properties give you the chance to see the ever changing colours of the countryside.

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About the location


Builth Wells 7 miles.

The tiny, rural village of Llanafan Fawr is peacefully situated amidst beautiful, unspoilt countryside and boasts an old church and Powys' oldest pub, The Red Lion, which serves fine, traditional fare. Sheltered by the slopes of the Llanafan Valley and close to the wonderful Wye Valley, the surrounding area is renowned for its walking and mountain biking opportunities, while fishing and birdwatching enthusiasts are well catered for with the Wye and Irfon Rivers close by. The picturesque market town of Builth Wells provides a variety of interesting crafts stores and hosts many collectors' fairs, while the annual Royal Welsh Show brings an explosion of colour to the town every July. With the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and the spectacular Black Mountains within easy reach, this wonderful location is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts or those just wishing to relax amidst wonderful scenery.

Note: Property accepts adults and babes-in-arms only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas