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Dolau near Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay Show on map


  • 8 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Second visit and again a lovely property and so peaceful just what's needed sometimes with some lovely walks to."

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "What a fantastic house, in beautiful grounds!"

    Genuine privilege to stay there, we had everything we needed and had a great time.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is our 4th year at Hiraeth and it was a stunning as ever."

    Always clean, tidy and you can't fault the location! One thing that's hit and miss is of the games equipment is there or not. Having recently replaced the table tennis net, it was a site for sore eyes, but then we saw the dart board was missing again. They are both a great addition when both are in play so would like to see them as a permanent feature. We can never fault the hosts though. Always there when required and are most welcoming. Highly recommended Nick L'Homme

    Reviewed by Nick4.4Mar 2023

  • "Great break, as always, at Hiraeth."

    So peaceful. Lovely to see the owner again, always so friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful isolated property with stunning views."

    So isolated it didnt have privacy glass on the downstairs toilet or shower room. A lovely idea which we are used to as we live in similar property. Such a shame therefore to find the owners son has permission to plug his electric car into the charging socket on the outside wall. He has to walk past the toilet and shower room windows. To be fair he only used it the once leaving the car there for 24 hrs or so but we never knew when he would be coming to collect it or bring it again, so for us the splendid isolation stopped there and then. From then on we had the windows blinds down all the time. May seem petty to some but for us privacy is important. That aside, there is a lot of creaking and cracking as the underfloor heating comes on in the early hours. Didnt bother me much but light sleepers could find it a problem. Such a shame to write negatively about a most beautiful property, we holiday as often as we can now we are retired. we went the extra mile cost wise and did feel slightly let down. Despite all I've written we would recommend the place, the owners seemed helpful enough and the views are to die for.

    Reviewed by Kelvin4.4Sep 2022

  • "A lovely house in a beautiful location ideal for getting away from noice of any kind!"

    The house was well presented with all amenities required for a holiday. The owners are friendly and helpful. Would love to return soon.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Hiraeth."

    Set in beautiful woodland with walks from your door. The children particularly enjoyed the table tennis and tennis court access. Amazing wildlife to see, Red Kite, hares, rabbits, deer, and numerous species of birds. A beautiful escape.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.4Jun 2022

  • "I recently stayed at Hiraeth as a group of 8, we were a mix of 2 couples and 4 friends."

    Many parts of the stay were fantastic, the building looks and feels lovely and it was extremely accurate to as advertised. The walks and surrounding areas are fantastic and a local town is a mere 15 minute drive away. There is a free tennis court 5 minute walk from the property and gorgeous views all around. The owner was easy to get hold of and answered any questions we had. This place would be a perfect stay for any large family groups or couples with children. Me and my friends got along fine but the few minor snags we encountered were with sound travelling through floors and walls very easily and the room with 4 single beds had limited storage to house the belongings of the 4 in it. This was easily sorted by the two double rooms sharing their storage space. I would recommend bringing some general commodities such as Sugar, extra bin bags and kitchen roll as we needed to purchase our own. After the great experience we all had we would happily return to Hiraeth for future holidays.

    Reviewed by Alex4.4Mar 2022

  • "We love Hiraeth so much, we've been back 4 times!"

    It's always very well maintained and cleaned, with everything you need in the house. The one thing we miss is wi-fi, but with today's technology, you can use a mobile phone to piggy back through a laptop onto the TV. Sorted! The table tennis net was new, so we enjoyed yet another tournament there. Any questions you ask of the owners and they reply promptly with no hassle. I would definitely recommend it. We'll see you soon Nick

    Reviewed by Nick4.7Mar 2022

  • "Great short break again at Hiraeth."

    Always a pleasure, a nice getaway. Will be back again soon.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Dec 2021

  • "Highly recommended - with a major caveat!"

    While the setting is beautiful, the facilities excellent and brilliant opportunities for walking/nature watching, the continual intrusive creaking sounds so badly affected our sleep that it seriously affected our overall enjoyment of our stay. We would not have booked it for a winter break had we known.

    Reviewed by Evan3.8Nov 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay at Hiraeth, the surroundings, nature, and, walking trails around the cottage are truly wonderful."

    I even saw a weasel in the table tennis room. The cottage is well kept & clean, some of the kitchenware had been used and put back uncleaned but I think this would be the doing of the previous guests with no fault to the hosts. My only real issue was the craking/creaking of the floorboards, which, particularly in the evenings, is extremely loud and frequent even if no one is present in the room. It sounded like someone was pacing around the bed and hallways all evening, as a light sleeper this was a huge problem to the point where we considered leaving halfway through our stay. After a few sleepless nights I tried turning off the heating throughout the whole cottage, this made a huge difference and the creaking almost completely stopped. We ended up only using the fireplace to keep warm, which works very well. I would certainly recommend staying here - but definitely don't use the heating.

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Nov 2021

  • "Great location and property especially the kitchen Pity no WiFi ."

    Great dog walking

    Reviewed by Philip4.1Nov 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay , views are outstanding."

    One of the single beds mattress needs replacing as you can feel the springs, which was very uncomfortable, also some new pillows needed .

    Reviewed by Pat3.8Sep 2021

  • "Marvellous situation."

    Wonderful views.Clean,comfortable house and the owner could not have been more helpful on small questions we had. All helped by a week of mainly sunny weather

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Hireath."

    The views from the cottage were absolutely stunning and it was very tranquil. The cottage had everything that you could need and was very comfortable and homely. We would definitely recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely house with magnificent views of the countryside."

    Plenty of safe space for the children to play they loved the horses at the end of the lane . Everything you need for a relaxing holiday .

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Aug 2021

  • "Hiraeth was a really fantastic place to stay."

    We loved the incredible open setting and the wonderful views across the countryside, exploring the endless paths around Hiraeth, the table tennis and sitting around the large table in the kitchen with family and friends. We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Juliet4.7Jul 2021

  • "The cottage is set in the most beautiful countryside with the most amazing views."

    There are many paths to explore and so much wildlife to see, if you are up early you maybe lucky enough to see the deer in the garden. The cottage itself is very spacious and feels very homely. We spent a lot of time in the kitchen sat around the beautiful handmade table. The games area kept my children entertained as there is no wi-fi but this is a good thing as we had quality family time. We did need to ask for directions to the cottage as the sign was hidden but glad we did as the person we asked was the person who built the cottage and it was great to hear about its construction. The owner is so lovely. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Moray5.0Jul 2021

  • "The place is stunning."

    You can really enjoy your stay and not worry about anything. The main road is far away so you do not hear any car noise. There is a lot of paths to spend some time walking.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2021

  • "Our second visit to this gem, and it was better than the first time."

    The barn is full of character and charm, and the location is amazing. You can let your children roam safely and get close to wildlife. We saw hares run past the front door, and swifts nesting above the bedroom window. I had to work for a couple of days and had a great signal with Vodafone, so the lack of wifi was not an issue. We had a fantastic time and would love to come back.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0May 2021

  • "The location and views and availability of walks on your door step are fantastic."

    The large well equipped kitchen and dining table was ideal for the family for eating and playing lots of games and chatting around. The upstairs wooden flooring creaked a lot which disturbed us and the beds were too soft for us personally but this depends on your own preferences. The wash basins were small and the taps are on the wrong sides and took a bit of getting used too, a bit querky. No Internet and poor signal, I didn't have an issue with that but I imagine a lot of others would. The only thing I wasn't happy with was the waste rules, I don't mind sorting and recycling waste but when I am on holiday I don't expect to have to carry waste to the main road or take glass bottles to the tesco bottle bank 7 miles away. Don't let these little niggles put you off because the view alone makes up for all this.

    Reviewed by Oliver4.4Sep 2020

  • "The location of the cottage and views of the sunset were outstanding and worth ..."

    The location of the cottage and views of the sunset were outstanding and worth every penny, I highly recommend this beautiful place

    Reviewed by Chad5.0Sep 2020

  • "This is the 7th time we have been to Hiraeth."

    home away from home. lovely peaceful place to stay, plenty of space and land. great places to wall both at Hiraeth and nearby. The owner is great :-)

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Aug 2020

  • "Hiraeth is a wonderful place, truly peaceful surroundings, beautiful views and country, local area, walking and wildlife."

    Lovely friendly owner and staff doing good things for the world. Such a feel good place I wrote a song about it! Our 3 boys loved exploring, games provided, and the table tennis. Easy trips to Elan Valley and Water Break it’s neck, walking and cycling over the byway was fantastic. We would definitely stay at Hiraeth again.

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.7Jul 2020

  • "The house surpassed everything we were expecting,views breathtaking,decor so modern, warm, clean and as a family who love music the piano was a bonus."

    It was well used for my 70th celebrations

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Feb 2020

  • "Great Place to visit, great location, home away from home."

    The owner is always very welcoming. lovely place to relax with friends.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Feb 2020

  • "A fantastic retreat from the day to day grind."

    The perfect spot to relax with friends/family. The cottage is roomy yet cosy and the views of the Welsh countryside are fantastic with trails leading right from the door. This is the second time I've been here and we will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Sep 2019

  • "This is the 3rd time we have stayed here."

    Hiraeth is a beautiful house in a beautiful location and has charming owners. There aren't enough superlatives in the dictionary to cover this gem of a place. Perfect

    Reviewed by Nick4.7May 2019

  • "Great holiday as always."

    Looking forward to coming back again in 2020.

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Feb 2019

  • "The barn conversion is a credit to the owners and the lovely views and walks around the property to."

    Will love to return again as enjoyed the peace ,views and tranquillity of everything.many thanks Mr Mitchell.

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2018

  • "Well equipped for a large family, fantastic views been two years running and will be booking again."

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2018

  • "This spacious and eco-friendly barn conversion is in a stunning location with great walks straight from the door."

    No wifi or phone signal makes this a real get away from it all destination. We would strongly recommend holidaying here. Great views in all directions. A really peaceful place.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Mar 2018

  • "Our cottage was lovely, big and lots of space."

    Loved the log burner for each night even though it wasn't needed as the heating is amazing so even in the snow we were never cold. If your looking for an amazing view high up and lots of space for a family to explore then this is the place. Will return in the future.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Mar 2018

  • "The cottage was lovely spacious and had great heating system however the property was not clean there was spider webs round the ceiling and the floors had to be mopped and vacuumed."

    It could be due to the heavy snow the property owner was unable to prep the cottage in time. Also the house needed a biger fridge freezer and some other essential items.

    Reviewed by Karwan2.8Mar 2018

  • "The best holiday for my family!"

    Beautiful cottage and nice people around. We going back how soon is possible, that for sure

    Reviewed by Florin5.0Feb 2018

  • "Great holiday, especially with the snow at this time of year."

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Feb 2018

  • "We booked this cottage to stay in with friends and our 5 children (who are all under 5) it was even more beautiful than the brochure."

    Spacious, child friendly and surrounded by amazing views. The cottage is incredibly well equipped and delightfully warm. Only note is that there is no Wi-Fi and I have accidentally run up and extremely large phone bill as my phone constantly searched for access. Might be worth an advisory note to stop others making the same error!

    Reviewed by Chrissie5.0Oct 2016

  • "A great location for a family get-together with members coming from Wirral, London and North Wales."

    We met with the owner with whom we appear to have a great deal in common.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Aug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with seating area and Juliet balcony, 1 x double, 1 x family room with 2 singles and 1 adult bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower
  • Separate ground floor WC
  • Kitchen with large dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove and sofa bed (for flexibility)
  • Green underfloor thermal heating with woodburning stove
  • Gas range oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD player, WiFi, small library of books and games, piano, table tennis available in the small open barn opposite
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Large gravelled seating area with furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (must be kept on lead when outside)
  • Stabling for horses available by prior arrangement
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4 miles, pub 3 miles
  • Note: the property now has an electric charge point for cars, there is a charge to use this, payable locally to the owner
  • Note: There is fenced pond in the garden, children should be supervised at all times
  • Note: Cottage stands on open land, which is not enclosed so small children must be supervised
  • Note: No hen/stag or similar

The property

Dolau 1 mile.

A fabulous Welsh stone and oak-framed detached barn conversion with exposed beams throughout, Hiraeth is set in 90 acres of woodlands, ponds and meadows, enjoying uninterrupted views down the valley, making it a paradise for those with a botanical or wildlife interest.

The smallholding has been run as a biodiversity project under the guidance of the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust and is carefully managed to embrace as many species of flora and fauna as is indigenous to the area, making it an ideal base for those especially interested in the natural environment.

Located close to the hamlet of Dolau, 8 miles from Llandrindod Wells, this beautifully-converted Llandrindod Wells cottage combines superb original features with modern comforts to provide delightful, spacious accommodation.

This Llandrindod Wells cottage has a fabulous sitting room with woodburning stove, wooden floors, upright piano and beamed ceilings, as well as a galleried hallway, a large farmhouse kitchen diner with bespoke furniture and valley views and three homely bedrooms.

Hiraeth is a superb place to come and celebrate the quiet, the softness of the hills, and the wonder of the environs.

Enveloped by a beautiful nature reserve, there is plenty of wildlife to see and scenery to be enjoyed just outside of your door, so you won’t have to travel far to try out birdwatching or to see what creatures live within the wilderness.

The woodlands surrounding the property enjoy winding paths through the forest scenery, ideal for hikers.

With easy access to many local towns, this cottage makes a wonderful base for couples, families, friends, walkers and birdwatchers to enjoy the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons) and Elan Valley.

This property is on the outskirts, within easy reach of the Hay literary festival and also a close by to the Royal Welsh Show.

There are also several more nature reserves that can be enjoyed by guests, including Abercamlo Bog and Radnor Forest, or you can visit Valley View Falconry and for history lovers, the remains of Nant-y-Gro Dam.

Fall in love with the wilder side of Wales with a stay at the charming Hiraeth.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


  • Llandrindod Wells 8.1 miles
  • Hay-on-Wye 29.6 miles
  • Llandovery 35.4 miles

Dolau is a small hamlet in Powys, with a very pretty little railway station. Nearby, the town of Llandrindod Wells is centrally located in Mid Wales, and offers a variety of shops and pubs, as well as the pretty Lake Park and Temple Gardens, plus many hiking pathways in and around the town. The annual Victorian festival is held here in August when locals and businesses step back into the time of Victorian Llandrindod Wells - a spectacle not to be missed. Other attractions nearby are the National Cycling Museum, the Radnorshire Museum and nearby Abey Cwm Hir, resting place of Llywelyn, the last Welsh King (1282). Enjoy the nearby Hay on Wye Festival in late May or the Brecon Jazz festival in Mid August, or visit the Red Kite feeding station in Rhayader.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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