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Dolau near Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay (Ref. 4455)



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Reviews & Ratings

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64 Customer Reviews

  • "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 EvanNov 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 HelenNov 2021

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

    Great dog walking

    Reviewed by PhilipNov 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 PatSep 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 AlanSep 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 SarahSep 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 DebraAug 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 JulietJul 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 MorayJul 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 AdrianJun 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 MikeMay 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 OliverSep 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 ChadSep 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 PhilipAug 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 CharlotteJul 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 EileenFeb 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 PhilipFeb 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 PhilSep 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 NickMay 2019

  • "Great holiday as always."

    Looking forward to coming back again in 2020.

    Reviewed by PhilipFeb 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 DavidDec 2018

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

    Reviewed by SueAug 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 GemmaMar 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 LisaMar 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 KarwanMar 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 FlorinFeb 2018

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

    Reviewed by PhilipFeb 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 ChrissieOct 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 BarbaraAug 2016

  • "The cottage is a stunning conversion and sits with spectacular views over the valley."

    The woodland walks, dark night skies and wildlife were exactly what we we were hoping for.

    Reviewed by RoyApr 2016

  • "In a fantastic location with beautiful scenery."

    The house itself was perfect, it had wonderful décor and was very spacious. The underfloor heating was exceptional. I would highly recommend this property to anyone, especially families!

    Reviewed by ScottDec 2015

  • "This was a fantastic property and a weekend was just not long enough."

    The cottage was a very high standard with great workmanship throughout. It is in a lovely location with fantastic views. Plenty of lovely walks from the cottage and others only a short drive away. The owners were very helpful. We would really like to return to this cottage again in the future.

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2015

  • "A beautiful place to stay, it had great views and was peaceful."

    Reviewed by PhilipAug 2015

  • "The homely feel to Hiraeth is fantastic and there is the added bonus of the 'sports barn' too."

    We have been there twice and have recommended it to many friends. The remote location enables you to disconnect from the world. Excellent property!

    Reviewed by NickMay 2015

  • "Fabulous location and a very generous sized property."

    Perfect for a relaxing time, there were lots of walks and rides around straight from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by VictoriaMar 2015

  • "The house is superb, set in beautiful countryside and has lots of interesting places to roam or visit."

    Everything that Hiraeth offers is perfect.

    Reviewed by DinahMar 2015

  • "Fantastic property, will be back!"

    Reviewed by EmmaDec 2014

  • "Really lovely house perfect for what we needed!"

    ! Owner was very nice and accommodating.

    Reviewed by AmyOct 2014

  • "A beautiful cottage with super views."

    Being able to walk directly from the cottage was great, and to return to relax in front of the wood burner in the cosy lounge watching the red kites was magical.

    Reviewed by SamanthaOct 2014

  • "The scenery and peacefulness was great."

    Fabulous walks and no light pollution. We plan to visit again some time next year, but for a week next time. The piano and the table tennis were a big hit with all of us. We didn't feel the need to use the television.

    Reviewed by BarbaraSep 2014

  • "The property looks fantastic, has a real homely feel and lots of space, very peaceful which allowed us to really unwind."

    Very well equipped. The property was lovely and warm and on the couple of nights where the temperature dropped the log burner warmed the house up a treat. It's a great example of a barn conversion.

    Reviewed by JasonAug 2014

  • "The fact that this was our 3rd visit to Hiraeth speaks volumes."

    Another wonderful holiday. Will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by DawnJun 2014

  • "The stay was fantastic!"

    The ambience of Hiraeth due to its location, decor, design and layout made it a wonderful experience. The outdoor games area was a welcome distraction and the nearby activities, walks and bike routes were all enjoyed too! I couldn't recommend this place enough and after using many Sykes cottages, I would without doubt consider coming back to Hiraeth.

    Reviewed by NickMay 2014

  • "We had a wonderful week in this beautiful cottage, everything about the house was well thought out and very impressive."

    A truly lovely away from it all setting with terrific views from every window.

    Reviewed by LyndaMay 2014

  • "The house was spacious,warm and comfortable and the views from every window were stunning."

    It was peaceful yet easy to get to and from. We loved the table tennis table and the huge dining table was lovely to eat around. It had a good deep bath and powerful shower.

    Reviewed by AmandaMay 2014

  • "Excellent location, great walks into the hills behind."

    Reviewed by GApr 2014

  • "A beautiful property in a lovely setting."

    Reviewed by JennyMar 2014

  • "Super holiday nice and remote!"

    Good walks around the area. Accommodation was super!

    Reviewed by AdamOct 2013

  • "Stunning property, with fantastic views across the countryside."

    We loved the table tennis, the piano and the huge dining table. Great weekend had by all!

    Reviewed by RachelSep 2013

  • "Lovely barn conversion, terrific views, superb location."

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2013

  • "Very nice, countryside location."

    Lovely big house with everything we needed to make our stay relaxed and fun. I really liked that we could take our dog, as this was our main holiday requirement.

    Reviewed by LauraJun 2013

  • "Wonderful location, beautiful walks straight from the front door, appreciated by people and puppy alike!"

    Secluded enough to feel like a real get-away-from-it-all spot, but close enough to all kinds of amenities. A comfortable, cosy house that felt like home ten minutes after walking through the front door!

    Reviewed by LindaDec 2012

  • "This cottage was finished to a very high standard."

    This place was a great getaway holiday from all the hussle and bustle of our busy life. It was a large place that fitted 7 adults easily. We spent a lovely week celebrating our daughters 18th Birthday. It has a wonderful large kitchen/diner which holds a massive Oak table which we had good old fashion family meals. First class cottage. We will be definitely be booking for next year

    Reviewed by CarolineOct 2012

  • "There were views from the property."

    Heating was very effective and property lovely and warm. Provision of cleaning products and tea towels to get you going.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2012

  • "This is the second year we have stayed at this cottage, which should speak for itself."

    We will be booking again for next year.

    Reviewed by NeilJul 2012

  • "Hiraeth was a beautiful, peaceful holiday home in a stunning location."

    To come back to this property after miles of walking and exploring was a delight. I actually looked forward to cooking in the lovely (well equipped) kitchen. Even the dog did not want to leave. Can not wait to go back. Hopefully really soon!

    Reviewed by DawnJun 2012

  • "The setting was stunning, we did a little bit of walking and explored the Elan Valley."

    The owners were friendly and helpful. The property was lovely and they had catered for our 10 month old son. We will definitely return.

    Reviewed by MatthewMar 2012

  • "The location was wonderful and the building was beautifully restored with the highest quality joinery and building."

    It felt like a dream home but was very comfortable and welcoming.

    Reviewed by HilaryNov 2011

  • "We absolutely loved this cottage, the setting is fabulous, it was in a more elevated position than expected and has great views."

    Lovely to be able to go for walks from the doorstep and come back to a cosy and comfortable cottage. We welcomed the games cupboard full of board games and puzzles that our 5 year old thought rather special and the table tennis in the open fronted garage

    Reviewed by PennyNov 2011

  • "Lovely views and sunsets seen from inside the house."

    Mrs SurmanSep 2011

  • "The stunning views!"

    Photos online of both cottage & scenery did neither of them justice.

    Reviewed by JacquiAug 2011

  • "Property was spectacular."

    Red Kites and Buzzards literally fly past the living room window. Lovely walks on the doorstep. A really relaxing place.

    Reviewed by TeresaJun 2011

  • "The house was absolutely fantastic - easily the best I've stayed in in the area."

    The location was supreme - felt totally isolated with a spectacular view. The house itself was extremely spacious and well furnished with some unique touches that made it a holiday to remember - the piano, the table tennis, the massive kitchen with a beautiful oak table, the sumptuous master bedroom, the views from the balcony. The price was great for what we got.

    Reviewed by CarolineMay 2011

  • "A great cottage with spectacular views!"

    Reviewed by ThomasFeb 2011

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The property

Dolau 1 mile.

A fabulous, Welsh stone and oak-framed detached barn conversion with exposed beams throughout, set in 90 acres of woodland, ponds and meadows enjoying fantastic uninterrupted views down the valley, and is 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 woodburner, 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 comfortable bedrooms.

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

The woodlands which this wonderful converted barn is place enjoys paths winding through them and planting has taken place.

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

This property is on the outskirts around a 40 minute drive from the Hay literary festival and also a close by to the Royal Welsh Show.


  • 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 woodburner and sofa bed (for flexibility).
  • Green underfloor thermal heating with woodburner
  • Gas range cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, piano, TV, DVD, small library of books and games
  • Table tennis available in the small open barn opposite
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • 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: 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

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

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About the location


Llandrindod Wells 8 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:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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