- Off road parking
- Open fire
- Garden / Patio
- Highchair available
- Washing machine
- Games Room
- Broadband / WiFi
Reviews & Ratings
64 Customer Reviews
"Superb cottage and very well equipped in a beautiful location."
The property was very comfortable and well maintained. We had a fantastic time there and will hopefully be back soon.
"Really nice cottage,fabulous views, close to many interesting places, best ..."
Really nice cottage,fabulous views, close to many interesting places, best eating place was The Bell country inn on the way to Llandrindod Wells, very private and dog loved playing in the field, if you get confused by directions its 4th turning on the left after Greggs
"Byrdir Cottage is beautiful Extremely clean and tidy, beautiful furnishings Kitchen had everything you could have needed and with the games room there was something for everyone of all ages."
Will 100% be returning
"Had a brilliant holiday in a lovely cottage with all the comforts of home."
Our teenage grandchildren loved the games room and dog spent lots of time in the garden Location was great as were the magnificent views on each side of cottage Have already booked for next year
"We had a lovely time at the cottage."
Although it was isolated there was plenty to keep us amused. Watching displays by the red kites in the nearby fields. The play room in the barn was a great success with its pool table, table tennis table and dart board. Also plenty of dvds and jigsaw puzzles. There was plenty of space for the 7 of us and 2 dogs who had plenty of outdoor space to wander in safety..
"Place was amazing very peaceful would definitely go again."
"We loved our stay here - well equipped and thoughtful touches, easy communication with owners during stay, so peaceful and quiet."
Incredible Mountain View’s. Lots to do in local area and further afield. We would be very happy to come again!
"Truly fabulous cottage in Beautiful surroundings."
Very peaceful with a lovely atmosphere. The kitchen is well stocked with herbs and condiments plus a very nice welcome pack. There was plenty of room for 7 adults and our 2 dogs. The gardens are immaculate and the games room is perfect for keeping people occupied. There is an excellent petrol station 20 minutes walk away which sells everything you need, including a Greggs cafe ! The village of Rhayader is only a 10 minute drive away and has lots of shops, cafes and pubs. Spriggs Taxi’s are very reliable and drove us around when we didn’t want to take the car. We highly recommend the food in The Castle. Not as posh as the other 2 pubs but friendlier and better priced. Elan valley is only a 10 minute drive away and should not be missed, it is stunningly beautiful. Car is essential if people are not good walkers or have mobility problems as the drive up to the house is long and steep, but is perfect for long walks and wildlife spotting. We highly recommend Byrdir and will definitely come again.
"An oasis of tranquility and beauty."
The cottage is very well equipped. One of the best we have stayed in. The countryside of Mud Wales cannot be beaten.
"The cottage was delightful we went with seven adults two children more than enough room."
Hot water was amazing never ran out, the house was warm . The peaceful surroundings of lambs and sheep just made the stay idyllic, shame about the weather.
"Had a lovely stay and the property was so well equipped."
Would definitely come back again. Thank you.
"This is the most incredible place I have visited so far and I have visited many."
The location is outstandingly beautiful. This cottage is surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains which feel like a huge warm embrace. Just standing at the kitchen sink is a great pleasure as you can stare at the most uplifting view. Every window looks out on open countryside with red kites flying around all day. The water is fresh from the mountain spring. The cottage itself has everything you could possibly need and more. It is so thoughtfully equipped. There were even spices in the kitchen! The beds are comfortable and you get an amazing nights sleep in the quiet darkness. Star gazing is a must here. The games room is a great bonus too. You can enjoy a holiday here anytime. I will definitely be returning to this magical place.
"Only one negative, and that was being told we had to vacate at 9:30am on the morning of our departure."
Apart from that it was an excellent stay. A lovely place both inside and out and great value for money. Great facilities and spotless throughout.
"This is a beautiful cottage with amazing views all round."
The photos do not do it justice. The games room was a fantastic addition and lots of fun. The owners were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. The one downfall were the beds which I think need replacing as they are not very comfortable and higher in the centre than the edge. But other than that we would highly recommend a stay here, we had some issue locating it in the dark though, so would recommend using the what three words app and putting in relating.inefficient.tunes
"We had a lovely weekend away with the family."
The cottage was cosy and warm as it was a cold weekend. It was in the perfect location and our hosts were lovely and helpful. We highly recommend a stay at Byrdir Cottage.
"The special feature of the separate games room was ideal for our purposes."
"Very clean, relaxing and peaceful, games room is brilliant with plenty of heating, great countryside this was are third visit will definitely go again."
"Byrdir is a cosy and comfy cottage in a beautiful setting!"
Excellently located for long or short walks. When the weather doesn't permit a venture outdoors; the excellent games room with the open fire ticks all the boxes. The living room is a great size and heats up quickly when the log fire is roaring. The entire property was clean and tidy. The kitchen and utility room are well equipped with all the necessities and more. Upon arrival it was heartening to find plenty of towels available and blankets, the latter used when sitting outside looking at the countless stars. The beds were comfortable, and we enjoyed a good night's sleep every night as it is so quiet only awoken by the chorus of songbirds in the morning. We highly recommend this property for families large or small and we will definitely be returning soon for another stay.
"The most amazing cottage out of the many over the years we have stayed in,from ..."
The most amazing cottage out of the many over the years we have stayed in,from southern Ireland to Scotland this is the bees knees , thank you for letting us enjoy your cottage
"Very relaxing and peaceful we had a wonderful holiday and would like to stay again sometime in the future"
"What a beautiful home this is."
Cosy and comfortable with room for everyone. We were a party of 7 adults, 1 toddler and 1 dog. The cottage is set in beautiful surroundings and has everything you could wish for. It really is a home from home. The hosts are lovely and always at hand if needed. We arrived to a beautiful homemade cake. The games room is totally amazing and a great place to spend evenings with the family. When in the cottage you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, it is peaceful and has a beautiful sense of calmness about it. There are so many places of interest both near and far but you do need a car. We loved our time here and it was a great excuse to relax and enjoy being a family. A real escape from our normal busy lives.
Everything exactly or better than as described in details. In the heat slightly thinner quilts would’ve been appreciated.
"Byrdir cottage is in a fantastic rural location."
It is clean, well equipped and comfortable and the owners are helpful and welcoming. Definitely to be recommended for a get away.
"Beautiful cottage set in stunning scenery, well placed to visit the local attractions."
It was large enough to accommodate us, 7 large adults, 1 toddler, 1 baby and 2 Belgian shepherd dogs plus all our stuff, yet still felt cosy. Very well equipped and spotlessly clean, the games room was a nice plus. Lovely walks from the doorstep, which the dogs appreciated. Regarding the pond, which was a bonus for us as the toddler and dogs enjoyed playing in it, you do actually have to search it out so not an immediate cause for concern. Friendly hosts who maintain a well kept property, we will be back.
"Lovely property and very spacious for 6 of us"
"Really cozy and clean cottage set in a beautiful part of the country."
The cottage had every amenity you could wish for and the view straight out the front door was awesome. The Gaskells where a super host and nothing was to much trouble for them. We will definitely be booking again in the future.
"The cottage was in a very beautiful setting, so peaceful and an escape from everyday life."
The kids really enjoyed the games room and the cottage had everything we needed. Walks straight from the door step meant we didn't use the car during our stay. The host was very helpful and on hand when needed. Will definitely be returning.
"We had a fabulous time- especially appreciated the games room."
House was warm, kitchen, whilst small, had everything we needed. Beautiful area- was amazing seeing red kites flying overhead.
Just what we wanted as a get away from it all. Such a comfortable and relaxing place to stay, with great walks from the doorstep, and facilities close by. Ideal for myself, dog and grown up sons with added games room.Couldn't ask for more from a property. Will definitely return even if it's just myself and the dog, lots more walks to do.
"Games room a bonus."
"Everything was perfect in such a lovely location."
"Beautiful cottage in an idyllic setting which served all out needs, the games room being a particular favourite for our teenage boys."
The cottage provided a secluded peaceful environment to enable you to enjoy the beautiful hilly surrounds yet was only a few minutes drive away from the local towns to help you return to civilisation. We simply adored this cottage, loving the wooden décor to keep the authentic feel yet still having all the mod cons to to fulfil your needs. The welcome food pack was a lovely touch with us particularly enjoying the Lemon cake. Communication was great throughout the process making this a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. Will definitely recommend for large families or small groups with the cottage being a suitable size for both.
"Byrdir is a really lovely cottage in a beautiful and peaceful setting."
The cottage was very clean and there were many thoughtful touches, not least the milk, homemade cake and eggs laid that morning which awaited us on our arrival. The views were stunning and (weather permitting) we enjoyed sitting out watching the red kites and buzzards circling over the adjacent fields. The spacious games room was a big hit with our three 20-something sons who joined us on holiday. A wonderful week in a wonderful cottage, I would love to go back.
"The house is up a steep hill on a farm track which is narrow for larger cars"
"It was a beautiful spot in the countryside, peaceful, remote and very relaxing, the cottage was lovely and comfortable with a great games barn for all the family to enjoy."
We loved watching the red kites gliding overhead and it was so remote, we all took blankets outside and stayed up until midnight gazing at the stars in the clear sky - uninterrupted by any light pollution.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this idyllic home from home."
well appointed and thoughtfully furnished and decorated, the owners have done a lovely job of providing everything you need for a great and reaxing holiday. Following the coronavirus pandemic we really needed a break and this provided our "bubble" a great opportunity to recover some emblance of normality. the setting was beautiful and the weather perfect - i understand that this is normal for Wales! In short, other than in an ideal world, having an extra bathroom, a larger fridge freezer in the pantry and perhaps a banister on the 3 steps on the landing (took a bit of a tumble in the dark - my fault!) the property really was perfect. The games barn was a particular hit in the evening too. Loved it and I am sure you will too.
"This is a nice holiday cottage with plenty of room and lots of garden for the dogs to play."
The games room is great for children and adults, we spent a lot of time in the games room. The surrounding fields were free of livestock so we were able to walk in them with the dogs off the lead and perfectly safely. The only issue was the wifi, we read in the cottage instructions that there is a 50g limit for the month, divided into weekly allowances. 13g of internet access is nowhere near enough for a winter holiday with 5 adults and 2 children all with their own iPads and watching online content. We did exceed the allowance, the owner did pay for more gigabytes of data and we were not asked to pay for the extra gigabytes, however, it did make us a little uncomfortable having to ask the owner to pay for more data and the worry that the 20g the owner purchased would not get used up again. It would have been better to give us the option of buying extra data at a fixed price so that everyone knows where they stand and we would not have felt guilty watching Netflix. I could not find any mention of data restrictions in the brochure or on Sykes Cottages website. The data problem has not put us off the cottage though, it was a lovely holiday and we thoroughly enjoyed the week. The cottage had been thoughtfully decorated with Christmas decorations and a lovely tree, and there was cake, milk, coffee and tea waiting for us upon arrival. We would definitely go back!
"Absolutely loved everything about the place."
It made for a really enjoyable xmas week for our family of 6 adults and 2 children. Spacious, clean, lovely views and the games room was a massive hit for all. I would however point out that the enclosed garden is currently missing a gate so nothing to prevent dog running away down the lane. Also, and this is not a new thing. Sykes should make it clear on info when booking that dogs are not allowed upstairs at the property. This has now happened to us on 2 occasions that only on arrival have we discovered that dogs must be kept downstairs. I would not have booked these properties had we known prior to arrival as it mean't one of us had to sleep downstairs with him as he is not used to being left downstairs on his own.
"A fantastic cottage clean and well equipped."
Stunning garden and views all around. Will definitely return.
"Great cottage - really well equipped for everything you would need."
So peaceful and surrounded by sheep. Games room is fab also! We all had a great family holiday. Thanks :)
"Cottage was everything we expected."
However there is not one piece of comfortable furniture in the house. All sofas were tired and the mattresses were like stone slabs . Two of our part ended with bad backs
"We stayed in this cottage from the 3rd-10th August and we had such a relaxing getaway."
The fact you can walk around the surrounding fields is a great bonus. We had to contact the owner on one occasion for an issue with a tap and they were so polite and attentive it was a fantastic experience. The only down side (if you can call it that) is that with 3 boys that are ruled by their phones the internet is not fantastic and you need to be aware of the usage. The cottage and the surroundings where fabulous and we would definitely recommend. Massive thank you to the lovely Gaskell family for allowing us to stay in this wonderful property.
"Lovely cottage quiet and peaceful, great games barn, beautiful scenery, excellent place to stay for the whole family and your four Legged freinds."
"Amazing property, loved every minute staying at Byrdir Cottage, so peaceful and relaxing."
Good location for visiting nearby Elan Valley and easy access to main roads for other days out. We would happily return here.
"Total relaxation, wonderful views, if you want to recharge your batteries this is the place to go, lots of local amenities 10 mins away, Elan Valley is a must to visit the reservoirs are amazing and if you have dogs there are some wonderful walks around it, we will be returning."
"Beautiful quiet cottage."
Perfect for getting away from it all. Supplied with everything you could think of. Even though it hardly ever stopped raining we had a fantastic family holiday. Our 3 granddaughters loved the games room, as did their parents. Beds a little firm for our family but this is just personal choice. We are already planning a return visit.
"Had the most amazing week away at byrdir cottage, was everything I expected and more, just stunning, on arrival we had homemade cake which was so thoughtful & delicious, the cottage was well equipped and had everything we could ask for, the open fires were idyllic, I just loved my stay here & cant wait to return, if your looking for a home from home relaxing holiday this is perfect & I couldn’t recommend it more, Thankyou so much for a lovely stay."
"The cottage was lovely, a little snug but perfect for the five of us and the dogs."
The owners were very welcoming and sorted a minor issue for us straight away. The games room was perfect for rainy evenings although fortunately the weather was really good so we didn't use it as much. Will definitely come back. This is a perfect home away from home.
"A really delightful cottage in a a quiet, scenic area."
The cottage was comfortable and well equipped to cope with a full house and cater for Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The games room was an added bonus and kept us all amused in the evenings with the log burner providing a warm cosy environment. The only down side was that the bedrooms were on the small size but not much you can do about that in a traditional Welsh farm workers cottage. Some WiFi issues were quickly resolved by the owner. For a family get together Byrdir cottage was just perfect and I would definitely recommend.
"A lovely cottage in a rural and remote setting."
Lovely and clean, the owners are very accommodating.On arrival we had a lovely home made cake and fresh milk to enjoy. Elan valley not too far away for beautiful picturesque walks and the games room at the cottage was entertaining for days when the weather was not so good. Overall a very enjoyable break.
"The cottage is in a perfect location to explore the surrounding countryside and the Elan Valley in particular."
The Red Kites can be seen in abundance, often so close you can see the detail on the underside of their wings, simply spectacular. The cottage itself is warm and welcoming with its gorgeous log fire and spacious living area. The games room is a definite plus for family entertainment in the dark evenings of Autumn after an energising day exploring. I've never been to a more well equipped self catering cottage. It's so good to be able to go away without worrying about bedding and towels and be able to wash the dirty walking clothes before going home. Superb, thoroughly recommended.
"The view from the cottage was brilliant, the peace and quiet, the games room was Ideal in the evenings."
We were lucky with the weather, warm and sunny all week. The home made cake and wood fire on arrival was marvellous, the only downside one week wasn't long enough. Byrdir cottage is perfect, exactly what we wanted. Just one small thing look out for the lady in a red car who seamed to think the lane at the bottom of the drive was a racetrack, (no problem with noise the drive is a long way from the lane)
"Picturesque cottage in beautiful location."
Red kites flying around cottage. Games room a bonus if you have a family. Garden secure for our little doggy. Everything you need within the cottage. Mobile phone signal hit or miss. I got signal and I am on Three but my husband who is on Virgin did not. Internet as described is on a mobile signal through EE but we only got it on the Saturday night and not for the rest of week. They request that you do not use it for streaming. We tried to ring owners and left message but no call back. Also if you use more than the allowance they would contact you and ask that you leave an extra £10. Tea and cake a nice gesture when we got there. A very pleasant weeks holiday.
"A tranquil retreat away from traffic noise with a games barn if the rain sets in."
Byrdir, is set back along a private narrow rack off a minor single track lane. The cottage is comfy, clean, and well equipped, with the best games room facility we've ever had at a holiday rental property, a welcome bonus if put off from the great outdoors by the weather. The owners are close at hand if needed and left a good variety of local information and guides to look through. If you need facilities on the doorstep it's possibly not for you. However, the nearest shop, (and Greggs!), is only a short drive on the main A470 away. The welcome cake was a memorable treat along with the "get you going" supplies of milk, coffee, tea, etc. A return visit already on the agenda.
"Absolutely gorgeous place, just so ideal for us and such lovely location."
We have never said we will return somewhere until visiting this place!
"The cottage was fantastic, amazing location & the owner could not have been more helpful."
We even checked availability for our next holiday while there but unfortunately it was booked already..
"Cottage was lovely we had a really enjoyable time."
The hosts had thought of everything and there was lots of useful information and a lovely cake on arrival. Would definitely book this again.
"Thrilled with my stay at Byrdir Cottage."
Despite being a very last minute get away, it took less than 10 minutes on Sykes to find the perfect property and make arrangements. 36 hours later I pulled up to Byrdir and could not be happier with what I discovered. A quiet and private location with stunning views and very comfortable accommodations. The cottage comes with everything you need to feel at home, and is in a superb area to explore the beauty of Wales. Waking up to resident red kites was a treat and walks from the cottage were plentiful. Luckily I had both sunny days and rainy days during the stay, which allowed for both expeditions out and about as well as relaxing times in front of the fire with a cup of tea, a good book and the homemade banana bread that welcomes you on arrival. I will most definitely look to return to Byrdir cottage for future get aways.
"Everything was absolutely superb with one exception, the bathroom is in need of updating."
However, this was a small price to pay for an otherwise delightful cottage and wonderful holiday.
"I like searching for cottages with Sykes - the 'search' options make it really simple!"
Bydir cottage is our favorite cottage yet! The photo's on the website sold it to us, but the cottage is even better when you arrive! We were in the middle of nowhere in beautiful countryside and yet only 15 minutes away from shops. The cottage was lovely, very well equipped and a real home from home. The games room was a fantastic bonus! We would love to return! Thank you!
"We had stayed here before last year, and liked it so much that we returned"
"Excellent cottage and helpful owners who went out of their way for us."
Will definitely recommend.
"It was a beautiful property in a great location."
- quiet and with the opportunity to relax. Brilliant games room! AND the property was lovely and warm - ideal for my parents who are in their eighties.
"We have said no to re bookin this cottage only because we like to try different locations each time"
- Five bedrooms: 1 x king, 2 double, 1 x 2’6’’ twin, 1 single
- Bathroom with bath, rain shower over, basin and WC
- Ground floor basin and WC
- Kitchen with dining area and gas fire
- Sitting room with woodburner
- Games barn with pool table, table tennis, table football, TV, DVD and woodburner.
- Radiators in kitchen/diner, landing and bathroom, storage heaters in sitting room and games room, electric panel heaters in bedrooms, gas fire in kitchen/diner and wood burner in lounge and games room
- Electric oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, as of February 2020, property offers unlimited WiFi, 32 inch Smart TV and 49 inch curved TV in games room (one with Freeview), DVD, video, CD/radio, selection of books, games, videos and DVDs
- Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburners inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
- Highchair, cot and stair gate available on request
- Off road parking for 4 cars
- Secure bicycle storage in games room
- Enclosed lawned gardens with furniture
- Two well-behaved dogs welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shop 1.5 miles, pub 4.5 miles
- Note: Fenced pond at end of garden
- Note: Cottage is up a single track lane about 0.5 miles long, care to be taken.
Rhayader 4.5 miles.
A delightful detached cottage set in open countryside with mountain views from all aspects, in a rural location 4.5 miles from Rhayader.
Created from two separate properties, this picturesque Rhayader cottage stands alone at the end of a single farm track in the most peaceful location.
Full of character, this pretty Rhayader cottage retains many original features including open beams, flagged floors, wooden floorboards throughout the first floor and wonderful open fireplaces.
The lovely large kitchen table with settle seating is perfect for family meals, followed by relaxation in the superb sitting room or the very large games room, specifically adapted from an old barn with vaulted beamed ceiling, a cosy woodburner, comfy seats, a TV and DVD, a pool table, table football and table tennis.
Enjoy alfresco dining in the pretty cottage garden, which has an area large enough to enjoy a friendly game of football, or explore the local countryside with walks from the doorstep.
You may well see Red Kites overhead, along with all the other birdlife around the cottage, but do visit the Red Kite feeding station in nearby Rhayader for an experience never to be forgotten.
The Elan Valley lakes and the many shows and exhibitions at the Royal Welsh Showground offer varied days out for all the family.
A terrific, welcoming Rhayader cottage for all ages.
About the location
Llandrindod Wells 10 miles; Aberystwyth 34 miles.
Rhayader is a small Welsh market town with a selection of tea rooms, pubs, restaurants, amenities and unique little boutiques, including local antiques. An added bonus of a leisure centre with a large swimming pool and a weekly livestock market. The Red Kite Feeding Station, on the outskirts of the town is a great attraction not to be missed. Rhayader is the first town on the River Wye and is home to the spectacular dams and reservoirs of the Elan and Claerwen Valleys. The Elan Valley offers a variety of walks and cycle trails (cycle hire is available in Rhayader), as well as a visitor’s centre with café and children's play area. This area is known as the Wildlife Centre of Wales, with its amazing variety of nature reserves open for visitors to enjoy. There is also pony trekking available in the area. Visit Builth Wells, where the Spring Festival, Royal Welsh Agricultural Show and Winter Fair are all held annually. Alternatively, a scenic drive will take you to the Welsh coast 34 miles away.
This property offers the following short breaks:
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