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Byrdir Cottage

Nant Glas near Rhayader, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay (Ref. 4383)

4.9

Outstanding

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Features

  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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54 Customer Reviews

  • "Everything was perfect in such a lovely location."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2021

  • "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.

    Reviewed by GaryAug 2021

  • "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.

    Reviewed by NevilleAug 2021

  • "The house is up a steep hill on a farm track which is narrow for larger cars"

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

  • "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.

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2021

  • "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.

    Reviewed by JerryAug 2020

  • "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!

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2019

  • "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.

    Reviewed by StephenDec 2019

  • "A fantastic cottage clean and well equipped."

    Stunning garden and views all around. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2019

  • "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 :)

    Reviewed by AmberAug 2019

  • "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

    Reviewed by BAug 2019

  • "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.

    Reviewed by EmmaAug 2019

  • "Lovely cottage quiet and peaceful, great games barn, beautiful scenery, excellent place to stay for the whole family and your four Legged freinds."

    Reviewed by DarrenJul 2019

  • "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.

    Reviewed by LucyJun 2019

  • "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."

    Reviewed by JuliaJun 2019

  • "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.

    Reviewed by CharlesJun 2019

  • "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."

    Reviewed by ChloeMay 2019

  • "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.

    Reviewed by TinaApr 2019

  • "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.

    Reviewed by AlisonDec 2018

  • "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.

    Reviewed by LianeNov 2018

  • "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.

    Reviewed by DeborahOct 2018

  • "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)

    Reviewed by MichaelSep 2018

  • "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.

    Reviewed by KathySep 2018

  • "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.

    Reviewed by AndySep 2018

  • "Absolutely gorgeous place, just so ideal for us and such lovely location."

    We have never said we will return somewhere until visiting this place!

    Reviewed by SamJun 2018

  • "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..

    Reviewed by ScottMar 2018

  • "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.

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2017

  • "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.

    Reviewed by KimNov 2017

  • "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.

    Reviewed by DeborahOct 2017

  • "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!

    Reviewed by RobApr 2017

  • "We had stayed here before last year, and liked it so much that we returned"

    Reviewed by AnnaJan 2017

  • "Excellent cottage and helpful owners who went out of their way for us."

    Will definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by RobertDec 2016

  • "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.

    Reviewed by CherylOct 2016

  • "We have said no to re bookin this cottage only because we like to try different locations each time"

    Reviewed by AlecAug 2016

  • "Perfect relaxing environment in a secluded and private spot, with plenty of space for a family."

    The games room was excellent, with a good choice of games and things to do. The table tennis table was our favourite. The outside space was absolutely beautiful and we really enjoyed relaxing around the large table and chairs on the large patio. The owners have thought of everything. It felt like a home from home immediately. Thank you for a memorable holiday. Everyone enjoyed it tremendously!

    Reviewed by LindaJul 2016

  • "A really homely place, a lot of thought has gone into making it welcoming."

    There were comfortable places to sit and look out onto the fields, or watch TV. The games room is great, perfect if it rains or for an evening in. It is a really warm property with lots of hot water and three wood burning stoves. It is a great base for walks, cycling or driving around the beautiful countryside. Loved our stay there.

    Reviewed by AlysonJul 2016

  • "This was our third visit to the cottage and we still enjoyed the holiday as much as ever."

    The games room and the large garden is a bonus for a family because it enables everyone to have their own space when they need it.

    Reviewed by MarleneJun 2016

  • "Truly outstanding, well equipped cottage in idyllic countryside."

    We are determined to go back next year!

    Reviewed by JenniferMay 2016

  • "We loved the location of cottage and the wonderful views."

    Had great gardens for the dogs and the games room was a hit with all the family. We will recommend to friends and we will return in the near future, the cottage was lovely and warm.

    Reviewed by AnnApr 2015

  • "The cottage was perfect for two families with four small children and the games room was perfect for the rainy days."

    Reviewed by CollinFeb 2015

  • "Fabulous welcome with cake and drinks on arrival."

    The Cottage is the best equipped we have ever been to. There is a lovely secure garden for dogs and the surrounding area is so peaceful and relaxing. Just sheep and birds to listen to, lovely! Not too far from anywhere really and everyone very friendly. Will definitely consider going again and recommend to friends. FABULOUS !!!!!!

    Reviewed by ClareAug 2014

  • "It was such an idyllic, secluded location with beautiful views."

    We loved watching the red kites flying overhead, and the bats in the garden at twilight. A lovely house, we would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by HannahJul 2014

  • "We confirmed this cottage for our group who were based at the Royal Welsh for the week."

    The location was within 15 minutes of the Show ground which was ideal for the daily commute. The owner went out of her way to welcome all who were staying at the cottage. A great welcome and a great service throughout their stay. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by EmmaJul 2014

  • "We had a great time chilling out and relaxing, as well as exploring the surrounding area."

    The games room was fantastic, loved the garden and being able to walk in the surrounding fields. The water tasted lovely! We enjoyed cosy evenings in front of the wood burner, the location was away from it all but accessible. Would certainly be happy to return anytime.

    Reviewed by JenniferFeb 2014

  • "Perfect getaway, the cottage was cosy and everything we expected."

    Would go again, and recommend. Great base for loads of walks and close to the beaches.

    Reviewed by TracyOct 2013

  • "It was in an idyllic setting, and the cottage was up a farm track away from it all!"

    Perfect for a proper family holiday. The games room was a hot favourite with everyone.

    Reviewed by HazelAug 2013

  • "The cottage is based in an ideal location and has a very desirable ambience."

    It has a homely décor in keeping with the age and location, the kitchen was small, but well stocked. There is even a games room which was a real bonus, with pool, table tennis and dvd's provided.

    Reviewed by ClareMay 2013

  • "A wonderful cottage with excellent facilities."

    The little touches made our stay special.

    Reviewed by ThereseFeb 2013

  • "Loved the setting, the house itself and the games room."

    Very well furnished, with enough space for us all to not feel cramped. Brilliant holiday retreat and everyone that joined us has asked that we visit again in the future.

    Reviewed by SarahSep 2012

  • "The quiet and tranquil setting of the cottage."

    Lots of room for parking and for the children to play. The games room was fantastic - not only for the children.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2012

  • "The situation was lovely, the facilities excellent, and the owners were very helpful."

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2012

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped."

    Reviewed by AdamFeb 2012

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings."

    Cottage provided all we needed for a lovely visit and the extra homely touches were very much appreciated. Games room was a major bonus for extra space and entertainment.

    Reviewed by DawnJul 2011

  • "An excellent cottage in a quiet and scenic location."

    The cottage is well placed to access many places in central Wales. I would highly recommend this cottage to any party of 6-8 people who want to holiday in mid-Wales.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2011

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The property

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.

Summary

  • 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
  • Utility
  • 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.

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About the location

RHAYADER

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:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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