In association with
Sykes Cottages
Icon/Navigation/Chevron/Left Back to search

4 people have recently viewed this property

1 of 21 View Image Gallery
  • Penlon - Mid Wales - 27132 - photo 1


(Ref. 27132)

Capel Bangor near Aberystwyth, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

Reviews & Ratings

Accuracy of the listing
Facilities and Maintenance
  • All reviews
  • cottage (39)
  • lovely (23)
  • location (18)
  • well (16)
  • clean (14)
  • beautiful (14)

46 Customer Reviews

  • "Beautiful location with lovely views Well maintained cosy comfortable cottage Well equipped kitchen Just missed the summer flash sale price but Have still booked for a return visit We did have rally cars (organised event) racing past in the early hours during one night, but found it amusing in our hope of a peaceful holiday 2/3 hours of very noisy mayhem but the rest of the week was perfect."

    Will check the dates for any local car events next time!!

    Thank you for your feedback and deciding to return. Glad you enjoyed the late night entertainment!..........We are normally notified about rallies but it seems not on this occasion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eleanor5.0Apr 2024

  • "An excellent 2 weeks stay in a very clean well looked after cottage."

    . Only downside was uncomfortable bed.. single beds in bedroom... Twin bed would have been better..

    Glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Mar 2024

  • "We had a wonderfull stay."

    Quiet and peacefull. We did appreciate that wood was provide for the first burn and coal. We sleeped well and the bathroom is spacious. We have cooked every day and the dining room has space. We appriciate to be very near Aberystwyth but still in the field. I recommend this cottage. The price is very correct. Regards Christine

    Thank you for your encouraging remarks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine4.1Mar 2024

  • "A lovely location ,cottage was cosy and warm upon arrival everything you need was available could not ask for anything else."

    .would thoroughly recommend you stay here 10/10..

    Thank you......wishing you a Happy New Year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stanley5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Pelon."

    I recommand this cottage 100% The owner is bery Nice. Regards Christine

    Thank you for your kind words. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with a well-equipped kitchen and a gorgeous setting!"

    So warm and cosy at this time of year and within easy reach of Aberystwyth. An ideal retreat!

    Glad you found it warm and cosy! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pete4.7Nov 2023

  • "Outstanding…."

    .the Cottage is a credit to the owners……spotlessly clean, and everything you need for your Holiday……an absolute joy.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    So glad everything was to your satisfaction. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2023

  • "Absolutely amazing cottage in a stunning location."

    Lots of helpful information around the cottage. The weather has been so hot and a fan was very welcome. I would just consider net curtains to let fresh air in and insects out on an evening. But that it’s just a suggestion as everything else was fantastic. Amazing places to visit.

    Thank you for your encouraging remarks. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2023

  • "This is a beautifully appointed cottage."

    We found the beds comfortable. There are plenty of electric sockets. The kitchen is a small but was fitted with a large fridge and freezer, nice oven and plenty of crockery and cooking utensils and there was cupboard space for groceries. Lots of small things have been thought of such as t-towels, washing up liquid and dish cleaning cloth, boxes of tissues, toilet paper, drying rack, iron and ironing board, broom, dustpan and brush etc. We were pleased to find a few DVD films, board games, local history books and pamphlets. The cottage has been decorated and furnished nicely and was very clean. The stairs are quite steep but was not a problem for us. We had a lovely holiday and hope to stay again.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your positive comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by T5.0Jun 2023

  • "We loved the cottage and the location - very comfortable and with good facilities."

    One thing I would suggest is getting a blind for the velux window in the upstairs bedroom. Particularly in the Summer the light will wake people up very early! It would be good to have more privacy in the upstairs bedroom so a stud wall across where the railings are with a door would make it a much more attractive for couples. I imagine it is possible to put the two twin beds together to make a double - the option to do this would be good. Sorry this sounds negative - I am just suggesting a couple of improvements. We had a lovely time and loved having access the river just across the road - our dog really enjoyed paddling!

    Thank you for your suggestions, glad you had a lovely time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Apr 2023

  • "Very well equipped (pity the washing machine is not listed on the features list)."

    It gave the impression that the owner had an excellent idea of what may be required and had gone out of their way to provide. Cosy and comfortable, we had a splendid week.

    Glad you enjoyed your time at Penlon. Washing machine not advertised as it has to be switched off if there is a water shortage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very happy with cottage,just a shame we were not holidaying but visiting friend in nursing home."

    Would book again for a holiday someday. Lovely quiet spot and nice walks for us and the dog. Nice to have enclosed grounds and nice views

    Look forward to your return visit Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Mar 2023

  • "Absolutely superb."

    We keep coming back here as can’t find anywhere better. You will not regret coming here. Very cosy, great location. Water is strait out the spring and tastes natural. Boat is very accomodating.

    We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2023

  • "Super Cottage well equipped and cosy beds."

    Lovely location for chilling out.

    Glad you found everything to your liking. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2022

  • "A perfect location for dog and I to visit contacts in the Aberystwyth area."

    The cottage was immaculately clean and freshly decorated. As it turned chilly I was especially thankful that the heating was efficient for an extra degree or two for a short time in the morning. I agree with other visitors that a double bed (or a linked singles) would be much better upstairs. I was alone this time so it did not matter - but for the future? The bunk bed was really more suitable for children. I slept there because it was near the bathroom but next visit will sleep upstairs. Te space under the stairs was excellent for the dog crate. I also agree that the low wall outside needs a half meter fence to make it more dog secure. My dog does not jump thankfully but I was a little nervous. Parking in the adjacent layby was convenient and felt safe. The road is not busy but the few drivers mostly seemed to be travelling far too fast! The wood burning stove was a bonus and easy to use. I was impressed with the file of appliance instructions although the ones I used were simple to operate. Cooking facilities excellent. I do like to find a useful cupboard full of odds and ends left by previous visitors (herbs, oil, etc) and there was not one, but imagine this might be a covid regulation? I did not have time to be a tourist during this visit but I know the area well and the cottage is in a great location for walking, and bird watching. Feeding the red kites at Nant yr Arian is a sight not to be missed. Overall ideal and if I travel alone again I will hope to return. I am not sure why Sykes have Friday to Friday bookings? This seems curious as most people take a week off work and I suspect many, like me, have to arrive on Saturday thus miss a days holiday.

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to return. As for Friday to Friday bookings that is our choice due to personal circumstances. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Sep 2022

  • "A nice cottage, comfortable, clean and well equipped."

    A quiet location in this superb valley with immediate access to a range of excellent walks and plenty to see and do. Very peaceful.

    Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phil4.4Sep 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage."

    It is fully equipped with everything you would need for your stay. It's very clean and the decor is lovely. The paddock and stream across the road are idyllic and the views are something else!

    Thank you, totally agree regarding the views! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenna5.0Aug 2022

  • "Water had run out by the evening of day 4."

    Couldn't get signal in the house to call so had to drive up the road to telephone the owner. He later let me know a neighbour would fill the water tank in the evening. 24 hours later. Apparently the neighbour filled the tank but there was an airlock the land lord thought and still no water. The owner said he would come by the next morning. Which would be 36 hours without water. No drinking water, flushing loo or ability to wash up. We have pride so bought bottled water to manage this. Owner intimated that he was surprised the water was gone? And questioned how many people were staying. So if you are able to ration your water, it is a pleasant place to stay. I told the landlord I wouldn't stay another night without water and that we were leaving. (As I like to wash) the landlord did not reply and offered no apology or financial recompense. Otherwise lovely place if you can do without water for a few days and don't need a double bed.

    Reviewed by Clare2.5Jul 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage in a beautiful spot overlooking the Rheidol Valley."

    It was clean, comfortable with good facilities. The owners were really responsive to any questions we had. Overall a perfect getaway if you love being in the countryside and good for bird watching.

    Thank you for your kind remarks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely & clean cottage & set in a beautiful setting with easy access for visiting places in other areas"

    Thank you, really appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ronan5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great property."

    Very fast road outside the property and although dog friendly which is great, the road is a huge hazard as dog could easily clear the low wall. Also, we had to move the beds due to drips from condensation from the sky light which was very annoying and no shutter for the window? Otherwise, lovely cottage, thanks

    Reviewed by Melanie4.4Dec 2021

  • "A wonderful cottage with everything you could possibly need."

    We like to cook and the kitchen had excellent quality equipment making the whole experience a great pleasure. The cottage is by the side of a road but the road wasn’t busy. A fabulous place to watch red kites and some lovely walks along the river. We visited Devils Bridge with its breathtaking waterfall which was wonderful. A fantastic holiday all round!

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Oct 2021

  • "A lovely cottage, clean well equipped and in a lovely countryside"

    Very pleased that our cottage exceeded your expectations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great location in beautiful valley."

    Peaceful setting with the river only a two minute walk from the cottage. Lots of red kites with a visitor centre a few miles away where they get fed each day. Great beaches and walks. Everything we needed in the cottage with a seating area outside and parking spaces. Thank you for a great holiday. Hoping to return soon.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2021

  • "Mixed bag of weather, but the cottage was excellent, well presented, the owner although I didn't talk to him he was friendly in the text's sent between us, Bunk beds in the downstairs bedroom, two single beds in the upstairs bedroom, plenty of space in bedroom and dining room, cosy sitting room with smart TV, view of the hills from window, and river a few yards away down the bank, altogether despite the weather we enjoyed our stay, value for money."

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

  • "We we really disappeared with the way that we were treated initially by your company in cancelling our first booking."

    Having been in touch with my bank I was informed that there was no reason on their part for you not to take Automatic payment for our final balance.To send me two important emails to my junk mail was unsatisfactory. I check my regular inbox daily but like a lot of people don’t always do the same for my junk mail and then to take payment 3 days later for the rest of the deposit. didn’t help with customer relations. Your response being that I should check that a payment had been made! However I was very happy with the alternate acccomodation suggested and would return again if allowed to book through a different company. We were 13 miles away from my daughter who had the other shepherds hut which could have been better for my elderly parent. Please sent my congratulations to the owners of Penlon for their excellent facility which helped justify the extra cost incurred.

    Reviewed by Bernadette5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely, clean & comfortable base for exploring the area."

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, set in lovely and peaceful surroundings."

    Very well equipped and extremely clean.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Jul 2020

  • "Very peaceful, cottage was very clean and comfy."

    Beautiful surrounding area full of great walks and nature on your doorstep. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Jul 2020

  • "Good cottage, well provided with what we needed and comfortable."

    Well equipped kitchen, actually stuff we could properly cook with, warm. Quiet location overlooking fields.

    Reviewed by Roy4.7Feb 2020

  • "The whole holiday was exceptional and very enjoyable."

    It would be very difficult to improve on. Thank you very much Mark and Janet Stokes.

    Reviewed by M5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful location, quite breathtaking, if you have the weather here, it certainly would be picture perfect."

    Good facilities at the cottage except it would have been nice to have a double bed upstairs, its all single beds, but the cottage is well equipped and very cosy. we did,nt see any garden at rear, just a bench table at front on patio. Beware of very fast traffic on this road when entering and leaving the cottage especially if you have a dog. Parking is not right next to the cottage, but it is slightly off road.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.4Sep 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in superb location."

    Would love to visit again.

    Reviewed by Daryl5.0Aug 2019

  • "Cottage is beautiful."

    There was nothing more we could have required. The cottage has everything that you need for a weekend stay or a long stay. The location is gorgeous with stunning views that sums up Wales. Short drive to town and some excellent walking tracks surrounding. we loved it!!

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jul 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage in a lovely peaceful area,ideal for recharging those batteries!"

    5 miles from Aberystwith,so near to beaches. couldn't fault the whole holiday!

    Reviewed by William4.7Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in beautiful surroundings"

    Reviewed by Glynis5.0Jun 2019

  • "Beautifully appointed cottage in a superb location would definitely stay here again."

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Apr 2019

  • "Log burning fire, very well equipped, clean and well presented cottage"

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Feb 2019

  • "It is one of the nicest holiday lets we have stayed in."

    Very well equipped, the property layout was one of simple yet practical homely comfort; a lovely location too. We were over on business as well as a short holiday and have decided we'll return for a full break in due course. It exceeded our expectations. Thank you

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2018

  • "Penlon is a delightful cottage done to a very high standard ."

    It is equipped with everything you would need and very comfy.It is set in a lovely location,close to the butterfly farm,which is well worth a visit

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2018

  • "Our second stay at this pretty cottage in a lovely setting not far from Aberystwyth seaside town and cliff railway, and the cake of Rheidol Railway!"

    Reviewed by Paul3.4Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was even better equipped than expected, such as hairdryer and tea/coffee provision in kitchen, lots of towels and bedding."

    I really appreciated the quiet location especially at night. Warmth and seclusion are important to me which I found at this cottage. My twenty-something daughter and one year old granddaughter were also very happy at the cottage.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jul 2018

  • "If you are looking for a "romantic" holiday then you do well to miss booking Penlon because with Bunk bed downstairs and Twin beds upstairs sleeping arrangements are NOT very romantic at all."

    Don't think to yourself that you can push the twin beds together because they are thick pine and there is still a gap between them so you can not make them into a double bed. As for the bunk bed the least I say about that the better (the scabs on my head tell the story) !!! If, however, sleeping in twin beds and bunk beds doesn't bother you then this is the place to book. At 07.45 am there is the rush hour to contend with - well...….three cars heading left to right!! (Lol) and then the odd (and I do mean odd) car or tractor during the day and the rest of the day you can sit and listen to the silence. Watch out for the Red Kites and Buzzards that fly over the cottage every day and make sure you go to the Butterfly Farm that is just down the lane. If you need to use your mobile phone you might well find yourself out of luck as the signal comes and goes (mainly goes!).

    Reviewed by Ashley4.4Jun 2018

  • "Cottage is even nicer than it looks!"

    Very clean , lovely and cosy . Beautiful views, you can see the Rhiedol valley steam train chuff past over the other side of the valley which our son thought was great!

    Reviewed by Paul4.2Jul 2017

  • "Very nice cottage with good facilities."

    Reviewed by Jayne4.8Nov 2016

  • "Lovely cottage, well-equiped and in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2016

Show more Hide all


  • Mostly ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x attic twin, 1 x adult bunks
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome (to be kept on lead when sheep are in the paddock)
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: River and paddock across the road from property, paddock may be occupied by sheep
  • Note: River fishing rights included, please contact the owners for more details.

The property

Capel Bangor 2 miles.

A beautifully converted, Grade II listed former miner’s cottage, with views across the River Rheidol up towards the wooded valley, near the village of Capel Bangor.

Just a short drive from Aberystwyth, a popular university town with a striking Victorian promenade, pier and funicular railway, the cottage is a perfect base for small families or couples to enjoy both the valleys and beaches of West Wales.

The cottage is set over two floors, with a landing-style attic room housing twin beds and a bunk room on the ground floor, along with a shower room.

The original cottage boasts a spacious dining room and a well-equipped galley kitchen, and the sitting room is stylish and modern, with a welcoming woodburner and lovely views stretching up the hillside, a perfect spot to sit and enjoy a morning cup of tea.

Outside, you can sit on the patio and enjoy the tranquillity of the area, lulled by the babble of the river.

Alternatively, take your drink over to the river paddock and sit with a picnic by the owners’ stretch of fishing river, as you while away the hours in the sunshine.

The area is criss-crossed with beautiful walks and is perfect for cycling, and six and a half miles away is Bwlch Nant yr Arian on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains, where hundreds of majestic red kites feed daily.

The Rheidol Hydro Scheme is two miles away, and the Cwmrheidol Butterfly House is a mile and a half away, just a stone’s throw from the Rheidol Reservoir.

Aberystwyth and the regency harbour town of Aberaeron, are within easy reach, along with the stunning sandy beaches of Cardigan Bay.

A short drive will open up the wilderness of Wales and the Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia National Park, meaning you're perfectly situated to explore this wonderfully diverse landscape.

The area offers various outdoor activities, such as fishing and wildlife spotting, while a myriad of cycle ways and footpaths provide the opportunity to glimpse the area’s industrial history, with steam trains, funicular railways and dams.

You are also close to the Wales Coastal Path, stretching in both directions from Aberystwyth.

Steeped in legend, the mystical Devil’s Bridge Falls is just a six-mile drive, or you can take the fabulous Rheidol Steam Railway from Aberystwyth, from a stop just a short walk from the cottage.

Penlon is a peaceful valley retreat for groups to enjoy the tranquil riverside, local beaches and diverse countryside of West Wales.

View on map

About the location


Aberystwyth 5 miles.

Capel Bangor, where you will find a shop and award-winning pubs serving excellent food, is a scattered hamlet set along the A44, just 5 miles from Aberystwyth. A popular seaside town, Aberystwyth offers a wide selection of shops, pubs, tea rooms, restaurants and wonderful sea views from the promenade. The town's Cliff Railway is the longest electric cliff railway in Britain, and the panoramic views on the journey are spectacular. A wonderful day can be spent at the visitors’ centre by the Rheidol reservoir, which is part of the largest hydro-electric scheme in Wales, alternatively, catch some trout or spend the most delightful time in the Butterfly House with its exotic plants and butterflies. This wonderful part of West Wales has everything - countryside walks, sandy beaches, a Narrow Gauge Steam Railway, museums, castles and plenty of Welsh folklore to make this the perfect holiday base any time of year.