Painscastle, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay (Ref. 927834)


  • Sleeps 6 people

  • 4 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • Pets allowed

  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Reviews

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    This was our second trip to Wales in two years, this time we opted to bring along our two Border Terriers. Wendy (the owner) was very welcoming and a wealth of local ... more

    This was our second trip to Wales in two years, this time we opted to bring along our two Border Terriers. Wendy (the owner) was very welcoming and a wealth of local knowledge, you couldn’t ask more from an owner. The house itself was very clean and had everything we needed for a weeks stay. The garden was enclosed and that neither of our BTs could find an escape route despite their persistence in trying. Location wise the property is opposite the Roast Ox Inn. Don’t let this put you off, as the pub and village are very quiet. You will get a good nights sleep each night. Hay On Wye is just a few miles drive away and is well worth a visit. The Brecon Beacons and miles and miles of beautiful scenery meant we were truly spoilt for natural beauty that is on the doorstep. There is so much to do in the area within a 90 minute drive of the house. Just check out the T.I. leaflets and flyers that are in the house or just ask Wendy ! Weather wise we needn’t of taken our walking jackets as it did not rain, but Wales is very green and cannot be so green without the rains, so go prepared. The nearest supermarket is in Hay On Wye (Co Op), there is a fuel station in Clyro that sells the essentials along with petrol and diesel. An up to date sat nav is also very handy, without one, our journeys would’ve been much longer. As the house is not on an A road, the roads can be quite narrow although not busy by any means but it helps to memorise the last “passing” as you may need to reverse back to it if you are confronted by a tractor etc. We all loved the under cover hot tub, it was very nice to relax in after the walks to help ease those aching feet and muscles. We would recommend this property to all and at some point we will return for another weeks stay. The property is good value for money and we could not thank Wendy enough for making our stay perfect. A, J, C & E (not forgetting Amber & Tilly BT)

The property

This historic, detached artisan cottage nestles in the heart of the popular village of Painscastle in Mid Wales.

This lovely cottage with a hot tub is in the heart of the village and is ideal for families or a small group of friends looking to enjoy the border countryside, being within easy reach of historic towns, fabulous days out and various activities.

Situated close to the literary town of Hay-on-Wye, and surrounded by the beautiful Welsh Marches and border countryside, this delightful cottage is set over two floors.

There are four comfortable bedrooms and a bathroom, with an additional family shower room on the ground floor.

There is a well-equipped kitchen leading to two comfy seating areas, one with a dining area and glass apex looking out across the cottage garden.

There is a separate cosy sitting room where you can relax in front of a further woodburner and relax watching the TV.

Outside, you can sit on the patio, surrounded by the slightly raised cottage garden, enjoying a hearty breakfast before heading off to explore the surrounding countryside and historic towns.

On your return you can enjoy the evening sun on the upper patio where you can unwind in the hot tub which is situated under cover in an open-fronted barn adjoining the seating area (Please note (no children under the age of 4 allowed in the hot tub).

Painscastle boasts a welcoming, dog-friendly pub and is surrounded by the beautiful undulating border countryside of the Welsh Marches, which opens up to Begwns Moor and Monks Pond, giving you a chance to soak up the panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

You are ideally placed to visit the quaint town of Hay-on-Wye, famous for its myriad of bookshops, boutique- style shopping and annual literary festival.

Visit the Royal Welsh Showground, which hosts a variety of events, making this cottage a perfect base for those looking for peace and quiet after a busy day at the showground.

The area offers numerous outdoor activities with pony trekking close by together with six golf courses, including Kington which boasts that it is the highest course in England.

For more activities travel to Llangorse Lake, where you will find water skiing, pedalos, pike fishing and rowing boats.

There are fabulous walking and cycle routes on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Black Mountains.

Slightly further afield, to the north, you will find the popular market town of Rhayader, gateway to the stunning Elan Valley, with its majestic Victorian dams and the nearby Red Kite Feeding Centre.

Knighton, on the edge of the Shropshire Hills, is an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, situated on Offa’s Dyke, and ideal for walking swathes of the Marches.

This pretty cottage is a perfect base for families or friends looking to enjoy time together in a beautiful part of the country.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x double, 2 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, breakfast area, dining area and sitting area with woodburner
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • Utility.
  • Oil central heating with woodburners
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburners inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Front gravelled garden
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Extra dogs, a charge of £20/dog applies
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.5 miles, pub 2 mins walk
  • Please note check in time for this property is 4pm and check out 10am due to hot tub change over.

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About the location


Hay-on-Wye 5.5 miles; Builth Wells 12.5 miles; Hereford 25 miles.

The pretty village of Painscastle lies just five and a half miles from the famous town of Hay-on-Wye, and takes its name from its ancient fortress, where today only large earthworks remain. Standing only three miles from the England/Wales border, the village boasts a charming real ale inn serving good food, and is surrounded by scenic countryside. Under six miles away is the historic market town of Hay-on-Wye. Settled beside the River Wye, it’s renowned for its world-famous Hay Festival of Literature and with its many specialist bookshops, antiques shops, restaurants and cafes, it’s a popular destination for holidaymakers wishing to enjoy the leisure activities and beautiful scenery of the Wye Valley. Builth Wells can be reached within a pleasant drive, and is home to an 18-hole golf course, a pony trekking centre and a selection of amenities, plus each July it plays host to the Royal Welsh Show. The surrounding countryside provides excellent walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing and canoeing opportunities, amongst many more, together with a variety of tourist attractions, including the Black Mountains, The Three Castles Walk, Offa's Dyke pathway, the Mortimer Trail and the lovely walk to Hergest Ridge, which is said to have inspire the music of Elgar. The ancient city of Hereford, the epitome of picturesque England, lies just over half an hour’s drive away, with its magnificent cathedral housing its famous chained library and Mappa Mundi, and medieval bridge set over the winding River Wye. A supremely appealing area, and a perfect year-round holiday destination.

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