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Gatehouse

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

4.7

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "Second time staying at the gatehouse, we love it!"

    Wendy the owner is lovely and very welcoming. 100% dog friendly, 100% dog safe. Property always clean and well presented and reasonably priced. Huge undercover hot tub which is always a bonus with the kids! Wendy - we can't wait to stay again!

    Reviewed by MariaApr 2022

  • "Great communication from Wendy (owner) and a warm welcome."

    So great to have a property that allows dogs, so Rory and Ben enjoyed the stay too!

    Reviewed by JuliaMar 2022

  • "The cottage was amazing."

    Beautiful, clean and well equipped, all we could ask for for a weekend away. The hot tub in the garden was a fabulous addition. Thank you to the host for being very accommodating. We will definitely be returning. Thank you. 6.3.22

    Reviewed by GemmaMar 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at the Gatehouse!"

    As stated in the property description, the internet could be a bit randomly spotty, but as we were a group of writers bent on reading and writing this was not a problem. We also enjoyed the many walks in the area (and the kind locals who kept us from wandering into a bog!). Do note that though dog-friendly, the property requests dogs remain on the ground floor and off furniture. Would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by AlyssaFeb 2022

  • "We had the most wonderful week, the cottage was beautiful, the hot tub was so nice to sit in in the crisp winter days and the area is just stunning."

    Wonderful walks all around. For anyone that wants a peaceful week in the countryside this is perfect.

    Reviewed by SarahJan 2022

  • "Characterful property in a lovely quiet setting, ideal for a winter week away with friends and their dog."

    Nearest facilities are 10 minute drive away and the village pub right opposite the cottage was only open on Sunday when we visited, but didn’t detract from our stay. Great communications before and during our visit with Wendy the owner who lives next door. We had questions about how warm the cottage was, but the heating system was fine and log fire in the lounge was great for our friend who feels the cold (too hot for the rest of us!). Bring a pair of slippers for winter visits - the lovely flagstone flooring is naturally chilly underfoot - and enjoy time in a lovely cottage in a beautiful part of the country, with Hey on Wye under 15 mins away by car ideal for bookshops, coffee shops and a couple of great butchers!.

    Reviewed by MikeJan 2022

  • "Lovely cottage but very cold, Could do with some rugs and warmer duvets."

    Reviewed by MaryDec 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Gatehouse."

    The accommodation was clean and very welcoming. The house had everything you could possibly need for a break away from home and the owner who lives next door couldn’t have been more helpful with suggestions on dog walks etc.

    Reviewed by VictoriaOct 2021

  • "A lovely spacious cottage, perfect stay for my dad’s 50th birthday."

    The cottage was clean and well kept we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Lots of lovely walks nearby and other villages to explore within a short drive. Would 100% return to Gatehouse in the future and recommend to family and friends

    Reviewed by CharlieOct 2021

  • "Cottage was beautiful kept very much in character, lovely settings garden was so peaceful and secluded hot tub was a bonus and was fully checked daily."

    Wendy the owner was so pleasant and full of information regarding the area, couldn’t of asked for anymore. Thank you for a most relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by DonnaSep 2021

  • "Fantastic setting for a beautiful cottage in a quiet village."

    Had a brilliant week, couldn't ask for more. Wendy was a great help with her local knowledge and gave some good advice for places to go.

    Reviewed by SharomSep 2021

  • "Holiday cottage and host were both wonderful."

    The cottage is remote but we loved that. Garden was great for our dog, hot tub and a BBQ at the end of the day was perfect. The cottage has anything and everything you need to be home from home, lots of space with lovely original cottage features. Host lives next door, we have 3 young children and a dog so I was a little worried about being noisy guests however Wendy was lovely, left us to use the cottage as if it was our own home but was on hand if we needed anything. Our first holiday for 2 years and we absolutely loved Gatehouse, we would love to return.

    Reviewed by LisaAug 2021

  • "Positives - Absolutely fantastic property."

    Nicely decorated, well equipped for self-catering and very good location for many fun activities. Excellent for families and couples - we stayed for our wedding anniversary and had a fantastic time, making good use of the hot tub which Wendy had kindly put on to allow it to warm up for us on arrival. Constructive feedback - some black mold in the downstairs shower room. Had to watch some kitchen equipment before using as previous tenant hadn't cleaned properly. WiFi coverage in the house doesn't stretch to master bedroom and the connection is poor (there seems to be a problem with DHCP response). Overall - I would highly recommend the property and am definitely considering returning for future visits. :)

    Reviewed by EmmaJul 2021

  • "A very peaceful beautiful cottage right opposite a great country pub."

    Very relaxing - would recommend.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage in a great location!"

    Reviewed by PaulJun 2021

  • "The cottage is just lovely, fully equipped and clean."

    Very comfortable beds and hot tub maintained every day. Couldn't fault the cottage at all. The only drawbacks we found was the lack of mobile phone signal, which did prove to be a problem for us, and the internet was extremely difficult to connect to, some days we had no connection at all. One of our party took her uni work with her, hoping to take the opportunity of the peace and quiet to get some work done so no internet was very disappointing. The Roast Ox inn opposite was closed a lot and we were unable to have a meal there at all, there are no local shops so each time we had to drive to hay on wye about 20mins away to the nearest co op. All in all we had a lovely holiday, spending time together playing cards and reconnecting but we wouldn't go back, just personal preference, as the location was a bit too remote for us.

    Reviewed by MichelleJun 2021

  • "The property was beautiful and the owner was lovely!"

    100% dog friendly, would love to visit again!

    Reviewed by MariaApr 2021

  • "Very enjoyable."

    WiFi a bit hit and miss and the pub was closed which were the only downers. But for the time of year and COVID circumstances we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by AnthonyNov 2020

  • "Great relaxing place,amazing amount of birds in the garden,spent hours watching them,a really nice peaceful place to relax for a break,would highly recommended it,food in the pub opposite is really good,all in all,had a great break in a lovely cottage in a lovely area with my family."

    Reviewed by NeilOct 2020

  • "Great few days away."

    The cottage was perfect, so was the hot tub! Weather wasnt that great, so we made use of the logburner which was lovely. Owner is very friendly and is only next door should you need anything. Good location, lots to do within a short drive. Also, theres a pub right across the road! We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by RebeccaOct 2020

  • "Still felt comfortable in the new way we live"

    Reviewed by BelindaSep 2020

  • "Wendy is an amazing hostess"

    Reviewed by JulieJul 2020

  • "Fantastic old cottage."

    Tastefully furnishes and decorated. Clean and warm with plenty of space for six. Plenty of pans and utensils in the kitchen. The hot tub was great fun and an added bonus We would definitely like to return here. Wendy the owner was lovely too.

    Reviewed by KathrynJan 2020

  • "Great spacious cottage, really enjoyed it very much."

    The furniture and fittings were comfy and convenient and pretty. Pub across the road friendly and welcoming, food at pub - great. Bring provisions for cottage (essential) . There are no shops in the immediate area. (10 -15 min drive minimum to shops) Though the lane opposite has fresh eggs for sale at the roadside. The hot tub had was lovely. The thermostat inside the cottage has a limit of about 20 degrees which wasn’t quite warm enough for me during a few cold days but the wood burner warmed us up during the evenings no problems . One of the single bedrooms is quite small with no wardrobe but we all shared the space (ideal for a child though the bed is fine for an adult) . Beautifully clean. The area is stunning. Recommend ceramics class with Alex Allpress (Newbridge on Wye) The owner of the cottage was very welcoming and lives next door helping us out when we locked ourselves out and when we needed extra logs. Thank you! Would absolutely recommend this cottage..

    Reviewed by JaneNov 2019

  • "We had a great week Gatehouse is great for family space our age rang was from 7 to 70+ the jacuzzi was FAB after some great days out it was lovely to spend time relaxing then warming nights around the log burner ."

    Great location to look around surrounding areas , We would highly recommend this cottage .

    Reviewed by LisaOct 2019

  • "No control over heating ( heating controls where blocked off, there was a button you could press to override this but the heating was pre set to A low setting you could not change) so unable to have a bath or shower ."

    The water was hot but my hubby is 75 and I have health problems with the cold so getting out of the shower/bath into a cold room is no good for either us . The patio door when locked just pushed open no security

    Reviewed by MandyJun 2019

  • "The cottage is cosy and spacious, with plenty of areas to relax."

    Its in a great location in the middle of the village, good pub across the road, and surrounded by stunning countryside. Close by is Hay-on-Wye and only a short drive to Hereford and Brecon. The gardens, back and front, are delightful and the hot tub is a great attraction (kept in top condition and spotlessly clean). The host Wendy, is delightful and very accommodating. Top marks for cleanliness and being dog friendly. The facilities in the cottage could be improved with the following: more cups and cutlery (especially if there 6 people), matching crockery as opposed to odd sets, a new ironing board (the one provided is old and not stable) a clothes dryer, and a proper shower head and shower curtain over the bath in the main bathroom. Attention to these items would have given top marks for the facilities. Overall a great stay - very sad to leave!

    Reviewed by NigelJun 2019

  • "The Cottage was exactly as described and had everything we needed."

    Beautifully presented, in a lovely location and very convenient for the local pub. Wendy, the owner had left plenty of tourism information and full instructions for everything, including the hot tub. Wendy lives next door and was on-hand if anything was needed but was not all intrusive. The garden was very secure and perfect for our dog, who seemed to enjoy the holiday and local walks as much as we did! Thank-you.

    Reviewed by TrevorMar 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely and met our needs for a self catering break."

    The owner is very nice and showed us round and how everything works. It has a great enclosed garden and would be lovely to sit in in the summer. The hot tub at the end of the garden is secluded. It was great to have the pub over the road which served very nice food and the owners are very friendly. It is one of a few places we would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by AndreaMar 2019

  • "Had a lovely relaxing break at the Gatehouse."

    Very quiet location with no shops in the village but a handy dog friendly pub opposite serving good beer and food and the staff were really friendly and helpful. The host was on hand in the adjacent building if we needed any help and could provide logs for the living room log burner. The cottage was deceptively spacious, very homely and accommodated 6 adults, baby and 2 dogs very comfortably. Bath towels and bedding provided but need to take towels for hot tub....which was warm and relaxing if a little chilly getting from the tub to the house in December! Over the New a Year period pub had limited opening hours so made use of cooking facilities in the cottage and that was the only slight downside cooker rather slow could probably do with an upgrade in our opinion but other than that perfect.

    Reviewed by KevinDec 2018

  • "The Gatehouse was lovely."

    Lots of room, very cosy, comfy beds, fab hot tub. We (that is my husband and I, our adult children and partners plus 2 dogs) had a great time. Walking, riding, eating. Such a peaceful place. Excellent food over the road at the Roast Ox. A great holiday.

    Reviewed by SusanDec 2018

  • "We had a wonderful time at the Gatehouse just wish we could have stayed longer!"

    Loved the hot tub and the cottage was so lovely especially the lounge with its cosy wood burner. So quiet in the area and beautiful country views. We also enjoyed a trip to Hay on Wye.

    Reviewed by EmmaNov 2018

  • "Sykes gave a fantastic service from first to last."

    The Gatehouse is absolutely gorgeous, we had a wonderful stay there and the owner Wendy was extremely kind and helpful. The property is spacious with beautiful secure gardens front and back, situated in a secluded spot in a quiet pretty village. The garden room is a magnificent setting for family dining with a lovely farmhouse kitchen and super views. The lounge is very cosy with big leather sofas and a fabulous traditional log fire. The master bedroom rivals a 5 star hotel with loads of space, a swish king size bed, double aspect and a real country house feel. We enjoyed our visit enormously, felt at home from the moment we arrived and were sorry to leave. I almost forgot to mention the huge jacuzzi, a luxurious oasis of bubbles perfect to retire to with a glass as the sun goes down, charmingly placed in a splendid oak beamed hideaway and completely private. We will definitely be back! Alison and Paul O’Shea

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2018

  • "Fantastic place to stay , lovely owner very helpful makes you feel welcome ."

    Friendly village people. Nice little village plenty of history to it . With views of the mountains in the distance . Cottage was very relaxing place . Lovely hot tub plenty of room in cottage , log burner makes it cosy relaxing at night .Closed in garden ideal if you take your pets with you . . Couldn’t fault it . Top marks , would stay again

    Reviewed by AdrianSep 2018

  • "Had a really good family weeks break at the Gatehouse."

    Plenty of room for 6 adults and 1 child with nice friendly pub opposite, handy for those nights you don't fancy cooking.

    Reviewed by NigelJul 2018

  • "We had a lovely break in the Gatehouse cottage."

    It was great for exploring the England/ Wales border and we particularly enjoyed the Edan valley and the Brecon Beacons. The Hay Tap in Hay on Wye is a great pub as well. The local pub is a must, top food, and of course the hot tub was enjoyable. We would recommend bringing extra towels because although they provide a bath and hand towel each it’s not really enough if you’re regularly using the hot tub as well. The WiFi didn’t work for the week but we chose not to say anything even though the owner was very helpful because we thought it would be good to have a tech free week!

    Reviewed by CharlotteJan 2018

  • "This is the second time we have booked a cottage holiday through Sykes Cottages and have been really pleased both times."

    The Gatehouse was just what we wanted after Christmas. A perfect cottage in the centre of a small village to have a quiet week away. The cottage had everything we needed for our week away and made for a really comfortable home away from home. It was perfectly located for our walking holiday and you can literally walk for miles outside the front door, it’s also a good distance from Brecon Beacons. The village pub is opposite the cottage which we would recommend. Good food and drinks! The hot tub is such a nice addition and is very welcome after a day walking around the Welsh countryside. We would definitely recommend and may return next year!

    Reviewed by ZoeJan 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage in a very scenic location."

    Very cosy and we'll equipped. Hot tub a bonus and very welcomed after a bracing country walk. Lovely local pub opposite. A super cottage for a get away from it all holiday.

    Reviewed by AmyDec 2017

  • "We stayed at the Gatehouse with friends, 4 adults and 2 older children, we found it to be extremely spacious giving the children room to chill away from us."

    The house was obsolutly perfect and catered for everything even down to games and DVDs. Love the fact the fire was made up and all you have to do was to put a match to it with enough wood to last the weekend. The hot tub was huge enough for all 6 of us. Will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by EmmaNov 2017

  • "A beautiful, comfortable cottage in a gorgeous rural location."

    We loved our week here and would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by RachelOct 2017

  • "The owner met us on arrival."

    She is such a welcoming lady and was so helpful and obliging! The whole ambiance of the cottage and grounds was lovely. Far more to it than we knew. We would go there anytime. Pat Mross

    Reviewed by PSep 2017

  • "Attractive cottage, with really relaxing hot-tub, all the facilities we needed."

    In lovely village, close to Hay on Wye but also great walks near by. Fabulous pub opposite.

    Reviewed by ElizabethSep 2017

  • "Excellent hot tub!"

    Extremely comfortable beds and well equipped overall. Had a lovely relaxing week.

    Reviewed by AnneMar 2017

  • "Cottage was fantastic, fully equipped and in a beautiful part of the world!"

    Reviewed by CristinaFeb 2017

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    I visited with a group of friends and the welcome was lovely and friendly. The bedrooms were comfortable, and the living areas were spacious. The hot tub was fantastic and really warmed us all up on a cold November afternoon, followed by an evening watching DVDs and playing board games. The cottage is located opposite a local pub where food is served and the quality and quantity of the meals exceeded expectations. All in all a lovely cottage and I will recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by AmandaNov 2016

  • "This cottage is really beautiful, the owners are really lovely and helpful would definitely recommend visiting"

    Reviewed by JoanneOct 2016

  • "Wendy and David's cottage was totally perfect a real home away from home."

    Great location for perfect long walks and the pub over the road serve absolutely amazing pub food can not recommend it enough.

    Reviewed by GemmaOct 2016

  • "We only had a short holiday, but we were made very welcome by Wendy with some fresh flowers in the cottage upon arrival."

    The 1700 century cottage is lovely and perfect for 6 adults and 2 dogs to relax and enjoy the Welsh countryside. The Cottage is very comfortable and the hot tub a real treat! However, make sure you listen to Wendy about maintenance of the hot tub when you take over the Cottage! The surrounding walks were ideal for 2 active dogs. The Roast Ox pub opposite the cottage is fantastic with superb food when available, especially Sunday. However, do book in advance if you are eating there as Tony from the pub had to turn people away at Sunday lunch! The pub now has reduced opening times, due to the winter season. Tony from the pub is a funny and great guy and very welcoming. The weather was kind for our walks and the hot tub parties made a much needed and lively short holiday. Make sure that you tone down the noise in the evening as noise does carry! We enjoyed our day out to Hay-on-Wye, a lovely little place and well worth a visit. Overall, it was short, but sweet holiday and we would consider returning in the future.

    Reviewed by Dale AlastairOct 2016

  • "The gatehouse is a wonderful cottage that I would definitely recommend to anyone."

    The pictures online do not do the house justice. We were given a welcoming reception by Wendy, and also by Tony at the Roast ox Inn across the road. We will no doubt stay here again.

    Reviewed by ColinSep 2016

  • "Beautiful cottage in a perfect location."

    We couldn't fault a thing, a pub serving fantastic meal's on the doorstep was the icing on the cake!

    Reviewed by RachelSep 2016

  • "The cottage far exceeded our expectations."

    Simply stunning in a fabulous, rural location, away from the hustle and bustle of life. Wendy and David the owners could not have been more cheerful and helpful and were around to help when we had car trouble. The Roast Ox Inn across the road did the most enormous portions and was excellent. This was a home from home, that you don't want to leave. From a homely atmosphere, comfortable beds and all the facilities you needed to have a fantastic holiday. 5 star from all the family.

    Reviewed by MichaelaAug 2016

  • "The property was everything that we could have hoped for."

    Spacious and well equipped, it is perfectly designed as a holiday let. Though not used, we can imagine that the wood burners are a real boon in colder months. The garden is completely safe for dogs and given that one of our pets is a working cocker this, in itself, is quite an achievement. Our two grandchildren loved the hot tub which was maintained on a daily basis by the owners. It must be the first time we have stayed in a cottage which cannot be faulted and to have such pleasant owners was an added bonus.

    Reviewed by GuyAug 2016

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Summary

  • 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, and DVD
  • WIFI can be intermittent 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.

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.

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About the location

PAINSCASTLE

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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