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Arllen Fawr

(Ref. 947533)

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, North Wales & Snowdonia Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Dusty in en suite bathroom and on skirting and floors ."

    Great location and a good base for parts of Snowdonia.

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Oct 2023

  • "A traditional farmhouse on a working farm with the most outstanding views."

    I enjoy cooking and shopping local where possible so really happy that Village had a good selection of well stocked shops; newsagents, post office, food stores and Izzy’s butchers. Had a relaxing holiday with family and the dog and had many exciting and memorable trips to the waterfall, lakes and steam train at Lake Bala.

    Reviewed by Michele3.8Aug 2023

  • "Had a great stay, the extra touches made it feel like a home from home."

    Would definitely recommend it as a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Aug 2023

  • "We thought the cottage was comfortable and well equipped but felt that the kitchen and bath rooms would benefit an update."

    The area had lovely views but we felt the walks from the cottage were limited. Both of the villages within walking distance had decent pubs with good food.

    Reviewed by Dennis4.1Jul 2023

  • "Wonderful accommodation and beautiful location."

    Luckily, the weather was also hot and sunny all week. Hosts Jo and Steve were very friendly and very helpful all week. This is among the very best of cottages that we have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Jun 2023

  • "The property was poorly maintained."

    It wasn't very clean. There were old cobwebs in places. A layer of dust in the lounge. We left some areas of the kitchen cleaner when we left. We didn't expect to have to clean the bin and other areas of the kitchen. There was old food debris in between the cooker and cupboard. We pointed these things out to the owner, who we only saw once and we had to approach her. She apologised and said she would speak to the cleaner. The cooker is old and the hob very hard to use. The four poster bed seemed smaller than a double and the mattress definitely needs replacing. We won't be returning.

    We are sorry you had a bad experience but as you can see from other reviews you seem to be in a minority. It is a self-catering cottage not Four in a Bed. The mattress on the four-poster, which incidentally is a double bed, is relatively new. You say you won't be returning that is absolutely fine. Everyone as their own opinion, yours just seems to differ from most other guests. The property is maintained to the best of our ability - do not forget it is over 500 years old, many original beams and spiders and cobwebs are inevitable. It is thoroughly cleaned before each new guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek1.6Jun 2023

  • "Had a fantastic week at Arllen views were amazing."

    The cottage had everything you would need for a comfortable stay plus little thoughtful extras. You can imagine the history of the old farmhouse with a mix of old and new definitely a quirky place to stay.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7May 2023

  • "Absolutely loved Arllen Fawr."

    All the space and facilities we needed and more. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts Jo & Steve and the views, fresh air and peace were just what we needed. The cottage has a few quirks and quite a few creaks but so have I and I'm only 67!

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2023

  • "Had a nice week weather not good but cosy inside well equipped and owners very nice and helpful."

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property was truely fabulous with everything you could possibly want or need including very nice touches such as the little chocolate 'treats' beside the bed as well as a hospitality tray that included a great selection of hot drinks and biscuits."

    The hosts left a very welcome pack of Welsh cakes, butter and milk to been enjoyed on our arrival. The main bedroom had a very comfortable four poster bed and both bedrooms were of an extremely good size as were the two reception rooms and kitchen. The property itself is in an ideal central position for visiting other places from i.e. Chester, Shrewsbury, Snowdonia etc. The local shop also stocks a great range of supplies. The owners couldn't have been more friendly or helpful and said we could stay for an extra day if necessary without payment as we were on the verge of being snowed in!!! We hope very much to visit this lovely cottage again in the future.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2023

  • "Stunning property, spacious yet cosy."

    Well equipped with everything you could ever need and more. Lovely warm welcome from the hosts Jo & Steve, nothing too much trouble and always happy to chat, advise on anything or just leave you be. Wonderful to wake up to those stunning views each day, something you could never tire of. Our dogs loved watching the sheep in the fields, and being able to use one of the fields (without livestock) for doggy play was a bonus too! Only suggestion would be possibly a new mattress in the master bedroom, as the current one is a little 'tired' and doesn't provide very much support at all. Didn't spoil our stay, will definitely stay again & highly recommend. Thank you so much for having us, Jo & Steve :-)

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Sep 2022

  • "This is a beautiful, big old farmhouse in the middle of stunning scenery."

    There is a real home from home feel to the place which helps you feel relaxed from the moment you unpack. The house is very well equipped with a lot of little extras you don't experience elsewhere. We stayed during the recent heatwave and although we tried to make the most of the weather, the house made a welcome respite from the hear as it stayed lovely and cool inside. The owners are extremely friendly and are always on hand if you need them, or just fancy a chat!

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7Aug 2022

  • "We spend a week in this cottage (two adults and two larger dogs [lurchers])."

    The cottages is absolutely terrific. Very spacious and lots of original wooden features. The view over the valley from the front garden is amazing. There are plenty of walking trails around; we didn't need to drive for more than 20-minutes on any day to find great trails. Jo and Steve are welcoming people and happy to give any advise about the local area. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet break in the countryside.

    Reviewed by Joost5.0Jun 2022

  • "A wonderful character cottage with amazing views."

    We had a fantastic time the owners were really lovely and helpful and the small touches were well thought out with toiletries in the rooms and coffee making facilities. Having morning coffee on the window seat was really lovely.

    Reviewed by Su5.0May 2022

  • "Amazing property, We had the best time and will definitely be back."

    Steve and Jo were always on hand to answer any questions but also allowed us privacy. The property was huge and well equipped with everything you could need for a break. The views and walks on the doorstep were stunning! Thank you! Paul and Juliet

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2022

  • "Relaxing farm cottage made a great getaway Very good value Happy to recommend"

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage has real character."

    It is clean, comfortable, spacious, well equipped and very quiet. The kitchen is equipped for providing full meals.The owners live next door and are helpful but allow you privacy. The wifi is adequate and the smart tv a bonus The setting and view from the cottage are exceptional. There are many places easily accessible to visit or walk. To clarify the heating, three rooms have radiators which receive timed heat from the oil central heating boiler next door; three rooms have electric heaters; the bathroom has an electric wall heater; there is an open fire in one room and electric fire in the other downstairs room

    Reviewed by Anthony4.1Oct 2021

  • "Excellent property, full of character just as an old farmhouse ought to be."

    Good facilities within the house, plenty of space for two families and very helpful hosts.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Aug 2021

  • "We have just come back from staying at the Cottage which was just perfect in every way."

    The owners were absolutely lovely and both the cottage and location were stunning. We will definitely be returning plenty more times in the future and would say it's been one of the best holidays we've ever had. We would highly recommend this beautiful little gem to everyone who appreciates gorgeous surroundings, lovely days out and a homely cottage to nestle back into after an eventful day!

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Jul 2021

  • "To far from civilization got to drive everywhere."

    The place where we stayed was advertised as North Wales and Snowdonia,but it was actually Mid Wales

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Jun 2021

  • "Very nice accommodation in a lovely part of Wales"

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0Jun 2021

  • "Excellent facilities plenty kitchen utensils and crockery."

    2 lounges one with a large dining table.Could have been cleaned better but even so would definitely look to book again.

    Reviewed by Colin4.4May 2021

  • "The owners are wonderful and super friendly."

    The cottage exceeded our expectations, plenty of room for us all, little touches like a small welcome pack of Welsh treats and toiletries and biscuits in the bedrooms along with tea/coffee making facilities. Enough coal etc to make a couple of fires and cleaning materials for kitchen etc all there so you don't have to take all these from home. What made this holiday was the stunning views and peaceful setting,it was certainly needed for us as a family due to a lot of stress. We loved it that much we plan to go back next year. Only niggly thing and this is obviously no fault of the owners at all, is there seems to be a bit of mold above the shower in ensuite but this is something that can easily be remedied and did not effect our thoughts on the cottage and owners at all. If your after a peaceful holiday with beautiful scenery this place is for you.

    Reviewed by Nichola4.7Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was just perfect."

    It had so much room and all the things you could need despite some having had to be removed due to the Covid issues. The description didn't do it justice. As a lover of older properties the exposed beams and general feel of the cottage we just lovely and a four poster bed as well! The view in the mornings form the bedroom window was stunning and withal the tea/coffee making facilities in the room as well as the kitchen, so thoughtful. The village with shops, pubs and local walking made it perfect for us. The waterfall nearby is well worth the visit but can get very busy during the day, we went early in the evening and it was ideal.

    Reviewed by Trevor4.7Sep 2020

  • "It was lovely to have all the 'little things' there to make this a really welcoming and comfortable stay."

    These included the welcome note from the host and the cakes and jam, to the toiletries and selections of coffees and teas, and the super comfy beds with lovely bedding and the fluffy towels. In addition the hosts couldn't have been more helpful- making sure their livestock were moved so we could walk our dogs in their fields, and they ensured we always had enough fuel for the fire. In addition the cupboards were amply stocked with cooking equipment and there was a coffee machine for real coffee and a generous fridge freezer for all our provisions. They even brought me chocolates for my birthday!

    Reviewed by Gabriella5.0Aug 2020

  • "Whilst the farmhouse was what we expected in terms of age, (actually older than we thought) the decor and fittings could do with an update."

    The kitchen was the same design that my mother-in-law had way back in the '70s. Whilst I wouldn't want the farmhouse to be dragged into the 21st century there are certain areas which could do with a spruce up. The owners were very friendly and helpful - can't fault them. There were extras we didn't expect - tea & coffee trays in the bedrooms with an excellent selection of teas, and biscuits. In the kitchen, Joanne, the owner, had left some typical Welsh goodies for us to sample and bags of fresh coffee - very much appreciated. The kitchen had an ample supply of various utensils - in some ways it was like being in a private home whereby one accumulates all sorts of things over the years. There were things I hadn't really needed to take i.e. tea towels, bin bags, dishwasher tablets, sponges - ample supply under the sink. The beds are really comfy with good quality sheets and lovely white fluffy towels. Toiletries were also provided, which was a nice touch. My granddaughters were fascinated by the creaky floors and the 'bumps in the night'. Whilst I appreciate the age of the property and all that goes with it in terms of cleaning, there were areas that could be improved upon and spiders removed by hovering. I think the pressure of 'sanitizing' everywhere in the time available between bookings could have contributed to less attention to detail in the cleaning process. But, let's be clear, it is a big property, very good value for money, and these little things did not detract from our enjoyment of the property and the idyllic setting. What I would criticise is the instructions for finding the property! We were coming from the north for a start and whilst the sat-nav was helpful when we came out of Oswestry we ended up going up and down country lanes - also bad road signage didn't help. What I suggest is that people are encouraged to stay on the A4396/4391 to Pen-y-bont-fawr (not actually go through Llanrhaeadre-ym-Mochnant), turn right in the village (at the signpost leading to Llanrhaeadre-ym-Mochnant (pub on corner-Railway Inn) as this road is wider than the one advised coming out of the village. The distance to the farmhouse is approximately one mile from the junction (best to check) and on the right. It would be useful to have another name sign of the property facing that way. We had a lovely relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings and will certainly be back.

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Aug 2020

  • "A very nice property in great location and pleasant hosts."

    Everything was spotless and very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Aug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage with beautiful views, owners very friendly and helpful."

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2019

  • "Beautiful location, very interesting 16th century house on a working farm."

    Very congenial hosts could not do enough for you. All the little niceties supplied down to cotton buds. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2019

  • "A brilliant place to stay in the Welsh countryside with nice views on working farm."

    Clean, comfortable, roomy, lovely hosts.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Apr 2019

  • "Great house in quiet location."

    Lamping period was special for the children!

    Reviewed by Penelope4.4Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was fantastic."

    Loads of character, great views and really easy to find.The nearby villages had everything we needed too. I would definitely go there again.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Aug 2018

  • "Great friendly welcome rustic cottage with great views will stay again."

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Aug 2018

  • "Had a great time the cottage was fab loved the rural life getting away from the hustle of city life, the views were amazing and loved the fact it was on a working farm , the cottage was well equipped home from home we took our two dogs and the enjoyed themselves also the owners were so helpful she lit the open fire for us it was lovely to have that, the village was lovely were there was three pubs and a spa supermarket a butchers and a fish and chip shop the fish was fab , ther is another village which has one pub and a small shop that is also lovely, the owners are so welcoming and lovely , we had a great time here so if your looking for a quiet and relaxing stay then this is for you will defiantly go back didn't want to come home 10 out of 10 brilliant."

    Sue, allan will Marie. (dogs Oscar & grace ) liverpool

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2018

  • "Loved every minute of our stay at this beautiful cottage."

    Great friendly and helpful owners, very spacious accommodation with beautiful views and great location.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage itself was amazing inside and out ."

    Very comfortable and very homely . Our 2 collies where made extremely welcome . We had everything in the cottage to keep us warm , dry and happy . The surrounding countryside is awe inspiring and the local amenities maybe small but are extremely accommodating. If you love wide open spaces, fresh air and happy people then this is for you . Stephen and Joanne will make you feel right at home with a great welcome and a plate of gorgeous Welsh cakes . We are definitely going back .

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cottage is really cosy and lots of little thoughtful details just add to the homely atmosphere."

    (e.g. scones with jam from Tannat valley and butter and plenty of beautiful decorations) We loved the open fire which we could properly enjoy during colder rainy evenings. There was also plenty of wood so we did not need to worry about running out. The owners were very approachable and friendly and always ready to assist should we need anything which only added to our comfort and peace of mind. The view from the cottage was magnificent and we really enjoyed relaxing on the cosy window seat as well as on the chairs outside and taking in the breathtaking view. Our children really loved stroking lambs that the farmer was looking after as it was just the lambing season. It is also in very convenient location just a short distance from one of the seven wonders of Wales – The Pistyl waterfall which was magnificent. It is right in the Berwyn National Reserve that offers many natural walks and relaxing moments. We would definitely be back at this lovely place and would recommend to anyone looking for escape from everyday chaos.

    Reviewed by Ali5.0Apr 2018

  • "Shower in family bathroom unusable as leaks into kitchen."

    Tumble dryer needs repairing - large notice not to use. Heating is storage heaters not oil-fired central heating. No radiator in lounge. Otherwise description ok :(

    Reviewed by David3.1Apr 2018

  • "Lovely very old Tudor cottage- amazing!"

    Wonderful location, superb views. Loved being on a farm, sheep and new born lambs everywhere! Our dog loved her holiday, lots of places to run. Beautiful area, visited Pistyll waterfall, Bets y coed, Lyn Ogwen and mountains, Lake Vyrnwy.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Mar 2018

  • "Fantastic location, within a walk of Berwyn mountains, hill forts and spectacular waterfalls etc, and a short drive from great Welsh castles such as Powis and Chirk."

    Fantastic location #2 - the farm-setting is delightful, with the owners close by when needed, but otherwise left us alone to enjoy the cottage. The cottage was Grade 1 wattle-and-daub gorgeous, populated with sufficient appropriate and interesting artefacts (including the four poster bed!), and always warm and cosy. A good price and flexibility about the days we wanted were the icing on the cake! Thanks

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Feb 2018

  • "Easy and quick to book, specially as it was very last minute."

    Friendly and helpful hosts. Comfortable and great location - lovely views and area. We had a good short break holiday and we even had the weather!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x four poster double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x family room with 1 double and 2 single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with sitting area and electric fire
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Oil central heating with electric fire and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with basic Sky, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Additional fuel available to purchase from owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Shared use of front lawned garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles.

The property

Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant 2 miles.

This Grade II listed rural cottage is situated on a working livestock farm with great countryside views of the hills and mountains beyond, a few miles from the market town of Oswestry and Welshpool.

Located next door to the owner’s home, this historic cottage built in the 1500s offers an insight into farming life, and is an ideal getaway for all the family with fishing and walking on the doorstep.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms, the master bedroom boasting a four poster bed with en-suite shower room, and a spacious family room with a double bed and two singles.

Next to the family room is a shower room.

This delightful cottage has character features including the original staircase and beams.

The kitchen is well-equipped and has everything you need to prepare a delicious family meal to be enjoyed in the dining room as you chat over the day’s adventures, or in the morning breakfast can be enjoyed at the smaller table in the kitchen.

After dinner retire to the sitting room with its open fire, where you can enjoy the relaxation of the crackling fire after a day exploring the area, watch your favourite TV programmes, or enjoy a family game together.

Outside this cottage you will find a lawned front garden, where you can sit and enjoy the farming life and the superb country views while relaxing in the summer sunshine, with a glass of wine while the children play and the coals sizzle on the barbecue.

The nearby village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant, situated in the beautiful Tanat Valley has a good range of amenities including two pubs, a hotel, a cafe and a fish and chip shop.

Being at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains there are plenty of opportunities for walks and a short drive will take you to one of the Seven Wonders of Wales, the magnificent Pistyll Rhaeadr (240 ft high waterfall).

The lovely lakes of Vyrnwy and Bala are a little further afield and waiting to be explored.

Take a trip to Powys Castle and Gardens, medieval Shrewsbury or Roman Chester or discover the delights of the scenic Snowdonia National Park.

At the end of a busy day exploring day, this comfortable cottage will be waiting for you.

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About the location


Lake Vyrnwy 8 miles; Bala 18 miles.

This pleasant village lies in the beautiful Tanat Valley at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains, only 4 miles from one of the Seven Wonders of Wales - the magnificent Pistyll Rhaeadr (240 ft high waterfall). Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant was the location for the successful film, The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain, and more recently the film Nativity 2 starring David Tennant. The village boasts two general stores, a newsagents, a Post Office, a butchers, two pubs, one hotel, one cafe and a fish and chip shop. It is surrounded by lovely countryside, providing walking trails for all abilities including Berwyn Ridge Walk and a trail to the summit of the waterfall. Discover lovely Lakes Vyrnwy and Bala, Powys Castle and Gardens, medieval Shrewsbury and Chester and the wonderful Snowdonia National Park.