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Penlone Cottage

(Ref. 8188)

Rhayader, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "The perfect cottage in the most amazing location stunning"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2024

  • "What a beautiful cottage in a spectacular stretch of Elan Valley."

    The views around are really wonderful and we really enjoyed exploring the valley and dams that are part of its history. Everything was as described and we were lucky to have mostly great weather, but even on the rainy day we enjoyed the little summer house. Very dog friendly, garden quite safe and kitchen well equipped (even an air fryer!). Locally the pubs and shops are great, our favourite was The Triangle but all were again dog friendly. Thank you for a lovely week !

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, nice touch with the Welsh cakes and wine."

    We had a very busy time, and it was great to come back and relax. Wonderful views from the cottage. The beds were very comfortable, and after long days walking, we slept like logs. Just lovely.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7May 2024

  • "The cottage was immaculately clean and had everything you can think of."

    Really close to Rhayader and Elan valley but in a lovely quiet position.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0May 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, had a good time but just a couple of niggles."

    It was difficult to find when we first arrived. We found the directions confusing. And we arrived on a chilly evening and it was cold in the house. No heating on, and the only oven was a Rayburn which was turned off and took ages to heat up. The log burner was nice though!

    Reviewed by Janet3.8May 2024

  • "Very comfortable and warm."

    Enjoyed quirky feel of Penlone and very rural location. Helpful owner.

    Reviewed by Philip4.4Apr 2024

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Thank you for the welcome pack. Great holiday we will be returning.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Penlone Cottage , the location was perfect for exploring the beautiful Elan Valley."

    The cottage itself was warm, comfortable, very well equipped and so cosy with the log burner. We certainly hope to return. Thank you so much. Tina Knight

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely stay at this beautiful cottage."

    Very comfy accommodation, It is situated in wonderful countryside with exceptional walks straight from the door. A great location for a relaxing break. Our only regret was not being able to light the fire as it was not cold enough!

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely property ideally situated to explore the Elan valley with easy and quick access to the cycle trail straight from the door."

    The owner was very quick to respond when a bigger teapot was requested and again when the smoke alarm needed a new battery. The only quibble was that the kitchen could have been a little better equipped but having read previous reviews we had taken a few of our own items with us. A better vegetable knife would have been particularly appreciated. The welcome pack was a nice gesture.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7Jun 2023

  • "We loved our week at Penlone Cottage in it's rural location, highlights were the hare and bullfinch we saw, the quiet and the starry night skies."

    We had beautiful weather. The Triangle Inn being in walking distance was great too oh and the circuit walk from the cottage!! Perfect, thank you.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7May 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Penlone cottage."

    It was very clean and comfortable with lovely views from the first floor windows. Excellent area for walking right from the cottage door. Not too far to walk to the many local pubs in Rhayader, (all of which were dog friendly) about 30mins using the footpaths. Would definitely recommend a stay at this cottage.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0May 2023

  • "We have had another wonderful, peaceful stay at this beautiful character cottage."

    It has everything you need, including a very comfortable bed. We saw a big variety of birds at the feeder. The lambs were playing in the field that we could watch from the lounge window. In bed we could watch the red kites flying by through the skylight. A short distance away are lots of good walks for our jack Russell and ourselves. We will definitely be planning to return for the 4th time. The owner is lovely.

    Reviewed by Petina5.0Mar 2023

  • "We have had a wonderful stay at Penlone cottage."

    The cottage was spotless, warm and extremely comfortable. All facilities were excellent and we would recommend this property to anyone, especially if they like home comforts and wildlife. This was our second visit with our jack Russell and we would be very happy to return again.

    Reviewed by Petina5.0Oct 2022

  • "Excellent location for Elan valley, very peaceful and relaxing."

    Owner very helpful. Kitchen could be a bit better equipped, eg paring knife, better quality pans etc. Great to have a dishwasher but that requires some things in bigger numbers, eg small spoons. Some minor extras would be good, eg shelf or soap dish in shower.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Sep 2022

  • "The cottage is every thing you could want we felt at home straight away the ..."

    The cottage is every thing you could want we felt at home straight away the location is just amazing as a wildlife and photography lover could ask for no more,,,my only tip would be take a lot of supplies with you food etc would not hesitate to go back ten out of ten

    Reviewed by Timothy5.0Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was perfect."

    It had everything we could wish for. We really enjoyed sitting in the garden room surrounded by the horses on the other side of the fence. We found lots to do including visiting the Elan valley - quite spectacular! I would certainly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by J5.0Sep 2022

  • "Penlone cottage is in a lovely quiet area, the perfect place to be if you want to relax, when we arrived it was spotlessly clean & tidy, thank you for our little surprise of wine, Welsh cakes & bottled water they all went down nicely."

    I would highly recommend Penlone cottage to anyone, it's not far from the Dams or the village if you fancy a walk or a trip by car.

    Reviewed by Kim4.7Sep 2022

  • "Everything was perfect with the property."

    We had a wonderful week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Definitely intend to return. Bryan Mills

    Thank you Great guests lovely people please come and see us again Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bryan5.0Aug 2022

  • "Penlone Cottage is a beautiful cottage to stay in."

    Everything you need is provided at the cottage, the cottage is kept very clean and tidy. It’s obvious that extra effort is made to make holiday makers feel comfortable. We hope to return to the cottage again one day. The surrounding area is also amazing, breathtaking scenery! Well done to all involved with Penlone Cottage!

    Thank you Lisa Please come and see us again Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2022

  • "An extremely lovely property, just as describe, we had such a lovely break."

    However we are a little sad we won’t be able to go again because of the dog policy being changed from allowed to not allowed .

    Thankyou for the review Please note There is No policy changes about a dog staying with us Please come and see us again Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Jun 2022

  • "Cottage in lovely countryside with walks from the doorstep to Elan Valley which is a real find."

    We enjoyed glorious weather so made the area even more special. Cottage very spacious with comfy sofa’s, beds and a great shower. We and our dog made friends with the horses next door who provided lots of entertainment! Kitchen equipment however is sadly lacking and this let the cottage down. We were a party of four but, for example, sets of bowls in three. No bread bin or airtight containers provided which are usually standard items. We coped well with the Rayburn as have used an aga before, however the saucepans provided were not good as heat travelled up the handles and we almost burnt our hands. Also no casserole dish with a lid to put into the Rayburn. This may seem picky but is important if you are planning to eat in a lot. Such a shame as we loved the rest of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Tanya3.4Jun 2022

  • "This cottage is beautiful."

    We spent many hours in the garden room watching the wildlife. Perfect holiday accommodation and we will certainly be returning.

    Thankyou Come and see us again Great guests Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent central heating, spacious, well equipped."

    Very Comfortable beds.A few sharp knives would be useful. Owner quickly responds to any minor problems. Although there are two wardrobes , one in the main bedroom would be more useful than the wardrobe currently in the bathroom.

    Thankyou for your feed back this is an old cottage, which we feel is part its charm Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brenin4.1May 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    All the reviews I read before booking said it all. I would certainly use thi cottage again.

    Thankyou very much Fantastic Guests Jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Arnold5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in good position for the Elan Valley."

    We had everything we needed for our stay. It was very clean. We loved the garden room where we saw lots of birds including red kites and there were hares in the field most days. The cottage was warm - which was needed as we had snow at the end of our week. There was no mobile signal for us though there is Wi-Fi in the cottage. If you walk along the lane opposite the cottage it brings you to the path where you can either walk to the Elan visitor centre or Rhayader in the opposite direction.

    Mobile signal is a problem as in a narrow valley but does work with Wi fi as stated in description there is signal in the Garden room. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, felt at home pretty quickly."

    Bed was comfortable and a lovely bathroom. The kitchen was quite spacious for a cottage and well equipped. Although I adapted to the Rayburn cooker quickly I would suggest an upgrade to a more modern and efficient cooker with the gas hob on top as opposed to the hob being on another worktop separate from the cooker, hence creating more worktop area. We stayed over the Christmas week so it was dark early and a brighter outside light would have been better. These are a couple of suggestions and not complaints as I would definitely stay at Penlone cottage again.

    Thankyou come and see us again great guests. jane Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2021

  • "I agree with previous reviews that Penlone cottage was a comfortable cottage in a tranquil setting."

    There are a few things that need attention that would have improved our experience and resulted in a higher rating Firstly the cottage is for 4 people and yet there were only 2 cups and saucers (yes there were ample mugs), only 3 wine glasses and a mismatch of other glasses and unusually there were no egg cups. Even though a dish brush was provided there was no dishcloth for wiping down surfaces in the kitchen, this has always been provided in previous Sykes cottages. The lane directly opposite the cottage provides an easy, safe 5 minute walk to the main road where visitors to the cottage can pick up the walk to Rhayader or the Elan Valley. It would have been useful to have had this information provided, I have left a hand drawn map in the information folder at the cottage as we couldn't find anything similar in the information provided. We had an enjoyable week in the cottage and loved the new experience of using a rayburn oven for cooking, the daily walks to either Rhayader or the Elan Valley were thoroughly enjoyed as was also the exploration and walks around the reservoirs. On a final note, I was surprised to see two very large shaggy rugs covering the carpet in the lounge and dining room. As the only effective way of cleaning these is by lifting and shaking I am not sure how practical they are, they kept ridging and it was difficult to keep them flat.

    Thankyou Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janette2.5Sep 2021

  • "We have just had a fantastic holiday in the most beautiful cottage with excellent facilities."

    The shower was very good, which can sometimes be a problem. Every utensil you could possibly need was there. Everything was spotless. The beds were extremely comfortable. We loved the summerhouse and used it every day. The many species of birds we saw in the garden was incredible. We saw lots of red kites from the summerhouse. It isn't far to the town, where we ate out quite a few days. They were dog friendly. The scenery is stunning with lots of different walks. We would definitely like to return.

    Reviewed by Petina5.0Sep 2021

  • "Be aware of the road leading to the property as it is one lane and little opportunity to pass an oncoming vehicle."

    The summer house is a great place to relax and enjoy the surrounding countryside. The phone signal is troublesome but no worse than in a lot of areas in Wales. Keep an eye out for the red kites. Gigrin Farm is only five minutes away and worth prebooking. The garden has wrens and they are amazing to see. All in all a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Aug 2021

  • "Cottage is good ."

    .. very comfortable, good shower & bath, nice garden and summerhouse, useful garage for bikes, etc. Well equipped though my wife cannot get on with the Rayburn, too slow and not controllable enough. The microwave and George Foreman grill more than compensated for this. Didn't want the TV much but it had Netflix and Amazon Prime (not Sky as mentioned in the instructions). The internet was okay much of the time for emails and general use but it did fluctuate, particularly in the evenings when the speed could drop below 1 mbps which took Netflix and Amazon Prime 'off the menu'. We were fortunate with the weather so plenty of long walks and cycle rides.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Jul 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in an area of beautiful country side ,lovely walk to nearby town ."

    We enjoyed walking and bird watching in the nearby woods and Elan valley ,the area is abundant with Red kites, Pied fly catchers, Red starts ,and many more birds. We will definitely return to Penlone cottage as one week was not enough to explore this beautiful area .

    Reviewed by Janet4.7May 2021

  • "As bird watching enthusiasts, we booked Penlone Cottage for 7 nights so that we could see the Red Kite and visit all of the local nature reserves, of which there are many!"

    We arrived at the cottage and were delighted that it was nestled in a valley right next to where all of the Red Kite roost in the evenings, we could not have wished for a better location for our hobby, it is peaceful, the scenery is beautiful and the cottage has everything you could need for a relaxing break, the coal fire in the evenings was so cosy it set us up for a good nights sleep ready for the next day. The cottage itself is very well maintained with a gazebo/conservatory at the top of the garden which overlooks the field where the Kite roost. You can get a lovely full english breakfast at The Old Swan Tea Rooms in Rhayader which is only a 10 minute drive away. We enjoyed our holiday and this cottage/location so much that we are already planning to go back next year, this is by far the best Sykes Cottage that we have rented.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Apr 2021

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage."

    But no CD player as stated and the radio did not work. The Rayburn cooker was difficult to understand and would not turn off.

    Thank you for your comments, we are happy to hear you found the property to be comfortable. We have checked our advertisement and we do not include CD player or Radio within the description. We will ask for the Radio to be removed if this is not working. In relation to the Rayburn, we are sorry to hear you found it difficult and we will make sure there are instructions provided for future guests. The property does also include Steamer, Microwave & Gas Hob. We do ask guests to contact ourselves or owner if you are having any issues during your stay. We appreciate your comments and hope you return in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoffrey3.4Oct 2020

  • "Wonderful cottage, clean, warm, comfortable and very well equipped, it’s in a great location, very handy for shops, pubs and restaurants and great walks from the door or a few minutes away in the Elan Valley where there are walks to suit all abilities."

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Oct 2020

  • "The only thing you did not mention is the rayburn in kitchen."

    It would have been good to have an oven and grill! There was also no mention when to put the bin out which we would have done.But the cottage was very clean and comfortable plenty of bird life and walks,

    Reviewed by Wendy4.4Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage, well equipped with a lovely garden."

    Very close to Rhayader yet in peaceful countryside with red kites flying overhead. The gorgeous Elan Valley is 5 minutes down the road with many stunning walks. We have had a brilliant holiday and would well recommend.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Sep 2020

  • "Permanent red kites overhead."

    The bed (super king) or queen as it is better known, was brilliant. The garden, Gazebo, and the way it was enclosed for dogs was fantastic. The accommodation was excellent, it just needs a vacuum and some other cleaning facilities to be present for those of us that like to keep on top of things.

    Thank you for your feedback, there is a vacuum cleaner which is kept in the cupboard under the stairs. Although it is a self catering property there is a small selection of cleaning items kept in the usual place underneath the sink. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carl4.1Aug 2020

  • "A beautiful cottage in an equally beautiful location, the only noise was from ..."

    A beautiful cottage in an equally beautiful location, the only noise was from the birds in the garden and the odd vehicle passing now and again

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Feb 2020

  • "This is a pretty character cottage in a nice & quiet location."

    There are lovely touches such as soft & large sofa & bed throws, comfy scatter cushions and lots of floor & table lamps, all giving the cottage a homely feel. The furniture is nice & comfortable too, including the bed. The shower upstairs is the nicest one (pressure & water temperature control) I have used on a cottage holiday or even in a five star hotel; most unexpected & much appreciated. It is possible to make several different walks directly from the cottage. Depending upon how far you usually walk, why not make use of the nearby national cycle route to walk into Rhayader or to the Elan Hotel &/or ElanValley Visitor Centre? The locals I met on that path were very friendly and helpful My visit was over Christmas and the cottage was decorated simply but beautifully with some lovely gifts left for me. Thank you to all the family and their staff for making me feel so welcome. I will definitely be back, but when the days are longer. That way I hope to be able to make use of the garden room & the pretty garden too.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Dec 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage and surroundings."

    Logburner was my favorite. Most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. Everything exceeded my expectations. Definately recommend a stay at penlone cottage

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2019

  • "Booked through Booking."

    Com for Sykes, would have liked a contact email for Sykes not always convenient to use the phone. As for the Cottage it was perfect for our needs, really clean and warm and the Dog loved it. About 1.5 miles walk to the nearest Pub, no mobile signal inside but there is BT internet. Parking is for one car only.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful location, there are lots of places near by to visit."

    Its a walkers paradise will book again

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Sep 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super king-size (zip/link, can be twins upon request) and 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 in driveway
  • Further off-road parking is provided in front of the cottage and round the corner on a grassy area
  • Enclosed patio and gravelled garden with furniture, BBQ and sun room
  • Storage for bikes in Locked Garage Available
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Good mobile signal coverage in the garden room and outside the property but inside there is a limited mobile signal unless near kitchen window
  • Note: Property not suitable for children under age 14.Note: The charging of electric cars is not permissible at the property

The property

A picturesque cottage situated down in the Elan Valley among the magical Welsh scenery.

Providing a wonderful homely aura, this cottage is fantastic for friends looking for a refreshing break, or even couples looking for a walking getaway.

Stepping into the cottage and passing through the welcome hallway, you will be greeted by a homely living area with a large woodburner to make sure that this is a home-away-from-home for you and your company.

The dining room is separated from the living room by long wooden beams, that showcase the traditional design of this admirable property.

Also located on the ground floor is a well-equipped kitchen where you can cook a lovely meal after a day out exploring.

Upstairs you will find two spacious bedrooms, the master bedroom having a super king-size bed and the second room having a double bed.

Throughout all of the windows you have picture-perfect views looking towards the mountain ranges that flood Wales, helping make the break as tranquil as possible.

The enclosed garden has been designed excellently with detailed features that show how much effort has been put into this home.

Towards the back of the garden lies a garden room with beautiful views looking at mountains fading into the horizon.

If you're looking for something to do, the cottage runs adjacent to stables where you can go on pony trekking from May through to September.

Alternatively, the local bustling market town of Rhayader is one mile away where you can sit and enjoy its restaurants and cafés or for those feeling active, venture just 150 yards to the Elan and Claerwen Valley, where you will find miles of walking routes amid breath-taking scenery, as well as cycling in the Elan Valley.

If you fancy a complete change of scene, less than an hour’s drive away you can visit the Victorian seaside resort of Aberystwyth on the West Wales coast or take a day trip further north to the National Trust property of Powis Castle, a medieval castle, providing a dramatic backdrop for its celebrated gardens.

Penlone Cottage provides an exceptional base for friends or families looking to explore this rural part of mid-Wales.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


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.

Note: Good mobile signal in the garden room and outside the property but inside there is a poor mobile signal unless near kitchen window.
Note: Property not suitable for children under the age of 14.
.Note: The charging of electric cars is not permissible at the property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas