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The Chapel

(Ref. 1096068)

Dol-y-Gaer near Pontsticill, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "What a location great views overlooking the reservoir, the hot tub was working ..."

    What a location great views overlooking the reservoir, the hot tub was working perfect and the chapel was lovely and worm , we are looking to book again as we didn't get to explore everything well worth booking this if you want a remote location

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Mar 2024

  • "It’s is an amazing cottage ( chapel) in a spectacular location."

    We had a wonderful time first few days as a whole family and then some peaceful ones just in our own - when they went back to work. We hope to rebook for next year as there are still so many walks.trails we did not have time to do. The cottage has everything you need for a great stay, the games room was a family favourite, the hot tub after long walks was a big plus.

    Reviewed by Greg4.7Mar 2024

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Chapel."

    Everything’s provided and we couldn’t ask for more. It’s a Beautiful property with stunning view from every room, our family had such a good time that we’ve booked for May next year, we can see us booking this regularly.The garden is stunning and it’s heavenly watching the birds come and go. The log burner adds to the cosy atmosphere too. Location is perfect with large supermarkets 20 minutes away. Brecon town itself is nice to visit and stock up on supplies. We highly recommended The Chapel.

    Reviewed by Beth5.0Feb 2024

  • "The Chapel was a beautifully converted property - very spacious and very comfortably heated, so still cosy from the outset."

    It was tastefully decorated for Christmas and a lovely setting in an area of outstanding beauty to enjoy the festive period with family. Thank you Morris for sharing such a splendid venue.

    Reviewed by Danescourt4.4Dec 2023

  • "This was the most perfect place for an academic retreat, with the long table, space to spread out and good space to rest."

    The hot tub, even in grim cold weather, was amazing (prewarmed, great sound system and view). We liked the games space. Beds were comfortable and clean, in beautiful rooms. Shower had great water pressure. The Internet held up except when someone needed to record a research interview (a couple of wifi boosters would fix this). Do bring electrical extension cables if you have many things to plug in. Not least because the rooms are large so sockets are quite far st away. On arrival, it was warm, with the Christman lights up and pretty. We're considering booking both cottages for next time. I cannot recommend it enough. Read the manual, especially for the fire.

    Reviewed by Sally-anne5.0Dec 2023

  • "The chapel is absolutely beautiful in a quiet location, we had a fantastic stay ..."

    The chapel is absolutely beautiful in a quiet location, we had a fantastic stay , it was very clean and such a lovely place to relax , we will be looking to come back 100 percent, Colin the pug loved the garden , we had a lovely time in a beautiful place thank you ☺️

    Reviewed by Melissa5.0Nov 2023

  • "Had a fantastic holiday, lots of walks with the dogs and children, the chapel is lovely."

    Great location for walks with beautiful scenery.The only negative is could have done with a washing machine and live television or sky box, samsung TV not great. But all in all 5 star!!!!!!

    Reviewed by Mathew4.7Nov 2023

  • "Absolutely gorgeous place to stay."

    Lots of walking and hiking trails nearby followed by pub lunches. Then back for games and a nighttime jacuzzi. Will definitely come again. The only improvement would be a tumble dryer during the winter to dry our towels but other than that we had an amazing time exploring the local area.

    Reviewed by Sian4.4Sep 2023

  • "Property is overlooked by another let."

    Whilst spitleesly clean, the property badly needs maintenance. Garden is NOT dog secure as claimed.

    Reviewed by John3.1Sep 2023

  • "Lovely old building and comfortable."

    The hot tub is great. Beautiful garden (shame we didn’t have the weather to get the full benefit). WiFi works well overall, just a few drop outs occasionally, which is a real challenge in somewhere, so rural. Especially at night, the peace and quiet is wonderful. This is an idyllic setting, with so much nature and wonderful walks right in your doorstep. Local pubs serve excellent food. We especially used Aberglais Inn. This place is rustic and charming, however there is some decorative maintenance required, both inside and out. The most immediate attention needs to be the entrance, which desperately needs repainting. It does give a poor immediate impression, which sadly does not at all reflect the overall standard of the property. If this isn’t addressed before winter, it is likely the repairs will be significantly more expensive.

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Aug 2023

  • "Great holiday property."

    really peaceful, everyone loved the hot tub and games room.

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay, thank you!"

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2023

  • "Having booked this back in March (see Lennon review) I was concerned to be going back having booked this for July prior to our March visit."

    When there were lots of problems. This visit however I was pleasantly surprised. Credit to the owners the fence had been secured lighting around patio fixed and the broken garden furniture gone with the garden having been tidied. The house is in a great location for any hiking biking sports etc. would I come again yes but not in March!!

    Reviewed by Julia4.1Jul 2023

  • "The Chapel is a very special place, beautifully restored, well appointed with all of the amenities we needed and with a rich depth of history."

    We loved reading the local history booklet and seeing the historic, original maps, the solid walls and beautiful windows, the lovely garden and sweeping views! We had just two disappointments, and a suggestion: we were not informed until well after our booking was finalized that there is a second let in the immediate vicinity. We gathered from the website posting that we would be having a private experience but found the hot tub and back patio were in full view of the three blokes staying next door. Second, the water in the hot tub was visibly unclean despite assurances it is refreshed before each stay. And our suggestion, due to my fiancé’s reaction to the synthetic perfumes added to laundry detergent and cleaning products, we hope you will consider making a switch as we will be seeking ‘fragrance free’ holiday lets in the future. The residue of cleaning products and perfumes in laundry detergent have caused her to become ill during our holiday in the UK. We have found in the US a growing trend toward green/free & clear cleaning products and hope it catches on quickly in this beautiful country as well!

    Reviewed by Michael3.4Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Chapel."

    Beautiful property & very clean. Lovely walks around the reservoir but also near enough to Cardiff. I reported the extremely iced up freezer to the owners & they said they would remedy it. Only other thing that would be useful would be a mirror opposite the entrance as it is hard to see if cars are coming up or down the road. Also I think it would be advisable to make it clear that there is a lodge on the same grounds that is rented out too.

    Reviewed by Debra4.4Jun 2023

  • "Very beautiful converted Chapel."

    Lovely setting. A bit tired inside, to be expected in an old building. Quite a few cobwebs, especially in the hall area. Comfortable beds, we all slept well. The freezer and fridge need defrosting! There is a close neighbouring property which was not made clear in the listing, but it didn’t bother us, hopefully we didn’t bother them.

    Reviewed by Yvonne3.4May 2023

  • "On arrival we were shocked to see that there was another holiday let on the same grounds as The Chapel, meaning no privacy at all when using the hot tub or being in the garden."

    The garden is not secure so be aware of this if you bring a dog. The Sykes listing and photos are misleading as there is no mention of this of this other property and they have not been transparent. For the price paid you’d expect privacy. The Chapel itself is a beautiful old building and the bed was comfy, but sadly ruined by the neighbouring property. We would not book again.

    Reviewed by Laura3.1Apr 2023

  • "On arrival disappointed with the appearance of the property."

    Once inside we could see it was a little tired and in need of some TLC. (as stated by one of the previous renters March 2023) We also noticed another building next to the Chapel in the same garden and learnt that this was another rental. (The Lodge. The closeness of these two properties is not transparent in the Sykes brochure. ) The microwave was broken. We reported this immediately and a new one was delivered in the morning along with some chocolates (lovely gesture). On putting the dogs outside at night in the dark none of the the outside lights were working. This was dangerous it was pitch black the uneven garden not fully secure for the dogs was worrying and the wet pavings slippery. On reporting this we we informed an electrician was not available. I hope the repairs have been carried out ready for our next booking in July! The beds were comfy. The main en suite bedroom was lovely. (we tossed a coin for it! Lol) The lounge sofas very comfy and we were nice and warm.

    Reviewed by Susan2.8Mar 2023

  • "The property was situated in an idyllic setting and to woken by the wood pecker every morning was just a joy, the peace and quite was wonderful and we loved the area , however, overall the interior was a bit sad and tired and in particular the following: 1."

    the micro wave cooker did not work as the door would not lock. 2. some of the crockery was chipped and in one case broken in two 3. the Fridge freezer had not been defrosted for many months 4. there were detailed instructions about how to use the log burner and hot tub but no instructions as to how to operate the TV or to dispose of the ash from the fire, we did find the ash bucket which was full to overflowing and not details of where to dispose of the ashes. during our stay we could only use the lounge TV on streaming services and no terrestrial and the bedroom TV we eventually worked out( the Thursday ) was a Satellite TV . 5. There were detailed instructions on how to recycle the waste and general waste but the bins were full to overflowing on our arrival and the instructions clearly stated the black bins for general waste was located on the left of the property near the key press ,there were no bins! 6. despite al this we would have no hesitation in returning

    Reviewed by Graham4.1Mar 2023

  • "We all really enjoyed our stay at The Chapel."

    It is a very comfortable property, with everything you could wish for, and more besides. The location is stunning, and very quiet, but at the same time, not far from bigger towns and cities, so, the best of both worlds. We had a great time, and hope to return to see more of the area. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Mar 2023

  • "Family of 5 and two dogs - We had a fab time!"

    Lovely location and views were beautiful. Everything you could need in a house. Loved the games room! We will definitely be returning. Thank you for a great stay!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was a really lovely place to stay."

    It was cosy, warm, spacious and comfortable throughout.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Feb 2023

  • "The property in question looked nice but I wouldn't stay here again."

    The hot tub is overlooked by the adjacent property, the garden fencing is broken, there is a huge burn mark in the living room and other aesthetic issues, and some of our food was eaten while on the side overnight. All in all, not a great experience.

    Reviewed by Liam1.9Jan 2023

  • "A beautiful property in a stunning location."

    The extra Xmas decorations were a delightful touch.

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2022

  • "Excellent stay, lovely property and location."

    Highly recommend

    Reviewed by Isla5.0Nov 2022

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with with Smart TV and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x zip-link king-size/twin 1 x double
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Games room
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • x2 Smart TV, WiFi, table football, darts board
  • Fuel, power, and wood and firelighters (sufficient for first fire), and lighter for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Shared driveway with one other property
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Patio with hot tub and furniture
  • Large enclosed lawned area with furniture and pond
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 4.5 miles, pub 2.1 miles
  • Note: There is a pond in the garden, children must be supervised at all times
  • Please note: There is no phone signal in this area, and the WIFI can be intermittent across the property

The property

Nestled in the peaceful village of Dol-y-Gaer near Pontsticill in Powys, on the southwestern edge of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park), is this beautiful home, The Chapel.

Adorned throughout with beamed ceilings and offering a woodburning stove, this holiday cottage with a hot tub, makes an idyllic escape for a family of six.

On arrival, park up in an off-road parking space before admiring the chapel archway, featuring stained glass windows.

Stepping inside, find an entrance hallway, here you can kick off your muddy boots before discovering the grand dining room, where you can tuck-into a feast or enjoy a game of cards on a rainy day.

Moving through the home, locate the kitchen, certain to entice budding chefs with its electric oven and gas hob; after cooking up a storm unwind on the garden furniture to soak in the rural scenery.

As the weather cools retire inside to warm up by the woodburning stove and find a family favourite on the Smart TV or why not head to the games room to play table football?

When your eyes grow heavy, climb up the wooden staircase and choose between three charming bedrooms.

Awaken with a revitalising rinse in the family shower room.

before admiring the morning sunshine in the garden with a cup of tea in hand and a pond close-by.

Stroll down to the breathtaking Pontsticill Reservoir to take in the view and later travel a short distance to the picture-postcard village of Pontsticill, where two warm and friendly pubs are located.

A 15 minute scenic car journey will take you to all your local amenities, including a range of supermarkets and shopping centre.

The adventurers of the group may wish to embark on a hike along one of the many walks from your door.

The renowned peak of Pen-y-Fan lies almost on your doorstep and is reachable on foot for the more adventurous hikers.

Alternatively, bring along your clubs to test your swing at Morlais Castle Golf Club.

The bustling city of Newport is also reachable, which hosts a great selection of shops for a slice of retail therapy, as well as museums to learn about the city's past and the remarkable, Tredegar House.

For long-lasting memories, enjoy a rural retreat at The Chapel.

Note: This property can also be booked with Ref 1096159, together sleeping up to 10 guests.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location


Dol-y-Gaer 2.5 miles; Dowlais 2.7 miles; Cardiff 24.9 miles.

Pontsticill is a welcoming rural village resting between Dol-y-Gaer and Dowlais on the southern edge of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons National Park). The village is known for its gorgeous reservoir, where visits can enjoy an idyllic stroll, whilst also offering visitors access to the renowned Brecon Mountain Railway. There are two welcoming pubs in the village, The Red Cow Inn and The Butchers Arms, both of which serve up hearty meals and crisp ale! Within easy reach is Dol-y-Gaer, where adventure enthusiasts can pay Parkwood Outdoors a visit to enjoy a spot of canoeing in the reservoir, while Torpantau also isn't far and is where you can enjoy access to Taf Fechan Forest and the Horseshoe Trail, before rewarding yourself with a sweet treat at The Old Barn Tea Room.

Please note: There is no phone signal in this area, and the WIFI can be intermittent across the property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas