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Sied yr Ardd

(Ref. 929470)

Ystradgynlais near Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales & Pembrokeshire Show on map

4.9

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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66 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent. All that was needed."

    Very clean, comfortable, space for hanging items as well as drawer space. Even space under bed for the suitcase! Private, but hosts available if needed. Hot water. Good shower. Good area for walking and shops available for self catering.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Apr 2024

  • "This is our 3rd year staying in Sied yr Ardd."

    We really look forward to our stay here. Lots of walking in the day and the dog friendly pub and caffe in town are great. We love sitting by the log burner at night. We would recommend this stay to anyone.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a great time loved the garden room came complete with dogs beds and bowls ..."

    We had a great time loved the garden room came complete with dogs beds and bowls very clean and helpful owners Pat& Mike would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay, very quiet even with the works going on, Pat and Mike were ..."

    Lovely place to stay, very quiet even with the works going on, Pat and Mike were extremely accommodating, even spending time to give recommendations for places to eat that are dog friendly, would definitely be going back in the near future

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great place to stay."

    It was our 2nd visit. Ideal location for visiting waterfalls, caves , crag-y-nos park etc. spotlessly clean & well equipped. Friendly , helpful hosts

    Reviewed by Terri-lee5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was an excellent base for exploring this part of Wales."

    Although fairly small, it had the advantage of the garden room, in which we enjoyed the wood burner and mood lighting while the rain fell outside. Everything worked well and the town was only a short walk away.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic holiday cottage spotless clean and very cozy had everything you needed ..."

    Fantastic holiday cottage spotless clean and very cozy had everything you needed couldn't of asked for more had a lovely welcome pack on arrival Welsh butter,lovely loaf ,milk and pkt of Welsh cakes a lovely touch from the owners we had a lovely txt to greet us the sat night after setting in to the cottage, they were on hand if needed but u felt lovely and private ,the garden room was lovely with the dogs bed and dog bowls just a shame we lost our dog week before we arrived he would of loved it here

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jul 2023

  • "We felt at home in this cottage from the night we got there."

    It’s such a lovely place to stay with everything you could possibly need. We loved the outdoor area - super dog friendly and comfy for warm and cold weather. Couldn’t fault a thing.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay and everything was just perfect."

    Great accommodation for us and our two dogs. Great walks from the door and loads to do in the area. Very friendly and helpful hosts. Would love to return.

    Reviewed by Jodie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great place very quirky, perfect location for sightseeing around the area."

    Had everything you needed, nice touches with the welcome pack and condiments. Hosts were great. Only negative comment would be a bigger fridge not enough room for food, beer n wine especially this time of year! A beer n wine fridge would be perfect in the garden room.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0May 2023

  • "Very well appointed and comfortable."

    Bed is good and slept well. We wanted for nothing in our stay and the hosts made sure that that things went smoothly for us. Smallish accommodations, ideal for two, but it was not cramped in any way. Good parking and a pleasant outside area. Wonderful area to fan out and see the sights of the countryside and towns. Welcome pack provided was excellent! This place is quirkily decorated and wonderful little gem

    Reviewed by Gail5.0May 2023

  • "So enjoyed our stay here."

    The cottage was spotless, comfortable, well equipped and very private. We wanted for nothing. The 'garden room' is a fantastic place to relax. We were lucky with the weather but just had to try the woodburner which our dog loved! A lot of thought has been put into creating a pleasing holiday environment and it works a treat. Thanks to Pat and Mike who made clear they were available if needed but were invisible throughout. Just what we like! We would not hesitate to return should we get the chance.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2023

  • "We enjoyed the privacy and quiet as much as we did last year."

    Everything was beyond satisfactory. The dogs loved their treats which were left for them. We hope to be back next year.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Apr 2023

  • "Our third holiday at Sied yr Ardd it is situated close to a cycle trail, waterfalls and the coast."

    We would highly recommend to friends and family. There is going to be some new houses close by but the work has not started when we were there. The owners are very close by and are very helpful.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Apr 2023

  • "Can’t recommend this place enough."

    Perfect location to see South Wales. Only a couple of miles from waterfall country. The cottage provides everything you could need for a comfortable stay. We called ahead to tell the owners we were vegan as they provide a welcome pack and I didn’t want them to waste their money. To our surprise we had a very thoughtful vegan pack. It was so relaxing to sit out in the super shed in the evening with the log burner, listening to music on Alexa. We will definitely be back!!

    Reviewed by T5.0Sep 2022

  • "A very quirky holiday home, a lovely welcome pack, everything you could possibly need."

    This is the second time we have stayed here and will be booking again

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Sep 2022

  • "This a lovely property and had everything we could have wished for."

    Great location with lots of places to visit within easy reach. The garden room is a great asset in all weathers.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2022

  • "Great accommodation."

    What you see outside might look like a shed but inside was comfortable and cosy. All you need for a relaxing break in this beautiful part of Wales. Even the dog was well catered for with a choice of two beds. Added bonus was the friendly locals. All in all deserves the 5 star rating.

    Reviewed by June5.0May 2022

  • "What a gem of a property!"

    We stayed for 4 nights with our 5 year old Cocker spaniel and had a great time. The property was perfect, the garden room was a genious idea. Sitting by the wood burner, reading, choosing what we wanted Alexa to play whilst drinking Prosecco. Alongside some fabulous walks we would recommend this property to every one

    Reviewed by Sian5.0May 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our week in the super shed the owners have provided everything you require with the extra touch a lovely welcome pack."

    The scenery is beautiful lots of walks, waterfalls and the coast is not too far away. Would definitely recommend to family and friends and we hope to be back next year.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Mar 2022

  • "The welcome pack was brilliant our 2 dogs really loved the biscuits left for them."

    Everything was spotless, couldn’t have asked for more! We enjoyed our stay very much and hope to go back.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely place, well equipped, very helpful information pack, lots to do around ..."

    Lovely place, well equipped, very helpful information pack, lots to do around the area, our 2 dogs loved it, will definitely return in the future

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Nov 2021

  • "Our best cottage holiday bar far."

    Our hosts made us very welcome with goodies on arrival.The dogs had the best holiday ever with everything they needed on site. The village pronounced istragunlice is really nice with an asda and a tesco within 2 miles. The dog walks are brilliant and everywhere you go you can find many. We visited in October so the beaches were open for dogs, Swansea bay is brilliant for them. the outside area with the log burner is an added bonus the photo does not do it justice. The area is enclosed with wi fi, amazon alexa ,all provided free of charge and a starter of logs for the log burner. Did we love that room, well we did not watch much tele.We will be booking up next year, and recommend you do the same.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Oct 2021

  • "Excellent dog friendly property in an ideal location for discovering the mountains, waterfalls and Gower coastline."

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Sep 2021

  • "Brilliant little cottage everything you could ask for, lovely welcome pack."

    We will definitely go back lots of local walks views were amazing couldn't recommend it enough

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Sep 2021

  • "Amazing stay in amazing accommodation."

    A lovely welcome basket on arrival. Everything you require on your doorstep Local walks or so much to do and see not far away. Amazing area of Wales, scenery was just breathtaking

    Reviewed by Derek5.0May 2021

  • "Just wow everything was exceptional,welcoming basket on arrival cottage very ..."

    Just wow everything was exceptional,welcoming basket on arrival cottage very clean and felt very safe due to our current climate with covid,lovely walks and just relaxed,a much need hols so just perfect thank you pat and mike xx

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Sep 2020

  • "Very good location for cycling and walking, and for visiting the Bretons or coastal areas"

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Aug 2020

  • "It was wonderful very tranquil surroundings we took our dogs they loved it slahing away in the streams in the woodland But the actual cottage was fantastic everything you could possibly want was there and more ."

    It was absolutely spotless lots of little extras we had a cuppa tea and bread and butter when we arrived it was great highly recommend just could have had a few less showers.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Aug 2020

  • "Amazing place to stay and amazing location."

    Hosts Pat and Mike could not do anything more for you, extremely welcoming and friendly and full of recommendations for local walks and places to eat. Added bonus that our dog was able to join us. Thank you so much.

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Jul 2020

  • "Due to covid and easing of lockdown in Wales cottage met are expectations as we were aware that little extra touches re: soft furnishings, leaflets would not be available."

    The cottage was very clean and had a supply of bleach spray, hand gel etc and we felt safe from the time we entered the cottage to when we left. It was well equipped and am unable to think of anything that was missing. The garden room was great to return too especially with 2 dogs who laid in beds provided by the owners, snoring after an adventurous time exploring. There are walks on the doorstep. The owners were helpful in suggesting places to visit in regards of off lead dog walking. I can recommend the 4 waterfall trail and Craig y Nos country park for both dog lovers and none dog lovers. I am unable to report on any eating establishments as at time of visit Wales had only started to open up to eating outside. This did not deter us and we found that the Ancient Mariner had a small café with outside seating serving breakfast which my husband enjoyed even of a plastic plate. I would stay at this cottage again if I was visiting this part of Wales in the future.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jul 2020

  • "Nice cottage, good base for walking."

    Good choice of local shops. Nearby pubs and cafes.

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Dec 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, comfortable and cosy."

    Plenty of kitchen essentials available, even a slow cooker. Took 2 dogs with us, who thoroughly enjoyed. Plenty of walks close by, and the outhouse is very cute. The owners were great, just left us to it but were there if we needed anything. Would definitely recommend and be visiting again.

    Reviewed by Lowri5.0Dec 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for our requirements and a great base for our holiday."

    Reviewed by Martyn4.7Oct 2019

  • "An absolute gem of a property has everything you could possibly need the garden room is amazing we used it every evening whilst having a bbq, plenty to do and see in the area."

    Will be paying another visit.

    Reviewed by Colleen5.0Aug 2019

  • "Plenty to see in the close vicinity."

    Reviewed by Janene5.0Aug 2019

  • "Comfortable base close to everything we wanted to do and more."

    We didn’t realise it was so close to a recognised bike trail going all the way to mumbles or we would have taken cycles. Show caves were great and the waterfall walks in abundance. The cottage has everything you need and the garden room great for dogs. Was a grand ‘super shed’.

    Reviewed by Stewart5.0Aug 2019

  • "Was a little home from home."

    Everything was provided. Lovely welcome pack of bread, eggs, jams, butter and milk. Welcome biscuits for the dogs.Huge, comfy dog beds and the human bed was amazing! Plenty of films, DVD’s and books to choose from if you so wished. Lovely garden room and outside space too. Set in a beautiful village surrounded by hills. Close to shops and a short drive to Brecon Beacons. Owners very responsive. Actually met Mike a few times. Very helpful. Definitely recommend. Perfect base for the amazing area.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Aug 2019

  • "Fantastic little cottage that had everything you could need or want."

    Would highly recommend! We had a great time with our dog and the cottage was very dog friendly!

    Reviewed by Ashleigh5.0Jun 2019

  • "Had a wonderful stay at the cottage."

    This is an ideal place to stay with dogs, there was plenty of walks around the area and the indoor garden area with wood burner was wonderful for chilling out and drying wet dogs and clothes (our weather was not the best). The cottage had everything we needed and was very comfortable with extra touches like the lovely welcome basket and toiletries. Our dogs loved the beds, they didn't want to move from them. Pat and Mike were very helpful if needed and only a text away, we would definitely stay here again if we go back to the area.

    Reviewed by Lavinia5.0Jun 2019

  • "The welcome pack was great and totally unexpected."

    The accommodation was clean and well appointed, our dog loved the dog bed. Really good for two people, might be a struggle for any more than two. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Apr 2019

  • "For me and my husband it was are privacy."

    it was fantastic knowing the owner's were right there if we needed them. when we did message and the response was straight away.at the same time you would never have known that they were even there. For me and husband and our two dogs the cottage was just perfect. we love the out house with the seating area and the beds for the dogs it was perfect we came back from a walk. we tried every takeaway there was,Chinese,Indian pizza,chippy, all perfect food shop just 5 min walk a way and a lovely please to walk your dogs at the bottom of the road next to the river.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Mar 2019

  • "This was our second visit - lovely little village, but not far from Swanse and lots of beautiful beaches."

    It's nice to go somewhere we can take the dogs without compromising on comfort or quality.

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Dec 2018

  • "This is our second time of using this cottage this year and again there was nothing that I could fault with either the place or the location."

    It is set in an idyllic location with easy access to many featured attractions within easy travelling distances. It has good comfortable facilities and provides everything that you would need for a relaxing holiday. I would use this location again and fully recommend it.

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Nov 2018

  • "First class cottage lovely setting , the owners thought of everything you needed and even provided extras such as a welcome hamper and things for the dogs."

    . Extremely happy with our stay

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Sep 2018

  • "Really unusual little cottage, the welcome pack was a lovely touch, our dogs loved the dog beds."

    Nice location for getting into the mountains. Mike and Pat are friendly and accomadating hosts.

    Reviewed by CAthy5.0Aug 2018

  • "Pat and Mike are so welcoming and its a lovely place to stay, lots of good places to visit nearby"

    Reviewed by Joy5.0Aug 2018

  • "The cabin is exactly as described and offered us a great break with two dogs in the Brecon mountains."

    The kitchen was well equipped and the owners offer a very good DVD collection should your activity be rained off. Overall a good cabin thoughtfully laid out with good facilities for a short break.

    Reviewed by Russ4.1Jul 2018

  • "The super shed was lacking natural light."

    Fitting a Velux window in the roof would be a big improvement light wise as we had to have the lights on all the time we were inside. The weather was terrible misty and raining so we had to stay in as we are senior citizens and my husband was not well. The shed was more suitable for bikers with the bike store area and garden room, who with a beer or two wouldn't notice the lack of light. The photos are a true record. The hosts were very good and helpful everything was spotless and clean the bed very comfortable. The goody's left for us provided our breakfast on the first day. milk, bread, butter, eggs, jam. tea and sugar. There was everything you need in the kitchen, had to get used to the combination oven/ microwave. lots of nice touches and a small garden with furniture. We went home early due to the weather and illness.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.7Jun 2018

  • "A lovely cottage located in an idyllic location."

    The hosts had made everything possible for a relaxing break including providing a wonderful welcome pack for our arrival. Accomodation was first class. I would certainly recommend this location and am considering making further bookings for the future here

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Jun 2018

  • "Cottage was lovely, wonderful welcome package waiting on arrival, well situated property to explore the beautiful Welsh countryside, would return without question."

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2018

  • "Comfortable, lovely decor, well equipped & really nice owners."

    Will definitely go back again & recommend to all our family & friends. Had a fabulous holiday.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0May 2018

  • "Loved the undercover outside space"

    Reviewed by Dominic5.0Apr 2018

  • "A wonderful spot for exploring the Beacons - highly recommend!"

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Mar 2018

  • "Lovely little getaway for me, wifey and two little doggies."

    Close to good walking routes in the beacons and 30 mins from Aberavon beach. All facilities you could ask for. Log burner and welcome hamper on arrival were highlights for us. We sent Pat a text when we were half an hour away, and the log burner had been lit for our arrival on a cold afternoon. Made the garden room lovely and warm. Thanks. Chris and Charlotte.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Dec 2017

  • "The holiday home was as described and the hosts were both friendly and helpful."

    We would happily recommend Sied yr Ardd as a good base from which to explore the Beacons and surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2017

  • "We both had a fantastic time."

    This was our second time at the property, the owners are great, nothing is too much trouble. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jul 2017

  • "Mike & Pat very welcoming, the corrage had extra that was not expected."

    Welome basket waiting for us when we arrived (Bread/Milk/Eggs/Cake). Very relaxing cottage

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2017

  • "We would recommend this property."

    It was fantastic. The owners are FANTASTIC. Thank you very, very much for our holiday. The only setback we had was the weather. Never mind WE Will BE Back

    Reviewed by Alec5.0Jun 2017

  • "Very nice place to stay, comfy bed and all facilities."

    Well recommended.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0May 2017

  • "Lovely little cottage clean and heated, very welcoming on arrival we had a hamper with everything to get started no need to rush out to find milk."

    Situated in distance of a number of attractions.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Mar 2017

  • "Great dog friendly accommodation with lots of homely touches & a welcome basket of bread/butter/eggs etc was very much appreciated."

    Close to lots of places to visit & chilling in the garden room at the end of a busy day out was great.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0Mar 2017

  • "Sied yr Ardd delivered exactly what we hoped it would."

    It was perfect for us, a couple and our two dogs, and the owners could not have been more considerate, welcoming and friendly. The accommodation was clean, modern and cosy and the welcome pack was a delightful touch and very much appreciated. We stayed Fri pm until Sun am and loved it. The location was absolutely perfect for walking in the Beacons and waterfall country and exactly what we were looking for. Strongly recommended.

    Reviewed by Nick4.8Nov 2016

  • "Well situated for exploring many places in South Wales."

    The cottage itself was ideal for dogs and great walks within a few minutes walking distance from cottage. Owners very helpful. We had a lovely week and impressed with facilities.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2016

  • "The place we stayed was great for our two dogs the garden room was well thought out and our dogs loved it ."

    It was like a home from home and the welcome pack was really nice . We had a great time the location was good for all the walks we wanted to do .

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Sep 2016

  • "The whole process was really easy - I like the automatically taking payment for the balance."

    .. this saved me the pressure of remembering while I was planning my wedding

    Reviewed by Sally4.6Aug 2016

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Summary

  • One double bedroom with a king Size bed and a brown leather recliner sofa
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchenette, dining area and sitting area
  • Garden room with woodburner.
  • Electric panel heaters with woodburner
  • Integrated single oven, Integrated microwave, 2-ring electric hob, fridge/freezer, TV with Freeview, DVD, Bluetooth CD/radio, WiFi
  • Washing machine available in outdoor storage shed, Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car with roadside parking outside the property
  • Bike storage
  • Private gravelled patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Four steps to access the property and four steps down to garden room.

The property

A cosy cabin-style cottage, tucked behind the owner’s home a short walk from the River Tawe, on the outskirts of the village of Ystradgynlais on the edge of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons).

This cabin is an ideal base for a couple looking to explore the breathtaking mountains while being close to busy towns and a short drive from the sweeping sandy beaches of South Wales.

Offering all ground floor accommodation, there is a light and airy bedroom leading from an open plan living area with a compact kitchenette, dining area and comfy seating where you can curl up and watch a film in the evening.

The cabin also benefits from a garden room with a woodburner and seating, where you can relax with the dogs after a day spent walking the stunning mountain scenery that surrounds the village.

The cottage has its own dedicated parking space leading into a small private garden and is entered via a series of four steps.

Outside, you can sit in your own deceptively secluded garden and enjoy a morning cup of coffee.

The River Tawe meanders through the valley from the mountains of the Bannau Brycheiniog National Park (Brecon Beacons) towards Swansea Bay; there is so much open countryside to explore you may be spoilt for choice.

The cottage is only five minutes from the National Cycle Network Route 43 that takes you on a leisurely traffic-free ride to the heart of Swansea along a picturesque route that uses a dismantled railway, Swansea Canal towpath and the banks of the River Tawe.

You are ideally placed to take a trip to explore the stunning area known as Waterfall Country, less than 10 miles away, where beautiful gorges are peppered with waterfalls and why not take the chance to step behind the waters of Sgwd-yr-Eira?

The area offers a huge selection of outdoor activities with all activity levels catered for, such as horse riding, paragliding, walking, cycling, gorge trekking, abseiling or kayaking.

Explore the Showcaves of Wales at Dan-yr-Ogof, 6 miles away, or join one of the stargazing events to enjoy the only Dark Sky Reserve in Wales.

Slightly further afield to the north you can explore the industrial heritage of the Big Pit and Blaenavon Iron works.

To the south a whole different landscape opens up with Swansea Bay offering fabulous beaches, including Rhossili Bay beach, considered to be one of the world’s best beaches.

A perfect base for couples to get away from the hustle and bustle, with fabulous days out exploring the mountain landscape, a short drive from the fantastic sandy beaches of South Wales.

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About the location

YSTRADGYNLAIS

Neath 10.7 miles; Swansea 14.8 miles; Brecon 25 miles; Carmarthen 36.3 miles.

Ystradgynlais is a former mining and industrial town in the Tawe Valley on the edge of the formidable Brecon Beacons National Park. The area is peppered with strong valley communities that benefit from the fabulous location and being easily accessible, with the mountains rising into the extensive Brecon Beacons and a myriad of outdoor activities, perfect countryside for walking and cycling with routes stretching away in all directions. Near to The National Showcaves of Wales and the area known as Waterfall Country, you can truly immerse yourself in beautiful landscapes, with the sandy beaches of South Wales just a short drive.

The owners have requested that a note is added to this property to inform
you that a housing development of 45 homes is underway near Sied Yr Ardd.
Building work is only undertaken during the day Monday to Friday. However,
in case of any inconvenience caused the owners have requested that a 10%
discount is applied to the accommodation pricing, this has already been added to all available dates

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas