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Self Catering in Powys - Lake Vyrnwy

The Secret Hideaway
Lake Vyrnwy

The Secret Hideaway, Lake Vyrnwy, Powys

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Sykes Cottages
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Sleeps a maximum of: 6

Pricing From: £270.00

Sleeping up to six people in three bedrooms, this semi-detached stone cottage is on a working sheep farm less than two miles from lovely Lake Vyrnwy.

Tyn-y-Bwlch Cottage is a welcoming stone built cottage on a working sheep farm near Lake Vyrnwy. There is a king-size double room, a single room with additional pull-out bed and a ground floor twin room. On the ground floor is a family bathroom, a fitted kitchen (with limited headroom) and a sitting room with open fire.

There is also a conservatory with dining area and great views down the Cownwy Valley. From Tyn-y-Bwlch it is easy to enjoy all that Snowdonia, mid Wales and Shropshire have to offer.


Tranquility and perfect views
We, four adults, Grandson and Bruce the dog, stayed at the Hideaway for a week in August. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful setting and spectacular views. There is ample parking space for two cars immediately outside the property. We had a warm welcome from the Owners who had left tea things and cake at the ready for our arrival, which we happily tucked into after a short tour of the Hideaway. The cottage had everything we needed really for our week stay. The beds were comfortable and there was ample cupboard space. The lounge had a lovely log burning stove and it was a regret that in the hottest summer for years we didn't need to light it! It doesn't take much imagination to realise that in colder winter months this fire will keep the cottage cosy. We mostly spent our time in the lighter conservatory /dining room. This is the room with by far the best views of the valley. Just outside was a small seating area which was a lovely spot for a drink at the end of a busy day. The kitchen is compact but we managed well enough with just two if us in the kitchen at a time. The downside from the Grandson's point of view was the intermittent wifi access however the adults thought it probably did him good to do other things! All in all this is a good base for touring this part of Wales. Lake Vrnwy, which is stunning, is only a short distance, well within the limits of a comfortable walk. The local village shop is on the way to the Lake. We would recommend stopping at the far end of the Lake to take in the waterfall and the drive from Lake Vrnwy to Lake Bala; the views are stunning if you have the courage to negotiate the high twisting road! If you want a very decent Butcher go to Llanfyllin and while you are there take a visit to the Workhouse for a glimpse of the past.
Sue S

Family weekend away- great place
Stayed here for a long weekend with family/pooch and had a great time. Location is very peaceful, lovely views of the Vrnwy valley. The owners couldn't meet us but they had left a welcome card and some shortbread and had previously contacted me to tell me where to pick up the key. Great cottage, separate dining room/sun room; cosy lounge with wood burner and plenty of logs. There are a couple of steps down to the lounge but there is a hand rail on the wall if required. Kitchen is small but has everything you need including a freezer. Bathroom spacious and equiped for the less able of us. The downstairs bedroom is a good size, 2 single beds, my Mum found it very comfortable. The main double room is a good size. The single room is small, and if the extra bed is up it is a little cramped but we managed ok. Easy access to Vrnwy and the main Conway road. Shop not far, can walk if you feel active. Overall a very cosy place in the heart of north wales, the owners are lovely and I would highly recommend staying here.

Fantastic Weekend
We arrived on the Friday for the bank holiday weekend and were greeted with a warm welcome, a lit fire and homemade cakes with also a tour around the cottage. The cottage is on a working farm and the views are spectacular. We have enjoyed playing games in the conservatory looking out onto the Welsh landscape with neighbours of sheep and lambs (which greeted us daily) and evenings spent in the lounge around the open fire. Whilst at the cottage we went on a number of walks as we brought our dog. We recommend to walk to Lake Vrynwy, it's not too far and when you get there the views are incredible! Also on the Saturday night we went to the Plough in Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant which was amazing food and atmosphere! This cottage is excellent value for money and we will definitely return! Thank you

We spent a lovely and wonderful week at The Secret Hideaway. It was indeed a hideaway in many aspects. A charming cottage from the 18th century with its beautiful views, cordially and always helpful owners, and the really stunning vicinity. It was a time to settle down, however, if wanted, also a time to discover the beautiful nature and sights. We are really recommending this place and we are definitely coming again.
Mr Heitz

Home from home
We have just returned from a wonderful week at the Secret Hideaway. The location is stunning - there are walks in every direction or you can just sit in the conservatory and enjoy the views (particularly the beautiful sunsets). The cottage itself is traditional, cosy and homely and for chilly evenings there is a log burner (also WiFi that works which is good for older children!). The lake and the surrounding area never get too busy and cycling round the lake is easy and enjoyable with lots of spots to paddle along the way. Loads of birds to spot around the hides, including peregrine falcons. The owners (who live next door)could not have been more welcoming - providing lovely home-made cakes on arrival and offering helpful advice. We were joined for a few days by my elderly mother and father in law and we were particularly grateful to Diane for the great care shown to them - extra cakes and fresh flowers arrived and the heating was turned up without us even asking. We were also visited by other members of the family for the day and again, this did not cause any issue. This is a place that anyone who loves the countryside would enjoy at any age. Thank you for making our holiday so special and memorable.
Felicity M



Parking Space
Linen provided
Towels provided
Washing Machine
High Chair


Single Beds

Double Beds

Twin Beds


Oil central heating with open fire
Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi
Fuel, power and starter pack for open fire inc in rent
Extra fuel can be purchased from the owner
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Travel cot, highchair and stairgate
Off road parking for 4 cars
Bike storage
Front gravelled sitting area with garden furniture, BBQ and views over the Vyrnwy and Conwy valleys
One well-behaved dog welcome
Sorry, no smoking
Shop 5 mins walk
Renowned Lake Vyrnwy Hotel with bars, restaurants and beautiful lake views less than 2 miles
Note: Limited headroom of about 5'10" in kitchen
Note: This is a working sheep farm, dogs must be kept under control at all times

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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Rhos Y Beddau Stone Rows - 7.7 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Bryngwyn Hall - 9 miles (Historic House) Heritage Rating

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Pont Minllyn - 11 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Castle Caereinion Castle - 11.2 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain Roman Fort - 11.4 miles (Roman Site) Heritage Rating

Dingle Gardens - 11.9 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Moel Ty Uchaf Stone Circle - 12 miles (Prehistoric Site) Heritage Rating

Llangadwaladr, St Cadwaladr's Church - 12.1 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Guilsfield, St Aelhaiarn's Church - 12.2 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

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