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The Cwtch

The Cwtch, Llanbister, Powys

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Sleeps a maximum of: 2

Pricing From: £286.00

This cosy converted barn is situated on the owners' livestock farm, two miles from the village of Llanbister and sleeping two people.

The Cwtch is a cosy converted barn, situated next to the owners' bed and breakfast, on their working livestock farm, two miles from the village of Llanbister, near Llandrindod Wells. This village sleeps two people and has a zip/link mezzanine super king-size double, a ground floor shower room and an open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove. Outside there's a decked garden with furniture and hot tub. The Cwtch is a delightful romantic retreat.


Lovely place to stay
We booked this as a winter weekend break (me and my partner) after Christmas. Days leading up to arrival, i let the host know we would arrive late friday due to work commitments which she said was fine and also confirmed that the sat nav would find this easy (travelling from Swansea) and would have no issues (giving the distance travelled, and rural location i checked with her before travelling). The weekend we travelled typically was the weekend we had some snow, meaning driving conditions werent great. My car ended up getting stuck in the snow, on an incline on a country road in what felt like the middle of nowhere. After several failed attempts at getting my car up the incline, i called the host in the hppes of some guidance for directions on what to do.. her response: oh you followed the sat nav, youll have to reverse back onto the main road (bare in mind i was about 3 miles into this winding road,pitch black and snow and gave no further instruction). I managed to do a 3 point turn (just) and get back onto the main road, pull over and try again with the sat nav. We eventually got there around 10pm and the cottage was beautiful. It was cosy and homely and the hot tub was a lovely benefit. Im one to always read through the information packs to get to know where things are and how to use appliances etc. Several times it mentions about a fine of ?50 if things arent left clean and tidy - including stripping the bed sheets.. now being a 5'5 girl and a queen size bed.. this wasnt going well. Nevertheless i made sure it was done and things were clean. Lovely weekend and a beautiful cottage and we definitely made the most of the hot tub in the freezing winter temperatures! I can't complain about the barn itself or our stay. However, on our departure day (departure is 10am which to me is a bit early considering check in is 3 or 4pm), we were running late as we had to then sort the recycling, take it to the end of the lane (approx 1 mile from the barn) and strip the beds and do all the cleaning. So i text the host to let her know. She came to the door at 10.06 saying "oh.. check out was 10am" and we apologised saying were just finishing up, we'll be out asap. She returnef at 10.11 and said (and i quote) "im not being funny but im paying staff to clean and ive got new people arriving today, you didn't request a later check out". This took us aback due to the amount of cleaning requested we do, and the fines we would get if not done - and i also checked,there was nobody due that day as i had the option to book the next night). Due to this response and the attitude, we just grabbed our stuff and left - 90% of the cleaning done, but didnt take the bins out to the end of the lane due to her response. I feel it was very uncalled for as we had contacted her and unsure what she was paying people for seeing as id done all the cleaning and she was putting new bedding on which id already stripped! A lovely weekend, shame that her behaviour toward ua put a dampener on it.

Beautiful Views and enjoyable stay
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Cwtch. We found The Cwtch very easy thanks to Google and the owners directions. There was good parking. The views were beautiful and the hot tub was ideal after a long days walking. The Cwtch was small but big enough for me and my boyfriend. We had plenty of privacy but we knew the owners were only next door if we needed them. When we arrived we were greeted by the owner and her little dog who was very friendly and told to head straight in as our keys were on the table. As we got into the cottage and settled in we read the black folder of information for us during our stay, including rules for The Ctwch, hot tub instructions, local eateries and other useful information. We also found a guest book and it was interesting reading about previous people who had stayed there and what they did during their time in Wales. A couple of issues to highlight; we should have had the water system explained to us upon arrival as for 2 days we woke up to no hot water and my boyfriend and I had to find the immersion switch as well as the radiator switch by ourselves. Also in the black information book were strict rules on the amount of waste we could leave (2 bin bags after a week.) It said that we were left 2 black bin bags for this but we discovered that we only had one, so we had to buy our own! And we were also only left one toilet roll for a week, so we had to buy more as well, which wasn't good enough considering the amount we paid and the strict rules on cleanliness and amounts of rubbish. They were only small issues that didn't affect our comfortable stay but we felt they should be mentioned. These were only small issues that is why we have only given it 4, however we did really enjoy our stay at the Cwtch and would recommend it.
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This place was amazing! The view is brilliant, perfect place for a break away with your partner, the log burner is a wonderful touch and the walks in that area are fantastic! Couldn?t fault it!

Cosy cottage for a peaceful & romantic retreat
The Cwtch is a delightful little cottage with a very cosy feel. It is exactly as you see on the photos. The sat nav took us to pound farm just down the road, Cwmllechwedd Fawr is around the corner from there, but is signposted. The owner was very helpful via email when I was ordering my Tescos delivery a few days before we arrived, and came to see us the evening we arrived to check everything was ok. The kitchen is well equipped, and there are lots of DVDs, games, puzzles etc provided if you fancy a lazy day or night at the cottage. There is no phone signal but Wi-Fi worked fine and there is plenty of information in the drawers about things to do and places to visit. You can help yourself to logs from the shed for the fire which gave the cottage a fantastic warm and cosy feel. The view from the hot tub was beautiful, perfect to relax in after a day exploring (Ok, shopping!) with a glass of prosecco! The bed was very comfortable which was a bonus! All in all, we had a lovely relaxing weekend in this idyllic cottage and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to friends and family.

I can?t wait to come back!!!
My partner and I wanted to do something special for my 21st birthday. We couldn?t afford to go abroad, so we spent our first holiday together, and my birthday at the cwtch! And it was absolutely amazing, I think I?d rather stay here than go abroad anyways! Getting there was a slight struggle. The satnav took us close, but there were a few cottages around and with no sign posting and no phone signal, we were driving around for over half an hour looking for the right one haha! But when we got there it was beautiful. Immaculate! The cottage is exactly as it shows in the pictures right down to the throws and cushions! It was simply beautiful. It was so quiet and peaceful! We spent our evenings in the hot tub, for hours at a time (which I know isn?t recommended), with bottles of wine, talking until the night sky was moon lit. We spend our days going on adventures! We went down into Llandrindod Wells, there?s a cute gift shop that we got some presents in, and a wooden decoration reading ?cwtch?, which is currently on my bedroom wall right now! We did lots. They have a beautiful chip shop, and we had a wonderful Chinese on my actual birth day and brought it back to the lodge as it?s only a 20 min drive once you know the way! The landlord, we only saw them on arrive, and they were lovely, very welcoming and polite. We were worried we?d have no privacy as their cottage is right next to the one we stayed in, but we didn?t see them at all after that! The house rules were fair. Maybe not what you?d expect on holiday, as you?ve really got to leave the place as you found it, ensuing the floors are clean, bed is stripped, you know you?ve got to clean it so it?s ready for the next person to come and stay. You must also separate all your rubbish into the glass, plastic and cardboard bins. We didn?t mind any of this because I?m a cleaning fanatic and we recycle at home anyways! But others may find it a bit of a chore haha! Overall, I?d give the cwtch a 5/5 if your looking for a real relax. No phone signal. They do have WiFi, but to be perfectly honest, it doesn?t work. It?s nice to enjoy your partners company without a phone for a holiday though, and that?s coming from a 21 year old phone addict haha! The only entertainment is a walk and if your happy to drive and explore, Llandrindod Wells town, which is just like a little town with a few shops! They have pages of things to do and places to eat in their welcome pack when you get there anyways! So we were extremely happy with our stay, and I will definetly be returning! Thankyou very much!



Parking Space
Linen provided
Towels provided
High Chair


Double Beds


Electric panel heaters with solar panels and woodburning stove
Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, iPod dock, radio, WiFi
Fuel, power and fuel for stove included in rent
Bed linen and towels included in rent
Off road parking for 2 cars
Bike storage
Decked garden with hot tub and furniture, plus access to farmland with unfenced ponds
Sorry, no pets and no smoking
Shop 9 miles, pub 2 miles
Note: Laundry service available by arrangement with owner
Note: Cottage has private water supply
Note: Property accessed up a farm lane, may not be suitable for very low cars
Note: Due to open tread stairs and balcony, as well as three ponds on farmland, this property is suitable for babes-in-arms and children over twelve only
Note: Due to rural location, WiFi and mobile phone signals can be intermittent

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Pilleth Battlefield Site - 8.3 miles (Countryside) Heritage Rating

Pilleth, St Mary's Church & Holy Well - 8.3 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Cefnllys Castle - 8.7 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

Llanfihangel Cefnllys Church - 8.7 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Castell Collen Roman Fort - 8.8 miles (Roman Site) Heritage Rating

Castell Crug Eryr - 9.5 miles (Castle) Heritage Rating

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