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Apple House


Excellent 5/5 Score from 26 reviews

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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

The Apple House is a bright and spacious detached cottage, located in the picturesque village of Llyswen, in the heart of the Wye Valley and only a short drive from the ever popular book town of Hay on Wye. Accessed via a private driveway, it is located within the grounds of the owner's property in a secluded country setting with stunning views down the Valley and towards the Black Mountains. There is a large private garden with tall pine trees providing much needed shade in the summer months, a picnic bench, 2 hammocks, bbq and fire pit. Guests also have access to 6 acres of private meadow and orchards.

Recently refurbished to a high standard the cottage offers spacious contemporary accommodation. On the ground floor there is a large lounge which has a double height vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, tri folding doors opening onto the garden, a wood burner and two comfy sofa's, of which one is a double sofa bed. There is a separate dining area that seats six and a fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar. The bathroom has a bath and separate power shower. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms with high vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. The master bedroom has a king size bed and the other is a twin, which can easily be pushed together to create a double.

The cottage occupies a very beautiful and tranquil setting, while still being within the village boundary and within a short walk of two country pubs. This is a paradise for those wishing to do as much or as little as they want. For those keen to fish the owners have 250 yards of private fishing on the River Wye, a famous salmon river, and just a short walk from the property. Residents are charged £20 per person, per day. There is also easy access on foot to some lovely walks which include the Wye Valley Walk which follows the River Wye from its source to the River Severn, Brechfa Common and the Iron Age Hill Fort above the village. You can also canoe down river to Hay-on-Wye and beyond, take in some excellent road and mountain biking trails and explore the mountains on horseback or from the air at the nearby gliding club. Many other activities are available!

The cottage has wifi, a flat screen television with freeview and a DVD player. Owners are welcome to bring along their dogs, as long as they are well behaved and kept downstairs. There is an additional fee of £15 per dog.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Cardiff Airport 64 miles / Bristol Airport 74 mile, Nearest railway: Abergavenny station 21 miles / Hereford 29 miles
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking

The Powys/Brecon Beacons region

Powys / Brecon Beacons region

Brecon is centrally positioned in the National Park and is a very popular base for walkers, mountain bikers and those who just enjoy being within the beautiful surrounding countryside with breath taking views. The cathedral town boasts two museums - The Welsh Borderer's Museum and the Brecon Cathedral along with a shop and cafe. The bustling town centre is quaint with many individual shops and cafes. There is an annual world renowned Jazz Festival held in the town during August.

Crickhowell is a small, pretty and sheltered Georgian market town set between the lower slopes of Table Mountain and the backdrop of Llangattock Mountain with its great limestone crags. The River Usk, renowned for the good trout and salmon fishing, flows past spanned by an interesting buttressed bridge with twelve arches facing downstream and thirteen arches facing upstream. There are many excellent walks in the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons and horse riding, fishing, and canoeing can all be arranged locally.

Abergavenny is a bustling market town with a large covered outdoor market and a busy cattle market; there are ample local producers, craft and antique markets and every September the famous Abergavenny Food Festival brings together a wealth of local food producers, celebrity chefs and an enthusiastic food loving audience. This area remains a favourite base for walkers, cyclists, para-gliders, fishermen and canal enthusiasts, and there are many outdoor activity providers.

Hay-on-Wye is a popular market town on the River Wye, sitting on the border between England and Wales, at the foot of The Black Mountains. Overlooked by the fascinating 11thc. Castle, the town has a wealth of interesting old buildings and the "largest second-hand bookshop in the world" in the old cinema- one of the 30 major antiquarian bookshops, each with their own speciality. Hay-on-Wye hosts the world famous Literary Festival.

Builth Wells in the Mid Wales countryside is varied with magnificent great reservoirs using the natural shape of the landscape - now established over many years and a natural habitat for all kinds of wildlife and flora. There are great expanses of open countryside where the Red Kite (which can be viewed at close proximity in several Red Kite Centres), buzzard, kestrel and sparrow hawks wheel and hover overhead.

The Upper Swansea Valley is an ideal location for those wishing to explore this area known as 'Waterfall Country',

Monmouth takes its name from the mouth of the Monnow River, which flows into the River Wye just South of the town. Monmouth is a bustling market town with many shops and supermarkets. The pubs and restaurants provide good food. All types of outdoor activities are available, there is excellent fishing on the River Monnow and the River Wye; golf is nearby at the Rolls of Monmouth; Hot Air Ballooning at nearby Raglan and pony trekking in the area; excellent walking in the Wye Valley and the Royal Forest of Dean, exploring the Welsh Borders and Offa's Dyke Path

On the western side of the Brecon Beacons lie the old market towns of Llandeilo and Llandovery. Both are charming market towns with excellent local shops and information centres, guiding people to the numerous local places of interest such as Carreg Cennen Castle.


The Hay-On-Wye area

Hay-on-Wye is a popular market town on the River Wye, sitting on the border between England and Wales, at the foot of The Black Mountains. Overlooked by the fascinating 11thc. Castle, the town has a wealth of interesting old buildings and the "largest second-hand bookshop in the world" in the old cinema- one of the 30 major antiquarian bookshops, each with their own speciality. Hay-on-Wye hosts the world famous Literary Festival with a great many famous literary figures taking the stage

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30 Sep 2014


"Perfect comfort in beautiful countryside"

Apple House was perfect in every way, comfortable, clean, well-equipped, in beautiful countryside with Richard and Caroline the perfect hosts. Richard was always on hand but never intrusive, always wi… More

12 Sep 2014


"All That's Best In Wonderful Welcoming Wales"

The property is an excellently converted barn which has been tastefully decorated and furnished, and it is a dog friendly environment. It is situated in the extensive grounds of the owners' home but retains its own privacy.

On arrival there's a warm and generous welcome on this hillside with bread, butter, eggs, milk and home made Welsh cakes awaiting you, plus there were ample supplies of tea, coffee, sugar and various condiments. Whilst cooking is probably the last thing on one's mind whilst on holiday, if that's your thing there's a superbly furnished modern kitchen just crying out to be tested by the skills of any budding chef lucky enough to stay here.

In the adjacent field sheep are roaming, plus two extemely friendly goats, whilst in a neighbour's field the three resident horses are equally friendly. On the doorstep the owners' dogs also like to make themselves known and will do their best to seek attention.

The owners are also extremely friendly and helpful and can advise you of all the best places to visit in the locality, of which there are so many. Castles, churches, pretty towns and villages, excellent pubs, lakes and wildlife, hills to climb, plus sweeping and beautiful rivers, are all very close to hand. You will also find this to be an extremely beatiful and very friendly part of the world.

7 Sep 2014


"A beautifully appointed cottage in delightful surroundings."

We've just returned from a restful and relaxing week in the Apple House, where the owners, Richard and Caroline, made us very welcome, and gave us lots of useful advice on local walks, places to … More

29 Aug 2014


"A perfect venue from which to explore the Brecons and the Wye Valley."

We stayed at the Apple House for a week in mid August as a party of four adults and two dogs. The property is very comfortable, tastefully decorated and furnished, well equipped and very handily locat… More

29 Aug 2014


"Fantastic holiday cottage"

Richard was the perfect host, supported by Molly the dog! Cottage is very well equipped with lovely homely touches and child friendly. Stair gate, bath toys, high chair and plenty of child friendly sp… More

25 Aug 2014


"Heavenly home from home"

Stayed for 3 nights with our 2 dogs. The cottage is easy to find and sits neatly behind the owners house. The garden is huge with hammocks, fire pit and bench. Overlooking fields with grazing sheep. T… More

14 Aug 2014


"Miniature home from home"

We had a warm welcome on arrival at the property, with a mini hamper of essentials to get us going till morning. The homemade Welsh cakes were divine! The property was immaculate, well maintained and beautifully furnished throughout. The cottage was in a peaceful location, ideal for walking and exploring the area, also not far from several local towns and villages - within 10/15 minute car journey. Hay-on-Wye was a delightful town, approximately 20 mins drive. Plenty of good pubs and the private fishing was a short walk from the property. We had a wonderful family holiday, including the dog and would thoroughly recommend this to friends.

11 Aug 2014


"very confortable house with stunning views around"

The accomodation is well-equipped, especially when you are tall. It's an ideal place to stay with the dog as there's an enclosed garden and the river is nearby. The house is very clean and m… More

9 Aug 2014


"Fabulous, tranquil, picturesque ..... why can't we live here permanently?"

Just spent a great week at the Apple House in Llyswen, slap bang inbetween the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, with Hay-on-Wye just a short drive down the road.Richard and Caroline, wonderfully fr… More

23 Jul 2014


"Perfect getaway with beautiful scenery."

So glad we picked the apple house for our long weekend break. Caroline and Richard were extremely helpful with everything, from popping in with butter in the morning(we forgot to bring some) to helping organise the best walks. We especially enjoyed canoeing up the river wye and having a well deserved pint in the village after.
We were very lucky with the weather and made the the most of the outside space, we had a few BBQs and the fire pit allowed us to stay out late every night.
Our dog Digby enjoyed Molly's daily visit where they spent hours playing in the garden.
We would defiantly recommend the apple house and hope to return at some point.

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