Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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, a hammock, 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 excellent 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 also has wifi and free sat television and in the near future an outside hot tub.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Private fishing lake or river|
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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22 Feb 2014
"Everything we hope for"
We have just returned from a week at Apple House the cottage is lovely and comfortable with everything of high quality and the log burner was ideal for cold February nights. Richard and Caroline make us very welcome, the welcome pack was a really nice touch with home made welsh cakes . Apple House is situated in a quiet spot, ideal for exploring the surrounding area of the Wye Valley and Brecon Beacons with lovely walks on your doorstep. We can't wait to go back and would recommend it.
14 Nov 2013
"Fantastic autumnal views of both the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons"
The Apple House is ideally located within easy reach of Brecon, Hay-On-Wye and Builth Wells with amazing views of both the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains, Pen-y-Fan & Corn Du stood proud even on t… More
30 Sep 2013
"Peace & Views"
The Apple House was beautiful, well-equipped and peaceful; the owners and their animals welcoming and friendly.
A couple of very warm days and nights for the time of year, and a visit to the food market in the centre of Hay on Wye on Thursday morning, rounded off a thoroughly enjoyable short break. I very much look forward to my next visit.
26 Sep 2013
We stayed for one week at the end of August and wished we could stay longer. Apple House Cottage is superb and Richard and Caroline could not have been more accommodating or helpful, from suggestions of what to do locally , to getting our car started one morning. We would heartily recommend this cottage to anyone wanting a quiet, relaxing break in some wonderful countryside.
24 Sep 2013
"Wonderful house in wonderful spot."
Warm friendly welcome and help on hand (if needed) from Caroline and Richard. This is a beautifully restored property and very comfortable. The location is lovely with great views and a good garden area with trees. Thoroughly recommend it.
15 Sep 2013
This is probably the best rental house I have ever seen: newly renovated to a very high quality, with exquisite taste and attention to detail. There is a fantastic wood burning stove (with plenty of wood to burn in the barn), which can heat the entire house (and then some) on its own – the central heating is almost redundant. Around the fire are astonishingly comfortable settees. The beds are similarly comfortable, with beautiful linen. The shower is, without a shadow of a doubt, the best I have ever encountered. If you have to work while there, the Internet service is also excellent.
The house is set is stunningly beautiful countryside, with towering hillsides on one side and the lovely River Wye on the other. One can walk or run for miles along the river (I ran along there every morning with my dog). There is an enclosed back garden, replete with hammock – both of which the children loved. In the field next door are two friendly horses. Hay-on-Wye is a ten-minute drive, and the Black Mountains and Beacons not much further. There are two pubs, both of which serve food, within a minute's walk.
Caroline and Richard are two of the nicest, most welcoming people you will ever meet. On our arrival, we found fresh eggs from the farm across the road, fresh bread, butter – and Richard's mother had even gone to the trouble of baking some delicious welsh cakes, for which I had to fight my sons.
My family and I spent an utterly magical week in this house when I was giving a talk at the Hay Festival. We will definitely be back again at some point. I would wholeheartedly recommend this house to anyone.
15 Sep 2013
"Stunning location, with gorgeous views across the Brecon hill; first class property, stylish, clean and comfortable."
We spent a very happy week here at Apple House. Richard and Caroline are lovely and could not do anymore to make our stay more enjoyable. They supplied fresh eggs, milk, bread and cakes when we arrived which was thoughtful and welcoming.
The property has stunning views surrounded by fields and trees, with horses in one adjacent field and goats in another; it was very secluded and peaceful. We would leave the front door open and the horses in the field came up to the fence. They have two dogs Molly and Cooper who both had a lovely temperament; a pleasure to have around - I wanted to take Molly home!
We enjoyed the barbecue area; it was lovely sitting outside of an evening with a fire pit to keep us warm. There is a wood burner in the lounge which was very cosy.
If you enjoy real ales there are there are two pubs only a stone throw away. The Griffith Inn serve inexpensive good home cooked food.
Hay-on-Wye is only a short drive and they have a market on a Thursday. The Blue Boar serves excellent meals.
4 Aug 2013
"All you could want from a country cottage holiday"
We were lucky with the weather when we stayed at Apple House - it was in the high 20s/early 30s most days and not a cloud in the sky - but this place would be beautiful in any weather. It's the sort of cottage retreat you'd design for yourself - a converted barn in perfect countryside but with that urban cool touch that makes it a pleasure to actually live in, rather than just use as a base from which to explore. From the gorgeous Farrow & Ball painted interiors to the leather sofas, woodburner, power shower and one of the most comfortable beds I've ever slept in, Apple House is pristine, serene, welcoming and utterly delightful. Owners Richard and Caroline are such lovely people too - friendly, helpful and there if you need them, they've thought of everything. There are sun loungers in the woodshed (where there's also plenty of wood for the fire pit and BBQ), a hammock in which to contemplate the spectacular views, including the magnificent Hay Bluff in the distance, and for animal lovers there's a veritable parade of sheep, goats, dogs and even a friendly black cat for good luck. The location is wonderfully rural, yet not so isolated that you can't get to the local shops quickly and easily for a bit of retail therapy (where better than Hay on Wye for a potter?) and of course the supermarket to top up on supplies. There are some great pubs around, all of which serve food, and more walking than you can shake a stick at. Fancy a dip? The local rivers are perfect - just ask Richard to tell you the best spots. Should the weather be less than perfect, there are plenty of indoor (and even underground) pursuits to be had at the various visitor attractions roundabout. And don't even get me started on the beautiful medieval castles...
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