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Excellent 5/5 15 reviews

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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5

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

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 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.

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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Review 1-10 of 15

12 Jun 2014


"Tranquil, beautiful accommodation with a warm welcome"

Apple House is set back from the road and within the grounds of the owner's land. It is a beautiful property with plenty of outside space, including an area to the back of the house with picnic bench, bbq pit and hammock all overlookig fields and meadows that you can wander in and with a beautiful backdrop of sheep and horses grazing which is a lovely sight to open the french doors to each day. The owners, richard and caroline have got it just right - helpful and friendly without being overbearing, there if you need them but otherwise happy to let you get on and enjoy your stay in peace.

The kitchen is large and excellently equipped with all you need and a very kind gesture of bread, milk, eggs, butter and fantastic home made welsh cakes is supplied. There is tv, wifi, log fire, big bath and an excellent shower, comfy beds and plenty of wardrobe and storage space. To be honest, you would have difficulty finding fault here, everything has been thought of.

If you like dogs, you can leave your property's gate open and their playful, beautiful new foundland molly will no doubt come and say hello, their other dog cooper is an older dog and although friendly, is happier to leave you to it. If you arent a dog lover, just close the gate and your property is closed off.

The local pub, the griffin inn serves pub grub and although some reviews of the pub have been a little harsh in the past, the staff has changed and things were fine, food was average pub fayre and its nice and local.

All in all, one of the best cottages we have stayed in, and we will be going back for sure.

24 May 2014


"The perfect place for a family with young children."

My wife, 18-month-old daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday. The property was excellent and to a high standard. The location was perfect, my daughter particularly enjoyed exploring the garden … More

6 May 2014


"A highly recommendable place to stay, especially with children and dogs"

We thoroughly recommend Apple House, and hope very much to return for a longer stay. We stayed for 5 nights and wished that we had booked for longer as there was a lot more we would have liked to do.… More

27 Apr 2014


"Fabulous accommodation, beautiful scenery, just perfect!"

We have spent three days in this stunning property, surrounded by great scenery. Horses and goats in the fields, great walking, cosy local pub. We couldn't ask for anything more. Caroline and Richard were really friendly and welcoming, providing bread, eggs etc. and wood for the burner. The cottage was truly amazing, comfy, stylish, spacious. Hay on Wye is close by. Molly the Newfie was the icing on the cake and we can't wait to return.

22 Apr 2014


"Superb cottage in beautiful surroundings-can highly recommend it."

All round excellent find. Very thoughtful welcome pack and friendly greeting from Richard and Caroline, who had answered my queries before our arrival promptly and helpfully. We had the impression tha… More

22 Apr 2014


"Great house, great location"

We spent a fabulous two weeks in Apple House, which easily accommodated the two adults and two children originally booked, plus the two twenty-somethings that then joined us for a week! (Oh, and the dog.)

The house was comfortable, really well provided for and Richard and Caroline were always happy to give tips on where to go and what to do. The children and the dog had their own safe, enclosed area in which to play -- and it was lovely just to sit and look out at the hills (although I'm not sure I'd recommend climbing the one immediately behind the house!). We found Llyswen to be a great location for exploring the Brecon Beacons and its lakes, villages and pubs, as it provides easy access to all the A-roads you could need! We also made bigger days out to Cardiff and Ludlow -- but there's really no need to venture too far afield!

I'd thoroughly recommend Apple House, and hope very much to return!

10 Apr 2014


"Beautiful Place To Stay"

My wife, my dog and I spent a wonderful week at Apple House, we wanted to get away from city life for a week and the location, property and owners delivered everything we wanted. The property is set … More

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.

Review 1-10 of 15

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