Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Troedrhiwgelynen is a beautiful stone farmhouse in the Gwenffrwd valley. It is set at the foot of the 5000 acre Mynydd Mallaen at the southern end of the wild and untamed Cambrian mountains of mid Wales.
The farmhouse, once home to generations of Cawdor estate farmers was since 1967 home to the RSPB warden of the Gwenffrwd-Dinas reserve, reportedly the favourite reserve of RSPB wardens themselves.
The reserve is in a spectacular area of countryside – a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation - "the cream" of Euorpean protected sites.
Enjoy a walk through enchanting alder and oak woodland, past fast-flowing, spectacular rivers.
You should have no problem spotting a red kite, and in the summer there'll also be pied flycatchers, redstarts, common sandpipers, dippers and grey wagtails.
The house was completely renovated and the adjoining cowshed converted to a luxurious standard using traditional materials in 2010-11. The quality of the conversion has been recognised with it winning the best conversion award in Carmathenshire in 2011.
Commensurate with the natural environment, great care has been taken to adopt a sustainable approach to the conversion. The house is heated by a ground source heat pump with underfloor heating throughout. The ground floor has slate flagstones or quarry tiles and the first floor has beautiful oak floor boards.
The house is lime plastered throughout and was lime rendered outside.
Retreat after a day of mountain walking, bird watching, mountain biking, horse riding or sight seeing to a log fire in a spectacular enormous inglenook fireplace, complete with bread oven.
Relax in a Jacuzzi bath or indulge in a fabulous meal with a well equipped and spacious kitchen with range cooker.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aberaeron 44 km|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Cardiff 130 km, Nearest railway: Llandovery 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors||
Upstairs is one double bedroom and two twin bedded bedrooms - all with exposed original beams and mountain views.
The upstairs bathroom has a rolltop double ended cast iron bath with wall mounted taps and hand held shower head and wonderful views across the valley. There is a separate upstairs WC.
The master bedroom is in the cowshed conversion on the ground floor and is adjacent to the spacious beamed bathroom with jacuzzi and walk in shower. Ideal for grandparents or friends staying with a family.
The lounge is very inviting with its beamed ceiling and cosy sitting area around a wood burning stove set in a vast inglenook fireplace with bread oven.
Washing machine and tumble drier are in separate utility room with space to hang rain gear and a boot rack for boots to dry.
The stunning kitchen/diner area is of the highest quality with granite surfaces, a large island with breakfast seats and is well equipped with an American fridge/freezer with ice dispenser, range cooker with double oven under, dishwasher and a Belfast sink.
Internet TV is available as well as free wi-fi.
A payphone is provided as there is no mobile access for several miles around the farmhouse.
|Further details outdoors||
An orchard has been re-established in the garden and the kitchen garden is evolving to provide pick your own produce.
Enjoy having an evening drink on the upper terraces of the garden enjoying spectacular views of this magical place. There is a beautiful teak table and benches for picnics.
There is a picturesque pond opposite the house and a small pond beside the approach to the house.
One of the traditional stone barns is a games room with table tennis and there is a large trampoline in the rickyard.
Lockable bike storage is available in an outbuilding.
Welcome pack including local produce provided on arrival.
The West Wales/Pembrokeshire region
Troedrhiwgelynen is situated at the foot of the Mynydd Mallaen which forms the southern end of the Cambrian Mountains. These mountains lie between the Brecon Beacons to the South East and Snowdonia to the North. This is a wild and remote area. A map is a good idea (provided in the house!) as you are likely to be entirely on your own up on the hill tops.
Whilst the main parts of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia are overwhelmed with tourists, Troedrhiwgelynen is an ideal base from which to explore the quieter undiscovered western area of the Brecon Beacons, now part of the Fforest Fawr Geopark, designated in 2005 by UNESCO because of its outstanding geological heritage.
The seaside is just over an hour away with the beautiful coastal resort of Aberaeron on the Ceredigion coastline with its quiet, secluded beaches, sandy coves, bird, seal and dolphin watching.
The Welsh county of Carmarthenshire is known as “The Garden of Wales” and with reason. Attractions in the county include Aberglasney House and Gardens. Spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi valley of Carmarthenshire, Aberglasney features one of the finest gardens in Wales.
Nearby is the National Botanic Garden of Wales opened in May 2000 the first national botanic garden to be created in the new millennium with an amazing collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread across 560 acres of beautiful countryside and the world’s largest single spanned glasshouse, designed by Lord Foster, that has the best display of mediterranean climate zone plants in the Northern hemisphere.
For wet weather there is the Dan-yr-Ogof showcaves - the largest showcave complex in Northern Europe, located on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park.
Romantic ruins abound with Carreg Cennen Castle and Talley Abbey. Close by is the National Trust owned Dinefwr Park and Castle. This includes a12th-century Welsh castle, historic house and 18th-century landscape park, enclosing a medieval deer park described as one of the most beautiful man-made landscapes in the British Isles.
Troedrhiwgelynen is surrounded by a spectacular area of countryside which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and is the heart of the Gwenffrwd-Dinas RSPB reserve, reportedly the favourite reserve of RSPB wardens themselves. Walks do not get more beautiful than the circular route within the Dinas reserve.
Our nearest village is the picturesque village of Rhandirmwyn. This has a village shop, Pannau Stores and a tearoom Ty Te Twm, and there are two public houses, the Towy Bridge Inn on the bank of the river Tywi down the lane from Troedrhiwgelynen and the Royal Oak Inn located in the centre of the village.
You will find along the Twyi Valley market towns such as nearby Llandovery, a Drovers market town with the ruins of a Norman Castle, and some fine Georgian houses; Llandeilo - very popular with "foodies" renowned now for its great selection of excellent restaurants and food shops.
Spectacular mountain biking routes have opend up in the area with the Cwm Rhaeadr trail right on the door step, described as Wales at its best, with beauty and exhilaration combined.
Our nearest local attraction is the National Trust owned Dolaucothi Gold Mines – in use from Roman times to the 20th century where guided tours are available to take you back to experience the conditions of the Roman, Victorian and 1930s underground workings.