Glanyrafon at Cambrian Escapes

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Camarthenshire, Wales

Beautiful, boho-chic cottage for 4 with a hot tub, surrounded by glorious landscapes offering epic adventures

2 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

Alfresco tub

Child friendly

Dog friendly

Eco conscious

Parking

Private garden

WiFi

Woodburner

Space & setting.

Hidden at the end of a winding country road in the stunning Cambrian Mountains lies this tranquil hideaway, within a rural wonderland. Originally a delightfully crooked 18thC woollen mill, it’s been restored and decorated with an eclectic boho vibe. Expect vaulted ceilings, reclaimed furniture, wooden floorboards and handpicked vintage finds, plus a divine selection of fabric.

A mountain stream runs through the beautiful garden — the brave can enjoy morning dips — and wildflower meadows are backed by spectacular mountain landscapes, stretching as far as the eye can see. Come with another couple or bring kids and dogs and spend your time exploring – you’ll likely adventure all day and not see another soul (bar the odd sheep). Strolls to hidden waterfalls or drive to spectacular walks amongst the little-known Cambrians and famous Brecon Beacons. The owners can arrange incredible adventures too; mountain summits at sunrise, horse rides and wild swims in waterfalls. Later, wander to the pub or stargaze from the woodfired hot tub — this is a famous Dark Skies area and the night skies are insane.

Getting here: you can train to Llandovery, from where the owners will collect you, but you’ll likely want to drive here and have a car/bikes to explore.

Brecon Beacons Hideaway - owners

Owners Tanya and Duncan decided to share their spectacular 70 acres with guests, so renovated 3 of the traditional outbuildings ino quirky holiday cottages entirely by themselves, with much love (and plenty of tears).

My Kip favourites

She loves
“The fabulous double-height and dual-aspect upstairs bedroom and bathroom, with its crooked windows overlooking the stream and garden in one direction and the old barns and mountains in the other.”

We love
The design — gorgeous yet totally practical. Also, how brilliant it is for dogs, with a secure garden, incredible walking, and a hot-water outdoor shower for mucky pups!

You may not love
A 3-night min stay. You’re out in the sticks so must drive to shops. The owners live just behind in the old farmhouse and there are 2 other cottages fanning off from the centre courtyard, but each feels very private.

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  • "Thanks so much for letting us stay in your Welsh paradise. Lovely cottage, gorgeous walks - we enjoyed the local waterfall and loved driving up to Cwm Irfon for the wild swimming and the drive to hike Pen y Fan. The stream in the garden is bliss."

    J&C, August 2023
  • "Not long enough and therefore we will be back! Such a lovely comfortable stylish place to stay!"

    R&G, September 2023
  • "We have just spent 3 nights in this very special place. We came to escape and switch off and that is exactly what we did! The cottage is set in the most idyllic surroundings and we really couldn’t have asked for anything more. Just lazing in the garden with a glass of wine listening to the birds and the stream really was heaven. The cottage is charming and quirky and has been finished beautifully. We really felt at home."

    Mrs C, June 2021
  • "The cottage is beautifully furnished and brimming with original features. We slept so well and the bath is amazing. We went on some gorgeous walks- the waterfall walk was my favourite and the hot tub is great to come home to after long and short walks."

    Miss R, Sept 2021

Sustainability.

The owners are hugely conscious about their impact on the planet. They have a Green electricity tariff, which means that all energy comes from renewable sources, and a full recycling programme. The log burner is fuelled by their own woodland, and during 2019 they planted 130 trees, which will each sequester 15 tonnes of carbon over their lifetime as part of their aim to achieve net zero as a business. Water is pure, filtered Welsh spring water, from deep within the mountains, and the farm’s traditional hay meadows are a rich habitat for wildlife. Two of them have been included on a Welsh Government pilot project with the South and West Wales wildlife trust, which will inform future sustainable farm schemes.

Surrounds.

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  • Abergwesyn
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  • Mallaen
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  • Junction Pool
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  • There are 70 private acres to explore. Hike up the farm’s hill for incredible views and a hidden valley of waterfalls, which you’ll have all to yourself. The crystal-clear mountain stream, The Gwenlais, runs right through the farm.
  • This is a Dark Skies area with incredible layers of stars. You can see the Milky Way from your doorstep on a clear night, and you’re a 5-min drive from Cambrian Mountains’ Astro trail. October to March is peak stargazing season.
  • You’re 3 miles from the border of Brecon Beacon National Park, with its stunning wild scenery. And while there are quite a few visitors, the nearby Fans are quieter than Pen Y Fan.
  • The owners can arrange a multitude of wild adventures: summit walks for sunrise, swimming in waterfalls, foraging, forest bathing and epic horse riding.
  • Bring bikes and whiz down the red route at Cwm Rhaeadr,or try two of the most-famous bike trails in Wales – the Brecon Beacons Gap and the Doethie Valley.
  • Take a dip in the River Towy; there’s a glorious wild swimming spot. Or just dip in your garden!
  • There’s exhilarating horse riding in a nearby National Park, during which you’ll gallop up and down mountains (experienced riders only).
  • Drive through the wilds of the Cambrian Mountains, stopping off to visit the most remote chapel in Wales and explore the Victorian reservoirs of the spellbinding Elan Valley.
  • Two of Wales’ best gardens are nearby: the Botanic Gardens of Wales and Aberglasney, and there are a couple of brilliant foodie havens in between for lunch: Y Polyn or Wrights Food Emporium.

Specifics.

  • Detached cottage on a 70-acre non-working farm
  • Upstairs: kingsize bedroom with clawfoot bathtub and ensuite shower bathroom
  • Downstairs: super-kingsize or twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom
  • Open-plan living area with woodburner, books and board games. Free WiFi
  • Well-equipped kitchen with electric oven and hob plus microwave. Basic ingredients provided
  • Meal hampers on request
  • Garden with beautiful mountain stream running through (you’ll need to watch kids)
  • Fenced fields for off-lead dog runs.
  • Alfresco wood-fired hot tub and firepit
  • The owners live on-site
  • Closest pub (2 miles); drive to shops and restaurants (3 miles)
  • Two dogs welcome (they must be at least a year old)
  • Booking conditions: min 3 nights off season, and 6 nights in school holidays
  • Remember to pack: a torch, maps for the Brecon Beacons and Cambrian Mountains if you’re keen walkers

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30% deposit, with the balance due 8 weeks prior to stay.
Cancellations permitted 8+ weeks prior to stay, with deposit refunded minus a £30 processing fee.
No refunds if booking cancelled within 12 weeks of stay.
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FAQs.

Yes – up to 2 dogs are welcome but they must be at leaast a year old (£25 per dog/stay). Please note that the stream is not fenced off and dogs must be supervised at all times.

Yes several. Towy Bridge Inn is just up the valley, especially great in summer. Open weekends only.
Castle Coaching Inn is open every day, serving excellent home-cooked food at lunchtime and evenings.
If you’re arriving on a Friday or Saturday we’d recommend pre-ordering a supper kit from Wrights Food in Llanarthe — delicious, mostly organic — to collect on your way through.

 

There’s incredible walking in the Cambrian Mountains, and the owners can recommend unique experiences with local artists, wild swimmers, foragers, riding stables and stargazers. Including a piggy spa day and a sheep-herding experience… Details will be sent after booking.

Two other rentals. Come with friends!

Yes – strong enough to work from here.

Yes absolutely. All ages are welcome and the second bedroom can be twinned. A babe in arms is also welcome – please BYO travel cot.

No, it’s included in the price, along with enough wood for 1 heat. Additional logs are £7/trug.

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