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The cottage is positioned in the centre of the village opposite the church and next to the pub and has been converted from an old tailors shop into holiday accommodation, incorporating and enhancing many of the original features including intricate beams and original flooring.

It sleeps 7 comfortably in 3 en-suite bedrooms - a double,a twin and a family room (3 single beds), we also have a cot. All rooms are heated and furnished in pine, each having its own private en suite shower and toilet.

The lounge is spacious and has original fireplace with woodburning effect fire, comfortable lounge chairs, 42 inch LCD television with freesat, DVD,nest of tables and state of the art heating. Wifi is available but suitable only for basic web browsing and emails.

The kitchen/diner updated in 2011 is well equipped with modern appliances including fridge, table top freezer,microwave, oven, hob, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.From the kitchen/diner french doors lead out into your own garden,this area is totally enclosed with a stone wall making it safe for small children.
To the back of the property there is a large yard across which is the village pub ,ideal for a relaxing pint in a friendly atmosphere. The village also boasts a lovely church with beautifull stained glass windows and a mansion house formely the seat for the squire of the village estate. This cottage is ideal for people who want to get away from it all and enjoy the tranquility of a breathtaking yet undiscovered area.

The price of the cottage includes bed linen,towels, heating and electric.

The Location
The cottage is situated in Abbey Cwm Hir (abbey in the long valley), a picturesque village tucked away in the Radnorshire hills with character and history, including the ruins of a Cistercian abbey where it is beleived the headless body of Prince Llewellyn (the last native Prince of Wales) is buried.The cistercian monks founded the abbey in 1143 and always liked to build in secluded places thus the village sits hidden away from the "outside world" nestling amongst the tree covered hills. Glyndwrs way national trail and national cycle route 25 pass through the village making it a perfect base for walking/cycling and exploring mid wales and seeing nature at its best.The market town of Rhayader and the Elan Valley is 6.5 miles and the spa town of Llandrindod Wells is 9 miles. The coast is 40 miles.

The Local area is a perfect destination for anyone seeking all year round activities, whether its a gentle amble or energising mountain biking across the rugged hills, the spectacular countryside provides an inspiring backdrop for it all.

The surrounding Area
The nearby 70 square mile estate of the flooded Elan Valley is spectacularly beautiful and is home to some of Britains most rare wildlife and plants along with magnificent engineering to create a fantastic experience whatever your choice of activity.
Ideal for walkers who appreciate the unspoilt beauty of the magnificent mountain scenery, natural history and calming peace of the countryside.
Hundreds of miles of bridleways and quiet lanes, makes this the ideal base for cyclists of all ages and abilities to explore the area. Cycle hire is available and allows you to explore the spectacular views including the 13km (8mile) Elan Trail which runs through scenic countryside around the Elan Valley reservoirs. It is a safe and dedicated trail for all visitors, from walkers, cyclists to wheelchair users and children.

The surrounding countryside is home to the famous Red Kite and daily feeding can be seen at the UKs leading Red Kite Centre, Gigrin Farm just six miles away. Over 150 kites gather for the daily afternoon feeding sessions at Gigrin Kite Centre, not to mention scores of buzzards and ravens.

Amongst the other activities nearby why not visit the local Leisure Centre which is fully equipped with a gym, squash courts, pool and solarium.
For many years Welsh Royal Crystal has drawn in crowds from far and wide . Along with its on site showroom you can observe the skills of glass blowing by the nearby Elan Glass Studio.

Fifteen minutes away is Gilfach Nature Reserve where you can enjoy a unique wildlife experience set in 200 acres of dramatic countryside with a tumbling upland river, sessile oak woodland, meadows and upland moorland. The reserve provides an opportunity to explore natures rich diversity, from otters to polecats, and discover a lovingly restored Welsh longhouse..


Spacious cottage tucked away in the Mid Wales hills in picturesque historic village.On national walking trail. Wifi, garden,parking off road.Suitable for walkers,families and exploring


Property type: Cottage

Room details


3 bedrooms, sleeps 7

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 2 Single beds, En Suite
Bedroom 3: 3 Single beds, En Suite

Additional beds:
1 cot
Room for 7 in the dining area
Room for 7 in the living area
3 bathrooms, 3 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet (WI-FI)
TV Languages in English, Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Clothes drier
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Outside lighting
Private garden


Suitable for

Sports and activities

Horse Riding
Sports Center

Sights and attractions


Prices and availability

Last updated 23.04.2015

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Whole weeks only Minimum stay (nights)
18th April 2015 to 22nd May 2015 No 5
23rd May 2015 to 29th May 2015 Yes 5
30th May 2015 to 17th July 2015 No 5
18th July 2015 to 24th July 2015 No 6
25th July 2015 to 18th December 2015 No 5

Discounts and extras

If more then one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.


Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 20 Days 10%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 2 Weeks 10%


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This is exact location

  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest bar: 0.1km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Brecon beacons: 45km
  • Elan valley: 20km
  • Builth Wells (Royal Welsh Showground): 25km
  • Llandrindod Wells: 15km


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19 out of 19 people recommend staying here
Stayed Saturday 28 December 2013 with Family
We were all very pleased with the property, location and our hosts. Our hosts were really nice and did not impose themselves on us, but were there if we needed them. The area was quiet, just what we wanted but there was relatively easy access to surrounding towns and a lovely walk up into the woods if you did not want to go too far. The scenery in this area was fabulous and would really recommend a visit to the Elan Valle to drive the route around the reservoirs. When we went, there has been an excessive amount of rain and the waterfalls from the reservoirs were very impressive. The cottage was very welcoming and comfortable and the 3 en-suites were ideal. My only comments would be to provide one or two more casserole/oven proof dishes as we are avid cooks and found we were struggling at times. It would also be a bonus is the wi-fi could be extended to use in the cottage. It was available in the pub but felt a little awkward just going in to use the wi-fi signal and not to buy a drink. Overall and great holiday was had by all. Thank you.
Stayed Saturday 24 December 2011
We found the cottage for our group very spacious, well-equiped and was very practical and convenient being in close contact with the owners. One slight problem was that we thought that the cottage had wi-fi.
Stayed Saturday 28 May 2011
We had an amazing holiday at the Happy unio n Tailors Cottage. The property offered everything we could have possibly wished for, in a very beautiful location. The garden was secure and safe for our three small children and the owners were very kind and welcoming.
Stayed Thursday 29 April 2010
Karen and John are the perfect hosts! The cottage is lovely, well furnished and maintained, and spacious enough for a very comfortable stay. And, the location in the village is lovely. Abbey cwm Hir is located in a great place to be able to do day trips all through central Wales. Remember that the roads being what they are is what makes this the perfect vacation!
Stayed Saturday 04 April 2009
We had a very good holiday, and the accomodation was in a fantastic, quiet & peaceful location. The owners were very welcoming, and helpful during our stay.
Stayed Saturday 26 May 2007
Very modern, clean cottage with excellent facilities. Very welcoming local community. Our kids had a great time here. John and Karen could not have made our stay more pleasant. Highly recommended!
Stayed Saturday 15 April 2006
The property was in an excellent condition and was spotless. All accessories worked and where in good condition. The location of the property suited our requirements. It is our intention to revist the property which always class as a sign of our satifaction
Stayed Saturday 17 September 2005
I booked the Happy unio n Cottage for a New Year celebration for myself and 5 friends and we were delighted with the property and its facilities. Beautiful location (v quiet mind but we were happy with that), excellent facilities within the cottage and a warm welcome from the owners including a homemade bara brith which was delicious and didnt last long! I would highly recommend the property. Thank you John & Karen.
Stayed Saturday 17 September 2005
The cottage is in an absolutely stunning village. The downstairs is fully functional for 7 people, although the kitchen could be a little larger. The en-suite bedrooms were fantastic, spacious, modern and very clean. The use of the garden for the children was welcomed, and the owners were very warm and accommodating. the proximity to a small post-office, selling essentials was useful (literally next door), and the pub across the yard - is a beautiful, old, exceptionally quiet pub - this was very enticing and useful! We would definitely recommend this cottage to friends wanting a quiet break, in lovely walking country.
Stayed Saturday 17 September 2005
i was very impressed with the property and our renters had left home made cake , tea milk etc out for our arrival. The setting was ideal . wonderful countryside and peaceful days! overall excellent value for money and i would recommend it to all.
Stayed Saturday 17 September 2005
This cottage was of a very high standard for attractiveness, cleanliness and comfort and the kitchen was very well equipped. The owners were extremely kind and helpful and the shop/post office and pub were on the doorstep. We can thoroughly reccomend it.
The property is located in a beautiful area, it is ideal for a 3 generation family with Rhayadar and the Elan Valley nearby. There are lovely local walks and a ruined abbey. The locals are friendly and my son and I enjoyed evenings with them in The Happy unio n. The cottage was comfortable, spacious and well presented with both garden and household toys for the children.There are Supermarkets in LLandrindrod Wells. A good break was enjoyed by our group of 7.
het was op zich prima. Er waren wel beesten die ons s nacht wakker maakten met hun gekrabbel en geloop tussen dak en plafond. Het was wel ver van alles af , maar dat maakte het wel heerlijk rustig.Huisje is voorzien van alle gemakken!
What a fantastic location to explore central Wales from, especially the Elan Valley! Very quiet remote location with a pub right next door. Welcoming hosts, who could make this even better if food was available in the pub, youll have to drive at least 6 miles to eat if you dont fancy cooking yourself. We can recommend the Gwystre Inn on the A44 between Rhayader and Crossgates for food though....
The property was very clean and the village and surrounding area were lovely and remote which is what we wanted. The garden was shared with the pub although apart from one night, it was very quiet. I think the outside of the building could do with a spruce up. Overall we had a lovely holiday.
Owner reply:

This review from Chris is very honest and intend to repaint the cottage very soon but have just had some repairs done to the roughcast and some new windows inserted and are still waiting for the builders to finish before we start.

Vgood all round
A good property in a beautiful location, with friendly locals and so much to see and do in the region, an ideal family holiday.
Accomodation was to a high standard, and the landlords were very helpful.
The cottage provided us with everything we needed throughout our stay. Especially as three bathrooms were a major priority for the five of us. We enjoyed walks both from the cottage and the neighbouring countryside. The landlord of the pub and cottage owner was extremely friendly and it was a joy to see the lambs just born. If you want a quiet location with easy access to hill walking and/or cycling then this is definetly the cottage for you.
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We thought we had been unlucky when we lost a holiday to Turkey and had to book somewhere late - how wrong could we be! This cottage is, truly, a home form home, made all the more welcoming by the hosts John and Karen. If I could buy a property then this would be the one Id want - quiet, comfortable and finished to a high standard! The surrounding area is a hidden gem - if youve never considered Wales then do not wait any longer! The only downside is the distance to the local pub - a dozen paces is, after all, a long way after a strenuous day in the hills! (Seriously tongue-in-cheek that last bit!!)


About the owner
We have owned and run this business since 1995,which comprise of the village pub,shop + post office together with our holiday cottages.We also farm 170 acres with sheep.All of this was first purchased by my Grandfather in 1937 and has been run by the family ever since.
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