Pwll Pendre

The Hafod Estate, Pont-Rhyd-y-Groes, Mid Wales

about the property

Amazing value Welsh holiday holiday cottage in a fabulous location on the Hafod estate near Aberystwyth, perfect for walkers and the family. Completely private and peaceful and relaxing, a great Ceredigion holiday base!

No 6 in The Times list of Top 10 Country Estate Holiday Lets!

"Have your own Arthur Ransome adventure exploring “alpine” walks, waterfalls, caves and ruins in an 18th-century landscape designed by Thomas Johnes, an acolyte of the picturesque movement. Share in this restored dream world with a stay in the cute Victorian cottage of Pwll Pendre. It’s accessible only by a remote forest track, but it does have its own pond." Martin Hemming reviewing for The Times

A charming Victorian Welsh holiday cottage in the heart of one of the most important 'picturesque movement' designed landscapes in the world. This delightful and historic cottage is a perfect retreat from modern life, accessible only by quiet forest tracks- the perfect cottage for walkers! See inside this beautiful Welsh country cottage or watch a video about the estate walks. Pwll Pendre occupies a sheltered, south-facing hollow beside its own pool in a completely peaceful location. Thomas Johnes made the Hafod estate famous when he remodelled it in the late eighteenth century to create what he considered paradise on earth. He didn't do a bad job and now you can explore the 'alpine' walks, rivers, waterfalls, caves, rope-bridges and estate ruins at your leisure. The cottage is well away from all roads and disturbance in the middle of this amazing country estate. Independent 5* reviews of this cottage.



latest review

The cottage and its surroundings take you to another world - peaceful, natural and beautiful. Completely relaxing. It was a perfect holiday. We didn't want to leave and we will be returning.

Michael K, 19 March 2017

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7 nights from
£498.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£889.00 (based on two staying)
pets welcome (max 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Twin, Double (ground floor)

facilities at Pwll Pendre

wifi broadband available
farm or rural location
young children welcome
open fire / woodburner
cleaning services
washing machine

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in detail

LIVING ROOM/ DINING: The ground floor of the main cottage is one spacious room with a cast iron wood-burning stove (first basket of fuel supplied) and pleasant views down to the pool. In summer you'll probably just leave the door open to let the landscape in.

There are two comfortable sofas and a dining table for 6. Note that there is no tv reception but there is a CD player and you can bring DVDs to watch in the studio. All rooms have electric night storage heating (price included). There is a pay-phone as mobile reception is poor, and the housekeeper also lives on the estate should you have any query.


KITCHEN: The kitchen is simple, modern and practical with electric full-size oven, fridge (ice compartment), microwave, toaster, washing machine etc. Views and door to garden.


Studio Bedroom is on the ground floor with a door to the garden. It contains a double bed, plus a small sofa and a TV with DVD and video players. Note that there is no TV reception.


BEDROOM 1: Double bedroom with fine views across the landscape.

BEDROOM 2: Twin bedroom with fine views across the landscape.

BATHROOM: A simple, practical bathroom in a modern style with shower over the bath.

GARDEN: Large, enclosed garden. Parking for two cars. Some of the best country walks in mid-West Wales start at the door.

Like all Under the Thatch accommodation, this property is entirely non-smoking inside.

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customer reviews for Pwll Pendre

The cottage and its surroundings take you to another world - peaceful, natural and beautiful. Completely relaxing. It was a perfect holiday. We didn't want to leave and we will be returning.

- Michael K,
19 March 2017

Lovely property in picturesque setting, great for walking and perfect for peace and quiet

- Darran S,
27 February 2017

We had a magical Christmas at this beautiful cottage, stunning views and walks. A beautiful part of the world which we will definitely return to.

- Samantha M,
27 December 2016

Lovely spacious but cosy cottage, warm and relaxing with 2 large comfy sofas and a large wood burning stove. The location is fantastic, peaceful and secluded with a good sized garden. Walks straight from the door in all directions. If you like a long walk I would recommend following the tracks around the perimeter of the forest, about 11/12 km walk. Also a great place for running with some steep climbs (for me anyway). The cottage is very dog friendly, we took our Jack Russell, he loved the endless walks, the fire in the evening and was fascinated by the sheep. I would highly recommend this cottage, it can seem like quite a trek from the car to the cottage with heavy bags but there is a small trolley available by the gate, this would not put me off staying again, we hope to return soon.

- James M,
3 October 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Pwll Pendre & found the cottage very comfortable & well equipped. We very much enjoyed having such wonderful walks directly from the door.

- Judith S,
10 September 2016

Pwll Pendre is a beautiful property in a wonderfully remote location. Undisturbed by anyone save for the amazing variety of wild birds and the odd passing sheep, we enjoyed a glorious week exploring Hafod and relaxing in the cottage. A cosy and well equipped property made us feel instantly at home. Our first UTT holiday....but definitely not our last.

- Neil R,
10 August 2016

Even though we always seek holiday properties with privacy and relative solitude as prime motivators, we were unprepared for what Pwll Pendre offers. The walks through Hafod, the cycling around the area, the gorgeous scenery and, above all, the sound of silence only broken by birds and sheep. A unique cottage in a fabulous location.

- Richard hudson ,
14 July 2016

Fantastic stay at this peaceful cottage. Lots of great walking around!

- Andrzej J,
11 July 2016

An absolutely fantastic location - remote, unspoiled, secluded. The Hafod estate is literally on the doorstep - there's no need to get back in the car till it's time to leave. A magical hideaway in a very comfortable cottage.

- Colin watson ,
8 July 2016

This cottage is all about loaction. Beautiful, peaceful, tranquil. The estate must be explored fully, by reading (books available in the cottage) and walking, to truly appreciate all it has to offer. The accommodation is comfortable providing everything required for a fantastic holiday.

- Robert B,
14 May 2016

Beautiful secluded cottage in a lovely natural estate. Ample amenities provided in the cottage, fabulous wood burner! Lots of fresh air, lovely walks, history of the estate. I looked at nearly 200 photos over 3 nights, waterfalls, trees, birds etc. I would certainly recommend to all who are looking for a break away from it all with glorious views of mother nature at her best. Will hopefully return very soon! Thank you

- Katy B,
26 January 2016

Absolutely perfect, idyllic location, great accomodation - clean and welcoming. Those views in the morning from the bedroom window were fantastic! We will most certainly be looking to book again.

- Elaine Y,
30 October 2015

This is a beautiful cottage in a fantastic, very secluded location. The local walks on the Hafod estate are superb and offer a mixture of waterfalls, gorges, woodland, rivers and wide open panoramas. Further afield, the surrounding Cambrian Mountains are much less well known than Snowdonia or the Brecon Beacons, but are no less dramatic; we particularly enjoyed the ascent of nearby Pumlumon Fawr. Cycling is excellent but challenging. For road cyclists, the scenery and sense of solitude is unrivalled but the hills are very severe with frequent gradients of 20% or more, particularly on minor roads. Mountain bikers are well served by Nant yr Arian trail centre or by numerous bridleways and other rights of way. Finally, it's worth noting that the area is a dog paradise: our hyperactive vizsla had the holiday of a lifetime with a secure garden and extensive opportunities for off-lead exercise.

- Jonathan J,
22 July 2015

What an absolutely fabulous cottage in an absolutely fabulous location!! Nestling in it's own little valley with only the sheep and wildlife for company, this holiday retreat is quietly idyllic. All the mod-cons you would want for a comfortable stay, along with a log burning stove in the sitting room make this cottage a place where total relaxation is the order of the day (and night). Lovely walks in some of the most beautiful countryside on the planet and easy driving to Aberystwyth, Devils Bridge etc. (just take your time on the forestry tracks leading to and from the location). I couldn't recommend this holiday destination enough if, like us, you enjoy a complete getting-away-from-it-all experience.

- Sam W,
17 June 2015

Unbelievably wonderful in all respects . We will remember the experience for a long time. A year on and it is still fresh in our memory.

- F.r.williams ,
6 November 2014

An enchanting cottage nestled amongst the trees of the bewitching Hafod Forest. The cottage and location make for a very relaxing stay, with exciting walks from the front door. Everything you need is catered for in Pwll Pendre with a high standard of cleanliness and thoughtful restoration. Will certainly be booking again.

- Beth adams ,
16 October 2014

'The most perfect place for our honeymoon' ~ Emma Mather and Andrew Elliott, Bristol.

1 July 2014

'A glimpse of stumbling into a Jane Austin novel! From waking up to the bleats of sheep outside to lying on the sofa with the crackles of the fire...timeless' ~ Ewan and Lucinda from London

1 July 2014

'Certainly the loveliest cottage we've ever stayed in AND so much more than just a lovely cottage - with all the wonderful walks built in it's a complete holiday in itself! It's a really special place. The lovely walks literally from the doorstep and the waterfalls were fantastic. We didn't use our car at all after arriving! We will definitely be trying other Under the Thatch properties in the future.' ~ Judith, Justin and Innes from Surrey

1 July 2014
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