Pwll Pendre

The Hafod Estate, Pont-Rhyd-y-Groes, Mid Wales
Guests: 6       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

Pwll Pendre

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



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Beautiful Cottage and the walks from the house are lovely and it is set in a really stunning part of Wales Was great to see the wildlife around the ponds. The house was warm, clean and comfy, A trolle...

Camille newton , September 2020

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pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Twin, Double (ground floor)

facilities at Pwll Pendre

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

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LIVING ROOM / DINING: The ground floor of the main cottage is one spacious room with a cast iron wood-burning stove (the 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 a shower over the bath.

GARDEN: Large, enclosed garden. Parking for two cars 125m walk up a gradient. 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.

local area

  • Afon Ystwyth - walk along meadow, to Hafod’s famous waterfalls -10 mins
  • Observe Red Kites, regularly nesting at Hafod
  • Rheidol Gorge - 4 miles - impressive steam train
  • Elan Valley lakes - 12 miles - Guided trails with horses
  • Aberystwyth 15 miles - University Town, arts centre, concert hall, castle, cinemas, galleries, museum.
  • Aberaeron - 10 miles - Great seafood restaurants
  • Hafod Arms in Devil’s Bridge - wi-fi broadband
  • Pontrhydygroes - 1.5 miles - shop/pub - home-made food

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customer reviews for Pwll Pendre

Beautiful Cottage and the walks from the house are lovely and it is set in a really stunning part of Wales Was great to see the wildlife around the ponds. The house was warm, clean and comfy, A trolley was provided for us to take our bags down to the cottage, so the parking wasn't a problem. I think maybe the directions needs updating as I am not sure the signpost to ADAS is still there, perhaps says 'Hafod" now instead?

- Camille newton ,
September 2020

Pwll Pendre was just as delightful as it looks. It immediately felt like home, but with the added bonus of being in the middle of a glorious landscape rich with wildlife. Everyday we took a different walk around the Estate. Our children and grandparents looked forward to exploring new areas, and as a photographer I loved finding new landscapes to capture. In the evening we found the lounge area cosy and warm. Can't wait to return!

- Vince J,
September 2020

Second visit to enjoy the peace and isolation with only sheep as neighbours. Cottage was very comfortable and appreciated basket of logs for excellent fires. Cleaner may need to do better hoover in lounge to satisfy those of us who stay without dogs, but excellent hoover available to sort ourselves out.

- Barbara B,
September 2020

Picture perfect cottage in beautiful location. Comfortable and with all equipment needed for a peaceful stay. Garden outside the cottage is lovely and fenced off so ideal for children to run around in safely. We saw lots of people looking at the cottage admiringly as they enjoyed their walks around the Hafod estate - range of walks on the estate fantastic, we loved our stay here and will return when our children are a bit older to enjoy the magic again!

- Victoria S,
August 2020

Spent 4 nights at the cottage and really enjoyed our stay. Cottage had everything we needed. Although it was July, we still needed to light the fire each evening - logs were provided. Walked almost all of the tracks on the Hafod estate - all well signposted. We will definitely book again.

- Adrian W,
July 2020

A fantastic cottage in the middle of the most beautiful grounds. Fantastic walks on your doorstep and a real chance to unwind, relax and feel like you’ve stepped back in time. We will definitely be renting this cottage again. We’ve used UTT since it started and this is our favourite cottage we’ve rented.

- Mark c s coles ,
March 2020

Perfect as always - we've lost track of how many times we've stayed at Pwll Pendre over the years! Gorgeous cottage, very comfortable and cosy, with no light or sound pollution - everything you need to relax and unwind in the most beautiful setting, with miles of the most beautiful walks from your door. And it's dog friendly too! We'll be back :D

- Gail hanlin ,
February 2020

It is a fantastic place. So clean and warm. The staff in the estate office were very helpful. We will definitely go back. It is very special.

- Elaine R,
January 2020

Pwll Pendre is the perfect place for a 'get-away' break. So peaceful. The Hafod Estate is beautiful and a must for walkers, to discover waterfalls and paths through forests. Whilst there we visited Devils Bridge, amazing waterfalls (there's a theme here!), and also went to Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre, to watch the Red Kites being fed - amazing. Thoroughly recommend the cottage, but beware that access is via a steep path from the car

- Toby H,
November 2019

This is my 9th time to this lovely cottage. We are at our most relaxed here. Would highly recommend this amazing place to unplug & relax.

- Kerry K,
October 2019

This was our 3rd stay at the beautiful Pwll Pendre and it wont be our last, its hard to find somewhere totally unspoilt , its a rare gem. The house keeping was spot on, everything there we needed, took our dog this time, and she relaxed into it straight away, wonderful walks in beautiful countryside, i only wish the deeds were mine. Many thanks for yet again a brilliant under the thatch experience. Pete and Ange , Stourbridge, West Midlands

- Peter P,
September 2019

A beautiful cottage in spectacular surroundings. Really well appointed and comfortable. We will definitely return.

- Elaine F,
March 2019

The cottage was as delightful as I had anticipated. It was cosy, had comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen and a fabulous location. The walks at Hafod are amazing, especially the Cavern Cascade. It would have been helpful to have had a map of them waiting for us. Great for birdwatching with feeders and a pond outside the front windows. Next time we will stay longer!

- Mary W,
March 2019

It's a gorgeous place and we had sunny warm weather as well, even in February! Lovely comfortable accommodation with everything we needed and a well equipped kitchen. The house faces south so it catches the sun all day and you can sit in the garden watching the birds on the feeders and on the lake. (We brought our own bird food, but suet balls were provided). The highlight was hearing the owl chorus every evening - a treat when you live in a town. Highly recommended.

- Alison U,
March 2019

Had a fantastic time. Would recommend instructions on the storage heaters as we found it fairly hot and couldn’t work out how to turn down. House other wise was great - one of the best we have stayed in - hope to be back

- Harry ,
January 2019

We had a wonderful stay at Pwll Pendre for my parents 70th birthdays. It was a perfect setting with beautiful views and lots of wildlife. My 4 year old daughter and Jimmy the greyhound had a great time too. Lots of memories made!

- Jo J,
May 2018

We have absolutely loved our stay at Pwll Pendre. If you really want to get away from it all this is the place for you. You really don't need to leave the Hafod Estate as the walks out of the door are fantastic. Local shop and pub options are limited so bring what you need with you. I'm sure we'll be back.

- Jane gill ,
May 2018

The heavy snow made access to Pwll Pendre challenging even for our Land Rover Defender, but once there it added to our wonderful experience of the ‘picturesque’ of the Hafod Estate. Returning to our cosy cottage after our exploration of the waymarked paths was very special. Bertie, 5 month old Welsh Terrier, delighted in the snow clad woods

- Judy B,
March 2018

Beautiful cottage in a fantastic setting. Even in the depths of winter the scenery and walks were spectacular. Great facilities and warm inside. Perfect seclusion. Recommended.

- Philip C,
January 2018

A little piece of heaven. Total tranquillity - no noise, no light pollution, no people, no traffic - our idea of paradise. Pure magic.

- Faith W,
November 2017

We had a wonderful stay at Pwll Pendre in September -myself, my husband and especially our two little dogs! They absolutely loved exploring the estate, which is literally, right on your doorstep! The estate itself is vast, with plenty of pretty walks to take in. While the cottage is secluded, warm and cosy and has everything you could need for a comfortable stay. We even managed to find the local pub (The Miners Arms) although this was quite some walk away, through the drizzle! But no matter - the landlord and locals were very friendly and very welcoming, even towards our two very soggy doggies! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Pwll Pendre and have every intention of visiting again. Mr & Mrs N Davies

- Sarah D,
November 2017

Wonderful cottage in an awe inspiring location.Best of both worlds...seclusion for the grown ups,fields for the dogs and Wifi for the kids!! BUT even they forgot phones when faced with the beauty of nature on your doorstep. We have stayed in many holiday cottages over the years,this one will take some beating.

- Lucy E,
October 2017

Another wonderful few days at Pwll Pendre. The magnificant autumnal colours of the trees, the twice daily visits from the sheep; the variety of walks, the silence and tranquility and, best of all, the homely, comfortable cottage to 'come home to'.

- Michael K,
October 2017

We discovered the cottage ‘Pwll Pendre’ by coincidence when walking on Hafod estate last year during our summer holiday. The estate is truly mesmerizing and magic and one experiences new amazing views around every corner. The cottage Pwll Pendre lovely and cosy. I am sure we will be back to Hafod soon.

- Andreas V,
July 2017

Fantastic holiday - beautiful cottage in a secluded valley. Very clean and everything worked perfectly.

- Paul M,
July 2017

You often wonder when booking what looks like an idyllic cottage in the middle of nowhere with blue skies and sun just what the reality will be on arrival. Our experience lived up to that expectation if not surpassed it. The setting is a near perfect one with a good choice of interesting walks from the doorstep without any need to use a car whilst there. The trek down from and back up to the parking place is no real hardship. The cottage itself is cosy and well equipped, with access to broadband too. It's easy to see why this cottage is in high demand.

- Peter N,
June 2017

What an amazing place. My aunt cleans the cottage so we were down with friends and seeing family. The cottage is so beautiful and the surrounding areas are very picturesque. We will definitely come back! Thanks Simon

- Simon D,
June 2017

5 adults, we had a fabulous long weekend at Pwll Pedre The cottage was in an idyllic setting on the Hafod estate with walks right from the door and not a soul in sight.We had 3 good sized bedrooms, a cosy sitting room and a well equipped kitchen.Will be recommending this to all our friends

- Ceri R,
May 2017

We had a wonderful time. The walks and wildlife were abundant: sheep, kites, slow worm, numerous song birds. We've been here before and it was magical to go back and show the children why it is such a special place.

- Clare S,
May 2017

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,
March 2017

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

- Darran S,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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 ,
July 2016

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

- Andrzej J,
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 ,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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 ,
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 ,
October 2014

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

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

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

July 2014