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.



latest review

Spent another amazing weekend retreat in the woods staying in this lovely little cottage...Hafod is such a magical place, worth a visit any time of the year. The cottage is cosy, has everything you ne...

Karis H, November 2020

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£547 (based on 2 staying)
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£1260 (based on 2 staying)
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

Spent another amazing weekend retreat in the woods staying in this lovely little cottage...Hafod is such a magical place, worth a visit any time of the year. The cottage is cosy, has everything you need & the location is amazing. There's no need to drive anywhere else really as there are plenty of walks right on the doorstep & you can just totally immerse yourself in nature & allow the peace & tranquility of the surrounds to wash over you. This was our second time staying here & already looking forward to returning to this very special place. Thank you :)

- Karis H,
November 2020

Fabulous location in a story book cottage. My family and our dogs had the best weekend imaginable!

- Stuart H,
October 2020

Had a wonderful stay here, just what I needed. Cottage was clean, comfortable and well-equipped. Secure garden for the dog and great walks straight out of the front door. Both he and I were sad to leave!

- Sarah vine ,
October 2020

What a rural gem! Hidden in the outstanding beauty of the Hafod Estate, Pwell Pendre had all that we wished for. Tranquility, peace and comfort wrapped up in this delightful old cottage. Occasionally passing by the garden gate were sheep, Highland cattle and a few walkers. This was bliss. Feeling restored!

- Ruth S,
October 2020

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