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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More guests rebook this cottage within 48 hours of returning home than any other UTT cottage, ever!

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! It's more basic than some, but the location is one of the best in Wales.

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. 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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excellent location and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The cottage is a very special place to stay.

Kate W, May 2022

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Master Double, Twin, Double (ground floor)

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farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
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wifi broadband available
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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

excellent location and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The cottage is a very special place to stay.

- Kate W,
May 2022

A wonderful break in an idyllic location

- Louise C,
May 2022

A wonderful peaceful week in an idyllic location in this historic landscape. The cottage is simple but comfortable, and there are wonderful walks from the door.

- Susannah C,
April 2022

What a wonderful cottage in the most idyllic location. We thoroughly enjoyed walking through the little gate to go straight onto a 2.5 mile loop walk, that was varied and kept our three year old utterly entertained the whole time. We enjoyed having dinner out on the picnic bench each evening, listening to the most mesmerising bird song. My little girl and I saw all kinds of birds, including a great spotted woodpecker! This really is a place where you can connect with nature. There were a few walkers who passed by, so it wasn't absolute seclusion. This didn't bother us at all though. My husband did suffer with a painful back because he has problems with soft mattresses. But I was absolutely fine and we understand that a firmer mattress isn't something hosts can always cater for. We really did have the best first family holiday! The short journey to Devil's Bridge was a delight for a few hours in the day and we relaxed back at the cottage playing games immersed in the countryside. The beach is only 25 minutes drive away - we parked in St Michael's car park all day. Our three year old had so much fun walking bare-footed in the sand and exploring the rock pools. We do love staying with Under the Thatch. Thanks! X

- Sarah S,
April 2022

A pastoral paradise. This was the description to explain the really special gift this cottage gave. It was immaculately clean with all the necessary equipment for those who want to spend quiet days exploring rather than heading out. Hafod estate is a gem of varied landscapes each a surprise of beautiful discoveries. I'm not too mobile but there were many walks I did manage., the path down to the cottage is challenging but worth it to be so sheltered. The pond is a living landscape captivating with delightful bird life and it's own history which can be read about. Only one negative was the loud pattering in the roofspace which may freak some people out. We loved it.

- Paul jeffery ,
April 2022

We had a fabulous stay as it was sunny the whole time we were there, the cottage has everything we needed and we were very pleased it had some outdoor seating.The information in the cottage about the estate , house and including walks was very helpful. We hope to come again.

- Annabel O,
March 2022

If you can't cope with squeaky beds, the occasional squeaky mouse, a lack of internal sound-proofing, and a shortage of teaspoons, this probably isn't the place for you. However we coped with all these things and did not want to leave because of the beautiful setting and excellent walking, dark skies and peace.

- Richard L,
March 2022

A really fantastic rustic cottage in a fantastic location. The cottage was warm and cosy which given the inclement Febrary weather was most welcome!!! Very clean throughout with everything you need. WIFI very good too. The Hafod estate offered dome nice walks - we did them all - but some really nice places to visit are close by. Strongly recommend Elan Valley.

- Scott P,
February 2022

We always use UTT great locations and always such a high standard of care go into making the cottages feel like home. My parents rented this little cottage a few times and have such fond memories, first came away around 12 years ago was so nice to bring my son back here. Simple and warm, with amazing walks right from the doorstep. So peaceful and the ideal time to come.

- Hannah T,
February 2022

Fabulous cottage, clean,homely,comfortable and sssoooo quiet. Couldn't ask for anything more .we had a really great weekend and fabulous walks right from the front door, will definitely be back, thank you so much

- Diana D,
January 2022

Stunning location, utter peace and complete quiet. We loved our stay here and walked every day through the wintry woods to the many cascades. To be able to set off on beautiful walks direct from our door was fabulous. The cottage itself is comfortable and decently equipped. As other guests have said, it’s not luxurious in the sense of underfloor heating and rainshowers. We much prefer the true luxury of a gorgeous view, dark skies and silence at night. Don’t underestimate the 150m walk from your car to the door. You do need to bring plenty of food and drink, but otherwise packing light will save you some trips up and down.

- Rebecca D,
January 2022

The cottage was wonderful, warm and had everything we needed, the staff were very helpful when we needed them . And the setting was amazing, wonderful walks to. With a dog proof garden. Thanks.

- Kevin L,
December 2021

Pwll Pendre is idyllic. The cottage was surprisingly spacious. We loved the log burner, the feeling of having our own piece of the dramatic welsh countryside in its isolated location.the cottage amenities were more than enough to make us feel at home.the estate walks,river,waterfalls and scenery beautiful beyond belief and spectacular during our autumn stay.the dark night skies are beyond words you have to experience this yourself to really appreciate a sky unpolluted by light. Peace and tranquility provided as standard.a superb relaxing break.we feel rejuvenated and refreshed.

- Austin L,
November 2021

The cottage was lovely, a peaceful oasis during a turbulent year. It was clean, warm, situated in some beautiful countryside—a perfect getaway from the stresses of modern life. The only downside was that we had to leave. Looking forward to staying here again.

- Edward D,
November 2021

This place is really secluded - there’s a longer walk then expected to the cottage from the lane where you leave the car but it all adds to the experience. Hafod estate is wonderful for walking .

- Gill T,
October 2021

The location of this cottage is amazing, so peaceful. The Hafod estate is beautiful and it is a real treat to have all the wonderful walks from your doorstep. The cottage was clean and welcoming. No mobile or 4G signal but there is wifi to connect. It's quite a steep. walk down from the car parking spot to the cottage so not suitable for those with any mobility issues.

- Lucy S,
September 2021

If it's a magical setting you're after then look no further. We arrived at Pwll Pendre on the Friday afternoon and didn't move the car until we left the following Monday. The Hafod Estate is superb walking/photography country. We spent the evenings sitting outdoors until past dusk, watching bats fly and listening to the hoot of owls in the trees. Great for dark sky viewing, too. The house itself is very old and that's part of its charm. Having said that, it's warm, comfortable and well equipped. The modern world is not for us, so we had a wonderful time.

- Mrs c evans ,
September 2021

The cottage was very welcoming, clean and well aired. It was also comfortable. The dark sky and peace made for good sleeping. It is a brilliant location for walking and exploring the estate. The hike down and up with luggage might be too much for some people. Our only problem was with the mandolin/grater in the kitchen which produced mangled cheese, extra washing up and a cut finger!

- Charlotte W,
September 2021

Peace, quiet, solitude, dark sky area, walks ,rivers, waterfalls, woods, hills, sheep walking past the front gate,log fires, no mobile signal for several miles, no TV ( but there is wifi/DVD to supplement conversation /reading /games /just relaxing). A wonderful break in a secluded area, with much (eg Devils Bridge waterfall walk , remote drive to Elan valley near Rhyader, the sea nearby. Rheidol railway) if you need to venture out of the estate. I would love to keep it a secret and will book again, but it is only fair that as many as possible share in this memeorable location for a holiday in a wonderful cottage.

- David M,
July 2021

We had the most fantastic relaxing break. This cottage has now taken our number one spot for a holiday off the beaten track. We loved the wildlife and the views from the windows but most of all the fabulous walks on the front doorstep. We wouldn't have left the estate at all if we hadn't needed to stock up on food! Can't recommend enough. We will definitely be back.

- Frances thomas ,
June 2021

Beautiful cottage in the Hafod Estate, everything is provided, had great stay and excellent walking trails. Cottage is warm and spacious. Booking again.

- Jane H,
May 2021

A wonderful place to stay.Peaceful and relaxing .The weather was wet and windy but we still enjoyed many interesting walks on the Hafod estate.Pwll Pendre is warm clean and well equipped and all the beds comfortable.We all enjoyed complete darkness at night but too cloudy to see the stars.Will return .

- Linda jones ,
May 2021

This was an excellent cottage in a superb location. No open pubs or attractions to offer such distracttions from Hafod's picturesque landscape interactions. The best bit was the setting, the worst bit the walk down from the car and that wasn't so bad really, The cottage was comfortable and clean. The log fire a treat on the cool evenings. G and N Hebden (Leeds)

- Norma hebden ,
April 2021

One of the best cottages we have stayed in. We have enjoyed some great walks on the Hafod Estate during our time at Pwll Pendre. A wonderful place even better with being able to spend time with our dogs.

- Darryl davies ,
April 2021

Beautiful cosy cottage in an absolutely stunning location! So peaceful relaxing and cosy, especially when the log burners lit. Would highly recommend!

- Miss h pearse ,
November 2020

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

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