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What a wonderful place to have absolute off grid experience.  Thank you for making our stay so special. The children loved the treasure hunt, stream & nets and wonderful insects even fish. Exploring was what we all enjoyed. We have walked for hours and hours this week in wonderful weather.  The Red Kite feeding experience was quite something.  Loved the owls -Small breeds centre and farm just before the rain came. Second time at the National Show Caves. We have really settled here but hope to come back again and enjoy nature and relaxing as a family.

Matti, Cherylin, Aubn (9) & Charlotte (3)

Excellent holiday accommodation if you like a quiet, rural location but not too far from amenities. Fabulous scenery. Margot & Antony made us very welcome on their working farm and we will be booking again. It was also a handy place for visiting family & friends who live in the nearby locality.

Helen & Steve May 2021

A lovely cottage with stunning views over the Welsh countryside. Very well equipped kitchen. Very welcoming hosts for whom nothing is too much trouble. A very relaxing stay. Ideal for those looking to get away from it all

Peter August 2021

This was our second stay (and, hopefully, not the last by a long way) at Straw Cottage and we loved it just as much this Spring as last Summer. It is the best place I’ve ever found to give ourselves a much needed break from the pressures of modern life, yet it is still comfortable, cosy and just lovely. We kept nice and warm on the squashy sofas around the log burning stove in the evenings and played many family board games. During the day, we made outdoor fires in the fire pit, the kids and the dog played in the stream and the woods and rode their bikes, while the adults relaxed on the porch with books, magazines and guitar playing. And we all love the tree swing! Thank you to the lovely hosts, Margot and Anthony, for providing such a wonderful holiday experience.

Emma, Pauline, Jonah & Oskar

A relaxing, peaceful stay. Perfect for enjoying the sunshine!

Giles & Sarah May 2021

An excellent cottage if you seek peace and quiet.  A very comfortable, well equipped cottage in a quiet setting which is not too far away from the town.


We’ve had a great week at the Straw Cottage. We really enjoyed the treasure hunt and have spent hours paddling and throwing stones in the stream.  We had a great trip out to the Elan Valley, taking in the fantastic scenery. Look forward to returning one day. Paul, Hannah, Reuben & Esra. May 2021

Paul, Hannah, Reuben & Esra. May 2021

Went beyond our expectations.
Each morning the sun comes up over the hills and you hear the stream, birds and sheep.
Our four year old absolutely loved it. She could play safely by the cottage running in the fields. She was so happy to walk to say hello to the sheep each morning and take her net to the stream.
Thanks to Margot for the Treasure hunt we had a great Saturday morning after breakfast following the clues.
For us as parents it was relaxing and even when it did rain the cottage was big enough for our daughter to play and there are toys available for children in the toy box.
It is very warm if you set the log fire to low and stays warm all night.
I would say there’s no reason to go anywhere else if you’re staying for a few nights like we did. So much space to walk around.
Anthony and Margot are very knowledgeable of the local area and pleasant to chat with.
We would definitely return as this is just what we like for a short break.  Steve, Deidre & Maeve May 2021

Steve, Deidre & Maeve May 2021

This is a real escape – a much needed hideaway from the stresses of modern life. It rained a lot of the week but we barely noticed – it just made drying out in front of the woodburner surrounded by candles even more magical. We want to come back in the summer as we imagine it would be a very different experience – we look forward to having a bbq on the veranda! But we’d also love to come back in the winter again as the scenery on the Brecons and Elan Valley was incredible. I cannot thank our fabulous hosts enough, Margot and Anthony – the treasure hunt was a fabulous touch! Alison December 2019

Alison December 2019

Thank you for such a relaxing stay in the beautiful Straw Cottage.  It has been amazing to escape the madness of the world.  Margot & her family are so kind and accommodating.  Harvey has enjoyed exploring the fields and his big day out climbing Pen-y-Faen. Kat, Gemma & Frances & Harvey the Golden Retriever April 2021

Kat, Gemma & Frances & Harvey the Golden Retriever

Our 4th season here and each one as lovely as the previous. Looking forward to repeating it.  As many others have said it’s just a fabulously peaceful and tranquil place to completely unwind & switch off.  Many thanks Steve & Nikki April 2021

Steve & Nikki April 2021

A great chance to switch off and relax with no time restraints. Great place to go out and explore from. Leola loved the stream and setting fire to everything sensibly! (Phil & Jen enjoyed this too). Many thanks, will love to come back sometime in the not too distant future with an extra one.  Thank you again.  Phil & Jen and Leola & Bam Bam. April 2021

Phil & Jen and Leola & Bam Bam. April 2021

We had a wonderful time at the Straw Cottage. It’s such a magical spot and the cottage is perfect. A great place to reconnect with nature and remember what really matters. Thank you.

Steve, Veronica, Olivia and Laura April 2021

Wonderful stay, lots of walks and places to visit. Great place to stay and really well equipped. Thanks for a lovely week.

Ian and Janice April 2021

Our team was made to feel very welcome by Margot, stunning setting in the open countryside felt a million miles away from everything.  Lovely home-made cooking, wood burner and a beautiful beamed barn set the scene for a great team day. We will definitely use this venue again, the informal setting choice made a nice change from boardroom style. We shall be alright as long as the team doesn’t get any bigger – maximum 25 people.

Wendy Moss

Practice Team Leader

It’s been the most peaceful, wonderful,relaxing week. The Straw Cottage is the most idyllic location and perfect for a getaway from hectic life. The walks have been very picturesque. Charlie loved all the woodland walks and helped collect some wood for the fire. Margot and Anthony – Thank You!! Thank you for creating a little dream that we will be visiting again.

Beth & Phil

We’ve just spent a magical Christmas here at The Straw Cottage. The Christmas tree, candlelight and a roaring fire, not to mention the warm welcome from Margot, Anthony and Moss have all made it our most Christmassy Christmas ever. Father Christmas even found us and dropped a few presents down the chimney for Owen. We hope to be back again very soon.

Julie, Shaun and Owen (3)

We’ve loved the Straw Cottage – exploring the frosty countryside by day and relaxing with cosy candlelight and a real fire in the evenings. A very special way to see in 2015! Many thanks for making us so welcome and a Happy New Year.

Cathy & Jerry

Beautiful scenery, feel well rested, lovely horses and building fires. We have all loved staying in the Straw Cottage. Margot and Anthony have been wonderful hosts and nothing was too much trouble. We would love to come back! We hope you have an excellent year ahead.

Carl, Zoe, Noah & Elsie

Our favourite things at The Straw Cottage:- Fabian(5)- lighting the fire and the candles. Agnes(7)- The swing and fluffy sheep. Mel- The beautiful views, the stars and the chance to switch off and relax. Tim – A very lovely experience, I enjoyed leaving the rest of the world behind for a few days.

Mel, Tim, Agnes & Fabian

Thank you for a wonderful 4 nights at the Straw Cottage. The location is absolutely perfect. The scenery is amazing! The kids loved the fact that they could wander and discover freely. We’ve been to Devils Bridge, The Red Kite Feeding Centre(very impressive)and been for a long walk around the farm…got lost!All in all a lovely way to spend the week and we are all sad to leave. We will be back!

Gareth, Debbie, Maisie(8) and Elliot (5)

Thank you for a glorious holiday. It was our first family holiday a trois and it couldn’t have been more fun. The Straw Cottage and your farm are beautiful and peaceful, and Kit has had a whale of a time exploring! Thank you both for being so welcoming and kind.

Tom, Boo & Kit

Granary Cottage – lovely cottage with a great sense of peace. Everything supplied with Margot caring for all our needs. Fantastic walks and even the weather behaved. Looking forward to coming again.

Chris, Anne & Marilyn

Thank you very much for a wonderful time at the Straw Cottage. The kids loved the treasure hunt and thank you very much for the treasure at the end. We had a wonderful, peaceful time and were very glad we visited the Elan Valley in addition to the farm.

David, Patricia, Marco & Enrico

No phones, no TV, no internet,no endless social media – total silence, complete relaxation and gorgeous weather. We found no reason to leave the immediate grounds for our long week-end celebrating our 4th anniversary. Thank you so much it was just what we needed.

Jen & Elly

We loved that there was no electricity. We had fun paddling in the stream and playing on the swing. Thank you for our present from the treasure hunt.

Hermione (7), Hector (6), Tracy and Guillume

Dear Straw Cottage. I wish this could be my home. Thank you. Love from Ava and Layla.
Thank you for a wonderful holiday, this cottage is beautiful and peaceful, the girls had a wonderful time, thank you for the bonfire pit. We had a fantastic evening and the treasure hunt, it really was the best holiday ever.

Sven, Penny, Ava and Layla

We have had a lovely time, had some gorgeous, relaxed sunny days. Our favourite day was a bike ride around Elan Valley reservoir and a picnic, such breathtaking views. Our son has enjoyed every moment of this holiday and was very cosy in his bed after busy days. It’s a shame we did not get to meet the owners as they were away but Margaret looked after us. Thank you for Henry’s treasure and for a lovely well equipped cottage.

Julie, Ben and Henry (two & half)

The perfect getaway from “hustle” of normal life, in a beautiful piece of heaven. Thank you Margot and Anthony for our wonderful week of rest at the truly magical Straw Cottage.

Paul & Karlyn

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay, exactly what was needed for us all – family time with only nature to distract us. We hope to be back very soon. Thank you for having such a wonderful cottage.

Andy, Nicola & Percy

No internet, no mobile fone signal , no telly…just fabulous peace and tranquility . The cottage itself is extremely well thought out and well provisioned and the venue is just amazing . Will definitely book again for a longer stay next time. many thanks for a lovely stay.

Steve & Nikki

Wow! That was our first impression on arrival! Stunning outside, exceptional inside. Throughout we have been blessed with reasonable weather, tho Thursday was V.G. Home tomorrow but will certainly come again. Thanks for everything Anthony & Margotx PS What a lovely way to arrive – Welsh cakes, Welsh marmalade & flowers – brilliant!

Jo & Ventnor

I hope you like the swing at the Straw Cottage, I love it. I like the treasure hunt – Sumaya.
We have all loved our time here, so peaceful and relaxing. The kids have loved the space to run around in and they loved the treasure hunt. A truly unique and wonderful experience.
I loved the stream – Idris

Ayesha, Matt, Idris & Sumaya

We immediately felt ‘at home’ in the Straw Cottage although we do have electricity in Germany…The quietness, the wake-up calls of the sheep, the humming of the stove, the evenings with our “headlights” on – sitting on the sofa reading books, the summer rain – never unpleasant, the very interesting excursions into the beautiful landscape of Mid Wales – we will really miss it – thanks very much.

Ute & Gunther

WOW! What a lovely few days we’ve had in this excellent location! We have enjoyed nights huddled around the campfire, a lovely treasure hunting experience and many other tremendous days. Thank you so much.
We love Moss, Ash, Betsy, Melly, Monty, Stanley and Rhett.

Moss, Ash, Betsy, Melly, Monty, Stanley and Rhett.

We have had a wonderful few days here at the Straw Cottage. Jess loved the stream and the swing and all the sheep. So great to switch off all devices and just mooch about. Really missed not having our older daughter with us- we hope to bring her soon. Thank you very much. We loved all the dams at Elan, will all come back to see them in the winter with the water flowing through.

The George Family

What a wonderful hidden gem the Straw Cottage is! We have all had a really relaxing break and the children have spent many happy hours playing and exploring the woods and stream. Lots of toasting marshmallows by campfire and ghost stories too! The children loved the treasure hunt -thank you for the treasure! It has been lovely to see them enjoying nature without missing technology. We will certainly be recommending the Straw Cottage to friends -many thanks for a lovely break.

The Flynn Family

Thank you for creating such a perfect place-it’s how the world should be – simple, peaceful & beautiful. This is going to be very tough to return to the world. Looking forward to a return visit.

Anandi & Neil

This was a most useful and enjoyable weekend – Lily (Labrador) and I have learned a lot, as well as being given guidance on what we can do ourselves afterwards to improve further. We plan a return visit….

Jeremy Mitchell

Thank you for a glorious long weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the south east. We all loved the Straw Cottage – so brilliantly thought out in every detail and so inviting, not to mention the welcoming flowers and scones! The surrounding area is spectacular too. We enjoyed the Elan reservoir so much as well as local walks around the farm and to Howey and Llandrindod Wells. Thank you again and hope to be back before too long.

The Stewart Family

The Straw Cottage – a lovely cottage, so nice spending the evenings around the fire by candlelight. Truly feels out in the wilds with red kites quartering over the farm by day and tawny owls screeching and hooting by night.An idyllic location for a quiet weekend.

Astrid and Adam

The Straw Cottage – what a great place to come for a very different New Year! The weather has been awful but we’ve enjoyed exploring the local area – the dams at Elan Valley are well worth a visit. It’s been fantastic to live without electricity for a few days, truly relaxing. The Drovers(Thai restaurant) in Howey is well worth a visit. Thank you for reminding us about what is important in life.

Kath & Dave

Granary Cottage – lovely cottage, very clean and well equipped. Idyllic situation with stunning views and fabulous walks. Plenty of birds from small wrens to kites and Canada geese. Thanks to Margot and Anthony for their hospitality and gorgeous Welsh cakes.

Jane & Michael & Benji

Thank you again for another wonderful stay at The Straw Cottage. It’s such a lovely peaceful place even with the kids! The kids loved the treasure hunt. A trip to the dams is worth it. We will definitely return. Having our parents stay in Granary Cottage worked really well too.
“I had a great time, I would either go on the swing of play in the stream. I am sad I am leaving.” Maisie
“We had a wonderful time in Wales, we all liked to find the crystals in the stream.” Elliot

Gareth & Debbie

We came here to enjoy Joe’s 40th in one of our favourite places in Wales. The Straw Cottage was peaceful, wild and away from it all. We loved the swing, the stream, the candlelight and the friendly welcome from Margot. Hoping we’ll be back(we saw our first hare – really exciting!)
“The past 3 days have been AMAZING. We really enjoyed the swing and the treasure hunt. Our dog Banjo loved playing in the stream and the freedom” Lola aged 9 & Rosie aged 11.

Kate, Joe, Rosie & Lola

Loverly stay at the Straw Cottage, we enjoyed the treasure hunt, thank you for our prise. We loved the welsh cakes and making waterfalls into the stream. The evenings were cosy. I loved playing games with the family

Anthony, Jackie, Josh and Tom

Granary Cottage, fantastic cottage in beautiful countryside, cannot believe how beautiful it is here. We were reasonably lucky with the weather and we will definitely be coming back.

Naomi, James, Daisy, Zelda, Graham, Eunjung, Mia & Janie

The Straw Cottage – a lovely cottage in a wonderful area, the babbling stream. sheep, birds, log fire made it impossible for us to want to leave. Thank you for this relaxing and peaceful retreat.

Webster party

We had a fantastic long weekend in away in The Straw Cottage. We all enjoyed fish and chips on the 1st night after our exploring on Friday. Saturday we enjoyed making dens,paddling in the stream and making camp fires and roasted marshmallows too. Sunday – today we completed the treasure hunt and we played baseball. football, catch and building dams together. We’ve done radio controlled car and boat and walked around the lake and had lunch at the cafe. We went to see Margot and her dog Ash. Thanks again.

Louise, Leigh, Ellis (9), Logan (6)

We felt so welcome from the moment we arrived and had a wonderful weekend! So many things to highlight! The river, den building, kite flying, the brilliant treasure hunt, bonfire night + yummy marshmallows and the excellent swing. Thank you for a lovely extended weekend and for ordering the glorious weather.

Rees-Jones family

A truly lovely break, much enjoyed by our little group (ages 14-70). Elan Valley is a must visit and a trip to Croft Castle in Herefordshire was also ace. Erwood Gallery was great (fab gluten free cakes!)+ we also had a yummy curry from Zeera. However the Straw Cottage was the star – treasure hunting, relaxing, exploring by day then BBQ dinners and games by candelight. Thank you for the wonderful welcome and the marvellous dose of pure escapism.

Jacob, Daphne and Tamryn

What an absolutely amazing place, we loved every bit of it from start to finish.Thank you Margot & Anthony, you have created a beautiful getaway. Our kids loved it, especially the swing and treasure hunt, also your horses were beautiful according to Scarlett! We can’t wait to come back again to the Straw Cottage. Thank you xxx

Donna, Martin, Zak & Scarlett

Had a lovely stay,the activities for the children were lovely. Margot, thank you for being so helpful and welcoming. It is a nice part of the world to be in. Wonderful bit of peace and tranquility, really enjoyed staying at the Straw Cottage – sad to be going back to normality soon! Also the ‘Diary of a Farmers Wife’ book was a fascinating read – just need some ‘piggies’!

Colin, Ann, Alice and Evie

3 nights in the Straw Cottage were definitely not enough! We will be back, if only to find the horseshoe. Thank you it was magical – we want to return in the winter – we think it will be like Narnia.

Ashleigh, Ash, Caius & Elijah

What a warm welcome! Thank you. Granary Cottage is so peaceful, ideal for our daughter’s Masters dissertation. Web connection so appreciated. Very comfy mattresses. Must comment on how neatly the paintwork has been done. Refreshing break, very many thanks. Will recommend to family and friends.

Jennifer, Christine and Donald

Bringing our children here to the Straw Cottage has been the most magical experience. A break from day to day life amongst the hills, woods and streams was exactly what we needed. We have created some special memories that will last forever. The cottage is beautiful and we had everything we needed. We hope to return one day for some more of the same! Thank you all at Ty Gwyn Farm for making us feel so welcome and for Anthony’s amazing introduction.

Neil, Hannah, Jasmine, Betty & Barnaby

A truly amazing place. Fantastic welcome from Margot & Anthony, the kids loved the freedom here, the swing, roasted marshmallows, games in candlelight, the treasure hunt, dam building and riding of bikes. A must place to bring children to be children. Thank you for a fantastic stay.

Charlotte, Archie, George and Florence

A fantastic get away from it all weekend at Straw Cottage. BBQs, den building, campfires – what more could you want?! Kids loved every minute.

Val, Rog, Emily (10) Rebecca (9)

Granary Cottage. Lovely,comfy, well-equipped cottage in a beautiful location & so peaceful & quiet. Made to feel very welcome. What more could we want!

Dianne & Lyndon

The Straw Cottage – what a beautiful place, fabulous views, a real break from life. Thank you we loved it.

Nicole, John & Isabelle

We have visited Ty Gwyn Farm for relaxing holidays for the last five years and plan to go annually in future years for as long as we are able! If you want isolation and peace with “civilisation” not too far away, Ty Gwyn is for you. The owners, Margot and Anthony, are a lovely couple who will give you a warm welcome and have plenty of suggestions concerning places to walk, visit and explore. The scenery in this part of the world is nothing short of exquisite. Plenty of country pursuits available to satisfy every taste. Granary Cottage is extremely comfortable and cosy. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!

Jerry and Mary Chance

Where do we start? What an amazing get away in the Straw Cottage. Who needs TV & WiFi, when you have a radio, torches and beautiful scenery? Great adventures for the kids and adults who thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful treasure hunt. This break was just what we needed as a family and provided special memories and bonding, the things you lose sight of during the busy and hectic family routine. The walks, log fire,candle light, meeting the horses, we could go on and on – we adored them all. Margot & Anthony gave us a very friendly and homely welcome and the flowers and Welsh cakes were an extra special touch. We cannot wait to come back to try the sunny weather as opposed to the wind and rain. Although the bad weather did add to the excitement, we would like to share different memories in the sun!!

Rob, Marie, Reece & Daniel

We arrived on Friday with glorious sunshine! We stopped by the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre on our journey to the cottage which was enjoyed by all. This is well worth a visit. We have all enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere here at Straw Cottage and will be back! Daisy thoroughly enjoyed the treasure hunt and spotting a wide range of birds. The real fire and candlelight are so very relaxing. We have only been here for brief two night stay but it certainly feels like we have been here a little longer. Thank you for being so welcoming.

Simon, Helen & Daisy

This is our second visit in less than a year and we loved it! This place is magical, so relaxing and peaceful. My particular favourite was the regular visits from the hare! Thank you so much for having us Margot

Ellie & James

Straw Cottage – A wonderful relaxing cottage. The scenery is stunning, the bird life fantastic. What joy to find a place so removed from everyday life. No WiFi, TV, phone reception and best of all no traffic, pure bliss.

Carol & Andy

Straw Cottage absolutely lived up to our expectations, a cosy, well stocked, comfortable eco-cottage in a stunning setting surrounded by wildlife. A piece of unspoilt paradise. What a place to spend Earth hour and Mothering Sunday!! Found Vans in Llandrindod Wells – an emporium of health foods – and an interesting town if sadly empty. Altogether a wonderful weekend break – thank you. Hope to be back.

Susan,Lorna & Ellie

Restful escape from busy ‘normality’. We had the most beautiful weather to enjoy the tranquil green surroundings. Breakfasts, lunch and evening meals on the veranda. It was so hot – like being on holiday in Greece – but with better scenery! Thank you for the beautiful vase of wild flowers on our arrival – a lovely welcoming touch.

Vivienne & Andrew

The Straw Cottage, what a beautiful setting, far away from computers and electric gadgets. Beautiful cottage and surroundings. We loved the peace and quiet, the stream and the treasure hunt! Hours of board games by candlelight after a hard day’s trekking in amazing Mid Wales. A lovely magical setting, perfect for getting my boys away from their X boxes! Thank you Margot for thinking of everything.

Laura, Panos, Laufrey & Alex

Our stay at ‘Straw Cottage’ has been one of adventure, tranquility and awe. From the beautiful Welsh countryside and rolling hills to den building, bonfires, kite flying, stream dipping and BBQs (every night!). We are reluctant to leave this amazing piece of paradise. We loved the seclusion, the feeling of being a million miles away from anywhere.. A big thank you to Anthony and Margot for making us feel extremely welcome to the farm. Elsie particularly loved seeing 3 hares scamper across the bridge (they were huge!) and the swing! and of course the treasure hunt!

John, Helen & Elsie

Our stay at the Straw Cottage has been a lot of fun, we’re definitely going to miss the constant ‘baa’ of the sheep. We saw lots of Red Kites and a couple of hares during our stay. Mummy also saw an owl. The views are just amazing and there was just so much to do. The hoot of the owl will also be missed. Thank you Margot & Anthony for making us feel so welcome and supplying us with things to do. We discovered a love of chess! There was also constant games of Frustration.

Dave, Vicky, Lydia & Charlotte

We came to the Straw Cottage this time last year and couldn’t resist coming back for some more fun and adventures. Our second visit certainly did not disappoint! We’ve had such a relaxing, peaceful break away from day to day life and are a little sad to leave. The Straw Cottage has everything you need and the setting is just magical. Thank you Margot and Anthony. You really have something special.

Neil, Hannah, Jasmine, Betty & Barnaby

Granary Cottage is perfect for true country lovers, walkers, dog people. Very quiet, peaceful and relaxing location with friendly and helpful owners. With four of us sharing, very good value for money.

Dianne & Lyndon

Both of us have run out of superlatives! We’ve been coming to the Granary Cottage at Ty Gwyn Farm for six years with next year’s visit pencilled into the diary! ‘nough said? Just brilliant!

Jerry and Mary Chance

We’ve had a wonderful stay in the Straw Cottage. The girls loved exploring, going on walks at dusk (and seeing the bats) as well as the swing. Thank you for the great treasure hunt. We did it first thing and the girls were amazed! The Rare Breeds Farm was a good recommendation too. It was fantastic hearing all the owls at night. The girls also loved playing with all the toys, especially the horse! Thanks for a great stay,getting away from it all.

Caroline, Ed, Martha (4) and Freya (4)

Thank you so much for your kind hospitality. We have loved our cosy visit to this beautiful cottage. It has been so needed after baby Ava! You have the perfect balance of comfort and charm whilst still remaining disconnected from modern day distractions. We can’t wait to come back for a summer holiday.

Homer, Carrie, Ava and Saffy

We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here at the Straw Cottage. Surrounded by the peace and quiet and being able to completely switch off to every day life. Loved coming back to warm fire and playing games at the table, rather than just sitting in front of the TV. We would like to say a huge thank you to our hosts for a very warm welcome and recommending the Elan Valley. Beautiful scenery! We hope to return in the future.

Danny & Millie

Two nights was not enough to enjoy how beautifully peaceful and homely this Straw Cottage is. Couldn’t wish for a better mini-break. Thank you to Suzanne for being so welcoming and friendly. Definitely hope to return in the summer! Thank you.

Peri & Danny-Jon, Emily & Liam

Straw Cottage is the holiday home we’d all love to own! Delightful setting. Once we had the wood burner up to full heat, we were lovely and cosy – despite the snow outside! Recommend a day (or two) in the Elan Valley, we completed a stunning 8 mile walk today seeing the 3 dams. “Worth your Salt” serve the best burgers ever! Drovers Thai restaurant is wonderful too. Thank you Margot.

Helen & Justin

It was a wonderful breakaway from the hustle and chaos of everyday life. No electricity took us away from the beck and call of technology and being outside for three days, paddling the stream, lighting a bonfire and playing on the rope swing made for an idyllic few days away. We had one day of sunshine and couple of grey days but it mattered not, the cottage was brilliantly kitted out, the owners have worked hard to think of all the things that you might need to help switch off and slow down. Books, toys, fishing nets, plethora of games for kids and adults and hundreds of candles enhanced the feeling of peace and switching off. Our children loved it and although we have only been back for two days, our 3 year old has not stopped telling everyone (strangers included) about our holiday. A wonderful space and place for important family time. Thanks Margot.

Rebecca Webb

We loved it here at The Straw Cottage, everything about it was great! The treasure hunt was fab! We really enjoyed fishing in the stream and spotting insects. We went cycling in the Elan Valley and the views were stunning and the ride good fun. Thank you Margot for having us here and making us feel so welcome. P.S. It was really fun having no electricity. It got so dark!

The Thomas Family

Idyllic – peace perfect peace!! All you need is here at The Straw Cottage. Hoping to return soon for longer.

The Sullivans

Granary Cottage. Lovely weather. Beautiful cottage on a beautiful farm. Thank you for making us feel so welcome. Highly recommend. We loved the walks around the farm and your beautiful funny dogs! Thank you for sharing your home and garden with us.

Diane, Steve & Simon

The Straw Cottage – beautiful little cottage with oodles of character. Wish we could have stayed longer as you can completely forget about the outside world. Margot and Anthony were lovely thanks for the flowers, Welsh cakes and all your recommendations. Hope to stay again some day.

Grace & Tony

We’ve loved every minute of our stay. The season is just starting to change and the colours are going to be fantastic. The Straw Cottage is beautifully built and the setting is idyllic. We have loved watching the Red kites and the other wildlife on the farm. We have actually done anything apart from stop, relax, recoup and enjoy the peace and quiet. There’s no need to be when it’s all here. It’s perfect, well done Margo and Anthony, cracking job 10/10. We will highly recommend the Straw Cottage.

Deb & Giles

Had a great visit to The Straw Cottage – thank you! Wales just as expected – great scenery and enjoyed exploring local area. Elan Valley, Devil’s Bridge and four falls a must to visit whilst you are here.

Hayley, Ed & Janice

Thank you we had a lovely stay in a beautiful little cottage. We read ‘The Diary of a Farmer’s Wife 1796-1797’ (really fascinating) as well as our own books and explored the local area. Perfect weather and going electricity free we realised we don’t miss the mod cons. Hope to be back again some day.

Tisha and Sam

Perfect back to nature break. The kids (& George)loved the freedom and we spent most of our time exploring outside. Highlights included den building, treasure trails,splashing in the stream, campfires, BBQs, kite-flying, a walk to the wind turbine and building fairy houses. In town we used the butchers, ate at Worth Your Salt and recommend Arvon Ales for beer lovers. Thanks Margot and Anthony. We will be back! My favourite was the treasure hunt and marshmallows on the campfire. Eleanora.

Chris, Hilary,Eleanora (4) & Fergus (3) & George (dog)

My girls (age 7 & 3) absolutely loved the treasure hunt, roasting marshmallows and exploring the grounds. We had such a lovely time and really managed to “switch off”. We didn’t miss the mod cons at all!! We also enjoyed visiting the dams in the Elan Valley. We really do hope to visit again and will most certainly recommend the Straw Cottage to friends and family. THANK YOU!!

The Craner Family

Such a warm welcome – Granary Cottage has everything we needed. Enjoyed some lovely walks, Elan Valley being the hi-light. Such a beautiful day. Thank you so much we have had a wonderful holiday.

Diane & Richard Green

We’ve had such a fabulous, adventurous time at Straw Cottage. Bea has loved the stream, den building, marshmallow toasting and all the birds. We’ve loved the quiet and the peaceful surroundings. We definitely want to come back. Hot tips for days out: Devils Bridge Falls, (astounding if exhausting), Rheidol Light Railway (breathtaking views), Elan Valley (even in the rain), Hay-on-Wye (even without the festival).

Nikki, Tom & Bea

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit! Can recommend both the Fforest Inn (delicious carvery) and the Laughing Dog (excellent food, enjoyed pool and darts in the games room). So much to do, we feel we need several mores visits to fit it all in on top of our trips to Hay and King Arthur’s Labyrinth (also recommended!) […]

Rob, Steph, George and Floss

Thank you for a lovely stay in a beautiful setting. The children loved the treasure hunting and pond dipping. The grown ups became a little bit obsessed with bird spotting!!! We saw lots of lovely animals and flowers. Having no electricity was a novelty and not an issue. Thank you.

Tim, Yvonne, Osian(7) Nia (3)

The Ultimate Brain De-Tox! This was our second visit to the Straw Cottage at totally different times of the year and both occasions were absolutely brilliant. The total absence of traffic and general town noise was a total delight. The burbling of the stream and melodic chirping of the birds almost meditative. […]

Steve & Nikki

Had a great visit to The Straw Cottage – thank you! Wales just as expected – great scenery and enjoyed exploring local area. Elan Valley, Devil’s Bridge and four falls a must to visit whilst you are here.

Hayley, Ed & Janice

Around the area

Radnorshire is one of the old counties, which together with Brecknockshire and Montgomeryshire make up the county of Powys in Mid Wales. Radnorshire is a county of rolling hills with river valleys, farmsteads, quiet country lanes and historic market towns.

Things to do

The ultimate get away

Places to visit

Radnorshire is a county of rolling hills with river valleys, farmsteads, quiet country lanes and historic market towns.


There are plenty of activities around the area, fishing, riding, golf, bowls, clay pigeon shooting, or even rally driving.


Radnorshire offers superb off the beaten track walking, whether you want a gentle stroll or a day’s hike, there is something to suit everyone.

Food and Drink

There is a wide variety of pubs and restaurants in the area, catering for all tastes and pockets.