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Crych Du in Llanwrthwl, Powys

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From: €433 weekly Guests 4 Rooms 2 Bathroom 1

Crych Du Self-Catering

Holiday home
Crych Du sits beside the banks of the River Wye in the pretty Wye Valley, surrounded by the spectacular Cambrian Mountains. Splendid views can be seen in every direction, and the superb walking and cycling opportunities of the Wye Valley Walk and the National Cycle Track are nearby. The cottage has great charm and character and features two bedrooms, a sitting room with a wood burning stove, a kitchen with Rayburn, and exposed beams and oak flooring throughout. The conservatory offers magnificent mountain and river views, and there is private trout and salmon fishing available at the end of the garden for those who love fishing. Stunning countryside and wonderful wildlife watching are all on your doorstep in this gorgeous holiday retreat.

The beautiful countryside between Builth Wells and Rhayader is home to the small village of Llanwrthwl. The village has just one shop, but the bustling market town of Rhayader with its selection of unusual little shops, eateries, pubs, leisure complex, and cycle hire is 2.5 miles away. Pony trekking is available in the area, and beautiful Red Kites can also be observed at a feeding station created for the birds. The fantastic Elan Valley Lakes are close and waiting to be discovered, or visit Builth Wells, where the annual Royal Welsh Show is held. Here you will find a great variety of shops, tea rooms, pubs, year-round craft shows and exhibitions.

Famous for its choirs, stunning mountain ranges and beautiful valleys, this wonderful country has something for everyone. From Snowdonia in North Wales to the Brecon Beacons and the Pembrokeshire Coast in the South.

Vacation Rental Amenities

  • Cooker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • On a Farm
  • Rural location
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Self-Catering Reviews

Mr Gill
May 2019
A lovely place to chill out..
Miss Edwards
October 2018
I nearly gave this cottage a '1' rating so that we could keep this special location a secret! but felt this was very unfair to our hosts who have, again, made us welcome and comfortable. It is idyllic and we had glorious autumn weather with amazing colours and the Wye River at its loveliest. So another good stay at a Sykes Cottage.
Mr Rashley
September 2018
Idyllic. our third visit to this property..
Mr Ruddock
July 2018
This cottage is an absolute jewel, comfortable and cosy with views and wildlife way beyond expectations.. The river Wye runs at the bottom of the grounds with easy access to walks and local towns. If you like birds then almost every tree has nest boxes with an abundance of birdlife visiting the bird table just outside the conservatory.
Mrs Ricketts
May 2018
Bungalow and its facilities were nigh on perfect.. The setting wonderful.
Mr Elliott
May 2018
The cottage was provided with everything we needed.. Plenty of local information was on hand as was the owner if we needed any help. We were met and carefully inducted to the controls and management details at the cottage which gave us a confident start.
Mr Van Kan
August 2017
Very rural, very quiet.. perfect to escape from our busy life.
May 2017
Wonderful location and so relaxing..
Mr Hartland
May 2017
Second time here, superb in all aspects especially peace and quiet..
Mr Bulger
October 2016
This was our second visit to this cottage.. The cottage is everything we remembered from the first visit. The place is clean comfortable, home from home, we couldn't wish for more. The owners are friendly and helpful but not intrusive. The countryside around the cottage is beautiful and abundant with wildlife. Robert managed to see the otter on this visit. We will definitely be returning.
Mr Finlay
August 2016
A beautiful cottage in a peaceful and picturesque setting.. Everything we needed for a final holiday of the summer. Fishing was great and there was plenty to do locally for the non-fisherfolk.
Mr Shaw
June 2016
Crych Du is a great place to stay. The cottage itself is very comfortable and well equipped. Add to that the location which is simply stunning, sitting as it does in a splendid isolation in the beautiful Wye Valley with the river literally at the bottom of the garden. Fly fishing for salmon, wild brown trout and grayling right on the doorstep. Wonderful. Needless to say that in such a spot the local wildlife is also pretty amazing.
Mr Hartland
June 2016
Where do you start! The views and location were simply stunning, the cottage was perfect for the setting and the abundant wildlife was a joy to watch all day. We had intended to tour about but didn't want to leave. The owners were very helpful and friendly. Bliss. Will definitely go back.
Mrs Bessell
May 2016
This accommodation is beautiful and was way above my expectations, the pictures seen online do not do justice to this property. It is extremely well maintained and there is everything there that you could possibly need or want for your stay. The location is idyllic, giving you tranquillity and privacy with an abundance of wildlife to view and enjoy. The owners are friendly and helpful and are very unobtrusive at all times. We are most definitely planning a return visit.
May 2016
I have recently returned from a week spent at Crych Du, If you like cosy cottages, the countryside and don't have children under 14 or pets, then this is the cottage for you, it exceeded my expectations ten fold. The cottage its self is immaculate and extremely well equipped with everything you could possibly need for your stay and is set in spectacular surroundings, the river is at the bottom of the garden and can be easily seen from the conservatory, which is the room we used the most, from here you catch sight of a variety of wildlife, you also have the enjoyment of the owners Appenzeller Spitzhauben Chickens roaming freely, extremely pretty birds, you also have a variety of wild birds to watch, you are also left a supply of bird seed to place on the different bird tables that are placed around. On our arrival we had a very warm welcome from our host who took us to the cottage and showed us around, during our stay we were lucky enough to have four ponies grazing in the paddock next to the cottage and although the owners came twice a day to tend to the ponies they were always extremely unobtrusive, having said that they are also very approachable and helpful. Our stay was delightful and I can't sing the praises of this holiday cottage enough we shall most definitely looking at a return visit, an extremely relaxing holiday, walks from the door, a few miles by car takes you to the beautiful Elan Valley and I strongly recommend a trip off to Abergwesyn common which is truly spectacular, from here you can drive up the Devils Staircase and on to the Llyn Brianne dam and reservoir, believe me you will not be disappointed. I read on the booking site that the pictures do not do justice to this property, and they really don't..
Ms Crockford
May 2015
The property and surroundings were first class. Loved the walks, the wildlife and the river literally at the bottom of the garden.
Ana-marie C
May 2015
We can't rate this holiday rental enough.... Totally idyllic setting, great accommodation and really friendly and helpful owners. Nothing is too much trouble. We were lucky to see an otter fishing for his breakfast in the river wye at the bottom of the garden. There are so many birds can't name them all but a few were woodpeckers, wood hatch, great tits etc One thing I will say is the photos of the cottage really don't do it justice it really is a wonderful place to stay inside and out We absolutely loved our stay and are already looking to see when we can go back :)
Mr Chequer
April 2015
We loved the general ambiance of the place. It was way off the beaten track and has an excellent garden in stunning scenery running down to the River Wye.
Mr Higgins
November 2014
It was a superb in all aspects.
Mr Palim
October 2014
The cottage is in the perfect position with the River Wye at the end of the garden. It is peaceful and surrounded by fields and hills, with plenty of varied walks from the door or nearby. We were delighted to watch otters in the river, too. The accommodation is very good, especially the sun room. Can't fault it.
Mr Bulger
October 2014
The setting, ie: peaceful, scenery, The cottage is the best we have stayed in for a long time. The owners were polite, friendly and helpful. They did not intrude on our holiday but we knew if we needed anything they were there to help.
Mr Shaw
June 2014
Crych Du is a great place for a quiet and relaxing holiday. Within a stones throw of the River Wye, the location is secluded but close enough to Rhayader for the convenience of shopping and good local amenities. Facilities at the cottage are excellent in all aspects. This is one holiday home that we will visit again and again.
Mr Joint
June 2014
The cottage was everything we hoped it would be and a lot more. The setting is amazing, sandwiched as it is between high hills and yet not hemmed in. The only other buildings in sight are barns. The garden dips down at the end giving a view of the River Wye. We felt at home as soon as we stepped into the cottage. Having a conservatory is a real bonus as you can enjoy the views even if the weather is bad. We were fortunate in having fantastic weather. We spent a lot of time in the garden, enjoying watching the birds, some that we have never seen before at home. We arrived needing a rest and left (with great reluctance) feeling refreshed. We are not physically able to walk but there is beautiful scenery in every direction which makes driving around a real pleasure - if you can tear yourself away from the cottage that is!!
January 2014
Our stay at Crych Du was an absolute delight. The cottage is spacious, comfortable, extremely well equipped and in a beautiful setting. The owners could not have been more helpful, We were so pleased that we booked another holiday there as soon as we returned home. What more could be said!!
Mr Shaw
October 2013
Everything about Crych Du is simply first class. The cottage is spotless and spacious. The kitchen/dining area is well planned and really well equipped. The cottage is in a wonderful position, situated close close to the River Wye, and in an area abounding with wildlife. A real find for any nature lover, and especially one who likes to cast a fly as the river holds some good Trout and Grayling. The owners are very friendly and helpful.
Mr Jordan
August 2013
A really lovely cottage in a wonderful away-from-it-all position. Very well equipped and obviously well maintained. A real joy to stay there. We really loved the fact that we could just walk down the garden and onto the river bank.
August 2013
On first entering the property and the area we new that we had made the best of choice. We found the cottage super clean and the facilities first class. Wildlife was a wonder to watch. We even had a foal born in the next field which was pure magic. The owners were there if needed but never interfered. I would highly recommend this holiday to everyone.
Mr Roberts
July 2013
Enjoyed our stay so much. We had a most relaxing holiday and the wild life was tremendous. We were sorry to leave.
Mrs Vaughan
June 2013
Everything about the holiday and accommodation was lovely, including the location and the views.
Mr Amos
April 2013
Probably the best appointed and situated cottage we have had. The conservatory was a warm god send when it rained as you could relax and still feel like you were outdoors. Nice to have the river running by at the bottom of the garden. So much to do and see in the area.
December 2012
A very comfortable cottage right on the banks of the River Wye, only a short walk from Rhyader. The whole area around is spectacular, with plenty of gentle walks or for the more adventurous plenty of hills.
Mr Hodgson
November 2012
Wonderful location with a view of the river Wye. Peace and quiet. Able to walk onto the hills or along the river straight from the cottage - no need to drive every day. Cosy and comfortable cottage. Not far from the main A470 for when we did need to get out and about.
Mr Weld
October 2012
The location was secluded yet Rhayader was very accessible by both foot and car. The area around the cottage was spectacular.
Chris and John
September 2012
A wonderful holiday location.The cottage has everything that a family needs to enjoy a really relaxing break.The wildlife was amazing, red kites. peregrin falcons, and the red fox hunting early in the mornings. Cannot wait to return in 2013.
Mrs Ainley
August 2012
Met by owner, tour of the property and information given. The property is well maintained and equipped to a very high standard. The cottage and its surroundings are beautiful for anyone wanting a quiet and peaceful holiday.
Ms Saguiez
July 2012
The location is stunning and the local area is wonderful. We need to revisit to see more of it.
Mrs Davies
July 2012
Superb situation and views, well kept garden and lawn, good heating, and the conservatory enabled us to watch the birds at the feeding table. We liked the river walks from bottom of garden, the squirrel, the brown hare, the woodpecker, nuthatches and numerous other birds which were constant visitors. Our very own live edition of Nature Watch! Not to mention the little flock of rare breed hens.
Miss Edwards
June 2012
We loved the peace tranquility. Access to variety of walks and places of interest - Elan Valley is spectacular, nearby coast and National Trust properties. Wonderful and well kept countryside. Helpful and friendly hosts. We have already recommended it to friends of various ages.
Mr Riseborough
May 2012
Loved the cottage and the location was perfect. Owners were friendly and helpful. The property was very clean and tidy. The wildlife was fantastic and the scenery was wonderful. Everything was just as other visitors had described.
Mr Gray
May 2012
Cottage is in a stunning location and it is cared for by very thoughtful owners. Conservatory was very warm and overlooked superb scenery.
Mr Kenna
October 2011
Wonderful cottage set in an idyllic isolated setting. We had a log fire every night which was great at the end of October. Plenty of walks from the property and the Elan Valley which was close by was beautiful. Helpful owners who were there if you needed them but left you to enjoy the cottage as if it were your own.
Mr Van Der Veer
July 2011
Beautiful cottage; everything we needed was there. A place to relax.
Mr Anderton
May 2011
The beautiful setting of this property in a valley within the Cambrian Mountains with it's lawn going down to the river and the variety of birds coming to the garden feeders and nest boxes.
Mrs Trigg
May 2011
The property had lovely views and a walk along the river from the bottom of the garden. There was food provided to feed a wide variety of birds that visited the table and the horses in the paddocks around the house. It was lovely!
May 2011
The other reviews say it all really. Crych Du is in an idyllic setting and it's a lovely property. Apart from the owners occasionally coming to feed their hens, horse, sheep etc you could be at the cottage for a week and not see another soul if you didn't go out to enjoy the spectacular Elan Valley and other places in the area. There's even a Shakespeare theatre! (Check out Willow Globe and if you get chance, go there during the day as well and you may be lucky enough to get the full tour. We did!). If I had to find a fault with the property it would be the inefficient shower. Crych Du's water comes from a bore-hole and the flow is not adequate enough for the electric shower hence the water alternates between scalding hot and luke-warm. A small inconvenience compared with the benefits of this wonderful place.
Mr Himmel
November 2010
Lovely setting, lovely people, lovely cottage.
November 2010
it was such a beautiful place to stay river at the bottom of the garden every thing in the cottage that u needed even had the lovley weather will be back again
November 2010
From the minute we drove down the single track lane on the floor of the valley, we were enchanted by our surroundings. Ancient oak trees and moss covered rocks to our left, the wide tubbling river and craggy mountains to our right. The barn conversion was nestled on the valley floor and looked welcoming after a long journey. On entering, it certainly had the 'wow' factor. The conservatory, where we were to spend most of our time indoors was warm and spacious,with incredible views. Inside there was everything we could need. It was warm and cosy and the beds were very comfortable after along day's walking or cycling. The walking and cycling was straight from the door, so barely had to use the car! Waking up at sunrise,watching the river mist rising gently up the valley to reveal sun and blue sky above the peak was a sight to behold and quite other-worldly. The bird and animal life literally on your doorstep was intriguing, we spent hours following the river and watching the wildlife which depended on it. Evenings were beautiful and as the sun went down it was relaxing to sit in the lovely little hidden courtyard garden with a glass of local wine. When it became chilly, time could be spent reading a book beside the logburner, then a cup of cocoa and out to watch the vast dark skies and bright stars undulled by light pollution. Bliss!
Mrs Barnes
October 2010
Staying at Crych Du made for a very pleasurable time and we really valued the comfort of the house and the high quality of furniture and furnishings. I am a keen cook and I was delighted with the standard of kitchen utensils which far surpass many other properties I have stayed in. The fire was wonderful in the living room and I just wish I could have stayed longer in order to enjoy the surrounding location and the garden area!
Mrs Brookes
September 2010
The setting for this cottage was stunning. With breathtaking views and wildlife literally on your doorstep. Waking up here and watching the sun come up over the mountains and glinting through the river mist would be beautiful at anytime of year. The cottage was warm, comfy and cosy to come back to after a days walking or biking. The owners were most helpful, informative and friendly. The holiday could not have been more perfect.
Mrs Lees
September 2010
Peace and quiet - owners friendly and excellent facilities with no worries. Wonderful scenery and relaxing.
Mrs Pooley
August 2010
The cottage was in the most beautiful place; no one to bother you! We had such a relaxing holiday and it was so peaceful. We will be going back again.
Mrs Lucas
August 2010
This is one of the best holidays we have ever had. For total peacefulness and relaxation it is ideal. The river was literally 21 steps away from the conservatory (yes, hubby counted!). I cannot recommend this cottage more highly - the owners are incredibly friendly and helpful and the standard of the cottage is excellent. Everything had been thought of to make the cottage a home from home. We absolutely loved the place. The wildlife was amazing. On our first morning we were rewarded with two sightings of a wild otter - once, no more than 10 feet away from us. Another day a peregrine landed on the patio table chasing a bird! Red Kites, butterflies and birds were abundant and my husband had the best river fishing ever. The wood burner was lovely on the chilly evenings - it truly was a marvellous holiday.
Mr Lindley
July 2010
The river at the bottom of the garden was special along with the pony and wildlife. The walks on the area from the cottage were superb!
July 2010
A friend and I arrived for our holiday and were greeted, taken to the property, shown around and made very welcome by the owners. The cottage was all on one level with comfortable beds, good bathroom, cosy tv room, lovely conservatory, well equiped kitchen, dining area and overall very clean. There was also an outdoor table with chairs and a bench sited under a tree near the river. The location was excellent with fields surrounding the cottage and with a river walk at the bottom of the site. The owners ot the cottage kept 2 horses in the fields attached to the cottage. When one of them visited the horses, usually daily, we chatted and this made us feel they were readily available should we need them. There was a road we could hear which was the other side of the river and through some trees but it wasn't intrusive. This was the a470 and it was a short drive to reach it which gave us the opportunity to visit this area of Wales. We loved the variety of birds seen at the property and sitting in the conservatory for breakfast was a must as we saw red kites daily. We would love to go back again as it was the perfect holiday home for our needs and we didn't want to leave.
Rev Paterson
May 2010
Wonderful holiday! Great for cycling if you're a regular cyclist.
Miss Farrow
May 2010
The cottage was all we hoped for and more. Very comfortable, well heated, airy and lovely view from conservatory. Owners on hand and friendly but not obtrusive. Very relaxing and would reccomend to anyone who likes the same type of holiday as ourselves. Lots of birds in the area and around the cottage. Binoculars and books supplied.
Mrs Cummings
April 2010
For absolute peace it is ideal.
December 2009
A real get away from it all cottage. Beautiful scenery - surrounded by hills and the river Wye at the bottom of the garden - just sheep, horses and chickens for neighbours. Bird watchers paradise - kites and buzzards galore. Highlight was a very cooperative kingfisher who sat on a branch eating his fish dinner just like you see on TV! Cottage was very well equipped - especially the kitchen. Beds comfortable. Owners had thought of everything you could possibly want. Rhyader handy for shopping. Lovely walkiing area either directly from the cottage, or a short drive away. Only one request: Please can the owners get another rocking chair for the conservatory as we had to fight over the sole one there. Nothing so relaxing as rocking gently looking at the view and sipping wine.
Mrs Lassam
September 2009
The best equipped self catering cottage we have been to - the cooking facilities were great. The position of the cottage was idyllic. Just sitting in the conservatory watching the river flow by and the kites and buzzards flying over was so relaxing - very peaceful. A great place to chill out.
Mr Mrs Otto
September 2009
Beautiful walks in the area and directly from the property. We loved the cottage as it was very quiet and peaceful.
Mr Thelwell
July 2009
We liked the position of the cottage and the quietness. Beautiful scenery.
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