Formerly owned by The National Trust, the house is built from traditional Welsh materials and has been beautifully decorated and furnished, with many character features, including wooden beams and floors, an oil burning stove, claw foot bath and a Stanley range cooker in the kitchen. Complementing these character features, the cottage has modern facilities, including Free sat HD TV.
Hafod sleeps up to five people, in three bedrooms, with one bathroom. The cottage is an ideal retreat for a family holiday or for groups of friends seeking peace and solitude amongst stunning scenery, yet close to a wide range of activities.
Hafod is set well back from a very quiet mountain road and there is car parking space for two cars.
The house is entered via the front door, which leads to the downstairs rooms:
- Kitchen/diner: A room which oozes character, with wooden floors and beams, Belfast sink, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge (no freezer compartment) and a stunning Stanley oil fired range cooker. There is a wooden dining table, with seating for five;
- Living room: A good sized, yet cosy room, with oak beams, stone surround fire place containing an oil burning stove and leather sofas seating five. There is a Free sat HD TV, with DVD player;
- Bathroom: The large ground floor bathroom contains a claw foot bath, toilet and basin, with lovely views down to the valley floor.
Stairs lead up from the ground floor to the first floor landing, off which are three bedrooms, all with beautiful views across the hills or down the valley:
- Bedroom 1: Contains a double bed;
- Bedroom 2: Contains a double bed;
- Bedroom 3: Contains a single bed.
Heading back downstairs and outside, the garden contains slate terraces, stone steps and the historic remains of a 17th century Welsh long house. Flowing through the garden, crossed by a slate bridge, is a mountain stream. The garden is very quiet and tranquil, with just the wildlife for company, perfect for both adults and children to relax in. The surrounding countryside forms part of the Migneint SSSI, noteworthy for many species, including the spectacular Hen Harrier. There is an outdoor table and seating.
Security deposits are not required.
Regrettably, pets are not accepted at Hafod y Rhedrwydd.
Bed linen and towels:
Bed linen and bath mats are provided for guests, however, guests are requested to bring their own towels and tea towels.
Access, arrival and departure times:
Arrival time at Hafod y Rhedrwydd is after 3pm and departure time is by 10am. Access is via a concealed key, therefore it does not matter if you are arriving late at night.
The house is located in a peaceful, but remote location at the head of a valley. There is no street lighting and a torch is strongly recommended for arrivals after dark.
Bed sizes and configurations:
- Bedroom 1: Double bed
- Bedroom 2: Double bed
- Bedroom 3: One single bed
Fuel and logs:
Hafod y Rhedwyrdd is a secluded farmhouse cottage, which is totally “off the grid”, creating its own power and sourcing natural water. Cottages like this are rare in the UK and a couple of key features should be noted:
• The cottage generates its own electricity, using a petrol powered generator in the outbuilding next to the house. Operating instructions are provided and a degree of practicality and common sense is needed to operate the system;
• The cottage is supplied by fresh spring water and is not connected to the mains water supply. On occasion, the water intake system can block due to natural circumstances, such as fallen leaves, which causes the supply to be interrupted. In such circumstances, guests are advised to unblock the intake filter and instructions on how to do so are provided in the cottage.
An oil deposit is payable directly to the owners prior to the commencement of the holiday. Upon departure, the owner will read the oil meter and the resultant charge will be deducted from the oil deposit. The balance will then be refunded within a week of the date of departure. Please note that this is a private arrangement between the owner and the guest, which does not involve Character Cottages.
The property generates its own electricity by way of a petrol generator in the outbuilding next to the house. Full operating instructions are provided.
The house is supplied by fresh spring water and is not connected to the mains water supply.
Hafod y Rhedrwydd has no landline telephone, however, the property does have an HD Freesat TV and DVD player.
Satellite broadband is available at the cottage. The first 2GB are provided free of charge, further usage is charged at its cost price of £10 per GB. Any charges necessary will be deducted from the oil deposit (see above).
Hafod y Rhedrwydd is in a remote location and guests should be aware that there is no mobile phone reception on most networks. There are no nearby houses or services and the nearest shopping facilities are several miles away, however, Tesco does deliver to the house.
Hafod y Rhedrwydd has private parking for two cars on its gravel drive.
Where a letting exceeds seven nights, a mid-stay clean and linen change are included in the price. Additional housekeeping services are available on request.
Child friendly facilities:
One travel cot (without linen) is provided.
Due to the remoteness of the cottage, there are no initial consumables provided.
Accessibility, health and safety:
Hafod y Rhedrwydd is a period property, and has character features, including relatively narrow and steep stairs, some low beams and two floors, which could pose difficulty to guests with limited mobility, or carrying babies, both in terms of their general movement and their ability to quickly exit the house in the event of an emergency.
There is a stream running through the garden and extra care is required, especially if children are in the party.
The smoke and CO detectors operate on a sound only basis and, therefore, those who have serious impairment of hearing may not be able to hear the alarm systems and could be at risk.
No smoking is permitted throughout Hafod y Rhedrwydd.
In order to provide you with as much detail of our properties as possible, we sometimes use wide angle photography, which can make certain rooms, or spaces, appear larger than they actually are. Wherever possible, we try to include a floor plan, with detailed dimensions of rooms and areas. If you have any queries regarding the size of any rooms or spaces, please do not hesitate to contact us.