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Happy Union Stables Family Cottage in Abbeycwmhir, Powys

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sleeps 5
2 rooms
2 bathrooms

Happy Union Stables Family Cottage description

Holiday home
This barn conversion is located in the centre of the small village of Abbeycwmhir, set in the lovely Radnorshire Hills of Mid Wales. This spacious cottage has been expertly renovated to retain original wooden beams and trusses. These, combined with the beautiful contemporary fixtures and fittings, create a welcoming and homely atmosphere. The property offers two bedrooms, one of which is en-suite, in addition to an open-plan living area that incorporates a fitted kitchen, dining table and sitting area with sofa bed. The cottage is able to sleep a total of five people, making it the ideal location for a family holiday.

With a name that means 'abbey in the long valley', Abbeycwmhir is a peaceful, historic village situated amidst the Radnorshire Hills, Set on Glyndwr's Way, the area is an exceptional location for walkers and ramblers, whilst the village itself is home to the of a Cistercian Abbey, built in 1143. The Hall - also close by - is an impressive country mansion with gardens, which is open to the public. There are wonderful walking and cycling opportunities close to the village, as well as numerous trails and which incorporate the local woodland and rivers. The Cambrian Mountains and the spectacular Brecon Beacons are also close by and offer slightly more challenging terrain. Visitors can enjoy a trip to Llandrindod Wells, Rhayader or Builth Wells, all of which boast a variety of shops, museums, craft centres, pubs, tea-rooms and restaurants. The Red Kite Feeding Station at Rhayader is within easy driving distance and offers a fantastic opportunity to see these rare birds at close range.

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.

Electric central heating. Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with basic satellite, DVD, WiFi. All electricity inc. in rent. Bed linen inc. in rent. Cot & highchair by prior arrangement. Off road parking for 3 cars. Large enclosed front yard inc. furniture & views over village & wooded hills. Sorry, no pets & no smoking. Shop 5 miles. Owner's quiet village inn 30 seconds' walk. Note: Limited WiFi signal.


  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed garden
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Sky TV
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • Near pub

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Mr Clarke
May 2016
This is a well laid out and appointed cottage, in a beautiful location, run by a lovely and friendly couple.
Mrs Nock
July 2016
Everything about this holiday was amazing. Very relaxing. Locals were very welcoming. Owners were so friendly. Would highly recommend Happy Union Stables.
Mr Perkins
August 2014
A lovely holiday cottage in a beautiful setting. Owners were friendly and extremely helpful.
Mr Craddock
January 2015
Very much enjoyed every aspect of our stay. A great Cottage, warm welcome and beautiful scenery.
August 2015
A cosy, well equipped cottage with 2 bathrooms which is nice when travelling with teenagers. The cottage had a nice big sitting room/kitchen, the kitchen was well equipped and it had comfortable beds. Cars can be parked on premises and there is enough space outside to play for children.
Mr Watkins
March 2014
The cottage was good, the people were friendly, the village was quaint and interesting .
Mr Ball
September 2013
The property was excellent in an idyllic location. We liked the very relaxing nature of the immediate area. I could not praise the owners and local people enough in how friendly and welcoming to us they all were, and made our holiday so very nice. We would definitely stay there again, and would have no hesitation in recommending the property to anyone.
Ms Ulrike Braeuer
September 2013
The cottage lies in a very quite and beautiful area, so one can relax and enjoy the tranquillity.
Mr Watson
November 2013
Charming owners. A cleverly designed property and superbly furnished bedrooms. Excellent linen quality.
Mrs Williams
August 2012
The property was lovely, as was the scenery. Been to other holiday cottages and this was one 11 out of 10. It was perfect.
Dr Rowe
December 2012
Lovely, warm, stylish and tastefully decorated cottage. It has a modern non-fussy look which we like with original barn features. Home made fruit cake awaiting us on arrival, how lovely. Beautiful area and lots to do. Peaceful setting.
Rev Erwin
July 2012
The owners were great people. They had left fresh flowers and home cooked bara bread, also some butter, milk, tea and coffee. I would recommend to anybody for a great holiday stay.
Mrs Sagon
August 2011
Happy Union Stables was relaxing and quiet. Lovely flowers and a home made bara brith was left by the owner.
Mrs Joy
November 2011
Wonderfully warm welcome, Bara Brith loaf, butter and milk to make a pot of tea - just what we needed after our journey. The cottage is one of the best we have stayed in. Anyone visiting should make sure to visit The Hall in the village.
Mrs Green
June 2011
We had the best holiday yet! We are definitely going back. The location was fantastic as well as the accommodation. The owners were very obliging and the local people are really friendly. The holiday was over far too quickly for us.
Mrs Watton
October 2011
We have just returned from the most wonderful holiday ever in the Happy Union Stables in Abbey Cwm Hir. The cottage was superb! Everything one could wish for and more. We were welcomed by the owner's wife who had added the extra touches to her welcome with home made cake and flowers on our arrival. Absolutely wonderful! I have a mobility problem but I was looked after with care and without condescension. We were welcomed by the whole village and felt like friends. Thanks to all.
Mr Cole
July 2011
The surrounding area was beautiful and the cottage was in a very nice village with lots of history. There were plenty of places to eat out without having to drive too far. The owners were very welcoming and helpful.
Mr Gray
September 2011
A good area to stay; plenty of places to visit without traveling too far.
Mr Baxter
July 2011
Lovely accommodation, good location, beautiful scenery, good weather, very peaceful, uncrowded, uncommercialized, extremely clean, litter free location. Good for hikers, nature lovers etc.
Mr Johnson
August 2011
Lovely location, very quiet - exactly what we wanted. The standard of the property was brilliant and the owners were extremely helpful!
Mr Roberts
July 2011
A delightful cottage in a lovely location. The owners were very friendly and helpful.
Mrs Kennea
November 2010
A tastefully converted barn. Bedrooms particularly well done. Peaceful and pleasant surroundings - very 'away from it all'. A hidden gem.
Mr Murphy
June 2010
Accommodation was modern, clean and very comfortable. The local area was very scenic.
Mrs Proctor
August 2010
We were made extremely welcome by the owners. Thought the milk, flowers and cake were a lovely touch.
Mrs Hammett
August 2011
Happy Union Stables is a beautiful barn conversion decorated to a very high standard throughout, with a fabulous open plan living area and big french windows to enjoy the view of the hills opposite. It is in a lovely quiet village location, ideally situated by the pub and close to Rhayader and Llandidrod Wells and all the many attractions and nature reserves there. We would definitely recommend it!
Mrs Ness
August 2010
The area was beautiful. The cottage was lovely. There was a delicious Bara Brith and a vase of flowers to add to our welcome. It was a quiet and peaceful location and the bed was extremely comfortable. We were able to cycle safely every day taking in the gorgeous views. The cottage owners were so helpful and friendly. I am so glad I chose one of Sykes cottages. Thank You.
Mrs Want
September 2010
We were not bothered by the owners as on previous holidays. Cottage was extremely warm and as we were with Australians that was a must. For two couples it was perfect and we would consider going again.
Ms Hughes
August 2010
Barn was lovely and the village very peaceful. Unfortunately weather was not that good but we made the most of our time there.
Mr Smithson
April 2010
The peace and quiet and the warm friendly welcome from the residents.
Mr Hodson
July 2010
It was so nice to be greeted by flowers, milk and cake. The bedding was lovely! It was a lovely place to stay, we did not want to leave.
September 2012
very pleasent holiday cottage.the interior was very welcoming,high standard and great for the family.i would recommend the everyone.the owners were so freindly.
November 2013
Very well designed former cow shed with en suite shower room. Oak beams and plenty of character. Bedrooms have amazing storage space. Owners pub next door open from 8pm excl. Sundays. Village Church worth a visit as are the Abbey ruins. Note 4 miles off main road which seems longer. Direct route to next town Rhayader is narrow but worth the views. Heating is by German semi storage electric panels which are very efficient and easily controlled. Lounge window faces North but good views to woods beyond. Plenty of walks from the door if you get decent weather.
January 2012
From the start we were made to feel welcome with a tea tray and bara brith. The cottage is warm and has everything you'll need for a relaxing stay. The village is peaceful and the villagers very friendly. If you do stay in abbey-cwm-hir make sure you visit The Hall - its an experience not to be missed - a true jewel in Wales' Crown. The church in the village is very pretty and well worth a visit. We'll do our best to stay at Happy Union Stables again.
July 2012
My wife, myself and two friends stayed at this lovely property during the week of the Royal Welsh Show and were overwhelmed by the friendliness not only of the owners, John and Karen Jones, but of the local people who frequented John and Karen's pub at night. The property is very well set-out and has everything you might need. The furnishings are comfortable and in very good condition. We had excellent weather during our stay and managed to sit out in the garden. This also gave us a chance to talk with the occassional passer-by, and walkers tackling Glyndwr's Way. The pub, which opens at 8:00p.m., Monday to Saturday, is a 30 seconds walk away from the house. The house is attached to a post office, operated by Karen, and opens two days a week. As you can see, this is a very rural retreat. It is, however, a short drive to local towns Rhayder, Builth Wells, etc, and lies in, and near, superb scenery, including the Elan Valley. There are also frequent sightings of Red Kites over the house. If you want somewhere to stay on this area you should consider Taylors Cottage as one of your options.
October 2011
the ottage was great throughout, lovely ensuite and bedroom. Well equiped kitchen, modern lounge area and facilities. Quiet village and the old world charm pub run by the owners of the cottage.
September 2011
Excellent holiday stay in a lovely area of mid wales. Super weather, lots to do and see and not too far from some wonderful beaches. Cottage was an excellent base, albeit a little off the beaten track but never the less it is a superb barn conversion, very comfortable and extremely well equiped & the owners are very welcoming & friendly.
October 2011
The Happy Union Stables are perfect for a queit family getaway. The stables have been restored to a very high standard and its layout is perfect for a family (we had 2, so 4 adults, 2 babies and a 5 year old). The owners live next door in the wonderful pub and couldn;t be more helpful. The village is very quiet so bear this in mind if you're wanting somewhere with more things going on.
Margaret Tapley
February 2011
we had a fabulous Christmas. The cottage was extremely clean, warm and comfortable, ideal for a Christmas with minus 10 temperatures outside, for myself, my daughter and her husband and their children, aged 3 and 5.. The owners, who run the pub next door, were friendly and welcoming. I would recommend it to anyone for a winter break
November 2010
Happy Union Stables is ideal for those who like the idea of staying in a romantic and tranquil setting. The cottage is lovely and the owners are very friendly and helpful. The bara brith provided on arrival delicious and devoured all too quickly by my sons. Cycling from the cottage was a delight as the roads were so quiet and safe and the Elan Valley and aberystwyth well worth a visit. A guided tour of the hall at abby- Cwm - Hir is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, very quirky and interesting. You can also round off the day perfectly with a drink at the Happy Union Inn.
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