Across the village square is the highly acclaimed pub, The Roast Ox which serves excellent food and real ales.
The village of Painscastle is close to the Offas Dyke trail, the Begwyn Hills, a National Trust-protected range of hills which is ideal country for walking and birdwatching. It is off the beaten track with excellent walking, road cycling and mountain biking as well as canoeing on the river Wye. For the less energetic wandering through Hay-on-Wye (only 6 miles away) browsing the bookshops and independent shops.
Dyffryn Cottage is a great base from which to explore the Brecon Beacons, Mid Wales, the Border country and Herefordshire with its pretty villages and good lunch time pubs.
Sleeps 6 - 3 bedrooms
Kitchen ? well equipped with an electric cooker with hob, microwave, fridge and a freezer, dishwasher and a washing machine. Welsh Dresser, kitchen table and chairs.
An entrance lobby with room for coats and boots etc.
Sitting room ? cosy and spacious with oak beams, comfortable sofas and chairs, a long dining table and chairs. The centre piece is a magnificent stone fireplace with a huge oak lintel and wood burning stove.
Double doors lead from the sitting room through to a conservatory with views all around the garden.
Up a steep spiral staircase -
Bedroom 1: Double bedroom
Bedroom 2: Double bedroom
Bedroom 3: With twin beds
The bathroom: Has a bath with a shower over, handbasin and toilet.
Garden: Leading out from the very spacious sunny conservatory is a lovely well-kept large and secluded garden with flower beds, large enough certainly for children to play hide-and-seek with mature shrubs and fruit trees, a stone terrace with plenty of garden furniture.
? All linen and towels provided.
? Electricity and oil fired central heating
? Wood-burning stove - first basket of logs provided. Easily purchased from the garage in Clyro - suggested en-route to cottage)
? Freesat TV, DVD
? Safe parking for two or three cars.
? A telephone provided for outgoing calls.
? On arrival visitors will find a bottle of wine.
Information about the area:
It is approximately 4.5 miles down to Clyro village where there is a very good garage and shop and another pub The Rhydspence Inn. The village of Clyro is where the wandering rural curate Francis Kilvert lived who recorded his walks in rural countryside in his famous diaries through The Welsh Marches.
Hay on Wye is just 6 miles away. Hay is well known for The Hay Literary Festival and with many specialist secondhand book shops. The bookshops and The Festival attracts enthusiasts and academics from all over the world to browse in this popular little town. Overlooked by the magnificent 12th century Hay Castle (at present under restoration) and surrounded by boutique clothes shops, antique shops, cafes and restaurants.
Brecon and the Wye Valley, The Black Mountains and The Brecon Beacons National Park are an easy drive away. There is a particularly wonderful drive over Hay Bluff in The Black Mountains, through The Llantony Valley visiting Capel-y-Ffin and Llantony Priory and Abbey from Hay-on-Wye to Abergavenny but be prepared for a very scenic drive with narrow single track roads if you decide to take that road.
An easy drive to visit Hereford where you will find in Hereford Cathedral The Mappa Mundi, the largest medieval map known to exist of the world at that time. This is Elgar country whose music is said to have been inspired by the glorious countryside of The Mortimer Trail and Hargest Ridge, Offa's Dyke and The Black Mountains.
For anyone wishing to enjoy outdoor activities in the area, on The River Wye there is plenty of opportunities for fishing or canoeing. The area has of course brilliant walking, wonderful cycle trails, untouched natural habitats with many species of birds and wildlife. A very peaceful but interesting place to stay.
Clyro 4.5 miles
Hay on Wye 6 miles
Brecon 16 miles
Builth Wells 12 miles
Hereford 25 miles
If you would like to speak to someone who has visited this property please ask for: Elizabeth, Ann, Joanna or Lucy
Hay on Wye is renowned for its annual literary festival, but there's more to Hay than that. It is a pretty and bustling town at the foot of the majestic Black Mountains with the river Wye running through. The town is crammed with boutiques and book shops, with excellent restaurants and cafes. There's an independent cinema, a castle and a thriving arts scene. If you're looking for adventure, a stay in or around Hay will scratch that itch. Canoeing, cycling and hiking are just on the door step. Read more about Hay-on-Wye
Ms. J Phillip - 21st December 2017
A very cosy, relaxing Christmas break, our first Christmas in a cottage and we had snow too! Beautiful walks up on the hills. Saw red kites, buzzards etc. Enjoyed the Roast OX, great meals, dog friendly and good veggie options too. What more could we have asked for? Will recommend to others as a great place to stay. Thank You!
Mrs M. Notenboom - 17th September 2017
We really enjoyed our stay here. Such a nice little cottage, we have made a lot of trips by car and enjoyed beautiful walks where we saw a lot of sheep, birds, horses and red kites. Thank you for this unforgettable week!