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The Straw Cottage - Off Grid Paradise

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The Straw Cottage from the meadow
Light and airy sitting room
The path to the cottage
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2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
3 nights minimum
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The ultimate get away, The Straw Cottage is truly far from the madding crowd, a cottage built of straw bales in an idyllic spot on the farm. Wake up to the sound of birdsong, go to sleep to the sound of Holly Brook, breakfast outside with just the meadow flowers and the hills for company. This is the romance of a bygone era with 2019 comfort. Come for a special break for just the two of you, stars, champagne and total peace. Or if you are bringing the family, see your children experience a different kind of enjoyment in discovering the pleasures of messing about in the stream, seeing the farm animals and making their own entertainment. The cottage is off grid but has a gas cooker and cool box, hot shower and flushing WC. A wood burning stove heats the cottage. Lighting is by candles, s...The ultimate get away, The Straw Cottage is truly far from the madding crowd, a cottage built of straw bales in an idyllic spot on the farm. Wake up to the sound of birdsong, go to sleep to the sound of Holly Brook, breakfast outside with just the meadow flowers and the hills for company. This is the romance of a bygone era with 2019 comfort. Come for a special break for just the two of you, stars, champagne and total peace. Or if you are bringing the family, see your children experience a different kind of enjoyment in discovering the pleasures of messing about in the stream, seeing the farm animals and making their own entertainment. The cottage is off grid but has a gas cooker and cool box, hot shower and flushing WC. A wood burning stove heats the cottage. Lighting is by candles, solar lights and gas lanterns. While in the cottage you could be a million miles away from the world but you are only 2.5 miles from Llandrindod Wells, an attractive Victorian spa town with a 13 acre lake. There is a good range of shops, supermarkets and places to eat. Llandrindod is home to the National Cycle Museum. There are plenty things to do and places to see in the area. The Elan Valley with its spectacular dams is only about 25 minutes away. Watch the Red Kites feed at Gigrin Farm. Visit the Spaceguard Centre at Knighton. It is a great place for walking with footpaths leading straight from the farm onto hills. There is a huge variety of walking in the area from the national trails of Offa's Dyke, Wye Valley Walk and Glyndwr's Way to shorter circular routes in spectacular and very quiet countryside. The small market towns of Builth Wells, Rhayader and Kington are all worth visiting. Golf, riding, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, rally driving are all available within about 15 miles. We offer 3 or 4 night breaks over Christmas and the New Year period to fit in with the Christmas holiday dates, please contact owner for more details.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
One well behaved dog by prior arrangement.
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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About the Owner
Margot P
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a day
Listed Since:June 2012
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Reviewed 7 August 2020

We stayed as a family of 4 (2 adults , 6yr and 4yr old.) Lovely cottage on its own. Large inside space and great grounds for children to play. Highly recommend. The cottage is a short walk down a track, surrounded by fields and farm...More

Date of stay: August 2020
Thank M7592EUchrisd
Reviewed 20 July 2019

Book this place if you are looking for peace, nature, silence, moments of being close together, walks, ... If you are addicted to excitement or to your phone, this may not be the best place (because there is no electricity and hardly any connection), but...More

Date of stay: July 2019
1  Thank FilipKika
BathshebaWales, VR Owner at The Straw Cottage - Off Grid Paradise, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2019

Thank you Filip for your kind review. I am glad you enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the Straw Cottage. Llandrindod is only a small town but it does have the lovely 13 acre lake! Best wishes.

Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

We spent half term here with our 2 children aged 6 and 9. The cottage is set in the most beautiful location you can imagine, and the privacy and seclusion really helped us wind down. The children loved the freedom they had to wander around,...More

Date of stay: May 2018
2  Thank Will T
BathshebaWales, VR Owner at The Straw Cottage - Off Grid Paradise, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2018

Thank you so much for a your great review. I am so glad you enjoyed the cottage and had a relaxing break. It was lovely to meet you all. Best wishes.

Reviewed 17 April 2018

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...More

Date of stay: April 2018
2  Thank becster102
BathshebaWales, VR Owner at The Straw Cottage - Off Grid Paradise, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Thank you so much for your great review. I am so glad you all enjoyed your stay, it was lovely to meet you. Best wishes for a great summer.

Reviewed 16 February 2018

My husband, our baby daughter, dog and I have just returned from two nights here. The cottage itself is charmingly furnished and very comfortable whilst allowing you to switch off from the world, quite literally, no electricity and no phone signal - bliss. The candlelit...More

Date of stay: February 2018
1  Thank MrsHomer
BathshebaWales, VR Owner at The Straw Cottage - Off Grid Paradise, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2018

Hi Caroline. Thank you so much for your great review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and that it was cosy enough for baby Ava. Do hope to see you in the summer, best wishes Margot

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

No electricity I hear you say, Well who needs it when you have all the facilities available to you at this beautiful cottage, a lovely Wood Burner to heat up the cottage a gas oven to do some cooking and a gas shower to wash....More

Date of stay: February 2017
2  Thank Newt13
BathshebaWales, VR Owner at The Straw Cottage - Off Grid Paradise, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Thanks Rob for your kind review, so glad you enjoyed your stay. It would be lovely to see you all again in better weather and when Storm Doris is just a far memory! Just to mention we do have gas lanterns, wind up torches and...More

Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed at the straw cottage for 4 nights in July and it was beautiful, the owners were lovely and very accommodating and the location was wonderful, would highly recommend. The only down side was no electricity although lighting wasn't a problem as the candles...More

Date of stay: July 2016
1  Thank jorgievickers
BathshebaWales, VR Owner at The Straw Cottage - Off Grid Paradise, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2016

Hi Jorgie. Thank you so much for your kind review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay. It's a glamping type cottage, hence no electricity! So pleased that the candles lit up your evenings though! Hope to see you again. Best wishes Margot

Reviewed 13 April 2016

We abandoned our plans to go camping since our youngest was recovering from a chest cold and booked The Straw Cottage instead after a lucky internet search. It offered a perfect solution somewhere in-between glamping and a traditional holiday cottage stay. The cottage was extremely...More

Date of stay: April 2016
Thank ajd2007
BathshebaWales, VR Owner at The Straw Cottage - Off Grid Paradise, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2016

Thank you for your lovely review. I am so glad the boys enjoyed themselves - it's always great to hear that children enjoy the treasure hunt, swing and stream - that's what we always hoped for when we built the cottage.

Reviewed 4 April 2015

We were greeted by our host who showed us to the Straw Cottage. Margot was delightful and very welcoming with great local knowledge. The short walk between the cottage and parking area was quite steepbut manageable. We settled in quickly and started relaxing immediately. No...More

Date of stay: March 2015
Thank BigJa7
Reviewed 2 January 2015

We've just got back from spending four days over new year walking in the frosty sunshine, getting toasted by the fire, filling the cottage with the delicious smells of local produce, cycling through the softest of landscapes and reading by candle light. There was nowhere...More

Date of stay: December 2014
1  Thank Jeremy K
Amenities
Pets Allowed: Ask
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Suitable For Children Under 5
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Hiking Trips
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
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About the neighbourhood
Llandrindod Wells is a small Victorian Spa town, which in its heyday had 90,000 visitors a year. The Victorian architecture, the Rock Park gardens, Temple gardens, a small theatre and a 13 acre lake with a boathouse café all make this a pleasant town to explore. It still has individual shops as well as major supermarkets. Llandrindod Wells Victorian Festival is held in August and culminates in a magnificent firework display on the lake. Eating out is varied with local pubs, a Thai restaurant, hotels and a wine bar all in the Llandrindod area. For the walker, there are footpaths and bridleways in the surrounding countryside which is a peaceful landscape of uplands, hill farms and river valleys. The popular Offa;s Dyke, Glyndwr;s Way and Wye Valley walk are amongst the many long distance r...
Getting around
There is a train station in Llandrindod Wells which is on the Heart of Wales line that runs from 121 miles from Shrewsbury to Swansea. It is a very scenic route, passing through glorious countryside and small attractive stations. At these small stations you will need to tell the guard you want to get off or put your hand out if you want to get on! It's a great way to see some of the little towns and attractions along the line, you can stop off and have lunch and then catch the train back. If you are coming from the north you can get connections from Manchester, Crewe and onto Shrewsbury.
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