A 2 bedroom cottage with newly renovated kitchen and bathroom. The cosy sitting room has a dining table and chairs, a log-burner, futon for exra guests, TV and DVD. Ouside there is a pleasant garden with furniture, a shed for bike storage and a drying room for wet outdoor gear.
Two bedrooms, one with a double bed & one with 2 single beds. (cot available)
Upstairs bathroom with a bath and hand shower. Wall mounted fan heater.
Fitted kitchen with electric oven & hob.
Sitting room with sofa, 2 armchairs, fold away dining table & 6 chairs.
Television, video, DVD and CD player.
Wood burning stove in the sitting room
3 storage heaters.
Bed linen & duvets provided.
Organic vegetables delivered by arrangement.
Lockable bike storage shed.
Garden with folding garden chairs and table.
Ideally suits 4 people, but could accomodate 5 with use of folding bed.
The cottage is at the end of a small terrace located on a B road, close to fields, river and woodland. The National Cycle Route 8 passes infront of the cottage and gives acess to Machynlleth (1 mile) an old market town and also The Centre for Alternative Technology (1.5 mile).
The landscape in the area is very varied and beautiful, from the sandy beaches at the coast (9 mile) and river estuaries to the hills and mountains around the cottage. 5 miles to the north, in the Snowdonia National Park is the mountain of Cader Idris, a pleasant days walk with stunning views from the summit.
There are several nature reserves in the area from the sand dunes of the National Nature Reserve of Ynys-las to the nationally important RSPB reserve at Ynys-hir and the spectacular upland reserve of Glaslyn. Wildlife can be seen all around, with kites and buzzards soaring over the hill to the front of the cottage and kingfishers and goosander on the river by the cottage. Badgers pass by the cottage from the many sets around and otters can sometimes be seen, but more often heard, going up and down the river.
The market town of Machynlleth is 1 mile (1.5km) away and you can get there by walking or cycling along the national cycle route 8, using the new millenium foot-bridge over the river Dyfi . There is a market in the town every Wednesday and Machynlleth is well known for its arts and craft shops, as well as providing the usual mix of shopping. There are 6 pubs/hotels, an Indian restaurant, a chinese take away and many assorted day-time cafes (including a wholefood one). There is also a good cycle shop with hire facilities.
Access to public transport is good with a bus stop less than 200metres from the cottage and the railway station approximately 1km. Shrewsbury and Birmingham are 1.5 and 2.5 hours away by train respectively.
The cottage is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in Wales, with wooded valleys and wild uplands, and is an ideal base for walkers and cyclists. National Cycle route 8, which connects north and south Wales, passes in front of the cottage, and there are many other tracks over the hills. There are pleasant lowland walks and dramatic walks up mountains with the beautiful Cader Idris and the Aran range being close by. The nearest coast is 9 miles away, by road or rail, at the attractive village of Aberdyfi (Aberdovey), where there are extensive sandy beaches.
For those interested in wildlife, there is quite a good selection around the cottage, buzzards, occasional red kite and peregrine falcon, dippers, goosanders and kingfishers on the river, to name but a few. If you are patient there are badgers and otters near the cottage. There are various reserves nearby, Ynys Hir the RSPB reserve is on the Dyfi estuary (approx 10km), the extensive sand-dunes of the National Nature reserve at Ynys Las (approx 20km) and the upland reserve of heather moorland at Glaslyn (approx 15km).
A 20 minute walk from the cottage along the lane (cycle route 8) is The Centre for Alternative Technology with its diplays of wind, solar and water energy production. There are many types of building displayed with energy saving features. The site has a good book and product shop, and vegetarian restaurant. There is plenty to interest children, with interactive displays, an adventure playground and theatre productions at holiday times.