Builth Wells, Mid Wales






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Open Fire / Woodburner

Hot Tub

Pub Close By

Pets - Allowed

Property Info

General Info

This historic, detached artisan cottage nestles in the heart of the popular village of Painscastle in Mid Wales. This lovely cottage with a hot tub is in the heart of the village and is ideal for families or a small group of friends looking to enjoy the border countryside, being within easy reach of historic towns, fabulous days out and various activities. Situated close to the literary town of Hay-on-Wye, and surrounded by the beautiful Welsh Marches and border countryside, this delightful cottage is set over two floors. There are four comfortable bedrooms and a bathroom, with an additional family shower room on the ground floor. There is a well-equipped kitchen leading to two comfy seating areas, one with a dining area and glass apex looking out across the cottage garden. There is a separate cosy sitting room where you can relax in front of a further woodburner and relax watching the TV. Outside, you can sit on the patio, surrounded by the slightly raised cottage garden, enjoying a hearty breakfast before heading off to explore the surrounding countryside and historic towns. On your return you can enjoy the evening sun on the upper patio where you can unwind in the hot tub which is situated under cover in an open-fronted barn adjoining the seating area (Please note (no children under the age of 4 allowed in the hot tub). Painscastle boasts a welcoming, dog-friendly pub and is surrounded by the beautiful undulating border countryside of the Welsh Marches, which opens up to Begwns Moor and Monks Pond, giving you a chance to soak up the panoramic views of the Brecon Beacons National Park. You are ideally placed to visit the quaint town of Hay-on-Wye, famous for its myriad of bookshops, boutique- style shopping and annual literary festival. Visit the Royal Welsh Showground, which hosts a variety of events, making this cottage a perfect base for those looking for peace and quiet after a busy day at the showground. The area offers numerous outdoor activities with pony trekking close by together with six golf courses, including Kington which boasts that it is the highest course in England. For more activities travel to Llangorse Lake, where you will find water skiing, pedalos, pike fishing and rowing boats. There are fabulous walking and cycle routes on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Black Mountains. Slightly further afield, to the north, you will find the popular market town of Rhayader, gateway to the stunning Elan Valley, with its majestic Victorian dams and the nearby Red Kite Feeding Centre. Knighton, on the edge of the Shropshire Hills, is an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, situated on Offa’s Dyke, and ideal for walking swathes of the Marches. This pretty cottage is a perfect base for families or friends looking to enjoy time together in a beautiful part of the country. Read More

Property Info

Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x double, 2 x single. Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC. Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with kitchen, breakfast area, dining area and sitting area with woodburner. Sitting room with woodburner. Utility.


Oil central heating with woodburners. Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, and DVD. WIFI can be intermittent Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburners inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Off road parking for 4 cars. Front gravelled garden. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ. Two well-behaved dogs welcome. Extra dogs, a charge of £20/dog applies. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 4.5 miles, pub 2 mins walk. Please note check in time for this property is 4pm and check out 10am due to hot tub change over. Read More

The Hot Tub

  • Hot tub is private for your use only
  • Electric
  • Seats 6 people
  • Not sunken
  • Undercover
  • Located outside



Beautiful location, the cottage was really nicely decorated and well thought out.

Beautiful cottage; extremely clean and well maintained. Jacuzzi was fabulous.

The house was by far the best we have stayed in, it had everything you could want, even a hot tub and pub just across the road.

The owners were very welcoming and friendly. Gatehouse was spacious and homely with plenty of room for 4 adults plus a dog. Not forgetting the hot tub for an even more chilled and relaxing evening! I would highly recommend this accommodation and location.

A quaint cottage with charm and very spacious. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into equipping the property with everything you need for a good holiday. The hot tub was very much appreciated. Multiple living rooms so a larger party can split up and relax in their own space. Much recommended.

The property was close to lots of walks for the daytime and we particularly enjoyed curling up in front of the wood burner in the evening after a soak in the hot tub. There is a very welcoming family-friendly pub directly opposite, and plenty of books and boardgames at the property, so it was perfect for a relaxing break.

Brilliant weekend away, hot tub was lovely! The owners were very helpful in anything we needed. Lovely location. Would highly recommend to anyone thinking of looking to go here.

It was warm and cosy with lots of different spaces to relax in. The beds were really comfortable - slept better than at home! The cottage owners were friendly and helpful. The cottage was charming and we felt really relaxed and at home.


This was our second trip to Wales in two years, this time we opted to bring along our two Border Terriers. Wendy (the owner) was very welcoming and a wealth of local knowledge, you couldn’t ask more from an owner. The house itself was very clean and had everything we needed for a weeks stay. The garden was enclosed and that neither of our BTs could find an escape route despite their persistence in trying. Location wise the property is opposite the Roast Ox Inn. Don’t let this put you off, as the pub and village are very quiet. You will get a good nights sleep each night. Hay On Wye is just a few miles drive away and is well worth a visit. The Brecon Beacons and miles and miles of beautiful scenery meant we were truly spoilt for natural beauty that is on the doorstep. There is so much to do in the area within a 90 minute drive of the house. Just check out the T.I. leaflets and flyers that are in the house or just ask Wendy ! Weather wise we needn’t of taken our walking jackets as it did not rain, but Wales is very green and cannot be so green without the rains, so go prepared. The nearest supermarket is in Hay On Wye (Co Op), there is a fuel station in Clyro that sells the essentials along with petrol and diesel. An up to date sat nav is also very handy, without one, our journeys would’ve been much longer. As the house is not on an A road, the roads can be quite narrow although not busy by any means but it helps to memorise the last “passing” as you may need to reverse back to it if you are confronted by a tractor etc. We all loved the under cover hot tub, it was very nice to relax in after the walks to help ease those aching feet and muscles. We would recommend this property to all and at some point we will return for another weeks stay. The property is good value for money and we could not thank Wendy enough for making our stay perfect. A, J, C & E (not forgetting Amber & Tilly BT)

Perfect retreat for a family

Firstly, the owner is a very caring lady, who made our stay just perfect! Gatehouse is spotlessly clean with fresh flowers and Welsh cakes on the table. It's a large house . The pictures don't do it justice. Crisp white bedding and extremely comfy beds! As for the hot tub, that was a bonus!. Also a very friendly pub over the road with excellent grub. Only four miles to Hay on Wye. Horse riding and canoeing locally too. Lovely Welsh countryside and mountains. Perfect.


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