|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||1265 square feet|
Suitable for childrenAsk
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Golf, Historic, Romantic, Away from it all, River, Rural|
Description from the owner
Yr Hen Stablau is a recently renovated 1840s stables set in luxuriant gardens on a wooded hillside overlooking the Dyfi Valley near Machynlleth, Snowdonia National Park. This peaceful, secluded and picturesque setting makes Yr Hen Stablau ideal if you want to relax, paint, read or write. It is also an excellent base for a more active holiday in this famously beautiful corner of Snowdonia.
Yr Hen Stablau is Welsh for The Old Stables. The eco-friendly conversion has been designed to preserve existing walls and features, use original stone, slates and timbers, and make the building energy efficient. Features include: heating by LPG gas and...Read more
Yr Hen Stablau
Machynlleth, Mid Wales, Wales
Additional Location Information
Yr Hen Stablau is in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park on the north side of the Dyfi estuary, between Machynlleth and Aberdyfi.
â€¢ Walking - access to 2 mile nature trail to see wild flowers, stream, oak woods, lake, birds and panorama view of Dyfi estuary. Long walks further afield: Cadair Idris (8 miles), Darren Hendre and Cwm Maethlon (3 miles)
â€¢ Machynlleth (1 mile) â€“ unspoilt market town with independent shops, swimming pool, Y Tabernacl arts centre, Owain Glyndwr Centre, pubs and restaurants
â€¢ Mountain bike hire & trails from Machynlleth Holey Trail
â€¢ Centre for Alternative Technology (3 miles) - displays and activities on renewable energy and sustainable living
â€¢ Seaside - Aberdyfi (8 miles) with 5 miles of sandy beach, Yacht Club, watersports
â€¢ Childrenâ€™s activities - Talyllyn Steam Railway with Thomas the tank engine, King Arthurâ€™s Labyrinth, pony trekking, Dyfi Active activity days
â€¢ Birdwatching - Ynyshir nature reserve (6 miles), Red Kite Safaris (book in advance)
â€¢ Golf: Aberdyfi, Harlech (top championship courses in N Wales), Borth, Machynlleth.
â€¢ Fishing - book in advance through the New Dovey Fishery Association
Location Type Away from it all, River, Rural
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$113||$113||$496 - $963||$0||3 nights|
|Oct. 27 2012 - Dec. 19 2012
|Dec. 20 2012 - Jan. 3 2013
|Jan. 4 2013 - Mar. 30 2013
|Mar. 31 2013 - Apr. 5 2013
|Apr. 6 2013 - May. 3 2013
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
|May. 4 2013 - Jul. 19 2013
|Jul. 20 2013 - Aug. 30 2013
|Aug. 31 2013 - Sep. 20 2013
|All Other Dates||$113||$113||$542||-||3 nights|
|View all 9 Rate Periods|
Additional notes from owner
Open all December - closed 4-31 January and November 2013
Flexible start day for Christmas and New Year bookings
10% discount for returnees
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: April 12, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Perfect Holiday cottage
Our family, 2 adults and 2 children, along with my parents stayed in this wonderful cottage with May. The cottage is spotless, very comfortable and had everything and more to make our stay very memorable.
My elderly parents used the downstairs bedroom and the facilities such as the walk in shower made their stay very comfortable.
Our family had the rooms upstairs and we were very impressed. Had some of the best nights sleep of our trip.
The Fair Trade and Environmentaly friendly products used throughout the cottage are impressive. Thankyou for the very thoughtful treats provided when we arrived, all these little things, the childrens games provided, watching the birds and squirrel at the feeder, the beautiful gardens, under floor heating, the list goes on, has given us wonderful memories of our stay in Wales.
We will be back when we visit this very special part of the world again.
Amazing house, amazing location, can't wait to go back!
Stayed for the second time and will book again next year. The house is located on a slope with mature woodland all around, a stream with a waterfall running next to it. You have access to a huge amount of the private estate including a lake at the top of the hill, beyond the forest, with brilliant views over the Dyfi valley and estuary. There are apple trees in the garden with blackberry bushes and a herb patch too. The amount of outside space you get is terrific, including a solid slate table for outside dining.
The house itself has been converted to a very high standard, no expense seems to have been spared on the fixtures and fittings, better still as much of the original paraphernalia from the stables have been re-used, including a large chest, the barn door is the dinner table and the kitchen and hall are covered in stone flags. There are plenty of exposed beams, also some quirky features like the bedroom window overlooking the kitchen, great for shouting down for a cup of tea in the morning.
There are many eco-features throughout from the solar panels which provide under-floor heating to the fantastic wood-burning stove in the living room which uses logs from the estate to the 'Wattson' electricity monitor and many more.
One of our group is wheelchair bound and he had no problem getting around, there is a parking spot outside the front door, a wheel-in shower, the ground floor, including the double bedroom, is on the same level without any inclines or steps and the kitchen table has a place specially made to accommodate a wheelchair.
Macynlleth is a great base for the area which has plenty to do for anyone and everyone. We had a blast at the Dovey Valley Shooting ground where we did clay pigeon shooting for the first time ever. Our guide and instructor, Glyn Jones, was hilarious and had great patience with us. We also went up Snowdon, enjoyed a day at the races in Ludlow and had a great time at Portmerion amongst others.
Can't wait to return
The most relaxing week in a beautiful Welsh home from home.
With one small energetic toddler and two active Border Collies in the family, we have certain needs from a holiday home and so were delighted to find that Yr Hen Stablau delivered in abundance! The owner, Nicola is welcoming, friendly and goes the extra mile to provide us with a home from home for the week.
The house itself is full of character - we love the hayloft style bedroom and especially the huge kitchen with its immense barn door table around which we've had many a happy family gathering. The house is set at the bottom of a wooded hillside not far from the owner's house surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and woodland walks. The best way I can think of to convey how welcome we feel is that the location really feels like our own little patch of Welsh hillside complete with waterfall, wildlife, gardens and woodland paths - perfect for small children and dogs.
Machynlleth is 5 minutes drive away with plenty of shopping and amenities, and a weekly farmers market which sells local produce. The beautiful beaches at aberdyfi and Ynyslas, the bustling craft centre at Corris and the stunning scenery of southern Snowdonia are all within easy reach.
The one abiding characteristic of a holiday at Yr Hen Stablau is its peacefulness, and the calm that descends as soon as we arrive. It is safe to say that it is this that drew us back for a second stay this year, and has encouraged us in hurrying to book up a week next year too.
A relaxing quiet location near to hills and coast
We enjoyed a relaxing family holiday here. We chose this location mainly to visit the Centre for alternative Technology, but found that there are some lovely little seaside towns to visit, as well as inland lakes and waterfalls. Yr Hen Stablau is comfortable and spacious with a homely feel. Nicola is a welcoming, helpful, but unobtrusive owner. The location is on a fairly steep hillside and is quiet and peaceful. Machynlleth, a bustling market town is not too far away. There are quite a few tourist attractions nearby that would entertain all ages, but we ran out of time. We would visit again. We were thinking that this would be a suitable place for taking our disabled mother, but on reflection although facilites are on one level, with wide doors, and the walk in shower is good, toileting would be akward if you were totally wheelchair-bound and need to be lifted.
Response from Nicola Ruck - 11/27/2011
It's a fair comment that the cottage cannot cater for all wheelchair users, but a shower/commode chair can go over the toilet and chairs are available on loan from the Wales Red Cross. This worked well for one group this summer and I am happy to provide details of how to arrange the chair loan and delivery.
Wonders of Wales
Lovely place to stay. This was our 3rd year. Short drive to lovely beaches. Town close by where there is a good range of shops. Mountains also not far away for loads of hiking.
Nicola is a great host. There if you need her but allows you the run of the place and her lovely gardens. Accomodation clean and well looked after and all eco friendly! Rooms are a good size and the kitchen is huge!
New addition of a birdtable this year was lovely to watch the birds and a squirrel while having our breakfast.
We have stayed at Yr Hen Stablau twice now (in itself a good recommendation!) and both times have had a wonderful time.
The accommodation is very clean, comfortable, tasteful and spacious. Nicola Ruck has made a fantastic effort to make this a very eco-friendly experience without any discomfort. We would highly recommend staying here. It is also a good location being near Machynlleth with lots of useful and interesting shops/galleries and not far from the beautiful beach at aberdovey.
A Relaxing holiday in Mid-Wales
The house is set in beautiful countryside, with ample parking and walks from the house. Accomodation is spotlessly clean, with every amenity and a warm welcome on our arrival. Brochures and information on local places of interest were available. Local amenities in Machynlleth are excellent. Days out can include beaches, mountains and railways
A fantastic eco conversion next to mature gardens and woodland
Yr Hen Stablau is a beautifully converted stable, next to mature gardens and woodland. It is a very peaceful and private place to escape to. We loved staying here, and have returned twice since. The building has been converted to a very high standard, keeping many original features but also with a stylish modern feel. The building has solar heated hot water, eco-friendly paints, a lovely oak staircase and cosy sitting room with a wood burning fire. It is so nice that we would still have a great holiday even if it rained every day and we didn't get out much! But it also has an enchanting nature trail within the grounds which goes through gardens, a woodland, fields and up to a lake and a view of the estuary and sea. A great place if you like watching wildlife and being surrounded by nature. It is also a fairly short drive to the sea and beaches and is within Snowdonia (just). Macynlleth town has a great mix of alternative, stylish and functional shops and a market on Wednesdays that we wouldn't want to miss. We would highly recommend Yr Hen Stablau, it is a fantastic place. We just wouldn't want it to become so popular that we can't book to go back again!
This marvellous hideaway nestled in the glorious Welsh countryside is perfect for families wanting to get away from it all. Me, my husband plus three young children are returning for our fith year because we enjoy it so much. Nicola keeps it immaculate and provides for guest's every self catering requirements, including toilet rolls, information leaflets and picnic boxes! There are magnificient walks on the land and the local wildlife, flora and fauna are breathtaking. The fact that we are returning for our fith year is testamony to how much we enjoy it. My children are growing up enjoying our annual visit to Wales and look forward to spotting bats, woodpeckers, swallows and listening to Owls at night to name but a few.
Thank you Nicola for sharing your gem with us!