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Happy Union Stables

Lodge with 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in Abbey Cwmhir, Wales

From £476 per week

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Barn conversion with original timbers, spacious light interior in stunning historic village with ruins of a Cistercian Abbey situated in stunning quiet valley.


Sleeps 5, Double room and family room (3 single beds).Both bedrooms have ensuite shower with toilet & hand basin.

The Lounge/dining & kitchen area is open plan with original A frames visible,with high cealings a large window to the front & 3 high level windows to the back giving plenty of light to give a spacious feeling.

There are two large sofas and the dining table is extendable to adapt to your requirements.There is also a 42 inch smart TV and unlimited fibre optic broadband.

The Kitchen is finished to a very high standard & includes everything you will need for your stay & includes fridge/freezer,dishwasher,washer/dryer,electric hob & oven.

The barn is centrally heated by state of the art electric radiators (not storage radiators) & look just the same as conventional radiators.

The price includes heating/electric, bed linen and towels.We also have a cot & high chair available on request.

There is ample parking outside the barn with entrance gates & fully fenced off area with flat parking & sloping grass area.Garden table & chairs are also supplied. Mobile phone signals are not great but we do have fibre optic broadband to connect you to the outside world.

The Location
The cottage is situated in Abbey Cwm Hir (abbey in the long valley), a picturesque village tucked away in the Radnorshire hills with character and history, including the ruins of a Cistercian abbey where it is beleived the headless body of Prince Llewellyn (the last native Prince of Wales) is buried.The cistercian monks founded the abbey in 1143 and always liked to build in secluded places thus the village sits hidden away from the "outside world" nestling amongst the tree covered hills.
Glyndwrs way national trail and national cycle route 25 pass through the village making it a perfect base for walking/cycling and exploring mid wales and seeing nature at its best.The market town of Rhayader and the Elan Valley is 6.5 miles and the spa town of Llandrindod Wells is 9 miles. The coast is 40 miles.

The Local area is a perfect destination for anyone seeking all year round activities, whether its a gentle amble or energising mountain biking across the rugged hills, the spectacular countryside provides an inspiring backdrop for it all.

The surrounding area
The nearby 70 square mile estate of the flooded Elan Valley is spectacularly beautiful and is home to some of Britains most rare wildlife and plants along with magnificent engineering to create a fantastic experience whatever your choice of activity.
Scenic hills and valleys that are criss-crossed with footpaths, make it ideal for walkers who appreciate the unspoilt beauty of the magnificent mountain scenery, natural history and calming peace of the countryside.
Hundreds of miles of bridleways and quiet lanes, makes this the ideal base for cyclists of all ages and abilities to explore the area. Cycle hire is available and allows you to explore the spectacular views including the 13km (8mile) Elan Trail which runs through scenic countryside around the Elan Valley reservoirs. It is a safe and dedicated trail for all visitors, from walkers, cyclists to wheelchair users and children.

Hanging oak forests, rocky outcrops and unpolluted farmland make this the best place in the country to watch rarities such as red kites, peregrines, pied flycatchers and redstarts.

The surrounding countryside is home to the famous Red Kite and daily feeding can be seen at the UKs leading Red Kite Centre, Gigrin Farm just six miles away. Over 150 kites gather for the daily afternoon feeding sessions at Gigrin Kite Centre, not to mention scores of buzzards and ravens.

Amongst the other activities nearby why not visit the local Leisure Centre which is fully equipped with a gym, squash courts, pool and solarium.
For many years Welsh Royal Crystal has drawn in crowds from far and wide . Along with its on site showroom you can observe the skills of glass blowing by the nearby Elan Glass Studio.

Fifteen minutes away is Gilfach Nature Reserve where you can enjoy a unique wildlife experience set in 200 acres of dramatic countryside with a tumbling upland river, sessile oak woodland, meadows and upland moorland. The reserve provides an opportunity to explore natures rich diversity, from otters to polecats, and discover a lovingly restored Welsh longhouse


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Couple from Nuneaton, United Kingdom Jan 2024

What a fantastic time we had at the Stables
Karen n John were always close at hand to help us as they also ran the village pub and post office.
Although we had temperatures below freezing the accommodation was lovely and warm. It has everything you can think of that you will need.
The valley is so picturesque, watching the Red Kites soaring around and it’s so peaceful.
We will definitely visit again


Family from Warwickshire , United Kingdom Aug 2022

As usual everything was perfect with the Stables. John and Karen are fantastic hosts. I cannot rate the Stables or the area highly enough!


Family from Mathry, United Kingdom Jun 2021

Our stay here was perfect in every way. The owners were friendly and helpful. The cottage had everything we needed, including a good wifi connection, which was really useful as we had no phone signal, so used the internet to book online for tables for dinner etc. The trip was worth it just for the homemade Bara Brith awaiting us on our arrival - delicious! Abbeycwmhir is peaceful, and beautiful and we had many wildlife encounters in the valley, including Hare & Deer. Lots of Red Kite and it was lovely to hear Owls in the evening. The surrounding area is stunning and we particularly enjoyed walking on Glyndwr's Way, Gilfach Nature Reserve, Elan Valley, and the Clywedog Resevoir. We spent several evenings having dinner at The Crown Inn, in Rhayader, which we thoroughly enjoyed. We would definitely holiday here again. Thank you so much for our wonderful stay with you!


Family from Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom Oct 2019

Fabulous property in the middle of a beautiful village. The house was spotlessly clean and things like fresh milk, butter and a fruit loaf really made it a home from home experience. John and Karen were great, communication was really good - we will be back again. Had a fantastic few days walking in the local area.

Reply from Happy Union

Thank you so much fo your positive review. We always appreciate guests taking the time to write a review for our properties. We would welcome you back again anytime.
Many thanks,
John & Karen


Friends from Gladysdale, Australia Sep 2016

If you want a break away from a hectic lifestyle, this is the place to stay. We found Stables Cottage barn conversion to be very well equipped, spacious, spotlessly clean and comfortable, a real home away from home. Abbeycwmhir is a quiet village and is described as a “remote historic village hidden away in the Cambrian mountains, virtually undiscovered by the modern world”. Pretty well sums it up. The satellite Wifi seems to be a bit weather dependent, but we found it more reliable than we experienced in Dublin. The ruins of the 13th century Abbeycwmhir Abbey, the 19th century neo-Byzantine St. Mary’s Church and the spectacular Abbeycwmhir Hall are all easy walking distance from the Stables. This is the first time we’ve stayed in a self-catering cottage as we invariably book BnB’s and hotels when holidaying. After our stay here, this practice may well change.
A word of caution for overseas visitors, roads into Abbeycwmhir are narrow, so keep well to the left and be prepared to stop to allow cars to squeeze by. I’m a cautious driver and managed to cope with the challenge. If I can, anyone can.


Family from Niottinghamshire, United Kingdom Dec 2015

Had a fantastic stay , cottage exceeded our expectations combined with great surroundings I wouldn't hesitate to return to happy union stables for a relaxing comfortable and very enjoyable stay and strongly recommend , owners were great and welcome package was brilliant we loved the freshly baked barn bread many thanks with only one negative which was poor wifi but due to area it's understandable but maybe having own dedicated wifi in cottage would improve this but seriously not a bad point by any means because there isn't any I can think of


Distances to locations

Nearest beach 75km Nearest bar 100m Nearest restaurant 12km Nearest supermarket 15km Cardiff/Manchester/Birmingham airport 150km Brecon Beacons 60km Elan valley 25km Builth Wells 25km Llandrindod Wells 15km

Local activities

Fishing 30km Golf 20km Horse riding 20km Sports center 15km Swimming 20km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 100m Museum 15km Shopping 15km Theatre 25km Cinema 25km

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Prices and availability

Updated 20 June 2024

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 24 June - 19 July 2024: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
  • 20 July - 30 August 2024: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 31 August - 18 October 2024: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
  • 19 October 2024 - 27 June 2025: the minimum stay is 5 nights.
  • 28 June - 18 July 2025: changeover day is Wednesday and the minimum stay is 5 nights.
  • 19 July - 6 September 2025: the minimum stay is 5 nights.
  • 7 September 2025 - 24 June 2026: the minimum stay is 3 nights.

Late booking discounts

  • Arrive between 1 February - 31 December and receive 10% off if the booking is made within 15 days of the arrival date.

Long stay discounts

  • Receive 10% off if the booking is for 14 days or more.

If more than one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.

Compulsory extras

  • Short Breaks

    £175.00 per booking if the booking is for less than 7 nights, paid with booking



2 bedrooms, Sleeps 5:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 2 single beds

There is also 1 cot


3 bathrooms including 1 en suite, 2 Separate WC's


DVD/Blu-ray player, WiFi / WiFi, Radio, TV Languages in English, Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 5, Dining area seats 5, Central heating, Clothes drier, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, High chair, Car hire essential


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking

Suitable for

Children, Infants

Extra information

Please note there are 2 bedrooms,one is a double room,the other is a triple or family room with 3 single beds both rooms have en suite toilet and shower.Therefore in total the stables will sleep a total of 5 people.


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Private Owner From Llandrindod Wells, United Kingdom Member since Oct 2005

We have owned and run this business since 1995,which comprise of the village pub,shop + post office together with our holiday cottages.We also farm 170 acres with sheep.All of this was first purchased by my Grandfather in 1937 and has been run by the family ever since.

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We have owned and run this business since 1995,which comprise of the village pub,shop + post office together with our holiday cottages.We also farm 170 acres with sheep.All of this was first purchased by my Grandfather in 1937 and has been run by the family ever since.