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Happy Union Tailors Cottage

Cottage with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in Abbey Cwmhir, Wales

From £525 per week

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Spacious cottage tucked away in the Mid Wales hills in picturesque historic village.On national walking trail. Wifi, garden,parking off road,pet welcome.Suitable for walkers,families and exploring.


The cottage is positioned in the centre of the village opposite the church and next to the pub and has been converted from an old tailors shop into holiday accommodation, incorporating and enhancing many of the original features including intricate beams and original flooring.Two pets are welcome.

It sleeps 7 comfortably in 3 en-suite bedrooms - a double,a twin and a family room (3 single beds), we also have a cot. All rooms are heated and furnished in pine, each having its own private en suite shower and toilet.

The lounge is spacious and has original fireplace with woodburning effect fire, comfortable lounge chairs, 42 inch smart television with freesat, DVD, nest of tables and state of the art heating. Super fast fibre wifi wired direct to the cottage.

The kitchen/diner is well equipped with modern appliances including large fridge/freezer ,microwave, oven, hob, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.From the kitchen/diner french doors lead out into your own garden,this area is totally enclosed with a stone wall making it safe for small children.
To the back of the property there is a large yard across which is the village pub ,ideal for a relaxing pint in a friendly atmosphere. The village also boasts a lovely church with beautifull stained glass windows and a mansion house formely the seat for the squire of the village estate. This cottage is ideal for people who want to get away from it all and enjoy the tranquility of a breathtaking yet undiscovered area.

The price of the cottage includes bed linen,towels, heating and electric.

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.
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.

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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22 out of 24 people recommend staying here

Rodney Mark

Family from Didcot, United Kingdom Jul 2022

Accommodation was very well maintained and everything worked perfectly. Lots of great walks direct from the doorstep to keep our spaniel more than happy. Within 30 mins you can visit many fantastic valleys and forest walks including the always popular Elan Valley and the equally impressive Hafren forest leading up to the source of the Severn. Abbeycwmhir is a very quiet place but everybody we did meet could not have been friendlier. All in all this was the perfect choice for our family of 4 plus spaniel to get away from it all and spend quality time roaming across the spectacular Mid Wales countryside.


Friends from Cardiff, United Kingdom Nov 2018

It was my second stay at Tailor's Cottage and it didn't disappoint. A charming rustic cottage in a beautiful rural setting made all the better with a bit of sunshine.


Couple from Shefford, United Kingdom Sep 2017

This is an excellent property in a superb location quite location, but not far from any where. There is a large enclosed garden which was great for our pet greyhound. The owners John and His wife Karin are very nice, kind and helpful people. We have stayed in many property's both in the UK and Europe and this one is up with the best.


Couple from Caldicot, United Kingdom May 2017

The property is in a beautiful, rural area steeped in history and natural beauty. There are several local walks you can do from the village including the forestry. The property itself we found to be clean and spacious. The towels were great as they were not the size of the usual postage stamp, very well thought out Karen! The wifi worked a treat and we didn't find the kitchen to be lacking in anything needed. The appliances were easy to use, i.e. Dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. Kitchen is very well equipped.
The only downside for me was I found the bed uncomfortable but as everyone knows you cannot please everyone in the bed department, it is an individual preference. The beds have springs in the mattresses and unfortunately I felt every one of them. I have to say it would not deter me from booking the property again, I would just bring my own mattress topper from home.........problem solved!
The supermarket (Tesco) is in Llandrindod Wells but there is a local shop within the texaco station at cross gate which is handy if you need something on the hurry up.
The Elan Valley is within 30 minutes drive and is exceptional. It has something for everyone there. The views are incredible.
All in all we had a very relaxing holiday with our dogs, we found Karen and John to be the perfect hosts, there when necessary.
Thank you both so much for allowing us to visit your lovely cottage and for the delicious bara brith.
ps. The spaniel had to be admitted to vet to have stitches, she is presently sulking as she is grounded : )
Diolch yn fawr iawn

Reply from Happy Union

Hi Helen, We hope your Spaniel recovers soon. Thank you for leaving your review. We are sorry that you found the beds uncomfortable and can only apologies. The funny thing is we had ordered six mattresses for the cottage the week before you arrived and were delivered the day after you left (rather annoyingly for you). We welcome guests comments to improve the stay for future bookings.
Thank you again,
John & Karen


Family from Heywood, United Kingdom Apr 2017

Was a lovely stay in a beautiful area, the surroundings and scenery are beautiful, the cottage is lovely and clean and has everything you need for a self catering holiday. John and Karen were very helpful and communication prior to booking was spot on. Recommended for peace and tranquillity in a very remote area.


Family from Kilmarnock, United Kingdom Jul 2016

John and Karen where really lovely folks really enjoyed our stay with them. Nice area to explore although we just had a very relaxing time at Tailor's cottage. All the locals at the happy union were so friendly and so down to earth just like John and Karen makes holidays away from home so good . Nothing would be any bother to the both of them, we hope to return soon to see you all again Love Neil, Alexis, Neil jnr, Harley and Buddy xxx.

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We thought we had been unlucky when we lost a holiday to Turkey and had to book somewhere late - how wrong could we be! This cottage is, truly, a home form home, made all the more welcoming by the hosts John and Karen. If I could buy a property then this would be the one Id want - quiet, comfortable and finished to a high standard! The surrounding area is a hidden gem - if youve never considered Wales then do not wait any longer! The only downside is the distance to the local pub - a dozen paces is, after all, a long way after a strenuous day in the hills! (Seriously tongue-in-cheek that last bit!!)

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Distances to locations

Nearest beach 45km Nearest bar 100m Nearest restaurant 15km Nearest supermarket 15km Cardiff/Manchester/birmingham airport 120km Brecon beacons 45km Elan valley 20km Builth Wells (Royal Welsh Showground) 25km Llandrindod Wells 15km

Local activities

Cycling 100m Fishing 15km Golf 15km Horse riding 15km Mountain biking 100m Sailling 45km Sports center 15km Swimming 25km Tennis 15km Walking 100m

Sights and attractions

Historic site 100m Museum 15km Shopping 15km Theatre 45km Cinema 45km

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Updated 17 June 2024

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 20 June - 19 July 2024: the minimum stay is 4 nights.
  • 20 July - 30 August 2024: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 31 August 2024 - 6 September 2025: the minimum stay is 5 nights.
  • 7 September 2025 - 20 June 2026: the minimum stay is 3 nights.

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  • Receive 10% off if the booking is made within 20 days of the arrival date.

Long stay discounts

  • Receive 10% off if the booking is for 2 weeks 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 break

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



3 bedrooms, Sleeps 7:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 2 single beds and en suite
  • 3 single beds and en suite

There is also 1 cot


3 bathrooms including 3 en suites, 3 Separate WC's


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


Living area seats 7, Dining area seats 7, 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, Private garden

Suitable for

Children, Infants, Pets


Average rating from 42 reviews

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.