Meet the Team
Becky, Owner, housekeeping, grounds
Paul, Owner, special projects, off-grid tech
Paul and Becky purchased Hendre ddu cottage in 2015 as a holiday let business after falling in love with the incredible location. Since then it has been lived in full time, was shut up during Covid and is now back to holiday accomodation.
Paul is an Engineer and keen mountain biker. Becky has a background in healthcare and administration. She also cycles, keeps chickens and grows fruit and veg.
Q. Can I bring my dog(s)
Absolutely! We have a dog ourselves and always take her if we go away. We have relaxed dog rules, but if they are likely to go on the furniture please bring plenty of throws. We provide bowls and poo bags (please do pick up in the garden). The garden is stock fenced and hedged on all the boundaries. The lowest point is 4 feet but this section has hedging in front. The driveway gate is a traditional wooden one so very tiny dogs might potentially squeeze through. There are dogs next door, as well as sheep and poultry.
Q. Where is the nearest....?
(All timings are for driving. You could walk to some but it would take a while!)
Place to buy basics: Camlan Farm Shop, Dinas Mawddwy (15 minutes) or Mallwyd Service Station (10 minutes)
Pub: Brigands Inn, Mallwyd or Penrhos Arms, Cemmaes Road (both around 12 minutes)
Medium supermarket: Coop Machynlleth (25 mins)
Big Supermarket: Morrisons, Lidl, Tesco in Aberystwyth (50 mins) same in Newtown (50 mins), Welshpool has the same with Aldi instead of Lidl (1 hour)
Beach: Ynyslas (40 mins) Borth (45 mins), Aberdovey (40 mins) Barmouth (40 mins)
Cafe: Camlan have an outdoor cafe. Also the Cafe in Dinas Mawddwy (15 mins) Lots of cafes in Machynlleth.
Wifi: Camlan, Penrhos Arms, Cafe in Dinas, Brigands Inn
Mobile signal: Throughout the village itself up to the crossroads as you come in. Depending on phone and network you may find you get signal higher up towards the lake. Some networks get a data signal outisde the cottage just by the front window.
Q. The cottage is off grid, what should I know?
We are not connected to any mains services. Electricity is supplied by solar panels which is then stored in batteries and converted into the correct voltage, you can use normal plug in appliances but we'd be grateful if you keep this to a minimum and turn off lights etc. There isn't a microwave, dishwasher or hairdryer as these use a lot of power. Being Wales, we dont rely on sun alone but have a back up generator which is automated to come on if the batteries get low.
The cooker is LPG gas, works just as well as mains gas. It can be quite intense when grilling or baking so keep an eye on your food!
The water is spring fed. It is filtered but not treated. Absolutely fine in tea and coffee but you may wish to bring drinking water.
Q. What is the accessibility like?
The ground around the cottage is flat and there is a parking space right next to it. There are original slate slabs both outside and inside on the ground floor. Due to their age, these are a bit uneven/wobbly in places. The doorway at the back is wide and low with a low threshold. (Front door has 1 step) All the bedrooms are upstairs. There is a small bathroom downstairs. The stairs themslves are a modern replacement so are not too steep, and have a handrail. There are wooden floors upstairs. The slate outside is slippery in the wet. The shower enclosure downstairs has a small step up.
The garden is sloping with a few sets of steps.
Q. Will I need 4 wheel drive to get there?
Not usually, and the property has been lived in full time by people who had regular small two wheel drive vehicles. The driveway is a little steep but as long as you have decent tyres and are OK at hill starts you'll be fine. As you would expect, once you leave the main A road the minor and private roads used to reach the cottage are not treated in snow or ice. The forestry roads actually have better traction than the tarmaced ones in these conditions. We regularly drive the route in and will always let you know if we find any issues. Please do take it slow on the forestry roads to avoid damaging your tyres and because they are used by walkers and cyclists who might not be expecting any cars.
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