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Rhayader accommodation

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Lon Lodges

Country holiday lodges near Rhayader
  • Self Catering Accommodation
  • Rhayader
  • Sleeps 2 to 6, 3 bedrooms
  • £336 to £910
  • accessible for disabled
  • internet access
  • non smoking
  • hot tub
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons

Ash and Sycamore Lodges are on a family farm, 4 miles from the small market town of Rhayader. Both lodges offer luxury accommodation for relaxation or activity holidays, with private hot tub. The lodges recently won a Best Place to Stay award. Distance 3.4 miles.

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Pines Caravan Park

Static caravans between Rhayader and Llandrindod Wells
  • Caravan site
  • Llandrindod Wells
  • Sleeps 2 to 8, 3 bedrooms
  • £320 to £480 per week
  • availability
  • accessible for disabled
  • pets welcome
  • non smoking
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons

Spacious, well-equipped four and eight berth caravans set on a lovely park in the Wye Valley near Llandrindod Wells. Very easy access to walk along the banks of the River Wye. Close to Rhayader and Elan Valley dams. Good food and local shop close by. Distance 3.0 miles.

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Happy Union

  • Holiday Cottage
  • Llandrindod Wells
  • Sleeps 1 to 7, 3 bedrooms
  • £230 to £595 per week
  • availability
  • internet access
  • pets welcome
  • non smoking
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons

Two cottages, nestling in the Radnorshire hills in the picturesque, historic village of Abbeycwmhir on Glyndwr's Way national trail. The surrounding area is perfect for walking, cycling, exploring Mid Wales and seeing nature at its best. Wifi available. Distance 5.5 miles.

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Vulcan Lodge

Luxury cottages on the edge of the Elan Valley
  • Self Catering
  • Rhayader
  • Sleeps 2 to 25, 10 bedrooms
  • £265 to £775 per week
  • availability
  • accessible for disabled
  • internet access
  • pets welcome
  • non smoking
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons

Vulcan Lodge is an 18th century inn beautifully converted into five holiday cottages. Spacious, full of character and with a high specification which brings luxury and style, they can be booked singly or together for larger groups. Distance 2.8 miles.

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The Elan Hotel

Bed and breakfast in Rhayader, Mid Wales
  • Hotel
  • Rhayader
  • Sleeps 1 to 14, 6 bedrooms
  • £425 to £105 per night
  • internet access
  • pets welcome
  • non smoking
  • wood burner
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons

The Elan Hotel, Rhayader is set in spectacular countryside in Powys, Mid Wales. Situated in the centre of town, nestled on the banks of the River Wye and with the throw of a stone assuring a splash in the Elan Valley lakes. Distance 0.1 mile.

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Rhiw-Y-Gog Lodge

Self catering log cabin near Rhayader
  • Self Catering
  • Rhayader
  • Sleeps 1 to 6, 3 bedrooms
  • £265 to £595 per week
  • accessible for disabled
  • internet access
  • pets welcome
  • non smoking
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons

The Lodge is in the quiet, tranquil village of St Harmon, just outside the historic market town of Rhayader in mid Wales. Rhayader is also known as the home of the Elan Valley reservoirs. Includes a hot tub, log fire and Sky tv with movies and sport. Distance 3.0 miles.

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Wernhir Farmhouse

Farmhouse B&B near Llandrindod Wells
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Llandrindod Wells
  • Sleeps 1 to 8, 3 bedrooms
  • From £35 per night
  • internet access
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons

Come and enjoy bed and breakfast at Wernhir Farmhouse. We are within 8 miles of the stunning Elan Valley and a short drive from the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells. A great area for walking, cycling, Red Kite spotting and golf. Wifi included. Distance 5.6 miles.

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Laurel Bank

Bed and breakfast at Abbeycwmhir nr Llandrindod Wells
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Llandrindod Wells
  • Sleeps 1 to 8, 3 bedrooms
  • £35 to £40 per night
  • accessible for disabled
  • internet access
  • non smoking
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons

Escape to the picturesque village of Abbey Cwmhir in the Radnorshire hills. Comfortable and quality accommodation with a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day. Distance 5.5 miles.

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The Swan

Self catering annex at St Harmon, Rhayader
  • Self Catering
  • Rhayader
  • Sleeps 1 to 4, 2 bedrooms
  • £100 to £600 per night
  • non smoking
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons

Well equipped self catering converted barn annex in the Heart of Wales. A great area for mountain biking and riding from the front door, and Elan Valley just down the road. Two bedrooms, family room and three en-suites. Distance 3.5 miles.

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Ty Madog

  • Self Catering
  • Elan Valley
  • Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
  • £264 to £709 per week
  • Distance 2.5 miles
  • internet access
  • wood burner
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
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Ash Lodge

  • Self Catering
  • Rhayader
  • Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
  • £477 to £884 per week
  • Distance 3.4 miles
  • internet access
  • hot tub
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons
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Lon Lodges

  • Self Catering
  • Nantmel, Rhayader
  • Sleeps up to 6
  • £400 to £822 per week
  • Distance 3.4 miles
Mid Wales and Brecon Beacons

About Rhayader

Rhayder is an enchanting little town in the heart of Mid Wales, 700 feet above sea level and cupped by a ring of hills. It is largely known as the gateway to the beautiful Elan Valley, but Rhayder has many attractions of its own and a history that stretches back to the Bronze Age.

It has been welcoming visitors for many centuries. The Romans had a stopover camp nearby. Monks travelling between the Abbeys of Strata Florida and Cwmhir stopped to refresh themselves at the Triangle Inn, and drovers, taking their stock to far away markets, were the journalists of the day, returning with news of the great world beyond Mid Wales.

Rhayder is beside the river Wye, just 20 miles from its source in the Plynlimon Hills, and it is the river that gives the town its Welsh name of Rhaeadr Gwy. It translates as the cataract on the Wye. There was a huge waterfall on the river, whose roar could be heard all over town. It was destroyed in 1780 during the building of the first stone bridge across the Wye.

Water plays a large part in the history of Rhayder. The river Bwgy, which was piped underground in 1877, once powered a grist mill, a woollen mill, a corn mill, a flannel mill and a tannery. There is a Welsh saying that children who drank the pure waters of the Bwgy were the healthiest in the country. Locals are still known in the region as Bwgyites.

In the 1890s Victoria engineers flooded the Elan Valley and built a series of huge dams to provide water for the city of Birmingham, some 70 miles distant. Like many places where man and nature have fashioned the landscape, the Elan Valley, has a strange and powerful beauty. The reservoirs were opened by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1904.

The documented history of Rhayder begins in the 12th century, with the building of a wooden castle, but there is evidence of habitation from the Bronze Age. There are many neolithic axe heads and artefacts in the town's museum. In 1899 a local man by the name of James Marston found a collection of gold jewellery on Gwastedyn hill, to the south of Rhayder. It is thought to have belonged to the Saxon Princess Rowena. It can now be seen in the British Museum in London.

The remains of the castle's deep dry moat can be seen just before the entrance to Waun Capel Parc. The occupants of the castle were Welsh princes who waged war on the Norman marcher (border) lords, for control of Mid Wales.

Rebecca rioters, men dressed in women's Welsh costumes, stormed the toll gates in Rhayder. A commission was set up which righted most of rioters' grievances. There were also riots when, in 1856 the Wye Preservation Society was set up to enforce a close season on the river. Up to then fishing had been allowed 12 months of the year with net, gaff, spear and rod. These riots died out just before World War One.

A not to miss attraction is the Gigrin red kite feeding centre where you can get up close and personal with this once endangered species.

With its beautiful setting Rhayder offers a lively town with many interesting privately owned shops, birdwatching, fishing, walking and mountain biking.