Yr Hen Stablau is a renovated 1840s stables, 4* self-catering, set in luxuriant gardens in the Dyfi Valley, Snowdonia, I mile from Machynlleth. Green Tourism Business Gold award and Walkers & Cyclists Welcome, space under cover for six bicycles, outside tap, maps. Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms. Wheelchair access ground floor including bedroom and shower. Pets welcome.
Prices from £360 to £640 per week; short breaks up to 3 nights £275 -£375 extra nights £50. Price includes bedlinen and blankets, all heating, gas, electricity, one load of logs, fairtrade tea/coffee/sugar. Open all year except November and January.
Yr Hen Stablau was designed to preserve existing walls and features, use original stone, slates and timbers, and make the building energy efficient.
Features are - Heating by LPG gas and solar energy, Draught lobby, Porch with glazing, Double glazing of all windows, Thick insulation and draught sealing, Low solvent organic paint on all walls, Underfloor heating, 92% efficient boiler, Passive ventilation, Woodburning stove & on site logs. Snowdonia Sustainable Self-Catering Award 2008 & Green Tourism Business GOLD award 2014.
Ground floor: sitting room with french windows on to slate terrace and woodland view; kitchen/dining room with high ceiling, original beams and farmland view, modern fittings; pantry; double bedroom; shower room/WC; hall; lobby.
The ground floor of Yr Hen Stablau is fully wheelchair accessible, including bedroom, shower room and toilet, sitting room, kitchen/dining room, hall and access to terraces front and back. Mobile hoist. All door handles disability friendly, and colour scheme planned for good visibility. Front door entrance level with the road.
First floor: two twin bedrooms with original beams; landing; WC. Cot available on request
Elec, gas & CH included; woodstove, one load logs incl; radio, CD & digital TV; DVD player; washing machine/dryer; microwave; fridge; freezer; spring water supply UV filtered; organic cotton bedlinen provided. Smoking outside. Pets welcome but dogs must be kept away from sheep in neighbouring farms. Ample parking. Shops 1 mile
Visitors have access to hillside garden to see wild flowers, stream, oak woods, lake, birds and panorama of Dyfi estuary. The garden is best in April-May with a stunning display of rhododendrons and azaleas. There are many other unusual shrubs and trees including pieris, tulip tree, redwood and eucryphia.
Local Attractions include:
- Walking - Cadair Idris, Tarren Hendre, Tarren y Gesail, Llyn Barfog
- Machynlleth (1 mile) – unspoilt market town with independent shops, swimming pool, Tabernacl arts centre, Owain Glyndwr Centre, pubs and restaurants
- Mountain bike trails from Machynlleth; cycle hire from Dolgellau
- Centre for Alternative Technology (3 miles) - displays on renewable energy and sustainable living
- Seaside - Aberdyfi (8 miles) with 5 miles of sandy beach, Yacht Club, watersports
- Children’s activities - Talyllyn Steam Railway, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, ComeandTry activity days
- Birdwatching - Ynyshir nature reserve (6 miles), Red Kite Safaris (book in advance)
- Golf: Aberdyfi, Harlech (top championship courses in N Wales), Borth, Machynlleth.
- Fishing - book in advance through New Dyfi Fishing Association
- Comedy Festival in Machynlleth May Day weekend
- Machynlleth Festival in August with art & music.