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Contemporary Holiday Cottage, stream, forest , views

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday cottage in Llandovery - Halfway - Brecon Becons

Cottage with 5 bedrooms, 2 en-suite, to sleep 9/10

The cottage is situated on the edge of Halfway Forest with its own stream and provides an excellent base to explore this beautiful part of Wales. 15 miles from Brecon, 5 miles from Llandovery.

The accommodation is to a high standard with underfloor heating throughout. 3 double bedrooms; 2 with en-suites. One twin bedroom, one single bedroom with an additional full size guest bed if required. Large family bathroom.

Large state of the art kitchen/ dinning room with French doors leading to patio terrace overlooking the stream. The lounge has a wood burning stove.

Outside there are gardens to BBQ and play games. Ample parking is available.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Jayne Symons
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 October, 2016
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About Jayne Symons

We are a family of four grown up children, our parents bought the property and we now share it between us. As children we spent many summer holidays playing in the stream just below the cottage and enjoyed cycling in the forest. Now we let our children play in the stream whilst we enjoy walking in the trails in the woods or up on the Brecon Beacons.

Jayne Symons purchased this cottage in 1960

Why Jayne Symons chose Carmarthenshire

The lay out of the property is very social with the kitchen dinning room and the fact that there is a soft sofa in the kitchen means people can easily chat to the cooks whilst relaxing with a glass of wine. Meanwhile in the lounge you can get away from everyone if you want to read a book by the wood burner.

What makes this cottage unique

As the house has always been used for holidays rather than a house for living in full time, and therefore its been set up to cater for groups of people or equally just 2 people can feel at home.


based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

Contemporary Holiday Cottage, stream, forest , views
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Fantastic stay - the advert doesn't do the house justice!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in May 2016. A group of 7 adults and 3 young children and had the most delightful stay.

We couldn't believe how well equipped the house was and prepared to a standard that makes you feel at home. Fantastic views in all the beautifully decorated bedrooms. And three very good and highly finished bathrooms.

I really liked the small touches. The old games in the cupboard (id add a few new in though :)). And maps/leaflets of things to do in the area. And the wellies to let us step into the stream.

Location-wise we were able to get around quite easily being along the A40. We visited the nearby Dolacothi gold mines, the national showcase of caves, a railway trip to Torpantau and my favourite was the walk to Dinefwr Castle!

With forests trails right behind too, activities are endleas!

We couldnt have had a nicer stay in the house and loved spending the evening around the log fire :)

Only point to note is if you have kids, put them to sleep in rooms furthest from the lounge as noise travels up to the first two rooms easily :)

Recommend to anyone !


  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely comfortable cottage

  • 4 of 5

Our group of 10 (5 adults, 4 teenage children and 1 dog) found this cottage to be large, comfortable and well presented. The kitchen is beautiful with lots of equipment - so much so we needn't have bought some of our own items from home. A full list of what was provided may have been helpful in retrospect.

The BBQ provision was a disappointment - none of us felt them useable (there were two small ones) as they were grubby and tiny. Such a shame as we would have loved to sit in the garden by the stream with a BBQ on the go.

Another slight gripe was the lack of TV which we felt a little misled about. A TV was there but once we arrived we were told this was only for the purpose of playing DVD's. Digital TV cables were present though, which was a little odd. Having said that, no TV meant we played board games and card games as a family which was actually great fun.

The bedrooms are beautiful and the bathrooms were spotless. The beds were the comfiest I have ever encountered in a holiday let.

The stream which runs past the front of the house is a lovely detail. Pretty shallow (but very slippery - beware) it gave our children and our dog a lot of entertainment over the two weeks we stayed here. Steep steps lead down to it though so those with small children need to be very aware.

Location wise we couldn't have picked better. Just off of the A40 it is easy to get around. We would recommend a walk up Pen-y-fan - beautiful views. The Halfway forest trails were also good and start only a few minutes from the cottage.

We ate at the Kings Head in Llandovery twice during our stay - both times we had a great meal. Our dog was able to sit in the restaurant with us which was so nice.

All in all this was a good place to stay and we would recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We always appreciate having real positive criticism as then we can try and keep the cottage to the standard that we would all like. Therefore we are very grateful to hear the news that our BBQ 's are in need of attention ! Indeed there is nothing better than a BBQ by the stream so we will try to get this rectified as soon as possible. Apologies these should have been checked and cleaned or indeed replaced if they are not up to a good standard. As regards the TV situation, for years we never had a TV at all, as the reception is so hard with the mountains and hills close by so a regular signal is not possible. We have been trying with a rather expensive satellite system and I will now investigate where we are with this ( too technical for me I am afraid ) as I know we did have some success. Apologies if this did not work as our visitors had hoped. I will update this site accordingly when I have confirmed news. I am glad that there have also been so many positive points from all the visitors who have written, as that always makes any failings that have occurred easier to digest. So once again thank you for all the feedback to all those who have spent time and effort to let others know how they found our cottage, we know ourselves that people find it interesting to read.
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Fantastic Luxury Property with delightful owners

  • 5 of 5

We had this property on a long lease over the quiet months and found the place to be superb! Tan Y Cestyll is beautifully furnished with everything you would require - it really is a home from home. The owners Jason & Jayne are great people who are on hand at the end of a phone if you require them. We will definitely stay at Tan Y Cestyll again and look forward to the return journey. If you are looking for 5 star accommodation then look no further than this property.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: How kind thank you for the review. Jayne and Jason
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Cottage at Halfway

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the cottage was faultless. We were a party of 9 that stayed in April 2014. After a long trip, we were greeted by the friendly housekeeper who showed us around. The cottage is even better than it looks in the photos. The kitchen and dining area is spacious and modern. The cottage was spotless and had all the amenities you could need, dishwasher, washing machine, utensils/crockery and a large table that seated 9 comfortably. The living room was clean and comfortable. The wifi connection was easy to set up and not too slow. The beds were comfortable and the bathrooms were clean. The grounds are brilliant, there is space to have a fire and the stream is beautiful. It is a 12 minute drive from Llandovery town centre, where there is a train station and pubs that have good food (we ate at The Castle, which had a friendly atmosphere with delicious food.) It was a 20 minute drive to Pen-y-Fan, an excellent mountain walk. It is a luxurious cottage, was easy to organise and I would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the helpful notes about what you did whilst you stayed at the cottage, its always interesting to know what people end up doing. Jayne
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Breeze to organise, absolute pleasure to stay

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 10 friends in our 20s and 30s and 2 dogs met for a reunion at Halfway and from start to finish the whole experience was a treat. Jason, Jayne and the whole family were a pleasure to deal with; really helpful and responsive and when we got there we were delighted to discover that the photos, while lovely, really don't do the place justice. The surrounding area was amazing for walking and exploring right from the house and the cottage itself is really well furnished and stocked with supplies to make for a very cosy stay; the kitchen especially impressive managing to very comfortably host and facilitate catering for our large group and plenty of bathrooms too! I would absolutely recommend Halfway to others, and indeed have; we'll certainly be back if they'll have us!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 23, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes of course we would love you to stay again !
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  • 5 of 5

A truly excellent holiday experience. The owners are a lovely family and it feels like you are their guest at the cottage. The cottage is finished to a very high standard which is uncommon to find in a holiday let. The property was well prepared and it is easy to get to and a forest trail runs just outside the gate. The caves / dinosaur park, steam railway, and coalmine are all good outings for the kids. A supermarket is 10mins drive away and the nearest town has a good tea house. I would thoroughly recommend this property for a top class experience which is very good value.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Cardiff International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Car: necessary

We are on the door step of Crychan forest and so it is possible to walk straight to the forest for many interesting and attractive walks. This forest also has mountain biking and horse riding routes marked up. It is also a good place for bird watching. If you walk opposite the cottage and up the footpaths you reach the Brecon Beacons National Park a 2 hour hike will get you to the reservoir .


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn Half Term
21 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2016
29 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2016
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
New Year 2016
30 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
6 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half Term
11 Feb 2017 - 23 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half Term
26 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Holidays
14 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Linen and Towels can be provided if requested for an additional charge of £15.00 per double and £7.00 for a single bed.
Please contact us for discount rates for midweek breaks.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Llandovery in Wales

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite (bedroom 1 )
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite (bedroom 2 m 1 )
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite Bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , En Suite Bathroom Views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Views
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Views
    Bedroom5 - 1 Single Bed , Views Additional Guest Bed
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Under floor heating through the cottage. Linen and towels provided as extra.

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