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- 5-star-rated cottage for couples
- Really well-equipped
- High-quality entertainment and communication technology
- Great views from the cottage
- Close to the Brecon Beacons National Park and the River Wye
- Fantastic wildlife
Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Powys, Pipistrelle is a unique, stylish and cosy little bolt-hole for a couple (plus an infant and a dog) with exceptional views over the Brecon Beacons. Formerly a coach house and home to Britain’s smallest bat, the Soprano Pipistrelle (now comfortably relocated to specially-created new accommodation), this fantastic little romantic self-catering holiday cottage is perfect for short breaks, week-long stays or honeymoons. Very baby-friendly, it has all the kit you will need, from high-chair and cot, to toys, stair-gate and change mat. One well-behaved dog is welcome, with bed, bowls and dog towels all provided.
Downstairs in Pipistrelle, the clean, contemporary living-area is open-plan, with accents of bright colour in the chrome yellow of the iconic dining chairs, and the bright red cushions on the sofa and armchairs. The kitchen has everything you need for making cooking fun and easy: all modern appliances and equipment, including a blender and, for coffee addicts, a Gaggia coffee machine. Quirky paintings by local artists and the owner’s beautiful black-and-white photographs of local scenes adorn the walls. Over-sized blocks of Lego create more splashes of colour, as well as something fun for a toddler (or an adult) to play with. Or enjoy the extensive entertainment technology in the shape of the portable Bose iPod docking station, the large (wireless) flat-screen LCD television with full Free-Sat, or the Blu-ray DVD player.
A glazed door and large windows frame the beautiful view, which can be enjoyed from both floors of this comfortable cottage. Upstairs, the lovely bright bedroom has an inviting king-size bed with a vintage Welsh blanket, a reading chair to curl up into, and a fabulous bathroom. A big claw-footed roll-top bath, a dinner-plate shower rose, loo and wash hand basin are all contained in a stylish ensuite room, made bright by translucent glass bricks, an amusing yellow Lego soap-holder and zingy red towels.
Outside, sit and enjoy the view on the raised deck with its vista across the countryside, or open the gate to enjoy the eight acres of privately owned surrounding fields (filled with lambs in the spring months) and walk around the wild-life-rich landscape. Owls, buzzards and red kites all nest within walking distance of the cottage, and if you are lucky, you will catch hares ‘boxing’ in the early morning mist. Cooking can be al fresco, with barbecue and fire pit provided. Summer evening entertainment is provided by the swifts and bats cavorting in the summer dusk. Later, it is the owls that dominate the night sound, with the local foxes coming out to play.
Things to do around Pipistrelle, one of the best-equipped cottages in Wales
Only a little further afield are the Brecon Beacons and the myriad outdoor activities that the National Park has to offer - horse riding, cycling, walking, wild swimming, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, canal boats, paragliding – and much, much more. The market town of Builth Wells and the Royal Welsh Show ground is a 15 minute drive away, with all the facilities you could wish for (including probably the best butcher in mid-Wales). The beautiful west coast, with its peaceful beaches, is an hour’s drive west, and Hay-on-Wye, with its famous second-hand bookshops is within half-an-hour’s drive. The Play Barn at nearby Brecon is a must for small children on rainy days. Cardiff is just over an hour’s drive south, with its beautiful Millennium Centre for great opera or concerts, good shopping, and the redeveloped Cardiff Bay area with all its restaurants and views over the water. The Llyn Brianne reservoir and the Elan Valley (so peaceful!) are less than 30 minutes’ drive away.
The nitty gritty
Live online booking
Changeovers are normally Mondays and Fridays. Weekends are set-priced from Friday 4pm to Monday 10.30am; so you can stay 1, 2 or 3 nights for the weekend price. Check availability and book online below, or check availability for all cottages.
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From the visitors book at Pipistrelle
Via email: Hi Caroline,
We didn't get a chance to write in the visitors' book this morning before we left the cottage, but please pass our thanks on to the owners of Pipistrelle.
We loved everything about the cottage and the location. All the little touches, from the wine and nibbles, to the biscuits for the dog, were so thoughtful. We have stayed in a number of dog friendly cottages, but this was by far and away the best. Likewise, your website is the simplest I have used and so well laid out. It shows the cottages exactly as they are and not using 'creative camera work' like many others. The online date and booking system is also a delight. It really takes the hard work out of booking. We also have recommended both your website and Pipistrelle to a number of people and I believe my mother in law has booked already!
Thanks again, both to yourselves and the owners of the cottage. For us, we have found the perfect combination.
'We've had a great little mini-break here. Baby Josie just adored having all the sheep, lambs, birds and rabbits right on the doorstep and spent lots of time out on the deck watching it all. We've really enjoyed the deck, too, and had some lovely relaxing evenings out with a fire going in the fire pit - definitely a favourite feature of the place for us. We really appreciated all these little details - the fire pit, coffee machine, big fluffy owl, great collection of books, fantastically sharp knives, and all those little extra bits and pieces we always forget to pack, such as oil and matches. Aberglasney was well-recommended: we had a lovely day-out there. Apart from that, we just did loads of relaxing and soaking up your great view. A big thank you from all of us, Nancy, David, Josie and Alfie (the dog)
'A little piece of heaven! Well, what a tranquil view and what a trendy cottage! We loved everything about Pipistrelle, from the thoughtfully stocked kitchen to the stunning outdoor sitting-area with firepit, as well all the little finishing touches - we loved the giant lego! Leon, our little dog, says thank you for the chews. He loved staring out at the sheep. Apart from a trip to Hay and a couple of brisk walks around Brecon, we spent our time lazing around the cottage, taking in the view and spotting wildlife. We had a couple of close fly-bys with the kites, who thought Leon might make a tasty lunch, something which will stay with us for a long time. We will definitely recommend to our friends back home!' David, Emma and Leon (the dog)
'We celebrated our 42nd year together here. Over the years we have watched the steady decline of the holiday cottage until we began to camp! BUT NOT HERE! What a wonderful and generous welcome - we hadn't seen a welcome pack for many years! How can we thank you, too, for such a lovely week: wonderful walks and views. We did a shop at Waitrose in Abergavenny on the way, and it provided delightful evening meals. The cooking equipment here is superb. Bless you, and thank you.' Sue and Peter, Newton Abbot