The Ritty (Rhyd Ddu Bach)

Cottage kitchen


  • Beautiful little Welsh borders farmhouse with every comfort
  • Stunning position with beautiful views of the Black Mountains
  • Lots of space for children to run around
  • Private terrace with built-in barbecue
  • Superb walking straight from the door
  • Dog-friendly: up to 2 very well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Excellent pub (good food served) a short walk away

Rhyd Ddu Bach, or Little Black Ford, is a beautiful cottage on the gentle slopes above the Escley Brook in the foothills of the Black Mountains. This is wonderful unspoilt border country: rural, peaceful, timeless, full of wildlife, away from it all. But this comfortable farmhouse, set on a smallholding, isnít far from great things to see and do, including Hay-on-Wye, and isnít far from excellent amenities. Sleeps 2-4 adults, plus 2 children, an infant, and up to 2 good dogs.

Lovely large self-catering kitchen

This cottage is spacious inside, with a sitting-room, play-room-cum-snug (with a chaise longue and a bed with trundle underneath for two children) and a large kitchen/dining-room. The kitchen has an old bread oven - a picturesque reminder of how things were cooked in earlier times. It has a glazed door opening out onto a terrace, fields beyond, and mountain views. On this floor, there is also a big family bathroom with bath, separate shower, loo and hand basin. Beautiful oak flooring throughout the ground floor lends a honey-coloured warmth to the interior.

Stove in living room
Comfy chairs Log burner

Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with king-size bed with its ensuite loo and hand basin; and a twin bedroom whose beds can be zipped together to create a super-king bed.

Living room and view towards kitchen
Sun through playroom window toys

Outside, there is a stone-flagged terrace for sitting in privacy to admire the view, have a BBQ, or watch children play. The adjacent field is for the use of visitors to Rhyd Ddu Bach, making a wonderful space for children and dogs to run around and play games. This is a wonderful place for lovers of nature: guests can walk through the wildflower meadow, with orchids, bluebells, meadowsweet, cowlips in season - and many more, down to the stream, where there is an abundance of birdlife, brown trout to fish, and pools for children to play in.

Main bedroom
Twin room Twin beds


Loo View from landing
Bath and shower
Welsh dresser COttage dining table and door outside

The nitty gritty

  • Wood burner (logs and kindling supplied and included in the price)
  • Wifi
  • Reasonably good reception for EE and Orange mobiles. Landline also available for use (with honesty box payment)
  • Screen with DVD, plus selection of DVDs (no TV)
  • iPod dock
  • DAB radio, plus clock-radios in bedrooms
  • Well-equipped kitchen/dining-room with dresser and table
  • Electric stove and hob
  • Fridge
  • Separate freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer (plus pull-down ceiling airer in kitchen)
  • Store cupboard essentials included: coffee, tea, sugar, s&p, olive oil etc
  • Downstairs bathroom has bath, separate shower, loo and hand basin
  • Snug sitting-room/play-room has bed with trundle for two children
  • King-size bed in master bedroom
  • Ensuite loo and hand basin for master bedroom
  • Second bedroom has twin beds which can be zipped together to create a super-king bed
  • Bedding, towels and all basics included: soap, loo paper, cleaning materials etc
  • Electricity, heating, and hot water included
  • Baby-friendly: travel cot, high chair, and stair gate at bottom of stairs

  • Up to two well-behaved dogs welcome, to be kept downstairs only and off the furniture
  • Garden furniture: table and chairs with parasol
  • Stone-built BBQ
  • Local information, guide books, novels and games
  • Fishing in season, paddling, wild swimming in the Escley Brook (parents please keep your children under supervision). To fish, book in at
  • Great walks from the door
  • The cottage is on a smallholding and adjacent to the farmyard (and owner’s house), but is detached, with a private terrace and field
  • Beautiful views of the Black Mountains with stunning sunsets and very dark skies at night
  • Excellent hill-walking and mountain-biking on the Black Mountains - just a short distance away
  • Walking distance to wonderful local food pub (about 12 minutes) with riverside garden
  • The drive is un-made-up, so it’s best not to bring the sports car, but it is perfectly passable in an ordinary car. In bad weather, the owners will be able to help with their 4x4
  • 10 minutes’ drive to prize-winning village shop at Longtown for local produce and all necessary supplies
  • 25 minutes' drive to Hay-on-Wye
  • Parking for up to two cars immediately adjacent to the cottage’s front garden
  • 15% discount for a couple outside the peak periods (based on the use of one bed). When you book for two adults, the price reduces automatically

Bar-be-que!m Outdoor seating
Al fresco dining

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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Lovely lush garden
Kid in swing near holiday cottage Exterior of cottage
Kids on swings

Location map

Outside holiday cottage in Welsh borders
Exterior steps Lovely garden
Outside holiday cottage in Welsh borders
Dog in stream Escley brook

From the visitors book at Rhyd Ddu Bach

'Thanks so much for a truly wonderful stay in your lovely, peaceful cottage. The views are sublime as are the walks. We loved dining in the sunny evenings on the terrace, to the idyllic accompaniment of birdsong and sheep baaing in the valley! Thanks also for the delicious flapjacks and the beautifully arranged cottage - a perfect holiday.' Joanna, Barnes, Merlin & Blythe, Bicester

'Had an absolutely wonderful time, the perfect hideaway from everyday life. Loved the swing, the stream and the stunning views.Thank you.' Class & Dave, Northampton

'Thank you do much for making us feel so welcome. The house is in such an idyllic setting. Our children loved playing on the tree swing, playing in the garden with your two super boys and Doris the dog. We had such fun down at the river playing on the raft and my kids also enjoyed the waterslide. It was a real novelty being able to walk across the fields to get our dinner at The Bridge Inn..... We will not forget our holiday.' Paul, Victoria, Sarah, Adam & Matthew, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland

'We had a wonderful long weekend here for my 30th birthday. Such a special place with spectacular views, stunning scenery and the fantastic stream..... Thank you for a lovely stay. We hope to come again.' Sara, Dan, Eva, Cysgod-y-Coed

'Completely perfect.Thank you.'Sue, Chris & Sarah, Leighton Buzzard

'Thank you for a lovely long weekend in your BEAUTIFUL cottage! Thank you for your welcome tin - excellent flapjacks, lovely flowers in all the rooms, crispy wonderful cotton bedding, the beautiful views, the silence, the dark and for Doris! We hope to be back.' Simon, Maureen, Bryony & Tristan, York

'A truly magical week here at The Ritty. Beautifully appointed cottage in the most stunning setting. We have felt immediately at home and loved the garden. Thank you for making it feel so homely with the extra special touches. great walking and also loved the stream.' Josephine, Tim, Elsie, Fred & Poppy, Colwall.

'We are so pleased we booked this last minute getaway - it has been perfect. Fantastic peaceful idyllic setting and a lovely cottage (especially the log burner).... Having such great walks on the doorstop was a huge bonus. Make sure you head up the Cat's back, the views are breathtaking....' Jack, Clover, Posy & Hetty, Shrewton.

'Wonderful cosy cottage, loved the woodburner. ... Superb views - did not disappoint, made it up the Cat's back and mountain road circuit. Hay always a delight. Such a fabulous feeling to this place and it's surroundings. ... Many thanks.' The Ryans, Kingsbridge.

'It's great. Don't change anything! Looks lovely with the hills all covered in snow.' David and Clare, Hitchin

‘The most amazing few days in the most beautiful and perfect cottage with the most incredible view.  We will take it with us in our hearts....  The adventure and relaxation by the fire have added wonderful memories to our ever growing travels around the UK.  Many thanks for the sensational brownies.  We wish you all the luck in the universe for your future endeavours.  With kind regards and every intention to return....’  Archie, Rupert, Evie, Stacey and Jon, Kent

‘Thank you for a wonderful stay, cottage is so well equipped, felt like a home from home.  Stunning location, we will definitely be back.  Flapjacks were delicious and provisions left very thoughtful.  Flowers always a welcome touch!  Beef pie at The Bridge Inn was the best we have ever tasted....  Until next time...’  Pam, Ian and Bella, Solihull

Gorgeous cottage and fantastic location!....’ Sue and Pete, Oxfordshire

‘We had a lovely time. Lovely cottage in a beautiful spot...  We had a great circular walk from the cottage to the Cat's Back and round to a great beer stop at The Bridge Inn.  Thanks for being so welcoming and making sure the cottage has everything you could need for a great stay.’  Paul, Georgia, Abi, Lynds and Leigh, from Buckingham

‘Thank you so much for making us feel so very welcome in your beautiful little cottage.  We came to relax and unwind and that's exactly what we did.  The cottage was lovely, warm and cosy with the log burner....  The fire being lit and the fresh flowers, milk, homemade bread and flapjacks were a very lovely touch and much appreciated.’  Cal and Katie, Widnes

‘Lovely cottage for people and dogs - our two loved Doris, as did we!  The unseasonal weather was easily kept at bay by the fantastic log burner which never went out the four days we were here!  Tessa and Dave very friendly and helpful and we wish them well with the project...’ Norman and Eve, Fennel and Grover, Malvern

‘A delightful stay in this cosy retreat, with many creature comforts.  We loved Hay-on-Wye for more than its book shops, and had a scrumptious meal at 'The Bridge Inn'....  Many thanks for your unfailing generosity and hospitality - we had a great time.’  The Howlett family from Cleobury Mortimer

‘Really enjoyed our stay, cozy and relaxing, which is just what we wanted...’ Amy, Liz, Sebastian, and Sam (‘Absolutely gorgeous stay made even better by Doris!  How much for the property, Doris and the chickens?’ Sam)

‘What a treat to spend these few days in your beautiful cottage...’  Matt and Christina, Spain