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The Secret Mill

The Secret Mill

Brecon Beacons, Wales - View map
Ref: 7455

4 Guests

2 Bedrooms

2 Dogs


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Stay here from £94 per night.

As seen in Country File (15th May 2019)

Cottages and Campsites to Stay for Country Walks

*** Min 3-night stay for off-peak dates 5 or 6 night minimum stay in peak weeks*** Monday and Friday arrival ***

This 18th Century former woollen mill sits majestically alongside the River Gwenlais as it meanders through the Cambrian landscape and has been beautifully restored into a luxurious cottage hideaway. With views over the Brecon Beacons National Park, the location is perfect for hiking, cycling or simply relaxing in this spectacular expanse of unperturbed natural wilderness.

The Cambrian Mountains are one of the UK's least known, but best-preserved natural locations. Here, you're just as likely to see a Red Kite as you are another person. This is an area all but untouched from mainstream tourism and offers a hidden natural oasis away from the hordes of the UK's better-known holiday destinations.

As soon as you steer away from the busy main roads, the land begins to ripple and rise in a sprawl of mystical colour, with the roads narrowing and twisting through the secluded vales. The colours are simply stunning all year round with a magnificent green cloak of flourishing plant life in summer, which fades into beautiful shades of gold, bronze and purple as the seasons fall.

The exceptionally charming structure does its stunning location no dishonour. The crooked old mill has been renovated into an elegant and luxurious country retreat, perfectly equipped for families, friends and couples. Between the burgeoning trees, woodland birds and the babbling River Gwenlais, this a world of tranquillity that will rejuvenate even the most hardened of souls.

  • Sleeping arrangements

    2 double bedrooms, one king size and one super-king (which can also be made up as a twin).

  • Bathroom Facilities

    1 family bathroom and 1 shower room.

  • Cooking Facilities

    Fully equipped luxury kitchen.

  • Internet Access

    Wi-Fi is available at this property.

  • Heating and Lighting

    Central heating and mains electric. Log Burner (starter pack of logs included, extra's £5 per pack)

  • Child Policy

    Children welcome!

  • Pets Policy

    2 Dogs welcome - 1 free of charge 2nd @ £25. Dogs over 12 months of age only, please, and no newly re-homed dogs of any age. There are hot and cold outside dog showers provided also dog bowls. Please bring your own dog towels and beds. Kindly make sure your flea and tick treatments are up to date!

  • Grounds and Nearby

    Private garden with outdoor seating under a covered veranda, fire-pit and hot-tub alongside the River Gwenlais. (Please be aware, the river is not fenced off, so please take care with young children).

  • Parking Information

    Ample parking next to the property.

  • Arrival Times

    Check in from 4:00PM and check out by 10:00AM

    These are recommended check-in/out times to allow Covid-19 sanitisation, earlier/later times may be available by request with the owner
  • Public Transport

    Nearest major bus stop; Llandovery, 4 miles away.

The interior is stylish and elegant, with traditional charm and character bristling in every room.

There are two bedrooms - a king size suite upstairs with double height ceilings and lovely views, and a super-king on the ground floor, which can also be made up as a twin.

There are two bathrooms to accompany - one large family plus another luxury shower room.

The living area is open plan with comfortable seating and a fully-equipped luxury kitchen.  

The cottage is set on a 70-acre estate with stunning views and walks right from the door.

Outside, a large private garden has a covered veranda outdoor seating and a fire-pit.

To make your stay complete, watch shooting stars from the wood-fired hot tub in the pristine dark sky, with the hypnotic purr of the river Gwenlais in the background.

Please be aware: the river is not fenced off, so guests must take responsibility for children and dogs.

There is ample parking next to the property. 

Dogs welcome. Horses by arrangement.

The property is set within 70 acres of private land within the majestic Towy Valley and Cambrian Mountains, overlooking the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Guest are free to explore the land, while there are a variety of walking routes directly from the door. Pack a picnic and stroll along the drover's track to the Cambrian Mountains or set out to find one of a number of natural waterfalls close by.

The mystical landscape is great for mountain biking and cycling along the country roads. There is a 'red' downhill mountain biking trail just a mile up the road, while Carmarthenshire County Council has put together a series of six road cycling routes. Also, for biking enthusiasts, check out Gritfest in June, which takes place on the farm next door!

For food or a tipple visit The Neuadd Fawr Arms in Cilcywm. This fantastic traditional pub serves excellent food and is less than a mile's walk from the property.

Nearby Attractions

Llandovery & Heritage Centre

  • Llandovery, an ancient market town has an unhurried charm where the first independent Welsh bank, The Black Ox, was established by a wealthy drover.
  • Llandovery Heritage Centre offers an insight into the life of the drovers long ago as well as local legends, the railway and local history.
  • There is a tourist information centre, the Heart of Wales Railway, a ruined Norman castle to explore, supermarkets, delicatessen and much more.


  • A 20 minute drive away, this colourful picturesque busy country town climbs up the hillside from the River Towy.  Meander around the twisted lanes or take a themed walk and discover all that Llandeilo has to offer. Lots of individual and independent shops sell a range of unusual gifts, home wares, bespoke furniture and local crafts. There are award winning local food suppliers, shops selling fashionable clothing, an extensive antique and garden centre and even an auction house! With a wide variety of places to eat and drink - The Cawdor Arms Hotel is the place to be seen over morning coffee and Sunday papers!

Heavenly Exquisite Desserts, Llandeilo

  • The artisan made cakes and chocolates are an amazing sight and taste even better. No visit to the market town of Llandeilo is complete without a handmade chocolate treat, scrumptious cake or delicious ice-cream from this award winning chocolatier on Rhosmaen Street.

Dinefwr Park and Castle, Llandeilo

  • A visit to Dinefwr Park and Castle is a great day out for all the family. Re-live Edwardian life below stairs in Newton House and explore the romantic ruins of Dinefwr Castle, a home to the princes of Deheubarth.
  • Then ramble through the restored parkland among ancient giant trees and restore your flagging energy levels with delicious home cooked delicacies at the tea rooms.

Y Polyn, Capel Dewi

  • Popular for lunch where the portions are enormous and the prices very reasonable. Dinner is a real treat (booking essential) - do try the sour dough bread, they say that it rivals that of Paris  -  and keep a little room for dessert topped with their very own honey is heaven in a bowl.

National Garden of Wales

  • The National Botanical Garden of Wales and Aberglasney (A Garden lost in Time) are within an easy drive as are the spectacular Llyn Brianne and Usk Reservoirs.

Dolaucothi Gold Mine (NT)

  • Dolaucothi Gold Mine in the village of Pumsaint was in use from Roman times to the 20th C. Take a fascinating tour of the underground workings, equipped with your miners lamp, you simply must try your hand at panning! Any gold you find is yours to take how to remind you of this special day.

Newton House National Trust, Llandeilo & Historic White Cattle

  • This is a beautiful manor house with romantic formal gardens dating back to 1660.There are innovative and changing exhibitions as well as a permanent presentation depicting the house during the period between 1940 and 1945 when it was used as a hospital. Handsome historic white cattle still graze the surrounding grass lands as they have done since medieval times.

Llandeusant Red Kite Feeding Station - a must for bird lovers and a challenge for photographers

  • Over 50 red kites and buzzards are fed daily giving a spectacular aerial display. Do make time to visit. You wont be disappointed by these magnificent birds of prey.

Visit nearby Pembrokeshire for beaches and family attractions (1 hour drive)

  • Folly Farm, Manor Wildlife Park, Heatherton Sports Park, Carew Karting, Bluestone Water Park and the Dinosaur Park are just a selection of quality family attractions to enjoy. Tenby and Saundersfoot are lovely seaside resorts with glorious unspoiled beaches and plenty of family friendly cafes and restaurants and entertainment.
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