The lovely newly built cottage fits beautifuly into its woodland setting. It provides luxury accommodation for a couple, and also has a sofa bed in the lounge.



Pictures of the house inside and out, and the glorious surroundings of the Elan Valley Lakes.



Peacefully situated in the heart of the country, next to the Elan Lakes, but convienient to the town of Rhayader and the main roads of central Wales.

Welcome to Ty Olaf Cottage

  • Newly built cottage offering self catering holiday accommodation in an Arts & Crafts Village
  • Woodland and Lakes
  • Peace and tranquillity accessible to town and activities.

The self catering holiday accommodation is situated in the unique Grade II listed Elan Village. It has been built in the garden of Ty Olaf, the last house, in the village which was built in the Arts and Crafts style, over 100 years ago. This luxury holiday cottage is newly built, faced with local stone and oak, and stylishly furnished. It looks straight out into ancient oak woodland that is part of the Carngafallt RSPB reserve. The area is one of outstanding natural beauty which can be enjoyed whatever the weather or season. Red Kites and buzzards sail overhead, while smaller birds are busy in the trees outside the window and sheep graze throughout the village. It is a haven of peace and tranquillity, fresh air and magnificent scenery. Here you can forget the rush of modern life, yet it is very accessible!

The cottage is a great place to relax and unwind. There are a range of delightful walks from the door of the cottage, many paved and easy, or others better suited to those who enjoy a challenge. The Elan Valley Trail which follows the route of the railway which was used in the construction of the dams, is tarmacked for much of it’s length and is ideal for cycling. If walking or cycling are not your thing, short drives open up the whole of the area known as the ‘Lakeland of Wales’. Nature reserves, pony trekking, and fishing are available close by, there are many mountain bike trails and the area is a bird watchers’ paradise. There are seasonal guided walks from the Visitor Centre to discover the dawn chorus, bats, fungi, etc. It is also a perfect base from which to explore central Wales.

Hosts, Peter and Maggie, live next door, and provide local knowledge and a warm welcome including a pack of local produce and fresh flowers.

The cottage is less than a mile from the nearest lake and the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. The Elan Valley Hotel, which has a bar and a restaurant is ½ mile via a pedestrian bridge. The town of Rhayader, with its shops, pubs and restaurants is three miles away, as is Gigrin Farm, famous as a Red Kite feeding centre. The Wye passes about 1½ miles from the cottage. Llanidloes, Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells, Presteigne, Knighton (Offa’s Dyke) and Hay on Wye are all a short drive. The Heart of Wales railway links stations between Shrewsbury and Swansea and can be accessed in Llandrindod. On Saturdays throughout the summer there are carnivals, village shows, sheep dog trials and trotting races to experience. An hour’s drive will encompass Aberystwyth and the western coast, or Brecon and the Beacons, while the Snowdonia Mountains, the Gower or the Pembrokeshire coast are well within a day’s excursion.


  • Forlorn February

    Yes February can seem something of a forlorn month, there is plenty of rain and drizzle and not a lot of sun, so what would you find on a little saunter no more than a few hundred yards from the Cottage?  Sheer magic, if you look for it!
  • Powys, climate breakdown and zero carbon

    The Welsh Government accepted that all decisions that it makes have to be in line with the concept of the welfare of future generations. This makes Wales probably the most progressive of all the home nations certainly far more so than the UK Government where all decisions can be overridden by the needs of security […]
  • Uncover the Secrets of Dol Y Mynach

    Re-posted from the Elan Valley news website Dol y Mynach is often underappreciated and many visitors leave Elan without ever knowing its important role. The dam holds back water that has been released from the Claerwen dam down the river in a small reservoir, which is linked to a tunnel that flows straight through the […]
  • Remember, remember ….

    The annual Elan Village Bonfire, which takes place right outside our house, was spectacular this year.  An old shed at the Sawmills had collapsed and the wood from it, along with a considerable quantity of pallets had been donated for the fire. The weather was favourable , there was a lot of rain on the […]
  • Garden Coffee Morning

        This Saturday, 4th August, we will be holding the fourth of our coffee mornings in aid of the Bracken Trust.  The Trust is the Llandrindod based charity providing support and treatments for people with cancer.  It is a brilliant operation that has helped cancer suffers and their families throughout mid Wales, including Maggie […]