Yr Hen Stablau

Region: Snowdonia Mountains and Coast

Sleeps: 6 +Cot

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Located in a peaceful setting overlooking the Dyfi Valley.

Yr Hen Stablau is a recently renovated 1840s stables set in luxuriant gardens on a wooded hillside overlooking the Dyfi Valley near Machynlleth. Yr Hen Stablau is Welsh for The Old Stables. The cottage sleeps 6 and pets are welcome. The ground floor with bedroom & bathroom is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

The peaceful, secluded and picturesque setting makes Yr Hen Stablau ideal if you want to relax, paint, read or write. It is also an excellent base for a more active holiday in this famously beautiful corner of Snowdonia. Visitors have access to a footpath through the wonderful garden, with a stunning display of rhododendrons and azaleas in spring and early summer. There are many other unusual shrubs and trees including pieris, tulip tree, monkey puzzle and eucryphia. 

The conversion has been designed to preserve existing walls and features, use the original stone, slates and timbers, and make the building energy efficient. Features are

  • Heating by LPG gas and solar energy - environmentally cleaner than oil or electricity

  • Draught lobby to reduce heat loss

  • Porch with glazing to prevent draughts and use solar energy

  • Double or triple glazing of all windows

  • Thick insulation and draught sealing of roof and walls.

  • Low solvent organic paint on all walls

  • Underfloor heating with 92% efficiency boiler.

  • Passive ventilation, reducing energy use

  • Woodburning stove using on site logs


Snowdonia Sustainable Self-catering award 2008. Green Tourism Business Gold award 2019.

The new design provides very high quality, attractive accommodation for up to six.

Ground floor: sitting room with French windows on to a slate terrace and woodland view; kitchen/dining room with high ceiling, original beams and French windows to terrace and farmland view; modern kitchen fittings; pantry; double bedroom with door to terrace; shower room/WC; hall; lobby. All ground floor wheelchair accessible and mobile hoist available free of charge.

First floor: two twin bedrooms with original beams; landing; WC.

Electricity, gas & central heating included; woodstove in the sitting room, one load logs included; free Wifi; radio & digital TV; washing machine/dryer; microwave; fridge; freezer; spring water supply UV filtered; organic cotton bedlinen provided. Central heating: underfloor downstairs, radiators upstairs, heated towel rails.

Ample parking. Shops 1 mile

Attractions near to Yr Hen Stablau:-

2019 is the Year of Discovery in Wales. So dive in and let your own unique experience of Wales wash over you. Because this is a country overflowing with wonder.  For the thrill seekers there’s coasteering on the Atlantic-battered rocks of Pembrokeshire, or 100 mph madness on the world’s fastest zip line in Bethesda.  For the more sedate in mood, there are over 600 castles to explore (a more concentrated collection of turrets, baileys and moats cannot be found anywhere in the world).  There are dozens of activities to try: sailing, scuba diving, kayaking, kitesurfing, coasteering, stand-up paddleboarding, rib-rides and surfing. Or follow the rivers upstream to the inland shores of our lakes and reservoirs.

Go high across the Cambrian Mountains and elevated fortresses of Harlech and Carreg Cennen, or low beside the seals and dolphins that pop up for a breather along the coastal cliff walks way out west.  Helping you chart your path through these wonders are three routes: the rugged North Wales Way beginning with the awe-inspiring island of Anglesey, or trek along The Cambrian Way and follow the spine of Wales between Llandudno and Cardiff, or passing near Yr Hen Stablau is the Coastal Way from  which offers views that will refresh your soul.

If you just want to just stop, stand still and soak it all in – there’s no more peaceful place to do it. This is Wales. Discover your epic here.


And also

  • Walks and hill climbing in Snowdonia
  • Centre for Alternative Technology (5 miles) - displays and activities on renewable energy and sustainable living
  • Seaside - Aberdyfi (9 miles) with 5 miles of sandy beach, Yacht Club, Outward Bound activity days, watersports, Food Festival
  • Children’s activities - Talyllyn Steam Railway with Thomas the tank engine, King Arthur’s Labyrinth, pony trekking
  • Birdwatching - Ynyshir nature reserve (6 miles), Red Kite Safaris (book in advance), Dyfi Osprey Project (6 m)
  • Cycling - near Lon Las 8, mountain bike trails from Machynlleth, cycle hire from Dolgellau.
  • Golf - Aberdyfi, Harlech (top championship courses in N Wales), Borth, Machynlleth
  • Fishing - book in advance through the New Dyfi Fishing Association
  • Craft Centre and Mine Explorers at Corris (4 miles)
  • Machynlleth Comedy Festival first weekend in May
  • Machynlleth Festival - last week in August with art & music (welsh choral, folk, jazz, classical).

Contact Name

Nicola Ruck




SY20 9JR

Telephone number(s)

(+44) (0)1654 702218

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Low £360, Mid £520 and High £640. Short breaks Low and Mid seasons. Deposit £100 and balance one month before arrival.

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