Unique Of The Week – The Straw Cottage, Wales
The Straw Cottage is a truly unique and unusual place to stay in Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales.
Wake up to the sound of birdsong, go to sleep to the sound of Holly Brook, breakfast outside with just the meadow flowers and the hills for company.
This week we get to know a bit more about the inspiration behind The Straw Cottage with our owner interview.
When did you open?
Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind the business?
We were interested in the concept of building with straw for warmth and for sustainability.
At the same time we wanted to offer a special kind of holiday, one where couples and families could experience getting away from all the pressures of modern life.
So in 2012 Anthony designed and started to build the Straw Cottage. We chose not install electricity instead candles and lanterns provide light. Without TV or internet we hoped families, friends and couples could spend time together relaxing, talking, walking and playing games.
Completely on its own and surrounded by woods and fields with a stream we believed children could experience the freedom that we had known.
What time of year would you recommend to visit?
Any time is a good time. Of course, summer is wonderful, long sunny days, having a picnic by the stream, walking around the farm, lazing in the hammock, having a BBQ, kids playing on the swing, building a den or doing the treasure hunt.
Winter provides a different experience, dark starry skies, chilly nights spent snuggling up by the wood-burner, chatting, playing games or reading all lit by candles and lanterns.
In autumn the trees are glorious with their red, gold and yellow leaves. Long walks through rustling leaves, watching some beautiful sunsets whilst toasting marshmallows by a blazing bonfire is a perfect way to spend a day.
In April and May spring arrives with its fresh green colours, the woods around the cottage have a carpet of bluebells, the birds are singing, lambs are in the fields, the days are getting longer, everywhere is coming to life again.
If a visitor only had 1 weekend, how would you suggest they spend their time?
Sit on the veranda or laze in the hammock listen to the stream. Walk for miles on quiet country byways or around the farm with stunning views everywhere.
Have a BBQ on the porch, lit by candlelight as the evening darkens and watch the stars.
Away from the farm, visit the beautiful Elan Valley with its vast reservoirs and ancient woodland, cycle, walk or drive, see the Red Kites at Gigrin Farm, visit the Victorian town of Llandrindod Wells with beautiful buildings, green spaces and a 13 acre lake with café and pedallos.
Can you recommend any special places to eat in the area?
Drovers Thai Restaurant, Worth Your Salt, The Fforest Inn, The Harp Inn
What type of guest is your accommodation suitable for?
Guests of any age, couples, group of friends and families with children.
How would you best describe The Straw Cottage in 3 words?
Unique, magical, comfortable