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Tincture | Luxury Self-Catering Cottage | Cambrian Mountains, Wales

Tincture

Llanwrtyd Wells, Cambrian Mountains, Powys, Wales, UK

Within the secluded peaks of Wales’ Cambrian Mountains, not a neighbour in sight, Tincture is a true escape into the wild. This fairytale home rides on the tides of nature; a self-catering cottage crafted by hand using ingenious sympathy towards the land in which it resides. Far from the stereotype so often associated with off-grid dwellings, luxury and comfort are as abundant here as the breathtaking valley views.

Introduction

Mixing the spoils of the surrounding mountains with creative flair and an eye for beautiful, ancient objects, Tincture is a sweet-scented cauldron of old meets new, nature meets mankind. Intentionally simple, designed to frame the hills which dip in and out of sight between the elements outside, this luxury self-catering cottage holds folkish magic within its 17th century stone foundations. In this remote part of Wales, earth’s song freely flows for those who stop long enough to hear; the purest remedy to busy, modern lives.

Inside

There is something very grounding about running fingers over a handmade piece of furniture, pieced together with wood from centuries ago, scars so worn-in and smooth that their undulation acts as a message from another life. Such portals exist throughout this former farmhouse; in the dining table recovered from the stable, the garden room cabinet reinvented from the pigsty and the original stone wall in the shower room. All of this twinned with industrial accents, unique word art (the owner is a typographer) and framed botanicals seemingly brings the whole world together in one cosy space.

Outside

An acre of land hugged by mountains warmly welcomes wildlife to its colourful blooms, gentle brook and tangled shrubs, while a natural pond doubles up as a plunge pool after long hikes in the nearby Brecon Beacons. If lazy days are on the agenda, recline on the sun loungers with a cool gin and tonic dressed with freshly picked herbs from the biodiverse garden. Come nightfall there isn’t a synthetic light in all the land to disturb the stars, so grab a blanket and lay it amongst the wildflowers as they stud the sky with impossibly bright twinkles.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 4 guests
    From £1,650 per week, £1,250 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 2 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThe cottage has two bedrooms on the first floor: one with a king-size bed and one with a double bed which benefits from a private en suite shower room. The family bathroom, with WC, bath and overhead shower, can also be found on the first floor.
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  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyBabies and children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThe access track to the cottage is steep and bumpy, only suitable for 4x4s. Alternative parking is at the entrance to the track, a 10-15 minute walk up a steep bridleway, so please note access may not be convenient for those with limited mobility. There is a wheelbarrow available for luggage. If guests plan on walking to the cottage, trainers, backpacks and a good torch are advised. The kitchen includes a solid fuel Rayburn, gas oven and hob, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher and milk frother. There is a washing machine in the pantry. Due to the unfenced pond which can become deep with rainfall, parents and pet owners are advised to supervise children and animals in the garden. Please keep dogs on leads when walking in the immediate area to protect the sheep. Phone signal can be weak; WiFi calling is available from arrival.
  • Homestay includesLuxury hamper of local produce, Smart TV with AppleTV, Disney+ and Netflix, lawn games, Starlink internet, firewood, coal and kindling...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Private cateringDiscover your options for private dining and fully catered breaks.
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • Eco-friendlySolar panels, slaked lime, limewash and linseed paints, spring water and biodiverse garden surrounded by protected National Trust land
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Tincture is tactile down to the very last detail
The country kitchen is complete with checkboard floor and wood beams

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The Cambrian Mountains

One of the last true areas of wilderness, Wales’ Cambrian Mountains have been mostly left to their own devices over the millennia. Rolling moorlands, glassy lakes and snow-capped mountains interlaced with winding roads await the keen adventurer.

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The Cambrian Mountains

Getting there

  • On the Map Tincture is located in the heart of mid-Wales within the Cambrian Mountain range, seven miles from the spa town of Llanwrtyd Wells.
  • By Car This luxury self-catering cottage is less than two hours from Cardiff, two hours 40 minutes from Birmingham and four and a half hours from central London.
  • By Train The nearest train station is Llanwrtyd Wells, just seven miles away, with several daily connecting trains to Swansea, Shrewsbury and the rest of the country.
  • By Air Cardiff Airport is around two hours away and Bristol Airport around two and a half hours away.

From the owner

“Our remote Welsh cottage sits within the Cambrian Mountains, with endless open skies, outstanding biodiversity and spectacular hills and valleys; their sense of immense space and peace is unique and rarely trodden.”

From the owner

The farmhouse was originally built somewhere in the 17th century, at an altitude that provides stock farming above and fertile, arable land below. The house runs entirely off-grid via a solid fuel Rayburn, solar panels and spring water, with every decision taken putting the environment as our priority.

Tincture's best features lie within its surroundings. Nestled in a quiet valley within National Trust land, the possibilities are endless for exploring, whether adventuring off the beaten path or within our biodiverse garden. Facing south, the sunrise comes in over the top of Cribyn and will stay late, particularly in the spring or summer. The brook runs down through the grounds providing an abundance of wildlife and constant movement.

Our favourite thing to do? Sitting around the firepit looking across the expansive views over the valley from the top of the garden.

The Fooks-Bale Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in The Cambrian Mountains with an insider’s perspective.

Ride the Devil´s Staircase, Abergwesyn

To Do

Ride the Devil´s Staircase, Abergwesyn

A steep ascent of hairpin bends, famous for its near-25% gradient, topping out to wide vistas of Welsh mountains and heather; whether by bike, motorcycle or car, this iconic driving route is not to be missed.

Teulu Restaurant, Bulith Wells

To Eat

Teulu Restaurant, Bulith Wells

Hidden within the black and white timber structure of Caer Beris, chef Jamie Tully whips up simple food full of flavour. Booking well in advance is recommended.

The Triangle Inn, Cwmdauddwr

To Eat

The Triangle Inn, Cwmdauddwr

Situated at the gateway to the Elan Valley, this welcoming inn is the perfect pit-stop for walkers and cyclists all through the year. A sunny garden, roaring fire and menu made up of hearty food make this unmissable for hungry adventurers.

Elan Valley

To See

Elan Valley

The dams, reservoirs and aqueduct of the Elan Valley were built over a hundred years ago, supplying clean water to Birmingham. Now, its epic feat of engineering is a sight to behold. Walking and cycling here is unrivalled, as is enjoying a coffee with a view.

Unique extras

Enhance your stay with a unique experience from one of our preferred suppliers. From professional in-house chefs to luxury at-home spa therapists and wine delivered to the door, see what’s on offer for your bespoke escape.

Press

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