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Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall one of the Wonders of Wales. 2 miles from Riverside Retreat The view from the top of the 240 ft Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall 2 miles from Riverside Retreat
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Entrance to Riverside Retreat
Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall one of the Wonders of Wales. 2 miles from Riverside Retreat
The view from the top of the 240 ft Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall 2 miles from Riverside Retreat
Interior view of cabin showing kitchen area through to the lounge.
View from inside cabin, overlooking the river
Triple aspect sitting area / second double bed. Overlooking the river / jetty
Kitchen view from sitting area. Folded table and chairs
View from the kitchen window
Bedroom with 5' bed
Bedroom with 5ft bed
Breakfast on the jetty, catches the early morning sun.
Relax on the veranda, a sun trap.
Messing about on the river
Pool / snooker and table tennis in owners very large poly tunnel.
The one fish  that did not get away! ( previous guests) Proud novice dad.
Bridge at end of garden to takes you over river  through woods and circular walk to village
Photo from little green bridge at end of our garden and public footpath.
Children's Den with small charcoal    BBQ / Firepit , Turf Sofa, Ages 2yrs - -- 90 yrs
Spring in owners garden
Pergola as viewed from the drive to Riverside Retreat.
Spring-
Curtains drawn on the sumptuous Daybed
July 
Lavender filled Garden in Riverside Retreat Courtyard
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Chalet -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Powys, Wales

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AlexBShro...
Shropshire
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Superb setting - an ideal place to get away from it all, relax & unwind.”
Reviewed September 12, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
1
person found this review helpful

My son and I were made to feel most welcome by the owners, Brian & Marian. They were keen too that we should make the most of their superb garden and setting.

It was easy to do so. The cleverly designed chalet was modern, comfortable and immaculate. Each evening, we lit the brazier and sat out on the decking overlooking the river with a glass of something and stayed there long after dark.

The surrounding hills are superb for walking, with spectacular views.

Thoroughly recommended.

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Liked best: Next to the river
Liked least: All fine
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
14 Sep 2015
Thank you for taking the trouble to write a review.It was a pleasure meeting you both and wish you both success with your future plans. We were so pleased to hear the pleasure you both enjoyed from our natural surroundings, extending into the late evenings with the fire pit , jetty / river experience, over a glass of 'something'. Well done for finding your way to the top of the Waterfall from Riverside Retreat , not for the faint hearted!.Your photos are great. We hope you can return one day soon
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Anthony C
Frisco, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“BEST Retreat (self-catering) we've stayed at in Europe”
Reviewed September 1, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
1
person found this review helpful

My husband and I spent the August Bank Holiday at Riverside Retreat. I am an American living in London with my husband. We spend a lot of time traveling through Europe and prefer to stay at Self-Catering facilities. This was the BEST self catering retreat we've stayed at. The cottage was exceptional. It was in an idyllic setting. The host / hostess keep a beautiful garden. The garden was like staying in a 5 star resort. You can hear the babbling brook and walk among the flowers and garden. The cottage itself had EVERYTHING provided. We didn't need to go to the store to get anything (i.e. soap, Al foil, paper products, trash bags, etc...). The hostess received us with a warm smile, a bottle of wine, homemade sausage platte, and fresh veg. Well worth the drive and the money!!!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
2 Sep 2015
Wow!! Thanks for your glowing review. We are so pleased you appreciated the few extras we put in the cabin enabling guests to start their holiday immediately they arrive. We know how important 'escaping' he hustle, bustle of our crazy world is as we have ALL those T shirts. We are fortunate to experience this wonderful location on a daily basis and feel we need to share it and help our guests recharge , relax and see our world from a beautiful prospective. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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cdja2015
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Warm Welcome & Idyllic Setting”
Reviewed August 26, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
1
person found this review helpful

A very warm welcome and a beautiful setting make this property a perfect "retreat". Marian and Brian are very hospitable and incredibly helpful. The property is well equipped and coped well with a family of 4. Close to the spectacular Llanrhaeadr Waterfall, Lake Vrynwy, Bala, Chester and more, there's also plenty to do. Many Thanks.

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
31 Aug 2015
Thank you for letting us and very importantly others know how much you enjoyed and got the most from your stay at Riverside Retreat. Our plans to improve the accommodation are constant so as to enhance the experience of staying at Riverside Retreat. We hope we see you again one day. Thank you for your custom and review.
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Gary H
Leyland, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Awesome retreat in a delightful area with very welcoming hosts.”
Reviewed August 23, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed here Aug 8th to 14th with our 13 year old son. We loved it from the word go.
Marian and Brian, our hosts were warm and welcoming and always available if we needed any advice on the very beautiful area. We were blessed with fantastic weather and really enjoyed ourselves. We found the retreat to be well kitted out and very well presented.
We made full use of the outdoor area, fire pit, barbeque and the table tennis and pool table in the polly tunnel.
We were told there was an Ethernet cable but we did not use it. We could give our family Marian and Brian's telephone number if they needed to contact us.
A wonderful retreat in every sense of the word.

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Liked best: Tranquility of the setting.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
31 Aug 2015
We thank you for troubling to write a review for Riverside Retreat and thank you for highlighting some of the additional extras which you enjoyed so much. We are setting plans in motion to enhance holidays at our retreat in the form of a larger covered area to sit and relax under and beat the occasional showers we have in Wales but not to reduce the patio area's ability to be a sun trap.Our aim is for our guests not to feel let down by the temperamental weather here in the UK.We enjoyed meeting you all and hope one day to see you again.Thank you again.
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Alice J
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Off the beaten track”
Reviewed August 9, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
1
person found this review helpful

The welcome from the owners was warm & friendly & the property is certainly ,as described, a "retreat " However I had not realised quite how small it is & that there is no T V or mobile 'phone signal there.In reality , it is ideal for a couple but any further guests have to sleep on a bed-settee which takes up all the sitting area space.However ,if this is no problem then the property is clean ,very well equipped, & with many extras which perhaps one wouldn't expect to find.
The situation is idyllic & you are lulled to sleep by the sound of the river flowing by & birdsong .

How easy was it to book the property? How helpful were the directions to the property?
How easy was key pickup/access to the property? Overall condition of the property
Bedding & mattresses Kitchen & utensils
Bathroom cleanliness Other facilities & amenities
Liked best: The situation of the cottage
Liked least: no television & no radio reception & no mobile 'phone signal
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
9 Aug 2015
We thank you for taking the time to write a review for Riverside Retreat and your positive comments which highlight the type of holiday we offer.However we are surprised at your responses to most categories as we have no recollection of difficulties regarding booking, when you booked a year ago.We were here to hand over the key upon your arrival. Special attention is always paid to cleaning the whole cabin especially the bathroom so we are sorry it did not meet with your approval We are sorry you found the directions to the property tricky as they are exact and no difficulties were mentioned upon your arrival.No TV, Wifi or phone signal at the property are clearly stated in the description but we do provide a cable for lap tops and TV for DVDS. We also encourage use of our land line phone to make contact with relatives and take messages.We are sorry you were disappointed regarding the lack of these facilities which emphasises the importance of reading the details before booking.Yes it is a retreat in every sense and we hope future guests will benefit from your review and our response.
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ozsarahc
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
“Everything you'd want for a relaxing holiday away from busy urban life”
Reviewed July 21, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We loved staying at this well-equipped chalet on Brian and Marian's beautiful property in the idyllic Welsh countryside. After a really special welcome, they gave us all the space we needed but were always on hand while working away at their spectacular garden.
Our days were spent visiting the nearby waterfall, walking down into the pretty village, driving out to the stunning Lake Vyrnwy and playing Scrabble on the decking by the stream or table tennis in the games room before watching DVDs at night. We found our holiday truly enriched by the absence of wi-fi!

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
22 Jul 2015
We thank you for the trouble you have taken to write this review as it will help future guests to decide if what we offer is right for them. You arrived exhausted and left recharged ready to face your busy lives. It was a pleasure having you to stay and enjoying the tranquility Riverside Retreat offers. We hope you can return one day and visit the many places this part of Wales has to offer.
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ThusharCh...
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Breathtaking”
Reviewed June 27, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

The place is more enchanting then the pictures lead you to believe.
My husband and I escaped to Wales with our 18 month daughter and we had a wonderful time. It is was safe for her to run around in and Marian provided her with lots of toys and books to keep her entertained.
Brian and Marian really know the area and advised to visit some amazing places which we wouldn't have found on our own.
The place is filled with a very loving energy and I think it comes from the love Brian and Marian put in to the place.
We will definitely go back when my daughter so that she can hold onto to the memories.
Thank you for an amazing time and opening your home to us.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
28 Jun 2015
Thank you for reviewing Riverside Retreat so warmly and positively. We get so much pleasure when our guests respond the way you have. It was important to us to observe your little one and make some hasty improvements, although very minor, to the fencing at the river edge to give maximum security.We are also so pleased you visited so many different places whilst having Riverside Retreat as your base. You rightly told us the area is truly amazingly beautiful. Thank you both for taking the time to reflect on Trip Advisor and help future guests decide if the cabin is right for them.
We look forward to meeting you all again one day.
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