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“Swallows, Amazon's and all things green”
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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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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant, Powys, Wales

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Vivnista
Shropshire
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Swallows, Amazon's and all things green”
Reviewed 31 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017
1
person found this review helpful

This is my 3rd visit here and I have to leave another sparkling review as this place is so idyllic. We stayed 4 nights this time and it felt like a week, so relaxed were we.
We go gadget free so had cards, dominoes, colouring and a guitar to keep us entertained. We ventured out once to the waterfall but we're reluctant to leave the bubbling lull of the river again.
Equipped with absolutely everything you could need, even outdoor blankets, torches, firewood, cushions, beach towels etc it makes packing much simpler
Marion and Brian feel like relatives now and our 8yr old follows them around the garden 'helping'
We are always sad to leave but then always fast to rebook as we don't ever want to miss out in our little haven.
Thank you both, we miss you already!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Jun 2017
Thank you so much for your review. We are so pleased you feel what we feel everyday every time you come to stay. Thanks for letting us know about all the birds you observed as well. We'll keep in touch re their young hatchlings. The amount of wild life is becoming more diverse as the habitat extends to the woods beyond the cabin. Will keep an otter watch and will report when we see them again. Hopefully with their young next time. Look forward to your return.
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Gaz H
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fabulous Weekend stay”
Reviewed 27 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017
3
people found this review helpful

Just got back from our weekend stay at the Riverside Retreat. This was our second visit. So relaxing, so close to nature and so much fun, Brian and Marian were once again wonderful hosts, passing on tips and stories of local interest. We did some amazing walks along Waterfall Road to Pistell Rhaedr ( the nearby waterfall) and made our way to the hidden lake. What a joy!

Back at the cabin we couldn't get enough of watching yellow breasted wagtails cavorting over the river , catching insects and just showing off! There were blue tits nesting in a box off the side of the cabin, swifts nesting in the garage, robins and
even a woodpecker and birds of prey soaring above us. Brian kindly lent us his binoculars and a bird book to help with identifications. It was also great keeping warm on the jetty with the woodburner to take the edge off the chillier evenings.
G and T's also help!

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Management Response
29 May 2017
Thank you both for sharing your review. We are always delighted when our guests appreciate the wildlife which lives in our valley. We now have to add a flycatcher to the list of birds and a night heron which is very unusual.
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ThusharCh...
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful in any weather.”
Reviewed 21 March 2017 for a stay in March 2017
1
person found this review helpful

This is the second time we stayed at Riverside Retreat. After our first magical stay I had longed to go back but we couldn’t quite manage it as I was blessed with our second daughter a month after our stay at Riverside Retreat and I waiting for her to be old enough to enjoy it when my Brother inlaw and his wife came to visit and wanted to visit Wales after seeing our lovely photos. They were only here for a short time so we couldn’t stay at the Riverside Retreat for as long as I liked but the time we did spend there was action packed and we managed to cover a lot of things in the short time that we did stay. Even in the rain everything was still as beautiful as I remembered. We went up Snowdon, we visited Pistyll Waterfall and Lake Vyrnwy.
Marian and Brian was as warm and welcoming as always. They feel like old friends just after two visits. Your property is just amazing. I think everyone should visit it. I’m sure we will be back soon.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Mar 2017
Thank you so much for that lovely , positive review Chai. It was lovely to see you all again and so special to meet your new beautiful daughter. Yes you certainly packed a lot into your short stay which I hope will show prospective guests that from the location of Riverside Retreat a lot of easy exploring can be achieved. You were so busy that we didn't get chance yo show you the new outside lights, hung below the jetty and which shine on the river and trees at night. It is very special and romantic.!!!! We look forward to your return.
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Coastal61...
1 review
“Perfect Weekend Escape”
Reviewed 20 February 2017 for a stay in February 2017

We had a lovely stay in Riverside Retreat. We stayed for 2 nights as a treat for our anniversary. We were greeted warmly by Marian and Brian with Welsh cakes (which were lovely), and were given lots of recommendations. Lake Vyrnwy and Pistyll Rhaeadr are a must! We wish we could stay for longer and will be bringing some friends back in the summer :)

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
21 Feb 2017
Thank you for taking time to write a review. It is so important for future guests to make a decision as to wether what we offer is for them. We loved having you stay at Riverside a Retreat and will welcome you back in the summer with friends. There is so much beauty in our area and beyond which we would love to share with you.
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Garry H
1 review
“The most amazing, idyllic three days!!”
Reviewed 15 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016

We have just got back from the Riverside Retreat. Marian and Brian are wonderful hosts, making you feel instantly relaxed and at home. The cabin, whilst not suitable for persons of 6' and above due to the height of the ceiling and doors, was really well equipped, with everything you could possibly need for a short break. From gas hob, electric oven , toaster microwave and fridge you couldnt want for more on the cooking front.
However, when you get out of the cabin you have the most amazing area in front of you. You are surrounded by the most beautiful plants, trees and flowers. There is an outside day bed which looks stunning and, in the right weather conditions, would be a wonderful experience.
At the end of the cabin is a decking area with a bench, table and firepit overlooking the River Rhaedr. We sat each night overlooking the river, fire beside us, drink in hand, just letting the noise of the river soothe our nerves and help us to unwind. Even in the rain there is an awning to keep you dry.
Marian and Brian were both so friendly and helpful, offering advice(that we wish we had heeded!!) and information on eveything you need to know to get the most out of your experience in this genuine gem of a spot.
The only thing that could have made our wonderful experience any better would have been to see chickens, and possibly ducks, wandering freely around providing fresh free range eggs to be bought for an alfresco breakfast on the jetty!!

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Liked best: The gardens are beautiful
Liked least: The road leading to the property
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Management Response
17 Sep 2016
Thank you for your review. Yes the jetty is very popular with all our guests so we are pleased you made the most of it too. Regarding the chickens, I am still trying to persuade Brian of the benefits so watch this space. We hope you can return one day.
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