South Wales Homes is a family run business which has been renting private homes since the turn of the new millennium.  266 Heart of the Valleys Cottage  is our First venture in Holiday Accommodation which was first let in July 2016. We have done our utmost to make this cottage a haven for your enjoyment.
We have been extremely privileged to have lived in this area most of our lives, to enjoy the mountains, scenery and the many places to visit – lots of which are close at hand. We live locally, and will always be accessible. We all speak English, but one of our team can converse in Turkish.
266 Cottage captured our hearts the first time we walked through the door. The charming wood beams, the stone wall and the old stone staircase. This cottage was different, and we fell in love with it straight away. Since purchase we have completed many renovations, including new wood staircases whilst retaining the 'Olde Wordle' stone staircase, just for show. We're sure 266 Cottage will capture your heart as it did ours.

Once you go through the front porch you leave the rest of the world behind, yet you're only minutes away from any amenity you could need. Light the log fire, jump in the hot tub, order a takeaway and a bottle of something nice!!! oh!!! Sheer bliss

RATING AWARDS given to 266 Heart of the Valleys Cottage :-

4 stars rated with Visit Wales plus having the Walkers and Bikers awards
This rating is gained by having an annual visit from the Visit Wales representative.

Superhosts with Airbnb, having a 4.92 star rating by 87 different reviews
{Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.}

A few recent reviews from Airbnb:-

Yechezkel, UK
Rating, 5 stars  December 2023
A fantastic stay at this luxury cottage with a lovely hot tub.

Catherine, Torquay, UK
Rating, 5 stars  November 2023
Had a lovely stay for 2 nights and this place had everything we needed. Easy parking right outside. Fully furnished and equipped as per descriptions. We even got to benefit from the Christmas decorations. Lovely home from home. Diane was so informative and gave us a full run down on the property to ensure we experienced and utilised all the facilities on offer. Thank you so much

Sarah, Taunton, UK
Rating, 5 stars, November 2023
Such an interesting place to stay! Sparkly lights, warm and cosy and lovely hot tub
Clean and very comfortable beds.
Friendly hosts with lots of recommendations and local knowledge.
Really enjoyed our stay.

Sylvain, Paris, France
Rating, 5 stars July 2023
Very pleasant and clean place.
Diane was particularly helpful and provided a lot of information regarding things to do and see in the vicinity.
Her instructions helped us to prepare thoroughly our trip and make the most of our stay there.

Premier hosts with VRBO, having a 5 star exceptional rating given by 106 different reviews
{Premier Host is a free, invite-only programme that recognises owners and managers who consistently deliver great traveller experiences.}

A few recent reviews from VRBO :-

Robert H. 5/5 Excellent 2 Jan 2024 {stayed 4 nights}
Liked: Cleanliness, check-in, communication, location, listing accuracy
Our stay was excellent and we really enjoyed our time there and would recommend that you stay there

Monika F., 5/5 Excellent 23 Aug 2023 {stayed 7 nights}
Liked: Cleanliness, check-in, communication, location, listing accuracy
Beautiful place.   Everything was perfect from beginning where we had everything explained by lovely host until the very last day. We enjoyed spending time in the cottage and will highly recommend this place for anyone looking for a nice place to stay in Brecon Beacons area. Great base for exploring, but same time it feels like home. It was 7 of us all together and we had more than enough space. Hot tub and big outdoor play area is a big bonus. Lovely, lovely place. Highly recommended x
Stayed 7 nights in Aug 2023

Luke M. 5/5 Excellent,  12 Aug 2023 {stayed 4 nights}
Liked: Cleanliness, check-in, communication, location, listing accuracy
Amazing cottage. The 5 of us had a fantastic time at the cottage. It was a beautiful property where everything has been thought of and communication was incredible for the whole of our stay. We will definitely be coming back soon

TRIP ADVISOR has 86 reviews recorded mostly 5*

A few recent reviews from Trip Advisor :-

Cameron J, Nov 2023 - 5 Stars 
Amazing cottage brilliant hosts
AMAZING COTTAGE. There is not a single thing that the host has not put thought in to the cottage it's self is beautiful with a rustic and Homely feel to it. The hot tub is amazing. The children's play area is equipt for any age my children loved it and they range from 1, 4 and 7 years old and all 3 of them enjoyed it. The beds and bedrooms are beautiful there's a toilet on each floor. The showers are also brilliant. The host's are amazing and can not do enough to help I honestly wish I could give it more stars for a rating 100/100 for me.

Corinne T Sept, 2023 - 5 Stars 
266 Aberdare
As soon as we walked in it felt so homely, place was clean and they have thought of everything to suit everyone, the place was kitted out with all that you could think off, the people were so lovely it was a pleasure to meet them they couldnt do enough for you we would go back again 🥰

Aneta J  August 2023 - 5 Stars {from Grimsby} 
Had a lovely stay at the cottage, very welcomed by the host, all explained and nothing was a trouble. House is well equipped, we have found everything we needed through our week stay. Hot tub and kids playground is a great addition!  And a brilliant location too, near by attractions kept us busy every day. Thank you once again Diane & Bill xx

266 GOOGLE reviews have a 4.9 star rating accredited by 26 reviews

A few recent reviews from GOOGLE :-

Jade Armstrong - 5 star - 5 months ago
Diane and Bill are brilliant hosts, very friendly and accommodating. She left some nibbles for us which was a nice touch too. Nothing was too much effort, we thought the oven wasn't working so they were going to bring round a portable oven straight away but turned out we had it on the wrong setting. The hot tub is lovely and the garden feels very cosy with lots of pretty lights. My 5 year old loved the play park, lots of equipment and the floor is spongy which is ideal for the clumsy ones! Large rooms which comfortably slept the 6 of us. Diane will also check the sleeping arrangements beforehand to set the rooms up for your requirements. There's booklets containing lots of useful info on things to do in the area. We tried the waterfalls walk which Diane recommended and was lovely and the highlight of the trip. Lots of local amenities near the cottage too which is handy. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely return. Very good value for what you get and it's a great location for those who enjoy the outdoors. Thank you both so much

Aneta Jucha - 5 star - 5 months ago
Had a lovely stay at the cottage, very welcomed by the host, all explained and nothing was a trouble. House is well equipped, we have found everything we needed through our week stay. Hot tub and kids playground is a great addition! And a brilliant location too, near by attractions kept us busy every day. Thank you once again Diane & Bill xx

Karen Lovering - 5 star - 6 months ago
Just had a girls weekend here. Loved the cottage spotlessly clean and lovely sized rooms. The hot tub was under cover which was great as it was raining. The owners were really friendly and helpful. When we arrived milk, tea and coffee and even cakes and biscuits out ready for us. Just opposite was a lovely little cafe which we went to for brunch and the next day we phoned a breakfast order through and it was delivered. Also got a selection of pubs and a one stop supermarket for bits you've forgotten. Also 2 Chinese takeaways and chip shops. Looking forward to visiting again.

Facebook reviews are 4.8 star rating from 42 reviews
A few recent reviews from FACEBOOK :-

Jade Brooks  recommends 266 - Heart of the Valleys Cottage.
This is the second time we have been in 4 years and it's just got even better. Diane is amazing and very helpful. The place is spotless and really great for large groups or couples. The hot tub was well loved whilst there with our children. Lots of toys etc for the kids to play with including the playground outside. We loved the Christmas decor and our children enjoyed having the Christmas lights on every evening. Shops and pub over the road and we enjoyed zip world whilst here this time. We loved being here again but this time with our kids that they want to move in! Thanks for everything, we will definitely be back!! X

Zoe Anne Yarker  recommends 266 - Heart of the Valleys Cottage.
We have had such a lovely stay at 266. Diane the host was so lovely and always texting to make sure we were ok and give us ideas on what to do, especially when it was raining. We visited two lots of waterfalls, the waterfalls at Glynnearh and Henrhyd Falls. Both beautiful but Henrhyd Falls was spectacular, you can even go behind the waterfall. We visited lots of beaches and had some amazing quality family time. The house was immaculate and so homely. Thank you so much for such a lovely holiday xxx

Amy Kemp  recommends 266 - Heart of the Valleys Cottage.
Out of this world!

Where do I start? We had the best time at this little hidden gem! Diane the host just couldn't do enough to ensure a perfect stay. We left feeling like family.
We had 2 children in our party and they had a better time there than when we visited Pontins recently! The park at the top of the garden was amazing and they had hours of fun in the hot tub!
The house really did have everything you need and more. They had even left a lovely box of chocolates for when we arrived.
The beds were so comfortable and the whole house was sparkling clean.
Anyone that is considering booking here, should do so knowing you will be getting an amazing deal at this little gem of a place. We will 100% be returning.
Thanks again Diane, you were such a wonderful host! xxx

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