Bwthyn Dwrgi

Set deep in the Golden Valley close to Hay on Wye
Guests: 5       Wifi: not available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

Bwthyn Dwrgi

about the property

The perfect country holiday cottage near Hay-on-Wye – perfect accommodation for Hay Festival or at any time of the year. Privacy and a wonderful traditional cottage interior on the Welsh borders. Never had a single complaint!

"Otter Cottage blends culture, countryside and cute furry things. A short drive from the bookshops in Hay-on-Wye, it has views of the Black Mountains and a family of otters that swim in the brook running alongside" The Observer

Bwthyn Dwrgi, Welsh for Otter Cottage as otters can sometimes be glimpsed playing in the river that fronts the cottage. It is a charming traditional country cottage a stones-throw away from Hay-on-Wye, famous for its second hand bookshops, festivals and antiques. It is tucked away deep in the secluded Golden Valley along it own private track, it looks out onto the rolling hillside and the Black Mountains beyond.

This is the perfect place to unwind and escape the rest of the world.There is no television reception (bliss!) but plenty of DVD's supplied.  Located in a very special part of Herefordshire very close to the border with Wales, the cottage has a stream that flows over an ancient ford in front of the house, great for cooling your feet off in the Summer! There is excellent walking from the doorstep and horse-riding. You can even stable your own horse should you wish to bring yours along with you!

It is a short walk (1 mile) from the Pandy Inn in Dorstone, perfect for a lazy lunchtime feast in the garden. Bwthyn Dwrgi has the best of culture and is also a pure and blissful countryside haven. See more on our Facebook album



latest review

Lovely relaxing few days in this cosy and comfortable cottage.

Su J, February 2018

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pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double, Double and the Single only

facilities at Bwthyn Dwrgi

farm or rural location
young children welcome
open fire / woodburner
pub nearby (walkable)
cleaning services
washing machine

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There is electric and oil central heating throughout the cottage

  • Entrance porch - used as log store and useful place to leave muddy boots and wet coats.

Open plan kitchen / dining room

  • Kitchen area: Pale blue washed units, electric cooker, hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge and freezer.
  • Dining area: Traditional pine farmhouse table and chairs, built-in dresser and open fireplace

Sitting room:

  • Comfortable sofas, chairs, and log burning stove. DVD player, CD and iPod dock provided


  • Bath and hand basin - with separate loo

Bedrooms: All have new mattresses with an old iron bedstead (one of the doubles has a brass bedstead) Antique bed covers and French pillow-cases.

  • Bedroom 1: single bedroom
  • Bedroom 2: double bedroom
  • Bedroom 3: double bedroom


  • Wooden garden bench, table, chairs and BBQ
  • Ample parking
  • Stabling and grazing for horses - please contact UTT for details
  • Stream for paddling and acres to explore!

local area

  • Wood burning stoves - logs from sustainable sources
  • Re-cycling

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customer reviews for Bwthyn Dwrgi

Lovely relaxing few days in this cosy and comfortable cottage.

- Su J,
February 2018

We had a memorable week in this delightful cottage. Everything was exactly as we had hoped for and the comfortable beds with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside provided the perfect start. To every day. Hay on Wye was a daily pleasure and a drive and walk over the mountain road from Hay to Capel y Flynn highly recommended. Thank you so much for this opportunity of a good old fashioned and totally relaxing Christmas break.

- Sarah A,
January 2018

Bwthyn Dwrgi was perfect , wonderfully secluded and the fact that there was no Wi Fi and no phone signal was such a blessing - enabling us to totally switch off and to immerse ourselves in the wonderful tranquility that it offers - the kitchen was really well equipped and the local pub incredibly friendly and the lamb and mint pie was to die for Definitely one of the best UTT cottages that we've stayed in and we've stayed in many ! We didn't know Herfordshire at all and there are many delightful places to explore and discover and a kayak on the river Wye is a must !

- Marc R,
August 2017

What a beautiful place. Location was idyllic and having no wifi or mobile signal was lovely and made for a proper break. The cottage is furnished beautifully and has everything you need. Loved the fires too - even though it was August we had one as so cosy - I imagine this place would be lovely and snug in winter. Weather was good - rain at night - walks around here are amazing and Hay on Wye is lovely. Recommend a visit to The Pandy Inn - which is also within walking distance.

- Jo W,
August 2017

Wonderful holiday. Very quiet, restful and so picturesque. Will definitely continue to vacation with Under the Thatch. Want to go to one in South of Spain next year, or maybe in France to Hafod. Thank you so much Under the Thatch!

- Shoshana W,
August 2017

A beautiful cottage in a idyllic spot.

- Derek D,
July 2017

We really enjoyed our stay in this beautiful cottage. The air is filled with the sound of birdsong, sheep and the stream that passes alongside the cottage. A real haven for lovers of nature and wildlife. We saw House Martins {?} flying to and fro from their nests in the eaves - and if you sit on one of the bedroom windowsills you can literally get a birds eye view. The cottage is beautifully decorated and furnished and the bedrooms are filled with the morning light. It's lovely to have wood burners and as the cottage is old stone, even in summer it's not too hot to light them! The main part of the garden is sunny all day and there is plenty of seating to make the most of it.

- Joanna H,
June 2017

What a beautiful find! What a relaxing and comfortable venue. Have only good things to say about our holiday. The place, the surroundings, the friendliness of the owner, everything was just wonderful. We are definitely thinking and feeling to return. Many thanks Daniel

- Daniel H,
August 2016

A perfect spot with a lovely house for a break away from the daily grind. This part of the country is a hidden gem, and the house in particular is so far down the road from anywhere that it feels really remote, and yet is only a short drive from Hay-on-Wye. The house is very comfortable and has a lovely homely feel. Thanks again for a good stay.

- Catherine B,
July 2016

What a stunning location! We stayed for the week of the Hay Festival and the peace and tranquillity of Bwthyn Dwrgi was wonderful. The valley in which it is set seems untouched by time and as you sit in the sunshine you can see red kites overhead and hares in the fields. Utterly magical.

- Nicola D,
June 2016

Charming cottage in a magical situation. Sophie left fresh eggs and pretty flowers in the welcoming, colourful kitchen. A great place for a weekend break with lovely walks. Hay on Wye near by with gorgeous shops and galleries.

- Julie cooper ,
April 2016

We stayed for a long weekend and had the most wonderful time! Cottage itself is fabulous - very (!!!) well maintained, super clean, incredibly comfortable, good bed, warm duvets and sunlit master bedroom in the end of the hallway upstairs. It was so pleasant to wake to the sight of green slopes and the sound of creek running nearby. The place is mere 15 mins away from Hay and that drive is stunning! Not having any wi-fi or phone coverage was a pleasant good perk for us. The cottage pretty much has every appliance and piece of crockery one might need for comfort and cooking including dishwasher. The space is so well and lovingly decorated, adorable colourful plates and cups and art in every room! Can't recommend it enough and we hope to be back when we have a chance.

- Julija K,
April 2016

Such a perfect tonic to everyday life. We LOVED switching off and being off grid for our Easter break. The kids loved the horses and the stream - playing "boats" was a highlight for them. The cottage is so peaceful yet you are only a short drive from Hay-on-Wye. We enjoyed Sunday lunch at the Pandy Inn - the owners are charming. Sophie had thoughtfully left a glorious bunch of daffodils and some fresh eggs for us and we enjoyed both. We even saw the hare bouncing past on Easter Sunday morning. We are sure to return. We were warm and cosy and very comfortable.Thank you for a fabulous stay.

- K parsons ,
March 2016

This is a charming cottage in a beautiful setting, we went for some R&R and achieved it in spades, we slept like logs after lovely walks and a specially good Sunday lunch at the local pub.

- Philippa R,
March 2016

We had the most splendid weekend relaxing in the cosy environs of Otter Cottage. It was all we could ask for. Down a quiet track in its own private valley facing the sun, even in November we got the best of the rays. We went to rest, eat, drink and enjoy our own company, which Otter Cottage enables you to do. A well stocked kitchen, comfy beds and intimate snugs are all here. Plus the bonus of central heating AND two wood burners. Make sure you stock up on wood as soon as you can in Hay if visiting during the colder months. We can't wait to return and reccomend it to friends.

- Sarah B,
November 2015

We had a lovely weekend break in this charming cottage - thank you so much! There were lots of interesting places to visit nearby, and great local walks and pubs. The cottage itself was in a beautiful secluded spot, and we felt we were entering a slower pace of life, with lazy mornings and long evenings by the fire. It was very comfortable and nicely decorated with lots of personal touches. We would definitely come again - thank you!

- Rosie H,
November 2015

A charming cottage in an idyllic location. A real home from home.We wanted for nothing and had a very restful weekend.I love the fact there is no signal or wifi, so rare to find a place where you can truly be left in peace. We had a beautiful visit and caught the last throes of autumn; we were even blessed with a glorious rainbow over the house on our arrival. Good access for walks in the Black Mountains and of course a visit to Hay. Highly recommend.

- Julia S,
November 2015

We had a really lovely weekend. Arrived late but greeted by a tawny owl on the gate post and a very warm, welcoming cottage. Loved everything about the house- felt at home straight away, very comfortable, bright and sunny in the morning and really cosy by the fire in the evening. Idyllic location in a really peaceful valley, and a great base to explore Herefordshire & the Brecon Beacons a bit. Not enough time (is there ever?), would definitely stay here again.

- Katie F,
October 2015

We had a fabulous stay at Bwthyn Dwrgi. Thank you.

- Abigail H,
September 2015

Mid-September holiday: Restful location nestled in between two hills, about ten minutes drive from Hay. House is gentle and enveloping: log fires and comfy old seats. Lovely big farmhouse table and chairs for sitting around, putting the world to right. Comfy beds so woke refreshed and well rested every morning. vGood bath for long soaks. No shower. The days and evenings were long, long, long... Conducive to reading, lolling around and generally not doing much at all. No tv or wifi to encroach on time. Bring a few DVDs for the nights, or just resort to a book or 'project'. Everything about the little house is a bit rustico, a little tired around the edges, but it's delightful and charming. It has a really lovely feel. The owner, a children's illustrator, has a lovely collection of old pottery and plates on display (out of reach of knocks and accidents), and pictures and prints. Children will love the steam outside. Front garden has a high-ish drop to track below (about 4 foot). Mightn't suit toddlers or the unwary unless you are prepared to watch over. Fine for everyone else. Front garden is more gently sloping and fine. Older children will love the stream. And it's lovely to just listen to from the patio above. The house was always warm and bright, it faces south west, so sun the whole day through. There is plenty of walking in the area, but although lots of 'things to do' info in a folder it isn't clear where you can walk directly from the cottage. Go prepared with your own OS 1:25 map of area. Dog Walkers, too. We normally like to cook, but this time we bought everything from Hay and just did the minimal to warm through. There are some home comforts, too: dish washer, washing machine and dryer, all handy, just in case. Would we stay again? I think we would.

- Marie steele ,
September 2015

an absolutely wonderful cottage and location. Definitely felt like a home away from home, comfortable (especially the beds!) and a great place to relax and unwind.

- Martin B,
September 2015

Otter Cottage is a lovely place to stay, the peace & quiet away from the city and all it's light pollution was simply wonderful. The cottage is welcoming with everything anyone might need and with oh so comfortable beds. We had an excellent time and would recomend a stay there. The flowers on the table and the various types of eggs made for a really thoughtful greeting.

- Erica W,
June 2015

This is a delightful cottage in a totally "get away from it all" location, but with lots to do and see locally. A hare came to greet us on our arrival and sat watching us from a few yards away. The whole weekend was full of such amazing experiences. And we loved the pub and the community shop/gallery/cafe in the local village too.

- Jill kempshall ,
June 2015

Thank you for our visit. We have had a very relaxng stay. From the bookshops in Hay, The Owl centre and the trip to the Brecon Beacons, we have loved it all - but especially the horses, the pheasant and her chicks and, of course, not forgetting the great fun the children have had in the stream with the wonderful Otter.

July 2014

We have had such an amazingly relaxing time, it feels like the outside world is a million miles away!! The cottage and it's surroundings are stunning, well equipped and extremely comfortable !! My son loved playing in the stream, as did the 'the big boys '! Thank you and we hope to come back soon.

July 2014

An unique cottage in an idyllic setting. We loved the welcoming touches, the notes, the logs, the eggs, flowers on the table etc. The cottage is cosy with beautiful paintings and interesting things everywhere, particularly china. We had an unforgetable weekend, with walks in spectacular countryside, pastoral scenes lit by Autumn sunshine. Thank you for providing us with such a special place to retreat to! We hope to be back.

July 2014
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