Hello my lovelies! I have been away for just three days but I feel like I’ve come back from a whole week of relaxing and hiking in the Welsh valleys. It was Liam’s birthday on Sunday so I decided to take him on a little adventure and booked a rustic cottage for a weekend break in Wales. I came across a website called Airbnb (I might have missed the hype, but this was new to me!) which is brilliant for booking accommodation and finding quirky places to stay in and I came across Deer House in Commins Coch – a welcoming little stone cottage in the village near a town called Machynlleth.
We travelled up on the Friday morning and although it was a 4 hour drive for us, it didn’t feel like it because once you get into Wales and start driving along the valleys the scenery is breath taking. We reached Deer House a little before check in so we drove up to Machynlleth for a spot of lunch in one of the local pubs – after a long journey it just had to be a wild boar burger! Machynlleth is a tourist town with lots of gift shops, pubs and some sightseeing spots nearby – we quickly visited the Owain Glyndŵr's 1404 Parliament House which really keeps with the original setting and even seating of the building.
We arrived at Deer House around 4pm. It is so serene and peaceful in Commins Coch –there are literally seven cottages on one side of the street and two opposite. The rest is in the hills, so if you’re after a peaceful break away then you’re on to a winner. The stone cottage has kept all of its original rustic beauty and is so cosy! It was really cold when we came in, but after we got the fire going in the log burner the cottage was warm and just incredible. We absolutely loved every part of it and felt like we were miles away from everything and everyone. During the evening, we explored the area around the cottage on a little hike where I fell in love with my new hiking boots – the most comfortable boots I have ever worn by far! At first I thought they were bulky and just had to have them as a necessity, but I really fell in love with how easy it is to walk around in them and also how warm they are! We came back to the cottage around dusk and settled down in front of the fire with a cup of mulled wine and just enjoyed the atmosphere. The cottage is self catering, so for dinner we made up a little hamper full of goodies like prosciutto ham, a variety of cheeses, terrines and some baked goodies to go with them – it was delicious!
Our weekend break in Wales carried on the next morning when we decided to go on a little adventure. The owner of the cottage has suggested some walks for us to do and we picked one which sounded like it covered several walks. We drove to the Dyfi Furnace which is about 15 minutes from Deer House and parked up to walk across the road to the mill. We looked around the furnace and the mill and then crossed the bridge to get to a beautiful waterfall – this is where River Einion drops and there is a beautiful small lake at the bottom which is perfect for a swim. Although I chickened out because the water was freezing, Liam braved it and splashed in the waterfall! We then carried on up the hill to the top of the waterfall and it was beautiful.
After we checked out the falls at the mill, we carried on up the hill to Artists Valley – and incredibly beautiful valley wrapped around a forest, with really high hills. The view was incredible; who could imagine Wales which is really just up the road from us is such a beautiful country! Liam and I just fell in love. On our way through Artists Valley, we stopped for a short hike and came across a gorgeous slate cave – with slate pieces scattered everywhere. If you like slate plates and serving dishes this is like heaven! We explored the cave where we came across an owl who seemed rather grumpy that we woke him up, so he dramatically flew off into the woods.
We carried on our journey and headed to Borth, a little seaside town about 335 minute drive away. Borth is packed with little cafes and gift shops, as well as some lovely looking local places to eat. After having a little look around we settled in a pub called The Victoria Inn for some seaside fish and chips and as we were so lucky with the weather we got to enjoy our meals outside, right by the sea.
We finished our hiking day by driving back to the cottage and hiking through the local hills where we came across a small river and a giant mushroom, which I later found out is a porcini mushroom! We saw several of them but being uneducated in the art of foraging we left the mushrooms to grow in piece.
It was Liams birthday on the Sunday, so we decided to go out for a meal and some drinks on the Saturday night and we chose a pub called the Black Lion just a little further than Machynlleth. We had to take a taxi as the pub is kind of in the middle of nowhere, so walking really wasn’t an option. The Black Lion was very welcoming and cosy, and the food was delish! When in Wales, you’ve just got to try the local lamb so we both went for the daily special of lamb shank with a rosemary and red berry jus and it was wonderful. The lamb was so nice and tender – had to get top marks. We finished the night with a glass of wine in the cottage, in front of the fire walking about all sort of things.