A good forestry road leads up from the main road for one and a half miles. The final half mile is along an old Roman road (the Sarn Helen) which is narrow in places. It is suitable for most cars (except wide or low slung vehicles). But do drive slowly and carefully as the odd scrape has happened to over enthusiastic drivers!
There is the option to leave you vehicle where visitors to the Landmark Trust cottage park, and then walk the last half mile.
If you do drive up the Sarn Helen, the turn-off onto the field leading to the cottage can be wet and a touch slippy in the winter, so take care.
Bryn Derw is the perfect cottage to get away from it all. Walking and mountain biking in the immediate area are very good but for those wanting to get out and about, the main roads lead to the mountains and coastal areas very quickly. Llyn Elsi, a beautiful lake is half an hour away on foot.
This lovely rustic cottage has beams, low doorways and steep stairs. There are three bedrooms, (two double, one with a king sized bed) the single room (which takes two single beds) being partly open to the landing. The bathroom is on the ground floor.
The living room is spacious with a multi fuel stove (coal and wood obtainable locally) and there is a sun room which gets all the afternoon and evening sunshine. The kitchen is well equipped with a microwave, refrigerator and electric cooker.
Bed linen and towels are provided and beds will be made up prior to your arrival. An extra bed is available. Facilities include electric heaters, radios, tv, DVD player and many books to suit all tastes.
Dogs are welcomed, but visitors must be aware that there are sometimes sheep in the surrounding fields.
We have owned the cottage for 50 years. It was bought by my father, Brian, and worked on during school holidays by the family and any friends willing to help. We rent it out for a few weeks each year mainly because we like other people enjoying it.
Bryn Derw is rustic cottage that isn’t for everyone; it’s remote, very quiet and doesn’t have matching cutlery or crockery! All the rent is ploughed back into repairs and improvements.