The Old Cider Mill

Builth Wells, Powys
+44 (0)1982 560400
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Discover utter tranquillity in a beautiful and accessible part of the Wye Valley, with the Brecon Beacons and Hay-on-Wye nearby


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

This 17th-century stone barn was originally a cider mill and is perched on the edge of steep woods about a mile above the river Wye. Together with Annie and John’s house, the oldest in Wales, it forms a cosy homestead, secluded and rural but not isolated – Hay-on-Wye and Brecon are both about a 20-minute drive.

Settle into the sitting room, which has good armchairs and sofa, TV and a wood-burner. You can cook for yourself in the Shaker style, flagged kitchen, where an elegant antique dining table has views looking down and across the valley, or join Annie and John’s B&B guests for a candlelit dinner. Retire to a light and airy bedroom upstairs.

There’s plenty of good walking in the area, wild swimming in the river or canoeing if the water level is high enough, and you can fish to your heart’s content. Look out for kites, buzzards and the occasional more unusual birds of prey. Return to a drink – or light up the barbecue – on your terrace at sunset, with nothing but the sound of birdsong and sheep.

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We think you'll love

  • All the outdoor activities on offer
  • The peaceful setting and watching the sun go down
  • Booking a candlelit dinner over at Annie and John’s house
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You should know

  • Annie and John run a B&B in their house
  • Access is along a track crossing several fields
  • No WiFi


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast £4.50 per person. Dinner £28 per person.


Nightly price
from £98
Weekly price
from £686
1 House for 2
From £981 bed1 bedroom


A memorable experience, staying in a lovely old comfortable barn surrounded by peaceful countryside. There is pretty garden with a barbecue and pond to enjoy with wonderful views. Annie and John are excellent hosts always trying to make your holiday as perfect as they can.

Ian, Midhurst

Heaven - turn away from the roaring River Wye - track up through two gates and you arrive at the ‘pearly gates’ where St Peter (John) and his lovely Angel Annie welcome you to The Cider Mill. Log Fire, Aga, leather sofa, smeg fridge, open plan - roll top Bath - rustic, rural, restful - only those with an open, exploring mind will GET this charming dwelling. It is the perfect base from which to explore the local delights. Take favourite wine and gin - buy local Food. Phone reception is patchy - embrace it and switch off - be adventurous - Heaven waits for no ONE ! ENJOY - EMBRACE - EXPLORE - !

Patrick, Cheltenham

There's a feeling of Ancient within the whole group of buildings. It is special for its views, the sense of closing the door on daily stuff, the surrounding hillsides to roam over, and its accessibility for the peace it offers.

Peter, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

From the house, there’s an easy walk along the River Wye or the more intrepid can do a circular walk over the hills or explore the nearby Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains. The nearest restaurant, Llangoed Hall, is three miles away and offers fine dining and afternoon teas; there are shops for basics a couple of miles away. The nearest town is Hay-on-Wye, a 15-minute drive, famous for its books and quirky vintage shops.

Local points of interest from Annie & John McKay

  • We are in the middle of 3 towns - Hay on Wye, Brecon and Bullth Wells, all about a 15 minute drive.
  • Brecon has been given 'dark sky status', one of 5 places in the world.
  • Hay on Wye has the 'Hay Literary Festival' for 10 days in May/June.
  • Builth Wells has the 'Royal Welsh Show' in July and the 'Smallhalders show' in May, also 2 massive antique fairs in May and September.
  • Builth Wells has the 'Royal Welsh Show' in July and the 'Smallhalders show' in May, also 2 massive antique fairs in May and September.
  • Builth Wells has the 'Royal Welsh Show' in July and the 'Smallhalders show' in May, also 2 massive antique fairs in May and September.


Annie & John McKay

Annie and John were antique restorers in London and Annie had a vintage clothes shop until they moved to Wales on a whim. When they first saw Hafod Y Garreg they knew it was special but didn’t realise it was the oldest house in Wales by a generation. They love their guests to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy staying somewhere that is a bit different and interesting, both at their B&B and the Old Cider Mill.