The cottage was built in 1685 and would have been for a fairly prosperous family home at the time - yeoman farmers, rather than peasants. It's built into the hill to provide shelter from the elements, but I wonder if that might have made the back prone to damp. The weather for the week forecast a lot of rain, but there were dry spells and even some good sunshine, particularly in the morning. I was still glad for my waterproof boots in the surrounding countryside.
There are two nearby cottages on the way; Ty Capel the old chapel, and Ty Coch which is about 150 yards away, but I think Ty Uchaf is actually the best positioned - if you don't mind the walk! There are a couple of meadows in front of the cottage and nearby woods with the most amazing moss and lichen growth. It's very difficult to find any path since fallen trees block a lot of the routes, but you can find ruins amongst the trees which shows this was quite a populous area at one time. There are some walks which you can follow and one leads up to a reservoir Llyn Elsi which has good views of the surrounding hills.
Because it was cloudy I didn't try to go up Snowdon, but just a few minutes away on a hill opposite the cottage, you get a great view of Moel Siabod (on the left) beyond which is Snowdon. I believe the hills on the right are the Carneddau.
It was wonderful place to stay, and one of the Landmarks I'd really like to go back to - perhaps in the spring or autumn.
Since I was in Wales, I went to visit a retired colleague who lives near Rhyader in a house with a lovely, huge garden. I think she probably had to retire to look after the garden!
Because of all the nearby trees and shrubs she has an amazing number of visitors to her bird table. Apart from the usual robins and finches, there were siskins, nuthatches, lesser spotted woodpeckers and jays. Overhead in the afternoon we also saw some red kites.
Since it was good weather she took me on a drive around the dams of the Elan Valley which was very nostalgic since I went on a coach trip there with my Aunty Fizz-wizz when I was about eleven or twelve. All but one of the dams had water flowing over the top wall, with the Claerwen dam being particularly impressive.
More pictures of the holiday can be found in this Photobucket album including one of Claerwen.