About Welsh Hideaways

A home from home for over 50 years

Ty Mari has been in the family since 1969, when Deborah’s father, Gareth, and his brother were given it by their mother who passed away soon after. As a family, we have loved it as a home from home and have steadily improved it over time. Penroc cottage has been in the wider family since 1974 and became part of Welsh Hideaways in 2005 when it was renovated and extended to include a sun lounge and balcony.

The cottages have now been passed to the next generation who are delighted to offer you the same warm welcome to our wonderful Welsh hideaways – the perfect place to relax and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of our favourite part of Wales.

Meet the Team

Justin and his wife Deborah now manage the cottages on behalf of the family. Justin works hard to keep the cottages in good condition and fully equipped for your stay. Any questions, comments or concerns can be sent to him using the enquires page.

Alan has been our caretaker since 2012, taking care of servicing the cottages between stays and undertaking general maintenance. His connections in the area and local knowledge are a great help to all.


Penroc and Ty Mari can be found in the Ystwyth valley, 18 miles inland from Aberystwyth, exactly at the geographical centre of Wales.

The cottages are set in a stunning uplands landscape on the interface of rugged mountains and wooded valleys, providing a huge variety of dramatic scenery in every direction.

With Red Kites, ruined mines, dramatic waterfalls, and dozens of marked trails, the area has something to offer everyone.


Ty Mari and Penroc are both miners’ cottages dating from the early 19th Century or possibly even the late 18th Century. There is evidence of mining in Cwmystwyth since the bronze age and with the discovery of large lead deposits in the 1750s it has been the scene of industrial mining for nearly 200 years.

The mining in the area reached its peak in the late 19th Century, when Cwmystwyth was a thriving community, as shown in the photograph (probably taken around 1880). You can see Ty Mari at the end of the track on the left – when it still had its front door in the middle. The view of the mining valley is a 15-minute walk from the cottage.

Dog Friendly

Both Penroc and Ty Mari are dog-friendly, with a separate fenced garden for each cottage. We are confident your dogs will enjoy walking in the stunning landscape and curling up in front of the fire as much as you will!

We accept up to two well-behaved dogs in each of our cottages, though we request that they stay off sofas and beds. Find out more from our frequently asked questions about bringing your dog below. There is an air purifier to remove allergens from the air before the next arrivals.

Book with confidence

You will always be able to find the best rates and latest availability on our website. We also offer flexible payment terms, with free cancellation up to 30 days before departure, as per our terms and conditions.

You can also opt for Booking Protect to safeguard your holiday in the event of something stopping you being able to come.