• Valley view from Red Kite Cottage
  • Elan Valley In Winter
  • Morning display
  • Entrance to the Walkway onto Cors Caron Nature Reserve
  • Red Kite Cottage bathed in winter sunshine.
  • Summer hay making at Red Kite Cottage
  • Red Kite Close to The Cottage
  • Summer at Red Kite cottage
  • Elan Valley In Winter
  • Local valley views toward the coast
  • Snowy scene of the valley .
  • Bluebell Woods at Black Covert.
  • Buzzard sunning himself by the lake.
  • The Red White Kite (Leucistic) making a visit.
  • Fishing boat returning home to Aberystwyth Harbour.
  • Gold Crest in the garden.
  • New Year Sunset
  • Prehistoric Forest Borth Beach
  • Red Kite Mum and chick close to the cottage
  • Valley view from the hot tub.
  • Summer at Red Kite Cottage
  • Time to relax
  • South Beach Aberystwyth
  • Autumn colours at Hafod Estate.


John and Barbara offer you a warm welcome to the web site of Red Kite Cottage. Please feel free to navigate around the site by using the links on the left or at the bottom of the page.

John and Barbara have always loved the area as it is very unspoilt and offers the best of both worlds, mountains and sea without being overcrowded . They have owned a holiday cottage in Goginan since 1989, and bought Nant Yr Arian Farm in December 2005 to move permanently to the area.


Red Kite Cottage is a renovated 12th century Cistercian grange farm barn, situated at the head of the Melindwr Valley. The barn has kept many of its original features, beautiful beams, high ceilings, and thick stone walls, with views to die for. The cottage has been awarded 4 stars by the Welsh Tourist Board.

The Cottage offers a spacious living room with panoramic views down the valley, and a log burner to take away any chill in the evenings (Logs are included) . We also provide a welcome pack which includes tea, coffee, milk, butter and preserves.

There are three bedrooms, a king size master bedroom with en-suite, and two further twin bedded rooms. There is also a family bathroom. The kitchen has dining for six people and is fully equipped should you wish to cook .The outside area offers a decked area with a six person Hot Tub. For those warm summer nights there are barbecue facilities, and patio furniture, to take in the breathtaking views of the valley.The secure garden makes this a perfect holiday cottage for those wishing to bring their (well behaved ) dog with them.

(Please view the Accommodation page for more details.)

The Local Area

Surrounding the valley is the Cambrian Mountains renowned for their stunning natural beauty and includes Nant Yr Moch Reservoir, Plynlimon and an area rich in mining heritage. We are situated only 10-15 mins by car to the busy seaside town of Aberystwyth, the beautiful beach and Sand Dunes at Ynyslas. John and Barbara have extensive knowledge of the area, which they will be happy to share with you.

Savour your time here photographing the Red Kites, walking the dog, painting the views, or simply relaxing in comfortable surroundings and you can stay as long as you want! For those that like adventure, there are many Walking and Mountain Biking routes in the area and other local attractions include the famous Nant Yr Arian Red Kite Centre and Devils Bridge. We can even arrange craft instruction learning new skills in quilting ,embroidery and collage.

Our prime location in the heart of Mid Wales offers a fantastic opportunity to explore this beautiful un spoilt area of the world at your leisure.

(Please view the Local Area Page for more details).

Availability and Tariffs

The cottage is available for weekend, week, or long term breaks. Our change over day is normally a Saturday, but we can be flexible to meet your requirements depending on any other bookings we have. Tariffs are dependent on numbers, and duration of stay, but we are very reasonable and competitive. Please contact us with your requirements, and we will be happy to provide you with details of the cost.

(Please use the Availability and Tariffs page for further details)