John & Laura

Squirrels Nest is part of a 130-acre working family farm. Being surrounded by an open 900acre hill (Maelinaidd), it is as remote as you can be in rural Mid Wales. Yet has 4G in the odd spot (although we recommend you turn the phone off!)

Unfortunately, pets are prohibited due to the livestock and neighbouring farms.

John, Laura and their young children would be your hosts. Ray, John’s late father, started farming in 1966, a heard of welsh ewes. Which graze within the farms ground and up on Maelinaidd Hill.

John is a Carpenter by trade and shares his time working on various projects in the local area and helping on the farm. Laura is the Marketing Manager for Squirrels Nest and has recently established an online directory listing luxury accommodation called ‘The Wanderlist’.

About Squirrels Nest - Hosts John and Laura


The farm has some fascinating history. There used to be lots of little farms dotted around, many of which have now merged into the bigger farms, and therefore no longer exist. Trawscwm was a small holding and by 1937, the dwelling had disappeared from census and no longer appears on an OS map.

Maelinaidd Hill

Maelinaidd, , was a cantref and lordship in east central Wales covering the area from the River Teme to Radnor Forest and the area around Llandrindod Wells.

Originally an independent kingdom, Maelinaidd became an area of great strategic importance after the Norman conquest of England, due to its position. It appears to have come under Norman control before 1093, but during the 12th century became a battleground between the Welsh Princes of the area, notably Cadwallon son of Madog ap Idnerth son of Elystan Glodrydd, and the Mortimer family.

In 1179 Prince Cadwallon was killed by the retainers of Roger Mortimer when he was returning from the court of king Henry II of England. Mortimer was imprisoned by the king for this and Maelinaidd was inherited by Cadwallon’s son, Maelgwn ap Cadwallon,

The struggle for the rule of Maelinaidd continued during the 13th century, involving the kings of England and Llywelyn the Great and Llywelyn son of Gruffudd of Gwynedd. A number of castles were built here, notably Cymaron and Tinboeth Castle.


The remains of Cymaron or now locally know as ‘Castle Cwm Aran’ is now privately owned and not open to viewings by the public. The castle was possibly founded during Mortimer’s conquest of the area in 1093. The monument comprises the remains of a motte and bailey castle. Its end is uncertain, but it may have been abandoned in favour of Tinboeth nearby.


Tinboeth was one of the castles held by Cadwallon son of Madog, Prince of Maelinaidd and later Elfael, and it is more than likely that it was his main residence. He had also founded nearby Abbey Cwm Hir in 1176 and was closely associated with the local parish and church of Llanbister. An information leaflet on the house is also located in the Out and About pack in the Treehouse.

Further information on the history of Maelinydd can be found at a website called Coflien, here you can determine where medieval sites of interest are. (

Trawscwm Treehouse

Cadwollen’s Treehouse

Cadwollen's - The Essentials

Cadwollen's Treehouse

A space of unique shape and style, hanging in the woods surrounded by nothing but the fields and hills of Powys. Cadwollen's Treehouse invites you to live indoors and out at the same time. With a copper tub sitting in front of magnificent views through huge windows that stretch right up to the mezzanine double bedroom. If mere indoor bathing isn’t enough, wander out to the hot tub on its own extended deck and soak under clear night skies or the strings of fairy lights. There’s even an outdoor shower that makes just washing an exciting adventure.

For all the sophisticated waterworks, the treehouse has a rustic and relaxing feel to the decor and its surroundings. There’s a comfy sofa and a fully equipped kitchen in the spacious living area. As well as two hammocks to choose from, one in the treehouse and one slung underneath, near your private fire pit. 

With all the places to lie down, you might be forgiven for never getting up, but beauty and adventure await in the Welsh countryside. The Elan Valley with its spectacular dam and miles of superb hiking is nearby and the treehouse itself sits in a 900-acre SSSI. Climbing the big hill won’t take too long and gives you great views of everything around you. Closer to home, you can arrange to meet the lambs in season or just watch the red kites wheeling overhead.

You’re about six miles from the nearest village and shop, so there’s always the option of stocking up, checking in and just sinking into the perfect seclusion. Please note we have no access to wifi due to the location.

Food & Drink

Cadwollen's Treehouse will be stocked with complimentary Muesli, Welsh Tea, instant, ground coffee and coffee pods for the machine, Olive oil, salt and pepper . Milk can also be provided upon request prior to your arrival.

Arrivals & Departures

Check in is from 4pm and check out is 10am. Guests are more than welcome to park up and enjoy the walks in the surrounding area outside of these times, just please inform us prior to your stay either by email or telephone so that we can ensure there is sufficient parking. When you know your plans, please let us know what time you expect to arrive.

Housekeeping & Useful Information


Cadwollen's Treehouse has an electric cooker with a ceramic hob. There is also a fridge to store any foods you wish to cook; the fridge also has small box freezer. We provide several cooking utensils, pots and pans, however if you would like to check with anything, please let us know so we can try and accommodate your request. Cool bags are available upon request.

Washing up

There is a sink inside the Treehouse; washing up liquid, cloths and sponges are provided.


The water in the Treehouse is from our own bore hole and is drinkable.

Keeping warm

Cadwollen's Treehouse has 100mm of insulation throughout. Along with the electric radiators and cosy blankets, we are sure you will be warm on the cosiest of nights.


The Treehouse has a flushing loo, a black framed glass enclosure with an attractive black shower and a selection of colourful fluffy towels. There is also a floor to ceiling glass pane looking out onto the fields.


Please Note:

Trawscwm and Cadwollen's are both in rural, secluded location's so be expected to walk at least five minutes walk from the car park.  Using a wheelbarrow to transport your luggage, you will travel along an unsteady path and rough terrain, meaning there is no direct vehicle access.


Important Information

2 night minimum booking per stay
Check in days are Mon, Wed & Frid
Christmas & New Year are a 4 night minimum stay
Sleeps 2 Adults plus a baby

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Squirrel’s Nest
Nantygelli, Llanbister Road,
Llandrindod Wells, Powys

01597 840506

07792 017 067