"Monumental landscape gave Sidney a great sense of awe... when he had his solitary moments overlooking the Hindwell Valley he felt something of that same sense of wonder. ” Mary Nolan, 2009

Modern art lovers now have a unique opportunity to stay in a cottage on the 250 acre Rodd estate formerly owned by Sir Sidney Nolan.  The estate sits in the beautiful Hindwell Valley on the English Welsh border close to the picturesque Welsh market town of Presteigne and the internationally renowned town of books, Hay on Wye.

The lovely one-bedroom cottage, formerly the gardener’s cottage, sits amongst a collection of medieval buildings which centre around Rodd Court, the Jacobean manor house Sidney lived in with his wife Mary.  There is space to paint or write and guests are free to wander the grounds and gardens and take in the tranquil location which first drew Sidney to live there.  Guests can also tour Rodd Court and, when open to the public (April – Sept) view Sidney’s work.

The cottage is run by The Sidney Nolan Trust which promotes access to contemporary arts and in particular Sidney’s work.  All proceeds from the cottage rental go towards the Trust’s annual education and creative programme which works with local school children and with visiting artists from around the world.  The Trust also runs masterclasses in printmaking and drawing so for guests more creatively inclined there is also an opportunity to take part during a stay (course fees are additional to the hire of the cottage; 2020 workshops viewable here).  

Further afield from Orchard Cottage, guests can tour the area and take in the Black Mountains, the Elan Valley and the Brecon Beacons.  Exceptional eating is to be had locally at The Stagg Inn a relaxed country pub that has won countless accolades for its food,  and The Harp Inn which has won The Good Pub Guide’s Rural Pub of the Year 2020 plus the many other restaurants and cafes in the area.


This lovely, one-bedroomed space can accommodate up to two people (and one well-behaved dog) comfortably. Ample parking. Available all-year-round for 3, 4, or 7 night stays.



(7 nights)


(3 nights Fri-Mon)


(4 nights Mon -Fri)

Jan – Mar (excl New Year) £525 £330 £330
Easter Week 3 - 10 April £750 £525  
April - June £625 £375 £375
July - Aug £750 £525 £525
Sept - Oct £625 £375 £375
Nov - Dec(excl Christmas) £525 £330 £330
Christmas 23 - 30 Dec £750    
New Year 30 Dec – 6 Jan £750    


To enquire or make a booking please email or call 01544 260149. We are listed with Sawdays, check out our page here




WHat's in and around the cottage?

  • Check-in from 3pm and check-out at 11am
  • Wood burner (logs supplied; the first basket included in the price)
  • Central heating throughout the cottage
  • TV with Freeview and DVD player
  • Wifi
  • Mobile reception is good
  • Very well-equipped kitchen
  • Fridge with small icebox
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric oven and hob
  • Utility room with sink, washing machine, coat and boot storage
  • Bed linen, towels, soap, loo roll and cleaning materials included
  • Travel hairdryer included
  • Store cupboard basics included: tea, coffee, sugar, S&P, oil


  • The bedroom has a king-size bed, built-in wardrobe 
  • First bathroom next to boot room has a shower, hand basin and loo
  • Second bathroom next to the bedroom has a rolltop bath, hand basin and loo 
  • Warm sunroom with desk
  • Large selection of books from Sidney's own collection
  • Dog-friendly: one well-behaved dog welcome
  • Tourist information, maps and guide books
  • Ample parking 
  • Orchard Cottage is situated on a working cattle farm but is detached, private and well-away from farm buildings
  • Beautiful views across fields
  • Country pub a short drive away (serves food)
  • A wonderful and extensive array of things to see and do in the area
  • Close to Offa’s Dyke footpath
  • Non-smoking site