New website takes the strain out of booking a holiday

Cuckoo Clock LodgeThe owner of Cuckoo Clock Lodge, a self-catering holiday cottage business in Rhayader, is taking the strain out of booking a stay in the beautiful Mid Wales market town with a brand new website.

Jim Gayes, owner of Cuckoo Clock Lodge, has launched a new interactive website – – that aims to help customers spend time enjoying their holiday or short break rather than organising things to see and do.

The website, which has an animated tour guide, Cedar, is mobile friendly and incorporates Google Translate, making it viewable in 60 different languages. It features a sense of place taster video on the home page and a unique location animation video. There’s also a page giving information on many attractions and upcoming events.

In addition to booking the cottage, customers can also book bicycles from Clive Powell Mountain Bikes, who delivers them to Cuckoo Clock Lodge. They can also book a guided Cambrian Safari Tour in a Land Rover Discovery, a visit to nature walks and a badger watch hide at Nannerth Farm and pre-book flowers that will be delivered to the cottage by local florist Sweet Williams.

For guests wishing to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside by car or motorcycle during their stay, he has plotted eight scenic routes, which can be uploaded into a Garmin or TomTom satnav.

Cuckoo Clock Lodge, which sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms, also offers free unlimited wi-fi internet access and BT Sport channels. Guests can also use Google Chromecast to stream content such as YouTube or Netflix from their smartphones or tablets to the television screen for all to watch.

There is a wide selection of bridleways, cycle trails, Sustrans routes, quiet lanes and walks to choose from and the cottage has the Red Kite feeding station at Gigrin Farm on its doorstep.

“When creating the website I wanted to try and make it reproduce virtually the real life experience of a guest turning up at Cuckoo Clock Lodge and being greeted by a real person with good local knowledge,” said Mr Gayes.

*** Want a few more ideas on what to do in the area? Read our blog on FIVE REASONS WHY A HOLIDAY IN THE CAMBRIAN MOUNTAINS IS A MUST IN 2014! ***