For anyone interested in local history, there are plentiful opportunities within easy reach of the cottage (though some of the castles are further afield).
Some options are listed below - click on the headings to be directed to the relevant website:
The Owain Glyndwr Centre - in Machynlleth itself, the Owain Glyndwr Centre takes you through the life and times of Owain Glyndwr, a very famous figure in 15th century Welsh history.
Castell y Bere - in a wild and remote setting above nearby Tywyn, this castle was built by Prince Llywelyn in the early 13th century.
Cymer Abbey - ruins of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey near Dolgellau.
Strata Florida Abbey - a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, now a beautiful ruin in the hills south of Aberystwyth.
Harlech Castle - one or the more famous Welsh castles and in good condition in comparison to some of the others, Harlech Castle was initially sited on the Welsh coast. The sea has since receded, and Harlech Castle now sits inland perched above the town of Harlech.
Montgomery Castle - a 13th century Norman castle overlooking the town of Montgomery.
Dolwyddelan Castle - a 13th century fortress with some Victorian restoration, set in beautiful Snowdownia.