Our Inspector's View
Expect good old-fashioned values and hospitality at this Victorian country house hotel. In fact, the service is so good that guests may believe they have their own butler. The establishment offers a 9-hole, par 3 golf course, 50 acres of wooded grounds and a spa with a hot tub that overlooks the lake. Bedrooms, some in an annexe, and some at ground-floor level, are individually styled and have many extra comforts. Traditional afternoon teas are served in the lounge, and modern Welsh cuisine is offered in the spacious and elegant restaurant.
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Facilities – at a glance
Victorian country house offering high levels of quality and comfort
- En-suite rooms: 31
- Family rooms: 0
- Bedrooms Ground: 8
- Free TV
- WiFi available
- Indoor Pool
- Golf Course
- Hard Tennis Court
- Private fishing
- Gym available
- Croquet Available
- Spa Available
- Cycle hire
- Christmas entertainment programme
- New Year entertainment programme
- Night porter available
- Outdoor parking spaces: 70
- Accessible bedrooms: 2
- Walk-in showers
- Open all year
- Maximum number of guests: 100
About The area
The largest unitary authority in Wales, Powys covers an area of approximately 2,000 square miles. Much of that is mountainous because it actually has the lowest population density of all the Welsh counties.
This much wild, empty space is perhaps best typified by the International Dark Sky Reserve in the Brecon Beacons National Park, one of only eleven in the world. The absence of light pollution creates an exceptional spot for star gazing. You won’t find any cities in Powys, just villages and smaller-sized towns, but that’s the way its inhabitants like it.
Newtown, the largest settlement, is perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of Robert Owen, the founder of the Co-operative movement. Brecon is a market town set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, while the pretty Victorian spa town of Llandrindod Wells boasts the National Cycle Collection. Elsewhere, Hay-on-Wye hosts a major literary festival every year.
Powys is liberally scattered with castles, burial mounds, hill forts, and other historic markers; Powis Castle, near Welshpool is probably one of the most impressive. And for walking enthusiasts, it’s not just the Brecon Beacons on offer – the Elan Valley describes itself as the ‘Welsh Lake District’.
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