The Royal Oak
“Former manor house offers high levels of comfort” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Standing in the centre of Welshpool, The Royal Oak was once the manor house for the Earl of Powys, before being used as a coaching inn for travellers en route to the Welsh coast. A range of bedrooms styles offer high levels of comfort and are complemented by very good quality bathrooms. A bustling coffee shop is located on the ground floor, with a number of interconnecting lounges ensuring there is always a quiet corner. The smart dining room offers a range of dishes to suit most tastes both at lunch and dinner. A small secure car park is a welcome additional feature.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Rooms 25
- Family bedrooms: 3
- Children welcome
- Cots provided
- High chairs
- Children's portions or menu
- Free TV
- Direct Dial
- Open parking
- Open all year
- Holds a civil ceremony licence
- Afternoon Tea
- Dinner Served
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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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