A warm welcome awaits you from Alice and her team at the Railway Inn in Powys, an independent country inn with a restaurant and en suite rooms. This highly hospitable holiday base is just a short walk from the popular Offa’s Dyke National Trail, Powis Castle & Gardens and Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway.
The Railway sits on the outskirts of Forden, a village near Welshpool. Frequent guests include shooting parties, walkers, cyclists, golf groups, wildlife watchers and many other people with special interests, as well as general holidaymakers and coach parties. The restaurant can accommodate up to 55 diners and be booked for private functions.
Overnight guests can expect hearty breakfasts and the Railway also provides homemade lunches, dinners, bar snacks and cream teas. Real ales and fine wines are among the many quality offerings for people to enjoy.
The pub currently offers an enticing Christmas menu and is running Friday night Christmas parties until December 21.
The 3 Star Railway Inn can accommodate families in its five guest bedrooms and has a large garden. All the rooms are comfortably furnished and have TV.
Business owner Alice Cardwell-Hodges says: “There are lots of things to enjoy nearby, including a heritage railway, several golf courses, beautiful gardens and fascinating museums. Powis Castle has magnificent gardens and is famous for its collection of Indian and Far Eastern memorabilia.”
Contact details: The Railway Inn, Forden, Welshpool SY21 8NN; tel 01938 580661, email email@example.com
Elan Valley Hotel
Elan Valley Hotel is superbly placed for enjoying the wild, wonderful charms of Mid-Wales, especially in groups. With 11 comfortable en suite guest bedrooms, home cooked meals and a welcoming bar, this 3 Star venue is ideal for people organising short breaks for walkers, cyclists, artists, photographers, bird watchers and anyone else who enjoys the unspoiled countryside. Special deals may well be available!
Elan Valley is a picturesque area known for its five scenic reservoirs and the spectacular dams built by Victorian engineers. It is also home to some very varied wildlife. The nearby Rhayader Wildlife Centre of Wales is proud to be ‘kite country’ and also enjoys peregrine falcons, red grouse, wheatears, stonechats and whinchats among many others.
The hotel is family run and open all year. It provides spacious double/twin rooms, three bedded family rooms, a romantic double with a four poster bed and spa bath and a downstairs double with full disability access. Well behaved dogs are welcome in some bedrooms as well as in the bar.
The restaurant serves wholesome traditional meals including Sunday roasts, while the conservatory is an ice cream parlour serving Welsh double cream ice cream.
One of the family owners, Liz Davies, says: “The hotel has got bags of character and we are the only licensed premises in the valley. We get a lot of returning customers.”
Alltybrain Farm is the perfect spot from which to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park, offering peace, tranquillity and beautiful views from three exceptional holiday cottages and farmhouse bed & breakfast accommodation.
At the high end of a 4 Star rating, the traditional stone cottages are normally available only for full week lets but during winter can be booked for two nights or more. One cottage can sleep four, while the others provide spacious, relaxing accommodation for couples, full of modern amenities including wood burning stoves and central heating.
Alltybrain is about four miles from Brecon – one of the few British towns with a cathedral – and the area is a magnet for walkers, mountain bikers, horse riders, anglers and people who just want to get acquainted with a mountainous area of Wales close to the English border. It is full of interest with castles, caves, gardens and characterful towns.
If people want to take their own horse along for the holiday, there is on-site stabling and pastureland. Alltybrain is a smallholding with pedigree Black Welsh mountain sheep, bees, ducks, geese, bantam hens, guinea fowl, Shetland ponies and plentiful wildlife.
Owners Rose and Patrick Vyvyan-Robinson use their own produce for bed & breakfast guests as much as possible.
“People come for the peace & quiet and for having mid-Wales at the doorstep,” says Rose.
Wonderful wildlife and perfect peace are among the qualities to be enjoyed at Collfryn Farm Holiday Cottages, five superbly renovated self catering properties on an award winning organic farm in a breathtakingly beautiful Mid-Wales setting.
Created from former barns, the cottages sleep either four or six people in style and comfort, combining the character of the old buildings with all the appliances and services that support a stylish modern lifestyle, from log burning stoves to wi-fi and Bluetooth.
One has its own enclosed garden with pond while the others share similar amenities, frequently enjoying the company of local residents such as kingfishers, curlews, swifts, swallows and moorhens while they breathe in the pure air of the Mid Wales Marches, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Shropshire Way.
Nearby is the pretty village of Llansantffraid, which is virtually surrounded by the rivers Vyrnwy, Cain and Tanat with the Berwyn Mountains providing an inspirational backdrop. The village has pubs, shops, a garage and café.
Host Christine Edwards, who runs the cottages while her husband, Matthew, farms, says: “It’s very rural and peaceful here but there are many places within an half an hour’s drive including four National Trust properties, Powys Castle, Chirk Castle, Erddig Garden and Estate and Attingham Park. Lake Vyrnwy is nearby and very popular with our guests.”
Original artworks still adorn the walls of the Llwyngwril Gallery, which has now been converted into two luxurious, light, spacious self-catering holiday homes, providing extra interest and sometimes souvenirs for the guests as they enjoy their break in the stunning Snowdonia National Park.
Llwyngwril itself is on the Wales Coastal Path, across the Mawddach Estuary from the bigger resort of Barmouth, Fairbourne and the pretty town of Dolgellau. It is handy for all the great things for which Snowdonia is famous; wonderful beaches, mountain adventures, steam railways, family attractions, unforgettable scenery, jaw dropping attractions with zip wires, underground trampolining, surfing and sea fishing.
Llwyngwril Gallery offers a quiet and relaxing holiday base within sight of Cader Idris – the most popular after Snowdon – and handy for the Mawddach Trail beloved of walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Many visitors enjoy picnicking at the local beach, watching the sunsets.
The property has been divided down the middle to create two highly individual properties, Mihangel and Myfanwy, each sleeping six with cots in addition. Myfanwy is accessible for wheelchair users and has a wetroom shower in a downstairs bedroom and a whirlpool bath in the master bedroom.
Owner Debbie Ashton says: “It’s a stunning area to live in, far away from the hustle and bustle of busy lives and we’ve anticipated most guests’ needs.”
Cae Du Farm
Holidaymakers can enjoy coastal camping complete with passing dolphins or self catering accommodation with valley views as guests of Cae Du Farm Holidays, a family enterprise in the spectacular Snowdonia National Park.
The quiet and dog friendly Cae Du campsite overlooks Cardigan Bay and has its own private beach with rockpools. Every pitch has sea views and visitors can see to Bardsey Island and the Llŷn Peninsula. They have all the facilities needed for comfort and convenience including a shower and toilet block, a utility area for laundry and washing up, freezers and an open plan room for indoor relaxation.
The self catering accommodation is in two properties on farmland three miles from the coast. Both are newly renovated. The farmhouse sleeps 10 people and the other is a lovely barn conversion which sleeps 6, or 7 using a sofa bed, and has its own hot tub. They both overlook Dysynni Valley and are fully equipped to modern standards from the open plan kitchen/diners to the wood burning stoves. Owners Gaynor and Glyndwr provide welcome packs of delicious Welsh food.
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