Erwood, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3TQ
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Erwood, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3TQ
Hafod y Garreg is the oldest house in Wales, hidden in a hollow above the Wye Valley, with wonderful walking from the house. The views are outstanding in all directions, with absolute peace and quiet. The owners keep hens, so breakfast incorporates delicious free range eggs, and water is spring-fed.
What makes a stay at Hafod Y Garreg unique?
Hafod y Garreg was built for King Henry IV as a hunting lodge, hence its claim as the oldest house in Wales (by a generation!). The house has a stunning cruck frame in one of the bedrooms, and many interesting architectural features, but the bedrooms have everything needed for the 21st century. Dinners are served at a 16th century refectory table in the candlelit dining room and breakfast is taken in the conservatory, with views of the garden and countryside.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Hafod Y Garreg?
There are 2 double ensuite rooms, one of which has a small sitting room also. Both rooms have flat-screen TVs, silent fridges and radios. They have beautiful bed linen and are stylishly furnished with early antiques and beautiful fabrics.
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Builth Wells area?
There are many things to do besides walking, horse riding and canoeing. Hay-on-Wye, the nearest town, is famous for its many bookshops, and Builth Wells has many events at the showground. The Brecon Beacons are nearby, and the Black Moutains are known for their wonderful walking.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
Guests can choose to eat at Hafod y Garreg in the Medieval dining room. There is also a pub in the local village which serves food. There is a restaurant 4 miles away, towards Hay-on-Wye, called Foyles. Four miles towards Brecon, there is the Felinfach Griffin, which is highly recommended.
Hafod Y Garreg is part of the following Inspirations:
"The mothership: Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Brecon Beacons National Park, Welsh Borders, May 26-June 5. The first time I went to Hay, I was a very poorly paid cub reporter very keen to see Bob Geldof bantering with Rosie Boycott and David Starkey savage Lyn Barber. Lack of money never a deterrent, I spent the day soaking up the book talk and the night sleeping in the back of my boyfriend’s car (long story but reader, I married him). Great times at “The Woodstock of the mind” (as Clinton rechristened it), yes, but stiff neck also. There’s really no need, however, as the granddaddy of all literary festivals is amply served by some great hotels. So whilst perusing this year’s fantastic line-up (Dara O’Briain, Dave Gilmour and Polly Samson, Peter Carey, Marlon James, Caitlin Moran, Germaine Greer, Tippi Hedren), book yourself into somewhere gorgeous. I suggest the stunning Hafod y Garreg in nearby Erwood, a grade 2 listed treasure known as the oldest house in Wales. It’s a B&B but serves dinners too and sits in the Wye Valley hidden in a hollow surrounded by hills and larch forests. The breakfasts, dished out on a huge 16th century refectory table, are to die for."
Information on Hafod Y Garreg B&B , Erwood , Builth Wells
|B&B Price per person from:||£ 48.00 (based on two people sharing a double room)|
|B&B Price for Single Occupancy from:||£46.00 – £46.00|
|Dinner available from:||£ 28.00|
|Bedrooms:||2 , consisting of 2 double en-suite|
|Accreditations / Awards:
||AA 4 Star|
Colour TV, iPod players, radio, Wi-Fi internet access, Fan, Hairdryer. One bedroom with medieval cruck framed wall
Beamed dining room
Canoeing on the Wye, Cycling, Pony trekking, Walking - numerous footpaths & bridleways
|Local directions:||Please visit our website for directions.|
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