Hafod Y Garreg | Bed & Breakfast in Powys | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Hafod Y Garreg - Bed & Breakfast in Powys

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Erwood, Builth Wells, LD2 3TQ, Powys
Wales, United Kingdom

Annie & John McKay Visit website
+44 (0)1982 560400(landline)

The oldest house in Wales! Delicious candlelit dinners, huge log fire, luxurious rooms… all deeply atmospheric. A relaxed, secluded place

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A unique opportunity to stay in the oldest house in Wales – a fascinating, 1402 cruck-framed hall house, built for Henry IV as a hunting lodge. Informal Annie and John have filled it with a charming mix of Venetian mirrors, Indian rugs, pewter plates, rich fabrics and oak pieces. Dine by candlelight in the romantic dining room – all sorts of delicious dishes; tuck into a big breakfast in the sweet conservatory. Bedrooms are luxuriously comfortable with embroidered linen, quirky lamps, nifty bathrooms. Reach this relaxed retreat by a bumpy track up across gated fields crowded with chickens, cats... a peaceful, special place.


Features
WiFi
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from Annie & John McKay:

Local points of interest from
Annie & John McKay:

  • We are in the middle of 3 towns - Hay on Wye, Brecon and Bullth Wells, all about a 15 minute drive.
  • Brecon has been given 'dark sky status', one of 5 places in the world.
  • Hay on Wye has the 'Hay Literary Festival' for 10 days in May/June.
  • Builth Wells has the 'Royal Welsh Show' in July and the 'Smallhalders show' in May, also 2 massive antique fairs in May and September.
  • Abergavenny food festival is a 40 minute drive.
  • At the bottom of the track to the house is the Wye Valley Walk, but also nearby are the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"This is truly an exceptional place to stay. It is steeped in history and furnished in a fabulous and eclectic style that reflects the artistic and eccentric nature of the owner John and Annie. It was a pleasure to share their unique home and hospitality for a night, a really special experience."

Crispin - Witney, United Kingdom

September 2016
"A unique place to stay: fantastic house, eclectically furnished and lovely hosts. Opting for the evening meal results in a superbly cooked and presented dinner served with aplomb in a private mini-banqueting hall. Extremely impressive cooking and altogether a lovely place to stay, in a beautiful setting. Would love to return!"

Tom - London, United Kingdom

February 2016
"Nestled in the Welsh Hills, Hafod Y Garreg is a fabulous find, and we were completely immersed in its colourful history dated to 1402. Anne and John are wonderfully welcoming hosts, with a rich blend of humour, local recommendations, and great breakfasts to start off your day! Bedrooms are incredibly comfortable, and full of character, with quirky and sizeable bathrooms. A memorable stay and we hope to visit again!"

Catherine

September 2015
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hafod Y Garreg. Unfortunately we had only booked for one night and had not been able to take advantage of Annie's offer of an evening meal but you can be sure that we will be back. The welcome was wonderful and we had two largish dogs with us as well who also received a very warm welcome. Breakfast was wonderful, although I don't think that we did it justice. Next time I shall take a long early morning walk beforehand. We enjoyed John's sense of humour and find it difficult to believe that a previous "reviewer" took offence! We really hope to return."
May 2015
"Hafod Y Garreg is a magical little place. Tucked away in the valleys it's like stepping back in time. The lovely hosts made the stay even more special. The food also was completely gorgeous. The house was dripping with character, and there was something to see in every nook and cranny. Huge thanks to John and Annie for an overall delightful stay."
January 2014
"We loved this quirky but comfortable b and b. Blissfully quiet nestled into a valley with charming rooms. Annie cooked us a fine dinner served with great aplomb in a room full of antiques. John has a great (British) sense of humour. They were warm and friendly hosts, very well-informed about local history and the history of this house which they clearly love."
August 2011

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Details

Accommodation:
  • 2 Doubles
Price:(i) £92 per night

Singles £90.

Booking info:

Meals:(i)

Dinner, 3 courses, £27. BYO. Pubs/restaurants 2.5 miles.

Closed:

Christmas.

Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Hens here - so dogs to be on a lead in yard.

Dog treats:

Great walks from the house.

Dog fee:

Max. 2 dogs.

Bringing your dog
Address:

Erwood, Builth Wells, LD2 3TQ, Powys


Accommodation:(i)
B&B 2 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 92 to £ 92 per night
Annie & John McKay Visit website
+44 (0)1982 560400(landline)