The Old Rectory really is a hidden gem. It is tucked away at the back of Llangattock, a small village just outside the town of Crickhowell deep in the Eastern Brecon Beacons.
We stayed at the hotel during some fabulous sunny weather in March on our annual lad's weekend away for the Mole Valley and District Gentlemen's Ale Appreciation Society (MVADGAAS). The remit of our weekend away is that we stay in a nice hotel that serves good food and good beer. The Old Rectory certainly ticked all those boxes.
The rooms were clean and comfortable. Some had recently been refurbished and those were first rate. The un-refurbished ones were just as comfortable although not quite as stylish but were not disappointing. It seems to be an ongoing process and of course you cannot upgrade all your rooms at once. One or two of us were upgraded to suites and these were spacious and well appointed. The rooms that face the mountains have wonderful unimpeded views of gorgeous countryside.
There were some nice touches such as mini fridges dotted about the hotel containing chilled bottled mineral water at no extra charge.
There is free WiFi throughout the hotel although its worth noting that this is an old building and not all parts of it can pick up a signal despite WiFi repeaters spread about the place. The signal is nice and clear in the bar and lobby area though.
Food was excellent and decent portions. The cheese platter for desert was sumptuous and almost a meal in itself. The Old Rectory has 1 AA Rosette for food but was up there with other 2 Rosette hotel's we'd stayed at previously. There was a good selection of beers and wine too.
Please don't get the idea that the hotel is a haven for rowdy groups of chaps. We are a well behaved bunch in MVADGAAS and are after quiet & friendly accommodation. The Old Rectory was indeed quiet and comfortable (apart from a fairly busy Saturday night due to the France/Wales and England/Ireland games which was busy but friendly) . There was a pleasant bustle in the bar without it being too crowded or lacking atmosphere.
The staff were very helpful and efficient. Shaun, the manager, runs a tight ship with his daughter who also works there. In fact Shaun is worth a special mention as he definitely added to the fun of our weekend. He was great company and ensured we were well looked after.
We will make sure we come back again in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This recently refurbished hotel is located in quiet grounds in the picturesque village of Llangattock, one mile from Crickhowell. The hotel boasts its own on-site, 9 hole, par 3 golf course, and is perfectly situated to enjoy local pursuits of walking, pony trekking, cycling, caving or boat rides on the Monmouth to Brecon canal, which adjoins the hotel. The hotel dates back to the 16th century and was once home to Welsh poet Henry Vaughan. Large car park. ... more less
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