My family of four wishes to come to the Vale in the last week of August (2010) to drop our teenager off at St. Donat's Castle. We can only spare three days (ahead of that drop off) to go around the area. I always dreamed of walking the Welsh countryside but, alas, we won't have the time. What must I not miss. While I have pastoral interests, I'm also a history buff. (Is talking on Bath too ambitious?) My wife is a tourist. The 10 year old boy loves the countryside like me and wouldn't mind watching a game a of cricket. As for the teenager (the one we'll drop off), "whatever"... ;-) He's going to live there for 2 years so we can discount him. Any ideas will be appreciated.
We're of course open to just canning the idea of a car and using local buses. But what if we have to get back from a meal in town to a remote cottage we're staying at? Or, what if we wanted to hang around some remote place longer before heading back into town to the hotel...?
Also, we'll be flying into London from New York. I'm thinking of renting a car because that would allow us the freedom to move around. Is a budget of 50 pounds per day for the car (incl. fuel) for a small car like VW Golf a reasonable amount? Would you recommend B&Bs (which I prefer) or hotels if our per night budget were 70 pounds?