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The Radnorshire Arms
Ranked #3 of 13 Presteigne B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 3, 2012

The hotel is housed in a very old building dating from the 16th Century, so yes, the floorboards creak a bit! However our room was very comfortable, although it could do with a bit of a refresh (the carpet was a bit threadbare under the window for example). It was spotless, though, as was the good sized, modern bathroom. It was a lovely surprise to find a large flat screen TV with Freeview, too many hotels just put a small TV in the room.

We were very impressed with the food. The breakfasts were some of the best we have ever had in a hotel, and the evening meals were extremely tasty and very well presented - top marks for the bladed beef! It was nice to see real ale was available, which most hotels seem to find too much bother. All the staff we encountered were excellent, and Presteigne is a lovely little town with an interesting church, beautiful scenery and some very friendly locals!

Apart from the carpet, the only things preventing us from giving 5 out of 5 are the fact that the bar can close early if it is quiet, the heating in the room was difficult to get right (but then it is an old building) and the fact that the heated towel rail caught me on the rear and my other half on the arm, due to its position in the bathroom. The bedsie light switch also required a big stretch to reach.

These are only little points and could be considered nit picking but if put right the hotel would be fantastic insted of just being very good.

Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

We stayed here when visiting family in the area.
The building has an amazing history, Queen Elizabeth I, Charles I, a priest's hole, a lynch mob, you name it.
Our rooms were in the 'newer' (Victorian) part of the building, spacious and well appointed. The bathroom still needs updating, and will be in the course of the renovation programme being carried out at the moment.

When we arrived we were welcomed by Neil, who was at the same time trying to find a plumber (this was late on a Saturday night) and running the busy pub and restaurant. Unfazed and cheerful, he soon had us set up in our rooms and then down in the restaurant.
Our meal was good, friendly service, great soup and an unspectacular but well cooked chicken main course.

Breakfast was what one would expect in a place like this, with a good choice of cooked items.

This place has a lovely atmosphere and friendly and helpful staff. We would certainly come back.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

The RA is undergoing a much needed renovation. It's main building is feeling sorry for itself and the room we stayed in (4) was lacklustre to say the least. Curtains so transparent that the light streamed through them; uncomfortable beds; stains on the ceiling, walls and carpet; a shower that ran hot and cold alternately; a dirty duster left in the room; a towel rack that fell off the wall.
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the team were pleasant, tried hard, understood and acknowledged the limitations of trying to renovate whilst running a business and our room was huge with 4 windows that let in loads of light. The team also stayed up to let us in even though we were an hour later than planned, and whilst the breakfast was standard pub grub fair, all in all I wasn't dissatisfied with the experience. It was about what I was expecting having read the other recent reviews.

Room Tip: Apparently the rooms in the cabins have been renovated - but I haven't seen inside them
  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

We'd booked the room in the spring, especially requesting a good room in the old part of the hotel, however when we turned up were told that we must spend the night in the wooden block of rooms in the garden, as there was no other room available. We were told that there were' problems due to a refurbishment that they were'nt expecting', and that it would be a lovely room with new carpets. The carpet was new, and so was the comfortable bed with good bedlinen, (though only two pillows), and the new bathroom was almost finished, with a few cosmetic details still to do, but the rest of the accommodation was a disappointment. First and foremost was a very strong, almost unbearable, smell of gloss paint, and the paintwork was actually tacky on the wardrobe doors. There was no opaque curtain on the rear glazed door, no bedside lighting, no radio or clock, no hotel information or welcome pack, and, most importantly, no fire information. In other words, the room was not ready for use. We requested bedside lamps but they said they had none.
At breakfast, where every table seemed to be covered with used crockery, we were rather shortly directed not to sit down where we chose, but at a 'clean' table, which turned out to be one half of a table where someone else was still finishing their breakfast, and which was subsequently not cleaned for us. The cooked part of the breakfast was well and promptly presented but the rest was dull and poor quality. Because this wasn't the room we booked we negotiated a lower rate, £70 instead of £105, but it wasn't pleasant sleeping with such a strong smell of paint and I felt the welcome, and value, was definitely lacking.
The hotel is a lovely old building but has gone downhill. The dining room was a pleasant room in itself and the small bar looked cosy, but the interior and garden are rather shabby. The rooms in the garden will be nice when they're finished, but far more thought needs to be given overall to presentation, staff training and better maintenance. I felt sorry for the staff we encountered, who seemed flustered and overstretched.

Room Tip: make sure they've finished the refurbishment!
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

A fantastic place for a pint, lots for the kids to do in the garden. Despite being renovated only a few years ago it has begun to look like a tragedy about to happen, what happened, where did they spend the money? They need urgently to find a Chef that can cook. I would not recomend ordering anthing more complicated than a burger, because that is the chefs limit if not his ambition. Please, Please, Please get someone who can cook, everything tasted frozen and reheated. Shame !

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 19, 2011

Wonderful building, staff couldn't be more helpful, good real ale, nice menu with good prices. Historic features of downstairs rooms wonderful, a magnificent lounge, liked the creaky floors and old glass in the windows. Would certainly return.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Doreen C
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

The Radnorshire Arms, in Presteigne, is a delightful and historic building with warm and welcoming staff and accommodation. Set in the main street of Presteigne, it's an ideal base for exploring the area. The hotel is very old, and has a long and colourful history. The room we stayed in was spacious, warm and well-appointed. The small bar is delightful - wood panelled and cosy. The menu is varied and interesting, and the meals are delicious. Early diners are rewarded with discounted prices. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I wish I could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Radnorshire Arms

Address: High Street, Presteigne LD8 2BE, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Presteigne
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Presteigne
Price Range: $114 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Radnorshire Arms 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family owned historic 3* Hotel and restaurant, offering 17 en-suite rooms, all equipped to the highest standard with a lounge, childrens' play area and gardens. We accommodate individuals, couples, families and larger groups in relaxed and spacious surroundings whether it be for a very special occasion or for a quiet evening out. Located in beautiful countryside in the town of Presteigne next to Offas Dyke and close to Ludlow Hereford, Shrewsbury and Llandrindod Wells. ... more   less 
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