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“Splendour and luxury in the Welsh Marches” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Old Vicarage Country House

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The Old Vicarage Country House
Ranked #1 of 13 Presteigne B&B and Inns
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
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“Splendour and luxury in the Welsh Marches”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

This area of the country is a joy to visit and explore, but a stay at The Old Vicarage really makes any trip just that little bit more special. The Gothic Victorian splendour of the building is enhanced by the attention to detail shown inside; from the informal opulence of the dining, sitting and drawing rooms, to the sumptuous brass half tester and four poster beds, stunning views and locally sourced foods, cooked to perfection. Paul and John were the perfect hosts; genial, informative, helpful, but non-intrusive - that perfect blend of friendliness and professionalism - further enhanced by a jar of lovely home made jam to take home with us as a keepsake.

The attention to detail throughout is really worth a further mention here. There is a tremendous effort to maintain a Victorian feel throughout the property - electric cords are old fashioned, light switches are unobtrusive - you can even call for John or Paul via the original call system (not that we needed to!) We were treated to wonderful breakfasts - much of it home made - even the sausages were a delicacy from a local butchers, all beautifully cooked and presented.

The location of the Old Vicarage is superb if you are exploring the area - good driving distance from Ludlow, Leominster, Hay-on-Wye and Welshpool - so much to see and do in a small area, whether you want to relax or pick up the pace; the scenery is stunning and there is something for everyone.

There are two self contained cottages on the land, which Paul and John rent out, so we will definately be going back - hopefully for a week next time.

Room Tip: All the rooms are wonderful and have splendid views. There are no TV or tea making facilities in th...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

The Old Vicarage, well what can I say?...

The Old Vicarage is owned and run by Paul and John who are the most wonderful and polite people. The history behind this place is somewhat on the large scale to which I'm sure we were only told a small piece of. Fascinating place.

House & Rooms

The house itself is set off from the road in the most tranquil and peaceful spot. With lush gardens (managed by John to whom does a superb job) and views to die for, what more could one want. Paul and John have spent a lot of time, effort and clearly a lot of money on their beautiful home / b&b and the self investment is priceless. The interior decor is quaint and loving. It just feels like a home. During the winter I can imagine the house excelling itself with the gorgeous fires around the house.

The cleanliness of the house is excellent. You wouldn't believe Paul and John do it themselves being as busy as they are but they find time and do a very, very good job. Being a company owner of a cleaning company myself, I can assure you cleanliness, health and safety and health and hygiene are perfect and if grading myself would receive top grades. Very well done!

The rooms are gorgeous and spacious! The beds are huge and comfortable and views again, are to die for. The bathrooms/en-suites are excellently clean and maintained to a high standard and the quality of the furnishings around the house and the bedrooms and bathrooms are top class. One issue I always pick upon in hotels where ever I stay is the linen. I never find them as clean as I want them! However, I believe Paul and John do the linen exactly the way I do mine! Nothing to worry about here chaps. The whites are brilliant white after each wash and the feel of them are soft and warm. The secret is..... Ask Paul ;)

Food

We ate in each morning and evening as our purpose was to relax and unwind. Do our own thing during the day and return to this beautiful setting. Each morning the breakfast was delicious. Big breakfast cooked freshly by Paul (the chef) and fresh coffee, tea or any other item of liquid you desire. Obviously no alcohol. No complaints on the breakfast side. The evening meal.... Well... Move over Michelin Star restaurants and make way for Paul's fantastic cooking. In fact, it's not fantastic it's simply sublime. The presentation, texture, taste and just everything was perfect. I'm not sure I've ever eaten anything quite so tasteful. I'm a good cook too! I would recommend eating in as I can assure you, you will not be disappointed. John is an excellent man. He explains all the foods with beauty and delicately. This is a skill. He makes you want to dive straight in! He does such an excellent job serving the drinks, foods and his service skills are well above par. Lovely person!

People and Service

Paul and John have worked incredibly hard to get where they are today and have achieved more than one can expect. Renovating all on their own this most delightful property and showing their masterpiece to the world is just 'an honour'. They are both the most wonderful people and I hope you go and visit their home. You cannot fault anything.

We will most definitely be going back to see them! Look forward to seeing you both soon!

Excellent!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Herne Bay, Kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

We have found that everything about a stay at The Old Vicarage is just perfect. We have been four times and it is such a treat to arrive knowing that we can look forward to warm hospitality in such a beautiful and relaxing environment. Paul and John welcome you to their comfortable home and make your stay a very special experience.
The Victorian house has been so carefully restored and furnished with evident deep love for the period. This has created an environment which is comfortable and relaxing in a way which we may have forgotten, and that modern interiors can rarely achieve. From the moment one partakes (correct word in this context) of afternoon tea in the drawing room, the stresses of 21st century life begin to slip away. The whole house has a wonderful sense of cohesion and calm - a place where it is OK for time to pass slowly.
If, on arrival, the weather is fine then taking tea in the beautiful gardens is an equally good start to a stay at The Vicarage. The views across the Radnorshire countryside are stunning (framed by a well designed garden) - and the peace which allows you to hear the bees at work in the lavender is again a rare treat in these days of noise pollution. On our most recent stay there were many butterflies among the carefully tended flowers and shrubs.
At The Old Vicarage hospitality extends to the use of the drawing room and study in which to relax - plenty of books to read in comfortable chairs. One quickly feels 'at home'.
We stay in the 'Green Price' room which has a supremely comfortable bed (very suitable for our bad backs) - welcoming for an early night (or a late morning!). Views (from the bed) across past the church to the countryside can cause us to linger - but must not do so for too long in the morning, for breakfast is well worth the effort of getting out of bed! Vegetarians (us) well catered for with home made baked beans a culinary delight unlike any baked beans we have ever tasted before - as well as tomatoes, eggs (any way), mushrooms. We find the scrambled egg particularly good. The apricots and prunes are very special.
So - a wonderful comfortable house, with beautiful gardens, set in peaceful and attractive countryside, and with hosts who offer genuine, warm hospitality - all these things in perfect harmony.
Only one thing is wrong - eventually you have to leave! But we have coped with this by booking the next visit before we depart - and then we can look forward to the next time.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Derbyshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

We stayed at this wonderful house for 3 days. It is so perfect both inside and out. The gardens are a delight and the interior is beautifully restored and welcoming. I can't recommend this place to stay highly enough. The hosts are both charming and accommodating. Everything at breakfast was either home made or locally sourced; delicious. Perfectly cooked tomatoes and everything else. Can't wait to go back again and sample the evening meals too. Sadly there was no opportunity to do this during this visit. If one could award stars it would have the highest number available.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hungerford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

This was my first experience of the Old Vicarage and I can honestly say it wont be my last. Paul and John have a most beautiful and unique home and we are very privileged to share it with them. They are great hosts and the food was amazing. In fact we had booked for a meal out on the Saturday and after tasting the meal on Friday we cancelled the restaurant. That says it all. We are just in the process of thinking who we can take the next time around.
Highly recommended!!

Room Tip: All rooms were good but we stayed in the Green Price room which was lovely.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Grantham - Lincs
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Great Hosts Paul & John, Great Rooms, Great Food, Great Wine, Great Company, You would have to go a long way to beat a stay at this place. Everything is amazing, food is of the highest quality, freshly prepared by Chef Paul, all locally grown and purchased ingredients. Strongly recommend a stay here, be it a long weekend or longer. Thanks for a great stay and making our 37th Wedding Anniversary so special.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Camden, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2013

Having stayed at a number of B&Bs in the UK, I would rate The Old Vicarage as among the very best. It is the perfect combination of welcoming hosts, a wonderful house, and a pretty garden---all set within beautiful countryside. I was in the Green Price Room, which has a superb view of the garden and the church. Two chairs facing the window proved the perfect place to read and plan the day's activities. John and Paul were accommodating in every way. Their suggestions of houses and gardens to visit were perfect. Paul is a superb cook, and I enjoyed dinner all three nights of my visit. John is the gardener, and the result of his efforts are a delight.

Room Tip: Each room is quite beautiful in it own way.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Old Vicarage Country House
Address: Norton, Presteigne LD8 2EN, Wales
Location: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Presteigne
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Presteigne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Deservedly winner of the Tripadvisor 2012-14 Certificate of Excellence and 2007 Visit Wales (Welsh Tourist Board) Best B&B in Wales, The Old Vicarage, Norton, Presteigne is situated in beautiful walking country on the Welsh/Herefordshire border. Enjoy the stunning Victorian decor, furnishings & fittings, comfortable beds, dinner by candlelight with excellent food and wine, delicious breakfasts using superb local produce and the lovely landscaped gardens with fabulous views across the hills of England & Wales. ... more   less 
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