This guesthouse is magical. It is so beautiful I thought it might have disappeared when I returned after a night out at the Hay Festival but there it was, bathed in the full moon light, looking warm, stunning and welcoming. I stumbled across it when abandoning another rather poor B&B and feel very lucky indeed!
This is within a really reasonable driving distance of Hay Festival and the Brecon Beacons but is totally country. The shetland ponies, sheep, hens and enormous supply of wild birds and squirrels create a serene and enchanting environment. The welcome from the hosts is warm, friendly and welcoming, you couldn't ask for better. Breakfast was the best I have had for a long time - not since the wonderful breakfasts we get in Ireland with Claire and Col at Killurin Lodge and which I still talk about - breakfasts to travel for. Home made preserves were perfect, I recommend all of them but the grape is spectacular. I sat for a while in the breakfast room after breakfast just taking in the view - such a lovely start to the day.
I walked into the room I was offered and just said "wow". Two big windows looking out on pastoral perfection. I am sitting in it now listening to the birds and watching the ponies and sheep. It was a pleasure to come back to it after a day Festival-ing.
If you are near Hereford, Brecon or Hay I would urge you to stay at the Old Vicarage. In fact, make staying at the Old Vicarage the reason for coming to Hereford, Brecon or Hay! I came for the Festival, but staying at this guesthouse made this trip much more special than that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated on the Welsh - English border, 'The Old Vicarage' has beautiful grounds with glorious views and provides a peaceful retreat to escape to the country. There are three large comfortable rooms; a double with en-suite shower room, a twin - bedded room with private bathroom and a double room with private bathroom. The large sitting / breakfast room has panoramic views over Radnorshire and a cosy log fire. A welcoming complementary tea with homemade scone or cake is provided on arrival; a three course dinner is available by prior arrangement and you can bring your own drinks to accompany your meal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Old Vicarage Bed & Breakfast Presteigne, Wales