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New Inn at Brilley
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

The New Inn is regularly used as a Buddhist retreat but non-Buddhists shouldn't let that put them off as it's equally welcoming to non-Buddhist tourists.
The property is a lovely old ramshackle collection of buildings located on the side of a hill with stunning views across to the Black Mountains. It's run by the friendly Daphne who does everything to make you feel welcome but at the same time, does not intrude on your privacy.
We stayed for three nights in the separate apartment – basically a small cottage attached to the main house with its own access. There are three bedrooms so parties of up to six people can be accommodated, with a cosy kitchen/living room for cooking and eating in. The two upstairs rooms have limited headroom and are equipped with futons, rather than beds, which some people may find a little hard – personally I loved sleeping on them. Six adults might find it a little cramped eating all together in the kitchen but there is a small covered outdoor area just outside the front door for alfresco dining.
Accommodation in the apartment is self-catering with an oil-fired range, while utensils, cutlery, bedding etc. are all provided. And if you've never cooked on a range then you're in for a treat.
The bathroom has a hip bath with lots of very hot water available, as well as an electric shower.
The cottage (and the house) is over 300 years old so don't expect a Travel Inn level of amenities – there's no TV which means we actually got to talk to our kids for a change! Daphne can also do you breakfast (with free range eggs from her chickens!) for an additional charge if you don't feel like cooking.
The extensive garden, which ranges down the hill, is well worth exploring, being home to a Buddhist stupa surrounded by flapping Tibetan prayer flags, as well as a meditation building and a large yurt, which can also be rented. The atmosphere is peaceful and quiet, with only the occasional car passing on its way to or from the little village a couple of miles up the hill. Despite this, the guest house is situated only a minute's drive off the main A438, being about 10 minutes' drive from the delightful Hay-on-Wye and an ideal base to explore the nearby Brecon Beacons.
Incidentally, if you're heading to Hay, the most direct route is via a historic toll bridge – cost is 80p but if you note down the 3-digit code displayed on the ticket machine you can come back and forth at will for the rest of the day once you've paid.
B&B rooms are also available in the main house although we did not see these.
Parking is on the verge (if you get there first) or on the side of the lane – it seemed pretty safe and we were happy to leave our car there.
All in all, the New Inn makes a refreshing change to the conventional hotels we usually stay in and we really enjoyed our three nights there. Plus, renting the apartment works out to be very good value – especially if you have a party of six staying.
Highly recommended if you're looking for somewhere just that little bit different to stay. We'll certainly stay again the next time we're in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Daphne T, Owner at New Inn at Brilley, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2012

Thank you for your kind words... This is it, to know you have spent some relaxing time here and enjoyed it makes me feel I've done something right..... It has been my pleasure having you here, I hope you'll come again...

Lots Love
Daphne

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

A very special place. The New Inn at Brilley is a truly unique guest house with bundles of character. My new husband and I stayed for one night during our honeymoon touring the UK on our motorbike and felt like we were staying with an old friend. We were warmly received by the wonderful Daphne who invited us to explore her wonderful house and garden which had all the comforts one could need yet still feels like it had not been touched in 80 years. Unusual touches such as the newly hand-built yurt in the garden make the place completely unique. Unfortunately we were still recovering from our wonderful wedding and we fell asleep very early, I would have loved to spent the evening chatting to our host who seemed to be full of very interesting stories. After a very good night sleep, breakfast was perfect. We were up early and Daphne was in the garden sorting the chickens and ducks which supplied our eggy breakfast which was served in the old cow shed accompanied by home made yogurt and jams. A truly wonderful combination of country life, with lashings of history and a touch of tibet, we cannot recommend enough and would gladly stay again especially if Daphne invites us to help build the treehouse we dicussed! The most interesting stay of our honeymoon, I'd entreat anyone to stay! Rachael and Kye

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Daphne T, Owner at New Inn at Brilley, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2012

Thank you Rachel and Kye,

I do think often of you, your joyful presence you have left behind...and wonder how the rest of your trip was on your honeymoon, your discoveries.... love to find you again, and hear all about it...

I do hope you make the surprise of dipping here again, All my love Daphne

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  • Stayed: July 2016, traveled solo
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  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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Address: Brilley, Whitney-on-Wye HR3 6HE, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Herefordshire > Whitney-on-Wye
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Whitney-on-Wye
Price Range: $86 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"New Inn Brilley" Karma Dechen Choling is situated in a tiny village called Brilley on the hillside slopes of the Welsh borders. With stunning views on to the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. A former rural Inn, the main house is adjoined by a self contained Suite sleeping 4. .... We have four options of glamping, a Wagon for 2, a Loggers Cabin for 2, a Chapel for up to 5, a Cob dwelling up to 6, and 2 60's and 70s sweet caravans, with their own small camping hobs for tea coffee. All with splendid views over the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons ... more   less 
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