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Wales’ largest county, rural Powys is a landscape of verdant hills, little villages and pretty market towns brimming with excellent food and heaps of historic landmarks. Popular with walkers and cyclists, the region is also brilliant for laid-back country escapes as a couple or family, with a wide range of accommodation options suitable for a whole host of budgets. Many of the best places to stay in Powys are classic country house hotels, complete with striking views and excellent facilities, but some of our favourite spots are little restaurants-with-rooms, where you can tuck in to fresh, seasonal fare before hiding away in intimate tranquility.

Named for an ancient Welsh kingdom, Powys includes heritage buildings aplenty, some of which are now beautiful hotels with fascinating histories. Head to pink-hued Powis Castle for a sense of the region’s past, or stroll the streets of pretty Hay-on-Wye — the famed literary hotspot — Builth Wells and Crickhowell for lovely buildings, bustling markets and lively cafés. The MOMA Machynlleth is a particular standout if you travel to Machynlleth, showcasing modern Welsh Art, whilst the town also hosts a fantastic music festival each August — perfect for culture lovers.

If it’s the great outdoors that you’re after, head to the picturesque Wye Valley or to the Brecon Beacons National Park for hiking, rambling, cycling, fishing and horse riding. Thrill-seekers can try river rafting, abseiling and rock climbing, too.

Round off big days of discovery with family games of croquet on the lawn of your manor house hotel, or feast on gourmet dishes at a pint-sized eatery with just a few rooms upstairs. Whether you’re on the hunt for a gorgeous wedding venue, an indulgent weekend getaway or a fun family base, the best places to stay in Powys promise rural charm in spades. Do book your stay well in advance if travelling during the summer months, as our picks can fill up fast!

The Best Places to Stay in Powys

FOR A Chic Town Stay

  • The Swan at Hay features 19 beautifully-appointed rooms above a gourmet restaurant which prides itself on creating seasonal Welsh dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Think attractive design and a friendly feel — a chic small hotel perfect for couples or families keen to explore the bustling literary town of Hay-on-Wye.

For a Country House Hotel

  • Lake Country House is the perfect pick for an indulgent weekend away. Stylish rooms are set in a 19th-century mock-Tudor property with 50 acres of gorgeous gardens, a nine-hole golf course, indoor swimming pool, tennis court, spa and award-winning restaurant. Family-friendly, the hotel is also a romantic wedding venue. One for a resort-style escape.
  • The Manor offers 23 appealing rooms in a Georgian manor house at the foot of Table Mountain and close to the bustling town of Crickhowell. Book a Superior Room for period charm, with antique furnishings and rich textiles. There's stacks for outdoorsy types to do in the Brecon Beacons National Park, before returning to the property for a massage at the spa or a delicious dinner. Families will love the swimming pool!
  • Llangoed Hall is an imposing stately home in the Wye Valley. Stay here for old-school style, with sumptuous interiors designed by Sir Bernard Ashley which feature patterned wallpapers and antique pieces, as well as little touches such as homemade flapjacks and decanters of Madeira. Expect superb fare at the 2 AA Rosette restaurant, too, where Chef Sam Bowser prides himself on using freshly-picked produce from the kitchen garden. A romantic couples' retreat and wonderful wedding venue.
  • Caer Beris is tucked amidst 18 acres of parkland, set alongside the River Irfon. Think traditionally-appointed rooms within a black-and-white building with striking views, gourmet fare served in a historic dining room, and lots of activities for guests of all ages. Built on the Motte of an ancient castle, this is a great choice for history buffs. Also very good value.

For Foodies

  • Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms is a luxurious, adults-only retreat with nine quirky, opulent bedrooms in a serene country setting. Chef Gareth Ward creates superb tasting menus using seasonal produce in the chic, Michelin-starred restaurant. Perfect for a bold and romantic foodie stay.
  • The Drawing Room is a charming 18th-century Georgian house, with just three elegant, understated rooms. The big draw is the fabulous restaurant, where owner-managers Colin and Melanie Dawson — both chefs — craft delicious dishes showcasing excellent regional fare. Hide away in total tranquility near Builth Wells and savour a menu of daily specialities including succulent mountain lamb and prime Welsh beef. A quiet delight.

For Fishing

  • Gliffaes Hotel is a classic country house escape, with 23 luxurious rooms overlooking the River Usk. Popular with anglers — who will enjoy private fishing on the River Usk — this is also an excellent family pick, with heaps of activities for guests of all ages, including tennis, croquet, cycling and walking. The gourmet restaurant specialises in using local, sustainable produce, too. Laid-back, family-run and great for fishing!

For a B&B

  • The Old Vicarage is a lovely 4-bedroom Victorian property in the heart of the Cambrian Mountains. Pick this place for excellent walking, cycling and outdoorsy exploring, as well as its appealingly-decorated rooms. Families should book the suite, which sleeps up to four people, and all guests will delight in the hearty breakfasts. Whilst primarily a B&B, the hotel also offers a great selection of drinks, mezze dinners and 3-course meals if booked in advance. Charming.

FOR A HOLIDAY COTTAGE OR APARTMENT

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • If coming from outside the UK, fly to Cardiff, Bristol or Birmingham Airports and travel by road or rail to Powys from there, depending on where in the region you are headed.
  • Alternatively, catch the train from London (Euston Station) via Birmingham and Shrewsbury. The journey from London should take around 5.5 hours by rail and 4 hours by car — again, depending on your destination in Powys.
  • Powys is a wonderful region to discover by road. If you would like to rent a car, we suggest that you contact our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Travel between June and September for warmer weather, with average highs of around 20°C. Come during the spring (April and May) for long, bright days and fewer crowds, but expect cooler temperatures!

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Best Hotels in Powys

  • Caer Beris Builth Wells 23 rooms from £79

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    Restaurant  -  Local fare, Welsh lamb, black beef and Welsh cheeses.
    Fishing  -  Wye and the Ifron are close-by.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    This historic three star manor house set in it's own 27 acres of delightful gardens can be found in the Wye Valley where nature's fauna and flora abound. Friendly atmosphere with elegant rooms. Experience the best of rugged countryside and relax by a roaring fire to finish off your day. See More

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  • The Old Vicarage Powys 4 rooms from £95

    Views  -  Breathtaking scenery.
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    Sights nearby  -  Lake District of Wales is world famous Powis Castle & Gardens.
    Restaurant  -  Highly rated restaurant.
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    A fantastic little B&B in mid Wales near the Cambrian mountains and not far from the stunning coastline. Elegant bedrooms and a highly rated restaurant with expert chefs. Plenty to do; walking, cycling, festivals etc. A gourmet spot, excellent value, lots of outdoor activities. See More

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  • The Manor Powys 23 rooms from £110

    Families  -  A family friendly hotel with numerous activities both on site and in the area.
    Fishing  -  The hotel has available a fly fishing guide, ideal for both beginners and experienced anglers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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    A converted Manor House located near the Brecon Beacons. Individually styled rooms are traditionally dressed with antique furniture and soft hues and have sash windows. An indoor pool, expansive garden and numerous activities on offer in the area make this ideal for family holidays. See More

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  • The Swan at Hay Hay on Wye 19 rooms from £115

    Country Escape  -  Expect cosy interiors, excellent food and fabulous walks on the Brecon Beacons.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Hay-on-Wye's magnificent 12th-century castle.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Full of character
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    A chic small hotel in the pretty market town of Hay-on-Wye and just on the edge of the glorious Brecon Beacons. Elegant rooms feature enormous sash windows, white washed walls and choice antiques. The restaurant is fabulous and worthy of a visit alone. A charming stay. See More

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  • The Drawing Room Builth Wells (Twixt Cwmbach and Newbridge-on-Wye) 3 rooms from £125

    Value chic  -  An enchanting cottage with country chic interiors, fine dining and exceptionally warm service for a minimal price tag.
    Foodies  -  Indulge in a gourmet weekend away- mouthwatering food, from the best ingrediants and cooked to perfection.
    Great walks  -  Explore the colourful woods, tumbling streams, fantastic birdlife and windswept peaks of this wild countryside.
    Local markets  -  Discover the many local open-air markets, such as the weekly market at Llandrindod Wells.
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide

    A charming 18th Century Georgian house, nestled in the breathtaking Welsh countryside. Classic rooms offer understated elegance, comfort and peace. The award winning restaurant is the beating heart of this hotel. Spectacular rambling opportunities at this rural retreat. See More

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  • Gliffaes Hotel Powys 23 rooms from £142

    Hideaway  -  Set on 33 acres of beautiful grounds, with extensive walking and fishing as well as gourmet food and a cosy bar.
    Foodies  -  The ever changing yummy menu revolves around organic, sustainable and fresh produce- plus an extensive winelist!
    Tennis  -  Make the most of the English summer and spend some time on the charming grass tennis courts.
    Great walks  -  Explore the magical Brecon Beacons National Park and the stunning Black Mountains.
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    Family-run fishing hotel overlooking the River Usk resting in the Brecon Beacons. Large, comfortable rooms with countryside views and cosy fireplaces. Seasonally inspired menu at the restaurant, matched by fine wines and a scenic atmosphere. Great for all the family and exploring the great outdoors See More

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  • Lake Country House Builth Wells (Llangammarch Wells) 30 rooms from £149

    Golf  -  The Lake Country House & Spa has a 9 hole, Par three golf course, for the enjoyment of hotel guests
    Other Activities  -  The National Botanic Garden of Wales is just under an hour from the Lake Country House & Spa Hotel
    Great walks  -  To the south of the hotel there are the stunning Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.
    Fishing  -  The River Irfon, runs through the hotel grounds adjacent to the fishing lake.
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    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays

    19th century mock-Tudor property set amid stunning 50-acre gardens, offering stylishly furnished rooms. The dining room is spacious and dignified and serves award-winning food. Plenty of activities on offer and a thoroughly relaxing spa. Ideal for a weekend break away from it all. See More

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  • Llangoed Hall Brecon 24 rooms from £175

    Great walks  -  Explore the rugged Wye Valley and Black Mountain trails
    Full of character
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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    This stately home has a commanding presence in the surrounding countryside. Each room is unique, but all are exquisitely decorated in soft palettes and fabrics. The award winning restaurant is a must, as is the smart dress code. An array of activities ensure you're kept busy. Country luxury! See More

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  • Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms Powys 9 rooms from £210

    Foodies  -  Housing a Michelin star restaurant that focuses on local produce to create exciting British menus.
    Local markets  -  Buy local produce at the traditional market at Machynlleth held every Wednesday.
    Great walks  -  Find stunning hiking trails at the Rheidol Valley.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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    A unique property offering chic contemporary design and housing a Michelin starred restaurant all in an unassuming country house. Rooms mix traditional features with modern art, bold wallpaper and designer furniture. The restaurant is worthy of a visit alone. Fabulous. See More

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