The Old Rectory

Painscastle, Mid Wales & Cardigan Bay (Ref. 947832)

  • The Old Rectory - (Ref. 947832)

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  • Sleeps 12

  • Bedrooms 6

  • Bathrooms 5

  • Pets Yes

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    Mr Sayer

    “We stayed as two extended families ...”

    We stayed as two extended families for our annual weeks gathering and had a fantastic time. The property and grounds are very spacious and met our needs perfectly. The bedrooms are lovely and comfortable with high quality, comfy beds and bedding. There are plenty of bathrooms, many of them en-suite and large areas for eating and relaxing, with a separate dedicated TV room (in addition to a TV in the lounge area and the ground floor bedroom). The kitchen is large and well-equipped for cooking for ...

    We stayed as two extended families for our annual weeks gathering and had a fantastic time. The property and grounds are very spacious and met our needs perfectly. The bedrooms are lovely and comfortable with high quality, comfy beds and bedding. There are plenty of bathrooms, many of them en-suite and large areas for eating and relaxing, with a separate dedicated TV room (in addition to a TV in the lounge area and the ground floor bedroom). The kitchen is large and well-equipped for cooking for large groups (something we have struggled with in some bookings in the past) and there is also a utility room with washer, dryer, ceiling clothes airer, recycling boxes and a 5-bottle wine cooler (which was well used!). Our daughter also loved the high-tech automatic bin in the kitchen... There was plenty of space for the 4 cars we came in (and you could easily fit at least another 2 cars if your group make-up required this). There is an excellent horse-riding facility (www.ridinginwales.com) a 5 minute walk away, where you can have lessons or just enjoy a hack out/pony trekking in the beautiful surrounding countryside. If you need a 6 bedroom holiday let for up to 12 people then I would recommend that you seriously consider booking this property. The only thing I should mention is that sat-navs/google earth etc will try to send you to a different nearby property (due to the rural nature of the area with spread-out properties sharing postcodes). The Old Rectory is right next to the pretty church in Byrngwyn, just before the cattle grid, with easy car access (2 vehicle entrances) - it is NOT down a rough track opposite the road down to the riding stables as Google Earth suggests. Thank you very much Sykes and particularly Wendy and Lee (the really helpful caretakers who live in an adjoining property)

Features

  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

The Old Rectory is a 19th Century former Parsonage set high in the Radnorshire hills with stunning views of the Black Mountains and the surrounding moors and farmland, an ideal base for family gatherings or celebrating special occasions.

The reception hall features a Victorian fireplace, exposed stonework and a fine staircase leading to the first floor.

A ground floor bedroom with king size bed and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, is convenient for guests with reduced mobility.

A spacious sitting room boasts dual aspect windows and french doors overlooking the garden, a log burner and comfortable sofas and armchairs for everyone.

There is also a TV lounge with a bay window, a 55in Freesat TV and an electric fire.

The dining room, with log burner and a large oak table easily seating 12 persons for leisurely family feasts, is next to the well equipped farmhouse style kitchen.

With plenty of work surface, huge oven with five burner gas hob, a double oven, fridge freezer and a dishwasher, it is an ideal space for preparing delicious meals.

Adjacent is a utility/boot room with second dishwasher, washing machine and hanging space for drying outdoor clothes.

From here, a small sun room makes a sneaky retreat for a morning coffee, an afternoon cuppa or a late nightcap and is the *only* place indoors where smoking is allowed.

Painscastle is a delightful village with a friendly food pub, perfect to return to after exploring the engulfing countryside.

Within easy reach is the fabulous Hay-on-Wye, promising a memorable day trip with its quaint amenities and buildings.

This unspoilt area of the Welsh Marches with the Red Kite soaring overhead and wild ponies roaming the hillside is a haven for wildlife.

It offers excellent opportunities for walking, horse-riding, golf and water-sports; either on the doorstep or within easy reach and makes a centrally situated base for exploring the lakes and mountains of Mid-Wales and the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The Royal Welsh Showground and the book town of Hay-on-Wye, as well as being famous for the Agricultural Show and the Festival of Literature, also host many other notable events throughout the year.

Hereford city boasts an 11th century Cathedral with the Chained Library and the Mappa Mundi, which is certainly worth a visit during your stay.

There are a number of National Trust properties and characterful market towns in the area.

This idyllic location provides a wonderful variety of attractions to suit all ages and tastes.

Accommodation

Six bedrooms: Ground floor: 1 x king-size, shower, basin and WC, First floor: 1 x king-size with en-suite bath, basin and WC, 1 x four poster double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin. Bathroom with a shower over bath and basin, separate cloakroom with basin, bidet and WC, ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC. Sitting room with multi-fuel stove. TV Lounge with electric fire. Dining room with log burner. Kitchen. Utility/Boot room. Sun room.

Amenities

  • Oil central heating, multi-fuel stove, logburner and electric fire
  • Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, additional double oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 x dishwasher
  • 3 x TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgate, travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for 6 cars
  • Extensive lawns and patio with furniture
  • Up to 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Shop 3 miles, pub 2 miles, horse-riding ½ miles, golf 2, 10 and 14 miles, water-sports 6 and 15 miles
  • Note: Stabling/grazing for horses available by prior arrangement with the owner
  • Note: The care takers live in an annex adjoining the property Note: There is limited mobile signal in the property
  • Note: No stag/hen parties
  • Note: No single sex parties.

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About the location

PAINSCASTLE

Hay-on-Wye 5.5 miles; Builth Wells 12.5 miles; Hereford 25 miles.

The pretty village of Painscastle lies just five and a half miles from the famous town of Hay-on-Wye, and takes its name from its ancient fortress, where today only large earthworks remain. Standing only three miles from the England/Wales border, the village boasts a charming real ale inn serving good food, and is surrounded by scenic countryside. Under six miles away is the historic market town of Hay-on-Wye. Settled beside the River Wye, it’s renowned for its world-famous Hay Festival of Literature and with its many specialist bookshops, antiques shops, restaurants and cafes, it’s a popular destination for holidaymakers wishing to enjoy the leisure activities and beautiful scenery of the Wye Valley. Builth Wells can be reached within a pleasant drive, and is home to an 18-hole golf course, a pony trekking centre and a selection of amenities, plus each July it plays host to the Royal Welsh Show. The surrounding countryside provides excellent walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing and canoeing opportunities, amongst many more, together with a variety of tourist attractions, including the Black Mountains, The Three Castles Walk, Offa's Dyke pathway, the Mortimer Trail and the lovely walk to Hergest Ridge, which is said to have inspire the music of Elgar. The ancient city of Hereford, the epitome of picturesque England, lies just over half an hour’s drive away, with its magnificent cathedral housing its famous chained library and Mappa Mundi, and medieval bridge set over the winding River Wye. A supremely appealing area, and a perfect year-round holiday destination.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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