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Old Great House is a gorgeous 16th-Century farmhouse on a family-run farm in the tiny hamlet of Llandeilo Graban near Builth Wells. The period holiday home has recently been renovated to protect original features while offering a high standard of self-catering accommodation to guests who expect 21st-Century comforts. It's great for big or multi-generational families and groups of friends, as it sleeps ten people in five bedrooms, one of which is a quiet suite with a separate sitting room. The owners have three comfortable glamping pods sleeping 4-6 people. You can book these together to provide accommodation for family reunions, milestone celebrations with friends, or wedding parties and out-of-town guests attending your nuptials. It's a heavenly slice of mid-Wales, with panoramic rural views.
Llandeilo Graban is a tranquil location in an area famous for its beautiful walks, fantastic bridleways and mountain bike trails, and sweeping roads for touring and cycling. The farm is on the side of a hill overlooking the surrounding mountains, fields, woodland and moors. A favourite local walk is to Twyn y Garth where a German field howitzer has stood sentry for over a century. You can see the River Wye from the top of Llandeilo Hill, continuing on to the cave where Llywelyn ap Gruffydd hid in 1282 and the Seven Stars pub in Aberedw. If you're not deterred by a bit of a climb, you can enjoy 360-degree views of the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains, Radnorshire, Malvern and Shropshire Hills from the trig point on The Roundabout in the Begwns.
Shops, cafes and other amenities are eight miles away in historic Builth Wells. The lumpy hill you see above the town is all that remains of Builth Castle, built by Edward I to subdue the locals after his defeat of Prince Llywelyn. Lots of the shopfronts are Victorian and constructed from stone quarried less than a mile away in Llanelwedd. Builth is at its most lively in late July when it hosts the Royal Welsh Show. There's often something on at the showground so check the calendar before you arrive. Further afield is Hay-on-Wye, Brecon, Rhayader and the Elan Valley.
Lynne Jones joined Independent Cottages in June 2022
Old Great House is over four hundred old and is imbued with the warm comfort that comes from being a happy family home for centuries. Accommodation is over three levels.
Outside: Landscaped gardens include a deck with an outdoor furniture suite, a patio with a fire pit/grill, and a hot tub. There is off-street parking.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, bed linen, bath towels and towels for the hot tub are included. One dog is welcome by arrangement.
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