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“Another world, and you won't want to come home!”
Review of Hafod-Y-Garreg

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Ranked #2 of 4 Erwood B&B and Inns
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Never before have we stayed anywhere, and we have a lot to compare this to, that wraps you in such a fantastic mix of unworldly, grand, comfy, historic, welcoming, and downright fun. When you walk into that main living room, instantly you know you're somewhere unrepeatably special. You need to see these for yourself, you will not be disappointed. And the bedrooms are really suites, with deep attention to detail combined with a lot of witty touches.

And then there's the food. B&Bs just don't go this far to feed their guests. At Hafod it's an art form. In a two night stay, between the wonderful breakfasts, and evening meals that take about two hours and at least five courses (hot Bloody Mary anyone? Oh yes...) we lost any chance of fitting in lunch elsewhere! The standards are high, and far more sophisticated than you would expect without being fussy.

And who are these people? Annie is a soft, charming soul who clearly deeply cares to make your stay in the house as effortless as possible, quietly dealing with keeping the place spotless and charming; John regales you with the broadest palette of ascerbic wit, sarcasm (in the positive sense), knowledge and - if you're very lucky - The Rolling Stones. Ask him about his new speakers ;-) When we left we felt we had stumbled across some really special people.

As to the area, in two days we found some of the best driving roads we've ever seen. Same goes for the scenery. And the museums. And the Big Pit. And the river walks. And the castles. You get the picture.

I'd love to say "go, all of you, and keep going, it's that good" but I can't because you might make it harder for us to revisit - which, we most certainly will!

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

Had a hilarious sequence of phone conversations with John to arrange our one-night stay and evening meal, and were amazed! Such a hospitable and interesting couple, who made us so welcome. The trek across two fields was fun, but well worth the trouble (best to do in daylight unless you have 4WD). The evening meal was absolutely stunning, and we enjoyed Annie and John's company throughout: be prepared for lively and forthright conversation! Don't forget to take your own wine. As for the house, we felt it was a great privilege to stay in such a historic and much-loved house.

Room Tip: Mind your heads on the beams!
  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2017

One night is definitely not enough but that's all we had and it was truly lovely....
As everyone else has said already... exceptional warm welcome from Annie and John who have created this magical and historic, home away from home ..... waiting to be discovered and then enveloping their guests with kindness and interesting tales of history and restoration.... I tore myself away to luxuriate in the beautiful rolltop bath, with a soft breeze from the windows, May weather was so kind to us...and then was ready for dinner.... WOW.... a Michelin Star with brass knobs on.... beautiful meal, thoughtfully prepared and master chef level presentation.... just the right quantities in the cosiest of dining rooms.... we were just so relaxed and happy and slept like kittens...
Breakfast overlooking the garden was another exceptional experience with anything and everythIng one could thInk of... we then had to set off home but not before an unforgettable walk along the top of a nearby hill.... to really appreciate the area...
Thanks so much Annie and John for making my birthday a happy and memorable one.... we hope to come back...... C&G

Room Tip: We lov d to ur room with beautiful ensuite bath (rolltop)
  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Stayed just one night while on a weekend trip to the area. Found a warm welcome from Annie and John, who didn't mind when we cheered for the "wrong" team in the televised Rugby. The house is fascinating, the bedroom comfortable and dinner excellent. Highly recommended

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Annie M, Owner at Hafod-Y-Garreg, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2017

Thanks for your lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. As you were here to deliver your artwork to a local gallery, we thought we would have a look and we now are proud owners of one of your pieces.

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Reviewed 4 February 2017

This place is a one-off in the nicest possible way. The oldest house in Wales? You can believe it when you've taken in all the history (built in 1402) and character. The welcome is warm in every sense (we arrived on a cold January afternoon), and John and Annie obviously take huge pride in their presentation of the rooms which are full of delightful quirks and witty touches (plenty of animal themes, and rich fabrics, wallpapers and wall hangings) and in the professional care they take in the preparation of the rooms and en suite facilities. Then there's Annie's cooking. We stayed two nights and dined royally on both evenings. The breakfasts too were first rate, offering a comprehensive array of fruits, drinks, cereals and (very well) cooked options which sent us out into the day well satisfied. We'll have no hesitation in booking ourselves in again.

Room Tip: Only two rooms, both very characterful. One has more living space and the other better en suite faci...
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hafod-Y-Garreg

Address: Hafod y Garreg, Erwood, Builth Wells Powys LD2 3TQ, Erwood LD2 3TQ, Wales
Region: United Kingdom > Wales > Powys > Erwood
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Erwood
Price Range: €89 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hafod-Y-Garreg 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hafod y Garreg is the oldest house in Wales, built as a hunting lodge for King Henry 1V. A medieval house snuggled in a hollow surrounded by beautiful countryside. ... more   less 

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