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The Elan valley Estate is owned by Welsh Water. There are a number of reservoirs linked together which supply water to the south coast of Wales and Birmingham. It's a great place just to go for a drive and there are plenty of walks in the area. The visitors centre has information on everything from why the local village was flooded to supply drinking water today, to natural wildlife. They also have a coffee shop when you need to take a break from all the sightseeing.
The Brecon beacons is perhaps one of the most recognised national parks in the UK. Home to spectacular waterfalls, geo parks, rock habitats and a huge range of wildlife. If you like the great outdoors the Brecon Beacons are perfect. Other activities this historic town has to offer include The Royal Regiment Museum, showing over 300 years of military history. The Cathedral is always a must see!
One mile south of Welshpool, (A458) Montgomeryshire. This is a stately home and gardens with 700 years of continuous occupation, building and rebuilding. It was known as Pool Castle in Medieval times. The square tower is thought to be a late Norman keep. A 1668 gateway leads to altered Tudor lodgings and an Edwardian gatehouse. The house is full of memorabilia of India in the time of Clive (his son married a daughter of the house). In the grounds are steeply terraced gardens, planted in the early 18th century. Clipped yews and old roses prosper, as well as tender and unusual plants. There are fruit trees on the terraces and an orangery. The views are superb.
Hay is a small historic market town in Mid-Wales and is host to the famous Guardian Hay-On-Wye Book Festival, giving the town its name of the Book Capital of Britain. The high street has many book stores; you’re 'bound' to find something worth the read! Why not come and stay at our Luxury Welsh Country House near Hay-on-Wye and settle down in our Kingfisher Spa with a good book?