8th October 2017
Price per person:
£10 per person per night single supplement
Surrounded by wonderful scenery from high mountains to deep valleys, glacial lakes to man-made reservoirs, the beauty of mid Wales is truly one of Britain's best kept secrets.
Day 1 After our local pick ups we make our way to Wales with suitable comfort stops on route, we arrive at our hotel and enjoy a welcome cup of tea or coffee while our bags are taken to our room.
Day 2 We will spend the morning relaxing at our lovely hotel before departing after lunch to the Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir, a Grade II listed property and one of Wales' finest examples of Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture. Paul and Victoria Humpherstonb bought the Hall in late 1997 and spent 9 years restoring it to its original Gothic splendour and it is now renowned for its stunning interiors and fascinating collections. We will enjoy a private guided tour of the house and estate by either Paul or Victoria or a close family member. Don't forget to wear comfortable walking shoes!
Day 3 This morning, we make our way to the border town of Presteigne and discover a most unusual house and a hidden Welsh gem, The Judge's Lodging. From the stunningly restored judge's apartments to the dingy servants' quarters below you can explore their gas lit world. Damp cells remind you of the building's true purpose, along with the vast courtroom where you will hear echoes of the trial of William Morgan, local duck thief. We will then make our way to the National Trust property of Powis Castle where we can enjoy lunch before exploring what was once a stark medieval fortress of Welshprinces, which has since been transformed by family fortune into a richly decorated Baroque castle.
Day 4 Today, we make our way to the Brecon Beacons National Park via Hay-on-Wye, the famous 'town of books' and home to the Hay Literature Festival during the last week of May, attracting some 80,000 writers, publishers and literature fans! During the rest of the year, this pretty market town on the edge of the Brecon Beacons is a mecca for books, boasting 30 major bookshops. Afterlunch, we will then enjoy a trip through the scenic Brecon Beacons towards the famous Penderyn Distillery Visitor Centre. On arrival, we will be greeted by our tour guide who will take us through to the exhibition area and the distillery itself. After the tour, we will visit the tasting bar before returning to our hotel through the rugged beauty of the Beacons.
Day 5 After breakfast we leave Llandrindod Wells and head back to Essex we make suitable comfort stops on our route back.