Hafod-Y-Garreg
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Hafod-Y-Garreg

Hafod y Garreg, Erwood, Builth Wells Powys LD2 3TQ, Erwood LD2 3TQ Wales
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#1 of 1 inn in Erwood
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Room features
Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Hafod y Garreg, Erwood, Builth Wells Powys LD2 3TQ, Erwood LD2 3TQ Wales
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oldmonmouth wrote a review Aug 2018
Lyme Regis, United Kingdom57 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were lucky enough to stay at this stunning house, full of history and in the most romantic location. We had a wonderful break at Annie and John's house and it is a very special place: beautifully furnished (no surprises there as the owners have fabulous taste) and super comfortable (the bedrooms have everything you might need). The breakfast is delicious and cater for everyone.
We were really looked after and Annie and John have plenty of good tips on what to see and do in the area. Perfect relaxing break. Thank you. We cannot wait to be back.
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Date of stay: August 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Flatnose1927 wrote a review Jun 2017
Bangkok, Thailand14 contributions9 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
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!
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Date of stay: June 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DiscoverPerfection wrote a review Jul 2016
Carmarthen, United Kingdom59 contributions74 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my second stay in this fantastic b&b and I feel privileged to have experienced it.

Annie and John really make you feel like guests in their home, which you actually are when you stay here.

Their home is in a stunning location and has been maintained and furnished with a passion that is evident as soon as you step inside.

Annie and John are fantastic hosts and a lovely couple. If you choose to stay here ask them to share the history of the house - it's fascinating!

I've noticed a couple of reviews that mention a rough track to the property - I'd like to correct that. The journey to the property adds to its charm. Yes you travel through two small fields which necessitates the opening of three gates, but the track is perfectly fine. I have a new car and I wasn't at all concerned, as I knew what to expect based on my previous visit.

I would also recommend dining during your stay, just give Annie notice - fine dining lovingly prepared which would easily compete with the best restaurants.

This property is unique and I highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled on business
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Jeremy A wrote a review Aug 2011
Halifax, Canada86 contributions93 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is located in one of the most amazing pieces of countryside in the world and there are many fabulous (if often confusing) walks to be had in the area. The farmhouse has goodish rooms (one of them very medeaval in nature) with good bathrooms. The problem is that the people who own and run this place think they are doing you an enormous favour by allowing you to pay them 100 pounds a night. Their enquiry as to your eating preferences is a mere formality and dinners are--quite literally-- a mystery. They will not tell you what you will be eating. For those who like mysteries this will not be a problem, but for the rest of who like to know what we are paying for it is a huge negative. Also, if you are staying more than one night do not expect your room to be cleaned, your bed made or your towels changed because it just doesn't happen. This place could be extraordinary, but a "world owes us a living" attitude is holding it back.
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Date of stay: July 2011
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Steve290788 wrote a review Oct 2014
Cardiff, United Kingdom6 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
John and Annie have created an incredible B&B - the interior is beautiful and they were very welcoming hosts. I would highly recommend chosing the option to dine there as the food was absolutely delicious! The surrounding area is completely peaceful and unaffected by light pollution. We stayed there for 3 days and did not want to leave. I couldn't recommend this B&B highly enough!
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Date of stay: September 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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590gay wrote a review Oct 2014
Devon, United Kingdom4 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thank you John and Annie for making our stay so special, food was delicious and accommodation delightful. The eclectic mix of furniture and style reflected the age of the house.
Hosts were charming.
Look forward to going back for another stay.
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Date of stay: October 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lauraloo wrote a review Feb 2006
Bristol, UK21 contributions72 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I visited the Hafod-Y-Garreg B&B in late November 2005 and had a lovely time.
The owners John and Annie were wonderful hosts and welcomed us after our long drive with red wine and a comfy sofa. This farmhouse has recently been discovered to be the oldest inhabited house in Wales but is still warm, cosy and full of historic character. The two bedrooms are full of antiques and tasteful furnishings and have ensuite bathrooms. A splendid breakfast is provided with homemade preserves - anything you can't finish is gratefully taken by Rosie the goat and the many chickens.

The location is great, being a short drive from the stunning Black Mountains, Hay on Wye and Brecon (John and Annie were able to advise on easy and not so easy walks in the area). Be warned! This B&B is a little bit out of the way so be prepared for a steep drive up the hill but the solitude and peace is worth it.

We spent a lovely long Sunday having lunch and lazing in front of the fire at the nearby famous Felin Fach Griffin - but do book!

A lovely relaxing weekend at somewhere a little different - highly recommended.
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RSP37 wrote a review Oct 2019
Oxford, United Kingdom21 contributions85 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
All I can really add here is the word ‘Magic’. A beautiful setting, lovely hosts, Annies cooking, and an amazing historical house. A real delight. Close to Hay-on-Wye and the Brecon Beacons, its a great location too for outdoor activities and culture. John is a raconteur after my own heart, some on here say ‘grumpy’..I say characterful!! Fabulous.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Chris B wrote a review Jul 2018
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The best place to go for a quiet weekend away. Amazing hosts and the best cooked breakfast I have ever had in my life. Can't rate this place high enough. John and Annie are lovely. I recommend the 5 course meal that Annie lovingly prepares with the freshest local ingredients. I can't wait to go back
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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satchmo1259 wrote a review May 2015
Tillicoultry, United Kingdom12 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our journey having taken much longer than expected we were glad that we had booked an evening meal in this wonderful old house. Annie and John were welcoming, friendly hosts and over a pot of tea chatted to us about their home and interesting history behind it - and listened too to our holiday plans. The 3 course meal, cooked by Annie, surpassed all our expectations - the 3 courses were in fact 5 + coffee/tea - all delicious. We did remember, as advised, to "BYOB".
A good nights sleep on a wonderfully comfortable bed followed by the then expected excellent breakfast and we were on our way wishing that we were staying longer.
If you like a bright, modern, white room then this B&B is not for you - but it might just be worth stepping out of your comfort zone for the welcome, location and FOOD here.
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Date of stay: May 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Only two bedrooms - we would be have been happy with either
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FoxyMax asked a question Sept 2017
12 contributions5 helpful votes
Hi, we have a small, very well behaved dog. Can you accept him?
trudierobert wrote a tip Sept 2018
Plymouth, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all rooms have amazing character, style and comfort"
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ColytonToolman wrote a tip Jun 2017
Colyton3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Mind your heads on the beams!"
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charlottebuttermead wrote a tip May 2017
Winsley, United Kingdom27 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We lov d to ur room with beautiful ensuite bath (rolltop)"
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lilleypads2017 wrote a tip Feb 2017
Presteigne, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only two rooms, both very characterful. One has more living space and the other better en suite facilities."
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Kerrie M wrote a tip Aug 2015
St. Florence, United Kingdom50 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Both rooms are equally beautiful"
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