This 17th-century stone farmhouse B&B and campsite is situated in a lovely and rather undiscovered part of mid-Wales, on the north eastern edge of the Cambrian Mountains in Powys. We love it and think it's a tremendous place to stay, not only because it gives you the chance to explore what is an inexplicably little-known yet incredibly scenic part of the country, but also because it's about as welcoming a B&B as you could hope to find anywhere. Run by the affable Fiona and Norman, who decamped here after a major life change in 2009, they have four very flexible en-suite guest rooms, each named after one of the birds you are likely to see in the surrounding area. Owl has a four-poster double and space for a couple of kids; Peregine is either a super king bed that can be transformed into two singles; Heron is a straightforward double; and finally there's Woodpecker, which is a small double. All are tastefully furnished and well-equipped, with digital Freeview tellies and DVD players, radios and iPod docking stations and tea- and coffee-making facilities (including fresh milk!); and they serve sumptuous breakfasts to set you up for the day exploring the surrounding countryside. They also serve lovely two-course evening meals for just £16.50 a head, from a surprisingly varied menu and an extensive wine list. The B&B is dog-friendly: dogs are not allowed in the house but can enjoy their own quarters in the barn opposite (for an extra £2 a day they'll feed them too, though they recommend you bring Rover's own bed), though of course if you're travelling with a pooch you may prefer to try the adjacent campsite. They have five pitches outside for campervans or caravans and lots of space for those who prefer tents. Overall there's a sustainable and green approach to both businesses that is refreshing, and perfectly in tune with the pristine nature of the location – they use all local suppliers and encourage you to explore the area without a car: you get a discount if you come by train, bikes are available if you book in advance, and they'll transfer your luggage to your next destination if you're on foot or cycling. And if you fancy an eco-friendly wedding, they are a venue for tying the knot too, with a large barn that can accommodate up to 250 guests, comfortably accommodated on haystacks naturally. In short, Gwaenynog is very much our cup of tea – and long may they prosper!
Double rooms £65–£85 a night for two, including breakfast; additional beds charged at £5 per person in Owl.
Open all year.
Gwaenynog Farmhouse, Dolanog Welshpool Powys SY21 0LJ
Driving is obviously the simplest way, taking the A458 west from Welshpool towards Machynlleth for 10 miles through Cyfronydd and then turning right towards to Dolanog – it should take around 25 minutes from Welshpool. By public transport, the best way is to take the train to Welshpool and a taxi from there, or by prior arrangement they can collect. They will also collect walkers from various points along the Glyndŵr's Way and other places.
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