The Old Vicarage

There is ‘an atmosphere of heart-warming hospitality’ at Helen and Tim Withers’s small guest house, enveloped in the vast Montgomeryshire countryside. More

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The Old Vicarage
Dolfor
Powys
SY16 4BN
Wales
01686 629051
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

4.

Open

all year except last 3 weeks Dec, dining room closed Sun.

Facilities

drawing room, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), off-road parking, 1½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per person B&B £37.50–£60, D,B&B £67.50–£90. Set dinner £25–£30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Good Hotel Guide Review

There is ‘an atmosphere of heart-warming hospitality’ at Helen and Tim Withers’s small guest house, enveloped in the vast Montgomeryshire countryside. Arrive to afternoon tea and home-baked cake, taken by the cheering fire in cool weather, then settle in to one of the pretty bedrooms, each filled with rustic style and ‘lacking nothing’. All are different: Teme has a deep roll-top bath, ideal for soaking in after a day’s walking; the two-bedroom Severn suite, with king-size beds, accommodates a family. Sip a house cocktail and nibble at tasty snacks in the lounge before sitting down to Tim Withers’s ‘simple, no-nonsense’ dinner (served six nights a week), perhaps including Welsh lamb, rice, spring vegetables; home-made ice cream. Breakfast is countryside-hearty, too, and sourced from local suppliers: traditionally cured kippers; omelettes with laver bread; eggs from the free-range hens in the garden. The hosts are ‘dedicated to sustainability’: hire a bicycle (complete with repair kit and accessories), plug in your electric vehicle for charging; receive a discount if you arrive by public transport. (Johan Van den Berg, and others)

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The Old Vicarage
Dolfor
Powys
SY16 4BN

Guest comments

'This was everything we expected from the GHG entry. We were warmly greeted, given tea and cakes. Our room and bed were comfortable and clean. Only grouse; poor light for reading. Dinner was excellent, as was breakfast. Our hosts were charming and helpful. ' - Kate MacMaster - November, 2013
'Just read your latest review. Agree with everything it says. One or two extra bits to mention. About the food, the focus is on organic. The twice-baked cheese souffle is glorious. Tim is also magic with seafood. A special pleasure is tea and cake on arrival. Tim and Helen are very flexible too. On our last visit we had a couple of evening concerts at the nearby Gregynog Festival, and an early dinner was laid on. ' - Bryan Glastonbury - June, 2012
'I was a bit disappointed to find just how close to the main road The Old Vicarage was, but traffic noise did not keep us awake and the views are glorious. The welcome was a bit idiosyncratic. Our room was large and high-ceilinged, but cold for August. The beds were excellent, the pillows perfect; sherry, water and chocolates are provided. The bathroom was rather glamorous, with a big old wooden chair, slate floor and roll-top bath, toiletries and bathrobes. No tea/coffee-making facilities but afternoon tea is offered : Welsh cakes and cherry cake, loose-leaf tea in a proper pot. The food is superb, homely and unfussy but cooked with technical adroitness and panache. Proceedings begin at around 7 with drinks and nibbles. Everything is locally sourced and/or organic as far as possible. The lack of choice of main course could present a problem for fussy eaters. Helen is a genial hostess and Tim was all affability by the end of our stay. The place strikes a balance not often found between high standards, professionalism and exquisite taste on the one hand and a homely, relaxing ambience on the other. Two Jack Russells have the run of the place downstairs (we made it clear that we were happy to see them). ' - Sara Hollowell - August, 2011

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Tourist attractions

  • Glansevern Hall Gardens

    A stately home, positioned on the banks of the River Severn, with over 20 acres of gardens.

  • Machinations

    A museum of mechanical objects.

  • Powis Castle

    This castle was originally built in the 12th century, and now has well-established gardens and parklands surrounding it.