The Old Vicarage

In a rural setting close to the medieval market town of Newtown, Helen and Tim Withers fill their eco-friendly country guest house with ‘an atmosphere of heart-warming hospitality’. More

Contact details

The Old Vicarage
Dolfor
Powys
SY16 4BN
Wales
01686 629051

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), 1½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2017] per person B&B £37.50–£90, D,B&B £62.50–£115. Set dinner £25–£30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a rural setting close to the medieval market town of Newtown, Helen and Tim Withers fill their eco-friendly country guest house with ‘an atmosphere of heart-warming hospitality’. The red brick Victorian vicarage stands in large gardens, with mature trees, a potager and a wildlife pond. Inside, ‘all the important things’ are there. Pretty bedrooms are decorated in traditional rustic style, each different: cosy Mule has a sloping ceiling and a fetching toile de Jouy wallcovering; two-bedroomed Severn suits a family. An evening meal is served at 7 pm, by arrangement. Sip an aperitif in the lounge, then sit down to Tim Withers’s limited-choice menu (guests’ likes and dislikes are discussed when booking). ‘It’s simple, no-nonsense cookery that does not bow to fashion’, perhaps hot-smoked salmon, beetroot and apple salad; chicken basquaise, sweet potato wedges, purple sprouting broccoli. In the morning, help yourself to cereals, yogurt, fruit and dollops of home-made preserves; interesting cooked options include organic sausages, traditionally cured kippers, and omelettes made with Welsh Cheddar or laver bread. (JVdB, and others)

Map

The Old Vicarage
Dolfor
Powys
SY16 4BN

Guest comments

'A B&B full of wonderful surprises. Tim and Helen's dedication to quality of all things important, with an atmosphere of heartwarnming hospitality clearly at the top of their list, and dedication to sustainability not much lower, makes us determined to return. ' - Johan Van den Berg - September, 2015
'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

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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.