The benefit of staying on the border in Mid Wales is that both North and South Wales are within easy travelling distance; as is Shropshire, Herefordshire and the coast.
Whether you want to walk or cycle, visit gardens or farm parks, skateboard, ride a horse or quad bike, explore a mine, beach comb, fish, visit an interactive museum, shop, enjoy local Welsh delicacies in one of our tea shops, or just sit quietly and read a book there will be something here for you.
We have some beautiful old buildings, border castles, specialist nurseries and gardens (including Powis Castle) and ancient churches. There are battle sites, all sorts of interactive museums, rare breeds farms, nature reserves; a space observatory, kite feeding centre, lakes, mountains and the seaside.
And for the adventurous there are opportunities to cave and to climb, there are skateboard parks, off-roading and quad bike tracks as well as a rally school.
If in doubt, Marje and John can point you in the right direction, just ask.
Please explore these websites for just some of the attractions for both adults and children on offer throughout the year:
Our local TriCounty tours offer a variety of guided tours of the area- see http://www.tricountytours.uk/ or call 01547 529007
and speak to Jo or Suzy.
The cottage holds comprehensive guides and maps of local walks, several from the cottage. Beacon Hill (547 m) - can be climbed straight from the cottage with fantastic views from the top.
The nearby Kerry Ridgeway and Glyndwr's Way are both listed in the top 20 walks in the UK, according to the Guardian newspaper (April 2016)
The Ramblers’ Association’s local group arrange walks every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year which visitors are able to join.
Over the border is the Long Mynd, Church Stretton and the Stiperstones (see www.shropshirewalking.co.uk/walking-with-offa)
Darky Dale Forest Stables, near Knighton, offer pony treks by the hour or day.
In 2014 the Tour of Britain passed the door of Rose Cottage! It was a spectacular day.
There is room to bring your bicycle and we provide a comprehensive list of local cycle routes including locally guided mountain biking routes. Cycle hire is available in some particularly beautiful areas a short drive away. For the real enthusiast the National Cycle Museum is not far away at Llandrindod Wells.
For the fit cyclist, the Radnor Ring and the Lon Las Cymru pass close by.
The Knighton Epic takes place each October
The Llandod Cycle Fest 8-10 July 2016
River, sea, coarse and fly fishing available both sides of the border. The nearest fishery is at Jay Farm in Bucknell.
There are many golf courses in the area but one of the most interesting (and challenging) is the one in Knighton.
Information including bus and train timetables is available in the cottage. The Heart of Wales line has a station 3 miles down the valley at Knucklas; (www.heart-of-wales.co.uk) This travels through spectacular hills and valleys from Shrewsbury down to the Gower coastline. In this part of the world there are some tiny stations where you stand on the platform and hold your hand out for the train, just like a bus!
Alternatively the Cambrian line from Newtown carries the traveller along the beautiful river valleys of the Severn and the Dovey, and then meanders around the coast next to the sea before reaching Aberystwyth. (See www.thecambrianline.co.uk)
Light railway enthusiasts will find a brilliant excursion on the Welshpool and Llanfair light railway that runs throughout the summer months (See www.wllr.org.uk) which is just 20 miles from the cottage. Fun for children as well as adults and you can even learn to drive the train!
There are several restaurants and pubs not too far from Rose Cottage. The nearest two, both within the walking distance of about 2 miles, are the Lloyney Inn, in Lloyney, on the way to Knighton. In the other direction is the Radnorshire Arms in Beguildy. Further along towards Knighton, in Knucklas, is the Castle Inn. All offer a warm welcome, some good food, company and beer. It is advisable to book both, especially the Radnorshire Arms, for food, as they are very popular with the locals!
The Waterdine at Llandfair Waterdine just a mile from the cottage has a national reputation for good food and wine.
In Knighton itself can be found an excellent Indian restaurant and take-away, a fish and chip shop, a Chinese takeaway and a kebab house, some very good café, tea and coffee shops and the Milebrook hotel- Wales Hotel of the Year 2014- a splendid place to eat.
Knighton is a small old fashioned market town, the main market day is Thursday when the local farmers gather and visitors are able to watch the stock auctioned.
There are a variety of shops stocking everything from clothes and hardware, to food, crafts and gifts. There is a leisure centre and a skate park and playground for the children.
Ludlow, Newtown, Welshpool, Hay on Wye, Church Stretton, Clun, Presteigne, Bishop’s Castle, Llandrindod Wells and Shrewsbury are mostly within an hours drive.
Would recommend it to anyone who are after a relaxing holiday, and has walking as an interest, as there are plenty of chances to experience the Welsh countryside.
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