Manor House | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 13
The stunning interior of this unique barn-conversion is matched only by the uninterrupted views of the Severn Valley it affords. Wonderful old beams on both the ground and first floor, as well as cosy log burners make this spacious property warm and welcoming.
Not overlooked, Gaer Hall has plenty of garden space for a kick about with the kids, for summer parties, or simply for sitting out and relaxing. On wet days there is also a large Sky TV with DVD player in the ground floor living/dining room, complete with reclining sofas and chairs. The first floor drawing room with its magnificent roof trusses and tasteful decor is perfect for entertaining family and friends, as well as relaxing with a book from our extensive collection.
The property is suitable for extended family groups or groups of friends, whether it's for special occasions like family birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and hen- and stag-weekends, or simply a relaxing break in the country. Catering for parties or B&B can be arranged if required, as well as limo hire and pampering sessions for hen parties. A wedding licence has also been applied for, so we will hopefully be able to offer our services for intimate family weddings in the near future.
|Size||Sleeps up to 13, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aberdovey, Barmouth, Ceridigion coast 75 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Manchester 117 km, Nearest railway: Welshpool 6.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 13|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The kitchen is decorated in a charming country-house style, with a Fired-Earth stone flagged floor, Shaker-style fittings, and a marble unit, but is also fully equipped with all mod-cons, including a brand new fridge-freezer unit with chilled water dispenser. A large, bright room, it is an ideal place for listening to music, making and eating tapas with friends, or generally chilling with a newspaper and coffee.
- Single bed in ground floor room can be converted into a double.
- Bunk bedroom on first floor.
- Ground floor en suite has shower.
- First floor en suite has bath with shower attachment and bidet.
- Second floor bathroom has a shower above the bath.
|Further details outdoors|
- Large stone terrace with outstanding views
- Marquee available for outdoor dining or parties
2 pets welcome. Must be on lead at all times (horses nearby).
Smoking permitted outside (under patio arches if wet).
The Powys/Brecon Beacons region
Gaer Hall is located very near to the Shropshire border with many places of historical interest such as Shrewsbury Abbey and the Roman ruins at Wroxeter. In addition to being the birth place of Charles Darwin, Shrewsbury has some excellent independent shops, riverside cafes and bars, stylish restaurants, and some beautiful Tudor buildings.
A little further afield you can also find the walled city of Chester with its famous 13th century Rows. For food-lovers you might want to head to Ludlow, Shropshire's food and drink capital which has a number of Michelin starred restaurants.
Mid-Wales is a long established mecca for walkers, and an area of exceptional natural beauty, with Pistell Rhaeadr (the tallest waterfall in Wales and England), Rodney's Pillar, and Lake Vyrnwy being well worth a visit. The latter offers bird-watching, a sculpture trail of works from international artists, as well as an opportunity to discover some of the myths and legends of the local area.
The property is also ideally located for wildlife and coarse fishing enthusiasts.
Most outdoor activities are available within a short driving distance from Guilsfield, such as hiking (Rodney's Pillar is a particularly rewarding walk), cycling, pony-trekking, fishing and golf. Tennis courts can be found in Guilsfield village and water sports are available at Lake Vyrnwy and Bala Lake.
For pleasant walks you don't even need to get in the car, as there are plenty of Woodland Trust footpaths around Gaerfawr to explore, which take you to the site of a Iron Age settlement. After an afternoon in the fresh air you might want to unwind in the beer gardens of one of our two village pubs, one of which has a children's' play area. Both are within easy walking distance of the property, so there's no need to worry about drinking and driving.
Stag groups might want to have a go at paint-balling, shooting, or go-karting, and for hen-parties there are some lovely health-spas in the area such as the Coach House in Oswestry, and the Wild Pheasant in Llangollen. In terms of nightlife, Shrewsbury offers a great choice of wine bars and night clubs. Or for something really special, why not go for a hot-air balloon ride?
For horse racing enthusiasts or those who enjoy the odd flutter, there is summer flat racing at the Riverside Racecourse in Chester, whilst for National Hunt fans, we are handy for Bangor-On-Dee and Ludlow. We are also a stone's throw from the beautiful landscape of the Meres and Mosses of North Shropshire, of which Ellesmere is perhaps the best known site.
In Welshpool, you can visit the fabulous interiors and gardens of National Trust property Powis Castle, which also holds outdoor theatre in the summer months. The town also offers a traditional steam railway with trips through the charming countryside to the town of Llanfair Caereinion, and regular rail links to the Ceridigion and Cambrian coast. There is also the Flash leisure centre in town with a flume, jacuzzi, children's' swimming area, and play areas, as well a variety of racket sports and gym facilities on offer.
For lovers of the performing arts, Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn overlooking the river has recently opened with a packed programme of opera, musicals, theatre, and comedy. The Flower Show in August is also a highlight, offering music, entertainment, exhibitions, arena events, and an impressive fireworks display. Top artists such as Jools Holland visit the town for outdoor concerts in the summer months.
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24 Apr 2014
"Amazing and huge!"
Our group stayed at the cottage for 4 nights, midweek, we were greeted with welsh cakes and wine which was fab. The place is amazing and huge, plenty of space for everyone so you are not on top of eac… More
17 Mar 2014
"Excellent facilities for a large group"
Stayed at Gaer Hall for a family party nearby. Excellent facilities for a large group with so much space to utilise. Outdoor space for children would be great in the summer and plenty of games to play… More
21 Feb 2014
"A wonderful house"
We have just returned from a long weekend away, staying at Gaer Hall. We would strongly recommend the house to others. It is in a great location for visiting the various sights and there are amenities… More
7 Oct 2013
"A beautiful house!"
We stayed at Gaer Hall for the weekend with a group of friends. We wasn't sure what to expect at first as there was only a few photos on the website. As we travelled up the drive it was obvious… More
Thanks for that. We are constantly trying to improve our offer so I'm thrilled you had such a great time. And the Sky Sports will still be there when you come back next year with the children! ps I take your point about the photos. We're on the case, thanks again and see you soon, Margaret
4 Nov 2012
"Plenty of space and lovely setting"
We stayed in the property over October half term. We were three families with five children. The accommodation was very versatile for our needs. Having the two lounges gave the kids plenty of space to… More
Thanks for that great review. We have taken on board the earlier criticisms and pulled out all the stops to make Gaer Hall a fantastic place for families and groups. Having reared 5 children in Gaer Hall, I am very aware of the need to make the place feel welcoming to all our guests. We are aiming to provide a real "Swallows and Amazons" experience where it doesn't matter is someone breaks a glass. We want today's children to look back with fond memories - just as my own children do - of happy times at Gaer Hall.
27 Aug 2011
"A fantasic holiday house in need of tender loving care from the owners."
What a fantastic house for a large group of people,we were a party of 12
Owners had thoughtfully left wine,cookies and flowers for us.
However after half an hour of looking we could not find the 7 bathrooms mentioned on the web site. There are in fact two on-suites one with a shower cubicle the other a fab room with rolltop bath. otherwise a family bathroom on the top floor and two small toilets with hand basins.
The house is well stocked with glasses, cutlery china and saucepans. several of the roasting pans were well past their best. with the exception of the cutlery, glasses and crockery anything had to be washed before we could use it. We had a problem with the lack of sharp knives but the owner did quickly bring us another when this was mentioned. The toaster had only two of the four slots working. The kettle leaked all over the worktops.great to have two fridge freezers but the newest one in the kitchen , the drinks dispencer was full of black mould. Really good to have two washing machines in the utility room, with an airer.
The addition of a pool table was a godsend and gave our grand children many hours of fun. Which was just as well because the television downstairs did not work nor did the DVD player upstairs. Our planned evening watching a film as a treat did not happen. We noticed the upstairs lounge had some games so decided to play these instead, sadly none of them were complete so this was not possible.
We never did find the hairdryer but thankfully two of our party had got one with them.
Some of the matresses were not good, we had to change the top bunk one for a single bed one to enable the grand daughter to be able to sleep and one of the double matresses on the top floor was so uncomfortable we padded it with a duvet.
Whilst we realise there is not much time in the turn around between guests, we felt the house was in need of a good deep clean. many of the shelves and cupboards were full of other peoples rubbish, a shelf in the kitchen near the rayburn had many jars of out of date foods that should have thrown before we arrived.
However we had a great week its a good area to visit, lots of good walks great National Trust houses amongst other things.
With a lot of tidying and tender loving care this would be just the most fantastic holiday let.
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