Local Services & Businesses
Redwood Valley Yurts
No 1 The Byre
Wild Meadow Cottage
Radnor House B & B - Central Presteigne
The Ducks Nest
Paradise Farmhouse is a place of exceptional peace and restfulness, situated less than a mile from Presteigne, with spectacular long-ranging views that our luxurious new-build cottages are designed to maximise for your enjoyment.
Available for self-catering or bed and breakfast, we sleep 13 people in total in six double or twin bedrooms, each with en suite bath or shower room. Alternatively, we offer two self-catering flats which each sleep four people. One of the rooms has a fully equipped en-suite shower room for people in wheelchairs or with restricted mobility.
Enjoy a game of ping-pong in our games room, play Scrabble while cosying up to the wood-burning stove, or prepare a barbecue and eat al fresco. And if you want to put your feet up, then head for a hammock, lie back and absorb the views.
Whatever your choice, we guarantee you a warm welcome and a break that will recharge your batteries.
Wegnalls House B & B
The Parks Barn
Warden Court Holiday Apartment
This fine Regency Villa is one of several historic houses in St. David’s Street, all leading to our celebrated medieval church.
Once home to the town’s Doctors, recent restoration combines original Surgery rooms with old domestic quarters above, to create a homely, contemporary apartment, while retaining Georgian high ceilings, lovely hardwood floors, original pitch-pine staircase and sash windows.
There’s off-street parking for ONE CAR, by prior arrangement, (at owner’s risk).
A simple, fair tariff, all year round.
Sorry, the apartment is not suitable for pets. Or children.
The Radnorshire Arms Restaurant and Hotel
Willey Lane Farm B&B
Oak View Cottage
Oak view is a detached self-catering cottage situated in the heart of the small historic market town of Presteigne. The cottage sleeps 4-5 people.
The cottage lies within a 1 minute walk from the town which boasts plenty of shops, restaurants/pubs, tea room, wine bar, library, tourist information centre, sports centre with swimming pool.
Whilst having a central location it retains privacy and peacefulness, ideal for families or couples.
On the ground floor there is an entrance hall with a cosy living room off to the left, a large cloakroom can be found on the right; the hall leads through to a well equipped kitchen and dining area with views to the pretty garden at the rear.
A flight of stairs from the entrance hall takes you to the 1st floor where you will find two double bedrooms. The master bedroom is at the front of the property and boasts a king size bed with far reaching views of Presteigne. Bedroom two has two single beds with views across to the historic warden, a wooded park set around a 12th-century motte and bailey castle that provides an enjoyable walk with wonderful views across Radnorshire, an extra bed is available upon request for bedroom 2. Next to bedroom 2 you will find a large newly fitted shower room and toilet.
Outside there is a small tiered cottage garden with a raised deck area that takes advantage of the wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Outdoor garden furniture, including a bbq, are provided for our guests to enjoy. At the front of the property there is a seating area where you can enjoy morning coffee whilst enjoying the countryside views or simply watching the town wake up from its slumber. Private off road parking for 2 cars is situated directly outside of the property.
Oak view is pet friendly, you are welcome to bring along your furry companion, there are lots of lovely countryside walks for you to enjoy, Just advise us in advance if you are bringing your furry friend. The cottage is suitable for one well behaved dog.
We have a strict Non-smoking policy at Oak View. We like to ensure that all of our guests are able to enjoy a smoke free environment during their stay.
Gas central heating
Electric fire in living room
Electric oven and hob
Free view tv
PS3 which also plays dvds
Towels and bedding provided
Selection of Books, DVDs, and games for lazy days in
Outside clothes airier for drying
Garden table and chairs decked area
Two sun loungers
Bistro set at front of property
Private off road parking for up to two vehicles
Available upon request:
Travel cot please bring your own cot bedding
If you have any specific requirements then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our upmost to accommodate your requests.
Presteigne, (Llanandras in Welsh), was once the county town of Radnorshire and nestles at the heart of the Marches on the border of Wales and England. Surrounded by devastatingly beautiful, unspoilt countryside, this thriving border town has many unique qualities that make it both a perfect destination and a base from which to explore.
Set alongside the river Lugg, at the corner of the three counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Powys, it is within a short drive from Hay on Wye, Hereford, Ludlow and Shrewsbury.
Just over an hour and a half from Birmingham and the beautiful coastline of West Wales, it would be difficult to find a better place to stay for easy access to the rich variety of experiences necessary for a rewarding break. There’s always something on hand, or within easy reach, to treat the whole family
Presteigne has been voted one of the top 10 towns in Britain by Country Life magazine. The reason for this award is obvious, as the town boasts an array of black and white timbered buildings, narrow streets, individual shops, tea rooms and traditional pubs as well as the award-winning Judges’ Lodgings, a Victorian museum complete with stunning judges’ apartments, servants’ quarters, courtroom and cells. The town plays hosts to music and arts festivals throughout the year as well as a monthly farmers market.
Horse riding is available nearby.
There is also a well-equipped sports centre located in Presteigne, including a swimming pool, should you be feeling energetic.
For details on local events please visit presteigne.org.uk or visit the local tourist information office which is situated at the Judges Lodgings, Broad Street, Presteigne.
A short drive away you will find the small town of Kington, well regarded as a centre for walking, it is celebrated by visitors for its lovely scenery and excellent walking and cycling in the surrounding rolling hills. This quiet, pleasant town also offers a number of excellent shops, pubs and restaurants.
There is a variety of tourist attractions close by including the Kington Small Breed Farm Park and Owl Centre, the pretty blooms at the Hergest Croft Gardens and Radnor Hill, which boasts England’s highest golf course.
Pay a visit to Ludlow that boasts a magnificent castle, over 500 listed buildings and stunning medieval street pattern, provides a fascinating backdrop for the town’s regular street markets, showcasing a range of goods - from cheeses and fresh produce to books and local crafts.
Take a day trip to the town of books, Hay-on-Wye, or the pretty market town of Leominster or Hereford with its cathedral home to the Mappi Mundi world map.
There is plenty to do and see or you could just unwind, relax and enjoy the cottage together with the local atmosphere of our pretty town.
For booking enquiries please contact
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Tel: 07788 779234 or 01544 262760 or 07765896693
Please ensure that you have read and understood our terms and conditions prior to finalising the booking.
We look forward to welcoming you to Oak View Cottage
Wild Meadow Shepherd's Hut
Pear Tree Cottage
Hicks Farm Holidays
Presteigne Natural Health Centre
The Workhouse Gallery and Cafe
Along with our gallery and café, we are home to David Bamford Handmade Carpets, makers of beautifully designed, bespoke, handknotted carpets, textiles, flat weaves, runners, blankets, embroideries, cushions and scarves. The Workhouse also houses a specialist carpet conservation, restoration and cleaning business.
Industrial Estate, Presteigne LD8 2UF
www.theworkhousegallery.co.uk, 01544 267864
High Lea Presteigne Ltd
Is this you?
An individual with a new invention, who needs some design work done, or a prototype made?
An established company, needing help with a new product, or improvements to the design or production of an existing one?
Anyone needing small parts machined?
At High Lea, we use Computer Aided Design to show how a new product will look and work prior to anything being made.
Parts can be made on our computer controlled machine or sent electronically to other manufacturers, without the need for drawings.
Contact us to find out how all this needn't cost a fortune!
Slix Hair Studio
Mangar Health Limited
Carini Butchers Ltd
Presteigne Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall gets a Refurbishment.
Following an unsuccessful bid to the Big Lottery for funds to rebuild the Memorial Hall the Memorial Hall Committee decided to seek funds for a refurbishment of the existing structure.
James Tennant-Eyles volunteered to seek suitable funds and apply for them and if successful to run the project through to completion of the works.
Successful applications to the Joint Forces Military Fund, and the Powys County Council Regenration fund, provided some £85,000 to install new double glazed doors and windows, a new insulated roof covering, and entirely refurbished the toilets. Funds were also obtained to upgrade the stage and provide demountable raised seating. Adjacent land was donated by Powys County Council and was converted into an additional car parking area for the Hall.
The Memorial Hall Committee undertook to create a Rememberance Room celebrating the relationship between the Miltitary and Presteigne.
All these works are now completed and have given the Hall a new lease of life which should enable it to carry on providing an excellent large venue facility in Presteigne for many years to come.
Anyone interested in further information about this project should contact James Tennant-Eyles on 01544 267363, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Presteigne Area Community Development Group
Presteigne Area Community Development Group
UPDATE … August 2017
CONTACT US … email@example.com
THIS IS WHO WE ARE …
Maggie Taylor-Sanders – Chair (01547 560813 and 07718 738742)
Involved with general day-to-day life of PACDG, and various PACDG projects, including Community Energy project and Presteigne Edibles, works closely with the Town Council, applies for grants.
Terry Wells – Secretary (01544 260258 and 07766 097600)
Produces the Community News, and noticeboards around the town, replies to email enquiries, organises events, looks after Freegle re-use facility.
Maggie James – Treasurer (01544 267109)
Co-ordinates PACDG Project Teams, involved with Community Energy project and Presteigne Edibles.
Heads the Guerrilla Gardening project team.
Involved with Presteigne Dementia Friends and WI.
Heads the Clean and Tidy project and Presteigne Edibles.
Involved with Community Energy project, organises the volunteers at the Bring Site for Connect (previously Chamber of Trade), keeps an eye on the use of car parks.
Ex-mayor, was the liaison between PNTC and Steering Committee, mine of information and advice, trying out how semi-retirement from community work feels. Runs Town Website, Youth Project and involved with Connect.
Involved with tourism, Connect and playgroup, knows lots of useful stuff.
You’d think that we needed lots of money to be able to do anything of note in the town … well we do and we don’t.
THIS IS WHAT WE’VE DONE WITH VERY LITTLE OR NO MONEY …
Set up Project Teams
Our teams have been working on various activities to improve the environment for residents but also to provide extra interest for visitors:
The Guerrilla Gardeners have received donations of spare plants and have been planting up the un-loved green spaces, and some tomato plants have just gone into the shoppers’ car park beds and people will be encouraged to help themselves later in the year.
The Daffodils Group have planted up boxes in front of the Judge’s Lodging with heritage bulbs from Presteigne’s past, with notices explaining to passers-by what they are. Catherine Beale will also be speaking on the subject to the WI later in the year. You may also have noticed more daffodils in the verges this Spring, they have been planted by the group from 100s of bulbs either donated by well-wishers or paid for by PACDG
The Swift Group have been researching the making of swift boxes, and we will get the Knighton Men’s Shed Group to make some for residents to put on their house for next year’s arrivals. They also organised a local swift expert to give a talk at the Assembly Rooms about Swift Conservation. They also arranged a couple of evening town walks to swift-spot in town. Another will be held in July when they will be feeing young so we can identify where they are nesting and add more boxes to encourage more.
Presteigne Dementia Friends Presteigne group have been very active making old and young alike aware of the special needs people with dementia have around the town. They have also organised two drop-in open days at the Youth Centre for anyone who wants to know more or tap into the support they can offer.
The Community Newsletter continues to go from strength to strength; the circulation is at 337 (see separate entry for all these).
Hustings events, for both local and national elections
Presentation to Audrey
We had a lovely presentation on the High Street to celebrate Audrey Cole being in her shop for 50 years. It was a simple event to organise but it made a great difference to her and spread a warm feeling around the town. Here’s the link to the clip BBC Hereford & Worcester produced having got wind of it on local ‘jungle drums’.
THIS IS WHAT WE’VE DONE WITH SOME MONEY …
As part of the remit of the Community Development Group (PACDG) we applied for and got a grant of over £2000 from the National Lottery for ‘Presteigne Area Community Involvement: Phase 1’ (note that it’s Phase 1 … there will be more!!). We asked for money to cover these 5 projects:
Community communications: 3 notice boards and Community News
Community Groups Fair
Training in how to encourage community involvement
Celebrating our first year
Our most recent, visible achievements have been finally managing to get a Community Noticeboard on the wall of Dilwyn’s Solicitor in the High Street, with kind permission of the building’s owners. One less untidy flyposting site.
The latest addition to the town communications is the smart double, glass-fronted notice board for PACDG and the TC together, inside the archway outside the library.
The first board, on the Memorial Hall car park, was donated by McColville’s, as were the removal of the fence and improvements to the entrance to the carpark. PACDG paid for the board header.
Dilwyn's board with kind permission of the building's owners.
The Community News, written by our secretary, goes out on an email list to 349 to date. Paper copies go to the Library, noticeboards, and other groups and sites around the area.
Community Groups Fair: ‘Ticked all the boxes’; Press Release, extract
60 groups as diverse as Transition Presteigne, Men’s Shed, Young Farmers, Tai-Chi, Busy-Bee Quilters, Mid-Border Arts packed into the Memorial Hall until was full to bursting. Yet still they managed to squeeze in a selection of musicians who added a tuneful note to the buzz.
Visitors and those representing the various groups were impressed with the day: ‘Quite staggering to realise just how much does go on’. ‘I think everyone had fun and Presteigne is the stronger for it!’ ‘It ticked all the boxes, bringing everyone together for a very informative and enjoyable day.’
The PAVO ‘Skills for Participation’ training workshop
An enjoyable day was put on by PAVO for local people active in the community; all of whom were keen to find out about what helps and what hinders people participating in community work, and the benefits that can be gained from it for the individual and the community. There was representation from Whitton Community Hall, Knighton Men’s Shed, Young Farmers, Presteigne Carnival, and PACDG. Paid for by the ‘Awards for All Community Involvement Phase 1’ grant received by PACDG last year.
PACDG worked closely with the Town Council designing and delivering the town-wide public consultation seeking residents’ support for the Council’s negotiations with Powys County Council over assets and services in the town, some of which are under threat. An overwhelming display of support for this was received and the Council is now pressing ahead.
Community Action Plan (CAP) Review
We will soon be revisiting the CAP in conjunction with volunteers from the TC, CoT, PNCS, etc. to check the ongoing relevance of this document to the town with special regard to the changes to assets and services, among other things. When it was created PCC stressed that it was a ‘live’ document to be developed and pruned as the need arises.
Presentation to the Town Council
We will be making a presentation to the Town Council at their meeting in August (20th at 7pm) seeking their support for a town-wide project to cover all aspects of life in Presteigne for making the town as sustainable as possible for the long-term future.
See Community News 52 below for a summary of the event.
Launch of more projects
Once the CAP has been updated PACDG will consult about the next round of projects to be launched. These will form the basis of the next big grant application.
PROJECTS (follow links to poster)
Current version of the Action Plan
To view the current version of the Action Plan click here
Local Bus Information
To view bus information click here
Register of Community Organisations
We have prepared a list of all community organisations we are aware of, click here to view the list.
If you are a community organisation and not on the list please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include you in the next update.
Past Community Newsletters.
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Issue 79 - mid-June 2018
an information service from PAC - the Presteigne Area Community Development Group
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Just a reminder that PAC’s 2018 AGM will be held on Tuesday 26th June, 7.30pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Presteigne. All welcome - come along and talk to the committee on the updated Community Action Plan (CAP), what you feel is important for the future of Presteigne & Norton, and how we can all work together to implement the CAP over the next few years in these continuing times of austerity in local government.
PAC is looking to engage someone to carry out occasional and limited pavement and gutter cleaning in the town for a few hours each month to supplement the efforts of litterpicking volunteers. Equipment provided. Hourly paid. Respond to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 07766 097600. We could also use a few more volunteers to form roving litterpicking teams during the Presteigne Carnival and to help with clean up the following Sunday morning, so if you could give just 1/2 to 1 hour of your time during the Carnival, please contact Terry on 07766 097600
Our French Twinning partners would like to bring people together by matching PEN FRIENDS. If interested, let Muriel know via: www.ligne-presteigne.fr/ or send an email to: email@example.com and give your name, email/postal address, age, hobbies, photo?
The Sidney Nolan Trust is seeking volunteers for their summer season at The Rodd. CAN YOU SPARE A FEW HOURS? The Trust have re-opened the Gallery and Sidney's Studio to the public for the summer. In 2017 they celebrated the centenary of artist Sidney Nolan's birth, bringing wider attention to the work of the charity that he founded and attracting more visitors to The Rodd. As their plans develop, they are looking for volunteers to assist in a number of areas across the site and activities. The immediate priority is to recruit an initial core group of dedicated volunteers to assist with visitor services. The role will involve 'front-of-house' duties - providing a friendly welcome, answering questions, taking money, being vigilant and caring for the facilities. Relevant training will be given to volunteers about the Trust’s work and buildings, Nolan's life and career, the exhibition on show and the contents of Nolan's Studio. The role is rewarding and will appeal to those with an interest in the arts and heritage. Potential volunteers will enjoy meeting people and be happy to work flexibly. If you would be interested in applying to be a volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an information pack.
Our County Councillor Bev Baynham has asked to draw attention to these two important consultations involving blue badge holders and school transport. If these issues involve or interest you, please take part using the links below - both consultations close in the first week of July:
While the Radnorshire Arms is closed, the Chess Club is now meeting at Kinnerton Village Hall on Tuesday evenings 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. http://www.oldradnorcommunitycouncil.co.uk/village-halls/kinnerton-villa...
Recently, Presteigne Primary School were successful with their application for a grant from Tesco to develop the play areas in the school grounds. , so PLEASE VOTE FOR THE SCHOOL if you are shopping in either the Llandrindod or Ludlow Tesco during June - and please tell your friends and family !!!! Thank you.
The Cider Barn Gallery has now opened at Mistletoe House at Combe. Opening times: Mon/Tues 10am-2pm and 4.30pm-5pm, Wed/Sat 10am-2pm, Frid 10am-5.30pm (closed Thurs/Sun). Art and craft events and workshops are held throughout the year, see www.ciderbarngallery.com or contact 07903 936952 or email email@example.com for information. Free parking.
Friday 22nd June - “YOU MUST BE JOKING” with EDWARD STOREY AND STEPHEN HOLLINGHURST. Another unforgettable evening of wit, nonsense and health-warnings to celebrate life. Admission £7 on the door to include refreshments. St Michael's Church, Discoed, 7.30pm.
Saturday 23rd June - The Warden Guardian Foundation are holding a cake and coffee morning at the Memorial Hall 10am to 12noon, we would like the community to see the work achieved in the last few years. Examples are the new oak steps and handrailings from the main gate. We’ve also set up a kindling area just inside the main gate - help yourself ! There will also be a small plant sale to help fund a few projects. Thank you, Heather.
Saturday 23rd June - Summer Concert at St. Mary's Church, Pilleth, featuring RHAYADER MALE VOICE and supporting artists. Tickets £10 (guarantees a seat) including glass of wine
Saturday 23rd June - Strawberry Tea 2pm-5pm in the delightful Rose Garden at Knill. Raffle, plants, cakes. Adults £4, children £2
Wednesday 27th June (and every Wednesday) - new Slimming World classes at the British Legion 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Call Amanda on 07507 969599
Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th June, and Sunday 1st July in the Assembly Rooms, 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from Winnie’s
Saturday 30th June - EG Fitness and Dance presents their Summer Show, "Dancing through the Decades" at The Memorial Hall at 5.30 pm. Adults £5, Under 16s free. Proceeds in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and The Bracken Trust.
Tuesday 3rd July - Drewie’s Quiz at the Royal Oak 7.45pm (in aid of the Firefighters Charity)
Saturday 7th July - Summer Fayre in the church, churchyard and church hall at St Andrew’s, Presteigne. 2pm-4pm
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When I was growing up in the early 1950s, the First World War was
still very much a living memory to many. Today it is history, with no
survivors left to tell the living tale. This transition point in time,
from live memory to history, is upon us. This is the point where we
must now translate, somehow, what took place, in such a way that it is
clear to all that this war must be remembered and learned from.
We have chosen a sleeping dragon for the memorial instead of the
heraldic Welsh dragon that we all know and love. The reasoning for
this is that the traditional Welsh dragon has a very “up front”
attitude with an aggressive stance and unflattering sharp lines, most
suitable in war.
The Welsh dragon flying on its standard would have raised the morale
of any Welshman fighting for what he believed in. Sadly, many a good
Welshman died doing just that, sometimes in lands far off, sometimes
for reasons too complex to reason with. Where ever and for whatever,
Welshman have always been distinguished in battle. However, there is
another side to all of this and that is the Welshman who sang and who
is now silent, the Welshman who loved his valleys and hills but will
never again walk there, the Welshman who told his children bedtime
myths and tales of dragons in Wales. His legacy being the continuation
of the culture of Wales. All so proud to be Welsh and all died so.
This is the soft underside of our loss. This is the real loss. It is
this loss that the sleeping dragon reflects, the soft inner being of
all those sleeping Welshman who rest so far from the country they
loved, in the fields of World War One.
The Cromlech links us back many thousands of years in Welsh history to
the Stone Age. Cromlechs usually have solar alignments attached to
them and this Cromlech is set to align with the rising sun on the
Equinox. The Cromlech itself is low enough for an adult and for a
child raised up by an adult, to see and touch the dragon, giving the
connectivity to reinforce the point of the memorial. A child raised up
to touch the dragon thus, may not yet understand, but will remember
and perhaps in time, understand. As time passes the dragon will
hopefully develop a hand worn nose from the many hands that will
gently stroke it. That human hand polished area, will shine in the sun
as a testament to all those who have visited and touched the dragon
and remembered. This physical connection by touching is to be much
The dragon sleeping peacefully on its ancient stone is only a
temporary installation for the four years duration of World War One.
During those four years it is hoped by all involved with the dragon’s
creation that many people will come and see, touch and connect with
the sleeping Welsh dragon and return home, somehow inexplicably
enhanced by the experience. Perhaps there is some truth in the stories
of dragons, our sleeping Welshman left his children!
Pete Smith, August 1st 2014