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WINTER AT WEGNALLS 

 

B&B isn’t just for the summer!

 

 

The temperature may be dropping outside, the sun putting in only fleeting appearances and we’re drawing the curtains in what seems to be the middle of the afternoon, but you’ll get a warm welcome at the Wegnalls this winter.  Having retained such original features as the old sash windows and the ill-fitting doors we do have a few draughts (we call it character!), but you’ll be cosy by the log-burner and can snuggle up with a hottie (bottle, that is) when you retire to bed.

 

There’s still plenty going on in Presteigne, in fact not much changes.  As the festive season approaches you’ll be able to browse in the gift shops to find presents with a difference.  Throughout December the Judge’s Lodging is still open for tours at the weekends (www.judgeslodging.org.uk), and The Workhouse Gallery and café (www.theworkhousegallery.co.uk) is home to beautiful hand knotted carpets and rugs.  You can also find unusual gifts and cards and enjoy a light lunch in the café.  On the hills just outside Presteigne and overlooking Knighton, is the Spaceguard centre, which is a working astronomical observatory, particularly concerned with Near Earth Objects and is open throughout the year for conducted tours (www.spaceguarduk.com).

 

If animals and wildlife are your passion, then a visit to the Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre (www.owlcentre.com) at Kington is where you‘ll see the most wonderful collection of owls…you can even stroke some of them! Being the run- up to Christmas I had a chat with a very friendly reindeer who was waiting for “back-up” ready to pull a certain bearded gentleman dressed in red through the skies on the night of the 24th December!   It’s a lovely way to spend a few hours and you can get a cuppa and a bite to eat as well.

 

For an amazing Christmas experience visit The Hall at Abbey-Cwm-Hir (www.abbeycwmhir.com), it’s about 25 miles from the Wegnalls, but well worth a visit to see all 52 rooms decorated for Christmas.  Whilst in the area why not visit Welsh Royal Crystal (www.welshroyalcrystal.co.uk) at Rhayader or travel up to the Elan Valley dams.

 

If it’s retail therapy you need then Leominster, Ludlow and Hereford are about 15, 20 and 24 miles away.

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