Just a few hours from the hustly-bustly south of England is Wales! A perfect retreat for a weekend getaway, good food, great countryside, and a guaranteed wind-down from daily stress.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, try Milebrook House in mid-Wales’s county of Powys. Just on the border, this eighteenth century house is a haven of peace and tranquillity surrounded by delightful herbaceous gardens and lawns that gently slope to the river Thame below. Here, you can fly-fish for brown trout, pony trek or even paraglide! We just took our wellies and went for long walks, enjoying the fresh country air and working up our appetite for a scrumptious evening meal.

On Saturday, we visited nearby Knighton, steeped in history dating as far back as the stone and bronze ages. We didn’t find anything quite so old, however, as we browsed the curios shops that afternoon. Powis Castle and Welshpool are not far away. Monday is market day and the sleepy town comes alive as farmers and their livestock congregate, buying and selling as they have done for generations.

But mostly we enjoyed the setting of our retreat, rolling marches landscape and the mountains and moorlands of Wales. Too soon it was time to wend our way back home, but if you feel the need to “escape”–go west to Wales, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.

If you’d like to know more email me: charmaine@hallmarktravel.com

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