In the courtyard surrounding the main house lies the Willows and Beeches Lodges' which are situated on the banks of the River Bechan. They have views of St Beauno's Church on one side and ornamental lakes on the other whilst set amidst the beautiful rolling Montgomery countryside.
Both lodges have been lovingly renovated to provide luxurious accommodation with an individual character and charm. The abundance of oak beams and the beautifully constructed staircases are all made from renowned Montgomeryshire oak, grown here on our estate.
The properties have well appointed kitchens, large sitting rooms and connecting dining rooms and are the ideal venue for family reunions, small conferences and celebrations of all kinds.
Catering can be arranged if required.
In The Lodges: The large and spacious sitting and dining room with its oak beams and warm decoration are the hub of the Lodges. There are fireplaces where fires blaze, lovely oak dining tables, lots of luxurious sofas and chairs together with antique dressers, Indian rugs and sporting paintings. They all combine to create a wonderfully airy but warm and woody ambiance making it a cosy and inviting place to be.
The fully fitted kitchens in comes with all usual mod cons, including a gas oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and a high chair. There is also access to a washing machine should you require it.
The well appointed kitchens are ready for any enthusiastic chef to take the helm during a summer self catering holiday. However, if the thought of slaving over the stove sounds like too much hard work, then our resident chef would be delighted to step in! Morning, noon and night the finest local ingredients are used, creating memorable meals for all occasions.
Parties & Family Events: Enjoy socialising in fantastic surroundings? The peace and privacy of Bettws Hall makes it a great venue for an unforgettable party. Either in the Lodges or in a marquee, we can cater for all your requirements.
Our chef can provide marvelous menus to suit your tastes from a buffet for 15 to a barbeque for 50. Relax, unwind and enjoy.
Planning a family get together? A christening, anniversary or reunion can be made so special in the lodges. The privacy of your own space with eight elegant bedrooms all with en-suite facilities a wonderful dining room and sitting room together with the roaring wood burner makes for the perfect retreat.
Shooting Parties: For those wishing to shoot in the area, perhaps at Bettws, Kempton, Gregynog Hall, Brigands, Maesmawr Hall or other local estates, then the lodges are easily reached, not far from Welshpool and the major road networks. Staying in the lodge is akin to going to a friend’s country house party. There is a cosy and welcoming sitting room where the wood burner roars and there are a plethora of luxurious sofas to relax in. While the fully stocked courtesy bar gives guests’ privacy and the opportunity to socialise with their friends late into the evening either before or perhaps after a days shooting. The lodge has eight beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms, each with direct-dial telephones, televisions and internet access. Behind the scenes, our Head Chef and his team take great pride in using the best local and seasonal produce to create a mix of contemporary and classic Welsh cuisine.
We stayed at Beeches Lodge over the New Year 2011/2012 break and had a fantastic time. The property is gorgeous and feels very luxurious. There is a fantastic lounge/dining room with an enormous table - that easily accommodated 16 of us - and cosy sitting area. A split staircase (think the staircase in the Von Trapp house in Sound of Music) leads to 4 bedrooms and another 4 bedrooms can be found in the adjacent converted barn. All of the bedrooms are vast and all have TVs and are en-suite - a huge plus given the number of people that the accommodation can hold (16). The property is very well equipped with heaps of cutlery, crocks, chairs, pans etc. Grounds are lovely with pheasants, partridge and chickens wandering around and the village that the property is in has a great pub and a playground.
The only downsides that we found with the property are that the bedrooms are split between two converted barns which, although attached, do not have a through doorway. As a result the property is probably better suited for groups with older children, adult only groups or mixed groups where the families can stay in the main barn and those who like a lie-in can stay in the other barn (this could be a huge plus as I managed a couple of monster lie-ins during our stay). We did get around this issue by setting up a monitor which worked in a couple of the rooms in the adjacent proprty. The only other downside is that the jacuzzi which is shared with the next property (Willows Lodge) is next to the lounge area so you may get some noise coming through. This shouldn't be a problem if you are looking for a lively break but if you are looking for a quieter time then you may need to strike up cordial relations with the occupants of the adjacent property and arrange suitable times for each group to use the jacuzzi (we did this and it worked out fine). The jacuzzi is a huge plus though - very relaxing - plus the lady who lives in the cottage opposite can be booked for beauty treatments (we had a Mummy morning where we all used the jacuzzi and had massages).
Overall Beeches Lodge is great and is easily one of the best country cottages I have stayed in. I would rate it 9.5/10
The property was in a very good location with excellent accommodation. It was very well supplied with linen, dining and kitchen equipment. Each bedroom was en-suite with TVs, so provided good privacy.
We were a self-catering family group and would have liked a pack of practical information on issues such as the location of supermarkets, restaurants, doctors etc. There was no mobile phone coverage and the internet connection was not working (later repaired) so this made for some difficulties. The manageress, Anne, was extremely helpful with recommendations and phone numbers and said they were working on a pack for next year. They also had a house phone which could be used.
The only other small issue was that there is no TV or DVD player in the communal lounge so the kids couldn't all get together to watch a film except in each others bedrooms.
We were lucky in that the adjoining similar property was empty for the week that we were there so there were no noise problems from another large group. Also we had sole use of the juccuzi and sauna plus extra parking space.
There was a lot to do in the area. Anne helped us arrange clay shooting at the Mid Wales Shooting centre and we made forays to Powys Castle, Montgomery (excellent castle, and tea rooms!), and Portmeirion. A big find was the Penarth Vineyard where the delightful Tanya gave us a tour and evening wine tasting. Their estate shop is brilliant!
In all it was a very good week. Any requests were quickly dealt with and the family had a successful annual gathering. As there are 16 of us, we have a lot of experience of these larger houses, and this one was one of the best equipped for self-catering. We would certainly recommend it. We didn't bring our dog this year but the house was certainly suitable (and we loved the "no dogs in the jaccuzi notice"!)
The Lodges are in the small village of Bettws Cedewain near Newtown amidst the un-spoilt Montgomery countryside. It is an area of great serenity with and a wealth of local history and plenty of things to do and see.
The ancient market towns of Welshpool and Ludlow nearby have many shops, restaurants, a theatre, cinema and leisure centre. Powis Castle and Gardens and Montgomery Canal are only 9 miles away and the Snowdonia National Park and coast are all within an hours drive.
Other Activities: Clay Shooting
Golf: Although the course in the area arent exactly St.August’s or Wentworth, they are great fun, challenging and very enjoyable. The Lakeside (http://www.lakesidegolfcourse.co.uk) is within 10 minutes of Bettws Hall or there is Llanymynech Golf Club about 30 minutes away. http://www.llanymynechgolfclub.co.uk/