Set amid the idyllic splendour of the Upper Severn Valley, The Old Rectory Cottage nestles within the grounds of the charming Old Rectory in Aberhafesp, 3 miles from the historic and attractive market town of Newtown.

Walking in the Surrounding area

There are numerous excellent walks for both the casual and the more serious hiker. The Old Rectory Cottage is situated just 20 minutes from the “Offa’s Dyke path” and a similar distance from “Glyndwr’s Way”.Join the “Severn Way” on the river bank at Newtown, a traffic free cycle path which follows the scenic tow path alongside the canal all the way to Welshpool, home of the spectacular Powis Castle and gardens.

A few miles away, the newly opened Mochdre Community Walk is a revelation, taking you through flowery woodlands and across wooden footbridges to discover hidden waterfalls.


Home of Robert Owen, one of the most prominent social reformers of the 18th century; Newtown today along with its wealth of local history, boasts an excellent theatre, The Hafren. Offering a varied programme of events throughout the year, The Hafren regularly brings world class artists and performers to its stage.

The Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown also has wonderful exhibitions and an excellent wholefood cafe.

The town has a delightful choice of individual shops, small museums and a first class butcher selling local meats and handmade sausages.

Call into Quinces deli in the high street, where you will find the finest coffee and home made chocolates alongside locally produced Welsh wines and spirits from the nearby Penarth Estate vineyard.


Where to Explore

Llanidloes, the first town on the river Severn; Welshpool, with the banks of the Montgomery Canal and Offa’s Dyke less than a mile away; and Machynlleth the “ancient capital of Wales” are all market towns which are easily accessible by car.

Alternatively, take a scenic train journey along the breathtaking Cambrian Coast line from Caersws. The route branches off in Machynlleth to either Aberystwyth or Pwllheli, calling at Barmouth, Porthmadog, Harlech and Criccieth on route. The train hugs the coastline, offering spectacular views and a relaxing day out without the car.

Visit the Gigrin kite feeding station near Rhayader and discover the scenic cycle paths, reservoirs and walks in the picturesque Elan Valley, just a 40 minute drive away.

Other nearby attractions include many sites of antiquity including the nearby ruins of Dolforwyn, the magnificent Powis Castle (National Trust) and Montgomery Castle.

While you’re in the area, Montgomery also offers Michelin star dining at the Checkers Hotel.