Winner Visit Wales National Tourism Awards 2007: Best B&B in Wales
"Sumptuous Victorian country house with three gorgeous, antique-furnished rooms, each with fine views across the Marches."
The Rough Guide to Wales
Standing in the garden of The Old Vicarage I felt that, for all its troubles, our world is a truly beautiful place... '
Ruth Watson, award winning hotelier, TV presenter of Channel 4's 'Country House Rescue' and Channel Five's 'The Hotel Inspector' writing in June 2010 Country Homes and Interiors magazine.. read full article
The Old Vicarage "is a real treat in the lesser known Welsh Marches region. The three-room boutique B&B ... boasts an ambience of opulent, rich colours and perfect calm, the latter interrupted only by the delicate chiming of antique clocks."
BBC Lonely Planet Guides (Britain & Wales) and also recommended in the Lonely Planet Best Places to Stay in Britain 2011
'Exceptional standards of hospitality, comfort and food'.
Visit Wales (Wales Tourist Board)
"The Old Vicarage welcomes you into its hearty Victorian gothic embrace, all period half tester brass beds, antique marble sinks and blue sandstone fireplaces. Conveniently, it comes supplied with miles of great walking country between Ludlow and Hay and great nosh."
The Guardian Travel section
'A treasure trove of Victorian fittings. The effect is impressive with warming colours, restful bedrooms and the gentle chiming of antique clocks. Calm prevails with no TVs but vintage radios in the rooms, plenty of books to browse and a nightly dinner party to foster sparkling conversation.'
The Times Online Travel section
"Blessed are those who enter... especially devotees of Victoriana. The house is a delight. Your host, charming and fun, ushers you in to a rich confection of colours, dark wood and a lifetime's collecting: splendid brass beds, cast-iron radiators, porcelain loos, sumptuous bedspreads."
Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay Garden Lovers Guide.
Norton, in the Welsh Marches, is half way between Ludlow (famous foodie market town) and Hay on Wye (the town of books), where the borders of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys meet. Nearby Presteigne, a delightful borders town nestling on the River Lugg, boasts the award winning Judge's Lodging Museum. With fine walks from the front door, The Old Vicarage is a pleasant climb from some of the best preserved and most beautiful stretches of the Offa's Dyke Path National Trail. The cathedral city of Hereford, Croft Castle & Berrington Hall (both National Trust properties), the Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons, the Cambrian Mountains and the spectacular Victorian dams in the Elan Valley are all a scenic drive away.
The Old Vicarage offers luxury accommodation in a period Victorian setting. Enjoy excellent homemade cuisine, using local ingredients. Situated in a delightful garden, it is the perfect place to relax in comfort, away from the cares of the world and the hubbub of the television. You will have time to watch the bullfinches, listen to the cry of the buzzards and rediscover the rhythm of the seasons. Radnorshire and the Marches are sparsely populated. The winding rivers, green valleys, dramatic hills and ancient villages and churches are secrets waiting to be discovered.
The Old Vicarage is a member of Wolsey Lodges, a "collection of luxury homes offering superior bed & breakfast accommodation."