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The Lion Royal Hotel Rhayader - thirteen en-suite bedrooms. Near to the Cambrian Mountains - Elan and Wye River / Valley. Also nearby are Llandrindod Builth Newbridge Crossgates Penybont Llangurig Llanidloes Newtown Aberystwyth Borth Ynyslas

Located centrally in Rhayader

this small market town is the gateway to the Elan Valley (the Lakelands of Wales) in Powys, mid Wales.

There has been an hotel on this site accommodating travellers for centuries. Run by the Collard family since 1947, a warm welcome is always guaranteed at the Lion Royal.

The Lion Royal Hotel Rhayader - horse riding and pony trekking - longer riding holiday package with accommodation available

We have a long association

with the motor biking fraternity & equine community.

Many other Outdoor Pursuits such as walking, hiking & rambling; cycling & mountain biking; bird & wildlife watching and fishing can be enjoyed in the nearby Elan Valley.
We cater for all pastimes & interests, in large parties if required.

The Lion Royal Hotel Rhayader - log fire in the comfortable lounge bar

Come & relax... far from the madding crowd.

On those days when you have done all the things you want to and time is on your hands, you can sink in to a comfortable Chesterfield sofa and relax in the lounge with a roaring log fire and watch the world go by.

We also have a private residents lounge for our guests to enjoy.

The Lion Royal Hotel Rhayader - social events and business functions - free house

Social events & business functions.

Our function room can accommodate the largest of gatherings.
We also have facilities for smaller & more intimate events.

Meetings, conferences, birthday parties, dinner-dances, discos, funeral teas, charity events... Whatever your requirement, we are happy to meet your needs. We are able to supply ales of your choice as the Hotel remains a free house.

En suite

The hotel has thirteen well-appointed rooms with generous en-suite bathrooms.

There is a choice of twin-bedded, double & family rooms.

Pony Trekking

From novice to seasoned rider, explore the Cambrian Mountains in the safe hands of our experienced guides.

We have on site stabling for up to six horses, if you wish to bring your own steed.

Trail Riding

Using local guides, we have decades of experience in providing trail riding holidays with every facility you could wish for.

In addition to the "green lanes" we have exclusive private access agreements.

Tea Rooms

Step back in time & enjoy afternoon tea in this peaceful Welsh Coaching Inn in the centre of the market town of Rhayader.

Secure Parking

Our large gated courtyard with covered garage provides secure off-road parking for all of your vehicles, two or four wheeled.


Guests are welcome to access the hotel's wi-fi internet free of charge.
† Due to our thick walls, wif-fi may not be available in all parts of the hotel.

The Lion Royal Hotel Rhayader - CAMRA listing - historic interior

CAMRA listing.

We're extremely proud to be included in CAMRA's full-colour guide to 270 pubs throughout the UK which have interiors of real historic significance.

"The lounge in the front left of the hotel has a large stone fireplace... and a light oak bar counter by a local craftsman...

Head for the rear of hotel and you will find a small square hotel bar with 'Bar' in an etched and frosted panel on the door, a wood-block floor, a wonderful bar counter with Jacobean-detailing in the woodwork frontage, two sets of bar-back shelves at right angles to each other, one with a mirrored back, a display of 'Gin’, ‘Brandy’ and ‘Rum' ceramic spirit vessels, a row of pewter mugs etc. on the shelves, even the ancient 'National' cash register is still in use. The bar fittings appear all of a piece and along with the glazed brick and marble/polished stone fireplace and two sections of bench seating almost certainly do date from 1920s."

A copy of the guide can be purchased from the CAMRA shop HERE.

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