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.
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.
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.
The hotel has thirteen well-appointed rooms with generous en-suite bathrooms.
There is a choice of twin-bedded, double & family rooms.
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.
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.
Step back in time & enjoy afternoon tea in this peaceful Welsh Coaching Inn in the centre of the market town of Rhayader.
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.
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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