The Radnorshire Arms Hotel - Presteigne

Original 16th Century Guest Room


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Room Rates

All rooms at The Radnorshire Arms are currently just £85 per night for double occupancy and £75 per night for single occupancy. These prices are room only.

Classic Period Architecture meets Modern Utility

The Radnorshire Arms has nineteen guest rooms, eleven character rooms in the main building and eight separate Garden Rooms.

All rooms are en suite and feature FreeView TV, direct dial phone and Broadband Quality WiFi (to name but a few), everything you would expect from a modern and contemporary hotel, but located within an extraordinary, Grade II listed building with over 400 years of history. The Radnorshire Arms was originally built in the mid to late 1500s and has 'evolved' over time. Additional building work was carried out through the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries, and the character of the guest rooms reflects this unique evolution. 'Old Radnor' and 'Weobley' (rooms 2 and 3 respectively) date back to the original Tudor phase of construction, as does the Resident's Lounge which lies between them, and the Main Bar, Oak Room and Reception areas below. The remainder of the rooms in the main building are all Victorian in date, being situated in the three storey extension which was added in around 1870. This extension also contains the main Hatton's Restaurant and kitchens. The final eight rooms are located in The Lodge, separated from the rest of the hotel by the formal gardens, and connected to it by a covered walkway.

Our rooms are all named after towns and villages around Presteigne itself, and you can discover more information on both the room and its namesake by clicking on the 'View our Rooms' link to the left (or above if you are viewing our site on a phone or tablet).

Original Tudor Oak panelled Bar

Good Ale & Fine Dining

Mon- Fri 7:30am - 9:00am
Sat - Sun 8:00am - 10:00am
Tea & Coffee
All Day from 8:00am
Noon - 3:00pm 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Mon - Sat 11:00am - Midnight
Sun 11:00am - 10:30pm

Superb, 16th Century Bar & Victorian Restaurant

Our Bar and Restaurant, open to non-residents, serve honest, wholesome, locally sourced fare seven days a week.
Good Food and Great Value in Wondrous Surroundings.Victorian Restaurant

At The Radnorshire Arms you can dine in style. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of a rural Welsh Border Town, whilst soaking up the historic atmosphere that envelops this glorious old building. Our Victorian Hatton's Restaurant with its open fire, oak lined walls and views out across the gardens, is cosy and inviting in Winter, and charming and airy in Summer. The Tudor Bar and Oak Room also boast open fires and original panelling, with the former serving a fine selection of Beers, Wines & Spirits, and the latter providing a quiet place to sit and relax.

Let our experienced and friendly table staff take care of your needs whilst our qualified chef prepares a wide selection of traditional local dishes to your individual taste or dietary requirements.

Resident's Lounge and private function room


The Radnorshire Arms can cater for groups of up 80 people for informal gatherings. For larger groups, our sister hotel, The Knighton, has excellent conference and banqueting facilities with the ability to accommodate three times that number with ease, and is just six miles down the road. Transportation can be provided between the two venues by prior arrangement.
Please visit their website for more details.

Unique Venues for Every Occassion

The public areas here at The Radnorshire Arms are available for hire for both private and business use. Whether you are planning a special family get together, important business event or weekly club meet, the amenities available here at The Radnorshire Arms Hotel are sure to make your function one to remember.

Our friendly, knowledgable staff will help throughout the planning process, and will work with you in advance to prepare for your particular event. For larger scale parties or special occasions we can provide a marquee in the main gardens. We will work with you to provide the decoration, entertainment and bespoke menu to ensure your party has that special, personal touch. Working in partnership with marquee specialists Burgoynes of Lyonshall, experienced staff will help with all pre event planning and ensure professional attention to detail throughout your day.

For more corporate meetings we are able to supply business equipment, as well as the technical support to assist in its set up and use. We can also provide light refreshments or custom menus to suit your schedule.

We have been providing these services for many years, and are well aware that every occasion and event is unique. We attempt to provide the best solution to your individual needs, and as such we quote on a 'per event' basis. Please contact one of our helpful staff to discuss your specific requirements.

Vintage Sports Car Club at The Radnorshire Arms Hotel

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“Let's get Romantic...”

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and time is running out to organise that 'Special Something' for your 'Someone Special'! To help you out, we have published our 'Valentine's Day Menu'. We are also offering an Overnight Stay package, including a romantic 3 Course Meal in our Historic Restaurant with one night's accommodation, and all for a mere £160 per couple! That's definitely something to think about if you're running short of ideas.

Details are included on the above file but if you need more information, or to book your spot, please contact reception.

Radnorshire Arms Hotel circa 1915

Over 400 Years of History

The Radnorshire Arms is located in one of the most beautiful areas in the British Isles.
Below we are listing some additional sites that will help you get the best from this truly inspiring region.

    Local Links

  • Presteigne Town

    The town of Presteigne has its own website that provides a wealth of information on places to visit and things to do in the area. Of particular interest is the local 'Judges Lodgings' - a fascinating Victorian Museum in the middle of town.Presteigne & Norton Website

  • Wheely Wonderful Cycling

    Stay at the Radnorshire Arms on one of Wheely Wonderful Cycling's self guided cycling holidays in the Wye Valley and the Welsh borders. Choose from short breaks to week long tours. We think this area offers the best cycling in Europe. River valleys, cutting through spectacular hills, dominated by ruined castles. All our holidays start from our base at Petchfield Farm in the Teme valley, near the historic town of Ludlow. We specialise in seeking out the best cycle routes, the best places to stay from farmhouses to country houses and of course, the best places to eat.Wheely Wonderful Website

  • The Knighton Hotel

    Our Sister Hotel is just 6 miles north in the market town of Knighton.The Knighton Hotel

A Classic Tudor Inn on the English / Welsh Border

The Radnorshire Arms Hotel provides the perfect setting for a quiet getaway, or as a base from which to venture out and explore the stunning local scenery. Scant yards from the English border and nestled amidst rolling, Welsh hills and wonderful open countryside, this Grade II listed building, with its wealth of original exposed beams and timber panelled walls, exudes an atmosphere of classic Tudor elegance.

The Hotel lies at the end of the High Street (B4356) in the centre of Presteigne, former county town of Radnorshire, now part of modern day Powys. A small, private car park, suitable for a handful of cars, sits across the road, directly opposite the main entrance. A much larger car park, accessible from Joe Deakins Road (B4355), provides additional parking and access to the hotel through the upper gardens.

Our History

The Radnorshire Arms Hotel has a rich and diverse history, stretching back over four centuries. The original building dates back to the late 16th century, despite the date of 1616 which still adorns the front porch, and was owned by one Sir Christopher Hatton, a lawyer and politician, Lord Chancellor of England and, according to popular rumour, lover of Queen Elizabeth I, who also owned neighbouring property. Allegations of the affair were made public in 1584 by Mary, Queen of Scots, and in a strange twist of fate, Hatton was one of the commissioners who found her guilty of treason just three years later. He became Lord Chancellor that same year...

In a less sinister vein, he also gave his name to 'Hatton Garden', London's Jewellery Capital. The house of the Bishop of Ely was officially granted to Hatton by Queen Elizabeth I in 1581 (much to the disgust of the Bishop), and the surrounding land became known as 'Hatton's Gardens' - the name remains to this day.

There are many anomalies inside the Hotel itself, caused by the large number of changes and additions to the original structure. Doors opening onto brick walls are a common occurrence on both floors of the of the main building. Construction continued throughout the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The earliest phase dates back to the late 1500's, with some renovations taking place in the early 1600's. The three storey rear extension is Victorian, the middle section dates to the 1790's, and the Garden Rooms weren't built until the 1970's. Such renovation work in 1875 revealed a secret chamber off of what is now the Resident's Lounge. This turned out to be a Priest Hole, and behind one of the panels was the diary of a Catholic Priest who had stayed hidden there for two years. The Priest Hole remains on show to this day, but the diary has long since gone.

hotel reception with access to gardens

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Room 2 - 'Old Radnor' Black and White Tudor Guest Room named after the village of Old Radnor, Powys
  • Original Twin Room
  • 1st Floor
Old Radnor

A twin room on the 1st floor, 'Old Radnor' is one of the original Tudor bedrooms. The hamlet after which this room is named lies near the English border, two miles from its 'new' neighbour and around ten miles south west of Presteigne. It has many reminders of its early past - Bronze Age tumuli, standing stones and the remains of its castle. The local church is said to be one of the six finest in Wales.

Room 3 - 'Weobley' Oak Panelled Tudor Guest Room named after the village of Weobley, Herefordshire
  • Original Double Room
  • 1st Floor

This double room, which overlooks the garden, is the only other 16th Century bedroom and it retains its original Oak Panelling. Weobley itself is a beautiful, half timbered village in the English county of Herefordshire, around 13 miles south of the hotel. It is one of the villages on The Black and White Trail.

Room 4 - 'Llanbister' Victorian Guest Room - Llanbister, Powys
  • Double Room
  • 1st Floor

Llanbister is a large, twin room on the 1st floor, with triple aspect views to the garden. An additional sofa bed makes it ideal for either three adults, or two adults and two children. Llanbister Village, with its 13th Century Church lies approximately 17 miles west of Presteigne near to the River Ithon.

Room 5 - 'Llangunllo' Room 5. Victorian - Llangunllo, Powys
  • Double Room
  • 1st Floor

A double room on the 1st floor, with views over the rear garden. Situated some 8 miles west of the hotel, Llangunllo lies at the head of the Lugg Valley surrounded by 1300 ft mountain slopes. Close to the beautiful lake known as 'St Michael's Pool', the village boasts a church which is claimed to have foundations which date back to the 5th or 6th Century.

Room 6 - 'New Radnor'
  • Double Room
  • First Floor
New Radnor

A double room overlooking the formal gardens to the rear of the hotel. New Radnor is a large village on the south side of Radnor Forest which dates back to Norman times. It was, for a time, the joint County Town of Radnorshire, along with Presteigne itself.

Room 7 - 'Whitton'
  • Double Room
  • First Floor

Whitton is a double suite on the the first floor, and is also rear (or south west) facing. Around six miles from the hotel, and also in the Lugg Valley, the village is based around its bridge, one of the few over the river, and its church, a rebuilt structure that retains its original 15th Century font and Jacobean pulpit.

Room 8 - 'Shobdon'
  • Twin Room
  • Second Floor

This twin room is the first room on the second floor, and is rear facing. The village of Shobdon is only a couple of miles from Presteigne, and is most famous for its truly remarkable church. It is also noteable for the aerodrome located behind The Bateman Arms pub. Pilots from the Glider Pilot regiment who trained here were heavily involved in the Normandy Landings of the 6th June 1944.

Room 9 - 'Croft'
  • Family Suite
  • Second Floor

Croft is unusual in two ways, firstly, it is not one room but two, one double room and one twin room with a sofa bed allowing accommodation for 5 - 6 guests. Secondly, it is not named after a village or town, but a castle. Fortifications have been on the site since the 11th Century, though the current structure is more modern, and it remains the ancestral seat of the Croft Family. Now maintained by TheNational Trust, this splendid building with its rolling parkland is well worth a visit, and is only 10 miles east of the hotel.

Room 10 - 'Pilleth'
  • Double Room
  • Second Floor

This second floor, double room has a triple aspect overlooking the main gardens. While no more than a hand full of houses and farm buildings, the hamlet of Pilleth has a rich if somewhat troubled history. Most noted as the site of the Battle that saw Edmund Mortimer's English army crushed by the Welsh under Owain Glyndwr at the 'Battle of Bryn Glas'.

Room 11 - 'Kinsham'
  • Double Room
  • Second Floor

A second floor, double room overlooking the rear garden. The village of Kinsham is in Herefordshire and perches on the Welsh border. The local Kinsham Court has, in its time, seen some famous residents; Lord Byron and Florence Nightingale to name but two.

Room 12 - 'Lingen'
  • Double Room
  • Second Floor

Room 12 is the last to be situated in the main building, and is another double room with rear aspect. Lingen village lies about five miles across the Welsh border in the county of Herefordshire. Occupied since at least the Middle Ages, there is evidence of a 'Motte and Bailey' castle within the village.

Rooms 14 - 21 - 'The Garden Rooms'
  • Double / Twin Rooms
  • Separate Lodge
  • Assisted Wheelchair Access
The Garden Rooms

The Garden Rooms are located in the Formal Gardens, with access to the main building via a covered walkway. Built in the 1970's, but recently refurbished, these comfortable rooms offer the same high standards as those in the main building.