History of Hindwell

Hindwell Farm Bed & Breakfast

Welcome to Hindwell, a Grade 2 listed, Georgian Farmhouse situated in the beautiful, unspoilt lowland of the Radnor Valley, at the foot of the Radnor Forest, from where traditionally the HIND were said to have come down to drink at the WELL. The house overlooks the beautiful four and a half acre lake (or Well by tradition) and is of picturesque beauty enclosed by a backdrop of unspoilt Radnorshire Hills.

Location of our Bed & Breakfast

We are situated just 3 miles from the local market town of Kington, a walking haven, and 5 miles from Presteigne, once the County Town of Radnorshire. Surrounded by devastatingly beautiful, unspoilt countryside, these thriving border towns have many unique qualities that make them both a perfect destination and a base from which to explore, whether it be by foot, car, bike or horse.

We aim to accommodate for everyone, whether you require a peaceful break private fishing on our lake, a long stroll on foot across the Welsh Marches/Offas Dyke or simply navigating your way by horseback across the Radnorshire hills. A warm welcome awaits all.

Fishing and Stabling at Hindwell

We can provide stabling for your horses and assist you with local routes with some truely spectacular views. Our Summer house by the lake is an idyllic retreat for the keen fisherman or for those who enjoy absolute peace. We make provisions for fishing for residents only and a half day/day rate will apply in addition to the accommodation.

 

A Brief History about Hindwell

The Romans built a fort adjacent to the lakes spring-fed waters and it is assumed that beneath the lake lies the site of a Roman bathhouse.  In the Nineteenth Century, Hindwell became the Welsh Holiday retreat of the famous poet William Wordsworth, when Hindwell was owned by the Hutchinson Family.

William to Mary – 11th August 1810

“The house (Hindwell) is comfortable and its situation beside the pool, and the pool itself, quite charming and far beyond my expectations……..The view from the window is truly delightful and shows beautifully the great importance of still water in landscape……yesterday I caught a very nice fry, eleven, several of them more than half a pound a piece.”

Later in the Nineteenth Century, Hindwell was a stronghold of Quakerism.  Today the lake and the farmhouse form the centre of a traditional sheep, beef and arable farm.

The Radnor valley is steeped in archaeological history and has recently been featured in the BBC One documentary with Hugh Edwards – ‘How the West was Won’.  The initial episode ‘The Story of Wales’ saw Huw walking through oak woodland on the Hindwell estate as the posts of the Hindwell Neolitic Palisaded Enclosure sprang magically into view.   A truly remarkable programme highlighting the importance of the Radnor Valley during the Neolithic period.

We invite you to come and stay with us at Hindwell and experience the beauty and solitude that was found by Wordsworth himself.  With large elegant en-suite rooms overlooking the lake and a traditional hearty farmhouse breakfast, you can indulge in the beauty that is Hindwell.