Drovers Retreat is set in the magnificent scenery of the Welsh Borders, on the edge of the Radnor Forest.
Several local pubs are great for a drink, or meal - from honest pub grub to more adventurous eating including the Harp Inn at Old Radnor (7 miles), and the Lion Hotel, Llanbister (5.4 miles), which is great for authentic curries.
Local visitor attractions include the Elan Valley dams and reservoirs, which supply Birmingham's water; Presteigne's Judges Lodgings enable you to experience a Victorian courtroom, complete with cells; and of course, superb walks in all directions from Drovers Retreat. The Spaceguard Centre (12 miles) at Knighton is a working observatory, and the main source of information about near Earth objects in the UK.
The gloriously picturesque Heart of Wales railway line has a station 2 miles away at Dolau. Head north towards Shrewsbury, or south towards south Wales and Swansea, through some of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in Britain.
Eight miles east and you are across Offa's Dyke into England, with its pretty Black and White villages, and market towns. Head west towards the Cambrian Mountains, and the most spectacular scenery. The Brecon Beacons are not far away. Everywhere is walking country, and castles, country pubs and picturesque market towns await you either side of the Wales/England Border.
There are many attractive small towns within easy access, including Knighton (10 miles), Llandrindod Wells (10 miles), Presteigne (12 miles), and Rhayader (14 miles). Many of the market towns on the Welsh/English border are picturesque and full of interest. Places such as Ludlow (29 miles) and Leominster (26 miles) were developed on the wealth of the Medieval wool trade. Hay-on-Wye (30 miles), famed for its annual book festival, and its many second-hand book shops is about 40 minutes away.
The nearest seaside is at Aberystwyth (55 miles). For larger towns, we are about equi-distant from Hereford (39 miles) and Shrewsbury (44 miles), both an hour or so away.
Known as the Town on the Dyke, Knighton boasts the Offa's Dyke Visitor's Centre.
A traditional Border Country market town, Knighton, which straddles the English/Welsh border, is certainly worth a visit. A busy livestock market, as well as a Community Market, with plenty of local produce, independent shops and some great coffee shops are amongst its attractions. If you haven't been to a livestock auction, Knighton's is well worth a visit. There are auctions every Thursday (Finished Lambs and Cull Ewes) and the first and third Friday in every month – Store Cattle and Store Sheep.
Llandrindod Wells (known locally as Lllandod), developed as a Victorian Spa town. The legacy of this is some fine Victorian architecture. Now the County Town of Powys, it hosts the main Powys County Council buildings.
The town developed from the mid-19th century as a fashionable spa around its mineral springs, which can still be taken today. This was boosted by the arrival of the railway in 1862, which gave visitors an easy way to access the town. The railway also remains, and the Heart of Wales line connects Swansea with Shrewsbury, and is one of the country's most scenic routes. One station, Dolau, lies just over 2 miles from Drovers Retreat.
The one-time capital of the old county of Radnorshire, Presteigne is an attractive Border town, with plenty of activity.
Together with many independent shops, cafes and restaurants, Presteigne is worth visiting for the Judges Lodgings, with the audio conducted tours, ending up in the dock of the old courthouse.
The series of dams which supply Birmingham with its water are just outside the small town of Rhayader at the Elan Valley. A fantastic engineering feat of the late 19th century and early 20th century, at close quarters the dams are staggering.