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The guest house in central Wales was voted the best hotel in Wales by the Sunday Times

A central Wales guesthouse, which opened less than six months ago, has been named Best Hotel in Wales 2019 by The Sunday Times.

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The Royston, on the outskirts of Llanbrynmair, near Machynlleth is featured prominently in the journal’s top 100 UK hotels, Best Places to Stay 2019.

Considering this is their first foray into hospitality, owners / managers Clive Sweeting and Rob Perham are delighted to have received such an honor for their guesthouse.

The Royston is a unique and relaxed contemporary seven-bedroom guesthouse set on 10 acres of rural pasture. Providing a welcome respite from everyday life, each room offers impressive views of the Cambrian mountains or surrounding hills.


The building is a stunning example of a Victorian gentleman’s residence, built in 1880 to replicate the original owner’s London townhouse. After a thorough restoration and modernization, the Royston is a distinctive blend of past history and eclectic design, full of laid-back charm and personality.

Clive Sweeting (left) and Rob Perham at the entrance to the Royston.

The owners have gone out of their way to create a unique and contemporary environment that invites guests to relax. Each of the rooms has its own character and style, with original artwork and a mix of vintage and designer furniture. There is also a self-service bar in the comfortable communal lounge, which has a wood-burning stove.

To make an impact and stand out in a very competitive market, The Royston was created as a one-stop-shop guesthouse. From the first moment they visited the former private residence, Rob and Clive said they knew they had found the perfect building and location to create something special, personal and unique.

They are passionate about the undeniable attention to detail, as well as a level of service that leaves their customers wanting for nothing.

Room rates at the Royston start at £ 129 per night for a large room, £ 139 for a deluxe room with shower, £ 149 for a deluxe room with separate shower and tub and £ 159 for a superior room. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and a three-course dinner is also available.

Eating at Royston is all about simple, home-made local cuisine. The owners harvest what they grow on their land and source seasonal produce from local suppliers. All the eggs come from their happy, hardworking hens and the fresh flowers around the house come from their cut flower garden.

“After 25 years of working as an ad creative, an opportunity presented itself for a complete lifestyle change and, together with my partner, we jumped at the chance.

“The pace of life is obviously less hectic and stressful compared to working in London, but no less busy,” said Rob. “In addition to running the guesthouse, we have chickens, a vegetable patch, a tunnel and landscaped gardens to maintain. It is both a joy and a privilege to be so connected to the land and to the seasons.

Clive added: “The Royston is a truly unique and special building, right in the heart of the rural Welsh countryside. When we first visited the property, we fell in love with the feeling of relaxation, which you cannot just add to a property.

“For two and a half years, we have respectfully restored and modernized the 140-year-old house, with nods to its history mixed with eclectic design. We have been collecting artwork, furniture and knickknacks for years and have now been able to mix these different styles to create a truly unique space. The Royston is now ready for the next 100 years, and more. “

The role of The Royston is to provide guests with a place where they can disconnect and reconnect with nature, allowing them to immerse themselves in the best of Wales, so that they return again and again to a home of ‘hosts that they’ will want to keep to themselves.

To help promote the guesthouse, Rob and Clive became members of MWT Cymru, the regional destination marketing and membership organization for the districts of Powys, Ceredigion and Meirionnydd in southern Snowdonia.

As a non-profit social enterprise, MWT Cymru supports and represents more than 550 tourism businesses and organizations across the region.

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