Local Attractions

Maps are provided for local walking routes starting on the doorstep. The North Wales mountains provide unlimited dramatic scenery for walking. The picturesque town of Llangollen is only half an hour’s drive away and has many attractions www.new.llangollen.org.uk. It is home to the famous International Eisteddfod www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk which is held on the first week in July each year.

Heading into mid Wales a visit to the Lake Vernwy reservoir and surrounding estate should not be missed. www.lake-vernwy.com where there is walking, cycling, boating and, after all that, eating scones and cream on the terrace of the Lake Vernwy Hotel. www.lakevernwy.com

The beautiful North Wales coast is a scenic drive through the Snowdonia National Park and down to Barmouth Bay. www.barmouth.org.uk Eating fresh caught fish with chips on a sunny day while watching the boats takes some beating.

Surf Snowdonia, Penrhyn Quarry’s zip lines and the underground trampoline in Blaenau Ffestiniog are all attractions in the area.

Local Restaurants

There are a variety of places available locally from cosy pubs to award winning restaurants. The Townhouse www.townhouseoswestry.com in Oswestry  is great.

Lake Vernwy Hotel, www.lakevyrnwy.com serves good food in elegant surroundings and its position, above the lake cradled by the immense Welsh mountains, is stunning. They allow dogs in the bar and terrace. Bike hire to ride around the lake is available. www.artisans-lakevyrnwy.co.uk.bikehire

The Hand, Llanarmon www.thehandhotel.co.uk is at the top of the lovely Glyn Ceriog valley and should also be visited. Also dog friendly.

If you are staying in then stock up at Treflach Farm www.treflachfarm.co.uk with local produce or Oswestry still has several great family butchers selling local meats. StoneHouse Brewery produces the popular local award winning beers and can be visited for a tour and tasting session prior to buying. www.stonehousebrewery.co.uk If you would like to try local game products please ask as, depending on the time of year, that can also be arranged.

Other good local pubs for food are The Barley Mow, Trefonen, The Green Inn, Llangedwyn, and The Wynnstay, Llansilin, all around 15 minutes drive away.  

An option to make your stay at Rest on the Hill even more special could be a delivery of the Niche breakfast experience or a Croissant selection box from Niche Patisserie at the Black Gate.  Pastry chef, Adam became a familiar face on TV screens in 2019 as a semi-finalist on Bake Off , The Professionals and now customers can sample his delicacies, such as his signatures “The Incredible Croissant’ and “The Niche Luxury Afternoon Tea Experience” in the market town of Oswestry. 

On one side of the building there is the bakery where the produce is available to buy, as well as tea and coffee. The other side is a luxurious lounge with the option to see Adam create his beautiful works of art from the bakery studio. A real treat for a special occasion.

Tel: 07528 539974    Contact form on nichepatisserie.com

Other Activities

In nearby Shrewsbury Theatre Severn has a list of national productions including drama, music and comedy which is worth looking at prior to a visit. www.theatresevern.co.uk