Clive and Rob are genuine and natural hosts, and their passion for their adopted country, Wales and its people, shines through.
The Royston was born, or perhaps re-incarnated is a better description, in 2017 when a long-planned escape from city life brought Clive and Rob to the first place on their short list of viewings on a sunny weekend in May. It was love at first sight, and the excitement they felt then has now been brought to life in the achingly gorgeous Royston. Your host’s welcoming personalities set the scene and provide a palpably chilled atmosphere at every turn. The soothing interior design is complimented by contemporary furniture, painstakingly sourced vintage pieces, all coupled with curated artwork and an impish sense of humour. Its carefully comfy, easily easy-going without having to try too hard. We often say it, but the little touches matter, and they make The Royston a standout Great Little Place for a few chilled days away. There are seven individually styled bedrooms, with a choice of price points and a range of sizes, but we couldn’t resist drinking in that panoramic view of the Cambrian mountains from the bay windows of an indulgent Superior. A gripping yarn and a G&T in one of the armchairs please. There’s a well-stocked honesty bar in the stylish Guest Lounge with its cosy wood burning stove and those ever present drop dead gorgeous views of the valley. Outside, dotted around the ten acres of grounds, are plenty of private and peaceful corners to explore, some with firepits provided for a sundowner in the chillier evenings and all of them come with a view. The newly planted kitchen garden already gives up some beautiful fresh vegetables, and the flock of feathered ladies look after your breakfast. Breakfast and Dinner at The Royston is all about simple, homemade, local fare. They harvest whatever they grow on their land and source seasonal produce from local suppliers to fill in the gaps.
Conveniently situated in the heart of Mid Wales, whether it’s a trip to the beach at Aberdyfi, a stroll around historic Machynlleth or a walk in Snowdonia, at The Royston you’re never short of options to keep you entertained. Whatever it is you decide to do, don’t forget, always take the scenic route.