Newtown, Powys, UK

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Newtown, Powys, UK

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Out with the old, in with the Newtown

Get your bags packed right now, and set them down next to Newtown's bags of charm. Set on the banks of the River Severn, this old market town's got plenty of Industrial Revolution-era grandeur thanks to its history as a bastion of the textile industry, but these days that gritty industrial momentum has given way to a laid-back, small-town vibe that will have you rushing to book your next Newtown vacation rental. The surrounding area is all rolling hills, woods, and rivers, with more than its fair share of grand old stately homes where you can work on your aristocratic accent.

Get up, lace up, and go!

You'll want to make sure the hiking boots are waxed and ready, because the gorgeous countryside round Newtown is a thing to behold. Try a visit to the Ceri Forest, or a stretch of the Kerry Ridgeway long-distance path. If you like your walking a bit steadier, the stately home of Gregynog Hall, on Newtown's outskirts, is surrounded by acres upon acres of gardens and woodlands, with specially devised woodland walks catering for all abilities. For anyone with more aquatic tendencies, how about renting a canoe for the afternoon and taking a paddle on the River Severn?

Take a ramble through history while you're at it

You can't swing a cat around this part of Wales without hitting a country house, and your Newtown vacation rental won't be complete without a visit to at least one of them. But there's plenty of history in the town itself too. The Robert Owen Museum commemorates one of the pioneers of the co-operative movement, while the Newtown Textile Museum pays homage to the town's industrial heritage. And if the arts are more your bag, take in a play at Theatr Hafren, or pay a visit to the Oriel Davies art gallery, the largest arts venue in the region.

Gear up with the Gore-Tex

People can be very dismissive about the Welsh climate. It's true that the west side of the U.K. tends to get lots rain and cloud, and that the Welsh mountains and coast can make the already unpredictable weather even more so. But actually Newtown's position towards the east of the country make the weather quite comfortable (sort of). Hope for warm, sunny summers, and relatively mild winters. Of course there will still be times when you experience several seasons in one day, and if you decide to venture up into the mountains then you can probably bank on seeing all four.

Roll with the hills or make for the mountains

One of the loveliest things about mid-Wales is that there are no big cities clogging the place up. In fact, Newtown is as big as they get. The landscape, however, is on a whole different scale. Immediately surrounding your Newtown vacation rental you'll find fields, forests and rolling hills, but venture just a tiny bit further and you'll find yourself in some serious high country. The famous peaks of the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains are well within striking distance, while the wild, open plateau of Radnor Forest (not actually a forest) features one of the area's best-known waterfalls.