Kids have a wild and wonderful time around Valley House. Here in the beautiful border country, the natural world overflows and flora and fauna take centre stage.
Out in the wild blue yonder, there are deer to be spotted in Kinsley Wood, otters on the River Teme and badgers on the country lanes after dark.
At the Small Breeds Farm Park, animals, birds and owls abound. To see the sky come alive with red kites, head to the feeding station at Rhayader. Follow the trails at Gilfach Nature Reserve, cycle the Elan Valley, or see the wonders of the universe at the Spaceguard Centre.
Go wild at Bucknell Adventure Centre. Fire kids’ imaginations at the Flameworking Studio and Gallery in the old blacksmith’s at Llangunllo. Watch a glassworker at work, browse the gallery or have a go yourself in a taster session.
Activities here are as pastoral or pulsating as you choose. Walkers are just a mile-and-a-half from Offa’s Dyke path and its heritage centre in Knighton. For action enthusiasts, there’s a rally school within just a few hairpin bends and a shooting range within a sniper shot of Valley House.
Head into Ludlow for the castle, racecourse and river, to Shrewsbury for galleries, museums and restaurants, and to the winding lanes of the Cardingmill Valley and the Brecon Beacons for quaint villages amid the rise and fall of the hills and fells.
For properties that might just trump Valley House, try National Trust properties and stately homes such as Attingham Park, Powys Castle, Stokesay Castle, Chirk and Erddig.
There’s golf at Knighton, a simulated hot-air balloon flight at Secret Hills Discovery Centre and red kites to feed at Rhayader. In the evenings, local pubs serving real ale and real food are just a stagger away.