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Having stopped off in Walsall on Sunday night, our little lodge was only an hour and a half away. However, we couldn't check-in till 4pm. We ate breakfast, read a few chapters of our books, then hopped in the car and drove to Newtown.

Newtown is the closest town to Slate House Lodges. It's not very big and only has a handful of shops but it passed the time! After a quick lunch stop in Greggs, it was time to do the big shop!

I was quite surprised to find not one, but three large supermarkets. We opted for Tesco (got to rack up those clubcard points!) and picked up WAY too much food for the week.

After a few country lanes, several steep hills, and one large gravelly track, we finally arrived at our lodge and what a BEAUTIFUL lodge it was. We unpacked our shopping, hung up our clothes, and quickly settled in to our temporary home. 

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We woke up to dusty pink skies and made our way downstairs to warm our bodies in front of the fire. We feasted on fresh juice, toast, and mini boxes of cereal, before getting ready for the day.

Lake Vyrnwy is about an hour away from Slate House Lodges. As well as the reservoir, it also has a sculpture park, bird watching hides, and a cafe.

After wandering around the sculpture park and having lunch in the Artisan cafe, we went for a little lakeside drive. There are various 'stop-off' points around the lake, which provide perfect photo opportunities. I've always loved Wales for its beautiful scenery but the lake was something else!

We returned to our lodge for a spot of reading, tasty tacos and a dip in the hot tub. 

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On Wednesday, we crawled out of bed in the late morning and indulged in pancakes smothered in maple syrup. We slowly got dressed and stepped outside of our lodge to explore our surroundings.

The owners of Slate House Lodges own about 16 acres of the surrounding land. We walked up hills home to our friendly, and very quiet, woolly neighbours, and through some woodland areas before returning to our lodge for lunch.

I spent the rest of the day on the sofa, snuggled in a blanket, reading my book. Whilst G chose to unwind in the hot tub. I made creamy broccoli pasta for dinner, we played Trivial Pursuit, then popped ourselves in front of the TV to watch the new series of The Apprentice. 

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On our last full day, we made the most of our National Trust memberships and visited Powis Castle. 

We picked up a bottle of water and some chocolate each at the cafe, then went for a stroll through the gardens. We did have a quick look around the castle but we both agreed that we much prefer the gardens at National Trust sites. Considering I loved history at school, you'd think I'd be in to castles and stately homes but there's only so many paintings I can look at (don't shoot me). 

As it was our last full day, we thought it'd be nice to go out for lunch, instead of cooking. We picked the Navigation Inn, after a quick Trip Advisor search! The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly, a typical small village kind of pub! 

After filling our bellies, we popped to Welshpool town centre for a quick gander and to stock up on sweets from Mollie's (G's idea of heaven I'd say). 

We then returned to the lodge for more reading and our last dip in the hot tub. 

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apples at national trust

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Reluctantly, we slowly got out of bed, nibbled on some toast, and loaded up the car with our belongings. G's cries of 'I don't want to go home' could probably be heard from space.

We had such a lovely, relaxing time in Powys and our little lodge was just the perfect accommodation. I'm sure we'll be back at some point! 

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