The name Builth, in Welsh Buallt or perhaps Buellt, is older than the town to which it now refers. Buallt/Buellt originally applied to the Cantref or Hundred, an area within the old Welsh administrative system. The Cantref of Buallt/Buellt was an area of land between the rivers Wye and Tywi and north of a line drawn roughly between Erwood and Llanwrtyd, covering an area of some 174 miles. It has long been thought the name of the Cantref, and later the town, came from the Welsh words 'Bu' and 'Allt', and could be translated as 'The Wild Ox of the Wooded Slope'. Roman remains have been found in the surrounding area (the Roman fort at Beulah, 8 miles to the west no evidence has yet been found in Builth Wells itself to prove Roman habitation. The origin of the town dates with certainty from Norman times with the construction of the timber Motte and Bailey castle by Philip de Braose. The castle commanded the ancient crossing of the Wye, and as a result controlled the route to the south which ran over the Eppynt Mountains towards Brecon; it also guarded the entrance to the valley of the Irfon which gave access to the west.
The town is host to the Royal Welsh Showground where many events take place regularly. Most notable of these is the Royal Welsh Show every July, which attracts a quarter of a million visitors regularly. Needless to say, accommodation over the show period is at a premium, so if you would like to stay at Greylands for the show, early booking is recommended.
If you are looking for a comfortable, friendly place to stay with good access to the Builth Wells area, Greylands Guest House in Llandrdindod Wells offers a convenient local base with single, double, twin or family rooms, modern facilities and a quiet location.
Greylands Guest House offers plenty of room, a warm welcome, great breakfast, close to many activities and places of interest near or in Builth WellsThere is plenty here to interest walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, motorcyclists, anglers, golfers and bowls players. The scenery and wildlife variety in the area is outstanding and there is plenty to do whatever the weather.
For reservations call us on 01597 822253 or click in the header of any page to email email@example.com.Photo from Featured Project near Builth Wells
Looking Forward To The 50th Royal Welsh Show
July 2013 sees the Golden Anniversary of the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd, just seven miles from Llandrindod Wells. This event regularly attracts something like a quarter of a million visitors, and there is something for everyone interested in agriculture, forestry, outdoors living, food or arts and crafts.
With the added attraction of looking back over 50 years of the show, this is bound to be a bumper year for attendance and exhibitors. Preparations at the showground are well in hand and the weather forecast is looking good.
Accommodation is always at a premium during the RWS, so if you are planning a trip, early booking is highly advisable. Greylands Guesthouse offers a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and easy access to the Show via park and ride sites just a couple of miles away.
For more information about the myriad attractions of the show, visit the RWAS website, or to organise accommodation, just call us on 01597 822253, or click in the header of any page to email us. Photographs are provided courtesy of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, Builth Wells.