Situated in the historical market town of Llandovery in the heart of the Breacon Beacons lays the newly refurbished but still traditional Kings Head Inn. The 1700’s building, which was once the home of The Bank of the Black Ox, one of the first banks in wales. This is the ideal place to unwind and relax with local amenities only a few minutes away.
The Kings Head presents a mix of traditional oak beam architecture and crisp clean bright rooms whilst still retaining the traditional feel of the inglenook fireplaces and low-beamed ceilings.
Each room is individually decorated to suit your mood and the locally sourced produce in the Inn’s restaurant will delight your palette and you will feel truly relaxed and satisfied.
We have a selection of 14 single, double and family ensuite rooms available, all of which are offer modem connections, mini bars and plasma/lcd televisions and all rooms have wifi.
Bedrooms are clean and comfortable and a complimentary full Welsh breakfast is included in the cost of the room. All rooms are non-smoking.
Single room: £75
Double room: £85
Family room: £95
Guests are asked to vacate their rooms by 10.30am on day of departure and check-in time is from 2.30pm on the day of arrival.
The King's Head Inn was once the home of one of the first independent Welsh banks, The Bank of the Black Ox, that was established by a wealthy drover and later became part of Lloyds TSB bank. The town is known as a good base for exploring the western Beacons and is surrounded by three rivers, the Towy, the Bran and the Gwydderig, which is where the translation of Llanymddyfri means "church among the waters."
The town has changed little for centuries and as the town lay at the junction of three droving routes it was an important assembly point for the drovers before they continued on to the border and London. The cobbled market square and clock tower at the town's centre, lined by brightly coloured buildings, cafes, craft and gift shops and B&Bs, is certainly evocative of a bygone era - so much so that film crews have been known to use it as a backdrop for period drama.
The Llandovery Heritage Centre is a popular location in the town where you can learn about Twm Sion Cati (Thomas Jones, 1530 - 1609) the notorious Highwayman, and William Williams, Pantycelyn, (1717-91) the famous Welsh hymn-writer who wrote the words translated as 'Guide me O Thou Great Redeemer'.
Llandovery is best known for having been an important droving centre. It was the junction for three important droving routes from Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire. Sheep, ducks and other animals, including a staggering 30,000 cattle were driven from Wales to Smithfield and the Barnet fair each year. No wonder there was recorded to be 47 pubs and inns trading in 1822.
Llandovery is still a functioning market town, serving the local agricultural community with weekly stock auctions. David Jones a drover himself founded the first bank specifically for the use of the drovers.
It was founded on the site of the current Kings Head Inn and issued it’s own notes. Known as the Black Ox Bank, and it later became part of Lloyds.
The Drovers not only drove cattle, geese and pigs to the markets of England but also carried goods to and from England. Furthermore they carried notes back to Wales from England.