Find the perfect hotel or B&B in Wales

The best Welsh hotels and B&Bs are defined by their locations; the roaming cliff tops and moorlands, stone-clad villages, fish-laden quaysides, or historic city centres. Each of these locations lend their own character to short breaks and holidays in Wales

Bay House B&B, Tenby, Pembrokeshire

It’s comforting to know that after a long day walking up a Welsh mountain, you can fall down the other side into a bed. Whether that is a mountain of city shopping, or of country earth and stone, is up to you. 

In Wales we enjoy those very things people travel here for: the romantic break of a wind-whipped coastal walk with a warm hearth at the end; the soaking away of your cares in a country house hotel spa, or the streets and sounds of a city break.

Comfort and simplicity of a B&B

Y Goeden Newydd, Bontnewydd, Snowdonia

Private houses with a few bedrooms for paying guests are simply/known as Bed and Breakfast, or B&B if you’re short on time. They are also known as Gwely a Brecwast, which certainly isn’t faster, but is at least in Welsh. It’s a literal translation, so you need not worry abut being served Gwely for breakfast.

Assuming you’re not camping in a one-man tent halfway up a mountain, B&Bs are generally the smallest denomination of accommodation. Guesthouses tend to have half a dozen rooms, as well as a communal lounge. Monolithic city centre retreats rub shoulders with palatial Victorian piles and rambling country house hotels.

Two adjacent accommodations will often be miles apart in style. The one on the left might be a boutique spa hotel with a luxury finish and all the extras, while the one on the right is more back to basics, like a guestroom in your friend’s house, or your Nan’s, depending on the owner’s taste.

Y Goeden Eirin, Bontnewydd, Snowdonia

When the horizon opens up and you’re out in rolling country, look for roadside signs for farm homestays. These agrarian guestrooms on working farms used to be pretty utilitarian, but many now compete with the top urban B&Bs and make for a great short break in the country, where the produce comes straight from field to plate.

In rural towns and villages you will find plenty of traditional inns. Some of these pubs with a few rooms have given bed and board to travelers since before the armies of Edward I, King of England, invaded Wales in 1277.

A Welsh breakfast

Full Welsh Breakfast at The Old Rectory

Full Welsh Breakfast at The Old Rectory

Welsh breakfast isn’t far removed from English breakfast, unless you’re having laverbread, which might come fried with bacon and cockles. In Wales we like our breakfasts served hot, so expect the usual fry-up staples, plus coffee and tea. The right to drink tea, of the just out of bed, breakfast, or afternoon variety, is one of the ten commandments of accommodation in Wales.

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