26 January 2017

The two big days of love in the calendar - St Dwynwen's Day and Valentine's Day - both fall at the start of the year. However, with such romantic countryside all around Wales, any time is perfect for treating yourself and your loved one to an unforgettable, thoughtful Welsh escape. Here are some of our picks of places to whisk yourselves away to. 

A romantic retreat: The Grove, Narberth

The Grove in Narberth by The Grove in Narberth

Take a trip to the rolling hills of Pembrokeshire for a stay at The Grove, a beautiful country house hotel nestled amongst the Preseli Hills. The Romantic Escape package includes luxury accommodation, champagne, chocolates and roses on arrival and dinner in their 3 AA Rosette restaurant. Alternatively, the Winter Warmer package includes massages, a hamper full of treats to take on a wintery walk and dinner. 

Get cosy with a Fforest staycation

Cosy bedding at fforest

Escape on an epic adventure into the woodlands near Teifi gorge with fforest, a countryside retreat set in 500 acres of wild land. Snuggle up in one of their cold-proof dens, walk along the dramatic coastline and dine on-site with a candlelit supper. If you fancy it, you could go on a mini adventure to a nearby attraction while there, such as Castell Henllys.  

Dreams of Dolgellau, North Wales 

Pandy Isaf Country House, Dolgellau by Pandy Isaf

North Wales' Dolgellau has a reputation of being a 'love town', thanks to the fact that Clogau Welsh gold company mines for precious metals there and because the townsfolk go all-out between St Dwynwen's Day and Valentine's Day. Stay in the five star Pandy Isaf Country House, who offer fizz, flowers and handmade Welsh chocolates on arrival by request and riverside walks practically on your doorstep.  

Land of love: Llanddwyn Island

Llanddwyn Island, photographed by Visit Anglesey

 by Visit Anglesey

Llanddwyn Island, a peninsula on the southwest corner of Anglesey, is such a beautiful location. With a Blue Flag beach, dunes, a forest and a couple of springs, it's a magnet for wildlife and peace-seekers. You'll also find the picturesque ruins of St Dwynwen’s Church, founded by the Welsh patron saint of lovers, in the 5th century. Make sure you visit  Dwynwen’s Well, which is apparently home to eels that can tell whether your love will last! Stay in the fairytale castle Château Rhianfa on the edge of the Menai Strait, a luxurious retreat after a day of exploring.

Celtic Manor Resort - luxury fit for Presidents

Celtic Manor Resort in Newport

 by Celtic Manor

This resort in Newport, South Wales, is famed for hosting some of the world's most famous politicians and celebrities. Sleep like a star in one of Celtic Manor Resort's Signature rooms, each kitted out with a king size bed, marble bathroom and Elemis toiletries. There are two on-site restaurants, 2 AA Rosette Steak on Six or 3 AA Rosette Epicure by Richard Davies, a professional grade golf course and a spa for extra pampering. Hello, relaxation!