Fforest Granary Lofts, Cardigan
Part of the fforest group's luxury yet rustic accommodation offering, the Granary Lofts are self-catering apartments for couples and small groups in the centre of Cardigan. Each apartment is gorgeous: exposed slate floors, reclaimed pine, cosy furnishings and views of Cardigan Castle and Teifi estuary. At night, feast at the fforest Pizzatipi located opposite then stare into the starry sky.
Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire
If you want wow factor, the spectacular Roch Castle in Pembrokeshire delivers. Sat high on a hilltop, it has incredible panoramic views over St Brides Bay and Preseli Hills and six characterful rooms. There's a seamless mix of historic structure with contemporary decor and all the mod-cons you could need. Tuck in to the traditional Welsh breakfast before exploring the nearby sights – St Davids, Skomer Island and the numerous hills and beaches.
Palé Hall, Bala
Palé Hall is a grand hotel in the Dee Valley near Bala is an idyllic escape. The Victorian mansion has 18 rooms with their own style while the on-site restaurant has signature menus from Michelin star chef Michael Caines MBE, the hotel's culinary advisor. Within the grounds, there is a large ornamental pond, woodland paths for romantic walks, and views of green fields and hills for miles. Bliss.
Llangoed Hall, Powys
Situated in the heart of the Welsh countryside, Llangoed Hall is a lovely place to stay if you fancy an escape from the city. It boasts spectacular views of the Black Mountains and the nearby Brecon Beacons is the perfect location for stargazing and hotel guests can marvel at the sky with the hotel’s own telescope.
In the heart of the Wye Valley, and just a stone’s throw from Hay on Wye, the UK’s bookshop capital, this country house has a homely atmosphere throughout and luxurious decor in the individually designed rooms. The fine dining restaurant, headed by chef Nick Brodie, is a heavenly place to crash after a day exploring the Brecon Beacons or nearby peaks and waterways.
The Harbourmaster is perfect for a romantic getawaway. This chic Grade II listed harbour side hotel is tucked away in the quiet seaside town of Aberaeron. Full of character, the 13 individually decorated rooms, many of which can only be reached by original spiral staircases, have panoramic views of the harbour and private balconies. Luxurious to the last detail, guests can enjoy queen sized beds, free standing baths, fluffy robes and slippers, and even vintage Welsh blankets.
The Grove, Narberth
The Grove in Narberth is a boutique country house hotel set in the midst of idyllic Pembrokeshire countryside, with stunning views of the Preseli Hills. The property offers 14 spacious, individually designed bedrooms and six suites, all featuring fireplaces, modern art and fabulous bathrooms with deep cast-iron baths and underfloor heating. The Grove’s restaurant boasts three AA rosettes, and serves modern Welsh food using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
The surrounding Pembrokeshire countryside is a walker’s paradise and can be explored whatever the season. The Grove is located just a few miles from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with its stunning sandy beaches, harbour villages and coastal paths. After spending the day exploring, guests can return to a roaring log fire, soothing bath, massage and evening meal – the perfect romantic getaway!
St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire
St Brides Spa Hotel in Saundersfoot boasts a breath-taking view from its stunning location, on a headland above Saundersfoot Harbour and Carmarthen Bay. This seaside hotel brings a drop of elegance to the classic Pembrokeshire escape with its harbour-view dining, seascape art collection and pampering thermal suite. The decor is bright and colourful and there’s a range of dining options at St Brides, from the Cliff restaurant to the more informal Gallery and, for those guests enjoying a spa treatment, the Marine Spa itself.
The spa provides the perfect retreat to relax, unwind and indulge in soothing treatments and the coastal dual treatment room invites couples or friends to fully benefit from their spa experience, with full height windows that slide open to reveal the fresh sea air and gentle sound of the tide. The treatment rooms and relaxation areas surround a restful infinity edge hydro pool and invigorating thermal bathing spa experience.
Felin Fach Griffin
There’s something quite seductive about The Felin Fach Griffin, a warm building pulling you in perhaps. It’s relaxing and absolutely unpretentious, with delicious food, cosy bedrooms and affordable prices. It also benefits from limited mobile-phone reception, wifi in the bar only and no televisions in the bedrooms. This might seem a surprising thing to say about a humble roadside (but quiet) inn in the middle of the Brecon Beacons, but The Griffin is a significant feature on the landscape of Welsh hospitality.
The Felin Fach Griffin is a luxurious gastro-pub with rooms situated in the picturesque landscape of Felin Fach near Brecon, less than an hour from the Welsh border. The hotel’s seven spacious rooms are each styled with contemporary furnishings plus Roberts Radios and handmade Welsh blankets.
In the restaurant, diners can choose to eat either in the cosy Library Room, the quirky Tack Room or at the larger tables in the Aga Room before enjoying a drink in The Griffin pub. The seasonal menu emphasises locally sourced produce, and the daily cooked ‘Borders’ breakfast includes fruit from the kitchen garden, apple juice from the nearby Usk Valley and home-made soda bread.
The hotel is located in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, which was granted the prestigious status of an International Dark Sky Reserve, so plenty of time for a little stargazing on a good crisp evening.
The Griffin is also an ideal base for walkers wanting to explore this spectacular region as well as for enjoying the nature and wildlife of the area.
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel
The mountains and forest fringed lake that Lake Vyrnwy Hotel overlooks feasts in the natural beauty of mid Wales. The 24,000 acre estate attracts falcons, peregrines and kites, all great for a spot of bird-watching. There are miles of spectacular walking trails, around the lake, to enable guests to take a crisp afternoon stroll before returning to the warm comfort back at the hotel.
Relax in the spa’s thermal suite whilst taking in the views before dining in the Tower Restaurant or the comfy Tavern Brasserie. The hotel encourages guests to seek their own sanctuary in the Vyrnwy Valley. There’s an air of splendour– not to mention a rare appreciation of traditional values – at this spacious, stately hotel with its deep leather chairs, soft furnishings, log fires and abundance of antiques.