In Wales, you could book a break in a Norman tower, a Victorian fortress or a Gothic chateau, inspired by the Loire. March this way for princely hospitality and a splendid place to sleep.

Ruthin Castle, North East Wales

Oliver Cromwell’s forces did their best to flatten Ruthin’s medieval fortress in the 1600s. But it sprang back to life in the 1800s when a grand crenellated mansion was built within the old red sandstone walls. Ruthin Castle is now an AA 4 Star graded romantic hotel with richly decorated rooms and a splendid Prince of Wales Suite in the tower.

Stone lion outside main entrance of Ruthin Castle Hotel
Exterior view of Ruthin Castle Hotel
Ruthin Castle Hotel, North Wales

Brecon Castle, Brecon Beacons

The Castle of Brecon Hotel is built against the ancient walls of Brecon’s Norman castle, which was in ruins by Tudor times.  It’s been a hotel since the early 1800s, and it’s still welcoming guests today. The hotel stands on a bluff of land between two rivers commanding extensive views. There are 40 rooms, some with four-poster beds.

Castle Hotel Brecon
The Castle of Brecon Hotel

Craig-y-Nos Castle, Brecon Beacons

In 1878, celebrity opera singer Adelina Patti splashed out on the beautifully located Victorian-Gothic Craig-y-Nos castle and did the place up nicely, even adding an opera house. She lived here for more than 40 years and some say her ghost still makes its presence felt from time to time. Book a room at Craig-y-Nos, and who knows what you’ll discover.

Castell Deudraeth, Portmeirion

Built in the style of a sturdy stone castle with tall crenellations and Gothic flourishes, this grand Victorian mansion was originally the home of an early Victorian MP. Castell Deudraeth is now a boutique hotel within the Portmeirion estate. Even if you’re not staying, you can drop in for lunch in the stylish conservatory brasserie.

Plas Rhianfa, Anglesey

Sir John Hay Williams, Baronet of Bodelwyddan, loved French chateaus so much that he commissioned one for his wife, Lady Sarah – only instead of standing in the Loire Valley, his creation, Plas Rhianfa, gazes out over the Menai Strait. Completed in the 1850s, it’s now a hotel called Château Rhianfa (AA 4 Stars), with 22 elegant bedrooms and two self-catering cottages.

Cardigan Castle, Ceredigion

Until recently, Cardigan Castle was in desperate need of repair, but a community project stepped in to give it the overhaul it deserves. Castle Green House is an elegant Regency house within the 13th century castle walls. Recently restored, it’s been turned into two luxurious self-catering apartments. Ty Castell offers contemporary, river-view B&B rooms if you fancy a treat. Both options include free entry to the castle.

Cardigan Castle with a bridge in the foreground.
Cardigan Castle

Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire

Sat high on a hilltop, Roch Castle 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.

Roch Castle set in the green fields of Pembrokeshire
Glass atrium extension to Roch Castle
Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire, West Wales

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