The Best Love Shacks to Book in Wales for an Unforgettable Romantic Getaway

Enjoy a romantic getaway on the North Wales coast
Enjoy a romantic getaway on the North Wales coast | © Realimage / Alamy Stock Photo
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12 October 2021

With three rugged, remote national parks covering 20% of the country and an abundance of villages with cosy pubs and quaint cottages, Wales is unbeatable for a romantic getaway. Read on for our guide to the best places in Wales for a loved-up escape, from boltholes in the Brecon Beacons to glamping in Wales options to manor houses in the hills outside Cardiff – bookable on Culture Trip.

Afon Rhaiadr Country House

Afon Rhaiadr Country House exterior with driveway and hedges
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Romantic perks at this adults-only retreat include private woodland, a natural pool fed by a waterfall and an arched Victorian footbridge. Most rooms have double- or triple-aspect views of the Arcadian gardens through sash windows, as well as antique furniture and period fireplaces. There’s also a museum-worthy fireplace in the dining room, in which a set dinner menu is served every evening – try the honey-glazed salmon with new potatoes or the curried chickpeas in a tomato glaze.

New House Country Hotel

The leaf-covered facade of New House Country Hotel fronted by a fountain and flower bed
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Set in extensive grounds in the hills outside Cardiff, this Grade II listed manor was built in the 1730s by a prosperous Welsh industrialist. Book a deluxe four-poster suite and you’ll have a traditional wooden or contemporary four-poster bed, wall art depicting the Welsh countryside and a separate seating area with views over Cardiff. Start the day with a cooked-to-order breakfast before driving 10 minutes to Fforest Fawr – where three easy hiking trails explore tree sculptures, caves and old iron mines.

St George’s Hotel

St George’s Hotel twin room with classic decor including carpets and headboard
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Wow your partner by checking into one of the deluxe sea view rooms at Llandudno’s best-appointed hotel: situated on the highest floor, they feature private balconies with panoramic perspectives on the beach and bay – in-room binoculars are included so you can study the scene in detail. Views over Llandudno’s seafront are also part of the package at AA Rosette-winning Terrace lounge and restaurant – along with classic cocktails, afternoon tea and mains showcasing locally sourced lamb, duck, beef and vegetables.

Quay Hotel and Spa

The Quay Hotel and Spa bar and restaurant area in dark wood tones
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Pamper yourself and your loved one at this Deganwy four-star, in which spa amenities include an indoor pool and an extensive menu of wellness treatments – ranging from body wraps and facials to hot stone and Indian head massages. Stay in Cosy Coves, executive or superior doubles, where floor-to-ceiling windows and private terraces provide views of the marina, the hotel’s tranquil courtyard or Conwy Castle. A superb selection of Welsh gins and local ales are available at the Cove Bar.

Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa

Bryn Meadows Golf, Hotel and Spa room with carpet, balcony and tv
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Perfect for a weekend getaway centred on pampering and putting, this golf-crazy resort in southeast Wales offers nine- and 18-hole courses, a golf simulator, a golf equipment shop and a sports bar. But if you’re not one for the greens, head to the Fusion Spa for a cleansing ritual in the mud room, a swim or soak in the heated pool or jacuzzi or a candlelit massage and body scrub. Day trip options include Cardiff and Newport – both of which are within a half-hour drive.

Eithinog Hall

Eithinog Hall room with lounge area, wood floor and chandelier
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This luxury B&B and glamping site offers accommodation in Stargazing tents on the forested banks of the River Banwy – equipped with woodburners, transparent canopies, showers, kitchen shacks and wooden decks with fire pits and BBQs. There are also three enormous en-suites in the main house featuring stripped-wood floors, free-standing bathtubs and double-aspect views of the woods through Georgian windows. In keeping with the establishment’s nature-orientated theme, none of the accommodation options has TVs.

Hilltops Brecon

Hilltops Brecon twin room with bare brick walls and minimal decor
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If your idea of a romantic weekend is getting wet and muddy in the Brecon Beacons, this is the place to be. Surrounded by hills and mountains 2mi (3km) from Brecon village, couples are accommodated in the Granary Cottage – which features a ground-floor living and dining room and a bedroom with a skylight – where you can admire the park’s International Dark Sky Reserve (a distinction awarded in 2013). Activities on your doorstep include hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and pony trekking.

Holm House Hotel

A minimalist, white-washed room with a vaulted ceiling at Holm House Hotel.
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Built by the son of a shipping magnate in the 1920s, this intimate spa hotel’s mini-suites have four-poster beds and bathtubs with views over the Severn Estuary, inviting you to enjoy a glass of bubbly amongst the bubbles. In the spa, you’ll find an indoor pool, a eucalyptus-scented steam room and a well-equipped gym overlooking the coast and gardens. Standout dishes at the bright, modern restaurant include beer-battered cod tail and linguini with king prawns, muscles and squid.
These recommendations were updated on October 12, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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