This place was the winner of the Best Boutique Hotel award at the Welsh Hospitality Awards 2016 and it’s not hard to see why, with its location at the foot of Cader Idris mountain in the stunning Snowdonia National Park, its remarkable views and 5 star luxury rooms. From all the home comforts including a big Welsh breakfast in the morning to some extras, such as the outdoor hot-tub and a well-stocked library, it’s the kind of place you don’t want to leave. However, should you choose to do so, you have Cardigan Bay a short drive away, walks in the surrounding forests and of course, a hike up Cader Idris.
Love Ln, Dolgellau +44 01341 421774
Glangwili Mansion, Carmarthenshire
Glangwili Mansion has a certificate of excellence on Trip Advisor and makes a great place to see some of Wales best attractions; like its beaches, countryside, coast, walks and castles. It’s found beside Brechfa Forest and not far from The National Botanic Garden of Wales and Laugharne – a town with links to Welsh writer Dylan Thomas. Friendly owners Linda and George have excellent hosting skills and will be sure to make your stay a pleasant one.
Carmarthen +44 01267 253735
The Plough Rhosmaen, Llandeilo
Another place with a slew of awards, from Best Wedding Venue to Trip Advisor Hall of Fame, is The Plough Rhosmaen. Find it in the Towy Valley among castles and in the beautiful Welsh countryside. The hotel is particularly sought after for its beauty treatments and facilities like a sauna and gym which ensure you’ll be feeling tip top from head to toe. It’s also well known for its food, with people going just to visit its restaurant. The menu is described as: ‘A subtle blend of modern and traditional culinary styles” with locally sourced produce where possible. Nearby attractions include the National Botanical Garden of Wales and Aberglasney House.
Rhosmaen, Llandeilo +44 01558 823431
A harbour-side hotel and Grade II listed building is described as ‘cool, classy and contemporary’. It’s a real gem with its views and fresh Welsh seafood fare, forming part of a row of brightly coloured Georgian buildings beside the water on Aberaeron’s coast. The bedrooms are modern and bright with a Welsh maritime theme and the food includes dishes such as Cardigan Bay lobster, tarragon mayo, green salad, chunky chips as well as Hake fillet, basil gnocchi, chorizo, roasted red peppers and ‘Bloody Mary’ dressing.
1 Quay Parade, Aberaeron +44 01545 570755
Llys Meddyg, Pembrokeshire
This former coaching inn has 8 rooms and a renowned restaurant. The soothing, cosy yet light and fresh decor is what you notice first when you come in, it’s all wooden furnishings, slate, seagrass and Welsh blankets. The food is the real star however, with seafood, locally produced vegetables and meat, and even a wood-fired oven for fresh pizza. Breakfast isn’t scrimped on either with smoked haddock, poached eggs and pancakes as options. Found in the stunning Pembrokeshire National Park, you have world famous beaches and scenery within easy access.
East St, Newport +44 1239 820008
Jolyons No 10, Cardiff
Found at the top of Cardiff’s Cathedral Road with a smart exterior, Jolyon’s is about as near to the city centre as can be while still being fairly residential. So it goes without saying that it’s perfectly located for a trip to Wales’ capital, especially if you want to go to a match at the nearby stadium and sample the delights of the centre while staying in luxurious surroundings. Each room is individually decorated with plush touches abound, like soft sheets, chunky towels and good quality coffees and teas.
10 Cathedral Rd, Cardiff, +44 29 2009 1900
The Hand at Llanarmon, Denbighshire
The Hand at Llanarmon has carefully designed and attractive rooms, some with free standing baths, and pretty much everything you could need from toiletries to tea making facilities. The place is all about cosiness, with exposed beams, fires, ale and hearty food. As if that doesn’t sound relaxing enough, there’s a spa with bespoke treatments to restore and relax you. As for the locale, there are scenic country walks and activities like horse riding or fishing all on your doorstep.
Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llangollen +44 01691 600666