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Where to stay in Wales

Our holiday lets, campsites and hotels across Wales have had a tough time so far this season.  But lockdown is now beginning to ease and Wales can welcome visitors again.  So - to do something small to help, we have put together a list of fantastic places to stay across Wales, so that when all this is over there are some great ideas of where to go.  Please contact the accommodation owner for specific details about opening and availability.

 

North Wales

Bwlch Y Fedwen Bed and Breakfast:  Porthmadog

Ali and Dave own this 400 year old listed former coaching inn on the edge of Snowdonia National Park. They are very invested in their property, Dave prefers getting his hands ‘proper dirty’ and fulfilling his dream on a daily basis, running Bala Lake Railway, whilst Ali is a people person, meeting and greeting guests. A perfect combination for the award winning B&B, professional with a good dose of personal touch.

Rooms are fresh clean and modern with a home from home feel, comfiest of beds, softest of sheets and packed with everything you might have forgotten. Enjoy a relaxing breakfast from locally sourced ingredients in the sun room, complete with freshly brewed coffee whilst taking in the sight of Moel Y Gest Mountain. There are three rooms with either a king or double size bed.

Things to do:  Enjoy mountain hikes all over Snowdonia and adrenaline pumping adventure sports. There are romantic beach walks at Borth y Gest, Harlech and Criccieth. Enjoy railway trips on the Bala Lake Railway and Ffestiniog & Welsh Heritage Railway, plus many more nearby. Take a trip to Portmeirion, with Riviera inspired houses, and ornamental garden.

https://bwlchyfedwen.co.uk

  

Tyn y Fron Bed and Breakfast:  Betws y coed

Just a short walk away from the centre of Betws Y Coed, the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park, is Tyn y Fron – an award winning bed and breakfast.  There are beautiful grounds of nearly an acre for guests to relax in, with spectacular views across the Conwy Valley and towards Snowdonia. They have been awarded a 5 star Grading and Gold Award for Excellence by Visit Wales.

They offer affordable and comfortable accommodation with attention to detail. With 5 individually styled bedrooms you can choose from. Plus you can sit and enjoy a cooked breakfast. 

Things to do:  Betws Y Coed is a beautiful village, with independent shops, traditional inns and outstanding restaurants. It is an ideal central location to climb Snowdon, experience the Zip World attractions and explore all of North Wales.  Within a 30 minute drive you can be in the heart of the mountains, at the coast or on Anglesey. The owners are keen walkers and cyclists and love to share their knowledge to help you make the most of your stay.

https://www.snowdoniabedandbreakfast.co.uk

 

Llangollen Hostel:  Llangollen

Llangollen Hostel is a 4* hostel which offers clean and comfortable accommodation, modern facilities and a warm welcome whatever your budget. Great for family booking or group adventure holidays. They achieved an award for one of the top 50 accommodations in Wales from Travel Myth.

 They offer all the facilities you may need, including a fully fitted and spacious kitchen, comfortable and airy dining room, relaxing lounge with log fire, free wi-fi, laundry room, book exchange and games.

There are a selection of clean and comfortable rooms to choose from, including twin and double rooms, en-suite family rooms, private four bed dorm and a great value six bed dorm.

 Things to do: Located in the centre of Llangollen, a stone's throw away from the river Dee, the Llangollen Canal with its horse drawn boat rides, the Llangollen steam railway and Castell Dinas Bran. The town has an abundance of independent shops, cafe's, bistros, pubs and restaurants.

Approximately an hour drive to Snowdonia and only half an hour to Chester. Llangollen hosts the International Musical Eisteddfod each year in July. 

https://www.llangollenhostel.co.uk

 

Arallt Holiday Cottage:  Llyn Peninsula

A refurbished, cosy, traditional Welsh quarry cottage run by Sharon and Vince, with some of the best views in the area. They grow fresh veg and eggs organically on the farm, and make a fantastic range of organic jams and chutneys. A taste of real welsh culture in a Welsh speaking area.

A spacious end of terrace cottage, Arallt is the perfect place to rest, relax and unwind. There are three comfy bedrooms, sleeping up to 6 people, 1 king size, 1 with bunks and 1 twin bedroom, 2 reception rooms, and a wood burner.

 Things to do:  Arallt  is a unique cottage situated in the heart of the beautiful Llyn Peninsula and surrounded by stunning unspoiled beaches - there are so many to choose from!  Visit the nearby castles of Caernarfon and Criccieth, the manor houses of Plas Yn Rhiw and Penarth Fawr.  Snowdonia is on the doorstep for hiking. Also nearby are the restored Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland railways and Nant Gwytheryn- the hidden valley steeped in mystery and legend.

https://arallt.co.uk

 

The Little Seaside House:  Borth y Gest

Happiness is a home by the sea, with lovely beaches and Snowdonia on the doorstep. This beautiful holiday home ticks all the boxes! Enjoy lovely views of the harbour, boats and hills beyond, you can watch the sunrise or the comings and goings of the village. 

Sleeps five in three bedrooms. The cottage has been newly renovated with beautiful, cheerful décor - including Welsh Otter tapestry blankets on the beds! It is Dog-friendly and WiFi is available.

Things to do: The sheltered seaside village of Borth y Gest lies at the entrance of the Llyn Peninsula, offering easy access to the popular destinations of Harlech, Snowdonia and Porthmadog. The village itself has retained its Victorian charm, with elegant rows of houses, and brightly coloured abodes in a classic horseshoe shape. Borth y Gest is the place to be to enjoy the serenity of the countryside, with plenty of transport links to the local beaches and other spectacular sites on offer in North Wales. 

https://www.facebook.com/thelittleseasidehouse/

South Wales

Riverview Touring Park

River View Touring Park is in the heart of the south Carmarthenshire countryside. It has been recently developed into a modern 5 star site whilst still maintaining a rural atmosphere and feeling of tranquility. The south-facing site has an abundance of native trees, wildflowers, wildlife and the River Gwili flowing along part of its boundary. Caravans, tents and motorhomes are all welcome here, across three meadows.

The site covers over 6 acres and we have opened up a short woodland walk that links to our 5 acre hay meadow. Another walk is available across the bridge over the river and then up a track which skirts a wooded valley.

Things to do:  The park is ideally situated for accessing the south Carmarthenshire coast line, including Pembrey Country Park, the longest beach in Wales Cefn Sidan, Llanelli Wetland Centre, Pendine beach, and Laugharne.

http://www.riverviewtouringpark.com

Pantglas Hall: Nr Carmarthen

Pantglas Hall offer a selection of cosy log lodges nestled in the sprawling country estate with its ornamental lake, romantic tower ruin and impressive mews building. Ideal for families and couples to spend time together whilst exploring Carmarthenshire. The magnificent mews building houses a welcoming coffee shop and the Coach House restaurant.

There are 25 self-catering holiday cottages, there is a selection of one, two and three bed log cabins available. Warmth and charm are captivated inside each lodge, each features a well-equipped, modern kitchen and bath/shower rooms. Some have wood burning stoves for cooler evenings. There is a purpose-built indoor leisure complex within the old walled garden houses which include a heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and well-equipped gym. Outside there are all-weather tennis courts, a children's play area, football pitch and mini crazy golf.

Things to do:  Pantglas is perfectly positioned for cycling holidays in Wales - within easy distance of Brechfa and Abergorlech, which provide both family friendly trails and some more challenging routes.  It is also a great base for exploring Carmarthenshire. The area boasts some of the finest horticultural gems in Britain, with The National Botanical Gardens, the historical Aberglasney House and garden, and Dinefwr House and Park within a ten-minute drive. The Brecon Beacons, Brechfa Forest, Black Mountains and Neath Valley are in easy reach, as are the rugged coasts of Pembrokeshire, Cardigan and the Gower Peninsula. 

https://www.pantglas-hall.co.uk

 

Four Seasons Bed and Breakfast: Tywi Valley Near Carmarthen

The Four Seasons Bed and breakfast is a luxury bed and breakfast accommodation set in the beautiful rolling countryside. Enjoy the 12 acres of grounds and comfortable, peaceful accommodation. There is a shop and café on site with fresh food, drinks and cakes. A combination of leisure, pleasure and lifestyle is what makes the Four Seasons so unique.

There are double bedroom suites with en-suite facilities. The Farmhouse is available as a bed and breakfast and Cwmtwrch Cottage is available as either bed and breakfast or self-catering. Make use of the on-site health club and gym including heated indoor swimming pool. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with free range eggs, and homemade bread.

Things to do: Visit the nearby National Botanic Gardens of Wales and Aberglasney Gardens. Carmarthen and Llandeilo are not far away with their array of independent shops and cafes. Also close to the coast of Pembrokeshire, the mountain bike centre at Brechfa is a 15 minute drive. There is salmon and sea trout fishing on the river Towy.

http://www.bedandbreakfastcarmarthen.co.uk

 

Red Kite Cottage: Carmarthen

The Red Kite Cottage is a 19th century converted stone milking parlour, converted into a bright and airy holiday cottage in a farmyard setting, overlooking the farm’s own 25 acres of rolling countryside which hosts red kites and buzzards. Award winning and Visit Wales five star graded.

The cottage has everything you need for your perfect relaxing break. With a flexible bed layout and fully equipped kitchen, the cottage is a self-contained property which sleeps up to five guests. Take advantage of a sun trap patio to sit and watch the wildlife, and farm animals on the fields, dine outside and breathe the clean Carmarthenshire air. Dog friendly.

Things to do: Three miles from the centre of Carmarthen town - the oldest town in Wales boasting many a tale of Merlin the Wizard. For steam train enthusiasts, Gwili Steam Railway is just over the hill in the next valley and you can even hear the train tooting some days with the new extension being just 2 miles down Peniel Hill.  There are miles and miles of  Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire coastline to visit starting with Llansteffan Castle and Beach just 12 miles away.  For pilgrims there is the nearby Skanda Vale Temple.

https://www.redkitecottage.co.uk

 

Brynglas cottage, near Llandovery

Brynglas is a beautiful detached 19th century cottage, situated in an elevated position overlooking the river Towy, surrounded by the Cambrian Mountains. 

The cottage was recently renovated to a high standard and sleeps four people in two bedrooms. The stunning interior is full of period charm and mixes period Welsh antiques with timeless contemporary pieces. The bright kitchen is very well equipped and there is a contemporary shower room. The garden has a terrace to the front with spectacular views and a lawn to the side. There is a lockable garage where bikes and other equipment can be stored safely.

Things to do:  The area is perfect for active holiday makers such as cyclists (both road and off-road) and hikers, with plenty of quiet roads, many off-road tracks and the rugged Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful Brecon Beacons with numerous walking trails on your doorstep. Birdwatchers will love seeing red kites flying overhead, with the feeding station at nearby Llanddeusant. Situated in a dark sky area it is also great for stargazer/astronomers, and the Dark Sky Discovery Site at Llyn Brianne reservoir is just up the road.  

Brynglas cottage is perfectly situated to explore the fabulous counties of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, with charming market towns, idyllic coast lines, romantic wilderness and historic monuments. 

www.brynglascottage.com

 

Great House Retreat - On the coast near Cardiff 

A superb house overlooking the South Wales coast in the village of Southerndown (near Ogmore-by-Sea) and only a stones’ throw from the beach itself. With everything on your doorstep, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful break any time of year. 

Sleeps 6 over 3 bedrooms.

Things to do:  The coastal path is just 400 metres from your door and offers breath-taking scenery in either direction. The remains of Dunraven Castle can be viewed, and the walled garden is a delightful piece of history. For the discerning shopper, Cowbridge is close by with a range of independent shops and Cardiff city slightly further afield. History lovers can enjoy the fascinating museum at St Fagans which is also within easy reach. Amble to country inns where you can watch the sun go down after a day by the sea.

www.holidaycottages.co.uk/cottage/57715-great-house-retreat

Siramik Bed and Breakfast:  Near Carmarthen

Siramik is a bed and breakfast and pottery studio in the Welsh Hills of Carmarthenshire, surrounded by beautiful open countryside. A converted stone barn situated on a working farm bordering the Brechfa Forest. Converted with renewable energy in mind, the conversion was granted a Green Dragon award for using sustainable energy. A great individual experience.

 It features four twin bed rooms, the two ground level rooms are en-suite, including a disability friendly room with adapted bathroom facilities. A lounge area for relaxation and to socialise on the first floor. Breakfast is made from local produce and served in the farm house.

Things to do: There are so many things to do and see on the doorstep: Brechfa Forest Mountain Bike Trails, Gwili Steam Railway, Carmarthen County Museum, Carmarthen Town. Dinefwr Castle, Carreg Cennen Castle and Laugharne Castle, National Gardens such as the National Botanical Gardens of Wales and Aberglasney, beautiful beaches including Llansteffan, Pendine, Gower, Tenby, Saundersfoot and Pembrokeshire coast. Yoka runs her pottery studio next door where you can have a pottery course. 

https://siramik.co.uk/pottery-courses-parties/

 

Pantier: Newgale, Pembrokeshire

A beautiful old farmhouse, outbuildings, and detached barn, looking down on St Brides Bay and the surf of Newgale beach. There are two luxuriously furnished holiday cottages available to rent - both boasting modern coastal style and charm, combining oodles of character. It features modern amenities, the fluffiest of towels and the comfiest of beds. Locally sourced goodies are available and bags of knowledge about the local area can be found in the cottage and from the family.

The two bedroom Welsh stone barn conversion ’The Coach House’ has stunning sea views from the master bedroom, and the bijou one bedroom retreat, ’The Dairy’ is complete with wood burning stove. Both have outside areas and views of the valley and St Bride’s Bay. Well behaved dogs may be considered to stay. 

 Things to do: Pantier is in the perfect location for exploring both north and south Pembrokeshire – with both areas offering up their own unique personalities. You may choose to head north in search of the rugged beauty of the northern coastline, the blue lagoon at Abereiddy or perhaps the wild and unique Preseli mountains, where Stonehenge’s blue stones originated, or head south and explore the Dale Peninsular, Skomer island and it’s remarkable puffins, Pembroke’s historic castle, or the soft golden sands of Tenby south beach.  Newgale, Little Haven, Solva and St David’s are close.  

https://pantier.co.uk

 

Wolves and Daffo: Gower Peninsula

A light and airy self-catering cottage bungalow in Parkmill at the heart of the Gower Peninsula. Lucy is a Superhost with excellent reviews on AirBnb. The bungalow is perfect for a family break on the Gower, with extra special touches such as a Nespresso machine and a welcome basket containing seasonal or local treats. It is child friendly with all the amenities you need for a stress free family holiday.

The cottage sleeps five across three bedrooms. There is a fully enclosed deck area and a large garden. There are extra special touches such as Welsh Otter blankets on the beds! It is clean, quiet and peaceful with beautiful calming views of the hay and wildflowers in the field next door.  Well behaved dogs may be considered at an extra charge.

Things to do:  The cottage is in a perfect spot in Pennard for exploring all of the beautiful Gower beaches, only a short car ride away, with the exception of Pwll Du which can be walked to within 20 minutes of the cottage. The perfect spot for adventurers, surfing, water-sports, wildlife, horse riding, golf, or even just a walk along the dunes.

https://abnb.me/F7dhdCrlp5

 

Cliff Acre: Gower

Cliff Acre is a stunning eco retreat above Pwlldu Bay, Gower. A smallholding developed by two sisters restoring the land and themselves. The Bunkhouse is nestled in Wales’ first AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Retreat from the bustle of city life, pause and connect with the wild, and relax to the sound of the sea as the Gower coast unfolds before you.

The bunkhouse is a self-contained property with a private wildlife garden. Has 1 bedroom for 2 people and 1 bathroom. It features wifi, central heating, dish washer, and parking. It offers a fantastic view of the secluded Pwlldu Bay and is set in 7 acres of beautiful countryside.  

Things to do: It is based directly on the Wales Coast Path, within walking distance of the Three Cliffs Bay and Caswell Bay. It’s a great place for water-sports, surfing and golf. You can enjoy the wildlife, horse riding, or a leisurely walk along the beaches.

https://www.lovehomeswap.com/home-exchange/united-kingdom/pennard-stunning-eco-retreat-above-pwlldu-bay-gower

Pembrokeshire Farm B&B, Near Narbeth, Pembrokeshire

Down a beautiful lane flanked by moss-covered walls, two miles from Narberth, is an old fortified longhouse in 25 rolling acres – pristine, peaceful and cosy. Here live three dogs, three donkeys, cats, hens and friendly hosts Rayner and Carol. There’s a real fire and books aplenty, equine paintings and fantastic art, and big gorgeous gardens with croquet, a lake and a boat to mess about in. The décor is traditional, the bed linen immaculate, the bathrooms are spanking new and the views to the Preseli Hills gorgeous. 

Things to do: Centrally located for exploring all that Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire & Ceredigion have to offer. Walk in the glorious Preseli mountains or on the stunning coast path or enjoy exploring historic Norman castles. Explore the bustling town of Narberth with its individual shops, galleries, antique shops, restaurants & cafes. 

https://www.sawdays.co.uk/britain/wales/pembrokeshire/pembrokeshire-farm-b-b

Cwm Connell Coastal Cottages, Near Newport and Cardigan, North Pembrokeshire

Tucked away from roads, in a quiet tranquil location and part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Cwm Connell cottages has stunning views of Cardigan Bay and the beautiful Welsh coastline. There are six beautifully decorated stone cottages to choose from, from one bedroom up to three bedrooms (sleeping six).  There is an onsite mini spa with Marquis Hot Tub and hot coals sauna - the perfect place for a little self indulgence and ‘me time’.  

Things to do: A short walk from your cottage door, through the wooded valley is Ceibwr Bay - a beautiful sheltered pebble cove owned by the National Trust and registered as a site of scientific interest. You’ll often find Grey seals here, basking on the rocks. There’s a little river winding its way to the sea through the cove, with a perfect ‘Pooh Stick’ bridge. From here you can walk some of the most impressive sections of the Coastal Path. Dogs welcome all year round.

https://www.cwmconnell.co.uk/pembrokeshire-holidays-cottages

Gellideg Cottage, North Carmarthenshire

Gellideg is a five-star graded, traditional Welsh cottage built in the 1850s. It is nestled in the beautiful West Wales countryside, in the hamlet of Cwmhiraeth (literally translates to the "valley of longing”).  Enjoy the wood burning stove in the living room, mod cons including wifi and a coffee machine in the kitchen, and there is a private garden where you can relax with a book or just gaze out over the valley.

Sleeps four across two bedrooms.

Things to do:  Located on the border of three counties - Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire - it is the perfect base from which to explore beautiful West Wales. Enjoy woodland walks, castles, waterfalls, kayaking, fishing, riding and more.  The river Teifi is just five minutes away and there are ten beautiful beaches within half an hour’s drive, including Mwnt, Llangrannog, Penbryn and New Quay. The National Wool Museum (a favourite of Welsh Otter!) is just up the road.

www.gellideg-cottage.co.uk

 

Pobbles Cottage, Gower

Self catering family friendly three bedroom holiday cottage in South Gower, Wales. Tucked away off a country road, this light and airy bungalow is a tranquil haven surrounded by green field views. The cottage is large and beautifully decorated with extra special touches including wool throws from Welsh Otter.  The kitchen is fully equipped for a self catering stay, with extras to make your stay easier, such as a Nespresso machine, a slow cooker plus all the usual essential kitchen equipment. 

A walkers paradise, follow the signposts 20mins to the local beach (Pwll Du), or pack a picnic in the car and tour Gower for the day. Take a boat trip around the coastline, or grab a surfing lesson or two... Spend evenings in your private decked garden with a bbq, watching the sunset and listening to birdsong. Welcome to paradise!

airbnb.com/h/pobblescottagegower

Mid Wales

Walton Court: Presteigne, Powys

Walton Court is a small working farm, caravan site and holiday cottage in the heart of Powys, Mid Wales. It’s the perfect place to take the kids to be a part of nature, experience farm life and live sustainably. They have a gold standard Green Tourism badge for sustainability. They have solar panels for the farm, pick your own vegetables and salad and herbs in troughs. They have a small shop which supports local producers and homemade gifts made on the farm from recycled materials, the proceeds given to local charities. The pond which you pass as you enter the Walton Court has an abundance of wildlife. There are two swans that visit, moorhens, wild ducks, a kingfisher, woodpeckers and herons. During the spring the pond is filled with frogspawn.

There are two fields on site, one large for static caravans with plenty of room for tents. The clean fresh toilet and shower blocks have utilities such as a microwave and washing machine. The Shepherds Hut, is a traditional style hut perfect for a one person stay in the countryside. Court Cottage is a spacious 4 bedroom cottage, well equipped with kitchen appliances, utility room, washing machine, dishwasher and oil fired central heating.

Things to do:  There is a regular bus service to Kington leading to Hereford where you can visit the Small Breeds Farm and Owl Centre, visit the Herefordshire Raceway for go-karting and driving, or go cycling on some of the finest cycling countryside routes in Britain. Visit some small galleries and gardens such as Hergest Croft Gardens. There is another bus service to Llandrindod Wells, you can visit the Llandrindod Wells Lake Park, The National Cycle Museum, Llysdinam Gardens and The Thomas Shop Museum.

http://waltoncourtcaravanandcampingsite.co.uk/wp/

 

Pontganol Cottage: Crickhowell

Pontganol Cottage is a charming little holiday cottage near Crickhowell, in the gorgeous Brecon Beacons National Park. Lovingly renovated in 2014, Pontganol Cottage is a homely boutique holiday cottage sitting in stunning scenery. In 2016 they won the Tourism Awards for best small self-catering category, providing everything you need for a relaxing and restful break.

Enjoy luxuries such as down filled duvets, squishy throws and comfy chairs and a roll-top bath, there is a king-size bed in the master bedroom and a snug equipped with separate TV and games console. Sit back and relax with a cosy wood-burning stove, or sit and star gaze in the large garden which also has a summer house. There’s wifi throughout the cottage and tucked away places to read. Altogether there is a living room, kitchen, dining area and two bedrooms.

Things to do: Llangynidr is positioned neatly between Tal-Y-Bont and Crickhowel where the Green Man festival is held in August. The Brecon Beacons and Llangynidr mountains are close by for keen walkers and cyclists, or a more leisurely walk along the canal. Llangrose lake is nearby for a range of water based activities. Crickhowel has a variety of independent shops, cafes and pubs, and a ruined castle. Brecon is a historical small market town, where the famous jazz festival is held each year. It is the perfect place for shopping, wandering, and taking in some culture at the theatre.

https://www.pontganolcottage.co.uk

 

Fferm Nantygwynfan Farm: Aeron Valley

The Nantygwynfan Farm is situated in the Aeron Valley with easy access to the Welsh Coastal path. Nantygwynfan farm has been a much loved home, business and holiday home for over 5 generations of guardianship. It is rural and peaceful within a dark sky area where the star gazing is breathtakingly beautiful. It is a tranquil environment with local wildlife and open spaces surrounding the cottages.

From a romantic escape to the country for two to a family gathering for up to ten, they have accommodation for all occasions. The cottage combines new and old perfectly so you have a truly comfortable stay. They are family and dog friendly cottages.

Ty Hughes is a charming, cosy cottage sleeping 2+ cot. It is filled with original features complimented by a hot tub in the garden

Ty Williams accommodates 8 in a 4 bedroom traditional farmhouse that has been sympathetically updated with a large private garden and hot tub.

Things to do: Only a short 7 miles from the coast you will find beautiful beaches and a host of attractive harbour towns.There are plenty of public footpaths within the village and beyond, they are only 15 minutes from the All Wales Coastal Path. Nearby are these favourite destinations: the picturesque Georgian town of Aberaeron, Cae Bach/ Gwyn beaches, Llanerchaeron National Trust, Ty Glyn Secret Garden, New Quay, Cardigan Bay and adventure activities at Llangrannog.

http://nantygwynfan.co.uk

 

Penbontbren: Llandysul

Penbontbren is a Luxury bed and breakfast in Wales towards the Preseli mountains and only 2 miles from wonderful national trust beaches. Converted from an old Welsh farm into a splendid homely guest accommodation. Meaning ‘above the wooden bridge’- Penbontbren is the ideal place to experience a break with a truly Welsh flavour. They have managed to earn a Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years with TripAdvisor, earning them a spot on the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame.

A 5 bed luxury bed and breakfast with suites of a 5* standard, each with a spacious sitting room, their own garden, king size bed and sumptuous decor and furnishings. All rooms are en-suite and include little extras that make any stay more comfortable. It is beaming with character and you can sleep in what was originally the stable, the threshing barn, the mill or even the granary. Each room has been carefully converted to maintain the traditional character of the original farm.

Things to do: Visit Constitution Hill in Aberystwyth which features the longest cliff railway in Britain and the biggest camera obscura in the world. Gain some historical knowledge from the National Coracle Centre. Enjoy some beautiful nature at The National Botanic Garden of Wales and Aberglasney Gardens, there are local Golf Clubs, and an art studio- Studio Llwyndrain. There are many small towns to visit such as Cardigan, Newcastle Emlyn, and Aberaeron. Enjoy discovering the beautiful beaches such as Penbryn, Tresaith, Aberporth, Llangrannog and Mwnt. Perfect for a leisurely stroll or a seaside treat.

https://www.penbontbren.com

 

Coedmor Cottages: Lampeter

Coedmor Cottages are based in Mid Wales within half an hour of the sea and the most picture perfect harbour towns as well as the beautiful beaches of Cardigan Bay. Blissfully nestled into the tumbling hillside with panoramic views over patchwork fields and the Teifi Valley below. The owners are passionate about this unspoilt and relatively unknown part of Wales that gets a fraction of the visitor numbers of Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia. With a stunning view and a few acres of nature to wander which are a haven for wildlife.

The Red Kite Cottage and the Woodpecker Cottage have the ultimate romantic atmosphere, having retained their traditional characterful features such as beamed ceilings and traditional stone walls. Also, why not book a few hours in the private wood fired eco hot tub? The rooms include a welcome hamper and lots of extra special touches.

Things to do: Venture out in nature with secluded ancient forests, majestic mountains, historic castles and idyllic golden beaches. For adventure seekers, enjoy white water canoeing, horse riding, hill-hiking, epic cycling routes and mountain bike trails. Take a scenic steam train journey, a gentle stroll through a nature reserve or visit one of the myriad of vibrant historic market and harbour towns.

https://www.coedmorcottages.co.uk

  

Cambrian Escapes: Llandovery

Cambrian Escapes, a trio of cottages nestled in the spectacular foothills of the Cambrian Mountains, overlooking the Brecon Beacons National Park. Duncan and Tanya moved to Penstacan in 2018 and renovated three cottages, with much love and attention to detail, creating luxurious, fun and quirky holiday homes. It offers 70 acres to explore, they want you to have the perfect escape. They are very environmentally aware, using green cleaning products, planting 200 trees to offset their carbon footprint and even offering their guests the opportunity to buy a tree to plant in Penstacan.

The cottages are furnished with super comfy beds, 400 thread count linen, luxurious bathrooms, antiques and original quirky features. Each cottage has its own distinctive character, Glan yr Afon/Riverside Cottage is an 18th century refurbished woollen mill in a streamside location. With hot tub and wood burner. The Artists Loft is a luxury converted hayloft apartment, with double height ceilings and a large balcony in a 19thcentury rambling stone barn. New York is an eclectic mezzanine cottage for two, the oldest of all the barns, with a unique array of stained glass and unusual windows. Each cottage has its own unique perks.

Things to do: Explore hidden valleys, hillsides and waterfalls. With great walks along the Brecon Beacons National Park. A circular walk around Llyn y Fan Fawr and Llyn y Fan Fach, it is here where the Lady of the Lake is said to have resided. The Cambrian Mountains are rich with stunning wild scenery, visit the Drygarn Fair from Caban Coch Reservoir, Pumlumon Fawr and the Doethie Valley. There are great cycling routes to try out, perfect for adventurers alike whether road cycling or mountain biking. Enjoy some local Castles and Churches, Carreg Cennen, NT Dinefwr and Paxton Tower. Beautiful gardens such as the National Botanical Gardens of Wales and Aberglasney. Explore market towns such as Llandeilo and Llandovery.

https://www.cambrianescapes.co.uk

 

Trallwm Forest Cottages: Llanwrtyd Wells

Trallwm Forest Cottages are set in a stunning location in the heart of Mid-Wales, central to many scenic areas. The cottages are a perfect mix of traditional Welsh buildings and converted stone barns. For over 30 years these traditional Welsh slate and stone cottages have provided a warm and comfortable base to explore the beauty and attractions of Mid Wales. A great place to stay with all you need without having to travel far to find fun packed activities to do.

They have a wide range of cottages suitable for a variety of different visitors, find the perfect cottage for you. Many are converted barns in private woodlands, with wood burning stoves and hot tubs. They give you a sense of privacy and a home from home. The perfect place to relax after an adventure filled day. They are dog and family friendly depending on which cottage you choose.

Things to do: You can go mountain biking on site, accessible directly from your cottage, there’s a game room with football table and pool table, a play trail, aimed at children aged 7-14 years old. There are 400 acres of private woodland as well as 15km of trail for you to explore on walks. It is the perfect site for birdwatching with Kestrels, Buzzards, Red Kites and Redstarts to name a few. You can experience a reflexology session and a beauty treatment including hot stones, manicures and many more. There are local attractions including Llyn Brianne Reservoir, the famous Devil’s Staircase, visit Elan Valley and walk through acres of open land to the Drygan.

  

https://www.forestcottages.co.uk

 

 

Glanusk Park: Crickhowell

Glanusk Park is situated in the beautiful countryside of the Usk Valley, Crickhowell, in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is one of the largest privately owned Estates in Wales. The entire estate consists of 400 acres of private parkland, 800 acres of forestry 3,500 acres of lowland and hill farms, the park and forestry, 16,000 acres of common land hills and 5 miles of the River Usk. It is renowned for its historical buildings and trees.

The Glanusk Estate has two self-catering cottages within the walls of the estate, set in peaceful, private gardens, a self-contained apartment in a wing of the main house with its own private access and The Tower, a luxury hideaway. The Caravan Park is a totally unique and very special, dog friendly location for caravans, motorhomes, touring vehicles and camping.

Things to do: The estate is an ideal base for touring Mid Wales, the iconic Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park where you can take part in walking, cycling, pony trekking, fishing, canoeing, golfing, history, discovery or just simply relaxing. It is only two miles from Crickhowell town, winner of the 2019 UK High Street of the Year Award. The estate hosts a number of events throughout the year such as the Green Man Festival, Rat Race, Cwtch Festival and many more.

https://www.glanuskestate.com

Dwr Y Felin, Mid Wales

Three authentically Scandinavian self catering log cabins, set on a tranquil part of a working family farm, an idyllic rural retreat. Each log cabin has it's own private hot tub with stunning views, and will sleep up to six guests in three bedrooms with three shower rooms. The stylish fully equipped kitchen with open plan dining and lounge area leads out to the patio, complete with garden furniture for long lazy afternoons. An upstairs furnished balcony is the perfect spot for morning coffee.

Take a quiet nature walk along our meandering stream with seating along the way, where there is an abundance of wildlife for you to enjoy. Our Mill pond has a jetty for an evening of watching the dragonflies dance, or if you prefer, light the outside fire pit and toast marshmallows under the stars.

Things to do: The log cabins are an ideal base for exploring the many delights mid Wales has to offer, from long sandy beaches, bustling market towns, mesmerising waterfalls, ice age lakes and mountains, to romantic castles and steam railways, oh, and some lovely ice cream parlours! A short walk from the cabins will take you down to the village shop where you will find plenty of local produce, and a little further down the road you will arrive at the local pub.

https://www.dwryfelin.co.uk

 

Penlan Lodge, Elan Vally, Mid-Wales

Set in the picturesque Mid-Wales countryside and with the back-drop of a working sheep farm, Penlan Lodges are perched high up on the hills an hour from Aberystwyth. The area is wonderfully rural and wild, meaning perfect peace, wildlife from badgers to buzzards and night skies that dazzle with their clarity. Enjoy the king-sized beds, the hot tub, the big copper bath and the firebowl.

Stylish cabins sleeping two or four people are available, with spectacular views 1000ft up in the Welsh hills, and beautifully designed.

Things to do: The area around the cabins is perfect for any kind of adventuring. You can visit Llandrindod Wells or Knighton for local shops and cafes, the Offa’s Dyke Centre for a bit of history, or walk the cycle path straight to the Elan Valley, a beautiful area for hiking and biking.

https://www.penlanlodges.com

 

FARMERS' Welsh Lavender Farm

You can now stay in style at FARMERS’ in this fully renovated van and enjoy the lavender farm year round on this wild Welsh hillside, just 10 miles north of the Brecon Beacons and 20 miles west of Hay on Wye.  Fitted with its own kitchen and bathroom and positioned alongside the FARMERS’ essential oil distillery and shop, Pantechnicon Powys has everything you need for a great escape indoors and out.

FARMERS’ is a working lavender farm. The harvest takes place in July and August, with the last distilling day in early September. Whilst the blue of the lavender is something to behold so too are the farm’s vibrant gardens year round.  Wild planting predominates making the farm a bumblebee haven with it’s wide range of flowers, orchards and kitchen garden. With each changing season new waves of colour delight the eye.

Things to do: There’s much to do here. Swim in the farm’s hillside pond at 1100 feet, walk in the fields and around the farm and venture further out onto the expansive wilderness of Mynydd Epynt. Learn how lavender is grown and it’s essential oil distilled on a self-guided tour.

Hay on Wye, the town of books, is not to be missed. Brecon and Builth Wells are within visiting distance. The area is well known for its biking, hiking and kayaking opportunities.

https://www.welshlavender.com

 

Two Valleys Retreat

A few days at Two Valleys Retreat is a few days of the most perfect peace and quiet you could wish for when glamping mid wales. You climb up Burfa Bank to where the canvas lodge sits just outside the treeline and settle into the countryside views without another soul in sight. The landscape is your stunning backdrop everywhere you go. You can fold the walls back or sit out on the deck for a scenic breakfast, cook up a BBQ feast and eat on the bench just up the hill, or fire up the hot tub and watch the stars come out in the region’s incredibly unspoilt skies.

Things to do: The trails through the trees are good for days of exploring and you’ll soon discover the Iron Age fort of Burfa Wood. For a more lengthy hike, the Offa’s Dyke path runs right across the bottom of the hill and you can follow it for miles or use it to drop you off at The Harp Inn – a dog-friendly pub with great views and food. Historic Kington, cultured Hay and foodie Ludlow are nearby, there are farm shops to raid for great local produce and a wealth of entertainment from castles to canoeing.

https://twovalleysretreat.co.uk