Spring is just around the corner

The days are lengthening at last,  and the bulbs are putting in an appearance.

Already some of our hotels’ lawns are carpeted with snowdrops and crocus.  By the time St.David’s Day arrives (March 1), the daffodils should be out in force.

Book a spring break in Wales and taste the delights of early sunshine and fresh air.  This time of the year is lovely, as the crowds have yet to arrive, and it’s possible to stroll on deserted beaches as the waves roll on the shore.

Spring sees luscious lamb on the menu too.  Welsh lamb is renowned for being rich and succulent, raised either on sweet mountain pastures or on the aromatic herbs growing on the salt marshes.

Afternoon tea by the fire is still a treat at this time of the year as well.  After a day spent enjoying the great outdoors, there’s nothing nicer than kicking back in a comfy armchair and spoiling yourself with cakes and scones.

And if you want to go the whole hog, have a glass of bubbles too.

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Romance is in the air on February 14

Chocolate dipped strawberries, candlelit dinners, roaring log fires, champagne…

Just a few of the treats in store for those who choose to book a Valentine’s escape with Welsh Rarebits members.

The tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day goes back to Chaucer’s time, that is the late fourteenth century.

It’s believed the tradition of exchanging confectionery and flowers started around this time too.

Shakespeare also references Valentine’s Day in Hamlet, and it’s mentioned in John Donne’s early poems too.

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, so it’s the perfect excuse to take a break for the whole weekend.

As the winter has been so wet and dreary, a weekend away being pampered with welcome luxuries, fine food and sumptuous spa treatments will give you and your loved one something to look forward to.

Whether you choose a grand country house hotel, a cosy pub, or a chic townhouse, you are guaranteed to find a Valentine’s break that exceeds all your expectations.