Seven Sensational Spring Stays

With the worst of the weather out the way, it’s the perfect time to plan a reviving spring getaway in Wales. The rolling green hills, sandy beaches and lush forests make our beautiful nation ideal for a holiday at any time of the year – but Wales is particularly magical during the spring months.

If you’re planning a Welsh getaway of your own in the next few weeks, check out the following list for some accommodation inspiration.

Summer Hill, Betws-y-Coed

The pretty riverside village of Betws-y-Coed can be found in Snowdonia, bordered by the Gwydir Forest Park. There are plenty of places to stay here, but a particular highlight is Summer Hill, a boutique hotel housed in a late Victorian country house. The traditional bedrooms have been given a modern twist and each boasts an ensuite bathroom and gorgeous views.

Cwmllechwedd Fawr, Llanbister

Cwmllechwedd Fawr is all about simple charm. Tucked away in the hills of central Wales, this secluded farmhouse offers quiet, luxurious accommodation with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Choose between three ensuite rooms in the main bed & breakfast, or a cosy self-catering cottage.

Tŷ Bae, Holyhead

Tŷ Bae is a bed & breakfast situated on the western coast of Anglesey, on the scenic Trearddur Bay. With just three rooms – each of which boasts a king-size bed, rain shower and balcony – this establishment promises a quiet, intimate stay with some stunning views. And with a beach just on your doorstep, you’re in the perfect location for water sports, hiking and – given the right weather – a spot of swimming.

Manor Town House, Fishguard

Head to the picturesque town of Fishguard in Pembrokeshire and you can enjoy a stay at the 4-star Manor Town House. A boutique B&B with some excellent sea views, this establishment promises an ensuite bathroom, Egyptian cotton sheets, a flat screen television, and a locally sourced breakfast.

St Katharine’s House, Milford Haven

Another fantastic Pembrokeshire establishment can be found in Milford Haven. St Katherine’s House has just two rooms – both of which have been carefully decorated with a blend of traditional and modern features. There’s plenty to explore in the surrounding area, and with packed lunches available from the B&B you’ll be well fed.

Lincoln House Hotel, Cardiff

Not all spring getaways in Wales have to be seaside or rural. If you’re seeking a more vibrant location, head to Cardiff and spend a few nights at the Lincoln House Hotel. Situated next to the parkland along the River Taff, this bed & breakfast is close to a number of restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. For the ultimate luxury break, book the penthouse and make use of the lounge and kitchen.

Llanrhaeadr Springs, Denbigh

This spa hotel and popular wedding venue is situated just outside Denbigh in northern Wales. Book a spring getaway here, and you can enjoy a number of luxury spa treatments centring on the skincare brand Thalgo. The hotel has a restaurant, which is housed in the old stable blocks, and the quirky accommodation comes in the form of rustic Shepherds’ Huts and the cosy Dovecot cottage.

 

Wales with your Dog: 5 Unmissable and Unique Experiences

The 1st of April may be April Fools’ Day, but if you’re an animal lover you may associate it with the beginning of National Pet Month. Across the country our furry friends are gearing up for 30 days of extra special walkies, tummy scratches and tasty treats.

For the Welsh Rarebits team, National Pet Month is the perfect excuse to explore the beautiful landscapes of Wales with our canine companions. If you’re a dog lover planning a trip to our part of the world in the next few weeks, check out the five brilliant experiences listed below – they’re guaranteed to give you paws for thought…

Visiting Gelert’s grave

Beddgelert, Snowdonia, North Wales

Gelert was a legendary Welsh dog who lived in the 13th century. Mistakenly killed before his time, he was greatly mourned by his owner Prince Llywelyn. Today you can visit his grave as part of the River Glaslyn walking trail. Head to the village of Beddgelert (which, unsurprisingly, translates to “the grave of Gelert”) and you can take a scenic stroll along the banks of the Glaslyn, looping away from the river briefly to visit the memorial stones. As you’d expect, the trail is dog-friendly; it’s also worth mentioning that it’s suited to walkers of all ability levels, and set against the stunning backdrop of Mount Snowdon.

Pet-friendly properties nearby: Saracen’s Head, Ty’n Rhos, Sychnant Pass Country House, Bryn Tyrch Inn, Plas Dinas, Summer Hill.

Outdoor attractions

Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire

Wales is a magnet for lovers of the great outdoors – and that includes the four-legged variety. Assuming your pooch is reasonably well-behaved, they’ll be welcome at a variety of places that’ll delight both you and your pet. Historic Wales has a fantastic selection of castles to visit, for example, where you can marvel at ancient battlements while Rover enjoys the bracing fresh air. Raglan Castle in the Vale of Usk, and Carmarthenshire’s Laugharne Castle are two great examples.

Pet-friendly properties nearby: Llansantffraed Court, The Bear, Wilton Court, Cwm Pelved House, Cabalva Mill Cottage.

Dog-friendly hotels

Dog friendly hotels Wales

Wales is a nation of dog lovers, so it’s no surprise that a huge number of hotels here are pet-friendly. For the ideal stay, book a hotel surrounded by gardens and woodland open to dogs. Some establishments will even go the extra mile to supply features like complimentary dog beds, so it’s worth researching before you finalise that booking. We have a fantastic selection of dog-friendly Welsh Rarebits Hotels, Great Little Places and Rare Hideaways!

Beach hopping in Pembrokeshire

Newport North Beach from the Parrog Pembrokeshire South Coast

Pembrokeshire has over 50 gorgeous beaches, and all of them are dog friendly! If you have a dog who loves frolicking in the waves, book yourself a trip to this beautiful part of the world and plan some seaside walks. Particularly special spots include Marloes and Newport Sands – although it’s hard to go wrong. In the summer months, some beaches put restrictions on areas open to dogs, but it shouldn’t limit your furry friend’s adventuring too much.

Pet-friendly properties nearby: Llys Meddyg, Fishguard Bay Resort, Warpool Court.

Travel by train

Ffestiniog Railway, Snowdonia, North Wales

The Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway are two historic train lines that carry passengers through scenic areas of Snowdonia. If you travel in the third class portion of either train, you’re allowed to bring a dog aboard – and each pup is only charged £3 for the journey.

Wherever you end up travelling with your canine companion, just remember to pack water, a camera and plenty of snacks! A day out exploring the stunning landscapes of Wales can be exhausting for humans and dogs alike…

Pet-friendly properties nearby: Saracen’s Head, Ty’n Rhos, Sychnant Pass Country House, Bryn Tyrch Inn, Plas Dinas, Summer Hill.

 

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