The Welsh Welcome: From Anglesey through the North (Week 4)

Written by Lisa from Fjords and Beaches as she travels through Wales experiencing the Welsh Welcome for the whole of June.

I can’t believe that I have spent 4 weeks travelling this beautiful country! In case you have missed the earlier recap of my adventure, head this way to read all about Week 1, which started in Cardiff and took me all the way to Pembokeshire, and head this way for Week 2, which saw me travel around the coast of Pembrokeshire and up to Aberystwyth. You can read all about Week 3 here, which saw me continuing up through beautiful Snowdonia to Anglesey.

I started this week on Anglesey, before I continued driving East towards England through the North of Wales. The sceneries still take my breath away, and this week I have stayed in 6 incredible hotels! Staying in the same hotels for 2 nights was a true luxury for a nomad like me, and I have loved every minute of it!

This week I have also had some visitors. My friend Louise travelled from Manchester to join me for a night in Llandudno, and then my sister came all the way from Norway to spend the weekend with me!

Hotel no. 19 – Sychnant Pass Country House

On my drive from Beaumaris to Sychnant Pass I had to stop and cross off a bucket list place from my list; visiting the train station in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch! It was so fun to spend some time trying to pronounce it, and realising that I was finally visiting that place I had seen all over my MySpace when I was young. I then continued the beautiful drive to Sychnant Pass Country Hotel.

The scenery surrounding the hotel is incredibly beautiful, and I spend some time walking around the property and looking around. My room was ready early, so I gratefully got to spend some time relaxing and taking in the pink decorations (if you want a fun, pink room; request the Aberystwyth room!). The four-poster bed welcomed me with open arms after dinner, which was an exquisite creamy risotto with cheddar bonbons (which I had not tried before!).

Sychnant Pass also has a swimming pool and jacuzzi so you can imagine how I spent the hours before dinner. The swimming pool is indoor, and at such a comfortable temperature. I spent ages just floating around in it before bringing my Kindle out to the jacuzzi to have a read and enjoy the scenery.

Hotel no. 20 – St. George’s Hotel, Llandudno

My drive the next day wasn’t long, and I headed towards Llandudno, where I was being joined by Louise, a close friend from Manchester who made the drive to come to see me. We checked into our room at the St. George’s Hotel, and spent quite some time marvelling at the view from our balcony. The room was spacious, and the bed super comfortable.

We quickly realised there were lots to do in Llandudno, and merrily went off to explore the town. I visited the Home Front Museum, and we found that the ‘real’ Alice in Wonderland, who inspired the character, used to holiday in Llandudno with her family, and so there is an Alice in Wonderland interactive trail you can follow around the town! Of course, there is also the lovely walk along the promenade.

Dinner in the evening was an experience, as we sat along the window of the restaurant looking over the ocean. Our three courses were all amazing, but I was extra happy to find tortellini on the menu! I had actually started to miss pasta after so many days of luxurious steaks and impressive cooking.

Hotel no. 21 – Manorhaus, Ruthin

The next day, before saying goodbye and heading to the next hotel, we made the short drive to Conwy to visit Conwy castle. The castle and town is a world heritage site, and it is impressive how much of the old town walls still stand. This is another of Edward I’s castles that he built arund Wales, and it is just as impressive as all the others!

I arrived at my next hotel; Manorhaus, a little later than usual, and received some super fun news when I did. Once a week they host a movie club for movie night, and they thought maybe I would like to join it. This involved a screening of the film The Post (starring Meryl Streep), and a themed 2-course dinner (matching the movie), followed by local ice cream during the film! I was so excited to get to do this, and it ended being an incredibly fun and social dining experience.

My room at Manorhaus was absolutely lovely, with stylish decorations and great bath products (the conditioner worked wonders). The next day I had plenty of advice on what to get up to, and I ended up visiting the Ruthin Gaol, which is one of the only Pentonville style prisons you can still visit today as an attraction for the public.

Hotel no. 22 – Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel

During my drive to the next hotel, I was in for a bit of a surprise, as I passed a sign that said “Welcome to England”. I thought for a minute I had taken the wrong turn and had to go back, but continued on for a little bit. I am glad I did, because at the end of my Google Maps directions I found Pen-Y-Dyffryn Country Hotel. When I entered the beautiful building I asked if I was really in England, and I was informed that yes, I was, but barely.

At the end of their car park there is a little stream, and that stream signifies the border between England and Wales! I loved this little fun fact, and smiled at realising that I was now in England, quite literally staring back at Wales.

Pen-y-Dyffryn is a lovely and cosy country hotel, where you are made to feel right at home. I really enjoyed my dinner in the evening and met some fellow hotel guests who all raved about the place. Some had even stayed there several times. For dinner, I had the duck, which was really tasty and accompanied by a pasnip mash (my favourite vegetable). It was a very good evening, to say the least.

Hotel no. 23 – Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa is the place where I was lucky enough to get to spend two days. My sister came to join me for the weekend, and we couldn’t have had a better time. We stayed in a large room with a sitting area and incredible views of the lake, and the place had such a serenity to it we almost didn’t want to leave when Sunday came. We spent the weekend relaxing, enjoying the peacefulness of the Lake, and sampling our fair share of wine from the extensive wine list.

As you can tell from the photos, the views really were spectacular, and we loved getting to look out over the lake and its fairytale-like tower at every meal, and from our room. Lake Vyrnwy also has a spa, which we made sure to make use of. I opted for a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage, which really saved the day when it came to my poor neck who sleeps in a new hotel bed every night (my life is so hard, right?).

After my massage, my sister and I spent some time on the spa terrace, reading magazines and simply basking in the sun. We also tested their refreshing steam room and whirlpool.

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa has two restaurants, and since we were staying for 2 nights, we got to try both of them! The Tower Restaurant is their fine dining establishment, where we had an incredible 3-course meal alongside the stunning views from the hotel. The Tavern Brasserie also serves amazing food, but in a more relaxed atmosphere. There really is something for every taste at Lake Vyrnwy!

Hotel no. 24 – The Hand at Llanarmon

After saying goodbye to my sister, it was time to head off alone again. I made the drive through the beautiful countryside and ended up at my next destination; the Hand at Llanarmon. This lovely place was such a nice welcome after the drive to Shrewsbury and back (to drop my sister off at the train station), and I was extatic when I saw the size of the bed I would be enjoying all on my own.

Before dinner I made the short drive to the Pistyll Rhaedr Waterfall, which is said to be the tallest single drop waterfall in the United Kingdom, and considered to be one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Wales’. The 25-minute drive was breathtaking itself, and I had to stop the car several times to marvel at the view. The roundtrip took no more than an hour, and it was worth the visit and the sights along the way!

Dinner was an experience, and I was treated to a starter I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. A Mature Welsh Cheddar Brulee was on the menu, and being the cheese lover that I am, I couldn’t say no. It was followed by a traditional and delicious Sunday roast (sirloin beef), and I couldn’t recommend it enough. After dinner it was finally time to crawl into my big bed, and I had such a good night’s sleep, which woke me up feeling so refreshed and ready for a new day (and for the amazing breakfast at the Hand).

I hope you are planning to continue to follow my adventures around Wales, because they aren’t done yet! Make sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram, and to check back here on the blog next week!

— Lisa from Fjords and Beaches

The Welsh Welcome: Snowdonia and Anglesey (Week 3)

Written by Lisa from Fjords and Beaches as she travels through Wales experiencing the Welsh Welcome for the whole of June.

Another amazing week in Wales has passed, and I have stayed in 7 more incredible hotels. In case you missed my recap of the first two weeks of testing the Welsh Welcome, head this way to read all about Week 1, which started in Cardiff and took me all the way to Pembrokeshire, and head this way for Week 2, which saw me travel around the coast of Pembrokeshire and up to Aberystwyth.

I started this week in Snowdonia National Park, and I can only say one thing about the drives I have had from hotel to hotel; stunning! What a beautiful and green landscape. I have had to pull over to the side of the road several times in order to take it all in, and share it all on my travel Instagram.

The hotels of this week have been stunning, too. From old stately homes to architectural wonders, there is something for everyone on this list, I swear!

Hotel no. 12 – Penmaenuchaf Hall

From the gates and the drive up to the main entrance, Penmaenuchaf Hall took my breath away. I was in no way prepared for such a fairytale of a hotel and was giddy with excitement as I walked inside. This place has an atmosphere that takes you back 100 years, to a time of butlers and private libraries, and as the Downton Abbey fan I am; this was right down my street.

My room was spacious and with stunning views of Snowdonia. The 20 acres of land surrounding Penmaenuchaf made for great walking trails, and you can even have a look at their very own beehives. The honey from these bees can be purchased at the hotel.

Dinner at Penmaenuchaf Hall was an experience in its own. I was asked to have a seat in the drawing room before entering the dining room, which made me feel quite like in an episode of Downton Abbey. In the drawing room, I was treated to hors-d’oeuvres whilst browsing the menu for the evening, and the experience was topped off when one of the owners herself took my order for dinner, explaining that “this is what I love to do”.

Hotel no. 13 – Portmeirion Hotel & Village

Driving down to this hotel I was incredibly confused. I had not done enough research to really understand where I was heading, and the Italian village of Portmeirion stood out to me against the cliffs overlooking the estuary of River Dwyryd. My confusion continued as I noticed all the incredible details in the architecture, and I quickly asked once I reached the reception.

I was informed that Portmeirion is an Italian-inspired village envisioned by architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, with interesting details, beautiful colours everywhere and stunning views across the estuary of River Dwyryd. Once I had calmed my confusion a little, I was ready to take in the beautiful scenery and architecture of the village and spent the day walking through cobbled streets, admiring the colourful buildings, and having a bellini down by the waterfront.

Dinner was absolutely lovely and I really enjoyed the great service in the restaurant. Afterwards, I retired to sit and relax outside the Portmeirion hotel, and spend the evening looking at the estuary filling with water, and loved chatting to other visitors who were enjoying their stay.

Hotel no. 14 – Castle Cottage

I drove towards my next hotel almost right after breakfast the following day, as there was something quite important in the nearby area I wanted to explore. Castle Cottage is literally a stone’s throw away from Harlech Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and location I had been very eager to start exploring. I had already announced my excitement on Instagram, and Glyn at Castle Cottage had already seen it and made sure that my room was ready early! I was so happy and incredibly grateful at this – what incredible service!

After being shown to my room and given some information about the place (such as the buildings including the old mill house, which supplied Harlech Castle back in the day, and the beams in my room being the original ones!), I cried out as I saw the most exciting thing of all; I could see the castle from my bedroom window! Definitely one of the highlights of the day!

I spent the day exploring the castle, learning interesting facts and gushing over how impressive it must have been in its glory days. After a long day, it was time for dinner, and I was treated to the 5-course tasting menu at Castle Cottage, which included an incredible asparagus soup, succulent lamb and the best goat’s cheese dish I’ve tried. The meal left me incredibly full, and I slept like an angel in my massive bed knowing I had the castle just outside my window. I swear I fell asleep dreaming of Margaret of Anjou and her court, which she held at Harlech in the summer of 1460..

Hotel no. 15 – Porth Tocyn

I followed the coastline all the way out to Abersoch and checked into Porth Tocyn Country House Hotel. From here I had the Wales Coast Path at my doorstep and incredible views across Cardigan Bay to the mountains of Snowdonia. The sun was shining, and it didn’t take me long before my trainers were on and I was out the door.

The walk along the coastline was absolutely stunning, and I had to stop several times just to take it all in. It was a lovely, sunny day, and I walked along the cliffs, staring out into the ocean and meeting loads of sheep and cows along the way. I thought that this is what serenity must feel like! When I got back to Porth Tocyn, I grabbed a glass of wine and sat out in the sun editing my photos from the walk.

The dinner at the hotel restaurant was incredible, and I tried ‘risotto bonbons’ for the first time. This was an incredibly fun and inventive dish, and I really enjoyed it. Paired with just the right glass of red, this was a dinner to remember. This hotel is the perfect stay if you want beautiful walks and hikes at your doorstep, and end the day with a great meal.

Hotel no. 16 – Ty’n Rhos

On the way to my next hotel, I stopped at the famous Caernarfon Castle. This was one of the biggest castles I had visited so far on this Welsh adventure, and I spent quite a while exploring it. Once I got to Ty’n Rhos I was ready to sit back and relax, and this couldn’t have been a more perfect place for it. From their gardens and conservatory, you can see all across to the Island of Anglesey, and I spent quite some time enjoying the sunshine and the amazing views.

Ty’n Rhos is an old farmhouse, and when walking around the hotel you can still see the thickness of the walls from the original building. The extensions keep the charming traditions alive while giving you all the comforts of a modern country house hotel. My bed, in particular, was incredibly comfortable, and I kind of wish I could have taken it with me!

In the evening, I was treated to a great 3-course dinner. They had a super fun starter that was basically ‘Beetroot 3 ways’, and displayed quite an interesting and imaginative use of beetroot, paired with delicious goat’s cheese. Upon leaving I made a mental note of the interior of my room, as it was so elegantly decorated that I want to keep that in mind for my own apartment!

Hotel no. 17 – Tre-Ysgawen Hotel and Spa

It was time to head to Anglesey, and my first stop on the island was right in the middle of it. Tre-Ysgawen Hall is a luxurious former stately home where you’ll want for nothing. It didn’t take me long after arrival before I had walked through every single hallway that wasn’t marked with ‘Private’, studied every single photo on the wall, booked a massage in the spa, and situated myself comfortably in the library with my MacBook to get some work done.

My massage was absolute heaven, and I only wished it could have been a little longer (don’t we always?). I spent my day at Tre-Ysgawen walking the grounds (21 acres to enjoy), reading in the library, and having photoshoots on the staircase (#NoShame).

Dinner was an experience on its own, and worth visiting Tre-Ysgawen for even if you aren’t a staying guest. I was served the best soup ever as a pre-starter (Sweet Onion) and was quite disappointed in myself when the Head Chef later told me that I could have asked for more of it. By then I was so full after the amazing dinner that I didn’t stand a chance. They have 2 restaurants open for dinner, and I dined at Nöelle in the evening. For lunch, their Clock Tower Café serves lighter bites (the ciabatta is heavenly).

Hotel no. 18 – The Bull, Beaumaris

For my final night of the week, it was time to visit another castle! The Bull is a historic hotel located in Beaumaris, which is also home to Beaumaris Castle, aka the ‘Greatest Castle that was Never Built’! Beaumaris Castle is said to be the perfect textbook example of what a castle should be, but sadly it was never completed. The history of the castle stretches all the way down the street to the Bull, previously Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn.

The Bull, and the accompagnying boutique hotel The Townhouse, is a place of historic value and fun facts (yayy!). Charles Dickens has stayed there, and General Mytton made it his headquarters during the siege of Beaumaris Castle in the Civil War. You know I was a happy girl after hearing that, I practically live for this stuff! My room was in the loft of the Townhouse, and I absolutely loved it.

The Bull has two restaurants; The Loft and The Coach. I dined at the latter, and dinner couldn’t have been better. It was finished off with a ‘Spring Mess’, and if you know me, you’ll know that any version of the Eton Mess is a favourite! Staying at the Bull was definitely an experience, and I hope to go back and stay in one of their Charles Dicken’s themed rooms one day.

I hope you are planning to continue to follow my adventures around Wales, because they aren’t done yet! Make sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram, and to check back here on the blog next week!

— Lisa from Fjords and Beaches

The Welsh Welcome: Around the Pembrokeshire coast to Aberystwyth (Week 2)

Written by Lisa from Fjords and Beaches as she travels through Wales experiencing the Welsh Welcome for the whole of June.

The second week of my Welsh adventure is over, and I can’t believe how fast time has gone, or how lucky I am to get to explore this beautiful country and stay in such amazing and unique places. This week I have stayed in a hotel that has been on my bucket list forever, I have experienced beautiful sunsets over the ocean, and looked for the remnants of a dead elephant buried in the backyard of one of the hotels! Read on to find out which is which!

This week, my little rental car has taken me all around the Pembrokeshire coast, which is one of Wales’ National Parks. The drives have been breathtaking, and the places I have gotten to explore even better. This truly is such a stunning part of the country, and being back for the first time in 6 years was so special.

For the first few days of this week I was joined by a friend from home, and I loved getting to experience the Welsh Welcome with her, and I really appreciated getting a second opinion on all the amazing places I have seen!

Hotel no. 5 – St. Brides, Saundersfoot

As you may remember from last week’s post, I used to live in Saundersfoot when I came to Wales at 17 to do an exchange year. During my year there, I would look up at the majestic hotel at the top of the cliff overlooking the town and think that “one day I hope to stay there!”

Well, that wish came true, and Monday afternoon I checked into St. Brides Spa Hotel!

My friend and I checked into our room and spent some time marvelling at the stunning views of the beach and Saundersfoot. I don’t think there is any better place in the area to get such a view, and so we took our sweet time out on our balcony, drinking wine and catching up.

For dinner, we were treated to a three-course meal, which didn’t disappoint. Our orders were different as night and day, which makes it so easy for me to simply say that the food was amazing! What made it even better was how the restaurant has glass walls facing the harbour, so you eat your food with the same stunning views as I mentioned before, and if you time it well (like we did), you’ll also catch the sunset during dessert.

A stay at St. Brides isn’t complete without a trip to the spa. We made sure to book our time in the spa (complimentary for all staying guests), and I also booked in for a cheeky treatment. My massage was heavenly, and we really enjoyed our time in the infinity pool and relaxation suite. In the latter, they have testers out for different face masks and scrubs, so we got to lounge around in our robes with mud masks on, feeling like princesses.

Hotel no. 6 – Twr y Felin, St. Davids

On our way to the next hotel, we stopped in Tenby for a little bit to explore the beautiful town and its beaches. Tenby is actually where Henry VII escaped from when he went into exile during the War of the Roses, and an incredibly beautiful place.

Then it was onwards to the Twr y Felin in St. Davids; also known as the smallest city in the United Kingdom! Twr y Felin is a modern hotel, but with historic roots. One of the suites is actually in the old windmill of St. Davids.

The hotel had amazing art everywhere, and most of it was commissioned especially for the Twr y Felin. In the evening, we were excited to eat at the Blas Restaurant, which is an award-winning Two Rosette restaurant! Here, we were treated to amazing dishes, and I was so glad there were two of us so we could sample several of them.

The hotel is based in St. Davids, where they have a beautiful cathedral (and hence, the city title). The city of St. Davids only has around 1800 inhabitants, actually! The Cathedral is stunning, and worth a visit if you are in the area.

During our stay at Twr y Felin, we also headed out on a boat trip to Skomer Island, also known as Puffin Island, due to the 30000 puffins that inhabit it! This was a super fun experience and the end of a great stay!

Hotel no. 7 – Llys Meddyg, Newport

The next day it was time for the first “restaurant with rooms” on the trip, which is something I was very excited for! Llys Meddyg in Newport did not disappoint, and after a busy day in St. Davids it didn’t take my friend long until she had drawn a bath, and I had jumped on the bed to relax (and get some work done).

We were quite excited for dinner, and with good reason. You know you are having dinner at an outstanding restaurant when both the risotto and the steak are amazing! We had such a great dining experience at Llys Meddyg, and I strongly recommend it if you are in the Newport area.

In Newport and the surrounding area there are some, and on our drive to the next hotel, we stopped at Penbryn Beach, which is located between Newport and Aberaeron (our next destination). This beach is incredibly beautiful, and I’m so glad we took some time to see it.

Hotel no. 8 – Harbourmaster, Aberaeron

How’s this for a view from bed?

Our next hotel was The Harbourmaster. Located in a Grade II Listed building that once controlled the traffic of the Aberaeron Harbour, this place took our breath away. Our room had the best views of the harbour, apparently, and we were quick to open up the massive windows facing it.

One of the things I loved about the Harbourmaster was their complimentary tea, coffee and cakes for all hotel guests from 3-5pm every day. Such a nice little treat after a day of exploring Aberaeron! We spent our day lounging in the sun shining through into our hotel room, and went for a nice little walk around town.

While at the Harbourmaster I also had my first bath of the trip, and it was about time! I have seen so many incredible tubs while visiting all of these amazing hotels, but I hadn’t had the time to get in and relax. So while at the Harbourmaster I grabbed a glass of wine and my Kindle, and had a nice, long bath before dinner. All their toiletries were Molton Brown, which made the bath just heavenly.

Hotel no. 9 – Y Talbot, Tregaron

My friend left me the morning before I jetted off to Tregaron for my next hotel, and so I got in my car alone to drive into the countryside. What waited for me there was an interesting Inn with some incredible fun facts.

If you have been following my adventures on Instagram, you’ll know that I absolutely love a good fun fact, and Y Talbot did not disappoint in this matter. The older part of the hotel (pictured below) dates back to the 1600s, and you can still have a drink in the old bar! President Carter has stayed there, and just wait until I tell you what’s in thebackyardd.

In 1848, a circus came through Tregaron, and sadly, one of their elephants died during their stay. That elephant was buried in the yard behind Y Talbot! How random is that?

The Y Talbot was a super cozy hotel with great food, and with a story like that, what’s not to like?

Hotel no. 10 – The Falcondale, Lampeter

The drive up to the Falcondale was enough to make me realise that I was going to be very happy there. This luxurious hotel was a family home a long time ago, and I can only imagine what it was like to live there! I arrived early and got to get a taste of it, however, as I sat down in a chair by one of the fireplaces to relax while I waited.

In addition to a beautiful house that’s over 150 years old, the Falcondale has 14 acres of greeneries you can enjoy. I made sure to spend some time walking around the gardens after breakfast, and walking along the woodland paths and listening to the chirping of the birds was such a relaxing experience.

Dinner was splendid, and I felt right at home at the Falcondale. From my room, I had incredible views of the gardens and surrounding fields, and I loved waking up to look over it all. Every inch of the place has been cared for, and you could tell that nothing at the Falcondale was left to chance. Several guests also had their dogs with them during their stay, as the Falcondale prides themselves as being incredibly pet-friendly.

Hotel no. 11 – Gwesty Cymru, Aberystwyth

The final hotel of the week brought back many memories for me. I was staying at the Gwesty Cymru in Aberystwyth, where I had visited before as a student. In addition to getting to relive fond memories of friends and good times in this beautiful town, the weather was absolutely incredible.

Upon arrival, I was greeted with incredible friendliness and got to spend some time relaxing and soaking up the sunshine in the front garden. Aberystwyth is so beautiful in the summer, and the Gwesty Cymru couldn’t have a better location! The views from my room were stunning, and the view from the bath tub were just as good.

After dinner (steak with blue cheese sauce – absolutely amazing) I was lucky enough to get to see an amazing sunset over the ocean. I then proceeded to jump in, and it was surprisingly refreshing! I went to bed with the windows open, and got to listen to the waves crashing in over the sand as I fell asleep. Better than any meditation app.

I hope you are planning to continue to follow my adventures around Wales, because they aren’t done yet! Make sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram, and to check back here on the blog next week!

— Lisa from Fjords and Beaches

The Welsh Welcome: From Cardiff to Pembrokeshire (Week 1)

Written by Lisa from Fjords and Beaches as she travels through Wales experiencing the Welsh Welcome.

As you may know if you follow Welsh Rarebits on Instagram, I have officially started my adventure across this beautiful country, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. If you need a little more backstory as to why exactly I am spending the next month travelling Wales and testing out the luxury hotels in the Rarebits Collection, you can head this way and read the first blog post I wrote for this blog, where I introduced myself and my ‘mission’.

If you can’t be bothered with that, here’s the brief low down. My name is Lisa, and I am a travel blogger from Norway. I have previously lived in Pembrokeshire as an exchange student, and love everything about Wales! I am currently travelling across the whole country staying in the gorgeous hotels in the Welsh Rarebits Collection while testing the Welsh Welcome (which is said to be one of the best).

Every day I share my experiences on Instagram (both my own; Fjords and Beaches and the Welsh Rarebits one), Facebook (head this way) and Twitter. In addition to that, I will be publishing these weekly blog posts for the next 4 weeks, outlining in more detail which hotels I have been staying at and how the experience has been.

So let’s get to it, shall we?

Hotel no. 1 – Holm House, Penarth

My first night in Wales set the bar high. I checked into beautiful Holm House in Penarth, located with beautiful views over the Bristol Channel. My room absolutely took my breath away, and I was treated to a suite with 2 balconies and stunning views. I was really happy to start my adventure here and spent my time at Holm House relaxing, drinking their speciality gin tonics, and going for walks around the beautiful area.

During my stay, I was also treated to an Indian Head Massage at their lovely spa, which I couldn’t recommend enough. Holm House is the perfect getaway, just a short drive from the centre of Cardiff.

Hotel no. 2 – No. 10, Cardiff

From Holm House I headed into the city and was excited to get a taste of urban life before I was to head out of Cardiff again. I checked into No. 10 Cardiff and was excited to be told that I was to stay in the Venetian Suite during my time there. The room was large and beautiful, and I knew I was going to get a good night’s sleep in the massive bed.

From No. 10, I had Cardiff on my doorstep, and I loved it! The hotel is a quick 5-minute walk from Cardiff Castle, and I made sure to take advantage of it. I spent my day in the city taking a tour of the castle, joining a city bus tour, and getting some shopping done. This is the perfect hotel for a city break in Cardiff!

Dinner was lovely, and I got to enjoy the set menu for the evening. The highlight of the evening was definitely the Eton Mess (followed closely by the beetroot tortelloni), paired with a local band playing Irish folk music! It made for such a lovely atmosphere and a truly special dinner.

Hotel no. 3 – The Cawdor, Llandeilo

As projected, I was due out in the Welsh countryside on my 3rd day. And the further I drove, the bigger the smile on my face. I checked into The Cawdor in Llandeilo thinking this place is straight out of a fairytale, and it didn’t take me long before I had located Dinefwr Park and Newton House. I spent the whole day walking around Llandeilo, gushing and awing at the beauty of Newton House, and taking photos of the beautiful greeneries surrounding it.

Back at The Cawdor, I was treated to the best sirloin steak I have had in ages, and it truly was a meal to remember. I couldn’t recommend the restaurant enough, and the staff were incredibly friendly and hospitable. They recommended places to go in the area, and nice walks I could take, and I truly felt like a long-lost friend visiting.

After dinner, I proceeded to sleep like a princess in my four-poster bed (#DreamsComeTrue), and woke up feeling so relaxed and ready to take on my next adventure!

Hotel no. 4 – The Corran, Laugharne

Just an hour drive from Llandeilo, I arrived at the Corran Spa and Hotel with excitement. This hotel truly feels like it is in the middle of nowhere, which was just what I was hoping for! The buildings of this old working farm date back to the 1700s, and I was in awe the minute I walked through the reception doors (and was greeted with a glass of champagne).

The Corran is surrounded by beautiful nature and marshlands, and the only thing you can hear are the birds chirping and the odd cow letting you know she is there too. This is the perfect place for a country getaway, particularly if you want to get away in order to do nothing but relax. You will be able to enjoy the spa (with a pool and jacuzzi) or relax with one of their treatments (I had the neck, back and shoulder massage, and it was absolute heaven).

Their restaurant offers some delicious choices, and I was completely blown away by the dessert (if you head to this Twitter post, you’ll understand why). I wish I could have stayed here with my Kindle for another week, and couldn’t recommend it enough for a getaway.

Why only 4 hotels this week?

You may be wondering why I am only staying at 4 hotels this week, and not 7. Well, I am currently in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, where I lived as an exchange student during Sixth Form. I will be spending the weekend with my host family, who I haven’t seen in years, which is why I won’t be staying at any of the hotels in the Rarebits Collection this weekend. But come Monday, I’m checking in to a new one, and I can’t wait!

Make sure to watch this space for the next blog post, and to follow my adventures in Wales on social media!

— Lisa from Fjords and Beaches