Welsh Rarebits and Great Little Places members came away from the AA Hospitality Awards 2017 with a clutch of accolades last night.
The prestigious event was held in London and was attended by world-renowned chefs, prominent hoteliers and restaurateurs, hospitality gurus and key media. The Awards are a highlight in the industry calendar and recognises the excellent service provided by the very best establishments.
Wales’ first contemporary art hotel, Twr y Felin Hotel, was awarded AA Hotel of the Year, Wales.
The stunning Mansion House received AA Guest Accommodation of the Year, Wales.
Bryn Tyrch Inn is one of our newest members and triumphed in the Pub of the Year (Wales) category.
Wales is full of breathtaking coastlines with endless stretches of golden sand and beautiful clear water. With our pick of the top five to visit, you’ll never need to travel abroad for a relaxing beach break again.
1. Abersoch, Llyn Peninsula
Located in the Llyn Peninsula, the peace and beauty of the beach will be sure to capture your heart. The area has been designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and we can see why. The sheltered conditions are ideal for sunbathing and watersports alike, and the beach is a popular destination for international events like sailing, wakeboarding and windsurfing.
Why not stay at Porth Tocyn Hotel in Abersoch? The coastal location and superb views make it the perfect place to spend a summer weekend.
2. Harbour Beach Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Tenby is host to several glorious beaches, but this is our personal favourite. Tenby North is an enclosed golden beach that creates a glorious suntrap, even in the colder weather. The beach surrounding the prominent Goskar rock is overlooked by Tenby town and the impressive North Cliffs. Offering superb views over Carmarthen Bay, we can see why it is such a popular tourist destination. It has even received a coveted Blue Flag for its cleanliness.
Elm Grove is just minutes away from Tenby and offers the perfect combination of feeling secluded whilst being so close to the town.
3. New Quay Beach, Cardigan Bay
The seaside resort of New Quay is renowned for being the inspiration of the famous Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. With its pretty harbour and stunning beaches, it has become an extremely popular visitor attraction. The area is also home to the UK’s largest pod of dolphins, making it the perfect place to take a boat trip and enjoy some wildlife spotting this summer.
4. Cefn Sidan, Camarthenshire
Cefn Sidan translates to ‘silk back’, which accurately describes the smooth eight-mile stretch of golden sand. Located within Pembrey Country Park, the beach is surrounded by a belt of impressive sand dunes that are a site of Special Scientific Interest. It’s ideal for long walks, and there are also many historical shipwrecks to explore – the most visible being the SV Paul, dating back to 1919. This beach is also easily accessible making it a great spot for family trips.
5. Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire
The wide sandy beach and harbour is situated in front of the quaint village of Saundersfoot. It’s a beautiful and tranquil place during the summer months, and should therefore be a definite on your list to visit this year. As another Blue Flag beach, it’s the perfect place to go for a refreshing dip in the clear water. The gradual slope of sand also creates plenty of safe paddling opportunities for children.
Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa for activities along the lake including cycling, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, bird watching (the hotel is set in a 24,000 acre RSPB reserve) and many more water activities.
Gliffaes Country House in the Brecon Beacons for a spot of fishing on the River Usk, they have 1.5 miles of trout and salmon fishing exclusively.
Castle Cottage in Harlech has the famous Royal St Davids golf course nearby to test Dad’s skills.
If he’s a pet lover, why not take the dog along with him to The Falcondale in Lampeter, with 14 acres of lawns, gardens and woodland on site to explore.
Relax at St Brides Spa Hotel in Saundersfoot whilst treating him to a session in the alfresco Hydrotherapy pool which is heated to body temperature.
Harbourmaster in Aberaeron – make sure he makes use of the mountain bike for some serious adventure in the local area. There are two mountain bikes available at the hotel for guests to use free of charge! Ask Glyn for some local cycle routes.
Indulge in the award winning real ales and ciders on tap at Y Talbot in Tregaron, the heart of the Cambrian Mountains. You could even stretch to a hearty meal in this historic and characterful Inn.
Cycling recommended at Harbourmaster, Aberaeron
Real Ales & Ciders at Y Talbot, Tregaron
Alfresco Hydrotherapy pool at St Brides Spa, Saundersfoot
Can’t decide which destination to choose, check out our gift vouchers, he can use these towards booking his favorite break.
Enter our competition on Twitter and Facebook – just tell us where you would take your Dad using #WelshRarebitDads for a chance to win a £100 gift voucher. We will pick the winner on Monday 13th June and will post the gift voucher immediately so you can give it to your dad on Father’s Day – Sunday 19th June.
Welsh Wine Week – Sat 28th May – Sun 5th June 2016
Yes, that’s right, Wales has an official Wine Week to celebrate its award winning vineyards and to promote the growing wine sector in Wales.
Have you ever tasted a Welsh Wine? You really should, Welsh vineyards have been rewarded with several prestigious national and international awards. The Welsh Wine industry produces over 100,000 bottles of wine each year and many visitors to Wales take in a tour with tasting sessions as part of Wine Trail Wales. Wine Trail Wales presents the very best of Welsh vineyards, split into three regions to allow the visitor to travel through Wales and learn about the complete wine-making process as well as sample the wine, which is the most important part!
Throughout Welsh Wine Week there will be tours and tastings running at most of the Welsh vineyards, why not visit one of them? You may find your new favourite wine, and with many vineyards with their own Cellar Door (shop) you can take a bottle or ten home with you.
One of our favourites is Jabajak Vineyard near Whitland in Carmarthenshire. Not only does this vineyard offer tours and tastings, they are also a 5 star Restaurant with Rooms and part of the Welsh Rarebits Collection. Set in the heart of the Carmarthenshire countryside, Jabajak is an eclectic mix of Welsh and worldwide influences reflecting the travels of friendly hosts Amanda and Julian.
Amanda says ‘our carefully hand-picked blend of Phoenix and Seyval grapes are grown in our top vineyard that slopes gently south to face the fresh west wales sea breeze. They are slowly pressed then fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures to maximise quality, then expertly blended to produce a delicate well-balanced crisp wine with fabulous elderflower notes’.
Their wine is labelled ‘The White House’ and this is very fitting as the history of the farmhouse at Jabajak Vineyard dates back many years and has links to past American presidents. The full story of their White House connection is told on their website and it is well worth a read.
If you would like to visit Jabajak Vineyard for a tour, tasting or an overnight stay they have a range of options available to you. They offer self-guided and guided tours of the vineyards daily from 2.30pm, Cellar Door and Lounge tastings accompanied by antipasti platters and luxury accommodation with a-la-carte dinner.
And arriving just in time to celebrate Welsh Wine Week is their Welsh Blush Sparkling.
Caemorgan Mansion Guest House has been named the 9th best B&B in the UK and 17th in the world in the prestigious Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2016.
Almost 100 per cent of visitors to Cardigans only five Star AA graded guest house, which is a member of the Welsh Rarebits collection of independent, luxury hotels and guest houses, rated the classically-styled accommodation as excellent.
The guest house, which is run on green energy, offers warm welcoming rooms and exceptional quality food in a tastefully restored 19thcentury mansion. Located just minutes away from the coast, a stay at Caemorgan Mansion is ideal for guests looking to explore nearby Cardigan Bay and Pembrokeshire or indulge in some dolphin watching from Mwnt beach.
Double rooms start at £110 a night.
Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards 2016, Caemorgan Mansion, Cardigan Coast, Wales, Part of the Welsh Rarebits Collection
Caemorgan is a luxury small mansion that redefines the concept of guest house. An inspired restoration has created warm, super-comfortable accommodation with all the features of a top hotel. Interesting hosts – and exceptional food that has never seen a HP sauce bottle.
The kitchen is totally self-sufficient with David Harrison-Wood, a remarkably good cook – actually, deserves the appellation ‘chef’ – creating cleverly flavoured, well-balanced dishes unmatched by many professionally trained counterparts.
The location is ideal. Caemorgan is well-placed for Cardigan Bay and Pembrokeshire – the coast is just minutes away.