All I Want for Christmas is… a Welsh Rarebits Gift Voucher!

With October creeping to a close it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Whether or not the festive season fills you with joy, you’re probably still set on picking out some perfect gifts for those special people in your life. This year, if you’re looking for something a little bit different, why not invest in an experience, rather than that standard handbag, jumper or bottle or fragrance?

At Welsh Rarebits we supply gift vouchers and gift experiences that the lucky recipient can put towards a booking at one of our luxury properties. If you know someone who could use a fantastic holiday in beautiful Wales, read on – your Christmas gift list will be ticked off in no time.

Gift Vouchers start from £25

A Welsh Rarebits gift voucher is the ideal gift for somebody who’s notoriously hard to buy for – after all, who wouldn’t jump at the chance of a weekend away in the Welsh countryside? We have a huge variety of member properties to choose from, meaning there’s something for everyone. We can offer vibrant city breaks in Cardiff packed with shopping, dining, museums and galleries; scenic getaways by the sea complete with coastal walks and plenty of wildlife, and luxury spa retreats in historic countryside mansions.

Our gift vouchers are valid for 12 months and are easily redeemed – the holder of the voucher simply books a hotel of their choice from our list of member properties, then hands over the voucher upon arrival (the value will be deducted from the final bill). When buying your voucher you can select a value between £25 and £1000 – enough to contribute to a stay of several days. Your gift voucher can be delivered directly to the recipient, or be posted to your home address (ideal if you want to stick it in a card and pop it under the tree). Alternatively, you can make things even simpler and print your gift voucher at home.

To find out more about our gift vouchers, click here.

Gift Experiences – Gold, Silver & Bronze

In addition to standard gift vouchers with a set value, we also offer gift experiences. This is the perfect option if you would rather keep the price of your gift a secret. Instead of having a monetary value which is deducted from the final bill for the booking, these vouchers cover the entire cost of the stay.

Our gift experiences are ideal if you have a specific hotel or holiday style in mind. We offer Gold, Silver and Bronze stays, with our Gold hotels offering the most luxurious experiences (click here, and you can view the hotels available within each category). Your loved one can enjoy a revitalising stay in a 5-star spa hotel in the heart of the Welsh countryside, a cosy weekend in a seaside B&B, or one special night at a hotel with an award-winning restaurant. It’s a Christmas present that takes all the hassle out of planning a trip away.

To find out more about our gift experiences, or to make a booking, give us a call today on 01570 470785, or email us at [email protected].

Planning the Festive Season

With autumn on the way, now’s the perfect time to start planning the ultimate Christmas getaway. Celebrating December 25th at home may be cosy and traditional, but booking a Christmas holiday ensures that you’ll have a truly relaxing day, free from cooking, tidying and washing up. Alternatively, you could give someone a memorable festive break with one of our gift vouchers!

If you’re seeking the ideal festive escape in Wales, check out these beautiful properties, each of which offers its own unique itinerary.

Penmaenuchaf Hall Hotel

This historic 4-star hotel is located just outside Dolgellau in Snowdonia National Park. Housed in a Victorian mansion, this atmospheric establishment boasts spacious rooms furnished in a traditional style and communal areas with log fires.

The Penmaenuchaf Christmas package begins with afternoon tea on the 24th and continues with festive music and a lavish dinner. On the day itself you’ll enjoy a leisurely champagne brunch, a hearty Christmas lunch and a buffet supper. Activities throughout the day include a hotel treasure hunt, a walk in the grounds, and watching the Queen’s speech. The fun continues into Boxing Day with a walk in the Snowdonia hills, a three-course luncheon, wine-tasting and a gourmet dinner.

The Hand at Llanarmon

A long and winding road up the beautiful Ceiriog Valley leads to a crossroads and the tiny village of Llanarmon, locked away in the undiscovered Berwyn Mountains. Plan an away-from-it-all festive break to remember with a 2 night Christmas Package at The Hand – celebrate with mulled cider, traditional carols, superb food and festive cheer!

Christmas at The Hand – arrive to a warm festive welcome with freshly made cake and biscuits. Join your hosts and fellow hotel guests for mulled cider and traditional carols by candlelight around the piano, and look forward to a superb three course dinner prepared by their team of award winning chefs. Christmas Day kicks off with a traditional Welsh breakfast and a glass of Buck’s Fizz, before sitting down to Christmas Day lunch – served with all the tasty trimmings. There’ll be a special treat for children too.

Ty Mawr Country Hotel

This award-winning 4-star hotel is located in the charming village of Brechfa in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Rooms here are comfortable, spacious and quiet, and the communal areas boast wooden beams, rustic stone walls and roaring fires – ideal for a cosy winter break.

Christmas packages at Ty Mawr run for three or four days, with festivities commencing on Christmas Eve and incorporating a three-course dinner followed by (optional) midnight mass at the local church. On Christmas Day you’ll enjoy Bucks Fizz with a full Welsh breakfast, a three-course Christmas lunch, and a buffet dinner. Further culinary delights await on the 26th, a perfect day for taking a walk in the countryside.

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa

With its luxury lakeside accommodation, spectacular views and charming traditional features, Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa is the perfect place to spend Christmas. As an added bonus, the extensive spa facilities will guarantee a relaxing and revitalising stay, leaving you refreshed for the New Year.

Christmas packages at Lake Vyrnwy cover three nights and incorporate luxury accommodation, full Welsh breakfasts in the morning, lunches and afternoon teas, dinners and cocktails, and of course a traditional Christmas lunch. In addition you’ll enjoy complimentary use of the hotel spa, and a day of country pursuits.

Twr y Felin Hotel

How does a relaxed, restful and refreshing festive experience sound? From the moment you arrive at Twr y Felin you’ll be pampered in luxurious, contemporary surroundings and a peaceful location. Stay for three nights or more and you’re guaranteed to experience delicious drink, fabulous food and yuletide cheer!

Your Christmas Celebration Escape includes three nights in luxury accommodation. On Christmas Eve, enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas carols in the arty Oriel Lounge. Not forgetting the à la carte dinners and Christmas Day lunch at Blas Restaurant (as well as a Christmas Day Champagne reception to look forward to!).

The Falcondale Hotel

Imagine a warm welcome with a glass of bubbly in luxurious surroundings. Imagine a getaway with stunning scenery and a warm Welsh welcome – away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities. Eat fabulous food, drink good wine, relax and have fun at The Falcondale.  Pull up a chair by the fire and do nothing more strenuous than venture out for a leisurely stroll if you fancy it.

The Falcondale Christmas Break gives you more – stay 2 nights at The Falcondale and receive a complimentary bottle of Moet and Chandon Champagne or book 3 nights and enjoy a complimentary dinner for two on a night of your choice.

Portmeirion

The unique tourist village of Portmeirion in North Wales was built in the Italian style between 1925 and 1975, and is famous for its colourful buildings and elaborate gardens. Come here for Christmas and you’re guaranteed a memorable stay!

Two separate Christmas packages are available in Portmeirion. Stay in the Hotel Portmeirion or Village Suites and enjoy a Christmas Eve with afternoon tea, mulled wine and live music. On Christmas Day you’ll attend a champagne reception, tuck into a full Christmas lunch, and later enjoy a film night complete with popcorn and cocktails.

Alternatively, you can stay at Castell Deudraeth, enjoying a similar array of meals and festivities, and winding off your trip with board games and a three-course dinner on Boxing Day.

Give the perfect gift this Christmas

It’s that time of year again, so it’s time to start searching for those special gifts for your loved ones. Whether you’re buying for family or friends, our vouchers are the perfect present to wake up to on Christmas morning.

We want to offer more flexibility this year, so we’re offering gold, silver and bronze options. Each voucher can be purchased for single or multiple night stays at a selection of our award-wining hotels and are redeemable at selected hotels depending on the category you choose.

You can purchase our vouchers online and receive them in the post up until the Royal Mail’s last official postdate. Alternatively, if last-minute Christmas shopping is more your style, you can buy our e-vouchers anytime and they’ll land in your inbox instantly.

 

Gold

One night stay with breakfast – £195 / Two night stay with breakfast – £375

One night stay with an evening meal and breakfast – £295 / Two night stay with an evening meal and breakfast – £550

Our gold vouchers offer the upmost luxury and are redeemable at a number of our finest hotels. Whether they’re after a relaxing spa break or a cosy countryside escape, your lucky loved one is bound to find something they’ll enjoy.

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Gold vouchers allow the recipient to stay at any of the following:

Bodysgallen Hall Hotel and SpaHotel PortmeirionSt Brides Spa HotelTyddyn LlanPenmaenuchaf HallGliffaes Country House HotelLake Vyrnwy Hotel and SpaFairyhill and Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel and Spa

 

Silver

One night stay with breakfast – £165 / Two night stay with breakfast – £300

One night stay with an evening meal and breakfast – £265 / Two night stay with an evening meal and breakfast -£475

Enjoy some country house comfort at Llansantffraed Court or indulge in a spa treatment at Penarth’s boutique Holm House with our silver vouchers.

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Silver voucher recipients can choose to stay at any of the following hotels:

St George’s HotelGwesty CymruPeterstone CourtPorth Tocyn HotelThe FalcondaleThe Felin Fach Griffin HarbourmasterPen-y-Dyffryn Country HotelHammet HouseHolm HouseLlansantffraed Court and Warpool Court

 

Bronze

One night stay with breakfast – £135 / Two night stay with breakfast – £250

One night stay with an evening meal and breakfast – £215 / Two night stay with an evening meal and breakfast

The hotels on offer with our bronze vouchers certainly aren’t lacking in luxury. Foodies might choose the Bear Hotel to experience its award-winning cuisine, while the spa facilities at the Sychnant Pass Country House offer the perfect way to relax after exploring Snowdonia.

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Bronze voucher recipients can chose to stay in the following hotels:

Castle CottageThe Hand at LlanarmonThe BullManorhaus RuthinManorhaus LlangollenBear HotelSychnant Pass Country HouseTyn RhosCaemorgan MansionThe Metropole HotelY Talbot TregaronThe Castle Hotel and Ty Mawr Country Hotel

For advice on things to do and experience while visiting one of our hotels, check out our discover Wales section

Top six places to spend Christmas in Wales

The 100-day countdown to the most wonderful time of the year has begun. If you have yet to decide how to spend Christmas, we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of recommendations.

1.Laugharne 

If you’re familiar with the classic Christmas film ‘A Child’s Christmas in Wales’, you’ll recognise this town in Carmarthenshire, West Wales.

Pronounced ‘Larn’ and known for being the home of Dylan Thomas, it holds many of the wonders of Dylan’s world, including his old boathouse and his favourite pub – Brown’s.

The Corran Resort & Spa is a great place to stay to explore Dylan Thomas’s Christmas world. The hotel is pet-friendly and offers Christmas Day lunch to enjoy with all the family.

2.Crickhowell

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Crickhowell is a small, cosy town located in South Wales. The variety of local shops make it perfect to stock up on Christmas nick-nacks, and its proximity to the Brecon Beacons National Park means you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

Gliffaes Country House Hotel is the perfect luxury base for your exploration of the Brecon Beacons. It’s located in the heart of the national park, and offers spectacular views combined with delicious meals made from local produce.

3.Lake Vyrnwy

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You will have seen pictures of Lake Vyrnwy, even if you haven’t heard the name before. Situated in beautiful mid Wales, the lake itself is a protected reservoir and is home to some incredible scenery.

The area provides the perfect location for an escape in Wales, and the hotel itself offers a staycation deal during the Christmas period. The four star hotel and spa hosts events to entertain you from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day and provides traditional food to really indulge this festive season.

4.Aberaeron

Aberaeron is a small harbour town on the coastline of Cardigan Bay, home to an impressive range of colourful Georgian architecture. Visitors will be able to revel in the bustling atmosphere of the fishing town while enjoying views along the harbour.

The Harbourmaster offers both beautiful sights and delicious seafood, giving visitors over the festive period a Christmas dinner with a difference.

5.Llandudno

Located in north Wales, Llandudno provided the inspiration for ‘Alice in Wonderland’ meaning your Christmas break is sure to be injected with a bit of magic.

Adults and children alike can follow the ‘Alice Trail’, taking you on a tour of the pretty town.

The seafront-based St George’s Hotel offers traditional Christmas delights between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day within its award-winning restaurant.

6.Portmeirion – near Porthmadog

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The last, but by no means the least interesting, destination on our list is Portmeirion. A small village in north Wales built in an Italian style, it has a unique charm that will appeal to those after something a bit different this Christmas.

The three-night Christmas package at Hotel Portmeirion includes a festive afternoon tea, Christmas lunch and a black tie dinner.