Where to Treat Mum this Mother’s Day

Planning a special gift for Mother’s Day? We’ve put together a list of properties in Wales offering Mother’s Day deals – get booking today and you’ll have the perfect gift for mum come Sunday 31st March!

Mother’s Day Spa Packages at St Brides Spa Hotel

St Brides is a spa hotel in Pembrokeshire overlooking the sea. For Mother’s Day they’re offering two packages:

– “Mother’s Day Pampering” for £120pp: massage, facial, 90-minute session in the spa, and a Caudalie beauty kit

– “Mum and Me-Time” for £99pp: pedicure, facial, and a 90-minute session in the spa

This offer is only available until the end of March so get booking soon! Find out more here.

Visit the Gardens of Wales with Ty Mawr Country Hotel

Ty Mawr Country Hotel is an award-winning hotel in Brechfa, Carmarthenshire just a stone’s throw from many of Wales’ most beautiful green spaces.

Book a one-night stay for two people and you’ll receive 2-for-1 entry at the National Botanic Garden, as well as 10% off in the shops at Aberglasney Gardens.

Find out more about this fantastic offer by clicking here.

Enjoy Three Nights for Two at Bodysgallen Hall

The exquisite Bodysgallen Hall is housed in a restored 17th-century house just outside Llandudno that overlooks Snowdonia and Conwy Castle.

This March and April Bodysgallen is offering a fantastic deal – book two nights and you’ll get the third night’s accommodation free! This offer includes use of the hotel spa, although you’ll be required to pay for breakfast and dinner.

Find out more by visiting the Bodysgallen website here.

Prosecco Afternoon Tea at Twr y Felin Hotel

Twr y Felin is a luxury hotel and restaurant in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, famed for its contemporary design. Book in for Afternoon Tea to celebrate Mother’s Day and you’ll each be treated to a complimentary glass of prosecco.

Afternon Tea at Twr y Felin is served 3-5pm and is priced at £23 – find out more here.

Enjoy a Half-Day of Pampering at Tre-Ysgawen’s Spa

Tre-Ysgawen is a 4-star spa hotel in Anglesey offering a fantastic Mother’s Day package. For just £130 two people can enjoy a half-day of pampering, complete with arrival drink, full use of the spa facilities, a 45-minute body scrub, and lunch with prosecco.

Find out more here.

Sunday Lunch at St George’s Hotel

The culinary wizards at the 4-star St George’s Hotel in Llandudno have concocted a special Sunday lunch menu to celebrate Mother’s Day. Book in from 12pm on the 31st March to enjoy an exquisite three-course lunch – as you dine you’ll be entertained by the resident pianist.

Alternatively, visit St George’s Hotel for Afternoon Tea, 2.30-4.30pm.

Find out more here.

A Stay in Portmeirion with Complimentary Chocolates

Portmeirion is a unique tourist village in Gwynedd, built into the cliffs just outside Minffordd. Inspired by the architecture of Italy, Portmeirion is a little slice of the Mediterranean in North Wales – and this Mother’s Day it’s the perfect place to explore with mum.

For just £119 two people can stay over in Portmeirion the night of March 31st, sharing a standard double in one of the village B&Bs. In addition you’ll enjoy a free box of chocolates.

Find out more here.

Win a 10-night Holiday in Wales for Two!

If you’ve been dreaming of a scenic holiday in the UK look no further. Here at Great Little Places we’ve teamed up with some of our member properties to deliver a one-of-a-kind 10-night break for two, across five Welsh locations.

This competition coincides with National B&B Week, which is taking place the week of March 18th. We’ll be paying tribute to all the hard-working hosts and hoteliers working across the country, and giving two lucky recipients the holiday of a lifetime.

Enter our “Pan Wales” competition to visit five different B&Bs – our own specially selected “Great Little Places”. You’ll spend two nights at each before moving onto the next. In addition you’ll receive free admission to some of Wales’ most beloved tourist attractions.

The “Pan Wales” itinerary

During your Welsh odyssey you’ll travel across the south, west and north of Wales, and even cross over the English border into Shropshire for a couple of nights.

Along the way you’ll visit Blackwood in Monmouthshire, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire, St Dogmaels in Pembrokeshire, Dolgellau in Merionethshire and Bishops Castle in Shropshire, enjoying two-night stays at each the following B&Bs:

  • Gellihaf House, Blackwood – A 4-star, family-run B&B situated in an Arts & Crafts-style building, and set in the beautiful environs of the Rhymney Valley.
  • Waun Wyllt Inn, Llanelli – An 18th-century public house and restaurant close to the Swiss Valley Cycle Route and numerous golf courses.
  • Bethsaida, St Dogmaels – A truly unique 4-star establishment housed in a redeveloped Baptist Chapel, close to the banks of the River Teifi.
  • Ffynnon Townhouse, Dolgellau – A luxury 5-star Townhouse in Snowdonia National Park, housed in a Gothic Victorian rectory.
  • The Castle Hotel, Bishops Castle – A hotel famed for its oak-panelled restaurant and beautiful gardens, situated in a charming market town.

Fantastic free attractions

As you travel from place to place you’ll have the opportunity to stop by the following attractions, enjoying free entry:

  • Zip World Fforest, Betws-y-Coed – This exhilarating forest adventure centre is bursting with activities suited to all ability levels.
  • Tredegar House, Newport – This stunning 17th-century house is a National Trust site surrounded by 90 acres of park and woodland.
  • National Botanic Garden of Wales, Llanarthney – Visit these exquisite gardens in Carmarthenshire, where you’ll find the world’s largest single-span glasshouse. 
  • Colby Woodland Garden, Amroth – Colby is set in a wooded valley in Pembrokeshire, and is the ideal place to enjoy a secluded and scenic walk.
  • Chirk Castle, Wrexham – No trip to Wales would be complete without a castle! This formidable medieval fortress is famed for its eclectic collections and lavish interiors.
  • Penderyn Distillery, Aberdare – Enjoy a tour of this award-winning whisky and spirits distillery in the Brecon Beacons – free samples included!

How to enter

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning our “Pan Wales” getaway, head over to our Competitions page: www.little-places.co.uk/competitions.

Good luck!

Thank you to all members and tourist attractions for supporting our ‘Pan Wales’ campaign and for providing these fabulous prizes.

6 Welsh spa treatments to try in 2019

A visit to a spa is the ultimate luxury treat, but it’s not always easy to find the time for a full weekend away. If you’re looking to book a half day at a Welsh spa and you’re having trouble deciding on a treatment, read on! We spoke to four of our member hotels to find out which of their spa treatments are most popular amongst guests…

The “Drift Away” Full Body Massage, Lake Country House & Spa

Lake Country House is a 4-star spa and hotel in Powys, set in gorgeous, tranquil grounds. Book an afternoon here and you can enjoy their signature treatment, a 55-minute relaxing full body massage, which will most likely see you drifting off into a gentle sleep.

Your massage therapist will use a gorgeous blend of essential oils to massage your body from head to toe, finishing up with your face and scalp.

55-Minute Warm Oil Aromatherapy Massage, Peterstone Court

Head to the Brecon Beacons to enjoy a relaxing few hours at Peterstone Court, a spa and hotel set in a gorgeous Georgian building. The most popular treatment here is a 55-minute full body aromatherapy massage, which incorporates lavender, lemongrass, tea tree, orange and ginger.

When you’re finished, you can enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee in the spa’s Moroccan-themed relaxation room.

Tea for Two, The Metropole Hotel & Spa

If your idea of a perfect spa day is more about eating than treatments, then this package is perfect for you. The 4-star Metropole Hotel & Spa is located in Llandrindod Wells, Powys and offers a range of excellent spa packages, including Tea for Two.

Bring your partner or a lucky friend and you can enjoy use of the spa’s heated pool, steam room and shower before heading to Spencer’s Brasserie for afternoon tea. You’ll enjoy finger sandwiches, a patisserie selection, and tea or coffee.

Rock Spa Special, The Metropole Hotel & Spa

Another popular treatment offered by the Metropole is the Rock Spa Special, which can be enjoyed by a group of up to 15 people. You’ll have full use of the Metropole’s spa facilities, all while wearing your complimentary robe and slippers!

Visit the sauna, steam room, hot tub, gym and heated pool, and then go off to enjoy a 55-minute massage or facial. The finishing touch is a healthy two-course lunch served in the spa.

Hot Stones Full Body Massage, Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel & Spa

Tre-Ysgawen Hall is a country house hotel and spa located in Llangefni on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey. One of their most popular treatments is a hot stone massage that focuses on your body’s major stress zones, and finishes with a revitalising scalp massage. At 75 minutes long, it’s the ideal treatment for a half-day spa visit.

Reflexology, Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel & Spa

Tre-Ysgawen’s second most popular treatment is reflexology for the hands or feet. In this 45-minute session you’ll have the reflex points on your hands or feet carefully massaged, creating full body relaxation.

Revitalising Winter Spas

There’s plenty to love about the festive season, but there’s no denying it can be stressful and tiring. If you’re seeking a relaxing escape this December or January, or searching for the perfect gift for that special someone, take a look at this inspiring list of spa hotels in Wales…

Coes Faen Spa Lodge, Barmouth

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This luxury spa hotel is located on the Mawddach Estuary in Barmouth and is surrounded by beautiful woodland gardens. Inside, the establishment boasts six gorgeous, individually decorated rooms which each come with Temple Spa toiletries and unique private spa features, such as a slate rain shower, steam room or hot tub. You can also enjoy spa treatments such as massages within your room. For guests not staying overnight, there is an excellent day spa package available.

Peterstone Court, Llanhamlach

Peterstone Court is a country house hotel, restaurant and spa located in the Brecon Beacons. Famed as a popular wedding destination, this rural establishment has a total of 12 rooms, 8 in the main house and 4 in the stables. The hotel spa uses products from Dermalogica and Circaroma and houses a Jacuzzi, sauna, heated pool, gym and Moroccan relaxation room. For day visitors, there are a number of excellent packages available.

Tre-Ysgawen Hall Hotel & Spa, Llangefni

This 4-star Anglesey hotel is situated a 10-minute drive from Llangefni. Housed in a country mansion dating back to the 1880s, this hotel and spa is surrounded by beautiful grounds and gardens. The spa is home to a thermal suite, swimming pool and gym, and offers a variety of massages, facials and signature treatments such as the Anglesey Salt Polish. With numerous day packages available, there’s no need to stay overnight – although you may find the plush rooms hard to resist.

Lake Country House & Spa, Llangammarch Wells

Lake Country House is a hotel and spa located on the River Irfon in Powys. Originally built in the 1840s and reconstructed in 1900, the house has enjoyed a long history as a spa, and boasts fantastic features such as 15-metre swimming pool, hot tub overlooking the lake, gym and tennis court. For ultimate relaxation, head to a treatment room to receive a facial, body scrub or massage. With half-day, day and overnight spa packages available, you can tailor your trip to your precise requirements.

Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, Llanwddyn

lake vyrnwy hotel and spaSituated on the banks of Lake Vyrnwy, this 4-star hotel and spa is the perfect setting for a relaxing winter break. All rooms at the hotel have a garden or lake view and are decorated with charming traditional features. The spa uses Elemis face and body treatments and houses a thermal suite – complete with sauna, ice fountain and whirlpool – and a gym.

The Corran Resort & Spa, Laugharne

corran resort and spaThe Corran Resort & Spa is a 5-star establishment located just outside the home town of Dylan Thomas. Home to 20 stylish modern rooms and suites, the Corran is famed for its award-winning restaurant and excellent spa. Book a few days here or arrange a day trip, and you can enjoy a variety of luxury spa treatments, including facials, massages and manicures. For the ultimate experience, book a package that comes with dinner and an overnight stay.

Get Ready for Christmas – Festive Markets across Wales

The festive season will soon be beginning in earnest, so if you’d like to spend the second half of December lazing by the fire with mulled wine and a good book, rather than battling through crowds of high street shoppers in search of gifts, then the Rare Hideaways team can help. We’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas markets around Wales, the perfect places to pick up gifts, decorations and tasty festive treats. Pop these dates and locations in your diary and you can get your Christmas shopping sorted in no time.

Llandudno Christmas Fayre, Conwy

(15-18 November)

One of the major markets coming to North Wales this November is the Llandudno Christmas Fayre. Kicking off on Thursday 15th November and running until the Sunday of that week, this market is a celebration of festive food, drink and crafts that will be hosting 130 different stalls. Highlights from the local area include Edwards of Conwy, a local butcher famous for its excellent sausages and pies; Jaspel’s Craft Cider, which is made in Anglesey, and the Snowdonia Cheese Company. Tickets only cost £4.50 (or £3.75 if you book before the end of October) and under-16s go free! Find out more here.

Colby’s Winter Fair, Pembrokeshire

(17-18 November)

Colby Woodland Garden in Amroth is a beautiful place to visit, no matter what the time of year. During the spring and summer months it comes alive with flowers and foliage; come autumn its walled garden, ponds and bridges make it an excellent place for an atmospheric adventure with your little ones. In November the garden also plays host to a winter fair, where you’ll be able to browse a variety of stalls selling homemade goods and local arts and crafts. Find out more here.

Tredegar House, Newport

(24 November-22 December)

Tredegar House is a stunning 17th-century house situated just outside Newport in South Wales. Visit this historic place during the festive season and you can enjoy the fantastic Christmas celebrations. Kicking off on Saturday 24th November, the Christmas season at Tredegar House incorporates a fantastic market, which will run every weekend. Browse jewellery, soap, homeware, decorations, and plenty of tasty food & drink, before enjoying a guided tour of the traditionally decorated house and grounds. Find out more here.

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion

(1-2 December)

This gorgeous Georgian villa situated in the Aeron Valley is the ideal place to kick-start December. Head to Llanerchaeron for the first weekend of December and you can enjoy the annual Christmas Fair. Adult tickets are only £5 and give you access to the house, food and craft stalls, and even Father Christmas himself! Visit on a different weekend in December, and enjoy a traditional workshop which will teach you how to make a wreath or table centrepiece. Find out more here.

Don’t forget that Rare Hideaways can help turn a fun Christmas day trip into a festive weekend away. Our carefully selected self-catering properties are located all around Wales in some of the most beautiful settings imaginable. Click here and get browsing!