Top places in Wales to propose this Valentine’s Day (or any other day)

Are you planning a romantic surprise this Valentine’s Day? Whether it’s a proposal or a picnic, Wales is full of the most beautiful settings to enjoy with the special person in your life.

For that extra special surprise, you don’t have to take them on Valentine’s Day – take them somewhere special ‘just because’ to really melt their heart.

Here, we’ve picked some of our favourite stunning settings. Let us know what you think on Twitter @Rarebits

Lake Vyrnwy, Llanwddyn

Referred to as a ‘reservoir’ in Powys, the reality is much more captivating than the description. Originally built with the purpose of supplying Liverpool with water, the lake is now the setting for water sports, horse riding, cycling and other activities.

A truly breathtaking sight, the lake is also home to Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa.

Roch Castle, Pembrokeshire

What could be more romantic that a real life castle? Roch Castle is a restored Norman castle, with all the mod-cons and features you’d expect from a luxury hotel.

Four waterfalls walk, Ystradfellte

 The four waterfalls walk is a popular route in the Brecon Beacons, which takes in a quartet of waterfalls along the Afon Mellte. The walk culminates in the Sgŵd yr Eira, where the footpath passes behind the waterfall itself – the perfect location for a romantic gesture.

If you want to make a weekend of it, take a look at Peterstone Court Hotel and Spa.

 Barafundle Bay, near Stackpole

Named as one of the best beaches in the world by Passport magazine, Barafundle Bay offers nothing but natural beauty. If you’re visiting, be sure to pack a romantic picnic as there aren’t any facilities on site.

If you’re heading down that way, why not use Elm Grove as a base for exploring? The house, based in Tenby, has been in the same family for 150 years. Or The Stackpole Inn makes an ideal spot to explore this corner of Pembrokeshire.



Portmeirion Village

An Italianate village in North Wales, Portmerion Village is one of a kind. If you had dreams of proposing abroad, but lack of planning or budget hampered that wish, take a look at this village.

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.

gold-voucher

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.

silver-voucher

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.

bronze-voucher

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

Mid Wales’ Best Spa Hotels

It’s all about the Spa, it’s the latest must-have travel experience. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer from Welsh Rarebits hotels, focusing on MID WALES.

Lake Country House, Llangammarch WellsLake Spa PoolLake Spa

Spa stats. The Lake’s Kingfisher Spa has a proper, grown-up indoor pool, 50ft/15m long. Go swimming, chill out in the hot tub on the balcony overlooking the lake or use the sauna and gymnasium. Treatments and therapies include aromatherapy, reflexology, various massages, manicures, pedicures and facials.

In a sentence. This away-from-it-all hotel’s rest-and-relaxation rating has soared even higher thanks to its spa.

Metropole Spa Mid Wales Spa Hotel The MetropoleMetropole Hotel & Spa, Llandrindod Wells

Spa stats. This hotel has the heritage – it played the leading role in Llandrindod Wells’s booming Victorian spa era. How times change. The Metropole’s conservatory might be Victorian in style, but it houses a thoroughly modern spa with a ‘fantastic, surprisingly large’ 65ft/18m pool, thermal suites, Jacuzzi, fully equipped gymnasium and wide range of holistic, beauty and complementary therapy treatments.

In a sentence. A role model in turning yesterday’s hair-shirted spa holidays into the soothing, sybaritic experiences of today.

Peterstone Court Hotel & Spa, BreconMid Wales Spa Hotel Peterstone Court9651

Spa stats. Its old cellars have been imaginatively converted into a spa where beauty therapists offer a wide range of treatments, from luxury facials and relaxing massages to aromatherapy. There’s also a stress-busting relaxation room finished in soothing red tones. Other facilities include a sauna, Jacuzzi, air-conditioned gymnasium and outdoor heated swimming pool.

In a sentence. An intimate boutique spa that uses only natural organic products.

The hotels featured here have comprehensive spa facilities and are identified as such in their titles. Quite a few Rarebits Collection members in Mid Wales not mentioned above also offer treatments or have indoor pools and facilities.

The Falcondale, Lampeter offer a unique treatment called The Bowen Technique. Available by prior arrangement a qualified therapist will meet you at the hotel and the treatment will last for 1 hour. Other treatments available by request are reflexology, Indian head massage, sports massage, deep tissue and holistic massage.

Cookery classes – Welsh Culinary Focus

Hone your culinary skills this month at J&R School of Cooking Masterclasses, which runs a broad range of cookery classes for every occasion. Based in The Drovers Rest Restaurant in Llanwrtyd Wells, the friendly and knowledgeable team offers everything, from learning the basics to traditional Welsh cooking and even patisserie lessons. They can also use their expertise to help perfect any dinner party plans to make the ambience just right. These highly commended cookery classes are sure to make even the most nervous of cooks feel a new-found confidence and sense of pride at the delicious dishes produced.

Nearby is Gigrin Farm, a popular attraction home to 100s of red kites. Run by the Gigrin family, the 200 acres of land is home to a red kite feeding station where visitors can witness the spectacular birds of prey as they eat. There are even 5 specially built hides perfect for observing and taking photographs of the birds in action. The farm is well known for its friendly staff and incredible views of the area, so this is not one to be missed this May.

Welsh Culinary focus - cookery classes for every occasion

Lake Country House & Spa, Llangammarch Wells

Where to stay

Situated in Llangammarch Wells is the Lake Country House and Spa, a luxury country retreat with a relaxing, tranquil atmosphere. Whether you want to unwind in one of many comfortable lounge areas or explore the nearby lake and country surroundings, the house has everything to ensure their guests have a pleasant and enjoyable stay. Why not make the most of the recently opened spa and treat yourself with one of the many treatments on offer?

 

Welsh Culinary Focus - cookery classes for every occasion

Lake Country House & Spa Restaurant

What to eat

The outstanding food at the Lake Country House and Spa is the work of inventive head chef David Brown. By cleverly blending together unique flavours and fresh ingredients, David creates simply delicious seasonal menus. The cellar is also home to over 300 different wines from around the world, each complementing the wonderful cuisine.

Year of Adventure – Walk the coast path

Year of Adventure – Walk the coast path 

Wales is renowned for its beautiful coastal paths and Ceredigion on the west coast is particularly extraordinary. A challenging but popular choice, the 5 mile walk from Aberystwyth to Borth offers incredible views of Cardigan Bay and surrounding areas as well as a wealth of wildlife. If you fancy walking a bit further, follow the coast an extra 5 miles to the picturesque village of Ynyslas. The sand dunes are a stark contrast to the stony beaches of Aberystwyth and provide a great place to escape for a few hours.

Another site not to be missed is Constitution Hill, an impressive feature at the northern end of Aberystwyth’s seafront. If you’re feeling too tired from the walk, take the Aberystwyth Cliff railway up to the summit to see uninterrupted views of the surrounding towns and countryside. The hillside also boasts one of the world’s largest Victoria-style camera obscura, where you can behold 100 square miles of land and seascape.

Where to stay

Situated on the Aberystwyth seafront is Gwesty Cymru, an Edwardian guesthouse with a fresh, contemporary twist. All 8 rooms, many with sea views, feature flawless interior design and specially commissioned artwork from local artist Bethan Clwyd. After a long walk along the coast, this small but perfectly formed hotel is sure to create a welcoming and comfortable environment, many of it’s rooms has a spectacular sea views.

 

Year of Adventure - walk the coast path - Aberystwyth

Room with a view, sunset Aberystwyth

What to eat

The passionate chefs at Gwesty Cymru always create sensational dishes with locally sourced ingredients. Service with a smile is at the forefront of this restaurant and they ensure to create an enjoyable atmosphere whatever the occasion. Not to be missed is the 10oz sirloin steak, served with handcut chips and a grilled tomato.

Year of Adventure - walk the coast path - Aberystwyth

Gwesty Cymru Hotel & Restaurant