Rarebits rooms with a view

Welsh Rarebits hotels take the idea of a good view to a new level. Admire panoramic sea views, National Park sights and glorious gardens scenes – they will keep you pinned to the window of your room for minutes on end.

Harbourmaster, Aberaeron

You’ll be spoilt for choice at the Harbormaster – most rooms come with spectacular views of the beautiful Aberaeron harbour or look out over Cardigan Bay – the sunsets here are unmissable!

Penmaenuchaf Hall, Dolgellau

Located within the Snowdonia National Park and overlooking the beautiful Mawddach Estuary, it’s hard to find a room without a fantastic view.

The Falcondale, Lampeter

Wake up to lush valley views – scenic rooms are situated at the front of the building and overlook the beautiful garden and well-kept lawns.

Llansantffraed Court, Abergavenny

Indulge with breakfast in bed while taking in this scene – admire the hotel’s 20 acres of manicured grounds (complete with trout lake) and beyond to unspoilt rural Monmouthshire.

Porth Tocyn Country House Hotel, Abersoch

The hotel sits on a bluff high above the southern coast of the Llŷn Peninsula, commanding a stunning panorama that seems to take in most of North Wales – on a clear day you can see along the peninsula all the way to the top of Snowdon.

Gwesty Cymru, Aberystwyth

Located on Aberystwyth’s Victorian promenade, overlooking the blue waters of Cardigan Bay – most of the hotel’s rooms boast spectacular sea views.

Gliffaes Country House Hotel, Crickhowell

Set in a beautiful location, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Views of the gorgeous surroundings are sure to leave you feeling calm and well rested.

Twr y Felin, St David’s

Tyddewi is the best room in house, located in the Windmill Tower. This two story suite has a spiral staircase leading you to the original observatory located on the highest floor of the hotel, which boasts spectacular 360 degree views of the St Davids Peninsula.

Warpool Court Hotel, St David’s

The hotel is situated in a magical spot overlooking one of Britain’s loveliest stretches of coastline – many of its bedrooms come with glorious sea views, soak up the views in the Skomer Room (above).

St Brides Spa Hotel, Saundersfoot

Most of the individually styled bedrooms have lovely sea views and balconies. Their decor is bright and contemporary, echoing the maritime scene outside.

2016: Year of Adventure experienced by everyone

Visit Wales declared 2016 the ‘Year of Adventure’.  It was a year jam-packed with adrenaline sports like coasteering, riding 100mph zip wires and mountain biking.

For the more tame, Visit Wales wanted to make Wales a ‘place where you can stretch yourself – mentally, physically and culturally’.  The Year of Adventure also included wildlife watching, culinary adventures and experiencing cultural events and festivals.

Geocaching, a treasure hunt using GPS, became an outdoor adventure phenomenon the whole family could enjoy, taking them on unexpected journeys throughout the country. While country lovers explored the rolling borderland of Offa’s Dyke Path to the Snowdonia and Brecon Beacons National Parks. Wildlife watchers revelled at dolphins in Cardigan Bay and witnessed endangered red kites soar above them. Foodies were well catered for too and plenty of culinary adventures were had from tasting cockles in Penclawdd to oysters in Anglesey.

Wales’ many opportunities for adventure needed to be shouted about. An ingenious way of doing this was through Visit Wales’ giant EPIC mirror letters – they travelled the country this summer, stopping at the most breath-taking spots – it’s aim to draw attention to some of Wales’ most spectacular places. Sioned and Sam, part of our very own Rarebits team, experienced the remarkable sight – Sam while it was within our Capital’s castle and Sioned witnessed the EPIC sign as a stunning backdrop to the UK Red Bull Cliff Diving World series in Abereiddy in Pembrokeshire.

Sam – “The EPIC art installation at Cardiff Castle commissioned by Visit Wales was truly spectacular! The giant mirrored letters forming the word EPIC certainly promoted Wales as an Adventure destination.”

Sioned – “This event completely personified #findyourepic. Not only were there world class divers competing at this epic location but during the day I saw groups coasteering nearby as well as spectators kayaking across the bay to watch the divers”.

Adventure came in all shapes and sizes in 2016 – where did you find yours? Did you find your inner Tarzan on a zip wire? Did you ride horseback through the surf? Share your EPIC adventures with us using #RarebitsOnTour.

Spa Hotels, the best in North Wales

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

Bodysgallen Hall & Spa, LlandudnoSpa hotelsSpa hotels

Spa stats. It’s an immaculately restored farmhouse within Bodysgallen’s beautiful grounds. The centrepiece is a big 50ft/15m pool lined with blue mosaic tiles. Ranged around the pool there’s the full complement of top-end facilities: bubbling spa bath, steam room, sauna, large gymnasium and a wide choice of modern treatments.

In a sentence. Utterly superb, a true spa for today – with an exceptionally inviting pool.

 

Spa Hotels

Spa HotelsLake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa, Llanwddyn

Spa stats. The spa pool’s ability to soak away your stress is aided and abetted by a jaw-dropping view of the mountain-ringed Lake Vyrnwy. Other features include a sauna, Japanese salt steam room, ice fountain, mist and monsoon showers, rasul therapy and exotic treatments from around the world.

In a sentence. The ultimate spa with a view.

 

Tre-Ysgawen Hall & Spa, AngleseySpa HotelsSpa Hotels

Spa stats.  It’s one of the finest, with a large indoor swimming pool – 62ft/16m, Jacuzzi, fully equipped gym and a thermal suite with an experience shower, ice fountain and salt inhalation therapy room that releases particles of prized Halen Môn, Anglesey Sea Salt.

In a sentence. Tre-Ysgawen’s forward thinking demeanor is summed up in its fabulous spa.

The hotels featured here have comprehensive spa facilities and are identified as such in their titles. Quite a few Rarebits Collection members in North Wales not mentioned also offer treatments or have indoor pools and facilities. These are listed below for you to check out.

The Hand at Llanarmon offer bespoke treatments in their new spa which is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Inn. Treatments range from facials to aromatherapy and manicures.

Manorhaus in Ruthin has a sauna and steam room for guests to use during their stay as well as a cinema and library!

Portmeirion Village, built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis is home to Mermaid Spa, with a variety of treatments and use of the outdoor pool (May to September).

Coes Faen Spa Lodge, Barmouth. There are individual spas in each bedroom so that you can have your own private, personalised treatments from fully qualified massage and complementary health specialists.

Welsh Literary Focus: Kate Roberts

Year of Adventure – Welsh Literary Focus: Kate Roberts, a Welsh Language Author from North Wales

Immerse yourself in the birthplace of Kate Roberts this March, one of the most significant Welsh language authors of the 20th century. Born in the quaint village of Rhosgadfan, the scenic country surroundings will take your breath away. Experience the culture and visit the traditional cottage Cae’r Gors where Kate spent her childhood years. Learn what it was like for the daughter of a quarryman to grow up in this humble home and become one of the most famous Welsh authors in history.

After a day of learning about the author dubbed ‘the Queen of Welsh Literature’, why not pop over the Menai Strait to the nearby Isle of Anglesey? This beautiful island has much to be discovered and it’s easy to make the most of the great outdoors here. There are many activities to keep you entertained including a visit to Llynnon Mill, the only working windmill in Wales. Alternatively there are many castles on the island celebrated for their heritage and rich history, such as Beaumaris Castle, which was the last of Edward I’s ‘iron ring’ of castles along the North Wales coast.

Hotel image, Ty'n Rhos, Caernarfon, Kate Roberts

Ty’n Rhos Country House, Snowdonia National Park

Where to stay

Between Cae’r Ghos and the Isle of Anglesey is Tŷ’n Rhos, a five star country house hotel with a reputation for quality and comfort. This welcoming hotel prides itself on providing cosy yet spacious bedrooms and delicious, hearty food. After a day of exploring, Tŷ’n Rhos offers quality hospitality in a warm and peaceful environment.

 

Ty'n Rhos Country House, Caernarfon, Kate Roberts

Dining Room overlooking the garden and Mount Snowdon at Ty’n Rhos Country House

What to eat

Enjoy a fine dining experience at Tŷ’n Rhos with an appetising à la carte menu.

Relax in one of its many attractive lounge areas before enjoying the fresh produce sourced locally by the chefs that day.

Their service is attentive too, creating the perfect dining ambience.

 

Exploring Mount Snowdon & the National Park

Year of Adventure- Exploring Mount Snowdon and the National Park

This month, spend a day exploring the beautiful scenery of Snowdonia National Park. Situated in north west Wales, there are over 150 attractions available to visitors. A highlight of the park is Mount Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales and England standing at 3,560ft. Choose from six different routes to climb the summit, or jump aboard the Snowdon Mountain Railway for a more relaxed journey. Once at the peak, you can enjoy stunning views of Snowdonia, Anglesey, Pembrokeshire and even Ireland.

As well as the mountain, Snowdonia is home to inland lakes with a range of watersport activities including canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and whitewater rafting. Bala Lake, also known as Llyn Tegid, is the largest natural body of water in Wales and plays host to many watersport enthusiasts. The lake is also renowned for fishing but whatever you fancy, Snowdonia has it all so be sure to prepare for an action-packed day.

Where to stay

Just outside of Snowdonia National Park is Tyddyn Llan, a picturesque country house with a relaxed, friendly feel. Run by couple Bryan and Susan Webb, this restaurant with rooms is a peaceful place to relax after a busy day. This month two guests can enjoy a six-course tasting menu, glass of wine, overnight accommodation and a full cooked breakfast for just £260. To find out more, click here.

Year of Adventure - Exploring Snowdonia National Park with Welsh Rarebits luxury hotel, Tyddyn Llan, North Wales,

Tyddyn Llan, Michelin starred Restaurant with Rooms

What to eat

With a Michelin star and countless restaurant awards, chef and owner of Tyddyn Llan Bryan cooks up a storm in the kitchen. Savour one of his renowned dinner menus, ranging from three to six courses, and includes mouth-watering dishes such as cassoulet of pork, morteau sausage and duck confit. Also be sure to try out a glass (or three) from the impressive wine list.

Year of Adventure - Exploring Snowdonia National Park, Tyddyn Llan Gourmet Michelin Star Dining,

Tyddyn Llan Gourmet Michelin Star Dining

 

During your visit remember to hashtag your pictures and tweets with #FindYourEpic #GwladGwlad and #WalesAdventure #AnturCymru