- Reviews: 443
Youth Hostels for all ages: Give Hostels A Chance
Some of the best Youth Hostels are in Wales ... where they started in the 1930's.
There is a real concentration of good ones in the Snowdonia National Park, so you can walk from door to door, via lakes, mountains and castles ...
... just be careful with group bookings - they can be popular with school bookings - less fun and possibly a block booking.
They have brilliant drying rooms should you get wet ... and serve good meals ...
and views to die for.
A real network of hostels ... it doesn't get better than this.
Very high quality - a real surprise!
- Reviews: 3530
Cannot remember: A Country Bed & Breakfast
I can no longer remember much about our accommodations on the trip, but our second night was spent in the northern part of the Cambrian Mountains.
Driving along in this scenic area, we came across a beautifully situated B&B, on a farm nestled down in one of the valleys. Even without reservations, we did not have any problems finding places to stay on our impromptu trip.
This was my first ever B&B experience and it was quite a rustic place, nothing fancy but very comfortable and friendly. The breakfast was delicious! I have been a firm believer in the joys of B&Bs ever since!!
- Reviews: 463
Barcdy Caravan & Camping Park: The Best Campsite I've ever been too!
The temperature was horrible.. It was raining and raining and raining...BUT! We still had a great time!
First and foremost (if you have a wife or girls...) SHOWERS AND TOILETS!
They are spotless, beautyfull clean...they make some hotel bathrooms look like slums. They also have dryers and clothe drying machines, indoor kitchens to wash your dishes, EVERYTHING you might need to make your stay comfortable!
AND..they seem to wash EVERYTHING daily! The kitchen, the toilets..it's always spotless!
NOW, the interesting bit..
The campsite is located amongst the trees which gives it a real "adventure feel" for those who would like to camp out there in the bush. There is ample enough space and quite a variety of lots. Some secluded up in the hill, others where you share space with Caravans, some caravan only spaces and, finally, some tent only spaces. The price was also fair when you compare it to the other campsites in the region and what kind of amenities they offer.
ANother thing.. beause the site is so big, kids cvan play and run freely around without fear that they might disturb someone.
A perfect place to stay at if you want a base for local tourism in Harlech, Portmeirion and the rest of Snowdonia or simply to enjoy a nice weekend "out there".
Everything about this camp is exeptional!
- Reviews: 463
Pistyll Rhaeadr: Heaven on Earth! Almost..
A really nice campsite at the bottom of one of the 7 wonders of Wales and a great place for hikers!
Though not the biggest, it's very cozy and nobody steps on each other's toes.
The sound of the waterfall and the stream passing by the tents was so nice!
Also, they had fire baskets so we can safely make campfire!
The only down side (for ladies) is that there is no access to toilets at night and that there is no showers.
BUT, it's really nice and cheap..so ladies, bear with it for the weekend! ;)
- Reviews: 463
Snowdonia Park Brewpub & Campsite: Horrible Place..
Go to Snowdonia Parc Free House, Brewpub & Campsite's web page and you get a description like: next door to Snowdon and surroundings, close to pubs, dream views, etc..
My experience is: The farthest campsite from Snowdon in the area, close to a pub? IT's at THE END OF THE PUBS CAR PARC!! Yes, lovely car park lights and noise in the night..
Dream views? Yeah..as long as you stare at the mountains..turn your shoulders a bit and you've got road or pub car parc or train...
Plus, it's madly expensive..
And, to make things just "perfect" it's managed by the pub which don't seem to always have time for lowly campers..
You don't notice these things when your drunk later at night..
Oh..and the people seemed unfriendly too, which is a bit odd at campsites, I find..
- Reviews: 22
Gellifawr: Cottage in a national park
Gellifawr is an old farm, and has two types of accommodation - a hotel, and self-catering cottages. I stayed in one of the cottages, called "Y Bwthyn".
The cottages are compact, but very modern and comfortable, with all the mod cons.
The hotel also has an excellent restaurant and bar, so there is always the option of eating out if you don't feel like cooking.
There is a third option, and this is where it gets really good. The restaurant make pre-packaged meals which you can have delivered to your cottage. All you have to do is heat them up and you can have a fabulous meal in the privacy and comfort of your own cottage.
What made Gellifawr special for me was the peace and tranquility. It is right in the middle of Pembrokeshire National Park, and one look out the window confirms it. You can see for miles, and the views are fantastic. There are heaps of walks you can go on - right from your front door. Great for both body and mind.
- Reviews: 1749
Plas Llanmihangel: The Best Place In Wales
Described by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen as Hogwortsian Architecture at its spunkiest Plas Llanmihangel certainly is a fantastic place, An Elizabethan manor house set in beautiful country side it makes a really fantastic place to stay.
Its history goes back a long way, in the 12th c Plas Llanmihangel was owned by a Norman Knight and was probably just a one story building described as a grange. Not much else is known about the houses early history until Elizabethan times when from 1500 – 1685 it was the home of the Thomas Family who were one of Wales’s Oldest aristocratic families, by this time the house would have grown considerably. They also owned a House in Cowbridge which was their town house, that house was turned into a coaching Inn and is now The Bear Hotel.
Although the Oldest part of the house is now the cellar the Oldest part of the Living areas is it’s great Hall, a really lovely large room with a fantastic stone fire place decorated with the coats of arms of the Thomas family along with those of other Important Families. Above the door is a large coat of arms of The Tudors as the room was once used as a court room during the Tudor period. The cellars used as Dungeons.
The last Thomas to live at Plas Llanmihangel was Sir Robert Thomas who was also known as Sir Robert the Ass (which might give you an idea of why he was the last one). Sir Robert was useless at business and historical records show that he failed in one business venture after another and in the end had to sell off land and eventually the house to pay his debts. The house was purchased by Sir Humphrey Edwin, Lord Mayor of London in 1697. There is a large monument to him (and put there by him) in the nearby Church. Sir Humphrey was extremely rich so rich in fact that in a list of the recent survey of the Richest people since 1066 put together by the Sunday times placed him at number 236.
After Sir Humphrey the house was occupied by various renting tenants until 1860 when it was the home of the Jenkins Family who owned a Brewery in Cowbridge. The house has been in continual occupation since the 12th centaury
It is now owned by Sue and David Bear. They bought it in 1988 for just £130,000 and they have spent the last 20 years restoring this lovely Fortified Manor House. In order to help the house pay for its own restoration (or at least contribute towards it) they opened half the house as a B&B with both of them working hard to help people enjoy this lovely place.
Some of the interior doors are still secured from the inside by large pull bars which are built into the wall, a very old way of securing your door. Other great features are the deep grooves on the stone doorway to the Kitchen caused by years of knife sharpening and the kitchens original Bread Oven.
It really is a fantastic place and is certainly worth a visit and I can guarantee that you will want to go back again.
B&B is £35 per Person
- Reviews: 871
Cilpost: Whitland Farm Stay
The Cilpost is a 300 year old farm house on a large piece of land. It's a very nice B&B with comfortable rooms and a nice park like garden to wander through. The Cilpost is located about half a mile south of the Whitland village and is easy to find. It's not too far from Fishguard so, if like us, you are catching the Ferry to Ireland it is a nice place to stop before the drive to the ferry terminal.
Interesting fact was that the son of the owners captained the Wales under 19 team in 1999 who played against New Zealand in that years under 19 final.
Being a farm house you get all of the fun of being in a very rural area. There isn't much to do around here however you don't use a farm stay style accomm expecting much of a night life!! The Cilpost does have a heated indoor swimming pool and lots of options for taking a nice walk in the South Wales contryside.
- Reviews: 882
The Hand: Enjoy a beautiful view from the Hand
I didn't take a picture of The Hand from the outside. This former 18th Century coaching inn overlooks the River Dee. There are twisty and windy stairways to the 50 some rooms.
It was a comfortable and fun place to spend our one night in Wales.
The downtown was practically outside the door. We enjoyed our brief visit here.
The view outside our room was overlooking the River Dee. It was a treat to have a "room with a view". That usually doesn't happen to me.
- Reviews: 3429
Borrows Rest: Elaine's B&B
This is Welsh hospitality at its finest. Service is proprietor Elaine's middle name, and nothing appears to be too much trouble. Elaine's happy personality and infectious laughter will help you have an enjoyable stay.
Three spotlessly clean bedrooms, one with en-suite facilities. Comfy beds and nicely furnished rooms with TV, fridge, toaster and kettle. Immaculate garden - gardening is Elaine's greatest passion - and a lovely terrace at the back where you can chill out after a hard day's sighteeing. Elaine's hearty breakfasts are legendary - we didn't need to eat again until the evening meal.
Good local bar meals within easy walking distance nearby and lots to see and do in the vicinity including walks and boat trips on the canal. A great base to tour North Wales. 5 mins Llangollen, 10 mins Wrexham, 25 mins Chester, 15 mins Oswestry, 25 mins Shrewsbury.
Unique location by the Telford Basin, with the rear terrace overlooking the aqueduct. Absolutely stunning view!
- Reviews: 349
Ogwan Bank [bethesda]: Peace in the wooded valley
Ogwen bank is a caravan/ log cabin site,it is just outside of the village of Bethesda.
My stay here was my sixth to this site,and have always been pleased with my accomordation here.
the site offers you all that you could want,with shopping in Bangor and Caernarvon only 15 mins away should you need it.
1 fantastic views.
2 great wild life
3 family clubhouse.
4 a great choice of walking routes.
6 relaxing woodland setting.
- Reviews: 265
Brynhonddu Country House B&B: Peaceful and historical Bed and Breakfast
We had a fabulous 3 night stay at Brynhonndu. The hosts were both welcoming and extremely knowledgable and helpful. We saw a lot of the countryside that we would have missed had it not been for their suggestions. We loved our room right at the top of the 83 steps (although I would recommend only necessary bags) with its peaked ceiling and funny little door.
That said there were many more easily accessed rooms lower down. The breakfast was awesome as was the great room where we ate it.
It is set in a quiet and very peaceful farming location with 2 pubs within 3 mins drive and Abergavenny within 10mins.
The quaint little rooms and the wonderful history were my favourite parts.
- Reviews: 3429
Ruthin Castle Hotel: Regal living
This is an amazing place to stay. We first stayed here in 1987 for our tenth wedding anniversary, and in 2005 we took my parents here to celebrate my mum's 80th birthday.
This is a genuine castle since converted to a hotel and features many of the original buildings. From 1277, some famous people have stayed here, including King Edward VII, Lily Langtree and Prince Charles. And of course us!
The castle is set in its own grounds and is beautifully decorated in period style, with huge ooen fireplaces and deep sofas to sink into with a drink. The hotel has its own helicopter pad if you wanted to get there in a hurry and the garden is abound with peacocks.
The turret room is the best (see tips below) and the castle often holds Medieval Banquets (see restaurant tips).
- Reviews: 3429
The room at Ruthin Castle: A spacious retreat
Having stayed in this very room when we came before some 18 years ago, we specifically requested the turret room for my parents. The weekend was a surprise present for my mum's birthday, and her face was a picture when she walked in to this room.
The room is enormous! We worked it out it must be at least 80 square metres, it covers the entire floor of the turret, and has 8 sides.
There is an anermous four poster bed, a large, period fireplace, a writing desk., a free standing wardrobe, as well as a couple of settees with a large coffe table in the middle of the room.
We were meeting my uncle there too, from Sweden, so we had plenty of space to sit around with a drink (or five) before going down for dinner.
Oh, and I forget, the bathroom has a Jacuzzi!
- Reviews: 1473
"Plas Hafod": Great place to stay in Llangollen
Are you looking for a great place to stay in Llangollen ?? If so then look No Further than "Plas Hafod" This is a Beautiful House on the edge of the town, So therefor a quiet location, yet only a five minute walk into the centre of town, Margaret has two rooms available, A double and a family room (1x Double bed + 1 x single bed) Both Very Tastefully decorated, Both with Tea / coffee making facilities and T.V. Both with Private Bathrooms, one being en-suite. Car parking is also available. A Great Breakfast with multiple choices of what you want to eat, A Friendly welcome and one of the Best B+B's that I have stayed in for a good while -- Why not give them a go if you are in the area -- you won't regret your choice !!
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