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The best places to stay in South and Mid Wales are privately owned and full of personality, with excellent, good value food. Look out for local lamb, Black Beef and superb farm-produced cheeses.

Cross the Severn Bridge and you are soon in the Wye Valley or the Vale of Usk with the Brecon Beacons, where we have several recommendations, and Black Mountains beyond.

Or drop down to Cardiff, where there are highly recommendable places to stay, and Swansea, or rather Penarth, an unlikely setting for an excellent boutique hotel and spa.

The best places to stay in south and mid Wales:

The Brecon Beacons

The Brecon Beacons encompasses a large area of ground in mid Wales, and is one of its most popular tourist destinations. The National Park covers some 520 square miles and is a mecca for walkers and cyclists. The landscape is stunning with old sandstone forming four distinct ranges of hills, interspersed with major river valleys.

The Felin Fach Griffin is our top choice amongst the best places to stay here. This gastropub has a laid back atmosphere with squashy leather sofas surrounding a warming open fire, simple, stylish food and country style bedrooms with supremely comfy beds. Just what's required after a day in the hills!

The Wye Valley

Another huge draw to this area of Wales is the Wye Valley. Stretching from mid Wales to Chepstow, it runs a picturesque course through typically British countryside.

Obviously a must for keen walkers, the area also boasts great fishing and of course the only literary festival to be seen at - the Hay on Wye Festival.

Also not to be left out is the spectacular Tintern Abbey, whose ethereal ruins are well worth the trip.

The best places to stay in south and mid wales, if you're visiting the Wye Valley include the Bell at Skenfrith and Whitebrook Restaurant with Rooms, with its Michelin starred dining.

Swansea, Mumbles and The Gower Peninsula

Swansea is not the most beautiful city in Wales, but it is situated on Swansea Bay, a five mile swathe of stunning beach. It also offers the National Waterfront Museum and for fans of "Under Milk Wood", the Dylan Thomas Centre.

Venture to the southern tip of Swansea Bay and you'll reach Mumbles. This pretty seaside village is often referred to as the gateway to the Gower Peninsula and has a good range of boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

The Gower Peninsuta is famous for its gorgeous sandy beaches and coastline and is particularly popular with walkers and surfers alike.

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  • Hotel One Hundred


    Hotel One Hundred is a family owned and managed bed and breakfast in Cardiff City Centre. The hotel has seven clean, simple, fully en-suite bedrooms and offer a continental breakfast each morning. Great value just a short walk from all of the shops and attractions of Cardiff city centre.

    7 rooms from $62
    Learning  -  Ideal for guests visiting Cardiff University, Cardiff Sixth Form College, Cardiff School of Engineering.
    Sights nearby  -  The Millennium Stadium, The National Museum Of Wales
    Close to nightlife  -  In close proximity to Cardiff city centre
    Other Activities  -  Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle
  • The Cawdor

    Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, South and Mid Wales

    A landmark building in the lovely village of Llandeilo. Large rooms mix contemporary design with a traditional feel. High ceilings with criss-crossing wooden beams. The large bar sells regional drinks and the restaurant serves up wholesome welsh food. An ideal base for exploring Wales.

    23 rooms from $83
    Country Escape  -  A cosy hotel with plenty of walking opportunities from the Brecon Beacon National Park to Pembrokeshire and Cardigan Bay.
    Great walks  -  Just outside the town find yourself in stunning countryside with endless walking options.
    Sights nearby  -  Nearby attractions include the medieval Dinefwr and Carreg Cennen castles.
    Full of character
  • Morgans Townhouse

    Swansea, South and Mid Wales

    Modernist annexe to Morgan's Hotel. Individually styled rooms with parquet floors, crisp white linen and flat screen TVs. The adjoining hotel provides style and entertainment with a slick Champagne Bar and smart yet laid backed dining. Ideally equipped for a both business and weekend getaway.

    22 rooms from $83
    Value chic  -  Stylish contemporary hotel with smart bar and restaurant, at a reasonable price.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the stunning Clyde Gardens for a breath of fresh air and an exotic array of plants.
    Sights nearby  -  Near Gower Peninsular, Britain's first named Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty.
    Surfing  -  Ideal conditions at Gower Peninsular beaches.
  • The Old Vicarage

    Powys, South and Mid Wales

    A fantastic little B&B in mid Wales near the Cambrian mountains and not far from the stunning coastline. Elegant bedrooms and a highly rated restaurant with expert chefs. Plenty to do; walking, cycling, festivals etc. A gourmet spot, excellent value, lots of outdoor activities.

    4 rooms from $90
    Views  -  Breathtaking scenery.
    Active Holiday
    Sights nearby  -  Lake District of Wales is world famous Powis Castle & Gardens.
    Fishing  -  On the Severn River.
  • Browns Hotel

    Laugharne, South and Mid Wales

    Built in 1752 and forever linked to poet and writer Dylan Thomas, Brown's Hotel is now an iconic literary address. The rooms have been elegantly refurbished and the bar is stocked with plenty of Welsh ales. An ideal place to stay for any Thomas fans looking to relive and explore his past.

    14 rooms from $96
    Full of character  -  Was favourite watering hole of poet and writer Dylan Thomas
    Great walks  -  Follow the lovely two-mile 'Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk'
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the magnificent Laugharne Castle
    Birdwatching  -  Birdwatching at the Grist
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Caer Beris

    Builth Wells

    This historic three star manor house set in it's own 27 acres of delightful gardens can be found in the Wye Valley where nature's fauna and flora abound. Friendly atmosphere with elegant rooms. Experience the best of rugged countryside and relax by a roaring fire to finish off your day.

    23 rooms from $101
    Fishing  -  Wye and the Ifron are close-by.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Morgans Hotel

    Swansea, South and Mid Wales

    Boutique chic comes to rejuvenated Swansea. Individually styled rooms perfectly mix traditional and contemporary styles. Some feature heavy four poster beds. Modern light and airy bathrooms. Swansea's only Champagne Bar and an excellent restaurant make this a stylish choice.

    42 rooms from $109
    Value chic  -  An upmarket boutique option, with fourposter beds, balconies and orginal wooden flooring- at a very reasonable price.
    Surfing  -  Beaches at Gower Peninsular have excellent surf conditions, plus the hotel provides packed lunches!
    Sights nearby  -  Just 13 miles away is Gower Peninsular, Britain's first named Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    Great walks  -  Stroll around Clyde Gardens and admire the exotic plants, a lovely way to pass the afternoon.
  • Gwesty Cymru

    Ceredigion, South and Mid Wales

    A boutique seaside hotel with a strong sense of Welsh identity and impressive sea views. Traditional stone walls sit alongside contemporary fittings. A laid backed restaurant serves up excellent local food. Perfectly situated to make the most of this corner of Wales.

    8 rooms from $116
    Local exploring  -  Chic hotel with local flare- Welsh handmade oak furniture, Welsh slate accents and bedrooms adorned with local oil paintings.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Aberystwyth’s 12th Century Castle, steeped in local history and folk lore.
    Great walks  -  Walk along the Wales Coastal Path to the sandy dunes of Ynyslas.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat trip from New Quay for some dolphin spotting.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Coedllys Country House

    Carmarthenshire, South and Mid Wales

    Guests will fall in love with the animals and the owners of this charming B&B. Rooms are decorated in a traditional farmhouse style with brass beds, floral wallpaper and furnishings and stunning views of the Welsh countryside. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served. An animal enthusiasts dream!

    3 rooms from $128
    Sights nearby  -  The Dylan Thomas Boathouse, where the acclaimed writer spent the last years of his life is just a short drive away.
    Great walks  -  The Wales Coast Path traverses the rugged beauty of the welsh coastline.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over the age of 12 are permitted.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Holm House

    Cardiff (Penarth)

    Located in a tranquil setting on the Penarth cliff tops, with stunning views of the Welsh coastline, Holm House Hotel is the perfect seaside escape. The hotel boasts a luxury spa, fine dining and lavishly decorated, individually designed bedrooms. A contemporary hotel with a warm heart.

    12 rooms from $141
    Learning  -  Visit the local Turner House Art Gallery
    Other Activities  -  Visit nearby Cosmeston Medieval Village
    Wildlife Area  -  Explore Cosmeston Lakes Country Park
    Golf  -  The Glamorganshire Golf Club
  • Glangrwyney Court

    Powys, South and Mid Wales

    Grade II Listed Georgian mansion situated on a beautiful estate amongst the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. Family run, five star bed and breakfast accommodation offers a warm and relaxed stay with 33 acres of private parkland to explore and enjoy. Perfect for a luxurious country retreat.

    9 rooms from $141
    Great walks  -  A wide range of walks, many straight from the front door.
    Garden  -  4 acres of inspirational gardens and 33 acres of parkland
    Self catering to rent  -  4 private cottages available for rental
    Bicycle hire  -  Both mountain and road bikes available.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Angel Hotel

    Abergavenny, South and Mid Wales

    The family run Angel Hotel, located in the centre of Abergavenny offers stylish, well decorated rooms, fine dining and a fantastic base on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. A lovely wedding venue with private Castle Cottage and a 10min drive from partner Michelin-starred restaurant the Walnut Tree.

    35 rooms from $143
    Cycling  -  Cyclists are well catered for in both Blaenavon World Heritage Site and the Brecon Beacons National Park.
    Other Activities  -  Dozens of local gardens open as part of the National Garden Scheme.
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a whole day in Blaenavon World Heritage Site
    Great walks  -  On the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Patricks with Rooms

    Mumbles, South and Mid Wales

    Just a stones throw from the beach, Patricks with Rooms has wonderful views across Mumbles Bay. The restaurant serves modern British dishes with local seafood. The Lounge Bar offers afternoon teas and hearty full English breakfasts. A great base for the family looking to explore the Swansea coast.

    16 rooms from $148
    Golf  -  5 minutes from Clyne and Llangland Bay Golf Clubs
    Watersports  -  360 Beach and Watersports just 15mins away.
    Scuba course  -  Ocean Quest Scuba Club nearby
    Other Activities  -  Mumbles Amateur Rowing Club
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • The Drawing Room

    Builth Wells (Twixt Cwmbach and Newbridge-on-Wye)

    A charming 18th Century Georgian house, nestled in the breathtaking Welsh countryside. Classic rooms offer understated elegance, comfort and peace. The award winning restaurant is the beating heart of this hotel. Spectacular rambling opportunities at this rural retreat.

    3 rooms from $161
    Value chic  -  An enchanting cottage with country chic interiors, fine dining and exceptionally warm service for a minimal price tag.
    Foodies  -  Indulge in a gourmet weekend away- mouthwatering food, from the best ingrediants and cooked to perfection.
    Great walks  -  Explore the colourful woods, tumbling streams, fantastic birdlife and windswept peaks of this wild countryside.
    Local markets  -  Discover the many local open-air markets, such as the weekly market at Llandrindod Wells.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Good Hotel Guide
  • Felin Fach Griffin

    Powys, South and Mid Wales

    An award winning gastro pub in an outstanding location. Ideally situated for all manner of country pursuits. Feather soft beds welcome weary walkers. The rooms are cosy and traditionally dressed. The restaurant serves up excellent food with locally sourced produced. A real winner.

    7 rooms from $167
    Exclusive offer  -  The Winter Escape
    Foodies  -  Enjoy the award winning food, crafted from local produce and whatever comes out of their veggie garden- nothing better!
    Country Escape  -  Situated in the pristine landscapes of the Brecon Beacons, with roaring fires and a charming bar to welcome you.
    Great walks  -  Wedged between the Black Mountains and the Beacons makes for excellent walking options.
    Fishing  -  The hotel organises salmon and trout fishing.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays, Fodors
  • Canaston Oaks

    Pembrokeshire, South and Mid Wales

    Set in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside, Canaston Oaks has a collection of converted traditional farm stables. Each room has a flat-screen TV, en suite bathroom, an iPod docking station, and free Wi-Fi. Plenty of good walks and the charming local town of Narbeth is just 3 miles away.

    7 rooms from $170
    Sights nearby  -  13-mile hill range is dotted with its own prehistoric sites and enlivened by craggy outcrops.
    Local markets  -  Visit a range of great food shops on the high street of Narberth
    Other Activities  -  On the doorstep of Oakwood Theme Park
    Learning  -  Visit the local Caffle brewery
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Gliffaes Hotel

    Powys, South and Mid Wales

    Family-run fishing hotel overlooking the River Usk resting in the Brecon Beacons. Large, comfortable rooms with countryside views and cosy fireplaces. Seasonally inspired menu at the restaurant, matched by fine wines and a scenic atmosphere. Great for all the family and exploring the great outdoors

    23 rooms from $182
    Hideaway  -  Set on 33 acres of beautiful grounds, with extensive walking and fishing as well as gourmet food and a cosy bar.
    Foodies  -  The ever changing yummy menu revolves around organic, sustainable and fresh produce- plus an extensive winelist!
    Fishing  -  Overlooking the River Usk, fishing is the heart and soul of this family-run hotel.
    Great walks  -  Explore the magical Brecon Beacons National Park and the stunning Black Mountains.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Lake Country House

    Builth Wells (Llangammarch Wells)

    19th century mock tudor property set amid stunning 50 acre gardens, offering stylishly furnished rooms. The dining room is spacious and dignified and serves award winning food. Plenty of activities on offer and a thoroughly relaxing spa. Ideal for a weekend break away from it all.

    30 rooms from $191
    Golf  -  The Lake Country House & Spa has a 9 hole, Par three golf course, for the enjoyment of hotel guests
    Other Activities  -  The National Botanic Garden of Wales is just under an hour from the Lake Country House & Spa Hotel
    Great walks  -  To the south of the hotel there are the stunning Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.
    Fishing  -  The River Irfon, runs through the hotel grounds adjacent to the fishing lake.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Crug-Glas

    Nr. St. Davids, South and Mid Wales

    A gorgeous country retreat, set in 600 acres of farmland on the Pembrokeshire coast. The luxurious 7 room boutique hotel boasts stunning views and fantastic home cooking in the family run restaurant. A gem for short stays, weddings and private parties.

    7 rooms from $193
    Great walks  -  The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is the only section of coastline in the UK to be designated a National Park.
    Birdwatching  -  Local walking routes weave along a rich marine haven for off-shore birds.
    Cycling  -  The 100-mile Tour of Pembrokeshire is fast becoming a must-do event.
    Wildlife Area  -  Pembrokeshire coast home to seals, birds, porpoises and dolphins.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • Bell at Skenfrith

    Monmouthshire, South and Mid Wales

    Monmouthshire old coaching inn turned stylish hideaway - perfect for the great outdoors. Charmingly quaint rooms with chic touches. Superb food straight from the organic kitchen garden. Relaxed atmosphere, family friendly and perfect for outdoorsy types.

    11 rooms from $206
    Foodies  -  The simple, uunpretentious menu hits the right note everytime thanks to the full flavours of locally sourced organic produce.
    Hideaway  -  With no mobile phone reception and a deep-black star-lit sky at night this truly a retreat from everyday life.
    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by beautiful lush gardens complete with fragrant orchard and superb kitchen garden.
    Great walks  -  Circular walks from the door. Special walking break packages available.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays, Johansens
  • Penally Abbey

    Pembrokeshire, South and Mid Wales

    18th Century Victorian home turned family-friendly boutique hotel with glorious views over Tenby's South beach. Having undergone an extensive refurb, rooms and suites are beautiful; classic luxury and elegance with plenty of original features. Fine dining offers the best of local produce.

    11 rooms from $206
    Full of character  -  The property has many original features including hand carved fireplaces, gothic style windows and much more
    Local markets  -  Wander the medieval streets of Tenby and find hidden local treasures in antique and craft stores.
    Fishing  -  Book a sea fishing trip from one of the many boats in Tenby Harbour.
    Great walks  -  Discover the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path come rain or shine.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Fodors
  • Llangoed Hall


    This stately home has a commanding presence in the surrounding countryside. Each room is unique, but all are exquisitely decorated in soft palettes and fabrics. The award winning restaurant is a must, as is the smart dress code. An array of activities ensure you're kept busy. Country luxury!

    24 rooms from $225
    Great walks  -  Explore the rugged Wye Valley and Black Mountain trails
    Full of character
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
  • Fairyhill

    Swansea, South and Mid Wales

    A handsome rural retreat, with an award winning restaurant. Contemporary rooms boasting stripped wallpaper, crisp linen and beamed ceilings. Set in well established and expansive grounds, placed in an exceptional corner of Wales. Friendly and attentive service. An ideal country escape.

    8 rooms from $257
    Country Escape  -  Stomp through the rugged country, return for a drink by the fire in the cosy bar, and finally retire to your plush bed.
    Foodies  -  A highly acclaimed Welsh restaurant serving beautifully crafted local delights and Wales' finest wines.
    Great walks  -  Pack your boots and head out on the Gower Peninsular, marked as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
    Surfing  -  Some of the best surfing in Wales is along this stretch of coast.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Corran Resort & Spa

    Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, South and Mid Wales

    Converted 16th century dairy farm in the depths of South West Wales. Exceptionally generously sized rooms and suites. Heavy wooden beams and exposed brick walls sit against contemporary furniture and fittings. Award winning restaurant serves Welsh cuisine. Extensive spa. An excellent choice.

    21 rooms from $268
    Back to Nature  -  A lovely country resort surrounded by the ocean, the Towy estuary, and acres of marshland.
    Total relaxation  -  Totally unwind with luxorious spa, hot tub, swimming pool and miles of lovely walking.
    Great walks  -  Bring your wellies and you pooch and head out to the surrounding marshlands for some scenic walking.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Whitebrook Restaurant with Rooms

    Nr Monmouth, South and Mid Wales

    Refined Michelin starred restaurant with rooms set in peaceful Welsh valley. Modern rooms with large comfortable beds and luxury bathrooms. Friendly service, understated setting and exceptional cuisine often using locally foraged produce. A real culinary treat.

    8 rooms from $344
    Foodies  -  A phenomanal Michelin starred restaurant serving up locally sourced seasonal produce, crafted to technical perfection.
    Local exploring  -  Ideal base for exploring Wye Valley, Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. As well as local rambling through the woods.
    Great walks  -  Pack some wellies and walk directly from the hotel through St Margarets Wood.
    Sights nearby  -  Tintern Abbey and Raglan Castle are nearby, and worth checking out.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • St David's Hotel & Spa


    St. David's is set in an iconic, modern building with stunning views across Cardiff Bay. The Hotel features a restaurant with waterside terrace, a luxury spa and stylish bedrooms. Just 2 miles from the city centre the hotel is perfectly suited for short breaks, conferences, or weddings.

    142 rooms from $367
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Exquisite Architecture at Cathays Park
    Designer Shopping  -  Visit St. David’s or Capitol Shopping Centre
    Great walks  -  Take a Stroll Along the Beautiful Cardiff Bay
    Other Activities  -  Enjoy a Performance at the New Theatre

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