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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 and the Vale of Usk with the Brecon Beacons, where we have several recommendations, then into the Black Mountains.
Or drop down to the bustling capital, Cardiff where there are some highly recommended places to stay. If this doesn't take your fancy then try Swansea, a seemingly unlikely setting for an excellent boutique hotel and spa.
What Not To Miss
- The Brecon Beacons 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.
- Another huge draw 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.
- It's definitely worth checking out the spectacular Tintern Abbey, whose ethereal ruins are well worth the trip.
- 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, (famous for gorgeous sandy beaches which are popular with surfers), and has a good range of boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants.
The Brecon Beacons
- The Felin Fach Griffin is a top choice. This gastropub has a laidback 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!
- Gliffaes Hotel is the perfect country escape, enjoying a lovely rural setting overlooking the River Usk. Offering large, classically decorated rooms, you'll love the ever-changing menu and beautiful grounds.
- Glangrwyney Court is set in a Grade II listed Georgian Mansion by the Black Mountains. This beautiful 5* boasts elegantly traditional interiors amongst 33 acres of private parkland. A dreamy escape!
- The Angel Hotel offers extremely chic and stylish accommodation on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. Boasting a private cottage sleeping four as well as three restaurants and a private event space, it's a top choice for intimate weddings.
- The Cawdor is a lovely spot in the village of Llandeilo, offering great value rooms mixing original features - think high ceilings and wooden beams - with contemporary touches. Wholesome, typically Welsh grub served up at the restaurant.
The Wye Valley
- The Bell at Skenfrith is an old coaching inn featuring charming, cosy accommodation in the peaceful countryside (there's no phone signal!). A relaxed, family-friendly getaway.
- Whitebrook Restaurant with Rooms belies its rather basic facade with exceptional Michelin-starred dining and chic, contemporary accommodation. A great base from which to explore the valley.
- The Georgian Brooks Country House expertly blends original features with contemporary touches to provide beautiful accommodation. With a sauna and top-notch food, what's not to love?
- Wilton Court enjoys a gorgeous setting with sloping lawns leading down to the River Wye. Set in an historic Elizabethan property, they offer splendidly traditional rooms and award-winning grub.
- Tudor Farmhouse boasts chic accommodation in serene countryside surroundings. The Michelin noted restaurant serves up quintessentially British classics - ideal to come back to after a day out hiking.
- The 100-acre Three Choirs Vineyards is a splendid restaurant with rooms, offering accommodation boasting tremendous views and fantastic food. A lovely escape.
Swansea, Mumbles and The Gower Peninsula
- Morgans Hotel and its modernist annex, Morgans Townhouse are a boutique way to see Swansea. Offering individually decorated rooms mixing traditional and contemporary styles. With a champagne bar and wonderful restaurant, they are a great base from which to explore the city.
- King Arthur Hotel is situated beneath Cefn Bryn, the Gower Peninsula's highest point. Boasting nineteen unfussy yet chic rooms, there's also delicious home cooked food served up and a cosy log fire by which to enjoy a good book.
- Patricks With Rooms is located just a short distance from the beach and offers views across Mumbles Bay. With contemporary rooms featuring a red and white colour scheme as well as great British cuisine (specialising in seafood), this is a top family coastal retreat.
- Fairyhill is an upmarket country retreat set in wonderful grounds, providing tastefully decorated boutique rooms and an award-winning restaurant. Come back after a day out exploring to enjoy a tipple in the cosy bar.
- Browns Hotel is a historic spot boasting elegantly refurbished rooms and a bar stocked with plenty of local ales. Originally a pub (that was frequented twice daily by Dylan Thomas!), you can learn more about his life at the nearby The Dylan Thomas Boathouse.
- The Corran Resort & Spa is a converted 16th century dairy farm featuring luxurious accommodation blending exposed brick walls, heavy beams and contemporary furnishings. With an award-winning restaurant and a spa, you'll fall in love with the place.
- Coedllys Country House is an intimate three-bedroom B&B, offering traditional farmhouse style accommodation with lovely views. What's more, their animal sanctuary is home to sheep, cows, donkeys, llamas and more! Perfect for animal lovers.
- Penally Abbey is set in an 18th Century Victorian home. Their classically chic rooms have been refurbished in a lovely style, featuring a neutral palette and original features, local produce is served in the restaurant.
- Canaston Oaks provides a collection of smartly converted farm stables featuring flat-screen TVs and en suites. A lovely spot from which to explore the wonderful surrounding countryside.
- Crug-Glas is a stunning rural retreat, set amidst 600 acres of farmland and just a short distance away from the coast. Offering seven luxurious rooms furnished in a traditional style and with home-cooked meals at the family run restaurant. It's a top-notch country getaway.
Cardiff And Penarth
- Tranquilly situated on Penarth cliff tops, Holm House offers crisp, chic accommodation featuring plenty of light hues as well as boasting a lovely spa. Enjoy fine dining from the restaurant.
- St David's Hotel & Spa is set in an iconic contemporary building, offering eclectically designed accommodation with splendid views of Cardiff Bay. Sit out on the restaurant's waterside terrace as you dine. A sleek stay.
- Hotel One Hundred offers seven simple rooms bang smack in the centre of Cardiff - starting from just £49 per night. A great value base from which to explore the city.
- Gwesty Cymru is a boutique seaside property, boasting chic rooms with lovely views as well as a laidback restaurant.
- The Old Vicarage is a small B&B situated a short distance from the Cambrian mountains. With lovely classical bedrooms and expert chefs on hand, it's a superb getaway at excellent value.
- The climate in Wales is similar to England, albeit slightly wetter. So you're best off visiting in the summer, with the average temperature reaching around 17°C in July and August.
- International visitors can fly into Cardiff Airport - located 12 miles outside the city. This is served daily by a number of both domestic and mainland European destinations. The airport has good travel links to take you wherever you're going.
- Alternatively, if you're heading to mid Wales then you could always fly into Birmingham Airport which is located just across the border. From here, you can take the train to your final destination.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.
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Best Hotels in South and Mid Wales
Hotel One Hundred 7 rooms from $63Cardiff
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.Learning - Ideal for guests visiting Cardiff University, Cardiff Sixth Form College, Cardiff School of Engineering.Sights nearby - The Millennium Stadium, The National Museum Of WalesClose to nightlife - In close proximity to Cardiff city centreOther Activities - Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle
Morgans Townhouse 22 rooms from $85Swansea, 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.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 4 rooms from $91Powys
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.Views - Breathtaking scenery.Active HolidaySights nearby - Lake District of Wales is world famous Powis Castle & Gardens.Fishing - On the Severn River.
Morgans Hotel 42 rooms from $111Swansea
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.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.
32 Townhouse 8 rooms from $111South and Mid Wales
Charming hotel in the South Wales village of Narbeth. 32 Townhouse features plush rooms, an excellent restaurant and an atmospheric bar. History lovers will enjoy visiting the regions glut of castles.Sights nearby - Explore the Welsh castle trail at nearby Llawhaden Castle, Narberth Castle and Wiston Castle.Great walks - Beautiful walking routes in the surrounding countryside.Local markets - Visit the nearby No.47 Boutique.
Gwesty Cymru 8 rooms from $117Ceredigion, 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.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
Holm House 12 rooms from $143Cardiff (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.Learning - Visit the local Turner House Art GalleryOther Activities - Visit nearby Cosmeston Medieval VillageWildlife Area - Explore Cosmeston Lakes Country ParkGolf - The Glamorganshire Golf Club
Glangrwyney Court 9 rooms from $143Powys
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.Great walks - A wide range of walks, many straight from the front door.Garden - 4 acres of inspirational gardens and 33 acres of parklandSelf catering to rent - 4 private cottages available for rentalBicycle hire - Both mountain and road bikes available.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide
Patricks with Rooms 16 rooms from $150Mumbles, 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.Golf - 5 minutes from Clyne and Llangland Bay Golf ClubsWatersports - 360 Beach and Watersports just 15mins away.Scuba course - Ocean Quest Scuba Club nearbyOther Activities - Mumbles Amateur Rowing ClubRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Hardwick 8 rooms from $156Monmouthshire, South and Mid Wales
A converted pub featuring contemporary rooms and a highly acclaimed restaurant. Simple and clean in design, rooms have floor to ceiling windows, white washed walls and modern bathrooms. A creative British menu focuses on local produce. A charming country escape.Foodies - A highly acclaimed Welsh restaurant showcasing the best of the local produce.Country Escape - This place is all about long walks, cosy fireplaces and superb food.Great walks - With the Brecons on your doorstep find miles of hiking trails to be explored.Sailing - Hire a narrowboat for the day and cruise along the scenic canal.
Llwyn Helyg 3 rooms from $163South and Mid Wales
A contemporary country house offering a luxurious rural escape near Brecon Beacons National Park. Three spacious rooms boast modern bathrooms, elegant furnishings and large sash windows making the most of the scenic surrounds. Ideally positioned for exploring this historic corner of Wales.Country Escape - A magestic country house set in beautifully manicured gardens.Sights nearby - Visit the spectacular Aberglasney House and award winning gardens.Great walks - Find miles of scenic nature trails to be explored.Restrictions on children - Adult only
Felin Fach Griffin 7 rooms from $176Powys
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.Exclusive offer - Winter EscapeFoodies - 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
Gliffaes Hotel 23 rooms from $185Powys
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 outdoorsHideaway - 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
Restaurant James Sommerin 9 rooms from $188Cardiff (Penarth)
Restaurant James Sommerin enjoys an idyllic coastal setting in Penarth. The main draw's obviously the gorgeous, Michelin-starred cuisine - but the boutique rooms are lovely in their own right. Spend the day in Cardiff or head off exploring the coast. Ideal for foodies and romantics.Sights nearby - Take a tour of Cardiff Castle, St David's Hall or go visit the Principality StadiumGreat walks - Wander along the coast at sunset and marvel at the stunning viewsSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Views - Great views from hotel
Fairyhill 8 rooms from $261Swansea, 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.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
St David's Hotel & Spa 142 rooms from $373Cardiff
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.Sights nearby - Explore Exquisite Architecture at Cathays ParkDesigner Shopping - Visit St. David’s or Capitol Shopping CentreGreat walks - Take a Stroll Along the Beautiful Cardiff BayOther Activities - Enjoy a Performance at the New Theatre