Ael y Bryn
The Good Hotel Guide 2017 has awarded two Welsh hotels with their prestigious Cesar awards, which are given to the ten best hotels of the year in the United Kingdom. The Guide offers readers impartial advice on the best places to stay after inspectors anonymously visit hotels.
The Hardwick in Abergavenny was described by the Guide as a “’sophisticated yet unpretentious’ rural restaurant-with-rooms in an ‘attractive’ sheep-grazed setting” offering a “contented buzz”. The hotel offers eight luxury bedrooms with its restaurant specialising in local and seasonal produce with a relaxed, comfortable dining experience.
Ael y Bryn was described as having a “genuine warmth” with the “much-loved rural B&B” impressing Guide inspectors with the hosts’ “enthusiasm, support, flexibility and desire to please”. It is an adult only bed and breakfast in a peaceful rural location in North Pembrokeshire with spectacular panoramic views of the Preseli hills and memorable sunsets. Its 2.5 acre garden includes a natural stream, ponds and vast flower beds. Their evening meals are prepared and presented using the finest Welsh produce wherever possible.
Editors Choice 2017 recommendations are listed below
The Bell at Skinfrith, Monmouthshire – Gastropubs
Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, Llandudno – Spa Hotels and Historic Hotels
Bryniau Golau, Bala, Gwynedd – Rooms with a View
Cnapan, Newport, Pembrokeshire – Value Hotels
Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon and Pen-Y-Gwryd, Nant Gwynant, Gwynedd – Hotels for Walkers
Gliffaes, Crickhowell, - Romantic Hotels
The Grove, Narberth, Pembrokeshire – Hotels with Gardens
The Lake – Llangammarch Wells –Country House Hotel and Fishing Hotel
The Manor Town House – Fishguard - B&B
The Old Vicarage, Dolfor, Powys – Green Hotels
Penally Abbey, Pembrokeshire – Hotel Discoveries
Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdyfi and Porth Tocyn Hotel, Abersoch – Family Hotel
Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo and Llys Meddyg, Newport, Pembrokeshire and The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire – Gourmet Hotel
Published 8 November 2016