In beautiful Portmeirion, Wales, this luxury, bespoke celebration of music, arts and culture gets more and more popular each year. So far, The The has been announced as a headliner. Expect more big names on a music line-up to accompany a fine arts and culture offering in this picturesque setting.
‘We are very excited to have THE THE at next year’s festival. They are an act that have always been on our list and when we heard Matt had the band back together and was performing live we had to have them. It’s going to be a real festival highlight next year.’ Festival founder Gareth Cooper
Gliffaes, Crickhowell, Powys. Standing above the River Usk and crowned by two quirky campaniles, Gliffaes was built in the 1880s in Italianate style. For the last 60 years it has been in the same family, and now Susie and James Suter run it with hands-on dedication. Sitting on the wide stone terrace with nothing but the sound of birdsong and the rushing river below certainly helps, but for peace to really take hold, the hotel itself has to be genuine, unpretentious, satisfying for its guests and loved by its owners. There are 23 bedrooms, four of which have superlative views over the river and the sky-high hill that rises beyond it. With country-house fabrics and comfortable bathrooms, they are traditional and pretty. Doubles from £140.
Found out more in our round-up of the best small & boutique festivals of 2018.