Penally Abbey, Wales

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If it’s peace and quiet amongst the mountains and valleys you are looking for, cross that border and cease to ignore a country that is greater than the sum of its consonants (of which there are many). These are the best hotels in Wales right now. 

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Some reviews are taken from this year’s Great British & Irish Hotels Guide. You can read the full reviews online or purchase your print Hotels Guide here


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The Grove Narberth, Wales

The Grove of Narberth – Narberth, Pembrokeshire

This striking country house in southwest Wales was derelict when Neil and Zoe Kedward restored it in 2007. Today, it’s a charmingly luxurious hotel. Of the two main façades, one is three storeys high, gleaming white and many-windowed; the other is gabled, with arts & crafts elements that continue inside. There are 25 beautiful bedrooms including six newly refurbished cottage suites by top interior designer Martin Hulbert. Some come with fabulous new glass box garden lounges; all have a view of the gardens, surrounding fields or Preseli Hills.


+44 (0)1834 860915 /

Penally Abbey, Wales

Penally Abbey – Tenby, Pembrokeshire

This grand Welsh mansion exudes bonhomie, making you instantly relax and feel at home. Owners Lucas and Melanie Boissevain brought the lovely, late 18th-century Gothic house, with its romantic ogee-headed doors and windows, stunningly back to life in 2014. You enter a spacious hallway with wood-burning stove; there follows a bar opening onto a pretty conservatory, an elegant yet homely sitting room and a glamorous candlelit dining room filled with locally collected antiques.


+44 (0)1834 843033 /

Bodysgallen Hall

Bodysgallen Hall – Llandudno, Conwy

Bodysgallen Hall is a dignified, gentle-paced oasis of calm, only a short distance from Llandudno’s famous promenade and beaches. Climb its tower – the medieval core of the fine 17th-century mansion was allegedly built as part of the outlying defences of Conwy Castle – and you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view that includes the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. The Grade I listed house is filled with character, and boasts fifteen bedrooms and 16 postcard-pretty cottages within the estate’s 200 acres of wooded parkland.


+44 (0)1492 584466 /

The Bear Hotel

The Bear Hotel – Crickhowell, Powys

The Bear and Crickhowell go hand in hand, like Welsh cakes and bara brith: hardly surprising when you know that the former coaching inn has been offering hospitality to the people of the delightful Brecon Beacons town and weary travellers alike since 1432. The Bear brims with character: low beams, antiques, roaring log fires and, most of all, bonhomie – you could not ask for more. Outside, the attractive white and black beamed building drips with hanging baskets, with a cobbled forecourt and archway into the inner courtyard. In the bar, a 19th-century stagecoach timetable is still on display.


+44 (0)1873 810408 /


Gliffaes – Crickhowell, Powys

Gorgeous Gliffaes. Standing above the River Usk and crowned by two quirky campaniles, the house was built in the 1880s in Italianate style. There are lovely grounds and, for fishermen, five salmon and trout beats along the river. For the last 70 years it has been in the same family, and Susie and James Suter have run it with hands-on dedication for more than 20 years. Sitting on the wide stone terrace with nothing but the sound of birdsong and the rushing river is pretty unbeatable – it’s hard to imagine a more peaceful hotel.


+44 (0)1874 730371 /

The Felin Fach Griffin

The Felin Fach Griffin – Brecon, Powys

This is the first of Edmund and Charlie Inkin’s three wonderfully unpretentious and enjoyable establishments (see also The Gurnard’s Head and Old Coastguard). Set amid magnificent scenery between the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons, the old inn has become a sanctuary for food lovers, walkers and bookish visitors to nearby Hay-on-Wye, famed for its annual Hay Literary Festival that takes place each spring. A brilliant base from which to explore the natural wonders of Wales.


+44 (0)1874 620111 /

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