Gliffaes Country House Hotel : Breacon Beacons Hotel review
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The Breacon Beacons is only a 1.5 hours drive from where I live and I have never been. I was invited to the Gliffaes Country House Hotel with my mum which is situated in Crickhowell a town in the Brecon Beacons national park. As soon as I saw the pictures on their website I was excited and expecting a luxury stay and it is exactly what I got.
The Gliffaes Country House Hotel is a characteristic country house in the Welsh countryside. When we arrived we drove up the country lane to the hotel which is on the most beautiful grounds.
We were greeted at reception with a friendly smile whilst my mum went to look at the cozy bar area I checked in hassle free and then we were taken to our room which was actually in a cottage just opposite the main house. I would recommend checking in before you take out your luggage just incase you are also in the cottages as they have parking directly outside.
Our room at the Gliffaes Country Hotel
We stayed in room C4, the cottage is a grade 2 listed building and has some original features.
We had twin beds which at first I thought were really soft but they were so comfortable. Each bed had two fluffy pillows, two cushions, a duvet and a counterpane for the colder nights.
The room was decorated how I imagined it would be when the cottage was probably a residential house.
The room had two small chairs, a dressing table, tv, radio, tea and coffee making facilities with quality tea and coffee. There was adequate storage space including a cupboard with a iron and ironing board.
The room had controllable heating and it was really cozy on what was still a chilly spring day.
We had a adapted accessible room and the bathroom was huge. It was more of a wet room and perfect for someone with mobility limitations such as me and my mum.
I loved the cornice in the bathroom giving it a traditional feel.
There was shampoo, conditioner, soap and body lotion in refillable containers which cuts down on plastic wastage.
The room was light and airy with spectacular views over the gardens with the blossoms on the trees.
The water is from a spring making the water delicious and safe to drink. There was a folder with information about the hotel, room and local activities. There was a note pre warning that if everyone in the cottage rooms (full capacity meant 16 people) had showers or baths at the same time the hot water could run out but we didn’t experience any problems.
The grounds at Gliffaes Country House
The thing that makes this hotel extra special is the gardens they are so beautiful.
We spent our afternoon walking around looking at the different plants and trees which were labelled. The blooming daffodils and other blossoms which made the gardens smell of spring.
They even had their own bee hives.
We walked over to the river and saw some people fishing and lambs hopping next to their mothers.
This is a fishing hotel and it is the theme of in the décor of the main hotel with angler style wallpaper in the lobby. They have fishing opportunities so this is a great hotel for the angler fan.
Also there are some great walks near by so if you are a nature lover you are going to enjoy staying at this country house in the Breacon Beacons.
Food and Drink at the Gliffaes Hotel
We spent some time in the afternoon sitting in the conservatory where I tried a local gin which was so nice I have to get some more. My mum had a coffee with baileys.
The hotel have afternoon tea which seemed popular with guests filling the two lounge area.
I would have loved to have had one of the delicious looking sandwiches and scones but since we were booked in for a evening meal I didn’t want to ruin my appetite so stuck with the gin.
It was nice and relaxing sitting in the conservatory as we read our books.
In the lounges there are open fires which make it really cosy and lots of comfortable seating with reading matter so it is a lovely area to relax on a Sunday afternoon.
Service is impecable with attention to detail. The food is cooked to perfection with such good quality ingredients.
We sat in the bar with a glass of house red and white and ordered our meals. There is a wide selection of drinks and wines available.
We only had to wait a few minutes before we were taken into the main dining room. We were seated by a roaring fire where the crackling firewood added to the ambience of the dining room.
They make their own bread which is different every day we had onion and cheese.
The menu choices are rich. I started with Boudin Blanc Pickled Wild Mushrooms, Leek, Pancetta. I didn’t even know what Boudin Blanc was and later found out it was a style of sausage. It was something that I would not normally order and I love trying new foods.
My mum started with Mackerel Escabeche In Hot Carrot, Saffron, White Wine & Shallot Marinade, Saffron & Chive Potato which she really enjoyed.
The highlight for her was her main course which was Slow Cooked Ox Cheek Beef & Onion Rissole, Kale, Reduction of Braising Liquour. The cheek was so tender it just melted in the mouth.
I had Duo of Chicken Braised Leg & Supreme of Chicken, Truffle Mash, Smoked Pancetta, Coq au Vin Sauce. We ordered a side dish of new roasted potatoes but to be honest we didn’t really need them as there was enough food on our main dishes.
We were quite full but we still manged to fit in desert. My mum had Mocha Moose and I had a tarty refreshing lemon tart which was delicious. I would have loved to have had the cheese board but I couldn’t fit any more food in.
Breakfast was tasty there were options of cereals, fruit and yoghurts that you helped yourself too and then ordered the cooked dish.
I went for the full English and again the quality of the ingredients were high and it was cooked lovely.
Gliffaes Country House Hotel is a wonderful place to stay if you are looking for somewhere as a base to explore the Welsh countryside or if you want to escape and relax with a book and a open roaring fire. Click here for their website and more details.
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