Gliffaes

César award in 2009

In a 'beautiful' setting on the River Usk, this 'lovely' family-run hotel is in the Brecon Beacons national park. The comfortable, elegant 19th-century Italianate building has remained in the same ownership for more than 60 years. Today, 'very hands-on' owners Peta Brabner and James and Susie Suter are in charge. A visitor with three young children found staff 'helpful and tolerant'. Individually decorated bedrooms have views of the river or the expansive garden. Beyond the manicured lawns and collection of specimen trees, foraging sessions take guests among the hedgerows and wild plants; fishing courses are held on the hotel's private stretch of the river. A tandem bicycle can be borrowed. Under chef Karl Cheetham, the kitchen has a commitment to regional food and local producers; daily-changing modern British menus might include 'delightfully pink Welsh lamb, the best ever'. An 'excellent' breakfast, with home-made muesli and local maple-cured bacon, may be taken in bed. 'Definitely one to return to soon.' (Brian and Gwen Thomas,and others)
  • A very nice hotel. We had a comfortable room at the front above the kitchen, which resulted in some cooking smells pervading the room and it could be a bit noisy late at night as people came and went. That said, it was 29 degrees and all windows were open. The food was good and plentiful. One day we had an excellent packed lunch. The River Usk runs through the grounds and I availed myself of a pleasant and productive evening fishing. The staff were all efficient and friendly, a credit to the hotel

    Peter Anderson, 25/07/2013

  • Isn't it wonderful to open the GHG and spot a hotel just where you need to break your journey? It's even better when the hotel turns out to be perfect. First ,the beautiful setting in the hills with the River Usk below. Then, the warmest of welcomes by the receptionist who seemed genuinly pleased to see us. All the staff were effecient, well trained and delighted to serve us, and the warmth of their welcome matched the roaring log fires in the enormous fire places. The spacious, beautifully designed public rooms are decorated and furnished to the highest standards. We paid extra for a large twin bedroom which had comfy armchairs as well. The dinner was magnificent, even if only four mains to choose from.

    Brian and Gwen Thomas, 20/03/2013

  • Lovely family-run hotel in a wonderful setting. Owners very hands-on. Staff couldn't have been more helpful or tolerant with our three young children.

    A., 06/11/2011

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Local attractions

Brecon Beacons
A beautiful national park, with a mountain railway.
Abergavenny
A picturesque town with markets and a variety if festivals.
Crickhowell
A town in the midst of the Brecon Beacons.

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Discount Vouchers

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Contact Details

Gliffaes

CRICKHOWELL Powys Wales NP8 1RH

Telephone

01874 730371

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information

Bedrooms

23, 4 in annexe, 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year except Jan.

Facilities

ramp, 2 sitting rooms, conservatory, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 33-acre garden (tennis, croquet, fishing).

Background music

in bar in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed, £23 B&B on a camp bed in parents' room.

Dogs

not allowed indoors.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

per room B&B £100-£265, D,B&B £184-£349. Set dinner £42. 1-night bookings refused weekends.

GHG voucher offer

Buy the guide and claim 25% off B&B rates on certain dates