Ael y Bryn

The ‘genuine warmth’ that imbues Robert Smith and Arwel Hughes’s much-loved rural B&B impressed Guide inspectors in 2016 as much as it does returning guests, who rave about the hosts’ ‘enthusiasm, support, flexibility and desire to please’. More

Contact details

Ael y Bryn
Eglwyswrw
Pembrokeshire
SA41 3UL
Wales
01239 891411
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

4. All on ground floor.

Open

all year except Christmas/New Year.

Facilities

library, music room, dining room, conservatory (telescope), free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), courtyard, 2½-acre garden (wildlife pond, stream, bowls court).

Background music

‘easy listening’/classical in music room in evening.

Children

not under 14.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £100–£130. Set dinner £24–£28.

Good Hotel Guide Review

The ‘genuine warmth’ that imbues Robert Smith and Arwel Hughes’s much-loved rural B&B impressed Guide inspectors in 2016 as much as it does returning guests, who rave about the hosts’ ‘enthusiasm, support, flexibility and desire to please’. ‘Everything – the comfort, the design, the cuisine, Robert and Arwel’s relations with their guests – is idiosyncratically personal.’ Arrive to ‘great pots of tea and tiered platters of Arwel’s home-baked treats (including a couple of Welsh cakes for good measure)’. In ‘comfortably jumbly’ gardens, the house is filled with paintings, sculptures, bibelots; ‘the snug library is a hideout for book lovers’. ‘Our spacious, well-furnished bedroom came supplied with travel guides and books, an exhaustive tea tray, a packed information binder; the window seat surveyed a painterly landscape.’ A ‘sociable’ dinner of ‘refined comfort food’ (‘and plenty of it!’) may be served, by arrangement. ‘We woke to a royal breakfast: fresh chrysanthemums on the table; an impressive buffet spread; perfectly prepared eggs. We felt very spoiled.’ (GM Jones, HM Lusby, Michael Frayn, and others)

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Ael y Bryn
Eglwyswrw
Pembrokeshire
SA41 3UL

Guest comments

'This is a wonderful place to stay.The rooms are beautiful, carefully furnished and well equipped, and we had a splendid view over the garden to the distant mountains. The breakfasts are cooked and presented with the same attention to detail as the presentation of the house. The evening meals are of an incredibly high standard and are well worth sampling if you are there on night when they are available. Lovely, attentive hosts who also understand when to be absent. ' - Penelope Johnson - July, 2016
'Sheer luxury and perfection. Our bedroom on the ground floor had a beautiful outlook towards the pond and bird table. The room had every comfort, with great attention to detail. We were asked to meet our fellow dining companions in the conservatory at 6.50pm, and then our hosts accompanied us to the beautifully laid, huge dining table. You could bring your own wine, no corkage charge. Dinner was beautifully cooked and presented with lovely fresh vegetables. Breakfast is again a feast, especially for the eyes. These two lovely hosts are so generous with their food and hosting skills. ' - Sue Raymond - September, 2016
'A hotel that began life as a prisoner-of-war camp is obviously going to be unusual, but you'd never guess quite how unusual is the home that Robert and Arwel have crafted out of it, largely with their own hands and their own imagination. Everything - their relations with the guests, the comfort, the design, the cuisine, the range of gels and lotions in the bathroom - is idiosyncratically personal. The garden outside the windows is as intensely created as the interior. And beyond it, a wide, open landscape with the Preselis as a backdrop. ' - Michael Frayn - August, 2015
'There is an air of peace and perfect tranquillity about the place. Robert and Arwel want their guests to feel properly on holiday, and they work behind the scenes, with great attention to detail, to make sure that everything runs smoothly, seamlessly, professionally. They are utterly genuine. They seem truly glad to be able to welcome you to their home, and just as proud to introduce you to their corner of Wales. It is a testament to their hospitality that so many of their guests return time and again ' - Astella Saw - March, 2016
'The grounds were stunning, with the small lake and meandering footpaths through the shrubs and plants. The Carn Menyn suite where we were staying in had an en-suite walk in shower room, a separate sitting room with television. Robert and Arwel were attentive from the time of booking in, making sure my disability needs were cared for. A vast assortment of breakfast needs. Evening meal is an option. No top-class hotel would have given as much attention to their meals, and the mouthwatering sweets were out of this world. The banquet-sized table was laid to perfection. It is also a family home, but you are told to treat it as your own and to be comfortable being there. It is so peaceful. We can not praise Robert and Arwel enough for making our stay memorable. ' - Roger & Llinos HARRIS - May, 2015
'The care that Robert and Arwel take of their guests and the property is above and beyond. We’ve stayed in two different rooms; each has been spacious, clean and superbly equipped. On arrival you are welcomed as a friend with tea and cakes in the conservatory. The building is fascinating, comfortable and easy to be in. The views are amazing and the wonderful surrounding countryside is brought inside with the use of large windows and the positioning of rooms and furniture. You can opt to have a two- or three-course evening meal. Everyone eats at the same time, around the same table. The food is wonderful; fresh, innovative. Arwel is truly the King of Puddings and produces two delicious deserts at the end of the meal. Breakfast is another sumptuous event. ' - Rosemary Albone - October, 2014

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