Harbourmaster Hotel

César award in 2005

'A wonderful place to stay', Glyn and Menna Heulyn's small hotel is a conversion of three characterful buildings on the quayside of an appealing small town. 'What makes it so special is that all the staff seem motivated, cheerful and happy,' says a returning visitor this year. 'Many are local, which means they can tell you about places to visit. We like the newsletter on the breakfast table which gives suggestions for the day.' The bedrooms are in the original building, a converted grain store next door, and a historic cottage. 'We liked our room, Aeron Queen, which had excellent soundproofing from the bar below; large windows and a balcony had panoramic views of the harbour.' Gwalia, on the first floor, has muted sea colours spiced with scarlet Welsh blankets ('no cushions, no knick-knacks, no frills'). Separate menus are served in the bar and the restaurant, where chef Ludovic Dieumegard's menu might include Welsh goat's cheese, pistachio-stuffed peppers; fillet of cod, pesto bean fricassée. 'The food is good, especially at breakfast which is freshly prepared using good local ingredients.' (Lynn Wildgoose, SA Mathieson)
  • We have stayed here so many times we have lost count. It continues to be a bustling place, very popular with locals and visitors. We stayed again in Aeron Queen, on the first floor of the extended part of the building. It is large and very comfortable, and has panoramic views of the harbour and sea. Food can be a bit hit and miss. The lunch we had was excellent. Service from all staff is exceptional, and the place is still personally managed, which makes such a huge difference. We have stayed here so often that we are known and greeted by name, but all customers seem to be truly welcomed and looked after, whether they have been there before or not. Continues to be a very enjoyable place to stay and the owners, manager and his assistant could teach many others in the hospitality business a few worthy lessons of how it can be done and done properly.

    Lynn Wildgoose, 30/07/2015

  • One of the perils of travellng alone is that single rooms tend to be small. This one was, but it was also clean, comfortable well equipped, and had a lovely view onto the harbour and sea. I would definitely stay there again. The food was excellent, both in the evening (lemon sole on the bone) and at breakfast: a tasty full breakfast with all the extras you could wish for. Brisk service. The bar had a real buzz about it, and it was good to hear Welsh being spoken by so many. A little gem.

    Mike Craddock, 29/08/2014

  • Harbourmaster continues to be excellent. This was our second visit - there was a 'welcome back' note in the room on arrival. Once again, was struck by way the friendly and helpful staff were happy to speak English or Welsh, including speakers of both languages rather than making anyone feel excluded; and the sense that Harbourmaster is part of Aberaeron rather than just located there - particularly in the bar, which is basically a local's pub.

    SA Mathieson, 18/04/2014

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Local attractions

Llanerchaeron
An 18th-century Welsh estate.
Dolphin spotting
Take boat trips from Aberaeron.
Aberystwyth
A seaside town nestled between three hills and two beaches.
Dornoch Cathedral
A 13th-century cathedral, housing the reconstructed remains of the medieval palace of the Bishops of Caithness.

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Contact Details

Harbourmaster Hotel

Pen Cei, Aberaeron ABERAERON Ceredigion Wales SA46 0BT

Telephone

01545 570755

Further Information

Bedrooms

13, 2 in cottage, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 25 Dec.

Facilities

bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, pebble beach (safe bathing nearby).

Background music

'not loud' in bar.

Children

under-5s in cottage only.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2014] per room B&B £110-£250, D,B&B £140-£300. Set dinner £25-£30, à la carte £30. 1-night bookings refused weekends.