Gliffaes

Crickhowell, Powys

There are sublime views from this eccentric Victorian country house with Italianate campaniles and 20th-century porte cochère, in wooded grounds overlooking the River Usk. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There are sublime views from this eccentric Victorian country house with Italianate campaniles and 20th-century porte cochère, in wooded grounds overlooking the River Usk. Built for a Revd West and his father, who planted the arboretum, it has been in the same family since 1948 and is today owned by Susie and James Suter. ‘We love it,’ wrote readers who relish the old-fashioned look and hospitality, the comfy lounges with ‘an array of magazines and papers’, the ‘shoe cleaner on the landing’, the ‘professional housekeeping’. Bedrooms, with spring water on tap, range from cosy to two large river-view rooms with French doors to a wisteria-festooned balcony. One room has an antique four-poster with embroidered canopy. Chef Karl Cheetham works with local produce, fruit, herbs – and nettles – from the garden, to create short menus of dishes such as venison with pancetta, orange bread-and-butter pudding, smoked chestnuts, blackberry jus. Unusual breakfast dishes include twice-baked Welsh Cheddar soufflé, vegan tofu scramble, kippers with laver bread, and pork-and-leek sausages to set you up for a day’s fly-fishing. (FK)

Hotel details

Address

Gliffaes Road
Crickhowell
Powys
NP8 1RH
Wales

Telephone

01874 730371

Bedrooms

23. 4 in cottage, 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except Christmas, open for New Year.

Facilities

2 sitting rooms, conservatory, bar, dining room, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, 33-acre garden (tennis, croquet, private fishing on River Usk), EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in bar in the evening.

Children

all ages welcomed, cots free, extra bed £30.

Dogs

not allowed indoors (free kennels available).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £159. À la carte £45. 1-night bookings refused high-season weekends.

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Special offers

Four Day 'Explore Wales' Special Offer

Four Day “Explore Wales” Special Offer. Offer details: A saving of up to £45 a night off peak season rates. 4 nights bed and breakfast – rooms to suit all budgets. 2 nights full three-course dinner included. Delicious cream tea on one afternoon. Picnic lunch to take on your travels. Half a bottle of Prosecco in your room. Free walking guide or OS map. Free use of Hotel’s electric bikes on one day. One free days fishing. (you will need your own tackle etc.). Offer available from May until the end of September. Cancellation policy: 24 hours notice only and the hotel doesn’t take a deposit, so if your plans have to change you have nothing to lose by making your booking today. Prices from £199 per room per night. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.


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