A Land of Myths and Legends

A magical country steeped in myth and legend, Wales has the warmest of welcomes and a generous spirit. Its lush green valleys and rugged mountainscapes are framed by an extraordinary coastline. Medieval castles and prehistoric stone circles cover the landscape defining 4000 years of history.

Wales at a glance

  • Wales is an ancient Celtic land of song where dramatic coastline and mountain scenery prompt legend and myth. It truly is a magical place to explore and its people, with a distinct cultural identity, are famed for their warmest of welcome or ‘Croeso’ as it’s called in these parts.
  • It is renowned for its 1,680 miles of some of the best coastal walking to be found anywhere in the world. Find beautiful rocky coast, pretty harbour villages and the softest sandy beaches.
  • Inland its sleepy valleys are home to market towns whilst its rolling mountains and jagged peaks offer the perfect look out for magnificent medieval castles at every turn.
  • Wales doesn’t take itself too seriously and will appeal to those looking for a real adventure looking to properly escape and explore an untouched gem. We are not surprised that the royals Prince Charles and William and Kate have chosen Wales for their country retreats.
  • Must do’s include walking the Pembrokeshire Coast and its offshore islands teeming with nesting birds, finding adventure in the Snowdonia National Park, hiking and night-time star gazing in the Brecon Beacons.
  • Its intimate valleys and hillsides are filled with livestock and its rivers teeming with fish which inspire leading chefs from all over the world. Be sure to taste sweet delicate salt marsh lamb, Welsh black beef and Carmarthen Ham. Traditional specialities like Cawl, Glamorgan sausages, Welsh rarebit, Welshcakes and Bara Brith, reflect a time when meat was a real luxury.
  • Right now, Wales has one of the most exciting food scenes in the isles with outstanding coastal restaurants, gastro pubs and Michelin starred chefs in country retreats including the remarkable Gareth Ward at Ynyshir - one of the most exciting emerging chefs in the UK.
  • Wales is a short journey from London, you can be here in just over 2 hours easy drive whilst being even closer to major international airports in Manchester or Birmingham.

Bodysgallen Hall

Llandudno, Wales

Bodysgallen Hall & Spa is a charming country house retreat near the Victorian Seaside town of Llandudno on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. With 13th-century origins, this house, its glorious gardens and follies, is sure to impress your senses. Set in 200 acres of wooded parkland, its offers spectacular views of castles and…

4 AA red Star Country House Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Felin Fach Griffin

Brecon, Wales

A cosy Country Inn with a laid-back style all of its own, offering the warmest of Welsh hospitality. Unwind after your exertions of the day with your feet up in front of a crackling log fire sipping on a pint of Wye Valley HPA ale, or a Brecon gin and tonic. Their kitchen produces perfectly…

VisitWales 4 Star Restaurant with Rooms

Grove of Narberth

Pembrokeshire, Wales

You will fall in love with the Grove of Narberth. This wildly romantic privately owned country house hotel is nestled in the heart of the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside with stunning views of the Preseli Hills. At the Grove you can be assured of a warm Welsh welcome and the perfect base to explore everything this…

5 AA red Star Hotel
4 AA Rosettes

Llangoed Hall

Brecon, Wales

Deep in the Wye valley, this privately owned 17th-century Edwardian manor house overlooks meadows leading down to the River Wye, on the edge of the national park. This extraordinary house and gardens dates from 1632, and it was first converted into a hotel by Sir Bernard Ashley, husband of Laura Ashley, darling of the textiles…

4 AA red Star Country House Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Llys Meddyg

Newport, Wales

This charming Georgian Coaching Inn in the seaside chic town of Newport is a place to kick off your boots and enjoy the informal atmosphere that owners Ed and Louise have created. The restaurant has established a well-earned reputation over many years, as one of the best in Wales. Try the Newport bay crab and…

4 AA silver Star Restaurant with Rooms
2 AA Rosettes

Palé Hall

Bala, Wales

Palé Hall is a beautifully appointed, destination country house hotel offering the perfect retreat. Situated in the tranquil Dee valley this historic Victorian mansion has an idyllic woodland garden rolling down to the banks of the river. The spectacular Snowdonia National Park is on our doorstep. Expect to enjoy exceptional standards of service in a…

5 AA red Star Country House Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Tyddyn Llan

Corwen, Wales

Tyddyn Llan is a delightful Georgian hunting lodge set in a magically peaceful Vale of Edeyrnion at the eastern edge of the Snowdonia National Park. Chef Proprietor Bryan Webb and his wife Susan make a winning team where food takes centre stage. Ambience is warm and generous, and the rooms beautifully appointed with period furnishings,…

VisitWales 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms


Machynlleth, Wales

Ynyshir is a destination restaurant with rooms located on the Cambrian Coast near Machynlleth. The surrounding scenery is spectacular, with its wild sandy beaches, ancient pines and water-pummelled hills. So much so that Queen Victoria acquired the handsome white painted house as a hidden retreat. The undulating grounds are lovely and lead to the RSPB…

5 AA Star Restaurant with Rooms
5 AA Rosettes
2 Michelin Stars