Flavours of the West

- 13 Days -
From £2700 per person, Dinner Bed & Breakfast

A delicious culinary journey exploring the best of the glorious west country and Wales.

Begin your adventure in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds dotted with ancient honey-hued limestone villages and market towns that date back to the middle ages. Journey through the delightful patchwork of fields, hills, castles and pretty timber framed black-and-white villages of the Welsh borders. Let undiscovered Wales surprise you at every turn. First Snowdonia surrounded with magnificent medieval castles and its unique mountainscapes that spring tumbling rivers which roll down to a dramatic coastline. Follow the wild west coast to Pembrokeshire, its jewel by the sea. On the homeward leg, your scenic drive through the Brecon Beacons, the Wye Valley is one of the best in the UK. The ultimate spa destination Bath completes your trip.

At a glance

  • A delicious culinary journey exploring the best of the glorious west country and undiscovered Wales
  • Experience the rich history and culture of rural England and Wales
  • Explore the stunning countryside of the Cotswolds, Welsh Borders, Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire
  • Stay with some of our leading food destinations in the land including the most charming country house hotels and the finest inns
  • Taste delicious food that showcases regional dish specialties and the best local ingredients

Day 1 & 2

Cotswolds

Be taken back in time in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds dotted with ancient honey-hued limestone villages and market towns that date back to the middle ages. Scale a unique Capability Brown folly, Broadway Tower perched on the Cotswold escarpment with unrivalled views. Explore the Cotswold Way and its delightful scenery to stumble across historic thatched inns that offer the best of local hospitality washed down with the finest English ales. Visit some of England's finest gardens like Hidcote or for a real treat, why not take a hot-air balloon and glide serenely over this most perfect of West Country landscapes.

Your Accommodation

Whatley Manor

Whatley Manor is a handsome 19th-century farmhouse in the heart of the Cotswolds. Immerse yourself in its twelve acres of heavenly grounds transformed into 26 distinctive garden rooms or relax in the tranquillity of its renowned Aquarias Spa. The immensely talented Executive Chef Niall Keating prepared the most daring and innovative of Tasting Menu’s in…

5 AA red Star Hotel
3 AA Rosettes
1 Michelin Star

Day 3 & 4

Welsh Borders

The Welsh borders are a delightful patchwork of fields, hills, castles and pretty timber framed black-and-white villages, many dating back to the Tudor era and beyond. Explore the perfect English market town of Ludlow, its bustling medieval network of narrow backstreets lined with historic properties including the magnificent ruined Norman castle.
Make a pilgrimage to the The Three Tuns Brewery at Bishops Castle, Britain's oldest dating from the 17th century which offers a totally unique brewery tour experience. Re-live our industrial revolution in the Ironbridge Gorge, a world heritage site with ten museums beside the River Severn still spanned by the world's first Iron Bridge. The Shropshire Hills offer some exceptional walking and cycling opportunities. Find the Offas Dyke, Caer Caradoc, the ancient Stiperstones, Wenlock Edge and the beautiful Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley.

Your Accommodation

Old Downton Lodge

This 18th-century romantic farmhouse is hidden away in the tranquil Shropshire hills. A unique collection of medieval, half-timbered stables and barns surround a courtyard of herbs and flower borders that looks out over the hills of the Welsh Marches. Originally a dairy farm and cider mill, it is full of character with exposed beams, high…

5 AA gold Star Restaurant with Rooms
3 AA Rosettes

Day 5 & 6

Snowdonia

Snowdonia has a unique place in Welsh history, tradition and culture. Surrounded with magnificent medieval castles, its unique mountain scapes spring tumbling rivers that roll down to a dramatic coastline. Embrace a traditional British Seaside experience and walk the Victorian Llandudno Pier which reaches seemingly forever into the sea. Explore the fortresses of Conwy Castle, one of the finest and most impressive of its kind. If you're not one for hiking to Wales's tallest peak, then enjoy the mountain railway to the top of Mount Snowdon to view the extraordinary panorama across this historic land of myth and legend. As the adventure capital of Wales, Snowdonia offers the adrenalin activities of mountain biking, canoeing, gorge scrambling, canyoning and abseiling to mention just a few.

Your Accommodation

Tyddyn Llan

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
1 Michelin Star

Day 7

Cambrian Coast

Explore the Cambrian Coast a loosely defined mountain backed strip of land running from the Llyn Peninsular in the north to Cardigan bay in the south. Fall for the eccentricities and architectural whimsy of Portmeirion. Discover the legends of Harlech, a pretty village with an imposing medieval castle, perched high like a sentinel overlooking the Irish Sea. Be sure to stop in Barmouth a delightful seaside town and explore the beautiful Mawddach Estuary up to Dolgellau. The winding route south full of spectacular coastal views takes you through the delightful harbour town of Aberaeron and its famous dockside bars and restaurants.

Your Accommodation

Ynyshir

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
1 Michelin Star

Day 8 & 9

Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire is world renowned for its breath taking seascapes along its 186 miles of coastal path. Ramble through Stackpole estate blessed with soft sandy beaches, wooded valleys and the famous lily ponds. Find Café Mor at Freshwater West and eat fresh lobster rolls watching the Atlantic waves crashing into this dramatic beachscape. Take a boat to Skomer island to experience the Atlantic puffin colony or to the enchanting Caldey, a holy island where Cistercian monks continue the Celtic tradition which began in the 6th Century. Make time to visit tiny St David's, de facto ecclesiastical capital of Wales, a magical city with a spectacular Cathedral. Trek an ancient 8-mile track along the top of the rugged Preseli hills dotted with prehistoric sites and be rewarded with panoramic views across Pembrokeshire and the coastline. Make time to eat at Coast Restaurant in Saundersfoot, famed for its local fish driven menu and glorious views across Carmarthen Bay.

Your Accommodation

Grove of Narberth

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…

4 AA red Star Hotel
3 AA Rosettes

Day 10 & 11

Brecon Beacons & the Wye Valley

The most scenic of drives through Carmarthenshire takes you into the Brecon Beacons National Park and its wild landscape of high mountain grasslands and heather plateaus. Explore its many peaks and its impressive northern rim scalloped with glacier-worn hollows, glacial lakes, rushing streams and spectacular waterfalls. Make a trip to Penderyn Whisky Distillery, to experience the creation of the liquid fire distilled with fresh mountain spring water in a single copper still. Visit Acre Hills south facing biodynamic winery. The Romans first introduced wine to Wales, and 2000 years later this estate produces some astonishingly good sparkling wine. Lunch at one of its famous local gastro pubs like The Hardwick or the legendary Walnut Tree. Explore the winding steep-sided valley of the lower River Wye, passing through the delightful village of Tintern with its famous abbey.

Your Accommodation

Llangoed Hall

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

Day 12 & 13

Bath and Stonehenge

Bath is an historic spa town renowned for its Roman built baths and is designated a World Heritage site. Beautifully established in the valley of the River Avon, the city has been the ultimate thermal spring spa destination for thousands of years. Also visit Bath Abbey founded in the 7th century and take time to explore the town to properly appreciate its renowned Regency and Georgian architecture in creamy limestone that inspired Jane Austin who was a resident here. The prehistoric and iconic standing stones of Stonehenge are a short day trip south from here. Nearby 14th century market village of Castle Combe, which has been the location for countless films is also worth a visit.

Your Accommodation

Lucknam Park Hotel

One of England’s finest country house hotels located just six miles from the historic city of Bath. Lucknam Park is a Palladian mansion dating from 1720, set in 500 acres of listed parkland and beautiful gardens. The house has been lovingly restored to the elegance and style of a past era with a great choice…

5 AA red Star Country House Hotel
3 AA Rosettes
1 Michelin Star

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