Wales is a country full of historic castles, beautiful green valleys, stunning coastal views, fun beach areas, vibrant urban centers, sports, outdoor recreation and arts opportunities. For all of the different ways there are to enjoy Wales, there are just as many different hotel options. From large hotels in urban areas to restored castles and one-of-a-kind properties known as Welsh Rarebits, there's a place to stay to meet the needs of every traveler. Here are four unique options.
King Arthur Hotel, Reynoldston, Gower Peninsula - It's hard to think of a more bucolic paradise than this countryside hotel dating back to 1828 where sheep can be found grazing in the front and in the back you can stay in Guinevere's Cottage, a spot that makes you feel like you've walked right into a Disney movie.
In the evenings, there's plenty of opportunity to mix with the locals at the Gower Room Pub on the main floor of the hotel. Try Welsh steak pie or sausages made by local butchers along with Welsh brews in the restaurant or sit outside in the summer months and watch cows and horses nibble as they come and go.
The hotel is also just a short drive from the beautiful coastal area of Rhossili Bay and Worms Head islands.
Warpool Court Hotel, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire - This hotel's theme is, location, location, location, and it's easy to see why given the view out of the back of the hotel to the ocean. Walk out the back door and in minutes you can be hiking along the Wales coastline. Walk out the front, and in a few minutes you can be in the historic city of St. David's and enjoy a visit to the beautiful cathedral.
Of course, you may find it hard to leave the property given that there is a pool, a beautiful sitting garden and dining at the Sea View Garden Room for gourmet dishes featuring locally sourced produce and seafood.
Browns Hotel, Laugharne - Poet and writer Dylan Thomas plays a prominent role in the history of Wales, and the nation has celebrated the centennial year of his birth throughout 2014. The town of Laugharne is one place where Thomas wrote about the place he lovingly called the "strangest town in Wales."
One of his favorite diversions was to have a pint at Browns Hotel. You can still get a pint of your own in the small pub on the main floor, but you can also stay in one of the 14 guest rooms. Due to the historic nature of the building, each room has its own unique style, but the beds, furniture, Wi-Fi and HD televisions provide modern comfort.
The hotel is an easy walk to the Dylan Thomas Boathouse and Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk, and is also just around the corner from Laugharne Castle.
Roch Castle, Roch, Pembrokeshire - Make a journey of nearly 1,000 years when you stay in a castle built on a rock in the 12th century that has an interior with specially commissioned tapestries along with 21st century decor and amenities. Book one room or the entire six-room castle. This privately owned castle sits in the Pembrokeshire countryside on beautiful landscaped gardens and with excellent views in all directions from the popular sunroom.
What's the best way to stay in Wales? However you want. Just figure out your needs and you can find something to match.
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Kathleen Curry and Geoff Griffin are hosts of The Travel Brigade Show - a weekly travel and destination podcast. Kathleen Curry is experienced in both the travel industry and broadcasting. She has worn the hats of travel writer, photographer, travel agent and hospitality evaluator. Her advice of, “No excuses, just travel!” reaches out to listeners who pick up on her enthusiasm for travel and benefit from her savvy advice. Her travel guilty pleasures are eating at a street-cart vendor so she can splurge later to order room service, finding deals to rack up sky miles so she can book her next flight and hoping her social security comes through some day because she has spent her future retirement savings trekking the globe.
Geoff Griffin is a reformed attorney turned travel junkie with over two decades of experience as a journalist and editor specializing in sports, outdoor recreation and travel. His current philosophy is that there are two stages in life - You’re either on a trip, or you’re planning your next trip. His travel guilty pleasure is trying recreation adventures that require the use of an expert guide to keep him from harming himself or hopping on a plane knowing nothing about his destination other than the airport code and wandering about a new town while relying on the locals to point him to the best places.
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