t4w Review – The Gliffaes Hotel


t4w Review of The Gliffaes- a small luxury country house hotel in the Brecon Beacons

Listening to the wind and rain outside whilst making a “to do” list for tomorrow; the Gliffaes Hotel seems a very long way away and yet…it isn’t actually. This gorgeous family owned hotel set in the Brecon Beacons in South Wales is so easy to reach just outside Crickhowell, a delightful town well worth a visit in its own right for those who don’t know it.

The Gliffaes has become a regular haunt for us. From the moment we turn off the A40 and wind up through woodlands we start to relax and when we pull up in front of the eclectic building my shoulders go right down. The welcome at the unobtrusive reception is charming and efficient, not always an easy combination!

The bedrooms are comfortable (whether a luxury apartment in the annex or a generous sized standard double) and all the while you notice that this is a thriving institution with no faded elegance about it; this is simply elegant. It is also cosy and, perhaps most importantly of all, it is WARM. The showers have all the hot running water you require and the rooms are well heated even when the Welsh weather outside does its worst. Then, joy of joys, the water from the taps is so drinkable you will want more…it is pure spring water from The Gliffaes’s own source.

gliffaes-hotel-wine-totally4womenAfternoon tea and fine dining

We usually arrive in need of afternoon sustenance and find a welcoming afternoon tea in the lounge where a fire is always lit in the winter months. Fine egg sandwiches followed by moist banana cake washed down with earl grey always work for me but there is much more. Do not overdo it though as later on you have a treat in store in the dining room (there really is no need to think about dining out).

You can order your evening meal in relaxed style in the snug bar and then be shown through to your table, positioned a discrete distance from other diners. This particular night we dined on deliciously tender scallops on fine puff pastry followed by, in my case, scallions of lemon sole and, in my husband’s, beautifully cooked local welsh lamb (I rarely eat meat and yet I was tempted to think I will order this dish another time).

map-gliffaes-hotel-totally4womenThe menu changes daily according to what is freshly available. The accompanying wines on offer will tempt you further. In the past we have plumped for a meaty spicy red from the Bekaa Valley in The Lebanon but this time we opted for what the wine list described as one of the best dry whites around, “Rustenberg Chardonnay” from Stellenbosch, and who are we to disagree!

gliffaes-hotel-country-house-totally4womenWe are not hunting, shooting and fishing types but all three are on offer here. More to my taste is the endless opportunity for walking both in the grounds along the River Usk and in the Brecon Beacons.

In the morning if you awake a little peckish the breakfast, served in a room with a view, is prepared using fine local ingredients. I usually manage to fit three courses in…after all I’m paying for it!!

So after what feels far more than just a night away we wind our way back to reality, replete and chilled, using the journey to plot our return. See the Gliffaes Hotel website for more detail and other accolades – t4w is in good company.