My husband and I have just spent two lovely restful, peacefulnights, along with out two Westies, at Hafod y Garreg.We had a wonderful time, right from turning up and being invited to share champagne to celebrate Annie's birthday, to sitting outside on the grass at 11pm, drinking wine (we had been advised to take our own) and discussing our future plans of running a similar b&b in France. Annie and John certainly made it look easy. They were so concerned for our comfort and put us at ease immediately.
The weather was gorgeous so we were a little mystified when John lit the log fire and there was another alight in the dining room when we sat down for our superb evening meal. But as they live in the Welsh hills perhaps they are so used to having to light the fires in the evening that it is habitual. It wasn't lit the second evening. It had been so hot and I believe even Annie and John were prepared to concede it was too warm for a fire after a day of sunbathing in their lovely garden.
The room was wonderful, as was all of the house. Like nowhere else and furnished with taste, love and humour. Our bed was soooo comfortable with luxurious bedding and the bathroom was astounding - fit for a film star. The house (and our room) was scrupulously clean and accessorised with lots of charming knick knacks , lamps, wall hangings, the odd Saint of Lost Things, a Buddha or two, gorgeous mirrors, inviting couches (down doggie!).
There are chickens running loose and a cat so our dogs were kept on leads until in our room. Annie told us that John loves dogs, but they're not allowed to keep one as there are sheep in the adjoining fields. They were quite happy for the dogs to stay in the room with us at night, although they were in their cages and not on the bed!
There was a handy fridge in the room, a small flat screen tv, magazines, a decanter of sherry, an electric clock,two hair dryers, a generous hospitality tray with Tea bags, lots of speciality teas, coffee and a jug of real milk plus a proper kettle.
The only minor negatives for me were that we were very warm in the night on the first night because of the heat from the fire (found an electric fan in the cupboard the next day!), and we didn't get the advertised black pudding with our morning fry up:-)
We have had a tough year and a short break I this lovely place with its very welcoming owners was just what we needed. Thank you John and Annie, for all you did for us. We hope to see you again before too long! :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hafod y Garreg is the oldest house in Wales, built as a hunting lodge for King Henry 1V. A medieval house snuggled in a hollow surrounded by beautiful countryside. ... more less