If you enjoy peace and getting away from the crowds this place will take some beating. Our hosts Cathy and Ian immediately made us feel welcome with tea and welsh-cakes, and from that moment on nothing was too much trouble for them. There was more food than we could eat made with fresh local produce and cooked to perfection. A variety of choices were available for breakfast including a 'full-house" breakfast with plenty of fruit available to follow.. After this the packed lunches were enough to keep us going until dinner! A daily option was offered for dinner with alternatives for anyone who did not like the day's choice.
The bedrooms were all comfortable with en-suite facilities and tea making equipment. A comfortable lounge was available and for the energetic guests there is pool and table tennis in the Games Room. A good selection of drinks was available from the bar at very reasonable prices. There are plenty of books around the facilities and information on where to go and what to do.
There are plenty of choices for those who enjoy walking though I found many of the footpaths shown on the 1:25,000 maps have been fenced off by farmers and are now almost impossible to follow. Ian and Cathy have a folder of walks close at hand so probably best to stick to them.
The wildlife is outstanding and we could scarcely go anywhere without buzzards and red kites hovering over us. There were plenty of wild flowers in the hedgerows, fields and woods to enjoy. There is a nature reserve just 100 metres up the road from the property.
When asked to rate service I rarely give 5 stars but this one deserves it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brynarth Country Guest House is nestled in rural splendor amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the Ystwyth Valley. It is owned and run by James Dwyer & Stuart Betts and is situated within the beautiful countryside in the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains. Brynarth is ideally located to access not only the many attractions in Ceredigion, The Ystwyth and Elan Valleys but is close enough to easily enjoy the bustling coastal town of Aberystwyth itself. The 17th Century farmhouse and barns have been tastefully and sympathetically renovated in keeping with Brynarth's age and time in history, with two acres of bluebell woods included within it's eight acres of grounds, Brynarth hosts an abundance of wildlife - including regular fly-pasts by red kites, successfully re-populating this area of mid-Wales. Bats, owls and pheasants are usually both seen and heard daily. Crystal clear spring water comes down from the mountains to supply Brynarth even through the driest of summers. It is the perfect place to relax and unwind, whether for a weekend break or a longer stay, and if you're feeling more energetic there is so much countryside waiting to be explored, particularly by foot or bicycle. The accommodation includes two double rooms in the main farmhouse, both with large en-suite shower rooms, one with sitting area and dual aspect windows looking out over the countryside. Just across the courtyard, The Old Dairy Barn has 5 delightful en-suite rooms, 2 being singles, plus a further double and a twin that share a bathroom and are ideal for use as a family 'suite' or small group. All rooms are centrally-heated, have free Wifi, radio alarm clocks and hair dryers, tea and coffee making facilities, Welsh toiletries and egyptian cotton towels. Rooms are serviced each day to make your stay as comfortable as possible. An iron and ironing board are available on request. Our Bed and Breakfast rates include a cooked breakfast of your choice from our menu, plus fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts and toast and preserves. We pride ourselves on offering as much local, fresh produce as we can, most of our eggs come from our own chickens! Breakfast is served in the warm and welcoming farmhouse Dining Room. Evening meals can be arranged for groups of four or more guests and are bookable in advance. Dinner is normally served at 7pm and comprises a set menu of two courses, a main course and dessert, with after dinner coffee/tea/mints for £25 per person. If you wish to dine with us please note that we require at least 48 hours notice. Packed lunches are also available by arrangement, if you are planning a day out walking or cycling. Guests can relax in front of a log fire in the lounge with it's adjoining licenced Snug Bar. We are fully licensed with a good range of beers, wines and spirits. To enhance the evenings, there is a separate Games Barn where one can enjoy table tennis, pool & darts, here there is also a large colour television with comfy sofas. We have a large car park and also offer secure, covered parking to motorcyclists and cycles. We welcome 'Well-behaved' dogs by prior arrangement only. We have designated rooms that can accommodate your pet so please contact us first to check availability and requirements. We allow a maximum of 2 dogs per room. We charge £10 per dog for a one/two night stay, and then an additional £5 per night thereafter. ... more less
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