We stayed for two nights over a weekend in the Bear's Flat 2, a little along the road from the hotel. The space was a good size, with high ceilings, a well appointed kitchen, bright and airy bathroom, (fantastic power shower, no bath), lounge with flat screen TV and two double bedrooms. The decor was modern with a contemporary feel, beds were large and comfortable with duvets, towels soft and fluffy. The flat has its' own parking area and the deal we had included breakfast at the hotel, and full resident access to the restaurant and bars.
There was also free WiFi.
All the staff were very friendly and welcoming and the hotel bar had a good atmosphere. Breakfast was good on both mornings, a selection of fresh fruit, cereal, pastries and traditional hot foods.
There were some things that showed a lack of attention to detail: the flat had three of many items despite being for four, several lamps were placed where there was no socket which could be easily fixed with an extension lead or a replacement cable and one bedroom had no where to hang your clothes. When we commented on this, the staff were speedy in their response to replenish a fourth of everything (even a dining chair!) and took on board our comments re clothes hanging and sockets for future reference (we assume).
The only other comments I would make is that as the flat is on the main road through Cowbridge, and does not have air conditioning, it is fairly noisy to sleep in with open windows, both late night revelers and early Saturday morning traffic, so be warned. Flat 2 is also on the very top floor, steps then 3 flights of stairs.
Cowbridge is great, plenty of choice for eating and drinking, and a taxi to Cardiff using Cowbridge and Vale cost around £30 for four (one way).
If in this part of the world again, we would stay at the Bear, but perhaps in a quieter room back from the road and away from the busy function room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bear has origins as far back as the 12th Century, but it's best known as the inn where they changed the horses on the mail run from Cardiff to Swansea. This famous Coaching Inn is steeped in history. Nowadays, this privately owned 3 star hotel is famed for its fine home-cooked food, friendly atmosphere and really good ale. During the 18th Century, Napoleon's troops were held in the 'Bear Pit' en route to London after a failed invasion at Fishguard! The Bear rests in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, surrounded by beautiful rural hills. The Brecon Beacons and the Welsh Valleys are close by, with breathtaking views. Some of the Valleys still have the mining houses visible as you drive through. The hotel is on the main high street of the historic town of Cowbridge. This chic market town boasts some fabulous boutique shops, lingering walks around the Roman wall and some of the most beautiful town-houses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bear Hotel Cowbridge
- The Bear Hotel Cowbridge, Vale Of Glamorgan, Wales