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“Behold the Welsh mountain pony. Breathe in. You’re in the shadow of the Black Mountains. Breathe out. You’re staying at the Brecon Beacons’ only 4-star hotel.”
A long private drive takes you through a stunning collection of over 100 specimen trees. First impressions count at Gliffaes. This late 19th-century Italianate building, a former clergyman’s house, stands in 33-acre grounds above the fish-laden River Usk – five salmon and trout beats feature along the river. Catch a trout in season and you can have it served up for breakfast. Delicious!
Locally sourced, seasonal produce is on the menu in this peaceful part of the world. Eighty wines and champagnes are stocked in the Victorian cellar – 8 to 10 available by the glass. A Welsh afternoon tea can be enjoyed on the broad stone terrace, or you can kick off your shoes and put up your feet by the roaring log fire. Perfect!
From the comfort of your river-view room – complete with plush Toile de Jouy fabrics and bold Lewis & Wood wallpaper – smell the wisteria on the balcony, admire the original artwork by contemporary Welsh artists, or soap up with natural spring water in your en suite bathroom. We’ve been told the views are pretty special, too.
Grab your boots and take to the upland trails. Welcome to one of Britain’s breathing spaces. Welcome to Gliffaes Country House Hotel.
Why We Love This Hotel
- Overlooking the fish-rich River Usk
- Nestled in the dramatic Brecon Beacons
- Dishes prepared from Welsh produce
- Afternoon tea on the summer terrace
- Brown trout & salmon fly fishing
- Traditional lounges with open log fires
- Top walker's break destination
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking (23 cars)
- Tennis court
- 23 Bedrooms
- Meeting room
- Check-in: 14:30
- Check-out: 11:00
- Ground floor rooms
There are 23 individually designed country style rooms at Gliffaes, which range from bijou right through to light and airy luxury river view doubles with plush king-sized beds, spacious seating areas and scenic views of the wild River Usk. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, iconic Roberts radios and DVD players; Gliffaes holds a collection of DVDs for you to watch at your leisure. Many rooms feature their own mini-libraries, too. Room service is available. Wake up inspired. Wake up with Classic British Hotels.
Petite Classic Double
We say: Bijou. These rooms are small but perfectly formed. All have views over our gardens. Vi-Spring beds, White Company linen, goose down pillows and duvets mean you will have a great night's sleep. Lovely Noble Isle products in the bathroom. All have been individually decorated with original Welsh art on the walls. Accessible? These rooms are split between the first and second floors. Two rooms benefit from a bath with shower and two have showers only.
Classic Double/Twin with Garden or Courtyard Views
We say: These rooms are bigger than the petite classic doubles, with queen or king-sized beds and bathrobes for a great night’s sleep and extra comfort: Country style en suite bedroom, 215 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, DVD player, writing desk, direct dial phone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. Queen-sized bed or two single beds. Accessible? Three rooms are located on the first floor and one, in the cottage across from the hotel, is located on the ground floor. Two rooms benefit from a bath with shower and two have showers only.
Accessible Cottage Double/Twin with Garden Views
We say: This room is located in the cottage 100 metres from the main hotel, opposite the disabled access ramp. It’s of the same standard as the classic doubles: Country style en suite bedroom, 215 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, DVD player, writing desk, direct dial phone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. King-sized bed or two single beds. Accessible? This room is located on the ground floor of the cottage and has a walk-in shower for mobility access. Parking is directly outside the entrance.
Superior Double/Twin with Garden Views
We say: These rooms are bigger than the classic doubles, with seating areas and king-sized beds for that extra space and comfort. Three out of four of these rooms are located in the cottage across the lawn from the main hotel. Two rooms have sofa beds if needed for children. Rooms enjoy pretty garden views: Country style en suite bedroom, 280 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, DVD player, writing desk, direct dial phone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. King-sized bed or two single beds. Accessible? These rooms are located on the first floor and benefit from a bath with shower.
Superior Double/Twin with River Views
We say: These two rooms look out over the terrace and onto the River Usk below. In the summer, house martins nest in the eaves above the windows. Features include an old library with wood panelling and glass-fronted bookcases, and floral prints: Country style en suite bedroom, 280 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, DVD player, writing desk, direct dial phone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. King-sized bed or two single beds. Accessible? These rooms are located on the first floor and benefit from a bath with shower.
Deluxe Double with River Views
We say: These two rooms have glorious views of the River Usk and the hills beyond. Features include a small private balcony and original artwork by contemporary Welsh artists. Perfect for a romantic weekend away: Country style en suite bedroom, 280 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, DVD player, writing desk, direct dial phone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. King-sized bed. Accessible? These rooms are located on the first floor. One has a huge freestanding bath and the other has a bath with shower.
Four Poster Double with Garden Views
We say: This room is the largest in the house and features a four-poster bed with a hand-sewn crewel embroidery canopy. The room enjoys pretty garden views: Country style en suite bedroom, 301 sqf, offering free Wi-Fi, satellite TV/radio, DVD player, writing desk, direct dial phone, alarm clock, ironing station, tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobes, toiletries, and hairdryer. King-sized bed. Accessible? This room is located on the first floor and has a bath with shower.
- Abergavenny Train Station (11.75 miles)
- Cardiff Airport (50.25 miles)
- Bristol Airport (59.25 miles)
Crickhowell, Powys NP8 1RH, Wales, Great Britain
Tel: +44 (0)1483 776344
Fax: +44 (0)1483 730202
Drive through the middle of Abergavenny, on the A40, following signs for Brecon. 7 miles after leaving Abergavenny, you will come to Crickhowell. Drive out of Crickhowell on the A40 towards Brecon. Pass the Nantyffin Cider Mill at the junction with A479. A quarter of a mile later you will see the hotel sign on your right-hand side. Drive for 100 meters, then, take the first left, and follow the lane up the hill and through the trees for 1 mile until you reach the hotel gates.
Delicious food and drink is part and parcel of your 4-star stay in the heart of the Brecon Beacons - and the restaurant at Gliffaes doesn’t fail to impress. Take a seat and admire the wood paneling and deep red walls adorned with contemporary paintings by Welsh artists. A wood burning stove sits in the fireplace and a large Welsh dresser adds a touch of country house charm. A talented kitchen team serve up modern British dishes prepared from fresh, locally sourced ingredients that change with the seasons. The head chef, Karl Cheetham, sources local meats - think confit of Welsh lamb served with sweetbreads, rhubarb and potato blini, or rump of Welsh beef - and only buys fish that come from sustainable stock. The à la carte menu features daily changing specials and around seven or eight starters and main courses. The wine list is changed every 12 to 18 months and comprises wines from around the globe - 8 to 10 available by the glass. Culinary events include wine dinners and outdoor Sunday grills in the summer.
- Breakfast - Mon-Sun: 08:00-10:00
- Lunch - Mon-Sun: 12:00-14:30
- Dinner - Mon-Sun: 19:30-21:15
Please reserve a table for dinner in advance.
Al Fresco Dining
In the summer, dining at Gliffaes Country House Hotel reveals an altogether different flavour. Take a seat in the fresh open air – sunny or shade – and dine al fresco. The restaurant windows look out over the terrace and onto the River Usk below, with French doors opening onto the south facing terrace, where, as always, the views are spectacular. After exploring the local area on foot, find your perfect spot in the gardens to wile away an hour or two or discover Gliffaes' superb collection of ancient trees, all mapped and labelled.
Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in afternoon tea whilst staying in this glorious setting – savour homemade scones with fruit preserve and cream, sandwiches, cakes and a pot of tea. Both traditional afternoon tea and champagne afternoon tea are available to order and can be enjoyed in the lounge – sitting comfortably by the roaring open fire - or on the terrace, overlooking the River Usk and the surrounding hills of the Brecon Beacons. Plenty of books and magazines are close at hand. Afternoon tea can be booked in advance, at a special price, when booking your room via ClassicBritishHotels.com.
- Mon-Sun: 16:00-17:30
The unique surroundings of Gliffaes Country House Hotel present a wonderful setting for private dinners and celebrations. The hotel caters for reunions, anniversaries, family gatherings, birthday parties, charity and club events, and business dinners. Choose from a range of private rooms, each with its own individual character. Call Classic British Hotels on 0844 967 0984 for advice and let us help you organise a memorable private dinner.
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets catered for. Early suppers and high chairs available for children.
Standing 150 feet above the River Usk, in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Gliffaes Country House Hotel has a mile of left bank fishing, and, a short drive up river, another three quarters of a mile of double bank fishing known as Llandetty - making five beats in total.
Rods, lines, waders, flotation vests, flies, leader, monofilament, and flotant are all available to loan or purchase from the hotel. Please book your fishing when you book your room. You will need to buy an Environment Agency rod licence.
Legendary American former World No. 1 tennis player Billie Jean King once commented: 'Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.' And you can't get more tranquil than the Brecon Beacons National Park. Hire a racket and perfect your serve on the hotel's hard surface tennis court.
Lying between the River Usk and the Myarth Hill, the Grade II listed Gliffaes Hotel takes its name from Gwlydd Faes, the dewy field. The river mists and fertile soil provide an excellent environment for over 100 species of tree; from ancient oaks, beeches and giant redwoods, to exotic maples and cedars. The tree walk takes in 40 specimens and is approximately a mile in length. Collect a map from reception and take a stroll through the grounds identifying the trees along the way.
- Front desk (07:30-22:00)
- Room service
- Safe deposit
- Luggage storage
- Laundry service
- Dry cleaning
- Accessible public areas
- Dog kennels
- Bicycle rental
Experience the wild beauty of the Brecon Beacons with a traditional steam engine journey. From your observation carriage, you'll race through river gorges and lightly wooded valleys before climbing steeply above the upper Pentwyn Reservoir. The Brecon Mountain Railway runs from Pant, near Merthyr Tydfil, along the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir, to Torpantau high in the Brecon Beacons.
- Pontsticill Road, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2DD/li>
- Distance: 18 mile drive (36 min) from Gliffaes Hotel
- Open: Timetables vary, please check the website for details
- Brecon Mountain Railway website: https://www.bmr.wales/
Lying on the Welsh side of the Welsh/English border, the small market town of Hay is famous for its annual Hay Festival - a gathering of writers from around the world to debate and share stories in the staggering beauty of the Brecon Beacons National Park. Not just for the bookish, Hay is a melting pot of filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians, too
- Distance: 19 mile drive (34 min) from Gliffaes Hotel
- Brecon Mountain Railway website: http://www.hay-on-wye.co.uk/
This popular group of hills spreads across parts of Powys, amongst other regions, and is the easternmost of the four ranges of hills that comprise the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Offa's Dyke National Trail - built by Offa, King of Mercia between 757 and 796 AD - the Brecons Way and the Marches Way all pass through the Black Mountains. Needless to say, the area is popular with hillwalkers, mountainbikers and horseriders. The Black Mountains are not to be confused with the Black Mountain, a peak within the Black Mountains.
- Brecon Mountain Railway website: http://www.breconbeacons.org/black-mountains
Once a hub of industry, today Blaenavon's museums allow visitors to follow the fascinating story of South Wales' rise to prominence in the Industrial Revolution. Landmarks from the Revolution are dotted around Blaenavon, evidence of the once great industries of coal mining and iron production. The principal visitor attractions are the award-winning Big Pit National Coal Museum with its famous underground tour and the astonishingly well-preserved Blaenavon Ironworks at the head of the Afon Lwyd river. You can also explore the restored town centre.
- Distance: 13 mile drive (32 min) from Gliffaes Hotel
- Blaenavon website: http://www.visitblaenavon.co.uk/en/Homepage.aspx
- Gold Award 2016 - Visit Wales
- Editor's Choice Award, Fishing Hotel of the Year 2015 & 2017 - The Good Hotel Guide
- TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017 Winner
Looking to hold a small board meeting or team-building event in the secluded heart of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park? Gliffaes Country House Hotel is located just 3 miles from the colourful village of Crickhowell and 10 miles from the market town of Brecon; it is well served by road and rail transport links. The Brecon Beacons' only 4-star hotel, Gliffaes offers a full range of business services and immediate access to thousands of acres of Welsh mountains, woodland and moors. Free Wi-Fi and free on-site parking.
- Ground floor
- Natural daylight
- Wheelchair access