Never before have we stayed anywhere, and we have a lot to compare this to, that wraps you in such a fantastic mix of unworldly, grand, comfy, historic, welcoming, and downright fun. When you walk into that main living room, instantly you know you're somewhere unrepeatably special. You need to see these for yourself, you will not be disappointed. And the bedrooms are really suites, with deep attention to detail combined with a lot of witty touches.
And then there's the food. B&Bs just don't go this far to feed their guests. At Hafod it's an art form. In a two night stay, between the wonderful breakfasts, and evening meals that take about two hours and at least five courses (hot Bloody Mary anyone? Oh yes...) we lost any chance of fitting in lunch elsewhere! The standards are high, and far more sophisticated than you would expect without being fussy.
And who are these people? Annie is a soft, charming soul who clearly deeply cares to make your stay in the house as effortless as possible, quietly dealing with keeping the place spotless and charming; John regales you with the broadest palette of ascerbic wit, sarcasm (in the positive sense), knowledge and - if you're very lucky - The Rolling Stones. Ask him about his new speakers ;-) When we left we felt we had stumbled across some really special people.
As to the area, in two days we found some of the best driving roads we've ever seen. Same goes for the scenery. And the museums. And the Big Pit. And the river walks. And the castles. You get the picture.
I'd love to say "go, all of you, and keep going, it's that good" but I can't because you might make it harder for us to revisit - which, we most certainly will!
- 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