The Great Inns of Britain is delighted to announce that four more properties have become members of this leading collection of independently owned country and coastal Inns.
The Great Inns of Britain offer a winning recipe of fabulous food, gorgeous rooms and glorious locations. All of the Inns are multi-award winners and membership of the Great Inns of Britain is by invitation only from the existing members. The new additions take the total membership to 20, and increases the geographical spread of the members across Wales.
Simon Heaton, owner of Shibden Mill Inn and Chairman of The Great Inns of Britain commented:
“Following the appointment of two new members in 2013/2014, The Victoria at Holkham and The White Horse & Griffin, Whitby, The Great Inns of Britain is delighted to announce four more new members for 2015, all of which are of an exceptionally high standard and come with big reputations – they’re great additions to the Great Inns collection.”
Four Great Inns in Wales
The Bear Hotel
Located in the Brecon Beacons National Park, The Bear Hotel is a former coaching inn dating back to 1432 where historic features include the cobbled forecourt, an archway into the inner courtyard and 19th century stagecoach timetable in the bar. The low-beamed, dog-friendly bar is the social hub of Crickhowell, whilst locally sourced ingredients grace the award-winning restaurant menu, which mixes classic dishes with contemporary influences.
The Bear Hotel has over 30 rooms, located within the hotel and in the renovated courtyard; each room is individually furnished with carefully chosen fabrics and all modern comforts, whilst some boast luxurious features such as whirlpool baths.
Built on the site of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey, Castle Hotel is located in the UNESCO World Heritage walled town of Conwy. Former patrons of the hotel include William Wordsworth, Samuel Johnson and Charlotte Brontë – who honeymooned at the Castle.
With its flint-covered frame and red bricked porch, Castle Hotel is one of Conwy’s most striking buildings. The décor is full of reminders of the Castle’s heritage, including Shakespearean scenes painted by Victorian artist John Dawson-Watson – which he allegedly handed over in return for his lodgings.
Castle Hotel has 27 rooms, including a suite with a two person Jacuzzi bath and the Historical Four Poster with a 16th century Oak four poster. There is also an onsite spa. Local Welsh produce is the focus of Castle Hotel’s Dawson’s Bar & Restaurant, which has a Garden Courtyard and a changing seasonal menu. The family-run business prides itself on its team and is Investors in People accredited.
The West Arms
The West Arms is a 16th century Drovers’ Inn, nestled in the sleepy village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, within the Ceiriog Valley, which was once described by LLoyd George as “a little piece of heaven on earth.”
The West Arms is known for its cosy old world charm, with low ceilings, flagstone floors, wooden beams and Inglenook fireplaces. Its 15 roooms include two suites, a four-poster bedroom and character rooms, all of which overlook the surrounding Berwyn Hills and the picturesque village.
Pistyll Rhaeadr, one of the UK’s highest waterfalls and Seven Wonders of Wales, is less than 10 miles away, and there is a private stretch of the fishing hotspot the River Ceiriog, home to trout and sea trout, adjacent to the hotel.
Guests can choose to enjoy Head Chef Grant Williams’ modern British menu either relaxing by a cosy fireplace, or in the more formal dining room.
Wolfscastle Country Hotel
Wolfscastle Country Hotel occupies an historic site in the heart of Pembrokeshire’s countryside, overlooking the Cleddau and Anghof rivers, and is next to the Norman castle from which the village and hotel take their names. During the 19th century, a local coaching inn, known as the Sealyham Arms, sat on the promontory, and there are still some traces of the original building in the hotel today.
Pembrokeshire National Park is on the hotel’s doorstep, and the western Welsh coast is just eight miles away.
Wolfscastle Country Hotel has 20 bedrooms, each featuring contemporary, classic décor. Food is served in both the Brasserie and the intimate Two AA Rossette restaurant – known by its local name of Allt yr Afon (Wooded Hill by the River).
A Great Tradition
The Great Inns of Britain was first established in 1996 by Sir Thomas Ingilby, owner of The Boar’s Head in Ripley, North Yorkshire and the late Paul Whittome, who was the owner of The Hoste Arms at Burnham Market in Norfolk. The aim was, and remains, to bring together like-minded Inn Keepers with a strong commitment to upholding the best traditions of inn-keeping, and to continuous investment and improvement.
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