Cwmdu Inn: community-run tavern that could be Mid Wales’ most wondrous watering hole

Making the journey north from Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire, a distinct change takes place in the landscape. The county’s fertile lowlands, main towns and main roads are now behind you. The hills get bigger, the valleys deeper; communities more scattered. You are entering Mid Wales: the wildest tract of the country. Cwmdu village is about the most paradisal initiation to this region you could imagine, and … Continue reading Cwmdu Inn: community-run tavern that could be Mid Wales’ most wondrous watering hole

Gliffaes: an elegant country escape in the Brecons near Crickhowell

If you’re seeking a country escape in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Gliffaes is a class act. Framed by 33 acres of grounds that bristle with rare botanical species, this Italianate Victorian manor is old-school in the best possible way – whether you’re taking afternoon tea on the terrace or playing croquet on the lawn. Why we love it… Gliffaes still feels … Continue reading Gliffaes: an elegant country escape in the Brecons near Crickhowell

Finding food market heaven in St Dogmaels

Sometimes you find foodie treasures in the most unlikely places. Hugging the banks of the River Teifi in Pembrokeshire, the low-key village of St Dogmaels hosts a weekly market that is a true feast of top-quality local produce.  Quantity doesn’t necessarily equate with quality, and the produce market in St Dogmaels is a case in point. Tucked behind the evocative ruins of the medieval St … Continue reading Finding food market heaven in St Dogmaels

Slebech Park Estate: the ultimate Pembrokeshire escape

This fine romance of a Georgian manor is one of inland Pembrokeshire’s greatest escapes, with wide-open estuary views to lift spirits, woodland trails to get lost on, nouveau-chic rustic interiors and more than 1000 years of history hiding in its vast grounds. Why we love it… Watching the sun set across the silver-gold waters of the Cleddau River estuary at Slebech is a moment we … Continue reading Slebech Park Estate: the ultimate Pembrokeshire escape

Llyn Brianne: South Wales’ biggest body of water is a true recluse

When we moved to remotest Carmarthenshire, the place we heard recommended to us again and again for a day trip was Llyn Brianne. Some places fall far short of the hype. Some, you finally get there and think ‘OK, nice enough.’ Some just totally exceed expectations. Llyn Brianne belongs firmly to the latter group. This snaking reservoir nestles hidden in the upper Tywi Valley, spread-eagled … Continue reading Llyn Brianne: South Wales’ biggest body of water is a true recluse