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Gliffaes Hotel

Gliffaes Road, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1RH

Gliffaes Hotel

Gliffaes Road, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1RH

This clergyman’s house above the River Usk has the feel of a family home with its Italianate campanile (bell tower) giving away Victorian origins. The entrance up steep steps is decorated with fishing impedimenta to prepare you for a weekend of casting rods and wading back home to dinner in front of roaring log fires. The hotel delivers all, with public rooms decorated in understated Lewis & Wood wallpapers and a broad stone terrace for those who just want to sip their coffee and drink in the tranquillity. The 20+ bedrooms vary between the cosily compact and the downright sumptuous. Gliffaes is the only Four Star Hotel in the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area of outstanding beauty. Use this as your base for a truly relaxing weekend in the country. If you're thinking of fly-fishing contact the hotel in advance to ask Jimmy the Ghillie about equipment hire and waders.

Gliffaes Hotel is part of the following Travel Ideas:

Top 10 Riverside Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"Don’t be surprised to find fishing rods and wellies in the porch of this Victorian parson's house up in the Brecon Beacons National Park. In 1885 the Reverend West, a Welsh clergyman, moved to his new house on the River Usk. West was a keen fly-fisherman and so he built his dream home very near to the river. The Usk or Afon Wysg rises on the northern slopes of the Black Mountain in the westernmost part of the National Park. It flows on down past Gliffaes to the picturesque towns of Crickhowell and Abergavenny and its name derives from an Ancient British word meaning "abounding in fish".

So it seems Rev West obviously knew what he was doing regarding location, but Gliffaes proved an ambitious and expensive building to construct. It had a tall and unnecessary Italianate tower, a folly made fashionable by Queen Victoria’s Osborne House, and by the time the Reverend West had completed his new home he had spent his way through three inheritances. After his death the house was subsequently let to and sold on to various Welsh dignitaries before becoming a hotel in 1936.

Whether you want to fish or just walk along the Usk, Gliffaes is a beautifully relaxing hotel for a weekend stay. The owners, James, Susie and Peta will even arrange rods, waders and a local ghillie for you. Gliffaes is also ideal for those who want a first-class meal at the end of a day tramping the Beacons."

Ten great hotels near the best summer festivals this year by Adrian Mourby

"The Brecon Jazz Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Wales. Now in its 31st year the festival runs from 7-9 August this year, and features a huge range of performers across more than twenty concerts. As ever this year there’ll be Friday Fireworks, a Jazz Carnival parade on Saturday, and the Jazz Service on Sunday, plus free family events on the festival fringe. Unlike many rural festivals, there is no camping at Brecon Jazz, which makes local hotels very popular. One of the nearest, and certainly one of the best, is Gliffaes, which was once the home of a Victorian clergyman who loved fly-fishing on the River Usk. It is still very popular with fishing folk. The hotel will even arrange rods and waders for you. Gliffaes is also ideal for those who want a first-class meal at the end of a day tramping the Brecon Beacons."

Ten of the Best Historic Welsh Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"In 1885 a Welsh clergyman moved into his new house on the River Usk. It was an expensive building in the fashionable Italian style and by the time the Reverend West died, he had spent his way through three inheritances. The house was subsequently let to various dignitaries including the Breckonshire magistrate Sir Shirley Salt who then bought the house in 1903. In 1936 Gliffaes became a hotel and soon developed a loyal following amongst anglers."

Information on Gliffaes Hotel , Gliffaes Road , Crickhowell

No. of bedrooms: Total: 23        
Types of room: Single, Twin/Double
Room rates guide: Single:  £93.00-£131.00
Double/Twin:  £108.00-£248.00
Room with Breakfast
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, Delta, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed:  January
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly:  Dogs Permitted (not permitted inside the hotel)
Romantic Details: best rooms have river views
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  Yes
Wheelchair Access Details: ground floor bedroom
Accreditation: Visit Wales 4 Star
Room facilities: Colour TV, direct dial telephone, DVD player in some rooms, Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, Four-poster beds available, Luxury toiletries
General facilities: Gardens & grounds, Award-winning restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, 1 meeting room, Conference facilities, For up to 20 delegates, Wi-fi & Wireless through out, complimentary, Heli-pad, Private dining
Indoor activities: Billiard room
Outdoor activities on site: Croquet lawn, Tennis, Private Salmon/trout fishing
Activities nearby: Golf, Cycling, mountain biking, Riding, Walking
Local directions: Gliffaes can be found 2.5 miles west of Crickhowell, off the A40.
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Bristol (65 miles) (1 hour, 30 mins)
Abergaveny (8 miles) (20 mins)

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Posted on by Heather MCustomer stayed Feb 2016

Two day surprise break for husbands birthday. Room, restaurant and staff were of a very high calibre and more importantly welcoming. There are comfortable areas to sit and relax if the weather inclement. Will definitely be returning.

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Posted on by Julia GCustomer stayed Nov 2015

Have spent a very pleasant comfortable couple of days. The service has been excellent and all staff very friendly and helpful. Most impressed that dining staff always remembered my gluten free requirement.

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Posted on by Brian DCustomer stayed Nov 2015

Thank you so much for our very enjoyable stay with you last week. Our room was very comfortable and cosy and we were delighted to find a bottle of bubbly to help celebrate our wedding anniversary. Your afternoon tea is 'second to none' and all of your staff friendly and attentive. Thank you again.

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Posted on by Sarah HCustomer stayed Dec 2015

Thank you for a wonderful stay to celebrate my birthday. A beautiful hotel, fine dining & thoughtful attentive staff. We've discovered Gliffaes is a real gem of place.

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Posted on by Hannah ECustomer stayed Aug 2015

Dear James and Susie - Thank you for your fantastic hospitality and for taking on our wedding. We have just returned from honeymoon and still cannot stop talking about what a wonderful time we had. Every single aspect of the whole day, and the run up to it, was perfect.
All our guests have said the same. The food was fantastic, and we didn't worry about a thing all day.
Thank you both, from the bottom of our hearts, for the most fabulous wedding.

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Posted on by Anne CCustomer stayed Aug 2015

We have loved our return trip to Gliffaes after 25 years to celebrate our 50 years of marriage. Loved the room overlooking the garden with such magnificent trees.

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Posted on by Jeremy LCustomer stayed Nov 2015

Dear James - I have stayed globally at some of the finest hotels in the world. I have no doubts in my judgement that Gliffaes is unique in its position its food and its service. Well done and good luck.

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