Okay, we know it’s only October. We really do. But if you’re thinking about booking a weekend break in December, or a longer Christmas holiday, then you need to book early. We’ve selected a few of our favourite festive holiday homes so that you can find the perfect cottage, hotel or B&B for you this Christmas. If you have any questions just let us know!
If you’d like a peaceful Christmas staying in a beautifully restored stone farmhouse then Gwaenynog Farmhouse is for you. Situated just one mile from River Vyrnwy and being nestled between both the Berwyn and Cambrian Mountains, you’ll have plenty of scenic spots to explore on your Christmas break if you stay with Fiona and Norman.
Then, once you get back to the B&B after exploring you can warm your hands on the open fire and tuck into one of the farmhouse’s home-cooked meal, which are available on request. The B&B is also licensed to offer wine, spirits and beer, so you can celebrate Christmas with the tipple of your choice. Then when it’s time for bed you’ll a delicious night’s sleep in your very own four poster bed.
Sounds perfect doesn’t it? Well, if you fancy a stay at Gwaenynog Farmhouse, prices at this B&B over Christmas vary depending on the kind of room you’d like to stay in, but generally rooms are between £75 and £85 per night.
Top tip: Not sure how to pronounce Gwaenynog? Try saying ‘Gwen-uh-nog’.
If you want to indulge a little this Christmas the luxurious St brides Spa Hotel in Pembrokeshire would be a great break to book.
Every room is fresh, stylish and beautifully furnished. And the spa is the perfect place to unwind from your year. There’s an aroma steam room, a salt infusion room, hydro pool and ice fountain You can also enjoy a huge variety of massages, holistic and beauty treatments.
Here’s a video tour of the spa – check out those beach views!
Having watched that video it’s no surprise that St Brides Spa Hotel was voted AA Hotel of the Year, Wales 2011 -2012.
The Monmouth Holiday Cottages at Steppes Farm should be synonymous with Christmas. The oak beams, the open fires and the countryside views conjure up those feelings everyone wants to feel over the holiday season and if you go away with family or friends you’re bound to have a Christmas to remember staying here.
There are six cottages in total and each has their own individual charms. If you choose to stay at the Monmouth Holiday Cottages for your winter break you’ll also have access to the award winning restaurant.
Still not certain about spending this Christmas in Wales? Perhaps Dylan Thomas’ words might persuade. If you haven’t read Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, take a look. It’s fantastic. If you don’t have time to read the piece now, here’s one of our favourite passages:
Our snow was not only shaken from white wash buckets down the sky, it came shawling out of the ground and swam and drifted out of the arms and hands and bodies of the trees; snow grew overnight on the roofs of the houses like a pure and grandfather moss, minutely -ivied the walls and settled on the postman, opening the gate, like a dumb, numb thunder-storm of white, torn Christmas cards.