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Ael y Bryn, Eglwyswrw, Pembrokeshire
Relax at this charming hotel offering a peaceful and tranquil retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle, featuring comfortable rooms, home-cooked food, and a range of activities to enjoy during your stay, whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a family break, this hotel offers the perfect place to unwind and recharge.
Ael y Bryn is in a very rural spot in inland Pembrokeshire, in two and a half acres of grounds, just outside the national park. To reach it, you take a back lane off the A487 from the nondescript village (and hard-to-pronounce) of Eglwyswrw.
Newport is a 15-minute drive away, with its pubs, good restaurants and a fantastic big beach.
By car: the hotel is 2 hours 30 mins from Bristol, 3 hours 45 mins from Birmingham and 4 hours 40 mins from London. Free parking is available on-site.
By train: London Paddington to Clunderwen takes just over 4 hours. Ael y Bryn is a 25-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Clunderwen.
CHARACTER & STYLE
This large modern bungalow is decorated for comfort rather than style. There's a lovely big wood-beamed and vaulted lounge with a grand piano and coal-effect stove, and a homely feel thanks to plenty of ornaments, clocks and photos of local spots taken by the owners.
Thoughtful hospitality is provided at every turn by owners Robert Smith and Arwel Hughes, such as complimentary tea, scones and cakes on arrival. For a guesthouse, the facilities are impressive and include a library and boules pitch.
- Dining room
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The four bedrooms have understated colour schemes in pastel shades, and comfort is prioritised with the addition of armchairs and window seats. Bathrooms are a good size.
Room types: Pengelli Room, Carn Ingli Room, Preseli Room, Carn Menyn Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, bathrobes, TV, DAB radio, mini-fridge, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Meals are taken around one grand table in the vaulted dining room. Breakfast is huge and beautifully-presented, made up of a buffet and cooked-to-order platters. Dinners (bring your own wine) need booking ahead; be sure you do as they are superb.
Breakfast: selection of cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, preserves, toast and juices. Hot dishes cooked to order.
Dinner: Two or three-course set meal with tea and coffee. Arrange in advance. Bring your own alcohol, no corkage. Two courses £26 per person, three courses £30 per person.