Holidays in Wales by the Beach
Following a challenging year of lockdowns, firebreakers and travel restrictions, many of us are craving the sun on our faces and the refreshing sea air. With the metaphorical ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ in painfully close sight, the good news is, Wales is ready and waiting to welcome you to its beautiful 870-mile long coastline when the government gives the go-ahead!
Here at Welsh Rarebits, we’d love to help you discover the perfect seaside escape that is right for you. We’ve listed our top recommendations for places to stay in Wales that are just a stone’s throw away from the beach, featuring properties from both the Welsh Rarebits collection and the Great Little Places Guide:
1. Trefeddian Hotel, Aberdyfi
Proudly standing at the point where mountain meets sea, the hillside hotel of Trefeddian is a popular port of call for family holidays given its close proximity to Aberdyfi’s idyllic beachfront: simply walk out the front door and feel the golden sand between your toes!
The quaint Gwynedd seaside village marks the meeting point between Snowdonia’s spectacular mountain range and the mouth of the River Dyfi. Perched in a prime position to overlook the sweeping Cardigan Bay and famous Aberdyfi golf links, the guests of the Trefeddian Hotel need only to embark on a short walk to take full advantage of the many seaside attractions on offer. Whether trying your hand at crab fishing on the jetty, taking a scenic boat trip from the harbour, or perhaps a busy day of sandcastle building is on the cards, the former working port will never leave the family short of things to do!
The running of the stylish bayside hotel has remained within the same family since 1907. Despite its many refurbishments throughout the years to align with changes in design aesthetics and contemporary tastes, the highly successful establishment has always retained its core values of traditional hospitality and excellent service.
2. Globe House, Angle
The Globe House turns the concept of ‘Great Little Places’ on its head, exhibiting the kinds of lavish and extravagant architecture that, at first glance, seems somewhat ajar in the sleepy, unspoiled village of Angle in Pembrokeshire. Nevertheless, guests of Sally Dickerson’s historic property can’t help but fall in love with the luxurious appeal and amazing scenery that the grade II listed building has to offer.
Just a few minutes stroll away, guests can stumble upon the small, secluded West Angle Bay. Perhaps for you, a beach day looks like lounging on the golden sands and taking a relaxing dip in the sea. Or maybe it involves roaming the rocky headlands and heading out on a paddleboard for a glimpse of the abundant wildlife. Whatever takes your fancy, the Angle coastline is a family-friendly paradise that is well worth the trip.
After a day spent embracing all things coastal, head back to the Globe House’s iconic castellated walls to make the most of the evening. Ideal for romantic couple breaks or indulgent celebrations, an evening of aperitifs followed by a night of star-gazing can be enjoyed from the luxury of the private rooftop terrace.
3. Gwesty Cymru, Aberystwyth
Widely considered to be West Wales’ cultural capital, Aberystwyth in Ceredigion is home to the revamped Edwardian townhouse of Gwesty Cymru. Guests waking up in one of Gwesty Cymru’s high-ceilinged beachfront rooms can enjoy breathing in the fresh sea air of Cardigan Bay surrounded by handcrafted sleek oak furniture, Egyptian cotton sheets, and specially commissioned oil canvases. A faultless blend of traditional warm textures paired with contemporary interior design captures the historic Welsh identity with a modern twist.
Whilst the seafront promenade of Victorian Aberystwyth lies just a short walk away, the boutique townhouse is aptly placed in close proximity to Wales’ heartland. Gwesty Cymru is a wonderfully accommodating base for those looking to combine the escapade of wild Welsh retreat with a relaxing seaside getaway. With dense forestry, serene lakelands and the compelling Cambrian Mountains right on the doorstep, guests can relish an alfresco meal at Gwesty Cymru’s seafront restaurant before venturing inland. From the soft sands of the Cardigan Bay coastline to the floral and fauna of rural Mid Wales, a stay at Gwesty Cymru grants you the best of both worlds!
4. Portmeirion Village, near Porthmadog
Stepping into Portmeirion Village is as though to walk into your very own fairytale. A truly unique experience of mesmerising architecture, the Italianate village is privy to its own peninsula with breathtaking views of sand, sea and mountain.
A stay at either the waterfront Hotel Portmeirion or its older sister hotel, the Grade II listed Castell Deudraeth, is an enchanting experience that blurs the boundaries and make-believe and reality. Whilst both accommodations boast 4-star luxury ratings, many guests choose to stay for the magical atmosphere and fascinating quality first and foremost. The charming creations behind the vision of architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, this otherworldly village offers a one-off take on a seaside escape, with many a famous artist, writer, and even Albanian royalty choosing to grace its presence.
Just two miles from Porthmadog along the A497, the quirky village benefits from magnificent surroundings in lush verdant gardens with spectacular sea views.
5. Blas Gwyr, Gower
The Gower proudly attaches itself to many accolades, but the peninsula located in the southwest of Wales is most widely regarded due to its deserving title as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Unwind on one of the coastline’s award-winning beaches or take a mooch around the maritime city of Swansea before being received back with a true warm Welsh welcome at the boutique bed and breakfast of Blas Gwyr.
Nestled in the charming village of Llangennith in the far west of the Gower Peninsula, Blas Gwyr is a great choice for outdoors-enthusiasts looking to explore the spectacular headlands, set out for a surfing session, or discover the many prime birdwatching spots of the area. A destination with so much to offer, you’re never too far away from a secluded bay, sparkling rock pool or endless stretch of golden sand with the likes of Rhossili Beach and Oxwich Bay right around the corner.
The luxury, part Grade II listed bed and breakfast is overseen by the friendly and knowledgeable host, Dafydd, who is regularly appraised for his ‘wonderful hospitality’. Inspired by the verdant and vivacious hues of the surrounding natural scenery, each of the rooms at Blas Gwyr feature individual colour schemes for an authentic Welsh experience both without and within the property.
6. Holm House, Penarth
The endearing Victorian resort of Penarth welcomes you to the eclectic hotel-come-spa, Holm House. With hints of a grand 19th-century country manor combined with the aesthetics of a dazzling contemporary townhouse, Holm House is a hotspot for couples looking for idyllic coastal retreats in Wales. Located just outside the bustling hub of the nation’s cosmopolitan capital, guests can benefit from the quiet relaxation of Penarth without getting caught up in the crowds of Cardiff city.
Less than five minutes from the seafront, the impressive Holm House can be found in one of the wealthiest streets of Penarth’s leafy suburbs. Small but stately, its 12 bedrooms are awash with the subtle sea-hues that are complete with large windows that exude natural light; so whilst many of the suites boast beautiful full-on sea views, Holm House goes the extra mile to incorporate the calming colours of the coast into its decor.
7. Crug Glȃs Country House, St Davids
A hidden gem located just a stone’s throw away from the UK’s smallest cathedral city, Crug Glȃs is a luxury 5-star Georgian farmhouse with an incredible 600 acres of land surrounding it. The former dairy farm has evolved to become a working arable and beef farm, with expansive views of north Pembrokeshire’s unspoiled countryside and rich wildlife right on the doorstep for guests to enjoy.
Beyond its warming pastoral setting, Crug Glȃs’ husband and wife team, Janet and Perkin Evans saw potential in the scale and dimensions of the family home. As a more defined vision of the soon-to-be boutique hotel began to take shape, the couple set about renovating and modernising its spacious rooms to create an air of opulence amidst the peaceful rolling farmland. The seamless blend of sleek bathrooms and modern Welsh textiles with antique furnishings make for a luxurious country retreat, with nearby St David’s and Pembrokeshire’s world-renowned coastline just a short drive away.
Take for instance, the golden stretch of Whitesands Bay: the northern section of the hotspot attracts those keen to learn the ways of the water and waves far and wide. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or brand new to the board, Whitesands Bay holds classes right on the beachfront throughout the summer season! Forget Bondi Beach, the expansive, breathtaking bay offers an untamed mix of fine white sand and rocky promontory but is widely famed for its spectacular sunsets. And when the day’s surf is done, the Crug Glȃs will be there to welcome you back for a peaceful night’s sleep.