Penbontbren is certainly not rustic, even though this former farm complex hides in its own 32 acres down a country lane in rural Cardiganshire. If you know Richard and Huw like we do (they ran a deluxe hotel in Welsh Rarebits, our sister scheme, for many years) it’s only to be expected. Now they have turned their attentions and expertise to Penbontbren and taken it to a different level.
There are five outstanding, spacious suites, finished in characteristic no-expense-spared style, in what was originally the stable, threshing barn, mill and granary. Each offers unabashed luxury B&B, with generous sitting rooms, king-sized beds, sumptuous décor and furnishings, superb bathrooms, subtle lighting and private gardens.
Local rural and artisan traditions are part of Penbontbren’s appeal – breakfasts are a locally sourced feast, the finest handmade goodies from Chocolate Fusion (a best-seller with guests) come from just down the road. There’s an excellent choice of places to eat for dinner nearby too, from fine dining to award-winning fish-and-chips – Richard and Huw will point you in the right directions.
Penbontbren’s country credentials are just part of the story – it’s only a short drive to spectacular coves, headlands and beaches along the Ceredigion Heritage Coast and northern shores of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. The lively market towns of Cardigan and Newcastle Emlyn are also within easy reach, together with attractions like the Welsh Wildlife Centre and National Wool Museum.