Welsh Rarebits and Glyn and Jacqueline Roberts go back a long way. Castle Cottage was a founder member of our sister scheme, Wales – Great Little Places. We were big fans of Glyn’s cooking and Jacqueline’s hospitality then – and our admiration has become even greater over the years. So it goes without saying that we were genuinely delighted to welcome them into the Rarebits fold a few years back. There’s a lot of fatuous foodie talk about ‘passion’ nowadays. It’s not a cliché when applied to Glyn. His commitment is long-standing and extraordinary. He’s a clever, inventive chef, and a great champion of local produce like Cardigan Bay lobster and sea bass, and lamb and beef from just up the hill. His beautifully presented contemporary cuisine has brought many awards and accolades, including a ‘top 100 UK restaurants’ listing.
The rooms are right up there too. From the outside, Castle Cottage’s centuries-old rough-hewn stonework looks its age. Inside, it’s emphatically 21st century. The luxurious high-end interior (‘as stylish as any city designer hotel’) is an entirely successful mix of old beams and sleek, modern oak furniture, thick walls and warm, vivid colours, big, comfy beds, original Welsh art and wow-factor bathrooms. Believe us: you’ll be knocked out by the rooms and food, and revived in the nicest possible way by hosts who know that real hospitality comes without fuss or formality. The location is special too, in the shadow of mighty Harlech Castle, a World Heritage Site, close to the celebrated Royal St David’s Golf Club and all that Snowdonia has to offer.