Gliffaes Country House Hotel
Family run, with an atmosphere all of its own. Stunning location and grounds, in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park. An eclectic, friendly country house, where traditional and modern values mix seamlessly.
The first things you notice are the trees. They’re gorgeous. The Gliffaes’ long private drive takes you through an exceptional collection of over 100 specimen trees that set the scene for a restful, refined retreat that defines ‘country house hospitality’ in the best possible terms. Inside the fine, late 19th-century house there’s a palpable feeling of warmth and well-being.
Wood panelling and ornate mouldings, high ceilings and fireplaces are just some of the classic features in this Grade II listed house, originally the home of a wealthy industrialist. So far, so traditional. Then you spot the modern art. And the well-chosen fabrics and plump, creamy, comfy sofas. And the dining room (where the menu is short because it’s all fresh and local) where you’ll be wowed by the way the Gliffaes seemingly effortlessly combines formal with informal. As your hosts James and Susie Suter explain, diners in jacket and tie mix easily with a casually dressed younger clientele.
The clues to the hotel’s eclectic character keep coming. The bedrooms, decorated in a spot-on style that’s midway between traditional and contemporary, all have iconic Roberts radios (many have their own mini-libraries too). Modern art sits well amongst antique and period furnishings, and in the bar you can indulge in a bottle (or glass) of wine from their extensive list while gazing at a wall full of Woodhousean fishing photographs.
Oh, we really should mention that this is a famous trout and salmon fishing hotel, with over a mile on the River Usk that flows alongside the 33-acre grounds. Not forgetting the walking, in the grounds and out amongst the Beacons.