This weekend me and the boyfriend headed up the Ty Newydd Country Hotel, near Aberdare in Mid Glamorgan, a few miles from the Brecon Beacon National Park. This was because of a lovely KGB deal.
The hotel itself was nice. It was clean, lovely service but the rooms were a little old, paint cracked etc. We had a 3 course meal with amazing starters, my main was a little disappointing and unfortunately we both agreed our desserts were not great. Who ever had a Creme Brulee with a liquid caramel top, with slightly burnt bits on the top? But we couldn’t complain, we had a great deal, a free bottle of wine which we polished off infront of the fire. Breakfast was huge, great service again, and we had to check out by 10.
As for activities, there was obviously plenty to do during tourism months, however we decide to hit it up during mid-january, but on the Saturday we managed to get on the last tour of the Penderyn Whiskey Distillery, the only maker of Welsh Whiskey. The tour was great, small and very patriotic, but our tour guide was lovely, and maybe we’d been given more tasters than we were meant to be allocated, but I won’t talk about that. What was also great was they ally with Brecon Gin, Brecon 5 Vodka (5 times distilled, take that Smirnoff’s triple distilled) and Welsh Cream, and as I’m not the biggest Whiskey drinker, I fell in love with their gin, which is absolutely gorgeous and I walked away with a miniature and a whole bottle!
The next day, after our huge breakfast, we headed to the hills, initially just driving a bit, getting out and taking photos… it was very cold! Eventually we braved the cold and headed to the tourist centre, not too far away from Brecon. We looked around the small centre and then went for a brisk walk on the hills in our wellies. It was lovely, and we didn’t get lost, though we did intend to see a Celtic raised stone and the remains of a Roman fort, but we walked in the wrong direction, we had a lovely stroll regardless.
Next we headed into the town of Brecon, in the tourist months canal boat rides, a museum and art gallery are usually open and I imagine more of the shops, we counted 8 open on a sleepy Sunday afternoon. However we strolled through the town and headed to the Cathedral, I thought you’d only find Cathedrals in cities, but I was wrong, it was a lovely place, and had numerous flags and colours from the wars with the Zulus and Matt Smith and Karen Gillian had signed their guest book while filming there.
After this we were going to explore Abergavenny but my check engine light popped on and we thought we better head straight back.
On the way back I told Andrew that I’d never understood why people holidayed in Wales, if you were going to holiday in the United Kingdom, you’d go to Cornwall. Now I realised why, the Brecon Beacons is some of the nicest countryside you could possibly find in the UK, and I’m sure the rest of Wales is just as lovely.