The Brecon Castle Hotel is the next best thing to staying in a castle itself, and in a country - Wales - with more castles than any other, where else would you rather stay?
Built into the side of the ruins of an 11th century castle, the Brecon Castle Hotel is literally majestic. We catch our first glimpse of the elegant white structure as we cross the nearby Usk River, and are suitably impressed.
But the views from Brecon Castle, we discover after checking in, are as impressive as views of the hotel, with its lofty perch affording vistas over its own gardens, Brecon town, Usk river, and Brecon Beacons National Park’s famed mountains. It’s little wonder its bar and restaurant, which both face the NP, are as popular as they are come dusk and meal times.
Inside, the property oozes charm, with its traditional lobby and omnipresent host Caroline. Though, surprisingly, there are 40 guest rooms here, the property feels more like a large home than hotel, and its rooms more like bedrooms than hotel rooms.
With various types of accommodation available, each room is individually decorated, and along with their obvious traditional touches, such as four-poster beds and antique furniture, there are the modern conveniences of tea/coffee facilities, large LCD TV and free wifi.
After a comfortable sleep, we wake to thick fog, through which the song of various birds can be heard. But the clouds quickly turn to sunshine, as we breakfast in the hotel’s wonderful Beacons View Restaurant.
As good as the breakfast here is, with its perfect made-to-order eggs, hot buffet of hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes, sausages, and much more, the service delivered by maître d’ Sue is the highlight. In between chatting to guests you'd swear were friends, Sue hurries to ensure every person is well looked after. She even manages to stop for a (well-delivered) joke or two whilst topping up your tea - and trying to convince you to order even more toast. If this is typical Welsh hospitality, we want more!
At other times, the restaurant serves up delicious, locally sourced haute cuisine, featuring among other fare, Welsh beef and lamb (Wales’s national dish). Best of all, meals can be taken in any of the dining rooms, comfortable lounges, or on the terraced outdoor patio.
With the attached medieval remains of the Great Hall of Brecon Castle, it’s little wonder the hotel is also a popular spot for weddings and functions. But for us, a mere stay here is an event in itself.
What to do? With Brecon Beacons National Park on your doorstep, Brecon is the ideal launch pad for an exploration of one of the Southern UK’s prettiest regions. And there’s no shortage of things to do and see in the park. Read about our visit here. But while you’re here, be sure to check out Brecon town itself. With its windy ways and beautiful backdrops, it’s great for a meander, especially on a sunny day like today. Don’t miss the cathedral and a visit to the Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh.
How to get here? Brecon is just over an hour, or 40 miles by car, from Welsh capital, Cardiff, and the drive is beautiful.
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