Wales is the perfect location for an active short break, with an abundance of great golf courses, beautiful hills for cycling, coastal paths for walking and plenty of rivers and lakes for the keen angler.
Here are just a few examples of activity breaks from members of the Welsh Rarebits collection of hotels.
On Two Wheels
Many of the UK’s best cyclists are from Wales; Dave Brailsford, the mastermind behind the all-conquering British Cycling Team and Team Sky, was brought up near Caernarfon, Olympic track champion Geraint Thomas is from Cardiff and world champion Nicole Cooke is from the Vale of Glamorgan. Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and Spa at Llanwddyn in mid Wales has a 12-mile cycle route around the large lake right on the doorstep – perfect for building up an appetite for a hearty meal in the restaurant, following a muscle relieving massage in the spa. Doubles from £144.
Walking Break to Llandrillo, Snowdonia, North Wales – from £250 pp
Michelin-starred ‘Restaurant with Rooms’ Tyddyn Llan near the village of Llandrillo in North Wales is located on the edge of Snowdonia National Park and is overlooked by the Berwyn Mountains. The hotel’s two-night walking break package costs from £250 per person (two sharing) which includes two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast, one packed lunch, one afternoon tea and six walking guides with easy, moderate and strenuous walks to choose from, including a local favourite to the ‘Stone Circle’.
Hammet House is located on the banks of the world renowned river Teifi and has direct (and free) access to 300 yards of the river which is the longest that is wholly in Wales. The hotel is happy to store fishing gear and also has a very experienced local guide available, with equipment to hire too (you can expect to catch Salmon and Sea Trout). A two-night ‘Escape Lux’ break costs from £240 pp (two sharing) and includes a three-course fine-dining dinner on one night, a two course dinner on the second night from the house menu, chilled bottle of Prosecco on arrival, pre-dinner cocktails each night and breakfast on both mornings.
Wales has almost 200 golf courses from challenging seaside links to scenic parkland courses and many are close to Welsh Rarebits hotels – some of which offer special packages. For example guests at Ty Mawr, a five bedroomed country house hotel near Carmarthen in west Wales, receive a £10 reduction on rounds at nearby Carmarthen Golf Club, reducing the price of a midweek round to £24.50 on weekdays and £29.50 at the weekend. Doubles from £115, BB.
For more ideas on active breaks in Wales and to find the perfect place to stay, visit rarebits.co.uk.