Pride of Britain Hotels’ Platinum Jubilee series moves on to Wales next.
From a stay in a castle turret fit for a Queen, to a Jubilee horse racing night, here’s our guide to marking this momentous Royal milestone in Wales.
Platinum Jubilee celebrations
The Queen is well-known for her love of horse racing so the Jubilee Party Racenight at Chepstow racecourse on 4 June will be just the ticket for celebrating the historic royal milestone. Cheer the four-legged runners and riders down the home straight and across the finishing line.
Across Wales on the four-day Jubilee weekend in June, there will be street parties galore, beacon lightings and fireworks.
Stay in a turret in Llandderfel
Queen Victoria visited Palé Hall in 1889 as part of a royal tour of the North Wales region. Today, the grand country house retreat on the edge of Snowdonia National Park is still very much fit for a Queen. Situated in the peaceful Dee Valley, amidst idyllic woodland, with the River Dee running through the 50-acre estate, Palé Hall is rich in antiques, original features and wood panelling. The individually designed and sumptuous bedrooms include two in the turrets. An overnight stay at Palé Hall costs from £289 per night (two sharing), including full Welsh breakfast.
Relax like royalty in Llangammarch Wells
Set in exceptionally beautiful and peaceful surroundings near Llangammarch Wells, surrounded by lakes and the tumbling River Irfon, The Lake Country House Hotel and Spa has been a place of relaxation for centuries. The country house was a barium spa as far back as the 19th century, with its fabled healing waters attracting the rich, royal and famous from across Europe. Guests here can relax amongst heirlooms, sleep in high-canopied beds or take a dip in the outdoor hot tub. The hotel is a 40-minute drive from Llwynywermod, the Welsh home of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The beautifully restored farmhouse in rural Carmarthenshire is open daily (except Mondays) from March to October. An overnight stay at The Lake Country House & Spa costs from £205 per night (two sharing), including full Welsh breakfast.
A historic stay above the Victorian town of Llandudno
Overlooking the Snowdonia mountains and Conwy Castle, Bodysgallen Hall & Spa is believed to date back to the 13th century. Be sure to admire the sweeping views from the medieval lookout tower before reclining in your antique-filled bedroom. A walk through the gardens, which tumble down towards the sea, reveals enchanting follies, a walled garden, herb parterre and a rockery.
During the First World War, Colonel Henry Mostyn, the son of Lady Augusta who formerly owned the hall, commanded the 17th Battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and they were known to parade in front of the hall. An overnight stay at Bodysgallen Hall & Spa costs from £190 per night (two sharing), including full Welsh breakfast.t.
Arts and Crafts architecture in Pembrokeshire
Nestling in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, The Grove of Narberth is widely regarded as one of the most unique hotels in Wales. The Grove’s history can be traced back to the 15th century when the site was occupied by a Ty Hir (longhouse). In 1874, the notable Arts and Crafts architect John Pollard Seddon, transformed the cottage next door into a larger gentleman’s residence and the properties blossomed from sensitive renovations over the intervening years.
The Seddon-designed ornate ceramic fireplaces and unique Arts and Crafts joinery give The Grove interiors its unique character which still delights visitors today. An overnight stay at the Grove of Narberth costs from £260 per night (two sharing), including full Welsh breakfast.