Of all the luxury hotels in South Wales, Gliffaes has an unrivalled reputation as a true Country House & Fishing Hotel.
Surrounded by the rolling hills of the Black Mountains, Gliffaes has been an iconic part of the Brecon countryside since being built by a Victorian clergyman in 1885. A place to escape and unwind, Gliffaes is the only four-star hotel in the Brecon Beacons and a place of style and comfort founded in the best country house traditions.
Held close to the heart of the same family for over 70 years, you will find Gliffaes off the beaten track. Set in 33 acres of stunning grounds and mature woodlands, the hotel holds a commanding position overlooking the river Usk. Of all the luxury hotels South Wales offers, only Gliffaes can boast its own stretch of river and 19th Century arboretum. With five fishing beats on the river Usk, no other hotels in the Brecon Beacons can compete with our reputation of having some of the best game fishing in the UK; it is no surprise that the hotel has been awarded the Good Hotel Guide’s Editor’s Choice Award for Fishing Hotel of 2017 and 2018.
Of course fishing is not for everyone but Gliffaes makes an ideal base for exploring the Brecon Beacons on foot, by bike, by car or even on horseback. The opportunities, especially for walking, road and mountain biking are unmatched and we are here to help you get the most out of your precious time away. With a pair of electric bikes and tandem for guest use, closer to home we also have a tennis court, a mapped walk through the arboretum and a croquet lawn.
Gliffaes Hotel has 23 individually decorated rooms; a select few enjoy views of the river while the others all overlook the beautiful gardens and trees. Great food is important and the locally sourced seasonal menu in our Brecon restaurant is something we are proud of. Enjoy lunch on our sunny terrace or afternoon tea in front of the open fire in winter.
As one of Crickhowell’s hotels, we are proud to be part of this beautiful village that is home to many independent shops, vibrant galleries, pubs and restaurants. As well as being a gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park, the whole area is steeped in heritage from medieval castles and abbeys to iron works, mills and there is even a mine to visit.
When it comes to hotels, South Wales has a fine offering. We are delighted to have this year been rated 9/10 by the Telegraph and received a Gold Award from Visit Wales, making us one of the best four-star hotels in Wales.
The Times (May 2017) chose Gliffaes as one of the 50 best summer hotels in the UK.
‘Nowhere captures the soothing beauty of the Brecon Beacons and slows the pace like Gliffaes’ – The Telegraph
(Please note that swimming in the Usk in the hotel’s water is only open to our residents.)