Yearly Archives: 2010

I am NOT dreaming of a White Christmas

It is snowing again and three of us spent all morning yesterday clearing snow and scattering salt on the hill that leads up to the hotel from the main road in the vain attempt of keeping the road open for our guests, our staff and our suppliers. Susie and I have lived here for twelve...

22 December 2010

On Show at Abergavenny Christmas Food Festival

Abergavenny Food Festival has now been acclaimed nationally but it was a first this weekend for Abergavenny Christmas Food Fair. It was feared that it would not be well supported due to the dire weather conditions but in fact it was a huge success with a very large attendance and a wide variety of stalls...

06 December 2010

Winter Walking at Gliffaes

Saturday 27th November was billed as a walking weekend when Susie and I would take guests out to explore parts of the  Black Mountains that we know well. The snowfall on the previous day and the bitter temperatures did nothing to curb the enthusiasm of Cynthia & Paul Chaddock who very graciously put themselves in...

29 November 2010

Gliffaes wins Gold Award from Visit Wales

Yesterday we got the good news that we had won a ‘Gold Award’ from Visit Wales for 2011. Visit Wales is the  Wales Tourist Board and they are the people who carry out star grading of properties, amongest other things, the biggest of which is marketing Wales as a destination.  Not only have we earnt...

09 November 2010

Lunch at the Felin Fach Griffin

It is always a pleasure for us to recommend other places to eat close to Gliffaes and we have been sending guests to the Griffin at Felin Fach ever since it opened.  But don’t just take my word for it because the 2011 edition of, ‘The Good Pub Guide’ has made the Griffin, Dining Pub...

01 November 2010

Tintern Abbey

It really is a stunning Autumn this year around here and yesterday was the perfect day to visit Tintern Abbey with my daughter, Alexandra.  She is doing an art project on ruins and felt that Tintern would be the perfect place to do a little sketching, pastels and photography. A remarkably complete Cistercian Abbey Church,...

01 November 2010

Autumn Walking in the Beacons

My walking friends and I have a tradition of Birthday Walks and this year mine was an absolute corker! A crisp, clear day with a blue sky heralded what was to be one of my most glorious October walks ever. We started out from the Talybont side of Torpantau car park (about half an hours...

20 October 2010

High Water on the Usk

The last few days of rain combined with a spring tide has meant the level of the river Usk is very high at present. Although unfishable at present in a couple of days time the prospect for salmon fishing on the Usk is looking good. Before the heavy rains of the last few days we...

16 September 2010

Leg of Lamb Cooked in Hay

One of our favorite guests and very loyal friend of Gliffaes, Ken Phillips asked us to a arrange a private dinner in the Drawing Room for his wife’s birthday. “My pleasure”, I said. “What would you like to have on the menu?” “I’ll leave it up to you James, but I would like four courses...

02 September 2010

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