Yearly Archives: 2012

Tree Planting

More Specimen tress at Gliffaes With the planting of a further 17 specimen trees yesterday it rounded off nicely a year in which Susie and I started to really make more of the spectacular trees we have at Gliffaes. Starting three or four centuries ago past inhabitants of Gliffaes have taken a long term view...

12 December 2012

Foraging at Gliffaes

Experimenting in the Gliffaes Kitchens Quite often people scoff at the point of Twitter but it is thanks to Twitter and the Abergavenny Food Festival that Susie made contact with Adele Nozedar, author of, ‘The Hedgerow Handbook‘. It also turns out that Adele lives just down the road from Gliffaes. After Susie went to hear...

20 November 2012

Fly Fishing Courses 2013

For over ten years we have been running fly-fishing courses at Gliffaes Hotel. For 2013 we have added more courses for anglers who want to improve their skills.  If you are a beginner learning to fish at Gliffaes, the Usk will spoil you; this section of the Usk is one of the most beautiful stretches...

19 November 2012

Early November in the Gliffaes Garden

As I went to let my ducks out a couple of mornings ago I saw the first snow on the Brecon Beacons. It seems very early to see a sprinkling of icing on my favourite hills, but it was a beautiful crisp Autumn morning and the trees looked magnificent lit by the November sun against...

06 November 2012

Autumn Walk in the Black Mountains

I am still not sure whether I prefer a perfect Spring day or a perfect Autumn one, do you like the Spring for the promise it holds for the rest of the year or the Autumn as you may not see a better day for some months. All I know is that when Sunday dawned...

17 October 2012

In the Garden – Early October

A patient wait for one of my favourite trees to berry has almost been rewarded; the first few berries are appearing and soon they will turn pink and blue, but for now the Clerodendrum trichotomum is a cloud of bright capsules and some emerging green and pink berries. In the next few weeks, it will...

11 October 2012

Guided Autumn Tree Walks

Gliffaes has long been known for its collection of magnificent trees, a superb collection of both native and exotic specimens. The collection all too clearly shows the passion and¬†enthusiasm for trees by previous guardians of this unique spot in the National Park. Not least Susie’s father, Nick Brabner, who planted a great many specimens and...

04 October 2012

Head Chef Karl Cheetham at the Abergavenny Food Festival

Two weekend ago Abergavenny staged its now annual Food Festival, a fantastic gathering of chefs, cooks, writers, producers, farmers, foragers and quite simply anyone who enjoys good food. This event happens every September and is always worth a visit. Gliffaes Head Chef, Karl Cheetham, gave two demonstations during the weekend, one of which we filmed....

28 September 2012

Britain's Top 100 Affordable Hotels

On Saturday 22nd September the Saturday Telegraph’s Travel team listed Britain’s Top 100 Affordable Hotels. We were really chuffed to be chosen and to be only one of five hotels singled out in Wales for being good value and a great place to stay. Channel 5’s Hotel Inspector, Alex Polizzi Channel 5’s Hotel Inspector, Alex...

24 September 2012

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