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A True Country House and Fishing Hotel in the Brecon Beacons.

A True Country House and Fishing Hotel in the Brecon Beacons.

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  • hotel in brecon beacons

    23 Individual Rooms

    All rooms en-suite with super comfy Vi-spring beds.

  • country house hotel in wales restaurant

    Great Locally Sourced Menus

    And over 100 wines in the cellar.

  • country house hotel wales break

    Explore our Arboretum

    33 acres of gardens & trees.

  • Fly Fishing on the Usk

    One of the best trout rivers in the UK.

A True Country House And Fishing Hotel

Gliffaes will be closing for good on 22nd September 2022

After 75 years of Gliffaes Hotel being under the stewardship of the Brabner family Susie, Peta and I are retiring and are closing the hotel at the end of September this year.

We have all loved living in such a beautiful place watching the seasons roll past year after year and it will be a big wrench for us to move on and start somewhere new. We have also enjoyed looking after our guests without whom we would have never been able to live here. Thanks must go to you all for your support over many many years, I know that a lot of you have been returning to Gliffaes off and on for a lifetime.

Why are we leaving after all these years?

Many of you are aware that Susie is not well and she has been undergoing treatment for several years, her condition although fairly stable is not going to improve. Running the hotel has always been a team effort for us and there is no chance I can steer the ship single-handed. The fourth generation has seen the amount of work involved and has decided to stick to their own careers.

Other factors have also contributed to our decision to leave hospitality behind. After nearly 25 of years of being ‘on call’ it will be pleasant to have more time to ourselves. The costs involved in looking after a large old building and 33 acres of grounds are not insignificant and when added to spiraling energy bills, food costs, tax and wage increases there is not a lot left at the end of the month.

Since the end of Covid restrictions, the staffing situation across the board in hospitality has been and still is dire. We have been running a five-day week since January, which is no way to run a profitable hotel. Recently I read a report from U.K. Hospitality claiming that there are 174 000 job vacancies in the industry. Perhaps there are too many hotels, restaurants and pubs in the country and this is the process of natural selection? In England alone, over the last three years there has been a 40% increase in cottages being let for holidays.

Anyway, we think the time is right for us to bow out now while we can.

We are indebted to each and every one of you who came down the drive to enjoy what we had to offer in this beautiful corner of Wales. Thank you for forgiving our quirks and foibles but above all thank you for just ‘getting it’. Just getting what Gliffaes was about; relaxed, comfortable, unstuffy, not over-bearing and decidedly uncorporate – like staying in a rich friend’s house as one guest memorably described it to me.

As a final accolade to Gliffaes we were delighted to see that we were one of just 10 hotels mentioned in the Saturday Telegraph (18th June) article titled, ‘ 10 Beautiful British Hotels that show true style is ageless.

We hope that some of you might be able to make one last trip to Gliffaes before we shut the doors on the 22nd September, it would be great to say thank you and farewell in person.

James & Susie Suter and Peta Brabner

Thank you so much to all of you who sent such heartfelt messages to us about how much you have enjoyed Gliffaes over the years. 

Important Information with regards to the days Gliffaes is open

Like many of our fellow hospitality businesses, we are suffering from staff shortages. It is very difficult currently to staff a full seven-day operation thus we have cut down to a five-day a week operation in order to give the staff we have two days off a week. We will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (occasionally this may be Mondays & Tuesdays). This is likely to be the case for the rest of the year.

 

 

Suggested Brecon Beacons Itinerary

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An ideal base for exploring the Brecon Beacons

Of course, fishing is not for everyone but Gliffaes makes an ideal base for exploring the Brecon Beacons on foot, bike, by car or even on horseback. When you return, you can be sure that a great, locally sourced seasonal menu will be waiting for you in the restaurant. Enjoy lunch on our sunny terrace or afternoon tea in front of the open fire in winter.

With independent shops, vibrant galleries, pubs and restaurants galore you simply must visit the beautiful village of Crickhowell; hotels on par with Gliffaes are few and far between and given both our proximity to the Brecon Beacons National Park and our provenance in the area there is no better place to stay. Book direct for the very best rates.

Your Stay Supports Local Tree Planting

Gliffaes is very proud to be supporting local tree-planting charity, Stump Up for Trees, whose stated aim is to plant one million trees on marginal land across the Brecon Beacons. Our initiative is called Room for Trees and we are donating £1 for every room night we sell and asking that all our guests make a small £2.50 donation when they check out. Find out more. 

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Gliffaes did certainly not get away unscathed from the successive storms that blew across the country over the last weekend. I was fearing the worst for the hotel’s roof which is still under repair and covered in scaffolding with some pitches only partly tiled. Amazingly, nothing was lifted off but the rain was driven into...

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