The key to enjoying any bank holiday on this crowded island is to avoid the masses at all costs. Hoards of highly decorated people in vests and 3/4 length shorts is not who I wish to share a picnic spot with.
If you feel like this then a Gliffaes style picnic on the river Usk maybe for you. Two families went down yesterday and had the place to themselves, except for the company of the ducks and the dippers.
Gliffaes Hotel has about a mile of fishing along the river Usk below the hotel and right at the extreme down stream limit of our stretch is a wonderful place we call the ‘Flat Rocks’. Perfect for swimming or even riding your body board down the small rapids, plenty of fire wood deposited by the winter high water for your cooking fire and dappled shade to lie down in after lunch.
[youtube id=”9F5Q3wtg5mU” mode=”normal” align=”center”] We can sort you out with a few sausages, some chilled drinks or bottle of wine, some salad and rolls and then guide you down to the flat rocks for a ‘Swallows and Amazons’ style afternoon of camp fires, swimming and bird watching. The best part of it is – you will have the place to yourselves almost guaranteed.
We are still unsure as to when we can re-open. I think it will be around the 24th May.
Gliffaes will not be open for outdoor dining only – I am afraid the numbers don’t stack up for us.
Mark Drakeford, The Welsh First Minister has given no definitive date for the opening of indoor hospitality in Wales.
This matter is further confused by the local elections on the 6th May. If Labour is returned to power he tells us that he will be minded to consider the opening of indoor hospitality on the 17th May and I guess he will give us about a week’s notice taking us to the 24th May.
Online booking is available and reception will be staffed from 9am to midday from Monday to Saturday, so please do call us.
Thank you for all your support and we hope to see you in May and beyond.
James & Susie Suter and all the team at Gliffaes.