Easter weekend is early this year, Good Friday is in two weeks time on the the 25th March. This may well be your first opportunity to get out into the countryside this year.
In this part of Wales, things are just starting to get going; birds are calling, trees are in bud, there are plenty of early flowers in the gardens and lambs in the fields. We should start seeing some fly life on the river around midday for the next couple of weeks if the sun comes out, so if you fancy a spot of early season fly fishing why not make for the river Usk?
There is something quite special about starting off a spring walk in the cold frosty morning but ending up having lunch in the sun on the top of a hill before returning to sit by the fire for some tea and cake, a day of contrasts. I always discover more walking before the trees come into leaf, you can see buildings, rivers and views that are normally obscured by large trees in leaf. If you fancy a good 12 mile walk in the Black Mountains on easter Saturday you could join the Brecon Beacons Park Society for a guided walk . We will be only too happy to send you on your way with a packed lunch.
At the very well preserved Raglan Castle (about 15 miles from Gliffaes) they are holding a medieval Easter Festival which seems to include an Easter egg hunt and face painting alongside the archery! There are numerous egg hunts around various interesting places like The Big Pit Coal Mine museum, White Castle & Blaenavon Iron Works, you might be able to cram in a bit of culture in between the chocolate eggs. At nearby Cantref farm children can bottle feed lambs as well as take part in plenty of other fun activities for children.
Of course, you may just fancy a couple of nights away in a quiet spot within beautiful surroundings with some great food and a well chosen bottle of wine. Add the Sunday papers, a lie in and a plate of roast beef for lunch and the thought of not having to go to work on Monday and you have all the makings of fine few days away from it all. Give us a call if you would like to check availability (01874 730 371) or check on line now.
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.