Christmas is a very relaxed, friendly and family time at Gliffaes with many of our regular guests returning year after year. The house is decorated traditionally with holly, mistletoe and ivy from the garden and a huge 18 foot Christmas tree dominates the hall. We take great delight in opening the property to our guests and inviting in the season of goodwill – it’s part of what makes a Christmas in Wales so special.
We suggest you arrive in good time for tea on Christmas Eve giving you a chance to settle in, unpack and maybe fit in a quick walk before it gets dark.
Festivities begin after dinner on Christmas Eve with a round of carol singing attended by locals and guests alike all around the piano. Led by local farmer and accomplished singer, John Games, with Rebecca Games playing the piano. This has been a long-standing tradition at Gliffaes for many years with sausage rolls and mince pies served at ‘half time’ to keep up the singers’ strength. A collection is made for a local charity during the interval.
There is normally a midnight mass on offer at our beautiful local church in Tretower, just a mile and half down the road. Christmas breaks in Wales should be full of tradition and merriment, and rightly so!
Christmas day lunch is a sumptuous cold buffet. Think whole poached salmon, crevettes, warm honey glazed ham, oysters, homemade breads, interesting salads and some festive puddings and cheese. Follow this with a walk along the river, a slice of Christmas cake and then a quick snooze in front of the fire to get your strength up for dinner. We have a small number of places available for non-residents and the cost for Christmas Lunch is £75 per person.
Dinner is when we serve the traditional Christmas dinner (with choice of either turkey or goose) with everyone dressing up in Black Tie with plenty of balloons, hats and crackers to jolly the proceedings along. We have a small number of places for free for non-residents and the cost for Christmas Dinner is £85 per person.
We have found over the years that couples like to come together and celebrate on the ‘club or party table’. If you would like to join other couples for dinner please ask us to include you on the club table. It is sometimes more fun celebrating as party of jolly table of guests.
You might like to go to the traditional Boxing Day meet of the fox hounds in front of the Angel Hotel in Abergavenny first thing in the morning (10.30am) for a slice of local colour. On Boxing Day there is another Buffet on offer for lunch with usually roast beef in place of the poached salmon offered on Christmas day. Amazingly enough people still have sufficient space for dinner which is offered from the a la carte menu.
3 nights (24th, 25th and 26th) inclusive of all meals, based on two people sharing.
Small double room – £355 per room per night. £275 per night for single occupancy.
Standard double or twin room – £430 per room per night. £350 for single occupancy.
Large double or twin room – £489 per room per night
Large double with a river view or four poster room with a garden view – £522 per room per night
Luxury double with river view – £555 per room per night.
Gliffaes is not open for New Year’s Eve.
From the beginning of December once the hotel has been decorated and the trees and lights are up we add a touch of Christmas magic to our daily afternoon tea offering. It’s still the same buffet-style tea but we add turkey and cranberry sandwiches to our sandwich selection, we have a spiced plum jam to go with the scones and cream, you can choose to have a local blend of Christmas tea (think cloves, mandarin and cinnamon ) and we ring the changes with our homemade cake choices with some indulgent Christmas style fancies. Bring your friends, sit by the fire indulge in a great British tradition and why not have a glass of champagne too?
Booking essential. 3.30pm till 5.30pm. (Half an hour earlier than our teas through the rest of the year.) £24 per person.
Please call us on 01874 730 371 to join us for an exceptional Christmas in Wales.