Gliffaes Hotel has been in the same family for three generations and each generation has passed on the passion for collecting and planting interesting specimen trees, both native and exotic. In its 33 acres of grounds it boasts over 100 different specimens ranging from Ancient Oaks, Beeches and huge Giant Redwoods to exotic Maples and Cedars.
James and Susie Suter, the hotel’s current guardians, feel it is high time they shared their knowledge of the trees at Gliffaes with a wider audience and so have created a mapped walk around the grounds taking in 40 of the best specimens. The treescape at Gliffaes has a story to tell of its own, with over 600 years of habitation including the Victorians with their use of planting and collecting trees from the new world as a statement of grandeur.
Introducing the Gliffaes Tree Walk Map!
Working in conjunction with a tree expert and a graphic designer, The Gliffaes Tree Walk map has been in the making for the last 6 months. The walk is approximately a mile and is mostly flat and is easy going. For those in a wheelchair, or pushing a pram, many highlights can be enjoyed from the drive.
Collect the map from reception and head out on an easy stroll identifying the trees along the way. Take your time appreciating the stunning scenery, the river, surrounding hills and birdlife. Dogs are welcome to walk with you but please not in the hotel. There is a £1 charge for the map, however it is free if you join us for lunch or afternoon tea, or if you are a resident.
If you would like to bring a larger party of people, James Suter can offer a guided walk, but please ring reception on 01873 730 371 to book a time. We are open all year (except January) from 9am with bar lunches from 12 – 2.30pm and afternoon tea from 4 – 5.30pm.
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.