Gliffaes Hotel has, within its 33 acres of grounds, one of the best small arboretums in Wales with an enviable collection of specimen trees from around the globe planted by far-sighted Victorian collectors. It also has numbers of much older trees shedding light on how the woodlands were used and managed in past times.
Over the last 70 years, the owners of Gliffaes Hotel have been improving the gardens and continually adding to the collection of trees. Mid May early June is naturally one of the best times of the year to see many of these trees in their splendour, not forgetting our Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Come and join us on an informative stroll through the gardens and woods, enjoy the beautiful colours and learn about the trees and woodlands in general. This summer we are hosting two guided walks followed by a two course lunch (including a glass of wine and coffee).
Studies in Japan have shown that a walk in the woods or ‘forest bathing’ can reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol levels and improve concentration. So much so that Japanese doctors now advocate shinrin yoku or forest bathing to relieve overstressed office workers. The evidence might be anecdotal but we all enjoy a walk in the fresh air followed by a good lunch, so come and join us.
The Gliffaes Tree walk is approximately a mile in length and is mostly flat easy walking and is certainly not strenuous. Dogs on leads are welcome. A decent pair of shoes or trainers will be fine if it is dry.
Arrive at 10.30am for a coffee on the terrace before setting off on the walk at 11am from the Gliffaes courtyard, returning in time for a two course Summer Lunch that includes a glass of wine and coffee. Price per head £36. Children under 16 £20.
If you would like to come along please call us to reserve a place, £10 per person deposit required on booking.
Space is limited so please call (01874 730371) or complete the contact form, remembering to state which day you would like to come on and we will confirm your booking by return email.
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.