What a difference the weather makes to running a hotel in the country. The sun comes out and the first thing to be done is not sort out the parasols on the terrace but rush to the boiler and turn down the heating, that is the first sign of spring for an oil burning hotelier like me.
The first proper sunny weekend of the year and it is a really great to see people outside on the terrace having long lazy lunches, children running around the gardens through the daffodils and even a very plucky young chap called, Isambard going for a swim in the river. Gliffaes seemed to be full of sun and laughter all weekend. We hosted two birthday lunches, a family reunion and a group of dedicated cyclists taking advantage of the hilly roads to prepare for the Etape d Tour under the guidance of cycling guru and journalist, Rob Penn. ( If you are a riding the Etape this year Rob is running two more training weekends from Gliffaes in June.)
More and more of the garden’s shrubs, trees and flowers are coming out; magnolias, camellias, blue bells, wild cherry and still the daffodils keep going.
However, not everything is looking quite so rosy. The Icelandic volcano eruption has probably put paid to a whole party of Texans coming to Gliffaes for a wedding next weekend so I now have a hotel to fill in just five days. Anybody like to make me an offer for next weekend? Please do call.
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.