There are some stunning properties in Wales that are just what we need post-lockdown.
A relaxing stay in luxury in the mountains or by the coast, or deep in a Welsh forest.
And whether it’s a romantic stay for two or a family holiday, there’s something to suit all needs. Sleek Scandi cabins and barn conversions, lets with hammocks, hot tubs and stunning views from cosy beds and seafront panoramas, too.
First Minister Mark Drakeford announced on Friday that self-contained accommodation will be able to re-open from March 27 to anyone travelling within Wales
At this point the ‘stay local’ rules will end and people will be able to “travel anywhere in Wales”. He said people will be able to travel as one household only.
Mr Drakeford said self-contained accommodation in Wales would not be available at this point to people travelling from England. He said: “People in Wales will be able to travel for holiday purposes, but the rules in England will preclude people from coming over the border.”
Here’s a selection of luxury stays that will make you feel so pampered you’ll never want to leave.
1. Hafan Fach, Newport, Pembs
Hafan Fach sleeps eight and is a contemporary and detached bungalow ideal for a large family looking to enjoy the South West Wales coast.
Boasting incredible sea views across Newport Bay, this property has a fantastic open-plan living room, four bedrooms and a spacious garden where guests can enjoy dining alfresco.
Located just minutes away from the centre of Newport, the holiday home is within a walking distance to a selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. Seven nights start at £1,646.
Details of Hafan Fach can be found via Sykes Holidays, here.
2. Florin, Aberaeron
This Victorian country home would take you on a break that’s the height of grandeur. From the elaborately styled bathrooms, to secret ‘Les Dandys’ bookcase and dramatic living spaces such as the banquet-style dining room complete with candelabras, this luxury self-catering manor in west Wales is the perfect sumptuous getaway.
It sleeps up to 14 guests and prices are from £2,995 per week or £2,195 for a short break.
Visit uniquehomestays.com for more.
3. Rhiwelli, Pembrokeshire
This four-bedroom property is in four acres of of sloping grounds on the northern flanks of the Preseli Hills. The panoramic sea views are breath-taking on a sunny day from the patio and terraced lawns in front of the cottage.
Dinas Cross is the nearest village and prices start from £549.
Click here for details.
4. Tynddol Barn – Llanbadarn Fynydd, Radnorshire
An idyllic barn conversion located in the rural village of Llanbadarn Fynydd.
The property is great for a family break, with charming rustic features and a hot tub to relax in after embracing what the local area has to offer.
Walks can be enjoyed from the barn’s doorstep, such as the Glyndwr’s Way National Trail and Offa’s Dyke along the Radnorshire and Shropshire Hills. It sleeps six people and prices start from £479 for seven nights.
For more information, click here.
5. High House, Tenby
Situated a stone’s throw from Tenby’s beaches, town centre and in one of the elegant Grade II listed Georgian properties – High House is a comfortable but stylish place to stay in one of our most beloved coastal towns.
It sleeps six, is done out to a high standard with a wet room and a TV chill-out room. It’s great for active holidaymakers with a selection of wet suits and boogie boards to use and and Xbox on hand.
Prices start at £663.
Click here for details
6. The Wilds, Crickhowell
Cwtched away deep in the Black Mountains The Wilds is truly a hideaway you’ll never want to leave.
It’s a few miles away from Crickhowell and has four receptions rooms to choose from, children can snuggle in the television room leaving parents time to catch up by the fire in the ‘grown-up’ sitting room or stargaze from the warmth of the conservatory.
It sleeps 12 guests and is priced from £2,695 per week or £1,995 for a short break.
Visit uniquehomestays.com for more.
7. Argoed Barns, Brecon
With wooden beams and stone floors this place is perfect to snuggle down at after a Brecon Beacons hike.
It sleeps five and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Visit airbnb for details.
8. Prince Llywelyn Treehouse, Llanbister
This is gorgeous, and it’s really for people who want to get away as it as no phone signal or wi-fi.
It’s hand-built by the owners and is found on the grounds of a family-run farm near Llanbister.
Prince Llywelyn treehouse can sleep five people with the option to accommodate up to two additional guests on the feature suspended hammock overlooking the downstairs area.
Find out more about Prince Llewelyn, here.
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9. Rustic Hideaways, Gower
Rustic Retreats is a collection of seven plush cottages, each boasting their own unique features, from chic interior design, to outdoor pools, huge private gardens, hot tubs and private bars.
Pictured above is The Dairy which sleeps four or six (there’s a sofa bed ). Prices for that start at £450 per night, and for more details on all the other luxury retreats, visit the website, here.
10. Dan y Graig, St Davids
Look out towards St. Davids over the golf course and then down to the beach, island, and lighthouse. Original elements like exposed beams are complemented by a ‘country gent’ feel, and latterday luxuries such as down bedding and Laura Ashley linen.
When we checked prices for a three-night stay started at £175 per night.
For more visit airbnb.co.uk
11. Cadwollens Treehouse, Powys
Rustic and relaxed, the indulgent interiors of Cadwollens allow endless natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass and walls of wonderful wood. A floor-suspended hammock provides the perfect place for reading, whilst the irresistible copper bathtub invites you for a sumptuous soak whilst you enjoy the scenic surroundings.
It’s a short drive from the Elan Valley and Llandrindod Wells, too.
Prices start from £234.
Visit The Wanderlist for more.
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12. Court Cottage, Abergavenny
It’s newly renovated but it has retained the stone walls, beams and arched windows of the coach house it once was.
It sleeps two and is cosy and stylish and prices start at £95 per night.
Find out more here: airbnb
13. The Burrow
This is as quirky as it is luxurious and is a fun space for a family getaway.
It has two bedrooms and the master bedroom has an amazing copper bath for proper indulgence. Sleeping five, The Burrow is found near Bleddfa. Prices start at £150.
Click here for more.
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14. Silverbirch Lodge, Nant-y-Coed
Spacious, sleek and trendy Scandinavian chic, the lodge is perfect for those interested in impressive and indulgent interiors.
Think beds topped with faux fur throws, and silky-smooth reclaimed timber used for the breakfast bar with panoramic views.
Based in beautiful Mid Wales near the hamlet of Mochdre, it is the ultimate rural retreat.
Prices start at £130 per night.
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15. Draenllwynellen, Powys
This is a stunningly refurbished farmhouse that sleeps six guests and it actually dates back to the 1800s.
It boasts original beams and an oak staircase, a bespoke kitchen with range cooker and large family sitting room with wood burning stove
Go to ruralretreats.co.uk to book.