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Review: Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

(December 03, 2014)

Review: Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

On our travels around the country, we have tended to favour west Wales when looking for a short-stay. After this, mid-Wales, then the north. We seem to have rather neglected the southeast recently, so we decided to stay in this area for a short-break in October.

Of the many luxury hotels and B&Bs available in the stunningly beautiful Black Mountains, Ty Croeso caught my eye; for two reasons. Firstly, it had an amazing winter offer with our (beautiful) room being heavily reduced. And secondly, the interior - a mix of modern and vintage – just my style!

Clinging to the hillside just above the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal at Llangattock, the house has the most beautiful views of the eastern Black Mountains, the Usk Valley, and the lovely small town of Crickhowell, just over a mile away, on the opposite bank of the River Usk.

Ty Croeso - view
View across the Usk Valley from Ty Croeso

 
Staying in B&Bs can sometimes be an awkward affair. You are usually staying in someone's home, and can be made to feel like an unwanted guest who has overstayed their welcome ... certainly not the case at Ty Croeso. Our welcome was warm, friendly and genuine and, having settled into our beautifully appointed room, we were invited downstairs to the main sitting room (with its own retro bar-area complete with vintage Babycham glasses and cocktail mixer!) for a pot of tea and Welsh cakes (very welcome after our hour-long drive). We enjoyed a short, pleasant conversation with our host, Alex, who was more than happy to help us decide where to eat that evening (lots of information on nearby pubs and restaurants was available in the welcome pack too), with personal recommendations kindly offered.

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

Ty Croeso 4

Ty Croeso 5

Our room was spacious, spotlessly clean and had a range of beautifully upholstered furniture and accessories – I particularly liked the newly upholstered bed-head (Cory, Alex's partner and co-owner, works in the fabric industry and certainly knew his stuff!) and the luxurious velvet throw on the bed. Looking up (and all around the B&B) the owners obviously have a particular eye for stunning lighting – beautiful examples are found in every room and hallway.

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

Ty Croeso 6

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

Breakfast the next morning was a very pleasant affair, taken in the bright, spacious sitting room, part of which was nicely set out as a breakfast room. Plenty of cereals, Welsh yoghurt (several varieties of Llaith y Llan), fresh fruit and fruit juices and a selection of continental meats and cheese were available to choose from, which you could serve yourself, then take to your table - laid with placemats, condiments, cutlery and crisp, white, linen napkins. Alex took our orders for tea/coffee (Earl Grey for me, and Fairtrade Breakfast for my partner) with a cheery smile and we decided on our main breakfast course from an impressive menu of delicious sounding cooked options. I had Eggs Royale (poached eggs on a muffin, with Hollandaise sauce … and smoked salmon) both mornings – a testament to how delicious it was the first time, and my partner had the freshly cooked veggie breakfasts both mornings. Other options included full Welsh breakfast; Eggs Benedict; Eggs Florentine; and kippers - also from the local smokery. Toast (choice of white or wholemeal), with butter, jams and/or marmalade was available to finish.

 

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 Cooked veggie breakfast Eggs Royale

On the morning we were leaving, the owners kindly showed us around their best room, which is spread across a significant part of the building on the upper most floor and accessed by its own private staircase (from the main corridor). The suite includes a sitting room, spacious bedroom and a seperate wet room/shower room, all stylishly accessorised and decorated to a very high standard. It also boasts a roll-top bath, positioned under a window, offering beautiful views of the mountains surrounding the property while you bathe.

 

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

Ty Croeso, Crickhowell

 

Claire Meredith, September 2014

 

Also by Claire Meredith:
    
Ruthin Castle Hotel, Rhuthun; September 2014

    
The Manor Town House, Fishguard; June 2014
    
Llandeilo; December 2013
    
Tenby / Dinbych-y-pysgod; September 2013
    
The Old Chemist Inn, Saundersfoot
; September 2013

    
The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd
; September 2013

    
Gwesty'r Emlyn Hotel, Newcastle Emlyn
; June 2013

    
Photographic study of Newcastle Emlyn
; June 2013
     Lake Vyrnwy Hotel; December 2012

     The Drawing Room, nr Builth Wells; December 2012
     3 Pen Cei Guest House, Aberaeron; June 2012
     Escape 5* B&B, Llandudno; June 2012
     The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd; June 2012
     Photographic study of Myddfai; February 2011
     The Crown at Whitebrook; February 2011
     The New White Lion, Llandovery; February 2011
     Ty Mawr Mansion Country House, Cilcennin, Lampeter; December 2009
     George Thomas Hospice 'Style In the City' event; May 2009

 

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