The Guardian has put together this interesting article on some of the best hotels for walkers and hikers in Britain. Lots of cosy old converted farmhouses to warm you after a long day on the fells… More here
The famous beauty of the Gower attracts a lot of visitors, but the secluded Burrows Cottage is a peaceful retreat even in high season. This white, single-storey forester’s cottage is hidden away in pine woods near the hamlet of Cwm Ivy and the village of Llanmadoc in one of the quieter parts of the Gower. It comes highly recommended for birdwatchers, the beach nearby being part of the Whiteford Burrows nature reserve. The following species can be seen from the bird-hide at Berges island:
Brent Geese, Curlew, Dunlin, Godwits, Grebe, Kestrel, Lapwing, Meadow Pipits, Merlin, Oystercatchers, Plover, Redshank, Sanderling, Snipe, Teal, and Wigeon.
The cottage is also suitable for those in search of tranquillity, beautiful landscapes and good walking. Information at the National Trust
The Strumble Head peninsula is part of the dramatic north Pembrokeshire coast. Two miles inland across fields are the Stones Cottages, converted barns on a small organic farm. They offer restful, luminous accommodation, and the chance to watch memorable sunsets (and milk goats). This part of the coast is particularly good for observing porpoises and grey seals, and a wartime look-out post has been converted to provide shelter for wildlife watchers. More information
For those staying at Penbont cottage, Penbryn beach is “just down the lane”. This mile-long stretch of golden sands, a ten-minute stroll away, is owned by the National Trust and completely undeveloped. Grey seals and Bottle-nosed dolphins are often spotted in the sea here. Surrounding this large cottage are organically farmed fields, which means plentiful wild flowers, and fern-filled woods. Sounds like paradise. See Under The Thatch for more information
This cosy and extremely romantic traditional Romany caravan for two is situated in the corner of a small sheep farm near Abergavenny, with views of the Black Mountains. You don’t need a car to stay here, as free pick-ups are available from the nearby station, and there’s lots of good walking countryside all around. Check Under the Thatch for details.
Delighful holiday cottages overlooking the sea near the fishing village of Porthgain and inside the Pembrokeshire Coastal National Park. Two traditional stone cottages are available: cottages with three and four bedrooms. Over 300 species have been noted in the area, including buzzards, peregrine falcons, choughs, puffins and kingfishers, and there are four of the best seabird islands in Europe close by. Buzzards are nesting at Felindre and they can frequently be seen hunting over the nearby fields and woods. More
Timber Hill offers detached cedarwood lodges in beautiful setting on West Wales’ Atlantic coast. adjoining the farmhouse and cottage, with views over the peaceful hills and valley. Set within 130 acres of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Timber Hill has been designed by the family who own and run it. The site is set in mature and thoughfully landscaped surroundings which achieved the David Bellamy Environmental Gold Award. More
Three Cliffs Bay campsite in the Gower Peninsula was awarded site of the year by the Independent in 2006. It is ridiculously pretty and enjoys a spectacular position with the panoramic views of Three Cliffs Bay and has its own public footpath leading down to the beach. Families and couples and dogs welcomed. Attractions: Water skiing, sailing and sind Surfing and for the nature enthusiast, a 540 acre National Nature reserve. Visit
Campsite in Snowdonia National Park with fabulous views of the Mawddach estuary and Snowdonia mountains. Graig Wen, near Dolgellaux. Graig Wen promises “an inspirational, back to nature experience”. Perfect for walking, bird-watching, mountain-biking or visiting the area.
4 star Bed and Breakfast accommodation, three holiday cottages and yurts are also available
Traditional small farm in the hills of Mid-Wales. The site offers veggie Bed and Breakfast, Camping and a Self-Contained Caravan. Goats, chickens and sheep wander about and there is a large vegetable garden grown to organic principles. Beautiful views of the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park, and on the Cambrian Way, Dyfi Valley Way and the Glyndwr’s Way National Trail. The camping site is in a wild area near the lake.
“The area has amazing wildlife including orchids, dragon and damsel flies, buzzards, kites, frogs, newts and toads and sometime nightjars and glow worms. Even an otter has been seen! The site has its own spring water supply and campfires are permitted.”
Nant y Croi Farm caravan and camping site has wonderful views over Cardigan Bay. Nearby there are beaches at Mwnt Poppit Sands, Aberporth, Llangranog, Tresaith & New Quay. Seals and Dolphins are regular visitors to the rocks and seas around the edge of the farm. There is direct access to Mwnt beach via a foot path from the farm yard. The farm extends over lush green land gently sloping to the coast and has it’s own private cove ideal for swimming and enjoying sea-life. Visit this site